Bakery Quest - a year hacking the US with our kid and dogs.

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  1. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    The Plan
    Sell the house, sell the business, quit our other jobs, pull the kid out of school, buy a 20 year old sidecar, hook it up to an almost 20 year old bike, cram more than we should into it, hang a trailer off the back for the dogs, and spend a year on the road exploring the country and looking for a place to open/buy/overthow a bakery.


    The Players

    Jeremiah
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    Age: 7
    Born: Portland, OR
    Lived: OR
    Background: dropped out of school after completing 1st grade; loves to read, and to sing LOUDLY and unexpectedly into helmet intercom



    Eddy
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    Age: 10ish
    Born: Kasigluk, AK
    Lived: AK, OR
    Background: survived a winter on his own in the arctic tundra; loves food; not a fan of inclement weather



    Culprit
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    Age: 14
    Born: CA?
    Lived: CA, AK, OR
    Background: enjoys getting into shit; currently less crazy than before; does not acknowledge pain

    Laura
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    Age: REDACTED
    Born: Langley, VA
    Lived: VA, OK, IL, WA, NY, CO, AK, OR
    Background: would be marine biologist turned would be psycho-bio researcher turned educator turned baker; enjoys dancing and appreciates naps

    ...to be continued...
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  2. KHVol

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    This oughta be good......
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  3. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Josh
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    Age: 40
    Born: Tacoma, WA
    Lived: WA, AK, CO, OR
    Background: English teacher who somehow ended up owning a driving school; enjoys motorcycles; good at persuading others to follow in questionable decisions (e.g. marrying him, this trip, etc.)


    The Rig

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    Tug: 1999 K1200LT - purchased sight unseen here on ADV with about 70,000 miles
    Car: 199? Hannigan Astro "something" - purchased sight unseen from CL with who-knows-how-many miles
    Trailer: used Haul Master (Harbor Freight) utility trailer with custom birch plywood "teardrop" dog box


    So far we left Portland for Olympia, where we did some work on the bike and built the trailer. Upon returning to Portland en route to points south the bike ate its final drive. We fixed that and made it as far as Brookings, OR before being besieged by allegedly high winds and heavy rains, but at least nothing else broke (well, there was that morning where the throttle stuck open, and we burned through a front tire, and I broke the retainer for the top box...anyway). Honestly, it's been a pretty good start so far!

    Here's our plan, in brief: spend a year, or however long the money holds out, exploring the country with our son (while he's at that prime old-enough-to-appreciate-it-but-young-enough-to-still-like-being-around-us stage) and looking for a place to buy or open a bakery and settle down. For awhile at least.

    We don't have a route, we don't have a plan, we meant to leave in July but that turned into October, and that's about it. If you have places we should see, a bakery we should buy or better a town that needs a good bakery, or just think we should come wherever you are and check some shit out, well, we want to hear about it.

    Heck, if you want to go for a ride in the sidecar (or the trailer - I mean, there's all kinds here on ADV) that's probably a good enough reason for us to head your way.

    About the only thing we didn't pack was some other kids for Jeremiah to hang out with, so if you've got some of those he'd love to meet them!

    I'm going to throw in one more reply to be edited as we go with our current location and whatever other drivel I can think of to put in there, and then I'm going to shut up until something interesting happens, or I come up with some more pictures.

    thanks for reading!
    josh


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    szurszewski Long timer

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    on hiatus in...



    ....more to come.
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    https://copsdoughnuts.com/

    An interesting tale related to your own.
    A group of cops in Michigan saved the town bakery in Claire MI by buying it and opening a coffee shop in addition to maintaining the bakery.
    I understand they have expanded to 3 other towns that were in the same position with their local bakeries about to close.
    And the doughnuts are excellent.
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    In for this one.
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  8. DRONE

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    South of Eureka, kind of a fun route is to go Ferndale then take the Mattole Road to Petrolia.

