Is That a Missile in Your Pocket, or You're just Happy to See Me?
Thread started by User1
at 04.22.09 - 12:08 am
Is That a Missile in Your Pocket, or You're just Happy to See Me? Ride is happening May 10th. So get your climbing gear ready, make sure your granny gears are working, cause we're going climbing! This ride will start at the North Hollywood train station in the morning and be somewhere around 45-50 miles.
More details can be found here
Oh shit, I hope I can go to this.
If I do I'll be bringing my homemade Geiger counter!
04.22.09 - 12:15 am
For some reason I thought the title was going to be "Is That a Missle in Your Ass?"
Maybe it was the Bentstrider thing I read just before.
04.22.09 - 12:30 am
Oooh DANG!!! How late do you think it'll go? I want to see the Vaselines that night..... . .
04.22.09 - 10:16 am
That was a Bicykillers route.
Al, you been peeking in our Play Book? Actually, we didn't end up doing it I think because of weather... or fear. Can't remember.
04.22.09 - 11:16 am
@neverclever, I'm not sure how late it'll go to yet. We'll definitely be out of the hills by night fall. Last place I wana be is around there with all those ghosts flying around! That's just crazy talk!
@BICYKILLER, Repost? Where was this posted up at? Link? I didn't even know you guys had a play book!
04.22.09 - 12:56 pm
awww man May 10? bummer. May 17 I would be derr
04.22.09 - 1:58 pm
Lindsey, call in sick. Tell them you got exploritist. It's high contagious too!
04.22.09 - 2:12 pm
It's about 25 miles northwest of the North Hollywood train station. There's maps if you follow that link at the top.
04.22.09 - 4:28 pm
Damn-it, I've been waiting for this ride to be posted and I have a class on that day. I'm gonna be sorry I missed it.
04.22.09 - 5:17 pm
dang... haven't been up there in years.
thought hasnt even crossed my mind.
i am definitely not missing this.
04.22.09 - 5:30 pm
I mo do dis,is that bus on the pict will be waiting 4 us... lov it ;D
04.22.09 - 6:42 pm
I wish I could call in sick! I have finals that week gotta study.
04.22.09 - 7:47 pm
hey allan you think E and I can do this fixxed?
04.27.09 - 10:41 am
hmmmmm I haven't done it before and I don't plan on scouting it. KiMS1 and I believe GodLovesUgly has been up there. Maybe they would know. I'm not sure if I'm bringing my road bike or the MTB with road tires yet. Probly the MTB. If it gets too steep, we just walk it, no biggie.
04.27.09 - 10:50 am
ive always gone up desoto to the top and its pretty damn steep.
i srsly recommend walking it or using a geared bike.
also, its pot hole city
also, bring a lock bc you have to jump a fence to get inside the area and i dont think u wanna jump a fence with ur bikes.
04.27.09 - 12:58 pm
I just attempted to ride up to the top of this route. I got about half way up and found a gate that said it was private road and no trespassing, etc. I saw the trucks full of hill billys going up with a bumper sticker that said (i shit you not) "IF You Don't Stand Behind Our Troops, Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!". So I decided to turn back. It looked like there residential properties up there and I didn't want to deal with any nonsense. I doubt it will be any issue when you all ride up.
Over all it is a pretty ride. It looks like the wildflowers are starting to bloom, so hopefully they will be in full bloom when you all ride up.
There is a couple of creeks running through the area which was really nice. There is a one lane bridge that is all gravel.
There is also a Buddhist temple on DeSoto about the 11600 address about 100 yards before Rinaldi on the left that might be interesting to stop and check out. I didn't stop I didn't want to break my stride. You might feel the same way and want to stop on the way back if you decide to check it out.
04.27.09 - 5:01 pm
OH my, the plot thickens! That's all public roads up there. I've seen hillbillies do this before when I used to go hiking. It's only a public road when it needs repairs or maintenance.
Regardless, I'll have a good reason to wear a t shirt I've been wondering if I'll ever find a ride to wear it on.
