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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    Correct. Procycle sells the tailight kit. Cheap and easy way to remove the television set brake light.


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  2. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Great report Frank. Right up there with the Idaho ride, the first report I read on Adv Rider. Enjoying the pictures. Bemitten needs a set of ADV Designs engine guards for that GSA though :wink: Or the new design that Happy Trails just came out with for the GSA.
  3. tommybelvedere

    tommybelvedere Adv alacarte'

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    Love the DR, have an 07 myself and ride it everywhere. You do a hell of a ride report and fantastic pics to boot! Keep the wheels upside and carry on fellas!
    TB:clap:clap:clap
  4. Ontario GS

    Ontario GS Budding Adv. Traveler

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    Great report DP! Heading to a rider meeting for this summer's adventure around the Heart of the West track from Tony which was inspired by your Forever West ride report. Thanks again.
  5. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks fellas !
    Lost Coast is around the corner !


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  6. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Up to now we've been following the WABDR as laid out by Touratech. I think we were hesitant to just follow in someone else's tracks, but the excellent videos by Noren Films really put the hook in us.
    Along with the Tracks Touratech provides, we would also use established tracks for the Crown Jewel section of the OBDR. Finally, we tapped Tony Hugel's expert knowledge of California, and as usual, he came through with roads so good, you know you want to come here again before your even done. http://backcountry-byways.blogspot.com/
    Our route still had a few holes and I was looking forward to filling them. Getting from Hood River to the start of the Crown Jewels would be my first opertunity.​
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  7. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    I seen a couple ride reports that followed around the West side of Mt Hood , but the East had a sweet looking dirt stripe that takes you up to the 6,525 peak of Lookout Mountain.
    A short distance from Hood River we pick up Surveyors Ridge Rd, and were off asphalt in Oregon. :ricky The morning sun is shining through a perfect blue sky, and with the lite at our backs, we have a sureal view of Mt Hood to the West. ​
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  8. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    We continue South on Bennet Pass Rd and are treated to a more technical surface that keeps us entertained as it weaves us back down the ridge line toward Clear Lake, Where we run into a locked gate. A small route adjustment and were back on track at Timothy Lake. We make a lunch stop in Detroit and are in position to pick up section 3 , The Crown Jewels portion of the OBDR, at Hoodoo, Big Lake. Were greeted with the iron colored soil that quickly tuns to a extended set of whoops. Thankfully they are short lived and I breathe a sigh of relief as the road flattens and turns fast. The last miles toward Sisters are fun ones!
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  9. byways

    byways byways

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    Time out for shoveling snow, I'll guess.
  10. uberaudi

    uberaudi Adventurer

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    Awesome that you started in Oroville, I grew up there and my parents still live there, sorry about the motel lol
  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    This looks like a great route! Subscribed.
  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Up and atom. One week into a 2,600 mile trip down the left coast now.
    We grab breakfast, brush the teeth, zipped on the gear and headed out once again. We really like Sisters.
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    Another fantastic day ! You Pacific Northwest guys are full of Sh*t! We still haven't seen as much as a cloud!
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    Didn't take long for the rocky, and or sandy, slow going stuff to kick in as we negotiated the NF roads that wind past the East side of the Sisters. We were begging to get past second gear.
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    I stop to pump my bilge
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    Like the trails were intentionally cut with views in mind. Notice the backdrop once again.
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    The ever present snow capped mountains.
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    The the trail got easier and afforded us a higher cog selection
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    I could see this cutoff on the GPS and could tell it reconnected with route so John and I took it.
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    One of those small little spurs, unintentionally found that turns out to be very fun.
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    Bruce on the SE
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    We caught up with one another at the entrance to Tumalo Falls.
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    We were hungry and made a detour to Bend for lunch. Bend was like a town out of a Burbank movie set. I mean everything was perfect. The houses, the lawns, the sidewalks, the cafés and stores..... and certainly, the women :evil
    Seriously, Bend looks like a helluva place to live !!
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    Yea, we are "The League of Adventurers" and gentlemen, we don't eat cold beans from a can...."Please pass the bonn bons Bruce"
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    After lunch we head further south and Bruce gets reprimanded by the Bend Mountain Bike/Tree Hugger Club :lol3
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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    After lunch we double back and get back on the route.
    Bruce stayed in a bend a few more minutes to enjoy another Latte Frappé Bend'e, so he was way behind. A group of mountain bikers had seen Mike, John and I pass by already and were at the ready for Bruce. "Hey you cant ride through here"
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    "OK....I'm from Jersey" :lol3
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    We were well spread out on the long stint to Crescent where we regrouped and gassed up ,set our sites on Diamond Lake. Winigo Pass was like a freeway compared to what we been through and was great to get into higher gears....
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    Me and Mike regroup strictly out of luck
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    My Oregon ATV registration decal proudly displayed
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    Not seeing Bruce since leaving Bend, I was admittedly a little relieved to see him pull up behind me at the bilge pump station.
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    Hey ! A cloud !!
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    We literally pop out of the forest across the street from our fuel in Crescent.
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    Fuel and a Cliff bar were in order.
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    We are pushing for Diamond Lake to grab a cabin for the night. Loosing daylight, we haul ass.
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    OK, for some reason I miss the sign and keep going on the route. The others were wearing their glasses and didn't :lol3
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    Consequently I would keep riding alone for another 45 minutes as darkness draped the deep conifer forest. I began to realize something was wrong :huh
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    I made my way out, found the blacktop and made a run for the cabin getting there just before dark.
    The girls already done bike maintenance, showered and were enjoying a beer when I pulled up. Gee, not even a "hey what Sasquatch get you" ? :1drink
    Na, we trust each other that much, we know, if separated, we will be just fine. Ya know "The League of....." :lol3
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    Diamond Lake Oregon. Or is it Oregun ?
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    I quickly clean my air filter, shower and we head for dinner
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    After a great nights sleep we wake up and start to sing in our heads "California here we come".....

