It's What Men Do

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by epicxcrider, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    We all quickly realized that this sand was SOFT. I let my front tire wander into the center of the two track and just about lost it right there - a little bit of spinning and I got both tires back onto the firmer edge of the trail. Riding the edge was complicated further by the misquite bushes encroaching on the trail. Concious of getting stuck by thorns, I put one hand guard in the bushes and was glad I had on tough gear.

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    Behind, Bernie's side bags did a great job of taking out most of the encroaching bush so Shawn probably had the easiest run of it. Dropping down a little hill as the trail curved right we ended up in a dead end spot and found a firm place to drop the sidestand.

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    Midday in the high desert (sagebrush?) the heat was getting pretty intense so it was a good time for a break to explore a little bit - we started making our way to the shoreline.

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    Shortly it became clear it would not be as easy as heading in the general direction. What appeared to be low brush quickly grew taller than all of us obscuring our view and turning into a maze of sand, brush, and TUFA. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tufa)

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    These formations of calcium carbonate were quite remarkabale and now completely blocking us from getting to the lake shore. Decicing not to burn anymore daylight trying, we backtracked and decided to ride a bit further down the lake to what appeared to be a good place to walk around.

    Lifting the sidestand from the soft sand, I thought this little hill could get a bit interesting...

    A little spin and no drama, I was up and around the corner to watching the others. Bernie was next - about halfway up his front tire ended up in the soft sand and the rear just dug itself in right there. One more try to get it out and he was up to the frame. Shawn came running up the hill to help while I sat and snapped a few photos like a true friend.

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    I arrived on the scene just in time to watch Shawn and Bernie muscle the whole back end of the bike up out of the hole and off to the side. A bit more spin to get some bite and Bernie was back up on to the level trail. Shawn tractored up on the DR with no issue and we cautiously made our way to the road.

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  2. graniterover

    graniterover Adventurer

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    What a very small world it is. I haven't seen your FJ in town lately. PM me if you want to go for a MC ride. Or, if you feel like a real man, get an XR50 and battle us - we have access to ~2000 acres in town.

    - Mark, the other FJ (TT) in Hollis....

    Love the pics of your adventure.
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  3. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Ha! It is :). I moved down the street and haven't been driving it much lately.

    The xr50 sounds like a blast too - ill shoot ya a pm!
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  4. Tallgears

    Tallgears Adventurer

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    Awesome ride.
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  5. Benduro

    Benduro It's been handled.

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    Ha! Those "shortcuts" into Yosemite are quite literally in my backyard. I live on Foresta rd, which is part of that network. I'm in on this one boys! Wish I could have met up with ya!
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  6. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Back on the big two lane dirt, Bernie had spotted a road up ahead that would lead us to the lake shore we had been trying to reach for about two hours now.

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    A mile or so down the road, a line of bright green running through the sagebrush and sand prepared me for a second water crossing. We approached it straight on and besides being a bit longer was about the same as the previous one.

    Without hesitation I dropped to first gear, picked my line, and throttled through. Partway across as I felt the water starting to fill my boots I realized I had underestimated the depth and strength of the current. Before I knew it I was going over, instinctually snapping the kill switch just before most of the bike submerged. Before I knew what happened I had it back upright and running, apparently blasting about a gallon of water out of the muffler. Bernie had run in to help stabilize and we had her back on dry land in a few seconds.

    Bernie and then Shawn picked their way across more cautiously (probably even using the clutch) as I drained half a gallon of water out of each boot and let it run out my sleeves and pant legs. I was completely soaked - but the bike and camera were fine. I got myself back together and we found our way to the lakeshore - a good place to dry out for a bit.

    We pulled up to a boat launch ramp just as a research vessel all the way from Jersey was launching. We learned from them Mono lake has about four times the salinity of the Pacific ocean and about the only thing living in it are brine shrimp. It was a nice spot to relax for a little while.

    It was mid afternoon by the time I had dried out a bit and suited back up. More than a little hungry by now, we made our way through town back up to the Yosemite access road where there was a gas station with what looked to be a decent restruaunt inside.

    Decent would be an understatement. This place served some mean mexican dishes - my fish tacos were awesome considering the location and price.
    Reinvigoriated, it was decided we should make for camp and enjoy a hike and a dip in the river before the cold set in for the evening.

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    Trying to build a good head of steam climbing back up to 10,000 feet on the mountain road I really started to notice the lack of power. I'd drop to 5th, 4th, no pull - it just made more noise - 3rd, finally she'd pull hard again. Climbing, amazing turns, amazing views, more climbing. Back in Yosemite I enjoyed riding each corner the opposite direction and soaked in a new take on the scenery.

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    Back at camp - a good beer, a good swim, a warm can of soup, a good nights sleep. Tomorrow would be a big day.

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  7. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Day Four
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    We made sure to break camp early to get a good start on the ride back to San Fran. Why not North? Well, I had something to see to in the bay area - but I'll get to that later.

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    After we left the foothills it was a boring ride back to San Fran that put us back in Woodside around noon.

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    59 and windy was chilly weather here compared to the heat we had been through. Refreshing for a while, we all soon wished for a bit of legendary Cali sun

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  8. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Looking forward to more of this ride. :clap
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  9. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    As we exited stage West out of Woodside that wish was replaced by sheer excitement and adrenaline. We cleared the residential section and were treated to a car-free wide open blast up into the mountains on King’s Mountain Road. No traffic, sharper turns, higher banks all made it even more amazing than La Honda road! We all tore up the road into the hills, trying to stay in the lead I was really pushing my limits at this point - but learning a lot as we went. Dropping to first gear to power out of the tightest corners and never finding the end of third gear we were on a mission to scrub the tires right to the edge.

