A Two-fer...North Cascades Hwy,WA to Lost Coast,CA

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  1. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I headed west across the Palouse farmlands. It was a lovely warm and breezy
    summer day. I'm in a hurry so no pics. Out into the Columbia Basin and the breeze turns to real wind and the temp climbs considerably.

    It feels like I'm riding thru a hair dryer at 100 mph. Head buffeting and my sinuses hurt from the heat and low humidity.

    My goal is a slide show, etc, by Lois Pryce and Austin Vince, in Monroe WA.
    Of course I start late and am trying to make up time. At Vantage I veer right and head to George then to Wenatchee where I make a wrong turn and wind up downtown at rush hour. Some construction slows traffic and a loss of power messes up the lights and turns off the gas station.

    Back on the main road I find gas and as I head up the valley the winds subside.

    I barely slow for the tourist trap of Leavenworth and press the low speed limits to Stevens Pass. Fog slows me to 10mph and the cold is enough that I put on my Hippo Hands and wind breaker.

    I arrive a bit late and Lois is already speaking.

    Lois Pryce...Lois on the Loose.
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    Lois is an attractive sassy lass and will make a lovely grandma some day.:evil


    Austin Vince...Mondo Enduro
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    Austin is a serious character with a lot of energy, and the two of them put on a good casual informative show. Mostly trying to encourage others to take the big step for a long cycle trip.

    After meeting them, I wander around in the dark looking for a cheap motel.

    Next morning I head up I-5, after a heart attack breakfast at Nadine's in Smokey Point.

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    I dead reckon NE and there was a lot of wandering. I think I went thru both Concrete and Darrington. How did I do that?

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    I did a bit of flower smelling.

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    This old school bldg is still in use. Tafton Elementary. A caretaker said it is an historical bldg.


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    I finally clear the traffic.

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  2. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Finally into the North Cascades Nat Park.

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    Perfect weather and some nice twisty bits, but the speedlimit is low. Still, a nice ride.


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  3. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Out of the forest and into the heat of The Basin once again. I flip a coin and head north on 97. It's time for a cookie run.

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    The border was fairly busy.


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    It is getting late as I head up the hill in Osoyoos.




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    looking back on Osoyoos, the lake and the town.


    I did a stealth camp in someones access road. No fire, no tent. Just as well, I was up half the night with an upset stomach. Bad road food.


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    this was staring at me when I woke up.



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    The morning view.


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    these were all over the top of the hill. Some were a little creepy.


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    There were two of these observatory type domes out here. I assume one of them is the B&B.

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    Nice road.

    East on hwy 3 into cattle country

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  4. Ladybug0048

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    When you were up there on Regal Ridge did you see the Sasquatch? Last time I was past it he was carrying a 1/2 case of Bud :lol3

    Looking forward to the rest of the report. :lurk
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  5. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    :lurk.............
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  6. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    No Squatch siteings. My snoring scared them all away. This was early Sept.
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  7. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    I've been waitin for this.:clap More please.:shog
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  8. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Greenwood is a colorful little town with lots of nice bldgs.


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    Town Hall, if I remember correctly


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    At the edge of town was this oddity. Where did the dirt go? Was there a railway thru it or over it? Hmmm

    I could have crossed the border here, but I haven't found my cookies yet. Lemon Crunch, a store brand, and I can't remember the store name.

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    It looks a bit stormy in the mountains.


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    An interesting road below the bridge, but the impending weather keeps me going forward.

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    BC has such good riding. Good roads. Low traffic. Great scenery.

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    A few junctions and decisions later I find myself in Nelson,BC. This is one of my favorite destinations. A laid back town with lots of small shops set up for walking around. I take a break for a cup of tea at this place up on the hill. The young waitress was friendly and easy to look at. I plopped into a comfy overstuffed chair and started to read "Lois on the Loose". The chair won and I started to head bob. More decisions. Take a nap, and make a spectacle of myself or get back on the bike.

    Down at the gas station the pump wont take my card. The scanner inside won't take my card. I relinquish a $20 US and get bad conversion rates:eek1

    An Atm down the street won't take my card. Hmmm. This puts a crick in my trip.

