HighAdventureTour 2012: From Insanity and Beyond....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jettn Jim, May 14, 2012.

  1. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    It's great that you stopped and helped that guy. Most people would just mentally tag it as "somebody else's problem" and at best call the authorities to clean it up, which probably wouldn't have been as pleasant for anyone involved.

    Good karma! :clap
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  2. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Thanx man... was as fun for me to help and tell about it probably was for him to be helped. :D

    Yup yup... how ya doin' Fey? I'm down in Nashville now at an Awakening the Illuminated Heart Workshop, be back to the story soon.
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  3. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    In stasis, trying not to go nuts by being stuck in one place, but I can't really venture forth before I'm sure my wrist is mended. Stasis all around, my family has a lot of static habits, everything has to be just-so and I am much more chaotic.

    Sounds interesting. I'd read Drunvalo's Flower of Life books long ago. Learning a lot at the workshop?
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  4. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    I understand the coming to peace with the being in one place for longer than your accustomed to... should do you good.
    And yes taking my level of Consciousness a bit further....:norton
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  5. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    I wake feeling pretty refreshed and Meet a guy who had also holed up here for the night. (I forgot to write his name down or get a pic of the bike) He was riding a cruiser from Texas to the Hells Canyon Rally in Baker City Oregon. Since the temps were in the upper 30's as we spoke and the forseeable forecast was rainy and COLD during the Rally... he was turning it southbound and skipping out on the event.
    I laughed and told him of some of the conditions I had rode in last year and that I would be rolling through Baker City in a week or so but just after the Rally. Funny how different our comfort zones can be reguarding weather, speed, etc... I was planning to hit the Hells Canyon Gathering at the Log Cabin RV park in Enterprise a little later in the month. Adventure types more sooo than cruisers, more my style, though we can also debate the relative nature of an adventure cant we... anyway.



    I wondered how John had made out getting a ride to his home from the crash situation and pointed Desiree' to the West...

    Wonderful blue skies greet me on the Veterans Memorial Highway...
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    I start to see more history of our past.... someones past anyway.
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    Then I see this.... a Boat in the middle of the Desert!
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    I HAVE to stop... I still need breakfast anyway, since nothing back in Tonapah really rung my bell.
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    I AM really losing it because this sweety and I had a good chat... but!?! I don't have her name in my note pad. Only that the Boat Restaurant is in Mina Nevada, and that the 'ol boy (Bob) had switched from Cattle Ranching to raising Lobsters... until... she told me, the Fish and Game shut him down:/
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    A before and after pic of his operation and run in with F&G...
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    Needless to say.. it was an interesting conversation and I learned something new again today!
    The actual boat portion...

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    I get done eating, donate to the Mina Christmas light fund and decide to roll on down the road just as two more Ol' boys stop by for some grub...
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    More playful clouds, old buildings and roads... leading off to, who knows where....
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    I get near Hawthorne and notice these funny bunker mounds surrounding the Army Depot there hmmmm...
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    Turns out they're Ammunition Bunkers...

    "Hawthorne Army Depot (HWAD) is a U.S. Army ammunition storage depot located near the town of Hawthorne in western Nevada in the United States. It is directly south of Walker Lake. The depot covers 147,000 acres (59,000 ha) or 226 sq. mi. and has 600,000 square feet (56,000 m<SUP>2</SUP>) storage space in 2,427 bunkers. HWAD claims to be the "Worlds Largest Depot" and is divided into three ammunition storage and production areas, plus an industrial area housing command headquarters, facilities engineering shops, etc."
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    I get a bit outta town and notice a dirt cut off called Lucky Boy Pass Rd... man if that's not my middle name! It runs over the Mountains to Bridgeport, CA (My goal for the night) Hmmm ok I better go back to town and find a place to do a tire swap. My rear 606 is getting pretty bare after 2500mi (it could have went another 200mi on the street, but I didn't wanna risk punctures in the dirt) and I'll rotate the front around the other way too (I've learned that by rotating the front at about the time the rear is toast will double it's life!!!) I now get 4-6,000mi out of my front knobbies!

    You can see how lizzard backed they get at this point. (if you don't rotate the tire will be shot in another 500mi.) You can also see how much I've slabbed it down from Lewiston without any twisties as the nipples are still on the outter knobs!
    This will change before my return to lewiston... I'll post a pic at the top of the Rattlesnake grade nearing Waynes place after thrashing this thing in the Central and Northern Cali as well as Oregon twisties!
    I find a station with air (will save me from alotta hand pumping) and a shaded side out of all the blowing sand...

