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Re: One can only hope...

What does it matter? The Ortega Highway is pretty much shut down anyway, what with endless lines of lumbering motorhomes, bumper-to-bumper car traffic and old goofs on Electra Glides.

Good riddance.
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

Smells like opportunity to me.. while the Hwy is shut down those who trespass after hours will have a road to themselves...

sneak in, do a sighting lap & have fun.
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

Great Idea. Back in the late 60's when the 60 freeeway was being built through what is now Rowland Heightsin LA county, my friends and, I used it as our personal drag strip on nights and weekends. VWW
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

Ortega might be nice with fresh pavement and passing lanes! Will of course SUCK during construction. To answer the question: will they shut down Ortega? Yes, one lane at a time, just like they're doing now. The highway is much to important to commuter traffic to close completely.
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

Who really cares what happens in Mexico....I'm sorry, I meant the Peoples Republic of California? Other then those forced to live there, who really wants to ride in a bunch of congested traffic anyway!
 

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No offense, but a couple of weeks ago I made the mistake of taking the Ortega to Canyon Lake (in a car with the wife and kid).

Some guy on a Electraglide held up traffic so bad, there were finally about 30 cars stuck behind this bozo, who was trundling along at a sedate 5-10 mph in some places. And since you can't pass anywhere, we were stuck.

I gave up and pulled over for a while, not wanting to risk a stroke, or appoplectic fit.
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

It has its advantages. Everyone is stuck in traffic and in California you can slip your bike between the lanes and beat everybody!! That alone is worth the risk.

On weekends you needn't travel too far to get to the fun roads, where the bike to car ratio significantly improves.

And all it takes to live out here is all your money!
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

I think I posted this in another thread recently but probably the best site for information on southern California roads is at

www.mulhollandraceway.org

if you live in the LA area it is a treasure trove of info, with descriptions of virtually every noteworthy road in southern California. Unfortunately I don't.
 

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Re: old goofs...

not always. i rode back from murrietta to san juan cap today through very light rain with the top of the pass just under the cloud bases. passed two cars that pulled off for me at the pull outs, then clear sailing down to the i5. very smooth, no chippies in sight, probably because of the rain.
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

Or perhaps you are fortunate that you don't. Abe I was born in that briar patch, and I don't like to go there any more. If you want to ride some really great roads, you need to come out and visit me in No. Cal. and I will show you the holy grail of back road motorcycling. VWW
 

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Re: Will They Shut Down Ortega Highway?

Let's see, the congested HIGHWAYS, awesome backroads, great weather, beautiful scenery & diversity of California vs. the uptight, NASCAR lovin', Wrestlemania watchin', 4 month riding season havin' ("W" supporting!?!) RED states... I'll take CA. every time, Ortega highway or not.
 
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