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Old 06-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #241
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Don't know what your plans are as you head North, but if you need a place to crash / local riding guide / or other such assistance in the Bay Area, I'd be happy to help. We're in Oakland near Lake Merritt - safe bike parking, simple amenities, cold beer, friendly dog.

I'll be headed up to AK in about three weeks - part of which will also be two-up with my wife on our V-Strom 1000. I'd love to talk routes & attractions and such.


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Sounds great, Steve. I am not sure if we want to go into the Oakland area though. How is the traffic getting in there? We are in Menifee right now.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:00 PM   #242
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Are you "gellin'" Insoles like a $8-$12 Dr. Scholls may be a huge help?
No gellin', I am sure there is no room in my boots for that. The wool socks barely fit.

I have been putting lotion on them regularly, and they are doing much better.

This is from the million dollar hwy as well, CO.
This is an incredible road, scared the hell out of Kim a few times.

And more fantastic scenery.

I think that is Silverton down there.

Yeap, Silverton. Sweet!

Back on the Million Dollar Hwy to Ouray.

Colorado has been one of the highlights of this trip so far.

Everywhere you look is just amazing.

Even behind you.




Just loving the curves out here.


We planned to camp in Grand Mesa that night, but it was really cold and snowing up there. Instead we moteled in Cedaredge, CO and rode up to Grand Mesa. It was still cold up there, but well worth the ride.


I was pretending to be cold, it was not so bad.

We only saw a few patches of ice on the road. They were easy to pick out as they were only in the shadows.

Great views from Grand Mesa,


We rolled out of there toward Grand Junction, CO. The ride through the canyons was spectacular.

We stopped just up ahead in a pullout, in what looks like a natural amphitheatre.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:03 PM   #243
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Sounds great, Steve. I am not sure if we want to go into the Oakland area though. How is the traffic getting in there? We are in Menifee right now.
Good news: Unlike LA, the Bay Area doesn't have tons of traffic during off-peak hours.

You're still pretty far south - the stretch of Highway 1 that you don't want to miss (Big Sur area) is basically from Morro Bay to Monterey. It's a solid 5 hour ride to Morro Bay... might want to stay there as its 3 hours further to Monterey.


From Morro Bay it's about 6ish hours to Oakland following Hwy 1. It'll be fairly slow through San Francisco into Oakland.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:03 PM   #244
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We will try to form a loose plan for heading up CA in the next day or so, using the info we got here and adding some things we want to see. Then I will let you know ASAP.

After lunch in Grand Junction, we headed to Colorado National Monument where we planned to camp. We saw a building on fire in Grand Junction, didn't get any pics though. Hopefully no one was hurt.

Me, talking to Eloy on the side of the road. Notice we have 3 Forty Liter dry bags now, when we started out with 2. Packing the bike is much easier now, and the extra bag comes in handy at camp too.

The road up to the Campground.

This place was incredible too. We have seen many rocks by now, but once again were in awe.

I thought this pic was neat.

From camp, the town of Fruita is below.

Sunset from camp.


We got the hell out of there, the winds were ridiculous once again. Crossed the Utah line on 6, just north of 70. This was actually a very bad idea. This road turns to crap and is slow going. Only saw a couple of other vehicles the whole way. One was a VW bug with no fenders and sand tires.

The other side of the pillar once said Colorado, but it was shot off of there almost completely.

Coming into Moab on 168, I think.

It was still very windy and sand was blowing around.


Killer scenery.

Everywhere...

It was right around here where we were almost blown off the road and down into the river.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #245
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Yeah, like Klinquist said, Bay Area traffic is nothing like LA. Basically, avoid the big highways during peak rush hours [8-10am / 4-6pm], and you'll be fine. Plus, you can lane split in Ca [though you might be kind of wide for that, with the bags and all].

Depending on your route up from Southern Ca, I'd also recommend Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. That takes you out to the coast from the San Antonio Reservoir [Northwest of Paso Robles - on the 101]. It's a tiny, twisty, rarely-traveled road that starts in a Military Base and takes you up and over an incredible ridge, probably through the fog, and down to the Pacific - really incredible, emotional ride. It hits the coast about halfway between Cambria and Monterey, so you'd still get to do Big Sur on your way North.