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    First chance to use my new TrailStand from Steve out on the road...
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    SIMPLY excellent tool that only weighs 9.7oz!!! Link here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=538235

    Up pulls a "special guy" on a bicycle who when I ask, tells me his name is Norton Lee... I tell him that's my middle name too and procced to explain to him in great detail, every move I'm making as though I'm sure he'll be doing a tire swap in the near future. He just sits cross legged and nods approvingly at me.... I wish I would have taken his picture:/ I get the rear done in 40minutes the front in 20... buuut the valve stem gets pulled sooo off comes the front again and in goes a new tube. At this point Norton quitely gets on his bike and rides away.... I just gaze at him and admire the kindness, gentleness, lack of ego, and all the other attributes I have to make sure to express. They seem to come soo very naturally to all people who are indeed Special.
    Then up pulls a nice puurrty Native girl in a pickup.... She owns a barber shop in town and says to stop by the shop when I'm in town again. I ask her if there's a tire store in town where I can get rid of my tire.. she just smiles and says here give it to me, I'll take care of it! I try to hand her some cash but she's having none of that... then she ask if I met Norton Lee, and if he had called me Cooky??? I said nope.... she was puzzled... and then we talked of the dirt road I was about to take to Bridgeport.


    I get on the bike and glance at my watch... perfect!
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    Lucky Boy Pass Rd is a nice wide FAST sand track...
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    With some nice views up top...
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    Then another basin... this is highspeed stuff fer sure.
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    The sun is starting its descent and I see a small farm at the end of this straight...
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    Nice remote place....
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    Then the track follows the flow, I see cattle grazing and a nice little valley...
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    I see this Memorial on the far side of the pull off...
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    I kneel, give my silent prayers, think deeply to myself and ride on...
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    I pop out on Sweet Water road just north of the Bridgeport Reservoir and take in the history and a guy Trout Fishing...
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    ABSOLUTELY stunning Seirra Nevada Mtns behind him..... and the East Walker River engulfing him... both surrounding him you could say.
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    Then it's in to Bridgeport to find a camp... Reason I wanna stay here is that I was raised in Bridgeport... Bridgeport Washington that is. I must have driven by this place many times as a kid taking Hwy 395 South to see relatives, but I can't remember this town???
    The reservoir...

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    And a campsite at the Bridgeport Reservoir RV park and Marina...
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    By the time I get done pitching camp and taliking with Jeffrey Wenger the owner it's near dark. I take a gamble and go into the Rhino Bar and Grill...
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    There are two puurty waitresses and a great steak to be had! The truck driver to my right is also good for an hour of unprecidented talk of all things Spirit! Having been seriously Southern Babtist all his life and still is kinda... He agreed with my overall take on spirit and the fundemental dropping of the ball in reguards to organized religion. He had a couple good church stories to tell about walking out of a congregation etc... As with most of this report up to this point, I do not get the his name, or the puurty girls names and pictures, was just taking it all in?!?
    As I'm talking about maybe changing my occupation to guiding, he points out that if she can do it.. you can too! Refering to Samantha Virks post card which the barkeep slides down to me, autographed to the owner Cole.

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    Hmmm I deffinately don't have her body... buuut I'd say I probaly have her covered in total skill sets and gift of gab:)

    Next morning it's more b.s. and good bye to the Jeffrey ...
    He's a super nice guy and REALLY energized to make anyones stay here, the BEST it can be!
    Link: http://www.bridgeportreservoir.com/index.htm

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    Up into the Mountains and to suprise Jessica sometime later today od tomorrow.
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  6. Dances_With_Trees

