2012 West Coast Discovery

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

  1. byways

    byways byways

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    Noooo ... This can't be over. What shall I do with my life now??

    One of the greatest ride reports ever, Dockingpilot. A tour 'd force.
  2. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    DP: Wow! Max speed was 362 MPH?!? Did I miss the part where you rode them DS bikes out of the back of a C-130 Hercules? :rofl
  3. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Lol! Almost. I turned it on in the and to Seattle to get a fix on our position.


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  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Good one guys!! :clap:clap


    That hard packed white looking sand stuff is what we call 'DG' out here...decomposed granite.
  5. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks Rob !
    Hey one question on the logging up in Washington. Bruce thought it was logged in the past, but I said no because, and here's my question for you,
    How the hell do they get logging trucks back in there on those double track roads ?
  6. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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    [How the hell do they get logging trucks back in there on those double track roads ?[/QUOTE]


    I'll answer your question with a question, How the hell do they get those big ass ships through those tight channels and into those little docking ports( or whatever the hell you call them). Hmm,
  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Pretty much every square inch of the west has been logged and most of what we see today is third or even fourth growth forests. I've seen log trucks get towed into a logging unit with a dozer, loaded with logs, then dragged back out with the dozer. Lots of helicopter logging has happened too, you only have to get close with a pickup, then walk in, the copter yards the logs out to a major road.
  8. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Frank, thanks for another great ride report!
    Do you wish you would have followed Mike over Mendocino Pass instead of 101 and 20?
  9. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Cool, thanks Rob !
  10. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Well, in retrospect, yes, it was they nicer way to go Bob.
  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I'll answer your question with a question, How the hell do they get those big ass ships through those tight channels and into those little docking ports( or whatever the hell you call them). Hmm,[/QUOTE]

    :lol3
    Channels and berths.
  12. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    I discovered your ride report this morning.. What a wonderful trip for you guys, thanks for the great pic's and the writing. I have a question that I might have missed earlier. Where did Mikee get a new cover for his GS? I would love to do a ride like that, need a lot more practice with my Panzer. Probably an:clap off road riding course, or just keep working on it with experience?? Again, thank you for the great ride!!! Looking forward to your next adventure..
  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    I've found the best time of year to travel the west coast is mid-sept.
    Most all of the summer tourism crowds is gone & kids are back at school but the temps are still great.
    We've always been able to roll up to a coastal campground and find an open spot.
    Not possible in the summer where you most often need to have a reservation.

    I was told years ago the summer coastal fog is gone or minimal this month and the 5 times I've toured coastal nor cal. this has proven to be true. I was also told if you push it to oct. and later you can start to see winter rain storms come in.
    It can also be incredible in oct., but sept. does not see the winter storms yet so it's a safer bet...then again sept. is the best month (anywhere in the US) IMO for touring.
  14. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    so glad to see you guys did in fact drop down into Sinkyone Wilderness SP :clap
    it is one of those special places most do not experience.
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=429

    most people miss it (to the west) when they are at 4-way/4-corners (usal-chemise mtn.-briceland-sinkyone rds) when traveling the usal. the signage down to Sinkyone does not jump out you and it almost looks like a private road. i've found the views from the visitor center area (behind that big barn building and all w/ the picnic table) are some of the finest of all of the lost coast. there is camping down below the visitor center that I want to use one day.

    i tell people to ride down to the visitor center at least (there is no charge) and take in the amazing coastal views behind the barn. we also see elk every time we visit as they stay there year round. this picture does not do it justice what so ever.

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  15. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    Great, enjoyable report, guys. Thanks for taking us along.
  16. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Day 12 reprise; After gassing up in Blue Lake, we set off on Maple Creek Rd, a sweet, twisted piece of pavement that runs parallel to the Mad River. John and I regroup when the route turned back to dirt by Kneeland Airport. Frank & John decide they need some vacation in this vacation, and head for Shelter Cove. John and I proceed on the route and found ourselves immersed in a fantastic landscape.
    Showers Pass Rd was indeed a jewel, and I was thankful Tony Hugel had routed us this way. ​
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  17. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    John and I grab lunch in Rio Dell, Then head East on Bear River Ridge Rd, a fast dirt road that teased us with some far off glimpses of the pacific.
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    We continued on to the obligatory Mattole Rd followed by a trip out to Windy Point. A trip over Saddle Mountain in the Kings Range continues the party and then it&#8217;s off to the Inn of The Lost Coast , Where we would cap it off with a soak in hot tub overlooking shelter cove. ​
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  18. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Thanks for the taking us along DP! Shelter Cove looked kinda freaky and reminds me of a fictional town from a favorite author. Christopher Moore writes about some crazy residents and their antics in the costal California town of Pine Cove. Practical Demonkeeping and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove two highly entertaining reads if you're interested.

    John
  19. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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    Now that's the way to do a trip "Moving Average" 34 mph :D

    Great report Frank !
  20. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    That pic was of some guys we came across at the bottom of Cleman Mountain. I offered them some epoxy to patch the hole, but they were content to give it a go with duct tape.