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Old 12-16-2003, 10:32 PM   #1
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Pashnit's Birthday Ride - CA Foothills

So I decided to take a day off to celebrate my birthday in the proper way- a motorcycle ride. I was planning on riding some roads down in Mariposa County (foothills west of Yosemite), but opted instead to ride some El Dorado & Amador County roads instead. Plus I wanted to test out this new Canon G5 digital camera I just got. Thanks to all who responded to that digital camera thread a short time ago.

These first few are some backroads that parallel Hwy 50 on the way to South Lake Tahoe. Called Apple Hill, several roads connect together and it's one apple orchard and winery after the other. When I left, the temperature was 31 degrees and frost covered the ground in the shadows. As the morning wore on, it hung as a fine wisp cloud 12 inches thick above the ground. Very cool.

Hassler Road outside of Placerville, the view in the distance is over to
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:33 PM   #2
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Looks like the camera is doin a good job, nice pic.
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More of Hassler Road- lots and lots of wineries.

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Looks like the camera is doin a good job, nice pic.
Geez, that was quick!

This particular elevation is about 2100 feet, so you get this combination of green leafy trees mixed in with pine trees. Throughout the foothills, it's an elavation that always equals a great twisty ride through these roads that often have their paths dictated by some mountain stream.

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Then hopped on American Canyon North Road I believe over to Larsen Road. Aptly names for the Larsen Apple orchard, this is just below Camino. This massive water wheel was turning as I was standing there.

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Deserted in the off season, during the fall, this place is packed with people. They have the equivalent area in Southern California around Julian. But the area around Julian burned, but the town was saved. Thankfully, no forest firest in this area in a long time.

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Rows and rows of apple trees stretch off across the hill tops. On the opposing ridgeline is Wentworth Springs Road Superbike paradise! Snowed in though at the summit right now.

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Then headed over to Camino (an old logging town) and rode Snows Road. This is a road that just plunges off the ridgeline headed straight down in several steep switchbacks over to Newtown Road.

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Newtown Road is a wild superbike ride that runs southeast out of Placerville. If you catch it at just the right time- It's just a thrill ride! The road on the left is Starkes Grade , little more than a one lane goat trail that heads up to Sly Park Road.

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Skipped west a bit on Pleasant Valley Road to catch Bucks Bar Road. Have ridden this one before, but didn't realize how fun it can be. It does two up and over mountain ridges in a mere five wickedly twisty miles over to Somerset. Bit of a main road, but managed to ride the length of it with no traffic in front of me!

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Headed south on Highway E16 past all the wineries to ride a road at Fairplay, aptly named Fairplay Road. Deserted and one winery after the other. Passed by a road called Slug Gulch Road which I've read about but it looked like a one lane goat trail. Save that one for another day. Met up with Omo Ranch Road, and skip east over to Plymouth on Hwy 49.

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3-D map of Omo Ranch Road, connects Highway E16 with Highway 88 (Carson Pass)

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Headed south on 49 over to Sutter Creek, to ride Sutter Creek Road. This one I've also ridden, but never shot pics of. It rides up a valley along Sutter Creek all the way up to Volcano. Can be a fun ride! Deserted, not a single cage. I think the temp was up to 40 by now.
It's kind of a hard road to find, since it's marked 'Church Road' in Sutter Creek. Amazingly, it's found right next to a old Methodist Church. The placard says it was built in 1862.

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