    Shawn has some go pro footage I hope we can upload here :)

    Emerging onto a main road just as I thought the fun part was over, I spotted the road continuing diagonally across the intersection. Accelerating back into third gear I found the twisties just as nice on the west side of the mountains. The climate change was immediate and amazing, transforming from dry deciduous trees to conifers dripping with lichen and covered in moss. Noting the thick humid air and wet road, I took it down a notch on the descent to keep the rubber side down. I had to make it to Half Moon Bay in one piece.

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    The only photo I have - it was just too much fun

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    Arriving at Half Moon Bay after a quick cruise down Main st we headed for Pillar point to walk out and at least touch the left ocean. No swimming here - bacteria warning flag was up and it was far from warm out.​
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  10. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Busy week! Will update soon!
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  11. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    After a short walk down the beach, Bernie and Shawn headed South to Santa Cruz while I made my way to a few places around town. My girlfriend Kim had flown into town to visit friends for the week and since she thought I was already in Oregon, I would be surprising her this afternoon. There was more to the plan however. Sparing the details I swept her off her feet, proposed in a rather spectacular way :coola and am now engaged to the love of my life :)

    We ran off to spend the night together while Bernie and Shawn headed back to Redwood City. We would all be meeting up again in the morning.

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    The next morning

    But you all came for a motorcycle trip - let's get back to that ;)


    Chapter Two: The Adventure Begins

    DAY 5: One way ticket to Garberville

    Five of us had breakfast together, and then I parted ways with my now fiance and our friend who came to pick her up.

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    The Three Amigos head North on coastal route 1 for who knows where tonight!
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  12. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    We rode north passing through San Fran on Rt 1, wishing we had time to explore. Unfortunately we had to make miles today so we passed by and headed for the Golden Gate Bridge.

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    Taking a little time to sightsee on the North end, we got off the highway to ride through Sausalito. I absolutely loved this little old town right on the water with it’s views of the bay. You could trip on the sidewalk and fall right into the ocean! Bernie and I vowed to return to live in a house on the hill for a few years.

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    Heading back to the coast on Rt 1 the roads were excellent and traffic was pretty minimal which we sure enjoyed.

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  13. 150ron

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    Absolutely amazing so far, you guys should realize you are lucky to do this kind of trip/ride :clap
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    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    and congratdulations on your engaugement.:clap
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  15. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Life is crazy right now, hope to update this soon!
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  16. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I'm not in, boring, bad photography, etc. Nope, not gonna book mark this page.

    :dj:becca:ddog:hmmmmm:eyes

    Damnit, I'm in. :1drink
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  17. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Riding North up Route 1 was really excellent. We were all excited to be making some headway, the real adventure beginning now with no plans of where we would end up for the night.

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    I sprung a leak so we had to stop for a minute while I took care of it.

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    We cruised North for a while taking in the essential California - Sun, ocean breeze, great roads and beautiful flora (fauna too :evil).

    Constantly scanning the map as I rode, I spotted a track on the map that curved so tight like a Ramen noodle heading up into the hills.

    Panoramic Highway. TURN RIGHT

    Up up up we go draggin pegs and dropping into first for some corners, then banging through gears until the next one. No traffic - amazing.

    You know, we really didn't hit much traffic on the whole trip and I will say that compared to New England, people in California (outside of the cities) were very courteous drivers and nice enough to pull over for us when they saw three headlights pile up in the rearview.
    Except the dreaded fart-smellers in their pruises who would not pull over or even go the speed limit. Get out of my way, I get better mileage than you with my throttle wide open.

    Pruis rant over, I really enjoyed the hell out of driving up Panoramic - and things just got better when we headed North on Ridgecrest.

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    The views up here were pretty remarkable as we got above the trees into the grasslands. Treated to a view of the San Fran skyline we had to stop for a few photos.

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    Heading North. Ish :)

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    This road was just so, SO good

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    And then we came to Bolinas.

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  18. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    I don't have any photos from Bolinas - Fairfax Rd. This is kind of irritating now, but I couldn't care less then - riding it was so much fun. Instead, I've stolen (borrowed?) this picture from the internet to show you what it's like.

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    Imagine miles of this. Miles.

    This photo came from here: http://aphotoaday.blogspot.com/2009/11/click-photo-for-full-size-image-photo_23.html and I've just realized this was taken by a prius driver. Great.

    Anyway, you can imagine the three of us had quite a bit of fun on this road while we descended back down to Rt. 1. The road moved inland for a bit which was a nice change of pace and shortly we reached Point Reyes Station

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    What a creeper

    It was getting on in the early afternoon and we hadn't yet stopped so I pulled into the bay store in Bodega Bay. Beautiful spot for a stop, if a bit chilly from the ocean breeze. A quick snack break here and we pushed North. Trying to make some big miles today.

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    The scenery on the coast is spectacular and dynamic. I never got tired of the view.

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  19. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Maybe the second best way to travel Rt. 1

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    For the next few hours the ride was pretty uneventful, but generally extremely enjoyable. I didn't take too many photos as I really just focused on taking everything in.

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    Getting towards the evening, we reached the point where Rt. 1 heads away from the coast. Inland and up into the mountains we went :)​
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  20. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Congrats on the girl and the new ride.

    I gotta give you guys a big thumbs up going from new riders to taking on soft sand on a heavy d/s bike, riding the turns with spirit and so forth.

    BTW, a bit of a tip. Less tire pressure works best in the looser stuff, but you need a way to inflate back when you get on pavement.
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