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Old 05-21-2005, 07:29 PM   #1
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Parkfield Coalinga Road

I’ve had Parkfield Colinga Road on my mind for a couple months now. A bit of a haul to get to Parkfield, CA from the Monterey area. And since this is a dirt road over rather steep terrain, I needed dry weather conditions for at least a week prior to my attempt. I knew this weekend would be perfect, clear and warm with temps in the low 90’s predicted for my assault. So I woke up early on this Saturday morning and decided to head to the Parkfield Café for lunch. Only about 150 miles away through some of the most beautiful country CA has to offer. My route there was Hwy 1 south to Carmel Valley road all the way out to Arroyo Seco Rd, to Central Rd, connecting with a short stretch on Hwy 101 south, to Jolon Rd riding past Ft Hunter Ligget, lakes San Antonio and Nacimento, on to San Miguel, and then out Vineyard Canyon Rd. Very nice. By the way, the burger and fries were worth the trip.
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:30 PM   #2
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Re: Parkfield Coalinga Road

After lunch at the Parkfield Café and taking in all the USGS seismology gear, I head north up this nicely paved road.
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:31 PM   #3
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After 5 miles, the pavement turns to dirt right after passing a big ranch. Made me wonder what all the cows think when a quake hits? Do they run for cover?
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:33 PM   #4
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Remembered to turn my ABS off this time and soaked in the greener. Soon to be goldenry.
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Here’s some twisties that make an enduro type drool.
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Rested under some shade for a smoke and some Zen thoughts. Starting to warm up nicely, so I open up all the vents on my riding jacket and pant legs.
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I liked this turn and decided to try some moto art.
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Another beautiful twisty. This may be a good point to mention I have not seen one other motor vehicle since lunch. Just a couple cows meandering around.
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Approaching the summit at 3481 ft, a nice look back toward the road less traveled and Parkfield.
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Cross the Monterey Fresno county line, over the summit, and notice the dirt road changed from gray to reddish dirt.
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