Me, a blonde, 2 Ducati's....3,000 miles (and then some)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by GP1152, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Manuel1200

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    Thank you!!
    Now I am considering a New camera for my trips, but I think I will go for P&S (enough for my photo skills ��)

    And my Guzzi dislikes pressure Washing too!!
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  2. vintagespeed

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    so awesome! keep it coming! :clap
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  3. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thought I had some competition this morning. Don't worry.....it's a mini curling iron!!!

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  4. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon ...riding California

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    I like how you roll: clean garage, Italian bike, hot blond in tow, and none of this waking up freezing cold in a tent covered in a rash. Must be a ducati thing :)

    awesome so far, keep it coming.
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  5. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Great report, great bikes!

    Thanks,

    JM.
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  6. Maddog78

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    Nice RR.

    I kind of did the same trip in reverse. I live just outside Vancouver and went down the coast and came east at Medford then went home.
    I didn't have my Diavel back then, Did it on a VROD. I'd like to do it all the way to Frisco on the Diavel next tiime.
    I also did B&B's and motels. That\s the way I'll do it next time too. :D
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  7. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    From a few days ago:
    Stephanie inspecting the goods. Hey she's a nurse so I guess it's in her nature. I assured her that although his were bigger, mine would hang down just as low some day.....

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  8. eye.surgeon

    eye.surgeon ...riding California

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    Does Stephanie work in peds or at a Childrens hospital by any chance?
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  9. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    No... she works part-time at the mental ward (our house) and full time at a real hospital.
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  10. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Morning came and we left Florence. Next stop: Cannon Beach & Seaside. First we needed gas then breakfast. the rest would play itself out along the way. I had looked into stopping at a place called cape perpetua but when we got there it looked like it would take a bit of a hike down to the water so we decided against it since we didn't really want to leave all our stuff on the bikes and wanted to carry it with us even less. Breakfast was just up the road at a place called the "green-salmon". Yelp showed really good reviews so we figured we'd check it out. I drove past it a few times (my assistant Garmina was having some mental lapses). We found it, or I should say Stephanie spotted it (trust me when i say this would be her lone shining moment as far as navigating goes). This wasn't before she rode right thru a sprinkler at the spot where we turned around. Fun to watch!!
    The place, when we found it, was pretty packed...... always a good sign. It was with good reason. The food was good and this time I actually remembered to take a picture of the food.

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    While we were eating we struck up a conversation with a lady that had left her kids with her parents to go on a getaway by herself (and seemed pretty happy with the arrangement btw). She had just come from caper perpetua and said it was beautiful. Maybe next time.
    Getting ready to get on the bikes an older couple that was walking out came by to say hello. The gentleman jokingly said thanks for bringing the bike to them so clean and asked me if we had ridden 5, maybe 10 miles?? I laughed and told him where we had started and that I had a chance to clean the bike the day before ;). Again, these people only add to the list of NICE people that we've met. It turns out they are from Seattle (where we'd be in a few days) and were travelling south. After talking a little bit they even offered their home to us the next time we we're in Seattle. We exchanged information and bid them farewell. It's so great to meet all these nice people along the way. Not to sound too cliché-ish, but it really gives you hope for humanity and shows you that the world is not just full of assholes.

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    The weather continued to be pretty much perfect and hovered right around 60 degrees, which was nice because traffic slowed down a bit throu thee carnival-like towns, like Lincoln City. We made our way through the slight traffic and stopped at a place called beach town coffee. It's right off 101 and had parking right next to the table we'd sit at.

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    As I'm sitting there I see an older couple pulling into the spot in front of me. I figured it was in my best Intest and in e best interest of my SF to help them out. The last thing I needed was to have the trip cut short by a elderly couple that wanted a Ducati Trunk ornament. (lot of old people around now that I mention it). As I'm guiding them back back, a lady pulls up and yells: "excuse me!!! Is this direction south??". Literally, as I'm inching these people back. I looked around thinking she couldn't possibly be talking to me. She was. I asked her to wait a second then went over to her car. She was heading south, but said she was heading south. I don't remember where it was now, but I told her she was in fact heading south. When I checked later though, south wasn't where she wanted to go. Where she needed to go was north. Hopefully she figured it out sooner rather than later. (cont.)
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  11. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    So time for the next food stop. This was definitely one of the better ones so far too. We stopped at The a Fish Peddler for some oysters. Biggest oysters I've ever had. They were fu#%!^g fantastic!! Got out of there and takes to one of the local LEO's and asked him if he could give me a policeman's version of a doctors note in case we got pulled over. Didn't work. Nice guy though. Gave us a few tips on some overlooks to stop at along the way.

