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Old 01-13-2015, 06:09 AM   #1
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"2015-EASTBOUND-Down & Around the USA"

Final Track...Trip was January 14th - February 11th 2015


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This will go live as soon as I leave in the morning, Wednesday, January 14th 2015. Did a little more tweaking to the bike, not much time to really plan anything between trying to sell my house and hanging out with friends etc. So, let's see how this trip unfolds this time around compared to May/June X Country 2014. 😉

See how these work keeping the fog/mist off my gloves and added weather protection



Reflective Tape....visibility


more reflective added to my side bags


Bonus the Barkbuster mitts are reflective too

OK..so Day 1 starts in hours. Hope to see some of the virtual world on the road! Leslie
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Ready to go. I followed your last ride when I was stationed in Korea. Good read.

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Day 1 of how many???

It was weird to ride across the Sumas, WA border this time. Weird because I have no clue when I will ever be back in that neck of the woods ever again. I am moving back to the east so when will I come back to BC via my bike? That's why it was weird. My bike has left Canada for good unless I ride it up to Ontario later to sell.



I left late this morning. Late for me. My house has been having many showings and I keep getting the boot. My last two houses sold in one day. I hate this crap...being asked to leave my own house but it's part of the deal.

It was cold this morning but not cold enough to use anything else but my regular set up. Heated liner and gloves. But I am prepared if the east coast decides to get nasty with me. I was looking at a USA map. I always do this to myself...when you look at the nation on one map I always overwhelm myself with my grandiose plans for a ride. I am making a huge "U".

No need to rush I always say to myself...take your time but what is it with riding? At least for me I always feel I need to make a route plan...only day to day, never more than that and feel this need to hit my chosen destination. I mean I love power riding but I was talking to this couple. They only ride X amount, make sure they have plenty of time to set up camp if they are camping, drink a few beers, light a fire and have a nice dinner.

Me? I always arrive right before the sunsets and I feel like I am running around versus relaxing. Tonight was not that bad. I arrived in Forest Grove, OR at a very nice couples home who contacted me through my FB page. They offered to "host" me for the night. Arrived around 1800 hrs, we chatted, Scot and Carol that is, had great green chili, homemade bread for a local bakery and salad. Topped off with some beer.

Scot rides a 1200GS and Carol a 700GS. Neither are huge fans of dirt riding but love riding together. They also enjoy 4 wheeling with their very cool Jeep in their driveway.

Heading through Washington I spent most of the morning looking through fog. I expected this and knew the sun would eventually break through. I am so used to starting a trip in the rain so the cold and fog was not a bother.



I hope to make it to Eureka, California tomorrow but not sure if I will. I know I will stay close to the coast and end up in Southern California in the next 2 days maybe? Head over to Arizona and take it from there. Day by Day. I have a feeling I will not be having to use my heated gear after the wee morning hours soon. Knock on wood, the regional forecast is not that bad south. Doesn't really feel like total winter even here in Oregon.

Very bad video I made right before I left.



In my head I keep flip flopping...do I move or do I stay. Well, taking my bike to NY and leaving it there I guess makes my decision for me doesn't it?

Good news I get to take another great ride with really my only time limit being me.

Look how nicely the sun burnt its way through in southern Washington and that was pretty much my ride for the rest of the day. Cool and sunny.



I added a Scottoiler for this trip. Curious about all the good things every says about this gadget. I must have had the setting set well. No spraying effect and the chain looks good.



Added Amber plastic covers to my hi test aux lights and have to say MAN am I seem in the fog with these. Doesn't really help me see but cars see me for sure.



For day 1 it went pretty well...road about 545 KM's. Seemed longer but I made it to where I had to.

Not much left for me to see around this area but I did cross a new bridge, the Lewis & Clark bridge...wicked.



and caught a beautiful sunset as I rode into the awaiting garage that was left open for my bike by these fine folks of Oregon.



I will head out as these guys head to work tomorrow. Destination unknown for now but towards California. Here's to good weather, no snow and a safe and fun trip.

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Old 01-16-2015, 07:41 PM   #11
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Doesn't Feel like Winter anymore

2015 - EASTBOUND-Down and Around the USA Trip





January 15th & 16th 2015


I don't seem to be really making that much distance each day. Having too much fun meeting so many nice folks on the road and hospitable folks allowing me into their homes. Today, Friday, Jan. 16th I met this young man, CARLOS. His family owns this little restaurant in Rio Dell, CA.


