Arrived at the road head (Santa Clara Divide Road) at 0416 and enjoyed the quiet dawning of the day and drank coffee. Dan NA6MG and I had arranged to ride together and meet at 0500 but no Dan. Turned out he had gone to the other road head at Mill Creek Summit. We need to coordinate better!
Half an hour before sunrise. My favorite time of the day
Set off at 0530, lots of rocks and boulders and trees on the road from the collapsing hillside, due to the heavy rains this past winter.
Talked with Dan on 2m FM higher up. Took about 2 hours to the summit.
Set up here
Dan arrived after I had made a few QSOs on 2m. More wisely, he set up at a picnic table which still had pretty good 2m coverage because he worked Charles KM6CEM from his “shack”
After our activation we chatted a while then headed down, splitting up at the campground road/Santa Clara Road junction. He actually was able to make his 5 miles down faster than my 3 miles down, since his stretch of the road was in good condition
Some obstacles on the way down, walked the bike for several short spells
The USFS needs to build some retaining walls or parts of the road may collapse…
Stopped at Newcomb’s Ranch and had a nice burger for lunch, saying hi to Darren and Danielle
73! Hal N6JZT