Day 1: half day wandering south of Lancaster (275kms)
My buddy Jason signed up for the CSS S1000 2-day session on March 25-26 and despite my misgivings about the typically unsettled weather in So Cal in March and April, I decided joining him was an opportunity to ride in places I had so far only dreamed about, so I couldn’t resist. We left Vancouver with the bikes trailered about 8:30am on Friday and were at our lodgings (the Inn of Lancaster – used by the CSS staff, and recommended) by 10am Saturday.
In the afternoon we set off to do a bit of exploring. We rode the Big Tujunga Canyon Road [superb surface, mostly sweepers with some tighter sections] across the mountains into the LA basin, then popped east a bit to get onto the Angeles Crest. This was closed in the highest sections, but we rode to the end [superb, if a bit cold and gritty up top], then returned via Upper Big Tujunga Canyon [more sweepers, this time downhill]. Throughout, the lack of traffic was a pleasant surprise – where was everyone, on a sunny Saturday afternoon with 15 million people just down the hill? Watching football? Shopping? Stuck in traffic on the freeway? OK by me…