Great little restaurant and service/food too

Meet smiley Carlos who has to be one of the nicest, polite and happy young man I have met. Adorable too. It's OK I say that I told him to his face.


Carlos from Rio Dell

I had to introduce him and if anyone is in this town of Rio Dell you have to stop by say hello to him and his mother Carmon is the chef. Thanks Carlos for making my day and coming out to see my bike. Tell your mother I loved the quesadilla and I hope you get to travel sometime soon.

Yesterday I had a beautiful start to my ride until I hit Florence, OR. The skies opened up in true Oregon fashion and I was poured on until I hit Brookings. I am used to rain but this was abnormal rain...so heavy and so much in such little time. Needless to say I arrived at my destination in the pitch black but dry and warm.

Before I even got started though I was staying with Scot and Carol. It had just rained a bit but it was cold enough to freeze their driveway and the road. I waited until at least the driveway thawed a bit because to be honest it would have been a chore just getting my bike down it and up the little hill. No need to be careless on Day 2 so I waited and by 0900 it was ready to go.

Check out Carol's little scooter...She had it restored and rides it a lot around her town. Very cute.


"Sparky"

Carol calls her vintage "Sparky" and also take a look at their other bikes...


ahhhhhh

BMW couple 👍 Had a nice time with these guys and once again even though we were strangers as Carol would say, we are now "Actualized". Great word for the virtual meeting real-time. Thanks guys.


reflection

I am really glad I added more reflective tape. Even if it was only for Washington, Oregon and Northern California because of the fog it was well worth it. Plus, I am riding in the dark as in the north the days are short. Getting longer now while heading from northern California to the South but either way I could not go wrong with this stuff.

Before taking off for Day 2....here is my set up


Ninja Leslie

A little icy but doable



Day 2 and 3 were all about people and scenery. I have ridden down the 101 before but again riding SOLO and taking it all in for me feels like a who knew experience. Plus, being winter gives this scenic road a whole new appeal. I am the only motorcycle around that appears to be touring. In the warmer areas I see bikes out for day rides but I have not seen anyone with luggage. 😉 Fine with me because I am not seeing any RV's or too many tourists either. Off season riding...I have said it before and will say it again...can't beat it.



This is not an epic ride but for me it's a welcomed impromptu cross-country one way ride. I decided to do this trip in December and I though initially I would leave Christmas Eve but got delayed with realtor stuff and setting up my house to sell. No bites yet and has been on the market since January 2. I am not going to worry about it. That is why I hired my realtor.

west-coast

So, how does one prepare for a winter trip? Have no clue. I just tried to make sure I have heated gear for possible really cold areas I might hit and lighter gear for the warmer areas. What I forgot was light weight gloves. So far not an issue but I will see as I head more South. I looked at the regional forecasts on the Net and I hope I can continue to ride in the predicted weather versus getting nailed with something I can't handle. That is what the next few weeks look like. Weather I could handle but this time of year who knows.



While I am on this trip I am also "looking" for a job. I have resumes out and I am getting emails and calls while on the bike to interview. I am not answering any calls, only have 100 mins for ER reasons but checked my voice mail and also email of course. I guess I will have to contact these potential new employers and let them know I am out of interview commission for a while. I guess it's good that there is interest though. A Positive.


eyes meant for riding not looking for a job ;-)

These eyes are for looking down the road not for a job right now or to sell my house. I am now fully focused on this trip and all I care about really???? Is riding, seeing, smelling, meeting new people, eating as always and enjoying myself as much as I can.


Rigid Amber covers

These Aux lights Amber covers work so well in the fog for visibility. Instead of the LED white light being diffused across the fog the covers stop that and concentrate the light right where it should be...near my bike. I can still see light shining on the road but I have my headlights for that...these do get cars attention oncoming and when I am riding behind. Like the covers for sure.


my artsy shot





Before the rain got me as I headed into Florence.



My bike is happy on the west coast but I am sure she will like the move...and being placed in my parents garage. Oops...not sure if I will be riding up the coast. I told my parents and I will keep my word if the weather is too bad towards New York when I get there I will park it where they have a place in Florida and fly home from there. But, everyone send good weather vibes when I am closer. Sure would hate to end this trip in Florida but then again if I leave her there I will just have to fly down and ride her up in the Spring. Either I am fine.

