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

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

  1. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Back to the RR.....

    The next morning I felt like crap. I had been fighting a cold it seems for days already and this morning it really hit me. Who knew that riding a motorcycle from morning to afternoon wasn't good for the immune system?? Or was it that jog last night at altitude?? Who knows? Nobody likes being sick, but I think some people deal better with it than others. I don't deal with it well at all. I don't like to sit around laying in bed when I'm HEALTHY, let alone when I don't feel well.

    If you recall from the previous day's adventure, we needed to throw the clothes (our clothes, not someone else's this time :) ) in the dryer before we left. We walked over to the laundry mat and exchanged coins for heat.

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    Breakfast was waiting for us at the inn, along with the rest of the guests. This is where the B&B thing gets weird to me. I'm by no means a recluse, but things like this make me feel like I am on a cruise, seated at the same table with strangers. Luckily one of the couples was the couple we chatted with the night before. I was pretty out of it and had zero appetite. With apologies, I told the inn-keeper to just give me half a portion, with the hopes that I'll be able to eat some of it. The food, which included Chicken-apple-sausage, was delivered and…..Wasn't happening. I ate a few bites and that was it. After grilling the helicopter pilot with questions about his flying we headed over to pick up our clothes, then up to the room to pack.

    It was a beautiful day out, but I needed more than sunshine today to make me feel better. We strapped our bags onto the bikes and headed off. I was in a daze and just kind of hanging on. We had chosen to take the more direct route instead of the route which had been recommended to us. Today just wasn't the day for it. Hopefully what little I was able to eat would kick in soon and make me feel a better. But hey, at the end of the day I have a nurse with me……..that's gotta help some, right? ;)

    The road that took us back thru Enterprise (hwy-82) wasn't the most exciting to start. Just passed Wallowa though the road got more interesting. In the hope that adrenaline would cure me and in the spirit of making the most of the trip I picked up the pace a bit. Little by little I started feeling marginally better and as we made our way onto one of the few stretches of highway we would have to endure on this trip, we headed to where our next stop would be for food…, Baker City, OR. Said highway btw turned out to offer the largest collection of bugs to date also!!! Hurray bugs!!!

    Stephanie had checked Yelp before we left and found a cool place called the Corner Brick Bar & Grille. By the time we got there the temperature had gone up into the 90's and I was starting to get hungry for something…. not sure what yet, but I needed food. Checking the menu I saw they had Chili. Perfect!! While we were waiting for our food Stephanie walked across the street to the pharmacy and got me some vitamin C and some meds. Free nursing for me!!! Healthcare in my house (or on the road) is alive and well. Am I lucky or what? :) We stayed there for a bit after we were done eating, drinking refill after refill of iced tea.

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    Having seen my camera on the table, the owner, came over and we talked Nikon for a bit. As it truns out he is also from the bay area and used to ride the same roads we do now. Really nice guy. He was also nice enough to invite us to join him in San Diego for a food and wine festival he goes to in San Diego every year. We don't drink, but we certainly EAT!!! Stephanie redeemed herself with this one. The Corner-Brick was a good find.

    Riding away from the Corner-Brick we stopped for gas and to buy snacks for later. Our next stop was our destination for the day, …John Day, OR. Not someone's house…, this is the name of the town. As has been the norm, the road leaving these towns start lazy, then get better. HWY-7 out of Baker City was no exception. This was welcome surprise. I had looked at the street-view beforehand and saw some good spots, but thought some of it would be more mundane. It actually turned out to be a worthy road that best of all, kept us moving at a good clip. Here's a link to the road HERE. Along the way we stopped for this:

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    Stephanie: "If we move this thing we can get a really good shot of the bikes!!"…….
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    There MUST be a bed in there where I can rest…..
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    This is where we were:
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    How the west was done…I mean won:
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    So after all this "horsing" around, we got to John Day, OR. This place was probably the biggest surprise of the trip. I really thought this was going to be a place that just worked for sleep, because the next town would have been too far for one day. The best western where we stayed was perfectly fine. Comfortable bed, clean room and the staff (especially the lady at the front desk that switched our rooms so we could be closer to the bikes) were very friendly.

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    The helicopter pilot in Joseph had recommended we eat at a place called the "Snaffle-Bit" and the lady at the front desk did the same. Who am I to argue. We showered and made our way there for dinner. It was about a mile down the road and I once again found myself taking Stephanie on the back of her Monster. I swear it feels so damn small to me after being on the SF. I feel like Jim Carey in Dumb and dumber when I'm riding that thing:
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    Talk about a surprise. The Snaffle-Bit (aside from having that snazzy name) turned out to be really good. Who knew?? We both ordered steak and both were great. They had a big group out back but even with the servers having to run back and forth the service was excellent. The only problem I had was using what seemed to be a butter knife for my steak. The server, who again, was great, brought me a new one (and said they had a chain saw in the back if that didn't work).

