2012 West Coast Discovery

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

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Pretty cool trip Frank! You gentlemen sure have a great time. I like your style. Clearly you guys are enjoying yourselves on a great vacation. Nice to see such a happy group having such a nice time! :thumb
  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks fellas ! We appreciate your comments and that you enjoyed the read.
  3. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    ....mucho thanks for sharing. I do look forward to riding some of your route this year. Lost Coast has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Time to do it. Thanks again.:clap
  4. EBMOTT

    EBMOTT Adventurer

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    WHAT A FANASTIC RIDE. THANX FOR THE RIDE REPORT. I RODE HENNESS PASS RD LAST SEPT. ON THE THE WAY TO THE RENO AIR RACES. HAD A GOOD RIDE. AND I DO THINK THAT DR 650 IS PERFECT WEPON OF CHOICE FOR THIS RIDE.:clap
  5. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Lost Coast. That is a 'back yard' ride for me. Seems like I forget how beautiful this part of the country is, until someone seeing it from a fresh point of view... reminds me to stop and really look around.

    It is a pretty amazing place to live.
  6. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :thumb

    Keep going, Cali will offer up a big scene change!
  8. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    :clapEpic (yes really!) Ride and Report...Thanks Frank for all of your hard work to compile and post your trip. I'm glad you got to see our favorite riding area and glad you took us along on Tony's route through Norcal to the Lost Coast. My bucket list is filling up! DD
  9. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    thanks again for taking the time to do the report......:clap:clap
  10. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Been here awhile

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    Many thanks to you and your riding partners for the r r. I appreciate everyones computer skills and the time it takes to share these epic rides. It was a treat for me to see the area and roads that I ride. Great bike set ups and trip planning. Love it when a plan comes together. :clap
  11. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    A couple of comments regarding our rides and the report that Frank puts together.

    Plan, plan, plan and plan some more.
    Cant stress this enough. Frank and Mike do the vast majority of the planning. Tony Huegel is a great resource for us as he provides input and verifies our selections.

    Our formula for a succesful Adventure includes fantastic scenery, a bit of history, pavement only as necessary, hotel / motel with a pool and/or hot tub if possible, eat well. And finally avoid any tracks or trails that have the potential for trouble. We don't mind a challenge, but we don't want to beat ourselves up either.

    This is our annual vacation. We don't want to work too hard, be too uncomfortable or get hurt. We want to enjoy the scenery and HAVE FUN!

    For me personally the Alcan Highway has zero attraction. I dont think I've read a single ride report where the writer reports the Alcan was fun and they enjoyed it. So why do it? Same for us on these rides. They are to be enjoyed and should be fun. Every minute of every day.

    I read too many ride reports on ADV that include bike troubles, riders getting hurt, bikes on their sides alot. Not what we want and not really necessary. If you read any of our ride reports you just won't see it. Why? Because we plan these things to the nth degree. You don't see all the behind the scenes wirk by Mike, Frank and Tony.


    Sharing with a Ride Report

    If you've posted photos and video to ADVRider you know how tedious it can be. One of the reasons I believe you don't see too many ride reports like the ones Frank puts together. I don't have the time and patience to do it. Frank enjoys it and does a great job. But you cannot imagine the hours of work that go into it. Planning the ride report. Sorting through the photos and video from all of us. The thoughtful and creative writing. All for your reading enjoyment and to encourage you to get out there and ride.


    These trips are fantastic and we look forward to them and spend the entire year discussing and planning. In fact we are already discussing our 2014 plan. They are the highlight of my year.

    I'd encourage all of you that read these reports to do it. Follow our lead and / or get in touch with Tony Huegel who will provide the guidance and help for your own fantastic adventure that will be enjoyable, fun and you will remember for the rest of your life.


    John
  12. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Thank you for that input John. I enjoyed this ride report immensely. The time and work that Frank put into it really shows and I know that many of us appreciated it. Last year I used many other people's RRs to plan my first big trip but wish that this one was there for me to pick over prior to mine. While you and I did see a number of the same places, the roads you guys found were perfect and better suited to the inmates here. Thanks to all of you for sharing this trip. Most who read it will likely never see these places themselves and others will because you guys led them to these jewels. :thumb
    Tom
  13. WoodsTripper

    WoodsTripper 1 Track Mind

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    Your rides and reports are certainly in the ADV "A Class". Northern Calee is on my short list too. Knew you guys were out there last year and patiently waited on this report. As usual, it didn't disappoint. Now that you're discussing 2014, I bet I'm not the only one wondering what your plans for 2013 are!
  14. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Thanks a million for the ridalong!!!!:clap:clap
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  15. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    may I add that Frank does his homework before asking for local help which is much appreciated.


    one question...do you have your shipping skids shipped from arrival point to departure point?
  16. Shooby

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    Wow! Inspirational, Awesome, Epic, Entertaining. Thank you.:clap
  17. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Did a solo trip this past fall in the same areas you rode. Report here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=840550 Funny, many of my pics were taken right near yours. After the Lost Coast I ended up going south all the way to Cambria before crossing back over. My weather wasn't quite as good as yours though! Great report..... enjoyed the read and your pics as well. :clap

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  18. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Great report :clap . Thanks for all the hard work. Like Waches say's ride while you can.
  19. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Tony H. (Byways - http://advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=45107 )
    is one of the grandfathers of pioneering western routes and a great resource.
    He's helped me a ton. He blogs about cool roads here: http://backcountry-byways.blogspot.com/

    As far as planning tools: Benchmarks Atlas, Charles Well's Books, Peter Massey's books and free MVUM maps (Colorado) are key to planning the route...and a GPS to follow the route.

    Awesome RR guys!

  20. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    What time of year was this?