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    After oysters we came across this street (I'm from Miami, FL.) and stopped at one of the overlooks the cop had mentioned. This one was in Nehalem. This is also where the button on my Dainese jacket popped off. Gonna have to take it to the D-Store in SF. The thing brushed up against my tank bank and literally broke right off. Shouldn't happen so easily. Must just be defective. Never had a problem with any of their other stuff.

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    We pulled into cannon beach at around 6 PM or so. I led Stephanie to one of the dead end streets that ends at the beach. As has been the norm wherever we stop, we were approached by a gentlemen that must have been in his early forties and his mother and he asked about the bikes and the trip. We exchanged stories about our trip and about some trips he's taken with his wife. His mother was a sweet a lady as you can imagine, even giving Stephanie a lucky penny ;). I told her we'd gladly take it and told her of the small bit of bad luck we had to begin the trip. Add them also to the list of nice people. Of course, we also drove over to haystack rock. I'll post those later since they are on Stephanie's camera. (cont...)

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  12. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    The hotel we stayed in when we got to Seaside was the RiverTide Suites hotel. We were originally booked at the Holiday Inn Express, but Stephanie ended up finding a better deal at this place. This one also ended up being basically a 1 bedroom suite (for CHEAP). And even better than the room was the parking. Right up front.....

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    We didn't get to see much of seaside since we got in a bit late, but I don't think we missed much. That's why I wanted to go to cannon beach first. Seaside wasn't really our thing. Seems to be more for a family with kids. Dinner was good though. More seafood :)

    Next up......Seattle. Here's a preview of what our view at dinner was like:
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  13. samohT

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    Myself wanting a street fighter bike but also want to travel, this report along with Antihero is just a breath of fresh air... Love the pictures and I hope you don't mind that some of them goes to my wallpaper selection.

    My GF likes to ride as well, but she is to scared to get her own bike, how can I persuade her?

    Stay safe and keep it going...


    (not the normal tent budget you guys are on, huh?:clap
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  14. Hoop71

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    Great RR! I am watching this very closely as I am doing the reverse of your trip in a little over a week.

    Leaving from Vancouver (Canada) and going to SF. Have about 3-4 days to get down there and still trying to figure out my route. How has the fog been on the coast? What time does it seem to burn off in the day? I don't want to ride down the coast if I am socked in with fog.

    Enjoy Victoria when you get there, I lived there for 8 years before moving to Vancouver.

    If you are coming through Vancouver at all shoot me a PM. You are free to stay here if you want. (Secured underground parking).

    Ride safe.

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  15. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, nothing against roughing it, just a bit harder to do on these bikes. I guess you can just say its a more traditional vacation, on two wheels (or two sets of two).

    Don't mind you using the pics at all for personal use. If there are any in particular that you want a high resolution version of just PM me with your email and I'll send it over.

    For your GF I'd recommend having her do a rider safety course, if she hasn't already. There she doesn't have to worry about hurting the bike. If she has already taken it then just keep letting her practice and get used to riding on her own. Makes a big difference if it's a bike she can handle easily as well. Stephanie has no problems with the Ducati Monster. Super easy bike to ride and very comfortable for her (she's about 5'5").
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  16. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    Fantastic photos! Which camera do you guys use?

    P.S. subscribed :)
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  17. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I carry a Nikon D7000 in my tankbag and she carries a Nikon D5100 in hers.
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  18. Yoyodyne

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    Sorry to thread-jack a bit, but I've tried (and tried, and tried...) unsuccessfully to post pictures to these forums using my DropBox account, which you mentioned you use. What's the secret?

    Superb RR, by the way. Fantastic.

    Best,
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  19. no_rice

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    all these threads do is make me wish i had more time for extended bike trips...

    by the way, nice duc's! havent really seen the blonde yet though... lol.
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  20. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    No problem. If you go to your Dropbox folder, then "public", you'll be able to right click on a picture and get the public link. Once you have that link/address you can post the picture online. I copied and pasted the beginning part in my contacts, all the way up to the file name, for use whenever I need it (I just add whatever file/image name).
    I don't have a computer with me so I transfer the images I want to post to my iPhone or ipad via an eye-fi card, then I edit the images and post using photogene2 for iPhone. It lets me upload multiple images to Dropbox. Works great.
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