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    Love the sign when you walk in:
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    When we were leaving dinner some ass had decided to park his wannabe-monster-truck literally a foot from the bike. When I saw it I said, "what a dick!!". There was a young kid walking out behind me. I'm pretty sure he heard me and I'm also pretty sure the truck was his. Must have felt like a schmuck because he didn't say anything and just walked away. Other than that, life was good. I was feeling better after getting a few meals in me and we had had a good day of riding. Life was good!! Tomorrow we'd head towards Bend, OR.
  2. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    I like the pickup truck part. I need to win the lotto. My dream is to buy two RV's to have following us around as a moving hotel room. One RV for us and the other for the staff (driver, chef, etc) LOL ;)
  3. ducnek

    ducnek Trying not to feel it too hard

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    Fantastic!

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  4. El Stigo

    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Sorry RogerThat, I didn't notice this previously.
    The SF has been very comfortable. I haven't had any issues with soreness other than a little wrist fatigue during the longer, straighter stretches. Other than that, it's been great.
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    what a gorgeous ride! ........and the bikes aren't bad either. :evil

    leaving on Sunday for a 5k ride on the STR. you guys & anti-hero have inspired me to quit bitchin and git 'er dun! thanks!
  7. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    seriously man, follow my advice and stop every 50 miles. Even if you're doing 300 miles a day, that's 5 stops (not including the last leg obviously). If you're riding all day and stop 2 times for food then you've only stopped 3 times for the sake of stopping and getting off the bike. Trust me it makes the trip THAT much more enjoyable. This way you can take in the ride without worrying so much about covering more ground. Your goal of 50 miles is right around the corner.
  8. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    The next morning found me still feeling not so great, but better. Stephanie, not wanting to miss out on her free breakfast, went to the breakfast room and loaded up a tray and brought food to the room. No complaints here. Breakfast in bed?? SURE!!! We took our time with breakfast and eventually started getting ready. Today's ride wasn't that long so we had time. While loading the bags on the bikes I saw a lady with her kids whom I recognized from the Snaffle-Bit. She commented on how nice it must be to travel on the bikes and we started talking about where we had been. When I told her we were headed to Bend she said that's where they were from and were headed today. Because there was a chance we would pass them multiple times today, I apologized in advanced :) She said no problem and that she understood…..that she also wouldn't want to be behind some car or van if she was on a motorcycle.

    Outside it was right around 70 degrees and sunny. All loaded up, we headed out, stopped for gas down the street and were on our way. I had heard good things about John Day Fossil beds national Monument and decided we would stop there for a look. Good thing we did. It's only 40 miles away and on our route so there we headed. We stopped at an overlook just before you get into the actual park/monument (HERE). We were the only ones there when we got there. It's still incredible to me to see these places. As I've mentioned, I'm from Florida (Miami). Florida is flat as a pancake and the only expanse you ever see there is the ocean, which is great, but it's as flat as the rest of the terrain there. To stand up on this overlook and see this is REALLY nice:

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    We were there for a bit and as we were leaving an elderly couple showed up. Other than that, nobody was around.
    I'll explain this next picture: Stephanie saw these "goats" on the short road that led up to the overlook. One the way back down she wanted to stop in to take a look. She gets off the bike and walks gingerly towards them. I told her this wasn't a good idea because here she was, in all black with a helmet on. Not the most friendly looking thing to an animal I would think. Plus, this thing had HORNS and could be on her in a second. As she's walking over I finally told her to turn around and come back. Again, just not a good idea. She's the nurse, not me!!

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    After Stephanie was done playing handler, we drove into Fossil-Beds. Is this nice or what??
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    Modern day cowboy I guess….Yeehaw??
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  9. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    We reached the visitor center, which is a substantial sized building. Turns out they actually do real work there:

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    Actual archeologist at work. Tv screen is hooked up to her microscope so you see what she sees. Difference is, I have no idea what to look for. She could be inspecting her lunch for all I know.
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    It's has several museum exhibits:
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    We came, we saw.....and we needed food. The next town, Mitchell, OR, is about 30 miles away. Again we consulted Yelp and found a small cafe there that would do the job. leaving Fossil Beds was the equivalent of showing a glass of water to a man dying of thirst. The roads were beautiful, winding roads….that had recently been paved. Sounds great?? Not quite. The roads had gravel all over them, which meant ultra slow speeds. It even made taking in the scenery at these slow speeds difficult to enjoy. About 12 miles down the road the newly constructed road ended and we were able to get going.

    We arrived in Mitchell, a two-block long town, and found there was some sort of Street Fair going on there. The cafe we were going to was on the main road and this festival was on a road a block in off of that. I figured we'd head in to see what was going on and what I found was practically a Harley convention. Needless to say I drove right thru and went back towards the cafe……which was now CLOSED!!! The next town was 47 miles away and would have a better selection. At the rate we were going we'd be there pretty soon, so I conferred with Stephanie and she also thought it a good idea to just push to the next town.

