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Old 03-04-19, 04:34 AM
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heading west along ca hwy 78 through anza-borrego desert state park.
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Clouds, sun, the Pacific Ocean...life does not get much better.



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One of those views you just have to stop and shoot.
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Old 03-11-19, 09:18 AM
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Clouds, sun, the Pacific Ocean...life does not get much better.




How did you manage to get a shot of Hwy 1 without any traffic? Pretty unusual in my experience. Great shot!
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Old 03-11-19, 09:35 AM
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How did you manage to get a shot of Hwy 1 without any traffic? Pretty unusual in my experience. Great shot!

Thanks. My team of domestiques laid across the road, creating a human barrier to allow me to take the shot.

Seriously, there are times when traffic when, for whatever reason, in both directions stops. That’s the time to take the sot.



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not an actual road, hope that's OK

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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
One of those views you just have to stop and shoot.
The weather in CA has been perfect for great land and sky shots lately. the clouds (when it isn't raining) have been killer. i took a lot of pics lately, just on my local rides, because the beauty is mind blowing!



no road in sight, but the sky is so dramatic!
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Old 03-12-19, 09:33 AM
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@Bah Humbug wow. There is NOTHING around you. Hope you were well stocked with water and fuel!
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Wow, I would have never guessed there were roads that deserted in the LA area. I hope you enjoy your two weeks of spring, that green grass will probably be brown by the end of March. I bet those 3 cars you saw probably all passed you at or near the same time. Murphy's Law.

Is that fire damage on those hillsides? Hopefully some wildflowers will appear at some point,
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Mullholland hwy in the Santa Monica mountians is ridable again. The road is down to 1 lane in a few short places but most of the construction/repairs are done. There was still a local traffic only sign on the PCH end but no State Patrol at that junction now. I had just two cars and a truck on the climb which was nice. The fire took more trees and houses than on Decker rd.







thank you for the update and the pics. looking to hit the sammos this coming monday with the warmer weather.
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Old 03-16-19, 03:36 AM
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The Big Island



i swear i came across a similar picture on geoguesser.com a few months ago. i guessed new zealand.
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refugio rd. approx 3.5 miles north of ca hwy 101 and 3 miles south of the summit in the santa barbara/goleta, ca area.
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That climb looks wicked. Photo really captures the apparent steepness, which is difficult takes some skill to do. Any idea of the gradient?

I've discovered that the toughest climbs in California, are commonly at the lower elevations that never (or rarely) get any snow. Road builders take advantage of that fact to include some really punishing 15-20% grades on hills, often foregoing switchbacks and going straight up steep hillsides. It's the reason why the Eroica rides have such steep climbs, as the Central Coast has an unbelievably mild climate and gets a tiny trace of snow maybe once every 50 years.
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Old 03-17-19, 03:24 AM
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this little 50 yard (or so) stretch felt like 16% or so. there were some other ramps later on the climb but i remember this one as being the hardest. heading farther uphill, it vacillates between 6-11% for another 3 miles or so.
horrible pavement but it's not an issue until you descend it. the western (dirt) side doesn't have anything this steep.
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lee's ferry, arizona
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"A California Walnut Orchard in March"

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Most of my rides take me through my beloved Ventura County. I love riding here.

Over the past 30 years I have been up and down these roads; I know every rise and every drop, I know every hill and every descent, I know where and when the prevailing winds will pick up and I can plan accordingly.

When diabetes finally robs me of my eyesight and renders me blind, I will still be able to mount my trusted Bottecchia and tell her, “come on my dearest bici, take me for a ride.” The Bottecchia and I have traversed these roads often enough that she will know exactly where to take me.


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san diego county s2 highway near anza-borrego desert state park, ca
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Hwy 168 going to Big Pine Ca. and the Eastern Sierras.





descent to the Owens valley


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Seeing some of these open road photos makes me long for living in a much less populous place. I envy some of you folks and your routes.
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laguna lakes/meadows. cleveland national forest approx 50 miles east of san diego, ca.
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Seeing some of these open road photos makes me long for living in a much less populous place. I envy some of you folks and your routes.
Yeah, but the downside of no other people around is ... no jobs. So unless you are retired, independently wealthy, or have succeeded in gaming the whole "working for a living" system, it's tough to keep a roof over your head and food on the table. There are lots of deserted places where I would like to live too, but the economics just don't work.

But the next best thing is, go for a ride someplace that's nearly deserted, and patiently wait until there's no traffic, and quickly snap a picture, so that the place appears to be totally deserted.
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