2-Day 800 Mile Epic California Ride

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by eatpasta, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    My wife and I differ in many ways. She thrives on social interaction and I thrive on solitude. Im sure many of you guys struggle with women in that sometime you just want to take off for a few days and go camping..... and what's wrong with that?

    :dunno

    My wife understands this about me and she struggles with it but because she loves me, she doesn't question it when once or twice a year I've got to just take off..... this was one of those weekends.
    For me work has been really tough as the place I helped build starts to designate in front of my eyes through stupid decisions in management. This adding on to the fact that the wife and I are about to have our first child.....

    needless to say it was time to get on the bike.

    At 5am with all my crap loaded, I took off, headed towards the Sequoia National Park

    DAY 1

    here's the map....

    <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=s_d&amp;saddr=Silver+City,+CA&amp;daddr=36.208652,-118.8086289+to:36.0833436,-118.5343436+to:35.8068312,-118.4528292+to:35.4201013,-118.5369063+to:34.9145979,-118.2913971+to:34.766433,-118.4312257+to:34.53459,-118.439774+to:Los+Angeles,+CA+90020&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=FRFlLAIdL4jt-Ck5FzDxoP2_gDHh_S4seGer8w%3BFQyAKAIdzB_r-CkJ88QyiK7qgDGxDx_7tvVKOA%3BFY-WJgIdOU_v-CmjDDYK9hjAgDEqt3X7nK9TfQ%3BFW9eIgIdo43w-Ck3zQVXOTLAgDFIxIWH5E0caQ%3BFcV3HAIdNkXv-CkpAOfFg93BgDFIU_vFiP3acw%3BFSXBFAIdOwTz-CkffeOP-z3CgDGTYdQLqUtE-w%3BFWF-EgIdB-Lw-Cl_U7T-5GzCgDFyTdlrrhABMA%3BFb70DgIdosDw-ClD_PR_nWPCgDEfnKTFN8f0tg%3BFZvMBwId37zy-CnDxGGpkLjCgDFRdD0Wv0alxg&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=silver+&amp;sll=34.461277,-118.541107&amp;sspn=0.414418,0.883026&amp;gl=us&amp;mra=dpe&amp;mrsp=7&amp;sz=10&amp;via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=34.461277,-118.541107&amp;spn=0.414418,0.883026&amp;t=m&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=embed&amp;saddr=Silver+City,+CA&amp;daddr=36.208652,-118.8086289+to:36.0833436,-118.5343436+to:35.8068312,-118.4528292+to:35.4201013,-118.5369063+to:34.9145979,-118.2913971+to:34.766433,-118.4312257+to:34.53459,-118.439774+to:Los+Angeles,+CA+90020&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=FRFlLAIdL4jt-Ck5FzDxoP2_gDHh_S4seGer8w%3BFQyAKAIdzB_r-CkJ88QyiK7qgDGxDx_7tvVKOA%3BFY-WJgIdOU_v-CmjDDYK9hjAgDEqt3X7nK9TfQ%3BFW9eIgIdo43w-Ck3zQVXOTLAgDFIxIWH5E0caQ%3BFcV3HAIdNkXv-CkpAOfFg93BgDFIU_vFiP3acw%3BFSXBFAIdOwTz-CkffeOP-z3CgDGTYdQLqUtE-w%3BFWF-EgIdB-Lw-Cl_U7T-5GzCgDFyTdlrrhABMA%3BFb70DgIdosDw-ClD_PR_nWPCgDEfnKTFN8f0tg%3BFZvMBwId37zy-CnDxGGpkLjCgDFRdD0Wv0alxg&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=silver+&amp;sll=34.461277,-118.541107&amp;sspn=0.414418,0.883026&amp;gl=us&amp;mra=dpe&amp;mrsp=7&amp;sz=10&amp;via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=34.461277,-118.541107&amp;spn=0.414418,0.883026&amp;t=m" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>

    The obligatory pre-ride bike shot....

    [​IMG]

    one of the big things that sucks about living in Los Angeles, it that it's Los Angeles. Normally these roads are a parking lot.... not at 5.30am on a Saturday...... foggy and cold, I push out of the city

    [​IMG]

    slowly the concrete canyons give way to concrete B roads.....

    [​IMG]

    after nearly an hour on the bike......

    ............... AAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... thats better.

