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    November Camp-and-Ride

    Recent warm spell melting most of October's snowpack had me try another high sierra camping trip with Betty Boop. My goal was the massive but remote Western States single track trail system, site of hundred mile foot and horse races. I never even made it close! Did have this nice but damp scouting ride the first afternoon. Lots of snow-melt swollen creeks, patches of snow and just a few other tracks. Never saw or heard another soul out there. My campsite was a naked shelf of rock on an abutment overlooking some really steep canyons well suited for sunsets and moonlit hikes.
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    Really pleasant camping but the days are so short. Dark by five, fire down to coals by six, a quick hike then ready for bed by seven..




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    Awesome as usual, Fred! I really have to make it down there to ride with you.
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    Next morning I rode back to town for some stove fuel and a taste of civilization. Rode around Donnor Pass and the ski resorts there hoping to take the historic Southern Pacific avalanche sheds and tunnels that begin in the Sugar Bowl parking lot. Closed now so I did the next best thing....Rainbow Bridge down to Donner Lake and then back!


    Yes, could see signs I was back in civilized California


    Still beautiful and fantastic dual sport riding.


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    Then I rode through the Royal Gorge network of cross country ski trails that run along the sierra crest, one of those places where all the signs are nailed 15 feet high up in the trees. ( The actual Royal Gorge lies many thousands of feet below on the North Fork of the American River by where I rode the first day)



    Visited a few lakes and just knew I must be in California because of the lakeside wood fueled hot tub... "Fer sure Dude, it's organic and carbon neutral" .

    Nice views of Devil's Peak, miles and miles of cross country ski trails

    Found this clever ski and horse friendly anti-vehicle gate.
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    Second night was almost a repeat of the first....golden sunsets, puffy clouds overhead, even brighter moonlight.
    I figured the far off Urban Borealis on the horizon after dark was Sacramento city lights bouncing off low clouds and was most likely normal, not fires from anti-Trump rioters.

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    Fred, Saw this yesterday and thought of you, then it got dark, dam short days...

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    Nice fall camp trip Fred. The name and even the bridge looks like a Rainbow Bridge up here in ID. Just crossed our version of the rainbow bridge yesterday on the way home. It's not as curved as the one you rode across. Love the camp spot. I'm guessing the "fair weather" campers were nowhere to be seen and you had the place to yourself. Very cool!

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    Fred - you share some amazing pictures. This one really emphasizes why I try to get out into the hills as often as possible. Thanks for sharing!
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    For some reason the woods were really deserted in the high country, something to do with the snow, cold and pervasive puddles?The only people I saw once I left pavement were two young lady joggers taking a break 6 miles in at a lake @ yuppie Royal Gorge on the second day. Wearing designer spandex ,diamond tennis bracelets and what seemed to be a 3 carat engagement ring these upscale babes were likely trophy wives of Google execs enjoying a little time off while hubbies are back in Silicone Valley chasing stock options. Many neighborhoods I wouldn't recommend jogging with +$60,000 with of jewelry flashing but up here I suppose those fit gals could have taken off like deer through the woods had any scumbags given them trouble. They pointed me in right direction to find trail to Devil's Peak. Nice people in equally nice country.
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