However you get there, I too recommend the coast through Big Sur - and then the 9 to the 35 to get up to San Francisco. Then, when the 35 T-bones into the 92, you can conceivably jump on that and head East across the Bay, and then North towards Oakland. I presume you'll probably want to see SF though, in which case you could take the Bay Bridge across to Oakland as well.

Either way, my offer stands, if it's useful to you. If you want a tour guide on your way out of the Bay Area, once you've had your visit, I can help you there too. There's awesome routes through the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, across the Hayward Fault and then up the I-80 across Carquinez Strait. There's also awesome riding through the Marin Headlands on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from SF - and then zig-zagging between the coast and 101 all the way North until they merge again South of Humboldt.

You're getting the picture... lots of awesome riding in the Bay Area.

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Old 06-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #246
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Meet & eat...

Also, I don't know your schedule, but if you're still in the Bay Area next Wednesday [6/13], there's an East Bay ADV meet-and-eat gathering that evening. I'll be riding to the gathering point [Port Costa] with a group from Oakland / Berkeley via one of those East Bay Hills routes I was talking about. It's sort of a memorial gathering for BenJava - the original organizer of this monthly meet-up who was recently killed in a crash up on Sonora Pass. Just FWIW...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...684610&page=51
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:54 PM   #247
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Sounds like great stuff. I will try to incorporate it into our plan, not that we really have a plan as of now.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:08 PM   #248
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V Strom FIX

I have the parts to fix your v strom if you are interested in a great deal when you get back!

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back in ar, on the talimena scenic road we made a u-turn in some gravel in the middle of a steep switch back, very bad idea. I had to stop re-entering the road because another bike was coming. My legs were too short to reach on the left side, and over we went. This is the turn signal fix, glue and electrical tape.

tipped over again in santa cruz lake, the front end hit a rock and here is the damage.

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:56 AM   #249
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Hey Y'all

Looks like all is well

We've really been having the rain here this week

After seven inches or more Tampa Airport is now reporting a surplus for the year

Maybe the lake will be up for y'all's coming home party

Remember the best view of SF is from Mt. Tam across the bridge towards Sausolito

And you have to tour at least one vineyard too

And I swear, I can't help but recommed a side trip over to Lake Tahoe. The drive and views from the north side of the lake

Thinking you can bypass some of US 1 north of SF and won't miss much different from what was south

Anyone else got thoughts on this?
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:18 PM   #250
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There's so much to see along US-1 that I have a hard time recommending

The forests that y'all will certainly be bypassing were always my favorite

King's Canyon does not suck

There's just SO much to see tha it's hard to describe just portions

Wish I were with ya

It may be commercialized but I've been to Hearst Castle twice now and it never ceases to amaze
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:42 AM   #251
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From base camp in Moab, we decided to check out Arches Nat. Park. Our annual pass has more than paid for itself already.

It even got us out of waiting in that line down there.

The winds had died down considerably, and it was much more pleasant outside.


I hopped a curb and headed down a 4WD road, it didn't look too bad.

More pretty stuff.

Got a pic of Delicate Arch, we didn't hike all the way out to it as my feet were not feeling up to it.

Arches everywhere.

We found a couple of spots away from the crowds.

And we took some more pics.


WeWe kept running into the Alien Bug.



I have way too many arch pics.


A man offered to take a picture for us once again.

On our way out of the Arches.

Memorial Day was my birthday this year, so I turned 42 in Moab. Kim got a Jet Boat tour on the Colorado river and dinner. This was taken on the river.

This is an extreme Jeep trail that can be seen from the river. I didn't take pics of the awesome looking Jeeps that were at camp. There were some heavily modded ones.


More later....
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:18 PM   #252
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Jade Beach

Been years since I was last there

Covered with green stones

Look for polished glass too

The red pieces are the rarest
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #253
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As a kid my dad and I would dig clams adjacent to the Pismo Beach pier

Still have my old fork with built in measuring device here in the shed

Anyway, there was a really good fish and chips place there

I hear that the clams may be a lot rarer these days

Good place to stop on your way north though

Of course that too was back when we used to harvest literally bags of abalones

Now it's $90 a pound or some chit
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #254
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Cold Spring Tavern in Santa Barbara is a local biker spot

Used to camp in Gaviota and catch grunion in the surf

There was a pier there that you could wheel you small boat trailer out on and a davit to lower to the ocean
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:03 PM   #255
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Point Lobos State Park in Carmel

I remember having to pay but it was well worth it

Lots of Sea Lions there on the beach and nice hiking trails
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