Salsa Fargo Bikepacking Santa Catalina Island Pt.3

We awoke to clear skies on Sunday morning. After the steep climb out of camp we enjoyed a long descent down to Middle Ranch. Along the way we finally saw one. A real life Bison! In 1924 fourteen bison were brought to the island for the filming of a movie. After production ended, they were left on the island. Seeing one of them was one of the highlights of the trip.

Parts of this ride reminded me of motorcycling through Baja. Dirt roads, few people and amazing vistas. The only thing missing were the taco carts. The road started to climb again and before long we were granted the view of the far side of the island. We spotted a hawk, or an eagle maybe, sitting alone on a rock overlooking the ocean. This was a special place and we were lucky to be here.

We eventually made it to Little Harbor and stopped for some snacks. We had a boat to catch in Two Harbors for the return home, but we had to climb back to the other side of the island. We arrived with time to spare and after lunch we relaxed on the beach, listening to the waves and enjoying a (strong!) beer. We couldn’t have timed it better as the skies grayed as the storm moved in. What a weekend.

  • Wow, stunning scenery. What a trip!

  • Did your homemade tarp tent work well?

    • Yeah, it was great. I tried to set it up using only the bike, with the front wheel for the low end, and the frame on the other. It didn’t work too well though, so I used a stick instead. It was a weird feeling being able to look around without having to open a tent. Also, I could feel the airflow moving through the tarp. This is good because it eliminates condensation, but it was cool, and my ears were cold. Nothing a beanie couldn’t handle though.

  • ROD

    Great photos and report. You guys actually made that look fun. Can’t wait to see the next report when you guys take snow bikes! (See what I did there?)

  • Great stuff Errin!

  • Love the bike-packing posts…hope to join you guys some time.