The Really Lost Coast

Today we rode at Paradise Royale.  Another nerve wracking drive to a remote trail head.  19 miles on pavement much like going over and back twice on Hurricane Mtn Rd. and then 3 miles on a dirt road with steep exposure on one side.  Again, it was hard to believe there could be any good mtn biking in such steep up and down terrain.  Again, like Lacks Creek, the BLM and IMBA have teamed up to built an amzaing trail (in the middle of nowhere).  From the trail head, you climb to the terrain park, where they have spent big bucks on steel frames holding wooden berms, bridges and other obstacles.  There are two tracks, moderate and expert.  From there the trail drops down to cross Bear Creek on a beautiful bridge made from fiberglas I beams.  Then comes the Prince of Pain– a 3 mile uphill that climbs 1000 feet.  But well built–and we found a lawn chair at the top!.  Then a bit more climbing t the flowy 7 miles down (with some climbs in between the downhill sections).  Very nice. We even found a camo banana slug…  After the ride, we headed for Westport CA.  The GPS took us on another 28 miles of white knuckle, 20 mph, twisting pavement to the ocean and a campground on the beach.

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