2012 West Coast Discovery

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Jet kit, RT Emulators in forks (softens the sharp hard hits), custom seat and Acerbis 5.3 gal tank. Gives me close to 250 mile range. I love the bike !
  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Ha! The Canadian Sasquatch !!! How are you my brother !! :clap
  3. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Good planning and great trip, not to mention a lot of excellent photos. thanks for sharing. Many folks not from the NW folks believe it rains all the time, but four months of the year really is paradise on earth. Don't tell anyone... Towards fourth week in Oct, not so much. Glad to hear a shout out to Bend, one of my favorite small city places to get away from Portland.

    Now waiting for the rest of the story...:lurk



    looks like we share passion for little manly bichon tug rat, best little 9 pound fetcher I've ever owned. :freaky

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  4. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks Mike! Not sure. Ill bet Larryboy or Tony knows, but it's was a heated issue up there. And from what we were told, rightly so.

    We could have used your professional services after that last day posted ! :lol3
  5. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :clap Love them !
  6. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    What is it with you guys and the foo foo dogs?

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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    This would be the very 1st morning we would wake to see this:
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    Thats not rain.
    Thats the Pacific influence. And it's very noticeable from what we had experienced up until arriving here.
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    We pack up, eat and head out once again. 11th day into this trip and all was well so far. Except for my rear tire. It was unusually spent.
    Just down the road from the lodge, we are back on our route and......
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    Todays weather ?
    Yep, it was.......
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    Back on the dirt taking FS road:
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    The Bear Basin
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    Nice northern California riding here. We notice the tree species are changing.
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    We are headed to Crescent City a seaside town for lunch, but Tony will route us through the Redwoods first.
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    OK, this was very cool and part of the overall trip experience. We pop out on the South Fork of Smith river. Everyone ahead of me, in the corner of my eye I see this:
    "The Cool Bus" :1drink
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    I grabbed a handful of brake and rounded up the bike. I just had to check this out. I mean how many times in my life will I be back here ? Never right ?

    A elderly couple who lived in the woods, in the bus ! "The Cool Bus" as was painted in it.
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    Yea, this was northern California ! I was meeting the genuine article. This is what these trips are all about. Not a hobby or an act for them. They lived it in their hearts. A true piece of Americana.
    They give me a tour.
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    One of the 1st questions he would ask me, and genuinely:
    "Is marijuana legal in NJ" ? :lol3

    Sure, our political views were 180' apart I'm sure. Me being very conservative and he a free spirit. But we are both Americans 1st, and I was dam glad to meet him and shake his hand. I admired his freedom and care free lifestyle. Something very alien to me and my life in NJ.

    They will probably live care free and old enough to bury me !
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    Redwoods up next !
  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    What do you mean dogs ? :bluduh
  9. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"Could you tell what happened to the forest along Wimer Road? My heck ... looks like the place has been nuked."

    Big fires in that country. There was a 400,000+ acre blaze I guess about 12 years ago that nearly burned down into the Pacific near Brookings. Then there were some other large fires a couple years ago.

    If you drive 199, you will see where they stopped the southern edge of the fire at the highway/river. If the fire had crossed 199... a lot of the north coast might have been toast.

    But the big fire season was 1954. The "Tillamook Burn' in Orygun went to the pacific (burned a chunk of the town too), and in Northern California, there was a redwoods fire that burned to the pacific near Big Lagoon.
  10. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Frank, good on you for understanding the other side of thinking. I'm probably in the middle somewhere but there are good people in every direction. I'd probably fall down laughing if he asked me about weed being legal in georgia. I may look for that bus this spring when I'm back out in norcal.

    PS/wonderful RR!:clap
  11. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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    I'll volunteer my services just bring me along on your next trip :D
  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks Marty!
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    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Continuing on the Redwoods
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    We enter the:
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    Whoa ! :huh
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    Check this out fellas ! Riding through this Redwood forest on a dirt road was a real highlight !!
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    We pop out just outside of Crescent City. We could suddenly smell the salt water.

    I needed a tire bad. My Buddy at home running command central for me started to call around and found me a tire.
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    John and Mike go get lunch and bring it back for everyone as Bruce and I go to work.
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    I pretty much sat back and watched Mr. ISDE change it out in record time :lol3
    All done, we eat.
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  14. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Fresh tire and full bellies, we set out, south on the route.

    Crescent City California
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    More Redwoods !!
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    We ride down to the ocean
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    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We "reach the beach"
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    Yea, your eyes are not failing you. That is a full grown bull elk browsing on the beach !
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    Looking left
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    Looking right (elk in photo)
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    Looking out to the Pacific
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    We storm the beach
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    I have have to express our feeling here.
    "Focking fantastic" !! :clap
    Excuse my language :1drink
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    After a while at the beach, we walk back to the bikes and head back out. Next time we see the Pacific will be on the "Lost Coast" to the south. But we pass through, and overnight on Native American land before we get there.
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    Meh. Another group of posers "roughing it" out west. :*sip*




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  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :lol3 You snowmobiling fool ya ! :clap
    Hows the Moose meat holding out ?
  18. byways

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    Amazing contrast ... from such massive mountains and deep river canyons, then to the sea ...

    Culturally, what we see here is the yearning for freedom, to live as one wishes to. That's a hallmark among those who live in the mountains and forests of those parts. They want freedom ... and that means freedom to smoke dope if they want, freedom from rules and regulations, freedom to live in an old school bus instead of a stick house ... freedom to live as they wish. Is that liberal or conservative? I dunno.
  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    A ride back inland now through the California hills !
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    It's getting late in the day. We were at the Patrick Creek Lodge just this morning and had traveled quite a distance. Our target for tonight: The Hoopa Indian Reservation Our onlt choice to be honest.
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    Yea man, this is California brother :thumb
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    Late afternoon check in
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    We unpack, do laundry and kick back with a few beers.
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    We employ an old Indian trick on drying clothes
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    After showering, we hit the strip..........:lol3
    Vegas it was not
    AC it was not
    eh, yea :puke1
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    Diner choice were....well,.......limited at best. But we scrounge up some grub
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    Next morning. Breakfast.
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    UP NEXT:

    THE LOST COAST !!! :1drink
  20. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Good point T.
    Sounds Libertarian really ! :clap
    Good on them! :thumb