Thanks for giving us the heads up sexy. We'll just say we're 100% Americans and we love our country, but hate the direction it's going. We think we need to see a stronger military. Everyone got that?
04.27.09 - 11:04 pm
I wouldnt recommend fixxed... but hey, I've seen crazier things. I'm gonna be bringing my mountain bike most likely, or something with gears.
04.27.09 - 11:10 pm
Here is the traffic advisory sign at DeSoto right past Hgwy 118
04.28.09 - 12:38 am
We're all residents of the City of Camelot! Yay!
"orange road signs with black letters for temporary traffic control zones and detours associated with road construction "
In any case sadly I wont be making it :( But I did get free tickets to the Vaselines. woot!
04.28.09 - 9:53 am
is this a road friendly ride or do i need a mtb
05.7.09 - 10:04 pm
It's road friendly. If the roads get too steep or rough, we'll just walk the bikes. I'm taking my MTB cause it has lower gears than my road bike, and it has a rack.
Everyone needs to make sure they bring enough water. I'm bringing two bottles. The forecast for Sunday states a high of 85, so that sounds nice.
BTW, I just ran across a site that gives alot of info on the missile sites that were around LA. click here
05.7.09 - 11:24 pm
Devonshire and DeSoto will be the last place to stop to buy water or whatever provision you will want. I think there is a new Trader Joe's right there.
05.7.09 - 11:27 pm
Drove about a half mile up the road to the bridge no problem should be a killer ride
05.9.09 - 5:05 pm
oh! wait this is tomorrow? crap... my road bike needs a tune up before I ride it again... but... that hill looks pretty gradual, right? Like... I should be able to do this fixed, yeah?
Looks like so much fun... I wanna!
05.9.09 - 5:18 pm
oh wait... I just read the above posts about trespassing, etc. Maybe I shouldn't do this... considering I'll be reapplying for my work visa extension in a month, and need my record squeaky clean.
Also, I read you're all bringing mountain bikes. So yeah... I'll be up late at Pics Or It Didn't Happen tonight anyway, so I'll probably just sleep in.
Have fun dudes!
05.9.09 - 5:21 pm
Try to make it if you can Liz. I would understand if don't though. I'm heading to the oven tonite annnnnnnd I have a one hour ride on the train tomorrow!
Everything go on this. Got da spoke cards pressed. I think they're ok, Veronica and Mr. Leather thinks they rock. We'll meet at 9am, and roll at 9:30.
If you need to get a hold of me it's allanalessio yahoo dog gone, or 56 to 67 tree 06 for tree.
Looks like we'll stop at Trader Joes for a quick bite and to fill our waters. It's at 10330 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA Make sure we don't pass it up!
05.9.09 - 6:24 pm
i wish i could go ;/
can we do this again on a friday, saturday, or sunday morning?
05.9.09 - 9:48 pm
Done it. Rode it, walked it, and raced my mini bike to the top of it. There is a park about 1/3 of the way up and you can go there, the signs are there just to scare you off but you can be there for sure.
05.9.09 - 10:02 pm
What time are you leaving will meet you along the way in northridge
05.10.09 - 2:03 am
I was thinking of meeting up at the end of Reseda Blvd and just do the trail portion. What time do you think you'll be there?
05.10.09 - 2:13 am
awww sorry Al... I slept in & am kinda wrecked this morning anyway. It was good seeing you last night! Thanks for coming out :)
Have a good ride!
05.10.09 - 10:18 am
I got to the station at 9:45, rode down orange line bike path 10 miles to see if I could find you guys... Too late. I'm so pissed I missed this. I snoozed and I lost..
05.10.09 - 1:54 pm
how was this? I actually drove up there looking for you guys around 4ish. I couldnt find old truck road though and at a certain point I couldnt go any farther because of a gate....
05.11.09 - 2:15 pm
i want to know how it went too!!! i was sad to miss it. the vaselines were awesome though!
mebbe allan was abducted by aliens??!?!
05.11.09 - 2:54 pm
props to whoever did this, it was hot out and there was a decent amount of climbing to do it looked like.