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    Day 8, Our last day in Oregun :evil & we cross the Trans America Trail were we had been in 2007 as we ride the :
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  14. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    This just keeps getting better. :clapI can't wait to see the Lost Coast through your camera. What a place.
  15. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Frank said it in the ride report.
    What a great town. We were all quite taken with Bend. The place has a very cool feel and we were welcomed by everyone we met. It's on my places to get back to and spend a few days.
  16. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Next morning we are underway by 0900.
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    We continue south skirting the Rouge River on great forest service roads that go off in every direction. This section has so many intersecting turns and trails running parallel, we end up making a few u turns as we struggle to stay on route.
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    The surface was perfect though, rockless hard pack 2 track.
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    No complaints
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    Deep conifer forest
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    Some parts of the OBCDR are in fact marked.
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    We intersect the Trans America Trail in Prospect. Gas, coffee and Twinkie were in order.
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    Nice 5th & 6th gear riding down this "conifer corridor"
    This is the densely wooded Rouge river National Forrest.
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    John and I pair up.
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    Mid afternoon we near Ashland in southern Oregon.
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    We decide to call it a day. We are in no rush. John and I take the opportunity to change our oil. The gas station across the street gives us access to any tools we need and an oil pan.
    My rear tire was chewed up pretty bad due to the volcanic rock we had been riding over. I knew it would not last to Reno and I start to call around but, no luck.
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    The owner John, would take no money from us. Great guy.
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    Fresh oil change, we wheel the bikes over to the motel.
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    Bruce lubes the chain
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    We could get used to this :lol3
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    Later while taking a walk to diner, we saw this very cool Toyota Land Cruiser. With snorkel.
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    UP NEXT:
    Day 10, we will cross over into the very remote northern California wilderness. A wilderness that was obviously on fire somewhere.
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  17. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    As we came to the end of the Crown Jewels section of the OBDR, I was very excited for what lie ahead. Each year we alternate sides of the Mississippi for are group trips. We all kick in are ideas, and every time were due to go long, I say California! And that&#8217;s where were headed! ​
    My task would be to get us from Ashland to the start of Tony Hugels route in Happy Camp. Mapsource produced a maze of roads, and for a while I thought we might be doomed to cross the border on I5. Then I came across a GPS file and ride report from back in the dawn of Adventure Rider, 15 Days On The Pacific Crest http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47645
    These guys were expert riders and there is plenty of stuff in their report that is extreme for a big bike. I had to make sure we were not headed for some colossal terrain or worse, a dead end. I loaded R-dubbs tracks into Mapsource. And while flying around in Google Earth, this section was looking to be one of the most spectacular of the trip. It did not disappoint. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  18. byways

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    Any flat tires to this point among the group?

    Can that last road pic be ID'd? Darned enticing ...
  19. Nijntje

    Nijntje The Riding Dutchman

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    Great report as usual. I'm glad to see Oregon treated you well. :D
  20. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    :lurk:slurp Great report so far.