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SoCal: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Ride
April 7, 2019@ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
50 miles, Rolling Hills
Meet Time: 8:30am
Ride-Out Time: 9:00am
This scenic ride is well worth the trip. There are many kinds of flora (from orchards of cherry trees to Joshua trees) and fauna (a llama ranch and a bison ranch, although none of the region’s eponymous antelope). The hills are mostly gradual, but at times steep (sometimes snow is visible on the distant San Gabriel Mountains or Tehachapis), and there are plenty of uninterrupted stretches of road (a half-dozen signals in the first mile, another signal in the next mile, and only 3 stop signs in the next 23 miles). As we trace the San Andreas Fault, we pass by a lake and then cross the California Aqueduct on our way to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
Be prepared for strong winds and bring sunblock. The desert temperatures can vary widely and change suddenly, so bring layers for unpredicted changes in weather. Because of the remote location, be sure to carry sufficient supplies of food and water.
Even if the poppies don’t show up (it’s hit-or-miss), there are still many attractive things about this ride and points of interest.
You can preview the route here.
You can connect with us on Facebook for updates on the ride.
Training Ride Leaders: Martin Keleti, Bryan Blumberg
New or have questions? Email Martin at email@example.com
REQUIRED ITEMS: Bike, helmet, water bottle(s), tire changing tools