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Old 07-06-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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From the road

Got a couple weeks off and a pass from Mrs pHelix. Got a rough route in mind, and only two... Ok, three dates I gotta keep. I've got a lunch date in Pescadero, Ca tomorrow. I'm meeting my buddy, Kris, in Tuolomne Meadows (Yosemite) for a couple days riding and camping. And, I have to be home by the 17th.

Two days of riding down the coast have got me to Bodega Bay, Ca.



Spent the night last night at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We camped there several times when I was a kid. Haven't been there in at least 40 years.



Sunday on a holiday weekend was probably not the day to take Highway 1.







Tomorrow, I'll see how far down the coast I can get. All the way to San Luis Obispo would be good. I'll check in here from time to time.



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Old 07-06-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:50 AM   #3
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Great start Kev. Hope the weather holds and the riding is fun
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:18 AM   #4
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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Well crap, my camera died. I have just a few pics to offer from my cell phone...

The campground at Bodega Dunes was nice and quiet. The only bummer as the dew left by the fog. I hate putting wet gear away! The ride down Hwy 1 through Marin was great. I'd forgotten the groves of huge eucalyptus trees, that scent!

Tomales Bay with the fog and wildlife. Too bad this one doesn't capture the magic...



Stopped off at this little place for the first time. Driven by it dozens of times as a kid, but never stopped... No, they don't carry cameras.



Met with Kris for lunch in Pescadero. We rode down to Santa Cruz together, then he split off and headed for home. Will see him again in a couple days in Yosemite.



So much has been written and so many pictures have been taken of the California coast, suffice it to say, it's spectacular. Never been through Big Sur before, and I'm glad I can check that one off. The road would be fun in the winter without all the tourists. As it was, it got real tiring. 332 miles on the odo, but a lot of it at 25-40 mph. The slowest by far was a herd of Hardly riders. Gaaah!

Made it to San Luis Obispo. Settled in to a cheap motel, bought a new camera, and charging all the electronics. Tomorrow, I cross the valley and if all goes well, end up in a campground outside Lone Pine. Looking forward to getting some early morning pictures of the Alabama Hiils. Stay tuned...


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Old 07-08-2014, 01:19 AM   #7
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:21 AM   #8
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If you were to in fact learn how to ride the big BMW,,you'd have no problem with motorhomes or Hardleys,,just saying,,



ever hit the rev limiter???,,









,,didn't think so,,
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:42 AM   #9
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Uh. Yah. Guess ya had to have been there.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:56 PM   #10
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Good job Phelix! The Cell Phone pictures look pretty good to me. Good luck crossing that Valley. Don't let the tourists get you down too much...you are one, you know
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:23 PM   #12
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If you were to in fact learn how to ride the big BMW,,you'd have no problem with motorhomes or Hardleys,,just saying,,



ever hit the rev limiter???,,









,,didn't think so,,
First time I rode an oilhead was a demo ride. The "chaperone" asked if I had any questions. I repied, Yeah, how do you turn the rev limiter off.

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I guess I still need to learn how to use the new camera (RTFM)! Not a single picture worth sharing except one from the iPhone late in the day.

Hwy 58 from Santa Margarita over the Coast Range and down into the Central Valley was fun. A nice combination of twisties and long sweeping curves. By 0900 it was 95 according to the onboard thermometer, and I wasn't even in the valley yet. Wasn't long before it was 104 and it wasn't noon yet.

178 out of Bakersfield should have been fun, especially the first part, but it was too damned hot. I'm real happy I packed a cooling vest and had it all primed this morning. It made a big difference. Cruising along at 80mph in 106 degrees, it was hot, but not unbearable. Kept a close eye on the GS's temperature gauge... Never seen it that high, but it didn't top out.

Pulled in to Lone Pine early this afternoon, looking to head up to Whitney Portal to escape the heat and camp for the night. Here's the view of Mt. Whitney from town:



That's Whitney right about in the middle of the picture, with Keeler Needle just to the left. Three buddies and I climbed the northeast face of Whitney almost 40 years ago. Thereby hangs a tale...

You hit the rain about a mile west of town in the Alabama Hills (foreground of above picture). Big fat drops that get heavier the higher you get. Nope, not prepared to camp in a thunderstorm. Back to town, camping out in a motel again.

Weather is supposed to improve tomorrow. Hope to get out and get some good pictures first thing in the morning before heading north to Yosemite.


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It was a heckuva thunderstorm. Left the town of Line Pine dry, but Whitney Portal took a bit of a beating. But I get ahead of myself...

I left Lone Pine early Wednesday, heading west up the road to the Portal. First, you pass through the Alabama Hills, huge piles of granite boulders.



I'm headed for the base of the highest mountain peak in the continental US. Even though it doesn't look the tallest, it's the peak right above my bike, below:


Headed up the road, I get a close up view:

It's been almost 40 years since I was last here. Ply me with some good porter and I'll bore you with the tale of an almost disastrous mountain climbing trip.

Looking back the other way, there are the Alabama Hills below.


I didn't catch a picture of the storm damage at the Portal. I was too busy dodging debris and no one was too happy with a tourist getting in the way, taking pictures. I headed back the way I came, but before I got to Lone Pine, I took a left and headed down Movie Flat road. Apparently, hundreds of movies and TV shows were shot in the area. I looked for markers indicating specific locations, but found none. The rock formations, however, are fascinating.



Back on 395, I headed north for a brief stop near the town of Mammoth Lakes: the Minarets view point.





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Before heading up and over Tioga Pass into Yosemite, I stopped for lunch at this little Hawaiian food stand in Lee Vining.


This little lady was running the joint.

Not yet speaking English as we know it, she would carry on quite the conversation with anyone passing by. What a cutie!

After lunch I headed up Tioga Road. None of my pictures do it justice.





I met up with Kris at Tuolomne Meadows as planned. We got one of the last camping spots in the campground there. Kris cooked ribeyes!

I took a bazillion pictures in Yosemite. But all ya have to do is Google it and you'll get lots better.




Thursday, we headed down 120 to Sonora where we had lunch. We then headed back east on 108, Sonora Pass Highway. I took no pictures because I was too busy having the ride of my life. What a road! Oodles of tight twisties... Exhausting!


And, yes, we rode right into the rain...

Back on 395, we headed north for a short ways to get on 89 and over Monitor Pass.


About 30 miles further on, we camped at Grover Hot Springs State Park. The hot springs are piped right into a big swimming pool -- lots of screaming kids. Pass.

This morning, we parted ways in Markleeville. Kris headed down 4 to 49 to Mariposa where he left his truck. I headed north on 89, passing by Lake Tahoe.



I stuck with 89 pretty much to Susanville. Other than the scenery, there's not much to recommend about 89. The Feather River Valley is beautiful with lots of ponderosa lined meadows. Here's a lousy shot of a scene that reminded me of Bonanza. If you don't know what that was, go ask a boomer.


On the way to Susanville, I passed along Lake Almanor. That's Mt. Lassen in the distance.


A ways north of Susanville, I stopped to take a picture of Eagle Lake and came across this guy, just getting off his bike to do the same. An ADVer from LA, Ron. He was headed to K Falls, and on up to BC,
looping back through Montana on his way back to LA.


By the way, there's no doubt California is in drought, eh? Eagle Lake:


Tomorrow, back in to Oregon to I'm not sure where. Sticking with 395 until Pendleton, so we'll see where I end up. More to come...






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