    [​IMG]

    I navigate more and more canyon roads that lead me away from the hell that is where I live and onto the first dirt section near the desert

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    looking towards Lancaster and the Mojave desert

    [​IMG]

    I make it across the basin, through the wind farms and over through Tehachapi

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    for those of you that dont know, Tehachapi is like California's train set. All the train lover flock here from all over

    [​IMG]

    Through Tehachapi and onto Caliente-Bodfish for the real start of the ride......

    when it looks like this up ahead you know it's not going to suck

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    breakfast at the local joint in Kernville where I Saw the cleanest 650R in the history of man

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I asked the guy how he liked his 650R and he said something to the effect of "Oh no....this is a 705R" or something like that....
    :huh

    [​IMG]

    moving on..... the road leaving Kernville and past the annual WARPED campground is sweet

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and eventually it leads you here....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    home of many giant Sequoias...... and if they fall, when they hit the ground, they shatter

    [​IMG]

    gorgeous piece of road

    [​IMG]

    the office for the weekend

    [​IMG]

    Finally caught up to to this guy.... who was hauling balls

    [​IMG]

    I followed him for awhile.... he was probably wondering why but I noticed he was an ADV

    :lol3

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    at three rivers he finally pulled off and I introduced myself. He was a super nice guy and he gave me his card. Now I need to FIND that card so I can PM him....

    onward and upward!

    I stopped for a sandwich and some firewood in Three Rivers

    [​IMG]

    The campsite that I was trying to find was supposedly at the end of this long road.... turned out to be nearly TWO HOURS of climbing a one lane road....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    it was 97 degrees and the climb was rather steep. The GS had my fat ass on it, firewood, tools, oil, water, camping gear...... and the bike was getting really hot so I had to pull off a few times to let it cool.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    it gets more amazing as you go up.....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I stopped at Silver City for a snack - cool little spot!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    moving on, closer to the campsite

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I had been told about the walk in camping and that it was more remote so I went for that. Lugging my crap in wasnt fun but being alone was nice

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Deer everywhere

    [​IMG]

    Its not so much a camp site as it is just forest

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and its right on a creek as well

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I lit the fire and started to drink.....then things got weird with the camera

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    After about 400 miles on the bike I was tired and was looking forward to a good sleep. Waking up in the morning was nice.... good tent view!

    [​IMG]


    Ill post up about day two probably tomorrow.....

    cheers
    #1
  2. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    4,293
    Location:
    Richmond, Ohio
    :popcorn:

    Awesome day one. Looks like a great place to ride.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2
    #2
  3. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    16,939
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    very nice aj. good to see you'e having a great time.

    keep them coming.
    #3
  4. irvfr

    irvfr Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    104
    Location:
    Bergen,NJ
    Enjoyed the pictures and ride report!!!
    #4
  5. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,784
    Location:
    Fresno, CA
    Awesome!
    #5
  6. ThePass

    ThePass Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    13
    How are you taking pictures while riding?? I'm picturing you following that other ADV rider that you came across and juggling a point-and-shoot while trying to catch up to him... it doesn't seem advisable haha. I'm used to a sportbike though, no experience with an adventure bike, so maybe it's a lot easier than I'm imagining...

    -Ryan
    #6
  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    It does take practice but once you get it down, it's easy. I always use a lanyard for the camera and it's either around my neck and the camera lives in my jacket, or when its cold, I lanyard the camera to the tankbag and just keep it in the little side pocket so it always right there when I need it.
    Operation is just with the left hand and again with a little practice, pretty easy
    #7
  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    15,600
    Location:
    Lookin' for likes.


    Hell, I'm trying to figure out how he rode two bikes. :lol3:huh
    #8
  9. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    I stole the one pic with the speed triple in it from a different trip last year because I didnt get any pic of that this time..... because I knew I could steal pics from the other trip.

    Didnt think anyone would notice....

    :shog
    #9
  10. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,479
    Location:
    St. George, UT
    Nice RR. Enjoy a few rides before your baby arrives. Congrats and enjoy that also! :clap
    #10
  11. audstanley

    audstanley Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Oddometer:
    21
    I dig it! Cant wait to see more photos!

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    #11
  12. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    getting day 2 stuff together..... here's a pano til I finish

    [​IMG]
    #12
  13. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    Yeah.....its going to be interesting....

    :lol3
    #13
  14. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,784
    Location:
    Fresno, CA
    Is that Mineral King?
    #14
  15. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    DAY 2

    I slept pretty well that night surprisingly because Im sure most of us, the first night back camping again there is lots of tossing and turning. I get some of the best sleep in my life about two weeks into a good bike trip. Having said that, I woke up at 5am thinking it was about 8 and packed everything and headed to the bike.
    By the time the bike was mostly packed I realized it was only about 6 - not that it really mattered, it just meant that I had a few more hours to rub together than I had figured on...... it was time!

    Plus I had fabulous success at not getting eaten by a bear!

    here is the map for day 2....