    Dances_With_Trees Been here awhile

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    We hit up a Cabelas and I splurge on the new Montana 650... while waiting for them to open we meet none other than a Super Fine Dude.... Merlyn Townley...
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    We instantly connect on a spiritual level and long talk insues..... he shows me a picture of Sai Baba who is looking THROUGH the pigeon.
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    Small frickin' world, I've known Merlyn since 95' when we traveled from Somerville, MA to the NORBA national finals in Conyers, GA together. Great ride report!
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  7. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey D_W_T... yea buddy GREAT guy! Next time I'm down his way I'm gonna swing by and visit, just put a Dropper seat post on my Specialized Enduro and a new set of I-9 hubs w/Stans wheels. Probably shoulda had Merlyn lace me up a set, simply spaced it off... was just down in Eastern Tenn, Western NC last week and TOTALLY forgot about hitt'n him up :huh next time fur sure! Thanx for riding along and chiming in... I'm Waaaaay behind here at only the 26th day out of a 5 month ride, soo I guess I best get to posting it up! :deal
    Peace man,
    Jim
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  8. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    With Bridgeport in my Rearview I head toward San Andreas via some nice Twisty Seirra Mtn roads on rt 108 going over Sonora Pass at 9628ft. This is just North of Yosemite National Park..... FUN!
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    I pass some Forest Service workers? on horseback...
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    Nope they're Soldiers from the U.S. Marines Mountain Warfare Training Center located right here.
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    More meadows before entering the Toiyabe National Forest...
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    As I near the Summit... what do I see???
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    Two Maidens, one in her nightgown playing in the snow... I turn back... inquire... intoduce myself... then ride on, thinking this is a nice waaay to start my day.
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    A nice sharp right hander at the end of this straight... followed by a whole valley of turns.
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    As I descend back onto the valley floor and before Sonora, I stop in Mi-Wuk Village at the Pine Cone for some coffee and a snack. I'm initially thinking I'm on a Reservation, but the name is maybe just from the past. Cool guys and a girl working here and more good conversation follows.....
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    I must have snapped this thinking of the river I grew up on...?
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    Then across New Melones Lake near Angels Camp (not a bad place to hang out eh). On that bridge below is where I passes a string of 6 bikes doing their thing... which is moving a bit slower than me, when i'm doing my thing.
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    The rich fertile soil of the Sacremento Valley near Lodi...
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    Vineyards near Napa...
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    The beautiful courtyard in Sonoma...
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    As I ride through... I pass two hot springs (should have stopped!!! ) and the Jack London Museum. More back twisties as I try to take the most remote back roads ( as much as North central Cali will allow) over to Sabastopol.
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    Then I pop into the Funk and Flash where Jess works... it's a cool little shop fer suuure. I didn't have too much of an idea what it would be like sooo I just kinda soak it in.

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    I'm here just before she closes up shop, so I wait a bit and we go across the street for dinner. Then a couple drinks and time to catch up on things since last summer..... She tells me she has some Maori dance classes down near the bay in Concord, sooo we'll take a road trip down that way tomorrow.


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  9. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    We get around... oil the chains and head for the East West for some tea, smoothies, coffee etc......
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    Then on over to Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay where we had an incredible lunch last year.
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    Shortly after this we take point Reyes Petaluma Rd off the PCH toward Necasio and another great place to eat/get a drink.
    This road as well as most that cross the Coastal Mt range are TWISTY and FUN!

    I go on ahead of Jess figuring I'll wait up at the next cross roads etc...

    I end up looping back to meet her a bit sooner than I'd thot! haha I was crank'n about 70mph when I came up on a left hander that was tighter than I had remembered considering this much speed :eek1 The back end starts to walk out so I chop the throttle a second... then back in it... it slides again... I chop it and brake... then back in it a bit just riding it out... then it slides again while I chop it and brake hard for the last time!

    When I'm done I have saved it, but only a few inches away from the very edge of the road, with a slight bank and barbed wire waiting for me below.

    This pic shows how far my tires were apart during this third and last slide... Mind you this isn't a slide to a stop, I'm still doin' at least 50mph when I end the slide, get her straightened out, and head for the next turn!
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    Man you can clearly see the front 606's knobby prints in that last pic... needless to say my adrenaline was about maxed and after hooking back up with Jess, I rode at a MUCH more conservative pace the rest of the day LOL!!!

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    I think we both have eaten more today than either of us had eaten all year jeesh, haha!
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    Ooooh boy fist time back in a city for a while...
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    We find the John Muir Home and stop in...
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    The night ends at the best Sushi resuarant either of us has ever eaten at...
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    Then we're off to find a camp for the night...
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  10. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Next morning after the dance we head to a small old fashioned Diner for some B-fast... Inside it still looks kinda 50's ish.
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    The owner (yup don't have his name) is really friendly and shows us one of the old menus... from 1950-something... just as a comparison. Good stuff:) aaand once again goood foood with happy folks serving it!!!
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    Then we snuck back up to Petaluma for a couple smoothies at the Fruit in Motion cafe...
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    Met Hillary down the street at the coffee shop (which is also the bathroom for the juice bar?!?) typing on an old manual typewriter! Haha maaan I tell her I learned on one a those.... 44 words per minute, when I went electric it picked up to 55wpm. Now that I'm doing these R/R's I actually peck away! What you say?... I know craaazy! I need to get back to basics.
    I thought she had a unique class about her.... aaand she was on a bike! Note her old school metal flake, pink helmet, when I ask for a pic she made sure to look as natural as possible.
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    Excellent moment... and a nice last afternoon spent with Jessica!
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    With another nice meeting of two kindred Spirits... albeit too short I might add, I hug Jessica goodbye and spin Des' up the PCH into the sunset. I have Rally's on this summers schedule and this is twisting my riding style out of it's ordinary come, go and flow as I may way. With just two out of 8 or something down, I'm already feeling the pressure and pressure is not something I try to put my self under these days...... hmmmm live again and learn.
    Took all these on the fly and really like how the sunset filters through the trees as I get up north...

