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At a Glance
Some roads are like an old friend –
comfortable to be with, welcoming and dependable. This remote,
crustily paved curmudgeon, however, is not one of them. Oh, it
starts off pleasantly enough, sweeping south of Taylorsville
along Indian Creek, where it graciously offers you some
easygoing curves on the embankment. And there’s nothing
objectionable about the mostly straight, scenic ride through the
mountain-backed ranches and hayfields on the flat Genesee Valley
floor, either. That’s why you’re so taken aback by the
temperamental Pavement, fickle, off-camber Engineering and all
the sand in the corners on the canyon climb out of the valley.
Even when the camber improves, the asphalt smoothes and the sand
settles down around Antelope Lake, the high-maintenance S-curves
can be very demanding. You can live with the fact there are very
few curve advisories, but you’d think a center line that wasn’t
faded to invisibility would be a basic courtesy. You miss its
guidance, especially when the road widens on the tightly
sweeping FSR 01 section. The yellow finally brightens up –
albeit as a solid double – on the steep, scenic final descent
into Janesville. Thing is, at the same time the views over the
Honey Lake Valley are attracting your attention, the steep
switchbacks are bumpy enough to betray you if you don’t keep an
eye on them. As with most difficult and complex personalities,
it may take a few encounters to really bond with this DH. But
once you do, you’ll be riding buddies for life.