Just head north from San Francisco

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lakota, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    Day 1 Mountain View CA to Tomales CA

    [FONT=&quot]Last year the plan was that Mrs Lakota and I would rent a motorcycle in San Francisco and ride north up the left coast to around Astoria and then loop inland to head back south, taking about a week. For some reason or another we never made the reservation for the moto. After my crash on the Continental Divide ride[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]I was not allowed to ride for two months. So no reservations was a lucky play.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Fast forward to this year. Do the research again and make reservations with California Motorcycle Adventures http://www.californiamotorcycleadventures.com/ for a K1600GT. It was a good choice as far as I can see. Ilene, Nathaniel, and everyone there were very helpful and got us on our way with a minimum of hassle.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]But I jumped too far. First we had to get to SFO. Make reservations using USAIR frequent flier miles for first class seats. Arrival will be at 1040, allowing us plenty of time to get to the rental shop, load the bike, do the paperwork, and get moving before PM rush hour clogs the roads and the Golden Gate Bridge. Problem was USAIR had other plans. The connecting flight to Philly was cancelled at 0130 and we were rebooked through Charlotte, not in first class and getting there at noon. Cushion gone and no recourse. Bitched about the first class seats and got that fixed. In the end we get to SFO at 1240 and to the rental shop, using their shuttle, about 1:30[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The shop[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]The bike[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Donna getting ready[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]After a lap around the parking lot to show them I could ride we are off into the weekend rush. The intent was to ride 90 miles and call it a day. The ride took 3 ½ hours. Roads were clogged and slowed to a real crawl at the Golden Gate. We left 101 at Mill Valley, the plan, and tok Highway 1 over the mountain to the coast to Stinson Beach. Butler Maps has high praise for this route too.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Then it was up the coast to Tomales for the overnight. While there are lots of cars on the highway, they seemed to be very polite and got out of my way whenever there was a turnout for them to use. Fog ruled the weather so there was no point in trying to get pictures. The other thing was that it was cool, temps in the low 60s, after the high heat and humidity in Maryland[/FONT]
    A lot of our friends don't believe Donna rides with me so here she is on the bike


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    [FONT=&quot]Our first stop the Continental Inn http://www.thecontinentalinn.com/[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]The room[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Dinner Stop[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Food porn[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]All of Tomales in two pictures[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Looking South[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Looking north[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]A shout out to the Darth Peach - wish I could take pix of flowers like she does.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hydrangias
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    [FONT=&quot]Today’s ride 90 miles[/FONT]
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  2. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    OUCH! that hurts me just to look at it. Burrrrr.....

    But your rental place is "just around the corner from me" - I'll have to drop by there some time.

    Have a wonderful and safe ride!
    -ceej

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  3. RFlagg42

    RFlagg42 One hoopy frood....

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    Have a great trip Marty!
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  4. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    In the whitewater rafting world we'd call that a "Yardsale!"

    This is going to be an awesome trip, and one you will want to do again and again. I know I sure do!
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  5. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Funny, I never drove on Highway 1 tip to tail when I lived there. Now I can't wait to go back and do it :rofl Tourist!
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  6. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Jax Off again.

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    Great to see you back at it Marty!!!! :thumb
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  7. Dynamick

    Dynamick Flying Monkey

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    What is not to like about a good road trip. Very good to see you posting this :lurk.
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  8. joints4sale

    joints4sale No. Not "That Kind".

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    The Marin headlands and Muir Woods are some of my favorite places in the SF Bay Area. Have safe and fun ride Marty and Donna. Color me jellous.
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  9. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    I hope you guys have a great ride and I can't wait to see the pictures and hear about it! :clap
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  10. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Ahhhhh, Mountain View, my home for many years. Fond memories. Looks like you are off to a great start! So glad to see that biff did not keep you down. Have fun and thanks for taking us along.
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  11. joints4sale

    joints4sale No. Not "That Kind".

