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Old 04-12-10, 12:28 PM   #1
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Friday's playin' hooky ride (with pics)

Friday was beautiful here in northern CA and since I knew that the weekend was supposed to be cold and stormy (it was) I decided to bug out of work a couple of hours early and check out Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. I'd never been there before, but from looking at the park map, it had a lot of trails (23 miles!) and didn't look to be too tough. Note to self, get better at reading topo maps!

There were some pretty steep sections where I had trouble keeping traction even in my lowest gear, but I'm proud to say that I rode every inch. No hike-a-bike. I had grand plans to do 14 miles, but once I actually got out there and riding, decided to do a shorter loop of around 8.5 miles. It took me 1.5 hours with lots of rest stops along the way. Here are a few pictures:

Sign at trail head. Cows are dangerous! There were qute a few wandering around.


The false sense of security - the nice flat section before you start going straight up.


There were quite a few gates along the trail to seperate the pastures. Kind of a pain really - if you're cooler than me I'm sure there's a way to get through them while still sort of on the bike, but I had to get off each time, unlatch the gate, drag my bike through, etc.


One of many pauses on my way up to 1400' from about 300'. I've lived here 17 years and I don't think I've ever seen these hills so green.


The trails are all pretty exposed to the sun. Even though it was only in the low 70s I was getting pretty warm with all the climbing.
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Old 04-12-10, 12:33 PM   #2
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I think it was right around here I was swearing that I'd never come to this god forsaken park again. lol I had just been complimented on my "good pace" by a guy who passed me at twice the speed without even breathing heavy.


Once I got to the top though I started feeling better about life and Harvey Bear.


The trail was pretty beat up in sections from the cows tromping over it.


On the back side of the hill you can see Coyote Lake.


This was one of my favorite little sections.


Overall it was fun, but probably not a new favorite place to go. Between the gates, the rough trails, sun exposure, and having to weave your way through the cow patties, there are parks closer to home where I'd rather ride. I haven't written it off completely though - I stayed to the north end of the park, so I think I'd like to go back and try some of the trails at the south end that look to be closer to the lake.
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Looks like a cool place to ride. Thanks for sharing the pix.
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Love the last picture what an amazing place for a ride!
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You left coasters and your vistas.....makes me crazy jealous I am most impressed that you blew off work. Sweet!!!

I am only disappointed that you did not take any pictures of cow patty parts on your legs. That would allow you a status that most of the rest of us have yet to attain.

Thank you for sharing your adventure.
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Hookie is such a fun thing!
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hookie?? is that mitching/bunking off/ringing in sick sort of thing great pics and the view over the lake is lovely. trails look fantastic too i'm jealous we dont have parks round here. love the warning sign for the cows ha they're so sweet, they wouldnt hurt a fly
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hookie?? is that mitching/bunking off/ringing in sick sort of thing great pics and the view over the lake is lovely. trails look fantastic too i'm jealous we dont have parks round here. love the warning sign for the cows ha they're so sweet, they wouldnt hurt a fly
I thought all of Ireland was a park.
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unfortunately no we have the greenery alright but theres no organisation. one thing i will say there are plenty of sideroads in between the fields that are nice to go on especially with the weather the way it is its gorgeous the last few days i really hope its not an early summer!!
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unfortunately no we have the greenery alright but theres no organisation. one thing i will say there are plenty of sideroads in between the fields that are nice to go on especially with the weather the way it is its gorgeous the last few days i really hope its not an early summer!!
Sorry. All I know about Ireland I learned from watching The Quiet Man. :-)
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Sorry. All I know about Ireland I learned from watching The Quiet Man. :-)
ha ha well i'm not actually too far from there to be honest although it looks alot different nowadays have a look for a film called 'the snapper' and thats what real ireland is like and its great fun too
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