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    You can see the road here, just hugging the cliffs edge as it snakes its way along...
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    As the sun fades away i pull into Point Arena looking for some chow... I find it at the Phoenix. Inside it's quiet and cozy, with a couple cool cute chicks working and EXCELLENT food being served up! Also cool old Rock Poster Art on the walls...
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    Some of Steve's music will be making it's way into the Report asap!...
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    Due to the slowed economy I hear the couple who owned the Phoenix have closed shop and now run the Sign of the Whale Bar down the street:( I say a slient prayer for them, that they may continue happily on their paths.....

    On up the coast to what some of you may already know is a GREAT stretch of highway.... the 22 or so Northern most miles of the PCH where it runs up over the mountains and out onto the 101. SUPER twisty aaand FUN!!! After this I stealth camp next to the Peg House in Legget, behind the old gas station, someone had left the bathroom door unlocked so I had a starry night above me and a can if I needed it beside me.... good night.
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  11. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Great Ride report JJ hope all is good with You!
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  12. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey thanx Alot!!! Yup aaall goood, I hope all is super fine with you as well!
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  13. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    I wake up refreshed but... early!
    To THE LOUD SOUNDS OF BIKES... LOTSA BIKES! Seems the Redwoods Rally just let out and maaan I guess these fuckers don't party hard on the last night, because they are up WAAAAY too damn early!
    I can't ignore hundereds of big twins, of course mostly Harleys roaring by at day break (you'da thought they knew I was sleeping under the trees and purposely hammered by the dumb ass dirty bike rider trying to sleep, geeeesh! :lol3) this went on for a couple hours, sooo I get up... pack up my bag and roll into the Peg House for some good food.. and service from the puuurrty giirls!



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    After.. you guessed it... some goood conversation, I do as when in Rome, and partake of the kind..... then calmly roll North toward Garberville and my cutoff Alderville rd up over the hills onto Zenia Bluff rd and then Zenia Ruth rd to Ruth Lake and the Journey's End Bar, General Store and Restuarant. After that more back roads like Hwy 36 (one of the top 10 bike roads in the country! ) and then Platina road into Redding (another dooosy) where I'll stop in to see Rick at Mayers Cycle to get my seat tweaked a bit.
    Gotta tell you... YOU NEED TO DO THIS RIDE! From basically the Bay up 1 to Garberville then over these roads to Redding.... heck there are a TON of fun roads back in here man !!!!
    I plug in my earbuds twist up the tunes and roll through the big trees...

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    With my head full of smoke I'm not railing hard yet... just taking in the scene... and scenery.
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    Cross the Eel River near the roads namesake Alderpoint, then back up into the hills...
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    Now is where you pic up Zenia Bluff rd and it's part dirt, part asphalt... PERFECT for an Enduro bike... I love it!
    I see some Condors... over a dozen ( ok this is a bit North of their range but I didn't notice the Red heads of the North American Turkey Vulture sooo to be more romantic let s just call these young Condors) The largest bird in North America weighting up to 26lbs and living 80yrs!
    They seemed to call to me as I ride under them at about the peak of the Bluff...

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    So I just layed down in the middle of the road and watched them swirling above me................................. for like 20 minutes.

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    A perfect day to just lay here.....
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    Then they started to land above me in this tree...
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    After soaking that all in and feeling pretty connected I roll on again...
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    Forgot to mention the moon was out too...
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    After more twist fest... I'm coming out of the smoky haze now sooo I've been wicking it up more and more, I come to the Journey's End. Aaah can't wait to see who's here this year, after last years family like welcome and subsequent smoke out!
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    I get some coffee and O.J. plus a bite to eat... the barkeep is new to me, soo I just fill her in a short bit of my stop in last year, Trish's(the owner) daughter is running around cooking etc.. that's a treat for my eyes.
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    Remembering the mirror carvings... but with new attitude.
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    After everythings all full I roll on...
    I had lubed the chain when I pulled in and it was still hot.... now I do a tire check and and get a pic of the tire, juuust sooo you'll know the twistiness of these roads! I spose I had wicked it up a bit earlier than I told ya. LOL Now were getting the flat slab center wear from the Desert off these tires.

