After a torrential rain storm on Friday and some black clouds on Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a beautiful California day. With all our rain the wildflowers are starting to bloom and everything is green!
So I joined a friend and his buds on their rockets for a ride in the mountains. I kept a slower, more relaxed pace and enjoyed some really nice scenery. Thought you might, too.
What way to go, which way to go?
A brief stop on a road out of Oildale leading to the 155.
This is what the road is like the whole way to the lake. Great riding, but quite a bit of sand in the corners which made for slow going, at least for me.
There was quite a bit of this matter on the side of the road. I stopped to see if I could identify it. Cold, wet, quite unpleasant. I left it where it lay and rode on.
After miles of twisties, I finally came upon the lake which is quite full after all our rain.
The current issue of RoadRunner magazine features four day-rides (a cloverleaf tour) out of Bakersfield and they gave Nelda's an honorable mention. I second it: great burgers!
Now well fed and ready to head home, we turned onto the 178, a twisty, in places treacherous, canyon road that parallels the Kern River.
Again, loads of twisties. Lots of traffic today, especially the two-wheeled kind.
Finally, it would seem, spring is here!
A couple of shots of the Kern churning down the valley. . . .
With temps in the low 80s, my bug collector was working overtime today.
One last look before heading home.