So my buddies and I got together for a small group ride on Saturday. Everything for the meetup to all of our stops were planned around safe distancing. What we didn't expect was to see the law enforcement community out in large numbers enforcing trail restrictions, trespassing (about time!), and those blatantly disregarding social distancing guidelines. It did however mean all of the local dirt roads, forest roads, etc. were closed to the public. Only homeowners with keys for the gates had access.
The group meetup at my house. Buddy's 2006 XT225 and Father/Son on 2017 Honda CRF250s Plus my 2007 XT
Better view of the XTs
I tried to use the GoPro but forgot to check the record settings. It was in Photo mode not video. So when this street rider showed of his riding skills all I got was a still photo. Not that I recommend this type of display on the highway but this guy had some serious skills! Rode that wheelie over the top of the hill and down the other side. Kept it at 35 to 40 the entire way.
Ok - so our group went on a recon for miles looking for trail access. Every gate road was closed. Ended up on our old standby Trabuco Road for some dirt time. Most of it was graded last week, A good 1/2 mile had some nice loose gravel so we did some flat track work on the corners. Also a short - 250 foot jeep spur was open so we got in a bit of first-gear crawling technical practice. Until we got it near perfect.\
Trail end was being patrolled by Forest Service. They were ticketing anyone that went past the gate. We spoke to a woman with a toddler. She received a $180 ticket for going around the gate and letting the kid play in the water. Perhaps a bit excessive but there were too many people out in the creak bed to keep sage social distancing. You can just make her out in the background.
We made it almost back to the main road when we saw a Mercedes 4X4 truck head by. We went back to go get some photos. They politely stopped for a photo op. It only took about two. minutes for the LEOs to come by to ask everyone to disperse. LEOs were incredibly polite. Recognized we were keeping very safe distance and had full face helmets but did not want the photo shot to turn into a big social gathering. No problem. We got the message!
With Rain coming down hard and CV19 closures everywhere we plan to make our next ride 100% highways.