Riding in Orange County: Saturday May 21, Whiting Ranch/Old Camp/The Luge

Photos of the North Ranch Mountain Bikers of Ventura County. Click on an image to see it full size.

Pictures are from Alan, Fred and Rainer - Thanks!

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Lots of ooohs and aahs for the white flowers.
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I (Alan) had to take some flower pictures for Steve!
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And I had to include a close up…(please elaborate Steve!) Webmaster's note: These are the well-known Orange County "fried egg" flowers.
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Sometime after this shot, Jennifer and Karen encountered a 5' Rattler…and almost got bit!
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Howerd and Leslie in a romantic moment at the top of the Luge…
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…and the finish, (awww)
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Carlos takes a deep breath (that was a long climb)
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Charles and Joanna with Vulture Crags in the background
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Taking a well deserved break at Top of the Luge
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There's the road up to Old Camp - 3 miles up and 3 miles back…
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or… there's the luge heading down to beers at Cooks Corner…(Many decided to head down the Luge now, instead of climbing to Old Camp…did I mention it was HOT?!!)
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Brave souls head up towards Old Camp and the creek/meadow
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The first section was steep!
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…but the scenery made it easier..
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after a long climb, running out of water, and leg cramps, some of us made it!
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The water was cold - yes!
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Howard and Leslie arrive a few minutes later
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We doused ourselves in the cold water, and even filled water bottles….
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We had to conserve energy climbing out of the creek area (about 500 or 600 ft elevation gain)
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