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    I actually pull over for this shot... and while I do I hear a bike coming up the valley somewhere below me? Maan it sounds goood. kinda Ducati ish! And they dooo sound good ya gotta agree.
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    After the pic, a piss and getting back on the bike the guy rolls by... I quick slap her in gear and decide to see what he or she is made of...
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    He passes this car and it's on.... he can ride and I'm having a BLAST! He tucks it in hard in every turn like it's a track day and I start to go flat track style with my inside leg hanging waaay inside to keep up with a much faster bike. Some of the turns are 25 and 35mph we're taking them at 70mph... at least I am! He can pull me a bit on the straights but in the turns I actually close it up on him riding a fucking KLR with knobbies Laugh Out Loud! The ass slides out twice in this 20 or so turn little contest since it has no choice when you push it this hard, I just keep in it lifting enough to get her all hooked up again. After about 3 miles of this he pulls over and waves me on.... can't blame him since it's NO fun to have someone riding your ass... hahahahahaha!

    Now I have clear road ahead and put distance between us.... Sorry for the glove fingers all over the pic i was pumped.
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    Any way back down in the valley it flattens out and I see a General Store with gas and stuff, soo I pull in all pumped up on ADRENALINE!
    He pulls in followed by about 5 other guys all on sport bikes, he's on a naked Ducati, he can't believe what he just saw and on the bike I'm riding! He says at first he thought it was a guy on a BMW or something as he passed me pulled over, do to the side boxes and stuff, but as soon as I pulled up on his rear tire he said he knew that wasn't the case. His buddy walked over and said "Maaan are you crazy?" "I saw your ass end sliding out and thought you were going down!" I told him that's how it is on knobbies sometimes and you just ride it out... they both shook there heads, we talked some more with a few crazy stories thrown in for good measure, then I walked into the store.


    I didn't take the group pic because I didn't want to seem like I was saying "yup just blew past these guys.. here's their pic" But on second thought I shoulda taken one....

    It's the Famous "Wildwood Cafe" just down the road from Wildwood...
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  14. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    This building is crazy. It looks like something one of Tolkien's elves would make. Do you know anything about it? Where was this exactly?
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    High Desert Rider Been here awhile

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    I immediately thought of Tolkien.
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    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey folks, been outta town for a week or soooo... Merry Christmas, Happy New Year aaaand welcome to the Age of Aquarius! :norton
    That picture was taken as I passed the Sea Ranch about a 100mi North of the Bay. The Sea Ranch Chapel: http://hubbellandhubbell.com/portfolio/sea-ranch-chapel/

    I deffinately thought of a bird.. the California or a Scaled Quail actually.... beautiful!

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    <!-- #slideshow-p -->&#8220;The Sea Ranch chapel, commissioned by a private party, took nearly a year to complete. This non-denominational chapel is dedicated to the memory of Kirk Ditzler whose drawings were the foundation for the design. The roof gives a sense of sweeping, lifting movement, achieved by its manifold profiles. Its structure is inspired by winged forms, yet can be read in a number of different ways. Yet despite the great variety of shape and form, the 360 square foot chapel, achieves an underlying feeling of unity.
    &#8220;James Hubbell has an almost democratic approach to his work. He involves his coworkers according to their abilities; and in this particular project the work was delegated to Tambe Kumaran. He and a team of highly skilled craftsmen set about realizing Hubbell&#8217;s design from a small model and 1/4 inch engineering drawings.
    &#8220;The chapel sits on a gently sloping site and is constructed on a six inch concrete slab with 12 inch foundation walls, filled with concrete block. The main structure of the building is made of wood siding which was dried and molded in place to create a shell. The curves of the roof were extremely difficult to accomplish, and Kumaran drew from his boat building experience to achieve both the curves and the chapel&#8217;s even shingled surface. The materials used for this project are among the architect&#8217;s favorites: a combination of stained glass, ceramics, metal and plasterwork.
    &#8220;Brightly colored stained glass windows illuminate the interior which is large enough to seat up to 40 people. The interior is adorned by a white plaster &#8216;flower&#8217; sculpture which caps the inner space, lining the ceiling and supporting a metal lighting fixture. A redwood pillar and other free form structures, such as a metal and glass screen in the corner, decorate the inside of Sea Ranch Chapel.&#8221; ~ Excerpted from &#8220;Organic Architecture,&#8221; Architectural Design Magazine, Profile No. 106 &#8211; 1995.
    The chapel is open to visitors, but sometimes closes for private events. For more information on the chapel and visiting, visit their website www.thesearanchchapel.org
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    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info on the chapel! It looks even more stunning inside. :) I have probably rode by that area more than three times without seeing it, I'll have to keep an eye out and stop for a visit next time!