If you like water views the 101 is for you. Seriously, when it is clear out this road can't be closer unless you are riding in the water.







My on the road Bridge fetus continues. Why would it change? I have a need? Habit taking shots of bridges as I cross them from my saddle. Just seem to fascinate me when I travel. I seemed to be fascinated pretty easily these days. Self entertainment.



OK..are you west coast folks name the bridges...;-)







Okay enough of bridges. So day 2 ended around 1800, in the dark and rain.
This is my look when the rain kept getting harder...



I think at this point I was like REALLY? At least no snow.


My new decal

Now, at this time I do not have permission to say where I stayed so for now I will say I was housed by another very nice virtual world friends and was given my end of the house so it seemed. Was taken out to dinner, met some of their friends who just posted on FB some restaurant ideas and that they are following me...LOVE SPOT! Had a good nights sleep, had a great hearty breakfast with my new BMW rider friends and off I went in the clear. No rain or fog to start Day 3. UPDATE: I got permission. I stayed with Jan and Sharon. Both ride BMW RT's and Super Tenere. ;-)

Just heard on the news the Bay area has not seen rain for January and there is nothing but sun and warm weather for the next week. Need to check the weather elsewhere...but again if the regional forecast I checked before planning my real departure date is correct I should be hitting decent weather all south to Florida. May even be HOT.

The view from the house I stayed at last night. That is the ocean in the distance. Great view of the water from their great room and work out room.


million dollar view

Covered parking like the night before. Not tonight though. In a hotel.



Today was Redwood Day, Grants Pass and I even rode the Avenue of the Giants. I hardly made any distance. Met some great people on the road. My new LED low beam stopped working. I pulled over at a bike shop and myself and a tech had a look. 2 wires pulled out of the connection. Not sure how that happened but took it out and put in my trusty Vision X bulb. I will take a picture and send it to the company. Not sure what happened there. That set up was working great for thousands of KM's until today. Hmmm

In any case...I had a peaceful riding day. The Reds are huge. We all know that but on a bike they seem bigger. I have been through here before on my F650GS but took a different route than before. Once I leave Garberville everything from here on will be brand new for me on a bike. That's what I have been looking forward too...all new stuff to see and ride. Never have I been down to the southern USA on any bike. Been there in cars, for work and with my family when I was young. So, Day 4 will start all new memories.



I so needed a coffee and stopped here.



What was inside cracked me up. I just saw a herd of Elk. Laying in a field...well...here is the pic. Oh, I had my super zoom camera ready to come with me at home and guess what? Forgot to take it just like light weight gloves. So, this is the best I could do with my little point and shoot.


Elk

There were these two women inside chatting. One was the owner and another was a farmer. She was telling me she HATES the Elk. Locals all do. They ruin their crops. She then went on to say to me one male Elk pierced one of her horses with his antlers? Is that what you call them on Elks? Anyway, basically stabbed her horse.



She said he met his demise by getting himself hit by a truck down the road. She laughed. I was like Oh my! She said "shit" happens to these Elk when they least expect it. I hate them. Hmmm...I guess if you live and have a lively hood where these guys seem to be a nuisance than I suppose hating a wild animal is ok? All relative.


Then there was this sign in the bathroom which was so appropriate.



My bike turned 35,000 KM's today and now I have that service message come up. Since June 2014 I have had to have a 20K, 30K service and as soon as I move to the states I will need a 40K service. UGH! $$$



Most of my day looked like this.



and other times it was pretty foggy but really no rain. So, for Day 2 and 3 I have had some amazing riding and meeting many people. That's what I like about traveling by myself and not as Cheryl & Leslie. I stop and say hello. Maybe too often like today but no need to pressure myself. I will get to Florida one day and hopefully NY too.






Avenue of the Giants...man they are HUGE! I have taken my Jeep through the Tree you can drive through so I skipped that this time. Took myself on a tour and I was the ONLY one in the park where I went. No heated gear too.









So, that's it for Day 2 & 3. My route has already been altered and will continue to do so as I check the Winter weather each day where I will go. So, again if you are following the SPOT track..you will know when I do too.