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    Eureka!
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  12. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    [FONT=&quot]Day 2 July 27 2013 Tomales CA to Eureka CA[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The word of the day is FOG. And temperature swing.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The hub of Tomales, the bakery deli complex[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Lots of interest here. Sports bikes going from somewhere to somewhere else stopping in for a fat pill and a coffee. Locals sitting on benches discussing everything from the state of local/regional theater to good old Mr Weiner flashing his Johnson in New York. A nice place to sit and eavesdrop.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Its misty and damp as we get underway from Tomales. Highway 1 takes us back to the coast and we get to see the ocean. Glad I took these pictures as we don’t see it for a long time.[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]The visibility drops to less than one hundred yards.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]There really is ocean down there[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]I took this for two reasons[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]1. [/FONT][FONT=&quot] I followed this guy for almost an hour in dismal sight conditions. What would have been a marvelous ride if one could see the road was mainly survival in the wet conditions[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]2. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]The state of California had at least 5 of these along this stretch of Highway 1 repairing bridges which, as we could see, really needed it[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The fog lifted eventually and we stopped to see the lighthouse at Pt Arena. Cost $7.50 to get close and I didn’t see any cost advantage to doing so.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The lighthouse[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]The bike[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]The ocean[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]wonder which direction the prevailing wind is[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]How about these cypress trees?[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]It got to be lunch time as we arrived in Ft Bragg (CA not NC)[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Lunch porn[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Sliced turkey with cranberry[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Gas in California[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]We got back on the road to ride Highway 1 to Leggett. According to Butler in the Northern CA motorcycle map Ft Bragg to Leggett is “possibly the finest section of the world famous coastal Highway 1, the journey is highlighted by crumbling cliffs and dark blue ocean on either side.”. He is not lying. The last 22 miles are a motorcyclist’s dream. Curves and switchbacks galore. A pleasure to ride! Arriving in Leggett marks the end of Highway 1 and puts you on Rte 101. Here is the temperature change. It was 56F in Ft Bragg and 88 when I stop for gas[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]We take 101 North (the temperature is now 98)and get off at the first exit for Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. A nice road but too many tourists. However the tree cover causes the temp to drop to 81[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]We stay on it for about 30 miles and then jump back on 101 for the last 35 miles into Eureka (temp 62). That’s a +42 and then -36 degree swing in 3 ½ hours.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Yeah I know it’s a Best Western[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]The clerk said park here even without me asking:clap[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Nice room though[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Dinner stop[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]More food porn[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Barbeque special[/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]It’s Marie Callendar’s for cripes sake – you gotta have pie[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Two thoughts[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I saw more long haul bicyclists today than on any single day ever. Gotta have a lot of respect for them.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I was impressed with the politeness of the drivers today. They always seemed to move over to let me by when I wanted to pass. However, there were almost as many RVs as I saw on the Alaska Highway. They are not fun to get stuck behind.:D[/FONT]


    [FONT=&quot]today's ride 250 miles
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  13. RFlagg42

    RFlagg42 One hoopy frood....

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    Marty, it isn't a rally. Turn off the date/time stamp on your camera :deal
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  14. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Jax Off again.

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    From Alabama to Newfoundland it's all Appalachian

    :rofl:rofl:rofl
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  15. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    as soon as I remember how:D
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  16. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    Day 3 Eureka CA to Bandon OR via Eureka
    So how did we go from Eureka to Bandon via Eureka? That’s the story of the day. But first the word of the day is WIND!
    Breakfast was the typical hotel buffet of scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast but who cares? On of the things I wanted to see on this ride was the Lost Coast. Yesterday we did Avenue of the Giants felt we couldn’t fit both in so we would take a lot a part of it today. The plan was ride back south to Ferndale and pick up the Mattole Road, ride it to the coast, take a picture and ride it back. Butler says “Arguably one of the greatest motorcycling journeys in the country. Due to its narrowness and crumbling surface, Matteo Road is technically rated as a ‘Paved Mountain Trail’, but don’t let that keep you from experiencing it. Desolate hillsides, fog lined coast, frigid blue ocean, exhilarating riding…Lost Coast says it all”. While it was a great ride there is a little hyperbole in the description. The narrowness means everyone coming the other way thinks they are the only ones on the road and crumbling surface made me work too hard riding two up on a big bike (would have REALLY loved in on my F700GSriding single). The rest is all true. Ride it if you get the chance.


