I took the bike up to Ballinger Canyon OHV Area near Cuyama today. Just felt the need to make some noise and stir up some dust. I had a great time until I blew my rear tire tube. I got to see numerous jackrabbits, quail, hawks and even a juvenile bobcat. The trails are definitely worth a return visit. Just had a nice day.
Once the tire-gods had decreed that my riding was over for the day I decided to take the long way back to Ventura and drove west through pristine ranch land: lush grasslands, rolling hills dotted with more oak trees than cattle, and wildflowers everywhere. Just a really nice drive all the way into Santa Maria, then I took the San Marcos Pass back to the coast.