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Old 10-26-2018, 07:50 PM   #1
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A fun fall dual sport ride

This time of year I'm yearning for two things - the first rains to settle the dust and end the fire danger, and the welcome appearance of fall color marking the end of late summer's drab foliage. But with no rain in sight and hungry for a long ride I decided to take a late summer look around some favorite riding areas, dipping into five counties along the way. The gravel of Old Toll Road east of Hopland was on my agenda so the nimble little NX250 was my bike of choice.

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On a cool Thursday morning I headed up Pleasants Valley Road enjoying the long shadows and peacefulness.



The placid waters of Lake Solano and Lake Hennesey reinforced my goal of taking it easy and enjoying the scenery.





Dropping into Napa Valley, Silverado Trail took me past endless vineyards and wineries. It's harvest season so the air was spiced with the perfume of fermenting grape juice. Peak foliage color is a couple weeks away though.



I followed Hwy 128 past Calistoga as it wound through the beautiful Mayacamus Mountains and into Anderson Valley. Light traffic, wonderful scenery, and twisty tree lined stretches kept me grinning.



Heading north toward Geyserville I had to stop once again for a photo op of the big boar sculpture at Soda Rock Winery. It's quite the beast.



I was grinning real big as I left 128 and began the climb up Geysers Road, 25 miles of remote road offering everything from smooth two lane to ratty single lane, fantastic ridge top views to secluded ravines. It's one of my favorite roads ever. First the climb out of Anderson Valley-







About half way through and after a steep descent the road changes personalities to funky single lane. I have the road all to myself as it meanders along Big Sulfur creek.







Near the end the road alternates between decent two lane and post-landslide single lane with plenty of surprise whoop-de-doos that will launch the unaware off their seats.



Reaching Hwy 101 at Cloverdale I headed north for a hearty lunch stop at the always-enjoyable Bluebird Cafe in Hopland.



Continued next post....

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Old 10-26-2018, 07:57 PM   #2
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A fun fall dual sport ride, cont'd

With both me and the bike refueled I headed east on Hwy 175 and turned off on another all time favorite, Old Toll Road, 22 miles of remote riding pleasure, mostly gravel.



After a couple miles the primitive pavement turns to gravel and I begin a climb back over the Mayacamus and back toward home.







Reaching a summit the road descends towards Clear Lake, eventually settling down to follow a canyon along Highland Creek.







Reaching Kelseyville I head east toward home on Hwy 175, my saddle sore 69 year old backside was complaining but my heart was happy. Life is good.



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Old 10-26-2018, 10:07 PM   #3
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:14 AM   #4
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Is your rear tire directional? In this picture, the way the knobs angle, it looks like it might be mounted backwards
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GB500 guy, great write up,as always.did you encounter any burn areas/closed roads on this loop?
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:41 AM   #6
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Is your rear tire directional? In this picture, the way the knobs angle, it looks like it might be mounted backwards
Tire is directional, but it's installed according to the sidewall mark.

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Old 10-27-2018, 06:46 AM   #7
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GB500 guy, great write up,as always.did you encounter any burn areas/closed roads on this loop?
Thanks Jake. I forgot to mention that I was happy to see there were no burned areas alongside Geysers or Old Toll Rd. Only saw a distant hillside burned while riding Geysers and of course lots of devastated terrain from past years' fires along Butts Canyon and around Berryessa.

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right on,Bill. i'll be hitting those roads come January, when i'll have them all to myself....
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Very cool ride. I never knew about Geysers Rd. I'll have to try it out.
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Is your rear tire directional? In this picture, the way the knobs angle, it looks like it might be mounted backwards
I saw the same thing. It will get a little loose in the gravel that way...under power.or braking..
Thats the derection for a Front..

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I saw the same thing. It will get a little loose in the gravel that way...under power.or braking..
Thats the derection for a Front..
Yeah, I could experiment with turning it around but I've been happy with mounting it the way Bridgestone specifies. On my third one with no complaints.



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Yeah, I could experiment with turning it around but I've been happy with mounting it the way Bridgestone specifies. On my third one with no complaints.



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Could be better .
The reason for directional tread is to push water and gravel out..
Not to gather it under the tread..and by looking at your Nubs.....
You can also benefit by lowering your air pressure to get more rubber on the ground.. better traction..
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