    Hope you're having a good holiday! :freaky
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  18. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Thanx fey... yup life is SPECTACULAR!
    Wishing you all the best too... :D
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  19. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Ok like I said I had stumbled into the Wildwood Store & Cafe in Hayfork, CA.... after talking to the gang I'd been on a tear with I talk to a couple more guys on KLX 400's (Turns out there is not only some of the best road riding in the USA ~ 2 out of the top 10~ but awesome trails too) and then walk up to the big ol' front deck.
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    I meet these 4 smiling faces...
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    Their just glowing with happiness and good cheer! Enzo, Big Bear Jim, Joyelle and Mario her boyfriend.
    Enzo and Mario are inmates here as "Zombeast" and "KhaoSanman", We talk a while and just plain enjoye one anothers company! :clap Joyelle is on her 4th ride on a BMW650 and is HOOKED!
    Great gang and I hope to run into them again on another ride!

    Then I walk into the store and now see that this IS a bike friendly kinda place.. I had no idea... just saw gas pumps and a chance to pull off and vent some of the adrenaline I had built up back in the twisties, dancing with the Ducati.

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    I meet Puurty Laura Boehm who with her husband Andrew own the Store...
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    They live and breath bikes....
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    He won the Flat Track Championship at Lodi back in 1996, using all the wrong equipment and on an old '63 Scout, he races a Busa Drag Bike too.... SUPER FRIENDLY folks! Like I said.. this place has every kind of road or trail that you'd wanna ride outside the front door!
    I'll just post up pics as I was walking around the store...
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    On the left in this picture standing next to Gary Nixon, is none other than Motorcycle racing Legend Dick "Bugsy" Mann...
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    Winner, 1970 Daytona 200.
    Competed at a national level in dirt track, motocross and road racing.
    1995 AMA Dud Perkins Award Winner.







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    [​IMG]Dick "Bugsy" Mann will go down in history as one of the most versatile racers ever to throw a leg over a motorcycle. A two-time AMA Grand National Champion, Mann was one of the very few riders to compete on the national level in dirt track, road racing and motocross. When he retired from professional racing in 1974, Mann was second on the all-time AMA Grand National Series wins list with 24 national victories and had one of the longest careers of competing successfully on the pro circuit spanning the early 1950s to the mid-70s.

    In 1971, Mann became the first rider to complete motorcycle racing&#8217;s Grand Slam, winning in all forms of AMA Grand National Championship racing: mile, half-mile, short track, TT and road racing.

    Mann says the hoopla about the Grand Slam didn&#8217;t start until months after he&#8217;d completed it.

    "I didn&#8217;t even think about it after I&#8217;d won the Mile [in August of 1971 in Homewood, Illinois]" Mann said. "There was no such thing as a Grand Slam then. It was thought up after I won all of them. Fortunately for me, I won that race in Chicago only after a bunch of the cushion track specialists retired. Had they still been around, I would have finished eighth or ninth like I always had."

    Mann was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 13, 1934. His first exposure to motorcycling came in his teenage years when he rode a Cushman scooter on his paper route in Richmond, California. Mann and his fellow Richmond motorcycle paper boys, terrorized the Richmond streets in the early morning hours. His dirt-track riding skills were learned on cinder running tracks behind the area schools. On the weekends, Mann would ride in the hills near Richmond on old cow trails (thus "cowtrailing", the name he gave that style of riding). This gave him the off-road experience he would later use in motocross.

    After high school, Mann went to work as a mechanic at fellow Hall of Fame member Hap Alzina's BSA shop in Oakland. There, Mann learned motorcycles inside and out and became a top-notch mechanic. He also started racing during this period, first in scrambles then later at a dirt oval in Belmont, California. Admittedly not a natural at racing, Mann took his time steadily learning his trade and, in the summer of 1954 as an amateur, he set off with veteran racer Al Gunter to tackle the professional racing circuit.

    Mann turned expert in 1955 and finished a very respectable seventh in his first Grand National race, the Daytona 200. For the next three years, Mann gradually made a name for himself. In 1957, he finished ranked in the top ten for the first time. He earned a number of podium finishes, including being the runner-up at the Daytona 200 and Laconia national road races in 1958.

