One final overnighter of the year. Topanga Canyon with the Salsa Fargo.
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.
A slight drizzle had been keeping things interesting all morning. However, once the climbing was over we were greeted by the sun and blue skies. Around every corner was a photo op and it was hard to keep the camera holstered.
Part one of our bikepacking trip to Catalina Island. A Rivendell Bleriot and a Salsa Fargo tackle the interior of the island.
I’ve got a ton of pics to upload from this weekend’s trip. I’m going through them as fast as I can, but work is getting in the way. You know how that goes. In the meantime, go get the new issue of Adventure Monkey Magazine. This is issue #3 and it covers bike touring. Plus, there’s an article by me! Please support Eric and this homegrown magazine. If you like reading this blog, you’ll like this magazine. You can download it here, or buy your own paper copy here. So grab your copy of Adventure Monkey and sit tight. Here’s a teaser pic to hold you over.
Building my Ray Jardine Tarp Kit!
Just a quick post about some more gear that I’m making. I’m building a tarp using the DIY kit from RayJardine.com. Here are just a couple pics of the tarp in construction. I’m a little over halfway finished with it now. Last night I sewed in one of the ridge pulls, and I’ll finish the second one tonight. It’s pretty cool to see it start taking shape.
The Windscreen for my Penny Can Stove.
My first penny can stove.