    Now I'll shut up.
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  9. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Was literally looking at that on a map when you posted this. :)
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    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    Be forewarned, that road, while very scenic and interesting, is packed full of very large potholes. Almost impossible to miss them all on a solo bike and your rig will take a beating. If you do go the Yellow Rose in Petrolia is a friendly place to stop for some food or drink.
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  11. jlong64

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    In to watch this one for the long haul. Interested in your travels/adventures.
    Also interested in how your rig does hauling that trailer. Any idea how much it weighs? The one I'm looking at is a tent camper weighing around 375lbs unloaded. Then with wife (in the hack) and luggage/supplies I sure don't want ot overload the girl.
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    I'll be keeping an eye out in the Arcata area tomorrow.
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  13. szurszewski

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    ABSOLUTELY will do! Looking forward to it already. Usually when people hear that Laura is a baker, they immediately go to thoughts of pastries and cakes and what not. She can do all that of course, and has spent a lot of her time with laminated doughs, but her real and first baking love is breads like those in the scroll on your homepage :)

    That's a great story. We'll definitely check that out when we get up that way. Thanks!

    Yes - I've heard it's rough; thanks for that. We will probably skip it as we're riding pretty low until we get some new shocks.

    The trailer doesn't seem to make much difference really (except when you want to back up). I haven't weighed the trailer, but I do know the base trailer weighs less than 150# - there's about 2.5 sheets of plywood, plus some 2x2s and carpet, two windows and 60#s of dog on there; I'd guess 300# or so. The whole rig loaded with all passengers shows at 2200# on a truck scale. We've been getting 30-31mpg so far.

    Sounds good - we're here now :)
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  14. szurszewski

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    Well, we got quite an early start today. Here's Laura doing some final packing on the rig

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    and here are our extremely gracious hosts (we came for two days or so and stayed SIX nights trying to wait out the weather!) wondering why it's nearly noon and we're still in their house

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    and here's us - not a great picture and no real reason for it here, other than we rarely get pics of all of us

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    And mostly, this is where we went today:

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    It was a grey and drizzly day along 101, and quite wet in Jedediah State Park, but just added to the feeling of ancient (it's a feeling, damn it) as we drove out Howland Hill Rd from Crescent City. Though grey gravel, the road mostly appeared red from all the tree litter - probably a lot had come down in the last few days with the heavy rains and wind. There weren't many other people and despite our very low ground clearance the road treated us pretty well. I really need to add a secondary/lower mudflap of some sort to the back - the car tire kicks up a lot more crud than the stock moto tire, and the left side of the trailer does a great job of collecting it.
    (This is what the front fender and the side of the trailer looked like after being rinsed by 30 miles of rain - should have taken the pic just as we left the gravel road.)
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    A few more random shots from the day:

    A rare selfie taken by me - I'm trying to get hip with the times, but Laura keeps telling me my ducklips aren't right. I was trying to get the tree to look awesome and tall like in real life. Mostly I got me to look ridiculous...like in real life.

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    People always say how huge the rig looks. Not here - you can barely see it down there.

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    And this is our lodging tonight. Not as fancy as the last several nights, but dry and not too spendy (though still way over our budget - did I mention we will gladly come and sleep on your lawn, porch, floor or in your garage or spare room? Well, we will...please don't hesitate to ask!), and up until about 10 there was an old dude playing guitar and singing a mix of his own stuff and 70s ballads just a few doors down from us. I suppose that would annoy some people, but I thought it was great. Laura said he sounded like a drunk Adam Sandler. Or maybe a drunk Neil Young trying to sound like Adam Sandler. I think it was a compliment.

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  16. Motosapian

    Motosapian Been here awhile

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    The upper midwest is nice but not for moto traveling this time of year. Look for college towns to open your bakery. Safe and wonderous travels to you!!!
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  17. statsman

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    I will be looking forward to your further adventures.
    We are very lucky here in Toronto in that there are still a large number of neighborhood bakeries still in operation.
    The lines when they open for their fresh bread in the mornings tend to be long, but it's worth the wait.
    Fresh bread, rolls etc. made from flour, salt, yeast, water and NOTHING ELSE.
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  20. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Great suggestion on college towns. They seem to have some of the city things we appreciate without having to be so large. We were hoping to leave in July originally and hit the Midwest mid September, but we will be saving it for next year now.

    Thanks very lucky. And a great ingredient list. :)


    Yes indeed! We have also been a part of CouchSurfing for nearly 15 years now. Both require just a little more planning ahead than we've done so far, but we are planning to use them starting hopefully this week. Thanks for checking.

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