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Old 06-25-2006, 04:47 PM   #16
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1000 miles on the edge

We are working hard on wearing the sides of the tires so they match the flat spots created by interstate runs. Joshua Tree is beautiful. If we had an unloaded bike we would have ridden more side roads but the soft sand is a turn off on a 1000 lb. machine. We hit the Palms to Pine Hiway which can compete with any road for turns per mile. Some of these roads are like one lane with a yellow stripe down the middle. Lots of video... We then headed back to LaVerne for the night. We cooled off in the pool and fired up the grill for dinner with Kit.

The next morning we headed up to Sequoia Park via the Angeles forest hwy to 14 to 178 that took us into Lake Isabella. We ran north from there to Kernville and Johnsondale then up to Quaking Aspen and Springville. A stop for ice tea (about 100 degees) and directions to Junction 37 where the waiter questioned our road choice until he realized we were on a bike. We understood his hesitation after we hit the road. It was the most narrow, twisted road we have been on. Basically a bike path down a mountain. Way cool. What a work out! Gotta run but will continue later today!
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:40 PM   #17
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So, up in the Sequoia park we camped one night. Hot day that ended with a dip in the frigid water of a nearby creek. Like Spearfish canyon creek cold. Took all I had to jump in but Gina didn't even hesitate...

Spectacular ride the following day. We broke camp early and hit the Park road before the tourist woke up. More twisty turns. Gotta love this kind of riding. We did all the tourist pictures by the big trees, driving through the tree tunnel, and even got the bike on the driveway log. A picture will explain that.

After the park we ran up Kings Canyon. Another must do road. Just make sure you have gas... It was over 4 a gallon with a minimun fill up of 6 gallons. Gravity fed pumps! Suppose to be the oldest ones still in use. Well, I didn't like the attitude of the attendent so I chose to ride on with what I rode in with. After the fuel light came on we were still a ways from gas. You never know how far you can go once that light comes on unless you try... Fortunately it was all down hill out of the park. I coasted (bike off in stealth mode) for a good 17 miles on twisty 10-20 mph corners. We did make gas without running out but it was close!

The temp in Fresno was over 100 and we pushed on to San Jose were we are now at a relatives house. About 50 miles from here I was stung by something that was up my sleeve. That is always exciting...

From here we head across the Goldengate and up the coast. Looking for cooler weather and a new rear tire. We will meet up with the in-laws on the coast of Oregon for a bit before heading to Spearfish and beyond. That's all for now and as you know words can't do justice to the joys of riding cross country. You don't have to read the book, you can wait for the movie!
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Old 06-25-2006, 08:44 PM   #18
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So, up in the Sequoia park we camped one night. Hot day that ended with a dip in the frigid water of a nearby creek. Like Spearfish canyon creek cold. Took all I had to jump in but Gina didn't even hesitate...

Spectacular ride the following day. We broke camp early and hit the Park road before the tourist woke up. More twisty turns. Gotta love this kind of riding. We did all the tourist pictures by the big trees, driving through the tree tunnel, and even got the bike on the driveway log. A picture will explain that.

After the park we ran up Kings Canyon. Another must do road. Just make sure you have gas... It was over 4 a gallon with a minimun fill up of 6 gallons. Gravity fed pumps! Suppose to be the oldest ones still in use. Well, I didn't like the attitude of the attendent so I chose to ride on with what I rode in with. After the fuel light came on we were still a ways from gas. You never know how far you can go once that light comes on unless you try... Fortunately it was all down hill out of the park. I coasted (bike off in stealth mode) for a good 17 miles on twisty 10-20 mph corners. We did make gas without running out but it was close!

The temp in Fresno was over 100 and we pushed on to San Jose were we are now at a relatives house. About 50 miles from here I was stung by something that was up my sleeve. That is always exciting...

From here we head across the Goldengate and up the coast. Looking for cooler weather and a new rear tire. We will meet up with the in-laws on the coast of Oregon for a bit before heading to Spearfish and beyond. That's all for now and as you know words can't do justice to the joys of riding cross country. You don't have to read the book, you can wait for the movie!

Sounds good kids. Keep em coming.
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Old 06-25-2006, 08:53 PM   #19
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Thumb Yipeeeeeee

Yes,
Keep up with the reports
Looking forward to reading more!
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Old 06-26-2006, 07:02 AM   #20
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Sounds good kids. Keep em coming.
JUST WAIT TIL THEY HOOK UP WITH THE OLD MAN!!! THEN WE WILL HAVE SOME REPORTS FROM THE ROAD, HUH FITE? "OH MY GOD" I CAN HEAR GINA NOW.
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:40 PM   #21
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Tell Kit I am about to join the x-university employees group. Friday, 6/30 is my last day.

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Old 06-29-2006, 01:26 PM   #22
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Cool2 Need more reports

So much riding
No time for reports!
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:07 PM   #23
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WHERE ARE YOU??? USXGS...REPORT!!!
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:49 PM   #24
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:46 AM   #25
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Well, all I can say is that we have suffered from heat stroke and hypothermia multiple times within several hours time during our ride up highway 1 from San Francisco to the 101 up to Lincoln City, Oregon. I think that the sides of the tires are catching up to the center flat section. We have been surfing these roads and carving up the corners along the coast, mostly in a thick fog that has limited - yet enhanced - our view of the coast. We camped in the Redwoods one night and the next on the coast near Coos Bay in Oregon. Today we are at a beach house in Lincoln City for a couple of days thanks to a co-worker of sister Diane' (thanks Cindy!). What a sweet pad.

I am planning on re-treading the rear in Salem on the way to Bend to the in-laws. By the way, Diane, Kit, and Dee and here at the beach house with us. Nothing like vacationing with this family. So, today, we spent time on the beach crabbing! Kit brought his traps and we went after Dungeness. Sitting on the beach, soaking the traps, sipping a beer, smoking a cigar, and taking in some sun. What more could one ask for? We will be at the casino later squandering away some bling money...
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:57 AM   #26
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Yesterday we spent the day crabbing. We only ended up with 3 legal ones and many -many small ones. Oh, yeah, I did get a real nice sun burn on the top of my feet. We (I) almost went swimming when one of our traps (mine) pulled a stake and drifted off shore. After stripping down and getting ready to dive in, I balked and opted for tossing the other crab ring out to try and hook the line (it was poly with a stick on it) that was floating 50 feet off shore. Third try we snagged it! Off to cook up the Crabs!

Later that night we went to the casino and I went down 50 and right at the end was dealt 2 aces and split them. Was handed another ace. Split. Another ace split. So in the end I had 5 aces, was only allowed to split 4. The dealer busted and I ended up only 10 down and walked away. Gina spent 18 in quarters and walked away with a 160 dollar pot...

One more day here and then we head to Bend. On the way I will hook up new rubber in Salem. Pictures are on the way...
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Old 06-30-2006, 10:01 AM   #27
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Great report

Thanks for the updates......enjoying everything but the sunburn. Keep em coming.

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Old 06-30-2006, 10:27 AM   #28
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Old 06-30-2006, 10:35 AM   #29
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All I can say is WOW! Beautiful! Love the double yellow shot!!
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Old 06-30-2006, 10:58 AM   #30
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GREAT, GREAT photos.....keep 'em coming!
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