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    So for the three day weekend i went with my dad down to Big Sur for a couple of days riding in Los Padres National Forest. http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/lpnf/about-forest





    my dad had a minor mishap regarding the location of his bike key, but nothing overnight express mail and a quick trip 60 miles to carmel couldn't remedy.







    Big Sur is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, the undeveloped, rugged beauty is breathtaking. Rising up from this interface of land a sea is the coastal range, uplifted by millions of years of tectonic activity. the forest is very diverse, changing from one valley to the next, and with elevational change and distance from the coast. the monterey/san luis obispo county line is the southern extent of the coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) range.





    found only in california (well ok about 10 miles into oregon) it is the tallest species of tree, and one of the largest living organisms ever.





    they are larger further north, and it is very strange to see them adjacent species that are adapted to much drier habitats.



    serpentine is the california state rock, and is formed in fault zones. it contains a form of asbestos that leaves the soil rather nutrient poor and toxic. (just due east is the closed blm area of clear creek, controversial due to the natural presence of this mineral. )



    many unique plants have evolved to deal with this, including the gray pine. these big cones are pineapple size or larger.





    plaskett creek is a road running from the ridge down to the coast.





    it used to be open to the public, but has been cut off by a private inholder that got tired of illegal pot growers cutting down trees, polluting the creeks, and generally trashing the land.





    another example of the few wrecking it for the many.





    other gates have areas closed too, with some questioning the reasons. better communication with regards to the rational might help some issues.

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    kirk creek is a forest service campground right on the coast. amazing views!





    the sign was not kidding, this gate could have stopped a tank!











    there isn't endless riding, but still many choices.





    a nfs campground





    which way to go?





    my dad and i swapped bikes for a couple of miles, he said: this thing's like a tractor! i noticed his kl250, with 25% more displacement had a noticeable power advantage.





    a different type of tractors, abandoned long ago.





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    fort hunter ligget in the distance a us army base.





    naciemento-ferguson road claws its way over the santa lucia range from the army base to the coast road, acrophobes need not apply!









    lots of amazing views.

















    and we have some fall colors with poison oak reds and big leave maples in yellow.

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    manzanita is a beautiful tree: dark, smooth, lithe and sinuous. if a plant can be sexy... well this is it!



    unless she has dry skin!





    a few other dark, smooth, lithe and sinuous... though of the evening companion, sipping variety:





    the nights were chilly, dropping into the 30's and 40's.





    but morning sun is always nice!









    much of the area is really dry, and fires outside of established campgrounds are not allowed until the rainy season.... whenever that may be.





    evidence of recent fire is obvious. even the redwoods took it hard in this fire.

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    i really despise the non-native plant pampas grass, it has invaded huge swaths of the coast. liking disturbed soils, the landslides here provide a great foothold.



    but in spite of this hatred, even i could appreciate how beautiful it was this year.







    this is california condor (Gymnogyps californianus) #664, a wild born female, a just fledged offspring of released captive birds, one of the rarest creatures in the world, with less than 500 total alive.

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    the big sur coast.







    it's a beautiful area worthy of exploration, and a great trip to be able to do with my dad!





    thanks for looking, ride on!

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    Looks like a great trip!

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    Wow Stellar pics...... The camper caught my eye..... could I know more about it?

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    Looks like you and Dad had a great adventure. It is so nice to be reasonably close to a network of dirt roads and trails. I as well have been coming across more and more locked gates. This situation had gotten so common that the number of off-road machines for sale on Craigslist in our area has really gone way up. I agree, for the most part we have brought it upon ourselves.



    Enjoyed your pictures and the insightful text. Thanks again for taking us along. Gerry
    Take care my Friend.........

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    Great pictures and a great write up. The last time I was in Big Sur the gas stations there had the audacity to charge $3/gallon! It must be more than double that now.



    I have looked at NF maps and it seems there aren't a lot of open roads in the area anymore but from your pictures and write up I guess I am missing some opportunities. I understand there is a dirt road that goes around Bixby Bridge. I think it is the Old Coast Rd. Any chance you were on that road? And if yes how was it?
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

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