    I've let myself get low on cash. $10 us and about $12 canadian. 300 mi from home. Time to head south for home in a direct line.

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    Kootenay Pass. The highest pass in BC.

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    At Creston I top off the gas using my Canadian money. Since no one will take Canadian when I cross the border, I spend it on cookies. Not the cookies I was looking for, but a nice cheesecake crunchy cookie. Mmmm.


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    The Porthill Crossing Post Office.

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    Back in the USA and the light is great.


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    Watch out for those north Idaho turkeys.

    I came around the corner and these guys were 10ft deep and clear across the road. Edge to edge, and they didn't move. I came to a stop and got out the camera. A car came by and divided the flock. This pic is only half of them.

    I hit reserve just before home. I still had some change in my pocket, too.:lol3

    So, a bit of drama that turned out OK. It seems the bank issued me a new replacement card (with different numbers) and canceled the old one. My old one was still in good shape and I hadn't put the new one in my wallet. Doh!



    Next up is my trip, a couple weeks later, from north Idaho thru Oregon to the Lost Coast, CA. Thru the Wallowas, John Day, Mt Lassen Park, Redwoods Park, Hwy 36.
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  9. GB

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    Great ride, thanks for the report and pics :thumb
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  10. GhostRunner

    GhostRunner Been here awhile

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    Very good so far...Waiting patiently for more.

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  11. WeeBee

    WeeBee Roaming ADV Gnome

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    Nice pics and RR, Dick - next time I'm in Idaho we'll have to meet & compare our twin Transalps :thumb

    I spent way too little time in North Cascades NP in July of 2008 as I rode across WA State from east to west on Hwy 20 - can't wait to ride that beautiful stretch of road again but in less of a hurry next time!

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    Living the Good Life - Colville, WA
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    Waterfall somewhere before Ross Lake in North Cascades NP
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    Attack of the Killer Rabbits at the Skagit River Resort/Clark's Cabins - Rockport, WA
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  12. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I'm waiting for more but not patiently. :lol3

    Come on Dick, on with the story and pictures. :lurk

    You know patients isn't one of Rocky's virtues and she's watching this one too. :D
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  13. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I have to make a living, you know. I worked till midnight today. Big Bucks today. :clap

    That is a mighty shiny TA. Mine is a bit more "rugged". :lol3
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  14. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Things work out so that a couple weeks after North Cascades Park I have an opportunity to take another trip. Horizons Unlimited is having a get together in the Lost Coast area and I've not ridden in north California.

    I had a bad experience in CA some years ago and just avoided the state. A couple years ago I came up the east side of the Sierras and changed my mind. I've been back a couple of times since. I just stay away from those cities and freeways.

    I've labeled a few "good" roads and have a plan. :lol3

    I'm gone by noon. South on 95 to Lewiston.

    The Spiral Hwy, or to the locals it is the Old Lewiston Grade.
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    Across the Red Wolf Bridge, thru Asotin and south on WA 129. This is a nice ride but no pics. I was moving right along.

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    I did stop for a PO pic.


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    Rattlesnake Grade. If you enter this canyon slow there is a spot that looks remarkably like the famous Batopilas canyon.

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    Lunch at the bottom of Rattlesnake. A good destination eatery. Real ice cream milk shake.

    Fueled up I hit the OR side of Rattlesnake.


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    It is kind of dry on the way to Enterprise, which is a gas and go.

    East on 82.

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    Lostine


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    Lots of interesting old bldgs in these little farm town.

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    The sun is getting low and I keep my eyes open for deer.

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    Elgin

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    I shortcut past La Grande onto I-84 and head to Baker City. It was dark as I enter Baker City and decide to use a motel.

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    Just a block from my motel.
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  15. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Some nice bldgs in Baker. This is like a skyscraper in the towns I frequent.

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    Geiser Grand. I learned, after the fact, that there is a tour. Next time.

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    Nice house, on the way south out of town on hwy 7

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    Nice ranch. When I was very small, my parents worked on ranches in this area. That was a lo-o-o-ng time ago.

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    John Day Post Office.

    Less than a mile away is the Canyon City PO
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    Seneca OR.

