While checking in on the Kawasaki Versys forums one morning, I was invited to tag along for a ride up to Newcombs Ranch. Since I always enjoyed riding the Angeles Crest Highway, I accepted the invitation and headed up to Jay’s Shell Station in La Cañada Flintridge early on a Saturday morning to meet a couple of guys named Joe.
After introducing ourselves and getting to know each other a bit, we headed up Rd 2 towards Newcombs Ranch. The sky was a bit overcast and the temperature was in the low 60’s when we got started. As it runs out, this would soon change. About 10 minutes into the ride, it started raining. Thankfully, it was a light rain so it really wasn’t all that bad of a ride.
The dampness on the road kept the pace slow and easy. Visibility remained good for the entire ride and the rain kept most of the weekend warriors off the road so traffic was minimal. My gear kept me warm and dry so it was actually a fairly pleasant ride. We arrived at Newcombs Ranch at around 10:00 am and found the parking lot pretty empty.
After eating breakfast, there was still some light rain so we decided to take a different route back down the mountain in the hopes of finding some dry roads. After starting out down Rt 2, we turned off of the Angeles Crest Highway and on to Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. This turned out to be a good route. The rain gradually subsided and eventually stopped altogether allowing the roads to dry out and the riding to become a bit more fun.
Videos of the Ride
Newcombs Ranch Ride 1 – Going up the mountain to Newcombs Ranch
Newcombs Ranch Ride 2 – Going back down the mountain
I think this is the first time I’ve been caught in the rain in southern California. thankfully my gear kept me warm and dry.
It’s always nice to meet up with other folks to ride and I look forward to getting together with toe and Joe again sometime.