FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fast Ferris

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    PERFECT weather up here right now, cool days (upper 60's) and nights (40's and 50's), and all the humidity has gone back to Florida where it belongs. Colors should be popping very soon...
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    Glad you had a good ride. Fireman1028 is on his return leg to Florida, left San Diego this morning and is presently about a third of the way across Texas. Epic stuff! Here's his Spotwalla link:

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    Yesterday I ran into town to fill up the Heritage with PURE gas and ended up making a 120-mile trip out of the deal; the weather up here on the Blue Ridge right now is as good as it gets, and I just couldn't stop riding. The bike was getting close to bath time, so I decided to make a lap of Belcher Mountain Road, near Meadows of Dan. The first time I did BMR (downhill, with Carlost) we mutually agreed it's so steep in places we weren't sure a street bike could climb it. I've since ridden it uphill several times with several of my riding buds (hi Alex! hi Tim!), and it's not quite as impassable as it first appears. That said, you want to have your game on.

    Here are a few pix from yesterday.

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    Several miles in, rolling hills, peaceful and quiet; BMR doesn't get much traffic.
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    This is where it starts to get...interesting...
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    Oh yeah! :ricky
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    T-Man, I believe this is looking in your general direction.
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    This is the first time I've ever noticed this old cabin next to the BMR. I doubled back to take a look.
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    The place is badly overgrown; this is the widest photograph I could manage. I didn't go inside but did peek in the windows. The cabin has been neglected, to be sure, but seems relatively sound overall and it probably wouldn't take much to make it habitable again.
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    I did the bulk of the descent in neutral with the engine off - the world's heaviest bicycle. Very peaceful. Big switchback coming up.
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    The end...for now...
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    Back to our summer road trip:

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    This is at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Cape Blanco is the second-most furthest-west point of land in the lower 48 - it sticks way out there. The wind is absolutely screaming, so much so we had to be extra-careful even putting the bikes on the sidestands. Notice Bro Doug's posture - he's got his feet braced so he doesn't fly off the cliff. The wind was so loud we had to yell at each other to be heard.
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    It actually felt like if we jumped up in the air we'd literally fly away. Note all the whitecaps.
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    Doug's a pilot. We checked out the Cape Blanco State Airport. Immense, desolate, lonely - there is virtually no sign of life here; a couple of hangars locked up tight, and that's it. Note the windsock in the background.
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    You can't really tell in the pic but there are about a zillion sea lions out there, basking in the afternoon sun. They're making a glorious racket. This is at Shore Acres State Park, near Charleston, Oregon.
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    Denise and Doug at Bullards Beach State Park ~ Bandon, Oregon.
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    :gun1
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    Looking out over the Pacific Ocean from Langlois Mountain Road (suh-weet!)~ Langlois, Oregon.