    I stopped at the Seneca Lodge for a cool drink and saw the Bobcat. He looked a bit lonely. The pics seem to have disappeared.

    Shortly thereafter things get hot, dry and barren.

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    both directions on a low hill.

    I take refuge from the glare.

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    I sat here a couple hours. I had an eye get dry then turned super sensitive to the light.

    I taped up my visor. I was driving straight into the glare. Even when the sun got low it was intense.

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    A really smelly lake. Sulphurous.

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    Sedimentary.

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    A sign said these cliffs were a 1000ft high. A 1000ft of sediments. :eek1

    It turned dark shortly after here. I grabbed some supper in Lakeview and headed out of town. (south on 395). 30 mph repeating my night mantra. "Watch for deer. Watch for deer. Is that a deer? Watch for deer."

    Near the CA border I find a wide spot and set up my tent. There are creepy crawlies out here so I like the tent instead of a tarp. I leave the fly off so I can see the Milky Way directly overhead north/south with my tent. Sometime in the night I awaken and the Milky Way has shifted and runs diagonal. Some coyotes are making a lot of noise. I listen about 5minutes and am sound asleep, again.



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  16. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I awaken, that's always good, to a clear sunny day.

    It is early and the shadows are long, when I hit the road.
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    along the shores of Goose Lake.




    I always take pics of road art.

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    You just know this guy has piles of junk and dead cars.


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    Mt Shasta in the distance. I stopped and asked a guy why the fields weren't harvested. This is a duck preserve the fields are left to the birds.

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    After a quick breakfast, the shadows show it is still early.


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    McArthur. Again Shast in the background.

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    Somewhere near Hatchet Mountain.

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    I stop at a small park near this white rock.

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    A nice quiet break. Just watch the birds and tadpoles for a while.

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    I was on my way to Redding when I see a Mt Lassen sign. Hang a left.
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  17. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Great stuff!:clap
    But it should be known that "rush hour" in Wenatchee is more like "hurry up 30 minutes.":rofl
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  18. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I don't think I have heard of Mt Lassen. It erupted in 1915. Lots of pics and info in the Museum. The pics reminded me of Mt St Helens.


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    Still monitoring?

    These bldgs look to have been built by Conservation Corps. Maybe the Gov should start this up again. They sure did some nice National Park projects.

    Minimum wage plus food and lodging. Run like the military or the "old style" Forest Service. How many young and/or out of work men would take this up.


    I went down to the park store for a sandwich. Pricey!:eek1 I pull around back to check the price of gas. I was paused, waiting for a couple of KTM riders to finish gasing up.

    "Do you want the rest of this gas?"
    "Huh, who, me?
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    "Sure, Thank you very much."

    I got about 3/4 gallon which was just enough to ease my mind.

    Thanks a bunch guys.




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    A nice winding road then starts to climb at this meadow.

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    Still venting. And really smelly.

    I was going to ride back thru the park, but a BMW rider convinced me to continue to Red Bluff and take Hwy 36 to the coast, instead of 299.


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    You gotta love this sign.

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    Into the Valley of Heat I rode.

    I was melting at the gas pump in Red Bluff. Someone said 105*.

    West on hwy 36 out of Red Bluff was very interesting. Lots of tight corners and up and down thru hills and lots of ranchettes. I hit there at rush hour and there was a fair amount of traffic for a bit and I didn't take any pics.


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    Platina. Chili and Pie with some local conversation thrown in.

    I continued into the mountains. A turn off to a logging road is home for the night. I sleep like a baby on the pavement apron. No bugs, No tent. Just stars.
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  19. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I awaken with truck noises on the other side of my brush hedge. The sun is up and daylight is burnin'.

    I'm quite refreshed considering I was in the saddle 14 hours yesterday.

    I am going thru my morning routine and loading up when I miss my Dayminder. A quick search then a detailed search nets nothing. The dayminder has my cycle papers and my passport and checkbook and personal contacts.

    Yesterday, or day before, when I camped at the CA border, I pulled stuff out of my tailbox in the dark. I wonder if I managed to flip it out and onto the ground, then didn't see it when I loaded up.

    I wonder what the penalty is for no registration or proof of insurance?

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    Well I'm not turning back now, and head on out. I'll keep a low profile.