05.11.09 - 2:58 pm
User1.... knock knock.... how did this go?!
05.11.09 - 3:10 pm
Sorry, I haven't got very far down the thread list.
The ride went went well. The turnout was small, only three ridazz total. I give mad props to Barry for even making it to the point where the route went under the 118. It was just Sonny and I at that point. We went passed the gate and on up the hill. We got to our intended spot and was not disappointed. I'll post up the rest after I post up my pics tonite.
05.11.09 - 3:21 pm
did u guys ride up or hike up?
05.11.09 - 3:29 pm
wait, is that bike rack on the bus still there?? Hmmmm......
05.11.09 - 10:35 pm
Looks like a fairly new, Metro Bus.
That bike rack did look rather tempting.
05.11.09 - 10:40 pm
since only three people who wanted to do this ride made it out. And you must have a fair amount of spoke cards left.....why not do this again and call this last ride a scout ride?
I would have loved to have gone. I was planning on meeting up at Dev. and DeSoto, but as life would have it other things kept me at home.
What time did you leave NoHo? What time did you get to the 118?
How long did it take you to ride to the destination from the 118?
Sorry about the phone call, I spotted someone eating at a restaurant and thought it was this group.....
05.11.09 - 10:57 pm
some how yep i was able to make up there, bus an all was up on the top very hot and krazzzy thanks user1......
05.11.09 - 11:02 pm
wait, is that bike rack on the bus still there?? Hmmmm......
i was thinking the same thing.
im with sexy. do-over!
05.11.09 - 11:46 pm
Ok well sorry for not getting back to anyone after my last post before the ride, but that was the last time I was online. I went to the shindig at the Oven then to B-rad's party. I missed the last train to LB, so I had to ride home to LB. Needless to say, this not the way you want to prep for a ride with climbing!
Anyways I got about 4-5 hrs of sleep then it was out the door. One hour train ride to the end of the red line, and the first person I recognize is Sonny. Little did I know this was going to be the only person I recognize! There was one other rida joining us, Barry from the valley. We leave the station about 9:35 and make good time getting through the valley. We arrive at Trader Joe's A little after 11. Have a lunch, refill our waters bottles and we're on the road a little before 12. We get to what I consider the trailhead at about 12. The trailhead is where Brown Canyon Road starts. Right at the start of this road it's a hiking it. Regardless what bike you have. That's pretty much the story for the rest of the "ride". There's a few spots here and there that you can ride it, but it's mostly a hike.
I was thinking of bailing and calling it quits, but I soldiered on for my buddy and myself. I told myself that I'm going think about turning back after we see what's up above this one hill.
We finally reach the destination, but it doesn't sink in that we're there. We just thought it was outpost before the missile silo. We don't realize we're at our destination until we're on the basketball court and see the burned out bus! This is the only basketball court I know of that has a million dollar view btw. So Sonny and I go back to where the burned out bus is and do a bit more exploring.
We find that all the hatches are welded shut and some platform as been built to keep nosy people out. We're not disappointed though cause it was a serious workout to get to this point. We saw some cool stuff, and I think Sonny saw some cows for the first time! LOL
To answer some questions. I think the gate you came to RB is this one
. You can barely see it 15-20 ft from the car parked on the road. That bus has not been there very long. I went inside it and found schedules that were dated 2008. Finally even though this wasn't very well attended, I'm not interested in doing this one over. I am interested in going further up the trailhead though. We left some of the area unexplored, so we do have a reason to go back. But I'm not about to ride 38 miles through suburbia again! That was fucking torture! Even taking a bike would be somewhat pointless. The roads are too steep. Riding down on a fixie would have been suicidal. Watching a fixie downhill race would be tits though! I'd definitely go up there for that! Just to clarify, that's with no brakes gentlemen. :-)
05.12.09 - 1:15 am
There's got to be another way to bypass the hatches to penetrate The Hive.
05.12.09 - 1:20 am
Oh yeah, and for some reason my pics are not coming out. My computer not reading any of them. I'm pissed!
05.12.09 - 1:22 am