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Old 03-31-2017, 10:20 AM   #1
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Spring time on Western Mine/Ida Clayton Rd.

With the dizzying spring green the back roads have been a real feast for the eyes lately. Last Wednesday my buddy and I decided to take in the splendor of Western Mine/Ida Clayton Rd., 11 miles of lightly traveled dual sport heaven.

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At sunrise the Sacramento Valley was clear and warm, with the Sierras visible in the far distance.


Heading up Pleasants Vly. Rd. to our rendezvous spot there was already plenty of nature's eye candy on display.




128 along Putah Creek was inviting as usual.


And the glory hole spillway was still topping over around 9".


A quick pit stop before heading up Lower Chiles Rd., Pope Valley, and Butts Canyon to Middletown.




A couple of miles south of Middletown we turned off Hwy 29 onto Western Mine Rd. Let the fun begin! The first bit is paved, then becomes gravel and begins a 3 mile serpentine 1,500 ft. climb. to a summit, then it's back to rustic pavement.








A mile or so after the pavement resumes, an unnamed dirt road forks to the right with a sign announcing the Trout Farm. This is a must-do side loop through lush redwood forest. It rejoins Ida Clayton after a mile or two.






Back on Ida Clayton the road wound through more dense woods before opening up and beginning a steady descent down to Hwy 128. Along the way we ate up luscious views of waterfalls, Mt. St. Helena, vineyards, and hilltop views.








continued . . .

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Old 03-31-2017, 10:21 AM   #2
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Back down on 128 we headed south to Calistoga . . .


. . . and to a feast of a different kind, Buster's ribs!


With full bellies and big smiles we enjoyed 128's pleasures on our way back home. Life is good.


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Old 03-31-2017, 10:25 AM   #3
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Wow! Thanks for sharing.
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There's nothing like California in the spring. Great pictures.
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Old 03-31-2017, 11:58 AM   #5
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Great photos! I will have to take a ride through there soon. Forgotten about that road.
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What a nice looking ride.
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Wow! Looks like a fun day in the saddle!
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