The familiar feeling of butterflies in our stomachs strikes us every time as we travel to new destinations. With excitement and anticipation, we forge ahead into 2012.

The year already seems charged with promise as sunshine and balmy weather have brightened the majority of our days. As good fortune would have it, we stumbled upon this little known riding spot in Los Olivos, CA hosted by the S.G. Dirt Club.

Cows lull off in the distance as mile after mile of barbed wire fence stretches as far as the eye can see, sporadically dividing acres upon acres of pasture throughout the rolling hills.

Single track threads it’s way throughout the countryside and mellow All-Mountain and Cross-Country trails guided us through the knolls and valleys of the coastal foothills.

The flowing trails, tall, sweeping grass and sunshine will put a smile on anyone’s face. Be warned though, these California cows leave behind the perfect recipe for an unsavory disaster: cow pies!!

Los Olivos is an ideal place to spend one of the weekend days exploring on your all-mountain bike. The beginner friendly trails provide a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family.

Just a short jaunt north lies San Luis Obispo, a town crawling with college kids, flashy cars and hip downtown eats and shops.

Groves of eucalyptus trees harbor wooden features and hard pack dirt, offering variation from the many rocky descents found in the area.

From jagged, loose, rock-laden paths with sweeping ocean views, to California’s staple manzanita shrubs adorning the mountain side trails, San Luis Obispo provided some unrivaled backdrops and entertaining rides.

Projekt Roam was founded by husband and wife, Colt and Jessee Maule in 2010. It has been their mission to travel North America in search of places that celebrate the unparalleled beauty and freedom of not only the bike, but the terrain we ride as well. Plan your own trip to Los Olivos or San Luis Obispo and check out more photos, film, and riding locations throughout North America at ride gravity guide.

Thanks to our sponsors for some great product and to all of our new friends who have helped us out along the way, ride on.

Words: Colt & Jessee Maule Photos/Film: Colt & Jessee Maule

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With a smile on our faces, we embark on our next journey to the extreme yet distinctive topography of Virgin, UT. Stay tuned for our next webisode – PROJEKT ROAM: Virgin, UT

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