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    Possible move to the middle of nowhere.... MTB'ing in the middle of nowhere....

    the middle of nowhere is Ridgecrest.... why? a job closer to my parents (compared to Dirty Jersey).

    So far, from my research:
    https://www.facebook.com/ridgecrestclassic (which I need to find the route for)...

    of course, Mammoth Mountain (which will be my "local" resort for snowboarding)....

    is there any else I should consider as part of my research?

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    Absolutely! You've got Kernville not too far off, certainly closer than Mammoth. Popular rides up there are Cannell Trail and Just Outstanding. But there are other "locals" trails to be ridden in that area, too.
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    thanks for the tip about Kernville....

    I was looking at Lake Isabella for a possible return to another expensive hobby.... sailing.

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    Ridgecrest puts you about 2:30 away from Big Bear and 2:45 from Mammoth.
    Kernville is 1:15 or so.
    Consider getting a fatbike for the Ridgecrest sand. No joke, a fatbike will open up miles of desert singletrack for you that would otherwise be unrideable without a motor + throttle.
    There are mtb trails above the college.
    Try not to get incinerated between May and September.
    The desert is beautiful and highly enjoyable during winter.
    During summer, you'll need to get out of the heat, so Mammoth/Big Bear/upper elavations above Kernville are your escape.
    If the local trails don't deliver 100%, you can always fall back on the fine dining and vibrant nightlife that the Crest offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent View Post
    thanks for the tip about Kernville....

    I was looking at Lake Isabella for a possible return to another expensive hobby.... sailing.
    Ummm, there's no water in it, well almost none.
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    Kernville and Sierras will be your go-to riding and that is nothing to complain about. Nor is being a couple hours from the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mtns. I would give up sailing and take up hiking because you will also be near some of the best hiking anywhere, in the Sierras. Not to mention Death Valley for cooler parts of the year. Other than all that living in Ridgecrest will definitely suck, and not just because of the heat.

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    Possible move to the middle of nowhere.... MTB'ing in the middle of nowhere....

    Isn't monache meadows and Kennedy meadows like right at your back door from ridge crest??

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    Possible move to the middle of nowhere.... MTB'ing in the middle of nowhere....

    You don't need much water depth for a MacGregor.... Though my starter boat was a thoroughly used 1979 bayliner buccaneer 30' with a tiny penta diesel motor


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    I have been to Ridgecrest, and I have been to Jersey.

    I am not sure Ridgecrest is better... Just closer to big sierra riding, hiking, camping and off roading.
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    Also I think Gravity Logic was poking its head around Tehachapi for a potential year round bike park...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11053 View Post
    If the local trails don't deliver 100%, you can always fall back on the fine dining and vibrant nightlife that the Crest offers.
    Ridgecrest? I think you're very confused!
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    There's a few trails in the tehachapi mountains also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Ridgecrest? I think you're very confused!
    I think that was sarcasm.

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    Kernville has some amazing trails. Will all the other resorts nearby, you won't be complaining AT ALL about riding. If you get a dirt bike you'll be in heaven. Probably one of the best places in the country to live for riding moto.

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    I rode once on some trails above the college in Ridgecrest. The main thing I remember is that they were covered in rocks shaped like marbles. Made all the turns interesting.
    Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders are not the enemy. Bulldozers are the enemy.

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    Buy a dirtbike '' motorized " Endless trails out there

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    Is John's Pizza still there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by h82crash View Post
    Is John's Pizza still there?
    Yes.
    Fine dining abounds in the Crest.

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    Possible move to the middle of nowhere.... MTB'ing in the middle of nowhere....

    I heard the BBQ joint there in ridgecrest sucks. The locals told me I would be disappointed compared to KAnsas city BBQ... I heard schooner's isn't that bad though


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    I grew up in NJ, and now live in Visalia, CA. You definitely making the move?

    Mtb is night and day between the two.

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    Drove by Ridgecrest on the way to Mammoth. That place is dead as dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent View Post
    I heard the BBQ joint there in ridgecrest sucks. The locals told me I would be disappointed compared to KAnsas city BBQ... I heard schooner's isn't that bad though


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    If you would be disappointed compared to Kansas City BBQ, (as in the tourist trap in San Diego), then you are in for slim pickin's.
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    Possible move to the middle of nowhere.... MTB'ing in the middle of nowhere....

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Ray View Post
    If you would be disappointed compared to Kansas City BBQ, (as in the tourist trap in San Diego), then you are in for slim pickin's.
    I used to go to Kansas City, mo a lot for work




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