Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Location =  Mars Court to Oak Flat and Pine Flat  
Distance =  18.25
Time =  3:00:36
Ave. Speed =  6.1
Max. Speed =  38.3
Monthly Dist. =    18.25
Yearly Dist. =  677.25

I got a call from my friend Bill last night who asked me if I knew about any firewood that was going to be available at Pine Flat for a permit sale. I told him that I had ridden there last week and that they were thinning and masticating but that I didn't see any wood on the ground that would be available for sale. I told him that I would go back over there and check it out more thoroughly.

I left the house after 9:00 a.m. and took the road over to Oak Flat. Once I crossed the highway I was going to take the singletrack in the back way but I was distracted by a very large and very scary German Shepherd that was sitting in the middle of the road. He made me so nervous that I actually unsnapped my knife and held it in my hand as I approached him, at the same time crossing over to the other side of the street. He started to get up and step towards me as I was passing by but I said, "NO!" and he left me alone and returned to his spot in the middle of the street. A minute later I heard a car come along and honk at him to get him to move, but he just sat there. The car went around him.

I realized that I had missed the trail but I didn't want to pass by the dog again so I went in the main entrance of Oak Flat and went down the Caida del Pino Trail. Near the bottom of that trail I came across the masticator in action. It was amazing. The machine is huge and it was spitting out clouds of dirt and dust and wood and rocks as it destroyed everything in it's path. I stopped to take a video of the thing in action but when I did the driver stopped the machine and came over and told me that I was too close. He said that I had to be at least 400 feet away. That monster throws out stuff with such force that it can kill you. I decided that taking a video wasn't that important.

I rode down to the Gambel Oak trail and took it down through Pine Flat to where it joins with Poker Chip. I took Poker Chip to Gambel Spur and then took the unmarked trail back to the picnic area. There was no sign of any wood for sale at Pine Flat.

I went back up by way of the new fork of the Deadman trail that I found on my last ride, and then took Deadman to Easy Pickens and over to the road by Mahogany. No wood there either. I rode down into the Open Space and back up Ponderosa and then Mahogany to Easy Pickens to Deadman to Southern Crossing and back to Mars Court.

It was another fine day for a ride with temps in the low to mid 70s. As far as the wood sale goes -- it must be on the west side of the highway across the street from Pine Flat.

I saw five little horny toads on this ride. That has to be an omen for something.....

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