    The Peoria (Illinois) TT was the site of Mann's first national win in 1959. It would also be where Mann won his final national 13 years later. By the end of the 1950s, Mann had clearly established himself as one of the elite racers in the country. He finished second to Carroll Resweber in the 1959 Grand National Series.

    In 1963, Mann earned five podium finishes, and after winning at Ascot Park in Gardena, California, on September 21, he clinched his first AMA Grand National Championship. It would be eight agonizingly long years before Mann would earn his second national title.

    In the interim, Mann continued to win races and finish high in the standings. He also found the time to help pioneer the sport of motocross in America. Mann raced in several early AMA professional motocross races in the late 1960s and early '70s. During this period, Mann also represented the United States in the famous Trans-Atlantic Match Races, which pitted the little-known American racers against established pavement stars from Great Britain.

    Of all of his national wins, perhaps the most fulfilling for Mann was his 1970 Daytona 200 win riding the new Honda CB750. After all, Mann had been racing in the 200 for 15 years and was runner-up three times, but could not quite find a way to finish atop the podium. To say he was long overdue for a win at Daytona was an understatement. Finally his time came in the 1970 race. He ran strong all day and held off early challenges by former world champion Mike Hailwood and, later in the race, rising stars Gene Romero and Gary Nixon. The win not only gave Mann his first victory at the Daytona classic, it also marked Honda's first win in an AMA national.

    Returning to BSA in 1971, Mann made a brilliant comeback at age 37 and won his second AMA Grand National Championship, becoming the oldest rider in the history of the series to win the title. The '71 season was the opening of a second phase of Mann's career. Now the elder statesman of the series, many felt Mann was too old to be competitive with the young new stars of the day, but Mann proved the nay-sayers wrong by winning the season opener at the Houston TT. He followed that up with a second straight win at Daytona. Other wins that season included victories in road races at Pocono, Pennsylvania, and Kent, Washington. Mann was named the AMA's Most Popular Rider of the Year for 1971. Mann continued winning in 1972 and was still competitive in 1973, finishing in the series top ten at nearly 40 years of age.

    Mann often wore a straw hat in the pits and it became a trademark.

    "They were ladies' gardening hats," Mann explained. "They were usually 59 cents at Woolworths. It was usually the only shade we had, and they were cheap. We had to race and work on the bikes."

    Mann retired from the professional circuit in 1974. He raced in over 230 AMA nationals and, when he retired, was second on the all-time Grand National wins list with 24 victories. From 1957 to 1973, Mann finished inside the Grand National top ten every year but one.

    Even after all his accomplishments in professional racing, Mann wasn't quite finished. In 1975, Mann returned to his trail riding roots and qualified for the United States International Six Days Trial team (now known as the International Six Days Enduro) and competed for his country on the Isle of Man earning a bronze medal. Mann was given the prestigious AMA Dud Perkins Award for his contributions to the sport in 1995.

    When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998, Mann was still competing in vintage races across the country. He also owns a business which specializes in restoring and selling vintage motorcycles for racing.
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    When I raced Motocross in the 70's I used to race with him.... I still remember the Straw Hat... LOL! He was in the Old Timers Association racing in the Master's class... (Fast as Hell too) My dad was also an Old Timers member and racer. I raced in the Support class (Kids of the Old Timers- 40+ and the Over The Hill Gang- 30+ ) Dick was the only guy riding a Thumper back then... one of his Flat Track racing engines in a Motocross Frame. A totally different sound hearing him come around the track compared to the 2-stroke Maico's, YZ's, RM's, CR's Husky's etc... Wish I could use these keys to make the different sounds I remeber... :)
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    Anyway seeing his picture took me back to my earlier years and reminded me how significant Motorcycles had been and still are in my life....

    Turns out Andrew had raced with Nicky Hayden alot when they were both teenagers...
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    Nicholas "Nicky" Patrick Hayden, nicknamed The Kentucky Kid, won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006.

    I'm deffinately feeling like I'm in the right place at the right time... both today as I walk this store enjoying the now, and as I remember how I was riding the wave of Motocross in the 70's... Archery in the 80's... then in the 90's I rode the wave of Late model Mustang and Worlds Fastest Sreet Car Racing... Now in the 2000's for me at least, it's Adventure Touring and Raising Human Consciousness/Awareness of our Mother Earth and or own Being.
    Basically whay I'm saying is... when your feeling like doing something... then the door swings open right before your face and opportunity awaits on the other side... jump though and Go Cat Goooo!!!

