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Old 07-28-2013, 10:42 AM   #46
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The Lassen video posted earlier wasn't playing. I think it is fixed now. I had to upload it again.
SmugMug is going through some growing pains, I think. New updates to SM are being announced on the 30th.



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Old 07-28-2013, 10:54 AM   #47
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Leaving Lassen

Construction delays and long straight highways have me bored to tears.





I started playing chicken with the trucks...





by riding as close to the centerline as I dared and waiting until they were close to fire the shutter.










It was hard to make time today...





I got rained on some and had to outrun the dust devils.





We dealt with extreme winds crossing the flat areas near the Oregon border.





Finally, I sensed the boredom was about to end.





Up the hill.





We are almost there...





There it is!

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:01 AM   #48
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ding ding ding!!!! Another winner!!!

Dave, your reports never cease to amaze me. I rode those same roads, but you captured in a way I could not. Thank you for continually putting together some of the best stuff on the web
Thanks for the nice compliment, UpST8!

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Holy snappin' duckshit Batman!! No wonder they're professional quality!! I'd love to bring my SLR and lenses but just won't have the room or weight availability for the flights. Might have to cut and paste some of yours into my trip!!

Fantastic effort. Looking forward to more

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Leave the unimportant shit at home. Bring the camera. The duffel on the back of April was more for convenience as the panniers were only half full.

Except for the low light stuff, a small camera can do most any of this.


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sweet! sonora pass is my fav too.
I now see why the locals rave about it.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #49
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Great stuff , love your lens work. As a guy that's had the fortune to ride many of these areas on two wheels, and 4wd I think you've got a terrific pony for the task. I also concur with the thrill of HWY 36 between Red Bluff and !01. Make sure you stop in the lil town of Platina for a beer, burger, gas, and, if you're lucky, some local chit chat. Another terrific road in situations where you want to avoid the heat of Death Valley is HWY 168 out of Big Pine , this becomes 266 as you cross into Nevada. It ends on 95 and there's not much between there and Vegas. But that stretch between Big Pine and Tokop ( Lida Pass) is terrific, no traffic, no services. Well I'm on board to see the rest of your trip. You're heading into roads I don't ride much. Thank you for taking the time to post up,
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I agree on 36, but I always give up half of it because the lure of hwy 3 through Hayfork is so strong.



Good stuff, Dave!! I saw you in Eatpasta/AJ's report awhile back, hey that's Dave and April I said!!


Ok. You two have the gears in my head turning. This is what I've come up with...



2400 miles. I might be able to pull that off in a long weekend.



larryboy, I was in another RR as well. That will happen when we get to the Oregon Coast.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #50
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Feeling Blue

I had tentatively planned to grab a campsite up here and try to shoot the stars at night over the lake,
but it was cloudy, 35 degrees and very windy. You can see the wind on the blue water.






April enjoys the view.





Behind us the storms race up the hill.





Panorama




To get the whole lake in one shot you need a fisheye lens.





The clouds move in...

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Old 07-28-2013, 02:20 PM   #51
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End of Day 5

The East Rim Drive was still closed. I was surprised how short the West Rim Drive was. Suddenly we were heading down the hill.





I rode through a brief rain storm just before reaching Diamond Lake.

Hmmm... I plan to be long gone before 11...





I found a campsite at the edge of Diamond Lake. The rain held out long enough for me to get the tent up.





I sat inside the tent and scarfed down a Subway sandwich April had been carrying since Klamath Falls.





The rain subsided and I wandered out to see the lake.










It was a beautiful sunset, though I never saw the sun.











My map got a little wet.

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Perfection as always, Dave! Appreciate the effort! 'Scribed...
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:28 AM   #53
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Ok. You two have the gears in my head turning. This is what I've come up with...


2400 miles. I might be able to pull that off in a long weekend.



larryboy, I was in another RR as well. That will happen when we get to the Oregon Coast.

Cut out the 5 section, take 395 all the way, then 139 to 39 to Klamath Falls, left on 140, cross 97 onto 66...one of the very best paved roads on the west coast, south on 273, south on 5...this is the fun curvy section, 3 south, 36 west onto your route there.

Better make it a three day weekend.
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Perfection as always, Dave! Appreciate the effort! 'Scribed...
Thanks HPTuner!

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Cut out the 5 section, take 395 all the way, then 139 to 39 to Klamath Falls, left on 140, cross 97 onto 66...one of the very best paved roads on the west coast, south on 273, south on 5...this is the fun curvy section, 3 south, 36 west onto your route there.

Better make it a three day weekend.
That adds another 160+ miles, but does look more enticing. The next time I take a week off for a ride will be for an off-road trip. (Maybe September?) But 2600 miles could probably be done in 3 days...
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #55
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Day 6 - We're in the Pacific Northwet

I did some thinking in the tent last night while the rain fell on the nylon. April was limping on a tired chain that was getting worse each day. Crater Lake had been the primary goal of this trip. Mt Rainier and Seattle were thrown into the plan only as an after-thought and added another 1000 miles. I decided to head towards the PCH today and turn towards home. I don't think April's chain can take the added miles. That means I can take it easy from here on... We'll just see how good I am at taking it easy.






There were a few obstacles on the wet roads...






Just kidding. That was a closed roadway (Old highway alignment?) near Cascade Falls.





I take the drive along the North Umpqua River with hopes of getting some waterfall pictures.





After waiting out a strong shower under the overhang of the pit toilets for about an hour, I hiked up the trail to the highest falls in Southern Oregon.

..........



It was really wet...











..........


Watson Falls





It felt like a million miles from Arizona.











Watson Falls





April doesn't mind the cold rain.





The clouds finally break up some and the falls were visible from the parking lot. I was the only person here.

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To the PCH





The rest of the day was an uneventful ride towards the coast with April's chain jerking us along.










I ride south along the coast and start looking for a place to camp. I happen upon Cape Blanco State Park...

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Cape Blanco, Oregon

It's hard to tell, but I was smiling here.





Panoramic Cape Blanco View





The campground is $20 whether you use the electrical hookups or not.
I charged my phone and cameras.





All of the sites were separated from each other with dense vegetation. I set up the tent to dry.
I took a long hot shower and changed into clean clothes. The facilities here were probably the best of any campsite I've ever been to.
For $20 this was a real bargain.






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The pizza was pretty average.


Wait, it wasn't awesome?? That's their motto!



Nice to see you out and about, Dave62538675309!
Looks like you had fun.



Oh, I really like that photo of Cascade Falls!
Beautiful!
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Cape Blanco, Oregon

That is a very nice quiet place to camp. It is the most westerly point in Oregon.
The Lighthouse tour is pretty cool as well.
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Thinking About Suicide

There was a trail behind my campsite, so I set off to explore.






There was a cool view looking south towards Port Orford.






..........




I walked about a mile to get to the lighthouse.






I was hoping to shoot the sunset on the beach...












A light rain chased me away. As I was climbing back up the bluff I heard moto engines...







I met these 2 cool dudes at the top. I just happened to be present as they officially ended the TAT.






While we were talking, this happened.






I didn't even know Cape Blanco was the official TAT end. I thought Port Orford was.
The boys were in a celebratory mood and not wanting to camp. They were wet and cold from the last couple nights.
After they posed for a picture or two, I left them alone to enjoy the major accomplishment together.

You can read their report here: Financial Suicide: A new life behind bars






As I walked away I turned to see stuntheavy running at a breakneck speed down the bluff towards this rock.
swifter was following at a less suicidal pace.













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