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Angeles Crest Back in Business

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This weekend, bikers and hikers high fived when the Angeles Crest Highway finally reopened the last remaining 9-mile stretch of curving road that connects La Cañada-Flintridge to the wilds of the Angeles National Forest. Closed in January 2010 after heavy rains brought debris and mud from the Station Fire burn area sliding onto the scenic roadway, the route had been expected to be out of service for a only few weeks, not a year and a half. Newcomb's Ranch, a biker favorite for rest stops and cold beers, and location of only flushing toilets for almost 57 miles, had recently posted a sign outside the establishment asking citizens to call CalTrans to demand the road be opened. On Saturday, the call was answered--ections are still under repair, but orange cones and traffic control are in effect to aid those needing to escape to the crisp mountain air and rumble of Harleys. [Image via Things You Should Do] [LA Times]