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    Gotta love this road.


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    New bridge.

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    Old bridge.

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    Beware the shadows. Therein steel monsters hide.

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    The road got kind of skinny on some of these kinks.


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    Another elegant old bridge.


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    Hydesville isn't even on my map, but they have a PO.

    Breakfast in Fortuna and I can't figure how to get to across the Freeway. I start out the indicated street and it one=ways onto the freeway. Hmmm I duckwalk the bike back a few yards till I can turn around. Back down the street to a lady unloading groceries.

    "Could you please tell me how to get to Ferndale?"

    "Just follow the street out and turn off about one mile. something, something Fernbridge flood of 19 something, something", she directs. Except I'm looking for Ferndale.

    The street again turns into 101 and I proceed slowly. I see a Fernbridge sign, and finally Ferndale.

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    Ferndale is full of nice blgs. Bear with me. I like this stuff.

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    Ferndale Post Office.


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    Library

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    Wow. This old church was in very good shape. It was recently painted and all the nails set and filled. No gaps for water anywhere. I checked.
    What would you charge to paint that steeple?

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    Here is another!

    OK enough. Time to hit the road.

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    Skinny pavement and blind corners make me keep the speed low. I met several cars. A couple places the whole road bed was only 12-14 ft wide.

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    Lots of ridgetop.

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    Petrolia.

    At the local mart I met a nice couple riding KLR250's, and followed them for awhile but the pace was slow and I finally took off.


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    The Grange Hall. This is the next day.

    When I got there I parked my tent at the far end of the field in the sun. I like the morning sun. And I snore, so I usually camp away from the pack.

    The second day people were dragging their tents into my territory. I warned them about the snoring.

    "That's OK my husband snores, too." says one lady.

    Later I learned some were awakened in the night. You all were warned and I was here first.

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    A nice cross section of bikes. Then this shows up.

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    Yup. RTW Doug made it down to Petrolia. He gave a slide show on his RTW trip on the Indian. He certainly has some stories.

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    Lots of stories about life on the road. A number of Aussies and Brits passing thru. Sometimes it is hard to believer we speak the same language.:lol3

    The food was outstanding. There were extra desserts for midnight snacks!
    A local wine maker was plying his wares.

    The requisite tire changing class. Coach Stroud did a riding class. First Aid class. A Wing and trailer was in attendance. He gave a slide show on Winging thru Morocco. Cynthia Milton did a very nice slide show on Mexico.

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    This is Cynthia on her early 80's Shadow. 11000mi thru Mexico, solo.
    Her friend, can't remember the name, rents out old bikes. I thought it was interesting that he found the 70's Suzuki GS more reliable than the Honda CB.
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  20. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Just about to complete the circle to the left.


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    Honeydew store and PO

    I need a nice cold Diet Coke. It's been a few days.

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    I like the patterns of these old steel bridges.


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    Nice road.

    Left on freeway 101 to get past some population.


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    Orick, CA Hwy 101 goes back to two-lane and slows down.



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    Note the big log by the car.

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    Not sure why the axe is tacked to the tree. Odd handle.

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    I rode right past these critters and then realized they weren't behind a fence. (we have elk farms in my area). Idarider had been hunting and not gotten an elk when I left. So I went back to get a pick to tease him. As soon as I got out my camera cars started stopping.

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    Time to leave before the tourists get thick and/or do something stupid.

    Anyway. Here's where the elk are, Roy!

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    Another Redwood Park. This is National Redwood Park.


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    The sign says "Big Tree" Duh.


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    I drove to the end of the Redwood Grove then came back to a small road, not on my map, and went exploring.

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    Sometimes dirt and one lane. A nice scenic shortcut.

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    I have to find a way across the Klamath River and am wandering around, not using 101, when I see this concrete bear.

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    It's the end of an old concrete bridge.

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    There was a big flood in the 50's. Written off as an 100 year flood. In 1964 the bridge was swept away with another record flood 18-20 ft above flood stage.

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    Oops, bear butt.

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    On the new bridge the bears are painted gold. Body Builder Bears. Tacky.

    I make it to Crescent City just before dark and find a motel. I really need a shower.
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