SPOT LINK CLICK HERE


Until next time...thanks for all the comments and offers to stay at all your homes. Hope to be able to take more up on the offers if I am in your area. ;-) Leslie
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Day 4 - January 17th 2015


Today I tried to be a tourist, I really did. However, the Drive-Thru Tree Park was closed and when I attempted to make it to Fort Bragg the weather was so horrible that I did not feel very safe on Route 1. It was slick and it was pouring out. No other cars were on the road at all that I could see. Just me. After about 30 KM's or so I turned around and headed out. Went back to see if the Drive-Thru Tree was open and it was still closed after 0900. Early bird did not get the worm today.

I got to see the sign ;-)

The first 200 KM's it just pissed on me. I know rain but this rain is a lot in a short period of time. I was texting a friend in Three Rivers and he kept assuring me that "soon" I would be in the clear. Well, maybe not soon but he was right. I was to try to make it to Three Rivers today. Paul is a guy I met in West Yellowstone last June 2014 on my X Country Trip. We road a great dirt road near Big Sky, Montana.



Paul says he has "some" roads to show me. 😉 I wonder what sort of roads he really means. Paul is a crazy good off-road rider on his F650GS. I am certain though he will take me to fun dirt not dirt bike dirt. Right PAUL?

Rt 1

I did not make it to Three Rivers. I ran out of steam after riding almost 800 KM's. I took 101 for much of the day and then interstates and big highways. Made it to Modesto. Had a hell of a time finding a hotel room. Soccer tourney in the town of Interlock where I wanted to stay. Instead I landed a bleach smelling motel room. If I don't wake up you all know I was poisoned. 😵


Seems I take many selfies of me in the rain. I just threw my GoreTex regular jacket on to ride to Fort Bragg. I stayed dry but my jacket on the outside could not repel the rain quick enough. Once I got cover back went on the KLIM jacket. Not sure what I was thinking.


After the rain it went to fog


Pretty dense at times


Then patience paid off...


Heading towards Napa I took Route 128. I had that road to myself until Napa and I have to say it really put a grin on my face. I felt so into this trip and so into that road. Twisties, great views, country, no cars, no people, just FUN! Tons of vineyards of course.


The Napa valley was booming with tourists. Saw the Napa Wine Train go by...saw very rich people and their fancy cars and also saw many poor looking people in crappy cars. Felt like a movie set at times. I rode through tempted to stop and taste some wines but as we all know no drinking and riding. I also needed to make up time to try to get to my destination.
While trying to pick up speed on I-5 I noticed my clutch getting pretty tight. I saw a Harley dealer and quickly took that exit.



Scott the service tech came out after he deliberated with his boss whether or not he should really be touching my bike. I just wanted a pro to look and assess. Scott said my cable needed lube and he did adjust it at the clutch itself. I know I could have done that but why not have someone with experience take look if you can? Much better after I left Eagles Nest Harley in Lathrop, CA.



I have to say very nice folks and they checked my clutch out within 5 mins. Thanks HD Eagles Nest! Fancy dealer too.




While I was about to leave I felt the Sons of Anarchy showed up. Weird, no one said hello to me yet I heard them say, "it's a girl and she rode from British Columbia?" It's a girl? OK, I won;t go there.



I just took off.


I felt so out-of-place....😉


Not a whole lot of pics today because once I was out of the rain and fun riding it was highway for the rest of the day. Met some really nice people like everyday at rest areas and gas stations. I just did not have it in me to ride another 200 KM's to make it to Three Rivers. I will get there tomorrow and see what Paul has in-store for me. Maybe I will get some dirt under these wheels after all.


Something I also noticed today is I am going to have to resole my AP boots. Go figure. I guess these have a few KM/miles on them. Good thing the sole can be resoled.


Day 5 tomorrow and perhaps once I get to Paul I will ride the day with him, stay there and then hopefully start making my way around to Arizona? Somewhere in the direction.
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Bike won't start. I'm Three Rivers for the day to ride dirt roads with a friend. EWS code that's happened before . Will wait a bit and see if it starts . Had this checked out and my dealer said my ignition antenna is the latest one. Hate this "not" fixable problem.


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…that sucks...

It is frustrating to have a 'known' gremlin come back.
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