    <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=s_d&amp;saddr=90020&amp;daddr=36.0019076,-121.4717675+to:36.2509131,-120.2416096+to:Mineral+King,+CA+93271&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=FZvMBwId37zy-CnDxGGpkLjCgDFRdD0Wv0alxg%3BFXNYJQId6XzC-CmLeqx0XZqSgDGXXqO90ZSh0g%3BFSElKQIdN0LV-CkZtRILpWCTgDFT7wRCLwLPgA%3BFdcxLAIdAGPu-Cmv6jsfG_y_gDGrHJepcRBqhQ&amp;aq=&amp;sll=36.050209,-121.238251&amp;sspn=0.406372,0.883026&amp;gl=us&amp;mra=dvme&amp;mrsp=1&amp;sz=10&amp;via=1,2&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=36.050209,-121.238251&amp;spn=0.406372,0.883026&amp;t=m&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=embed&amp;saddr=90020&amp;daddr=36.0019076,-121.4717675+to:36.2509131,-120.2416096+to:Mineral+King,+CA+93271&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=FZvMBwId37zy-CnDxGGpkLjCgDFRdD0Wv0alxg%3BFXNYJQId6XzC-CmLeqx0XZqSgDGXXqO90ZSh0g%3BFSElKQIdN0LV-CkZtRILpWCTgDFT7wRCLwLPgA%3BFdcxLAIdAGPu-Cmv6jsfG_y_gDGrHJepcRBqhQ&amp;aq=&amp;sll=36.050209,-121.238251&amp;sspn=0.406372,0.883026&amp;gl=us&amp;mra=dvme&amp;mrsp=1&amp;sz=10&amp;via=1,2&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=36.050209,-121.238251&amp;spn=0.406372,0.883026&amp;t=m" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>

    On the way out

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Self portrait

    [​IMG]

    these were the only seqoia's I got pictures of. The rest of them just look like a picture of bark, or bits of the top of a tree that ends 300 feet above me....so

    [​IMG]

    back down to the bottom of the hill and the bridge again

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    somebodies dream house on the way down....

    [​IMG]

    after this, Im out of the mountains and into the armpit of the state..... the central basin. This is what it all looks like. There's only one picture because it all looks the same; Oildale, Bakersfield, Visallia, Frenso et al

    [​IMG]

    however 198 turned out to be a fabulous road....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    There is ALWAYS something that I've been wanting to do since I started riding. I've always heard about this Military base that you can drive across on the way between the 101 freeway and Big Sur..... This was the day that I was going to get to do it!
    Luckily I didn't take any pictures at all..... I did however see a BALD EAGLE in the air on the base and it got me wonder whether they just have them on the base at all times. :scratch why not? :dunno
    anyways, here are some pics of the base I found just for continuity purposes.

    [​IMG]

    supposedly there is an old mission around somewhere as well....

    [​IMG]

    anyways, I suck.

    moving on....

    [​IMG]

    as quickly as you ride onto the base, you're off the base and it gives way to a bunch of campsites and hippies

    [​IMG]
    #15
  16. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    :nod
    #16
  17. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    After a lot of riding, I finally crest the hill and SHIT - I ran out of continent.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    This area around Big Sur is my favorite place in the world. I cannot ever get enough of it.

    [​IMG]

    if you've never been here - YOU NEED TO GO

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I headed down to one of my favorite spots to have a late breakfast....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #17
  18. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,991
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    One of the hardest things I've had to do in some time is ride past my favorite camp site in the entire world on my way out. This place books 10 months in advance and it was empty..... it took everything in me to not stop and throw up my tent but I promised my old man that I would buy him a burger and a beer on fathers' day - so there was no way in hell I was going to miss that

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    you could 80 billionty pictures around here and they would never do it justice

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    slowly the cliffs faded to flats, and the flats faded to gapes and eventually back to Hwy 101 straight past Cal Poly, which let me tell you on fathers day after graduation was a bloody MESS.

    but the 101 wasnt so bad

    [​IMG]

    the main bummer is this area is very heavily enforced by cops so you have no choice but to cruise at 70

    [​IMG]

    things could be worse, no?

    the rest of the trip is all slab back to Santa Barbara, and eventually LA so pics would be boring as hell.

    the rear tourance took a BEATING. It looks like it was subjected to a trackday or something. It got burned up!

    [​IMG]

    all in all I like Tourances, but they have very little grip on/at the edge..... I had a couple pretty big pucker/slides.....

    [​IMG]

    back to Anakee's next time!

    either way, it was a great two day trip. I had a blast. I probably could have done 200 or 300 more miles if I went for a hotel and didnt have to show up for dinner...... maybe ill do a longer one next time?

    [​IMG]

    Hope you enjoyed!

    :thumb
    #18
  19. randysway

    randysway n00b

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    5
    Nice ride. Hows that place up in big sur. Easy ride? Crowded at all? I was recently at graduation for UCSD and yeah, they really need to limit how many people can goto that...
    #19
  20. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,894
    Location:
    Riding the US in search of writing manuals
    :clap :clap :clap

    Nice RR!

    :lurk
    #20