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    The Cafe in the next room...
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    Drum set in the corner for band nights...
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    As I'm taking pictures Andrew walks back and points to this one...
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    Very cool invention... by Marv Swanson a friend of Andrews who made the three metal sculptures out front.
    CW Garage: Marv Swanson&#8217;s Armature &#8211; First Look AKA Swivelbike.

    June 17, 2008
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    What we have here is the world&#8217;s first (as far as I know) articulating rear-steer motorcycle. I&#8217;ve been involved in bikes since I was 12 years of age. I attended welding school and then worked in the aerospace industry in the L.A. area. I&#8217;ve ridden streetbikes for as long as I can remember, and raced in WSMC and love to do trackdays at my home track, Thunderhill in Northern California.
    The Swivelbike is not the first bike I&#8217;ve created. Over the years I&#8217;ve made some trick bikes and custom parts, and I also do all my own tuning. I&#8217;m an unknown in the motorcycle world, but at some point I decided I would go public with what I&#8217;ve discovered over the years as a frame builder and freelance designer. I&#8217;m known to my family and friends as a bit bike crazy, but an awesome fabricator and welder.
    Okay, the Armature has these features: 1) Flex frame design; 2) Single-spar frame direct drive, like a go-cart; 3) All-aluminum frame, gas in lower frame; 4) Adjustable triple-tree (adjustable for rake); and 5) KTM 525 Single powerplant.
    This is not a conventional motorcycle. It does things contrary to belief, like making a right turn with the wheel turned to the left; wow, what fun that is. It&#8217;s very easy to turn with a balanced-center counterweight. It&#8217;s unlike any bike I&#8217;ve ridden, and I&#8217;ve owned over 50 bikes.The Armature is an offspring of another prototype I built, the M-80 (which has a similar frame, but is powered by a smaller motor) but it has more features. Together they have the same effect: dual steering so that the wheels are offset or independent of each other; to the motorcycle world that&#8217;s huge, you would think! If you want a thrill, or have the nerve to try something different, think of it as the difference between skiing and snowboarding.

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    Desiree' posing behind this last one...
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    After this most enjoyable pit stop I suit up and head for Rick Mayers...
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  20. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    I know that the roads are gonna be a blast heading to reading and I plan to stop along the way at the Platina Store/Post office for a snack... Had a BLAST here last year with the owner Sue and her husband Ken.
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    The owners aren't in buuuut Robbin is...
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    What a sweety.. she hooks me up with a bowl of soup and we flirt a bit , talk alot, then I roll outside.
    Where I meet ??? grrr didn't write it down...He had just bought this Ninja garage kept with only 2000mi on it... nice score!
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    Back on the road...
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    Platina road is goood of course and soon I'm at Rick's shop... he walks out and I say hello again. It's Sunday afternoon I explain that I'm just on my way past from NorCal heading back to Idaho and what I would like to do to modify the seat, though he's not normally open on Mondays, he says if I swing by in the morning he'll fix me up. WoooHooo!
    He ask if I've been up to Mt Lassen... nope.. we talk more and I say sure I'll go check it out and find a place to Stealth camp up high where it's cooool, since it gets MIGHTY hot here in the Valley.
    It's a big Volcano crater off to the East...
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    North of the Crater...
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    Inside the Crater looking South...
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    Some nice high altitude lakes...
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    Snow's piling up.. but NOT near as much as I rode in last year.
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    Steam vents and somewhat Moon like landscape in the South West facing valley...
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    Then it's time to head down and West to look for a camp...
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    I find an old abandoned Farm and sneak in behind... it's blurry but you can see the size of this buck. There were two feeding around the back when I rolled in.
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    I cross an old field and drop down into a dry wash partially in the woods to get outta sight, then roll volcanic rocks out of the way, filling the little craters back up, smooth things best I can, lay down next to Des' hanging a couple Natural Mosquito repellents on my boots and..... drift off.

    I wake up take a pic of the camp and head on back to Rick's...
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    At the shop... Rick Mayer Cycles.
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    While Rick tends to other bussiness I pull all the staples needed to peel the cover back for the modification, then he goes to work.
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    Rick is an A+ guy and fixes me up juuust PERFECT! I now have a leeetle more stretch out room for the long slab riding that occurs when I criss cros the U.S. I'm at about 62,000mi on this seat now and simply love it!
    Moved the butt pan back about 2-1/2" very nice... THANX RICK!
    After much trying to convince him...he would not accept a penny either... true gentleman!
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    Time to get back to Lewiston and do some maintenance on Des' before the Hells Canyon Gathering at the Log Cabin RV Park.