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    The turn around and go back didn’t happen. Donna really didn’t like the road so we continued south to Honeydew and then back through a section of Humboldt Redwoods Park to 101 and then back to Eureka. This section in the park was way better than Avenue of the Giants. We were back to Eureka 3 ½ hours after we started. Worth every minute. The ride to get back to 101, although long, as a ride every motorcyclist could live, twisties, switchbacks, narrow bridges, etc.
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    Now back on the road heading North. 101 is schizophrenic. It is a main street through cities and towns, two lane road through the country, 3 lane road (center lane for passing, 4 lane divided highway, and super slab among others. Most every section was fun to ride except for the traffic in the towns.
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    Dinner choice – the tastiness of the food comes out in the porn pix

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    Favorite sign – Humbug Mountain State Park. The transitions from shade to sun to shade there was not always pleasant – sun blindness at 65mph is a thrill to avoid
    Wind sucks. It was really blowing along the Oregon Coast. Had to work really hard to go in a straight line. Thinks the cages were wondering why the bike was tilted and the passengers sitting straight up. A shout out to those guys who ride Ruta 40.
    Today’s ride 330 miles
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  17. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Oddometer:
    7,223
    Location:
    Southern Maryland
    Nice pictures! Seems like something I will have to do some day.
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  18. lakota

    lakota Geeser

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,222
    Location:
    Annapolis MD
    Day 4 July 29, 2013 Benbow OR to Astoria OR

    Today&#8217;s ride is brought to you by Highway 101 aka

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    Or

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    Both are appropriate to the road. As I said before there are lots of cyclists on the road. And there are plenty of sightseers rolling along also.

    Fresh out of the hotel we head over to the other side of the river to see this lighthouse


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    And the new light on the jetty

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    Then we start North. What is interesting is that for 80 miles or so you don&#8217;t get to see the coast. The shoreline is protected by a series of parks and recreation areas that sit between 101 and the ocean. The roads look something like this.


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    And in a lot of places this is about as close to ocean as you get without walking.


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    Oregon forest


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    Believe it or not there is a lighthouse there. Since it cost $5 to walk ½ mile to see it we all get to use our imagination

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    The ocean is now in sight

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    Interesting bridge on 101


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    And how the road looks for a while once you get past the park areas


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    Lunch stop (recommended)

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    Food porn
    Dungeness crab and bay shrimp sandwich


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    Burger (I know &#8211; boring)


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    More beach


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    Yet another 101 bridge

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    Just north of Tillamook the GPS says turn right off of 101 onto Miami River Road

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    What a great idea &#8211; the 14 mile deviation from 101 is on the above road and there is only 1 car heading in my direction &#8211; and he passed me as I was taking the picture. Basically I had the road to myself.
    Hotel in Astoria

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    Room

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    View

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    Flower of the day

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    Dinner was pizza in the hotel room &#8211; no need for that porn to be shown.
    Today&#8217;s ride 256 miles
    Tomorrow is farewell to 101 and heading East to ???
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    #18
  19. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    5,666
    Location:
    Maryland
    While the flower pics are better, this pic has nice balance. Glad you are having a ball!
    #19
  20. LittlePosum

    LittlePosum Scrappy Marsupial

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    407
    Location:
    Weiser, ID
    Nice report, thanks for sharing! I'm glad you two are enjoying the beautiful and rugged Oregon coast.
    #20