    When you're hungry even 47 miles can seem like a long way and I found myself looking down at the GPS, counting down the miles. As we pulled into town we stopped for gas. As we were filling up a fire-department's paramedic truck pulled up with the guys getting out to admire the bikes. They asked us about the ride and I asked one guy, who seemed to know about the bikes, if he rode. He said he had recently sold an R6 and that his EX-girlfriend that modeled for Ducati, rode an 848 (I refrained from asking him why he was no longer with her since this sounded like a pretty good gig). We asked them about food and they mentioned a place called "Dillons", a place we had also seen on Yelp. So off we went. They gave us directions that turned out to be wrong, but it didn't matter. I make it a habit of using the GPS for pretty much everything. I like to take the guess work out of this and just enjoy the trip. What good is having Garmina as an assistant if I can't trust her with my lunch reservations anyway??

    As I've mentioned, I'm a pretty healthy eater, but since I haven't been feeling that great I'm eating whatever I actually crave. Dillons has good burgers apparently so that's what I ordered. I ordered the Chili also, but that tasted to me like Hormel canned chili. Definitely not homemade. Stephanie got the salad bar, which she loves. She's an extremist so anything she can get and max out, she likes (like the free breakfast). Overall, decent meal.
    We headed out, but not before I spent 5 minutes inside looking for my phone, which had been right in front of me a moment before. I go outside to where Stephanie already was and asked her if she knew where my phone was. "oh yeah, I have it right here!!". Ugghhhhh!!! "why would you take…….". Whatever, let's go.
    Next stop….the Fairfield Inn in Bend, just 36 miles away.
    The ride there was uneventful. Garmina took us to the hotel, which is just off HWY-97. We parked the bikes and checked in. We try and stay at these or the Springhill Suites whenever we can. They're all pretty new, clean and usually have a separate seating area, which is a big plus for me.

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    Back in the room I turned on the Michigan/Alabama football game. it was nice to sit back and relax for a bit as Stephanie did her bath and blow-dry thing. (of note….she broke their hair-dryer…..go figure. I told you she's a beast).

    Dinner time came and since there was no chance we were going to lose the spots we had, we headed out to dinner on BOTH bikes this time. (As a side note, we don't go out in riding gear to eat. These places are all within a mile of where we are and are in regular clothes). We were in Bend last year and had eaten at a sushi place that I really liked called 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar. It's only .07 miles away so I figured, why not? The place has a cool atmosphere and the food had been pretty good. They have this cool water-tank of sorts that hangs from the roof and stretches the length of the restaurant. I see it and instantly feel sorry for whoever gets to clean it. (not my images. found these on google images)

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    We sat at the table that looked out the front of the restaurant and the bikes which were parked right out in front. It's always interesting to see the people that drool over the bikes. I always just hope you don't get some drunk guy that wants to sit on one of them. Our food was good and the server, a lady whom I'm pretty sure is the one that helped us the last time, was very nice. I wanted to get back to the hotel to get some rest so we didn't stay too long. Got back to the hotel and called it a day. Another good one at that…….
  10. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Man, how did I forget?? When we got into Bend we made a short trip to wash the now extremely filthy bikes.
    Doesn't it make you feel better just looking at them clean?? Works for me!! :)

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    There is no way a guy who keeps his garage that clean...


    oh nevermind...rockin!
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    haha....thanks. I think :huh
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    Thanks for the Ride Report, very much enjoying it. I like the "run what you brung" aspect of it especially. A fine example of how one can tour on virtually any bike if you take the time to actually soak in the areas you're riding through.
    A couple caveats though for any adv'ers contemplating the Hiway 20/Winthrop ride: Don't ride the Winthrop area at dusk or later as deer on the road are a major issue. As in the hiway department keeps a scoreboard issue. Also one motorist organization (motorist.org?) recently proclaimed Winthrop as the worst small town speed trap in America, so pay attention, or pay the fines...
    The Fairfield in Bend is one of my favorites too.
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    Jaqen H'ghar Valar Morgoulis

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    Ps... More pictures of the blonde, less of you. No offense, of course:D


    The only reason I'm following this thread is because of the blond.:1drink
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    Enjoying the RR. As others have stated, nice to see a street bike adventure.
  16. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Yeah I thought that old Trans-Am with the dummy cop in it (at the town entrance) was pretty funny. Wish I had stopped to take a picture of that. Perhaps that's their way of warning people?? lol
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Will definitely check in the next time we come through.

    How can there be less pics of me??? There's hardly any there to begin with!! LOL you never have to worry about that with me. I prefer to be behind the camera, not in front of it!!
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    mint julep Been here awhile

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    Great RR GP & blondie! :D

    Love the bikes, that SF is dreamy.
    So nice you have a partner to share the fun with.
    Also bonus with healthcare and she's easy on the eyes. ;)

    Good days ride, good food, good peeps & a great wingman. All wins!
    Adventure is even better when shared. With Stef, and all of us.

    Thanks for posting.
    Dave

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  19. prooney377

    prooney377 Pete Rooney

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    Enjoying the RR very much thanks. Our summer has been a bit of a wash out so good looking at pictures taken in the sun shine. Amazing Dukes BTW. Yours suits the termi's. Must sound awesome. Subscribed. :wave
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    It really is great. As I've mentioned here before, I consider myself to be very lucky for all the reasons you mention :thumb

    Thanks Proony. The SF is pretty loud. Along the Oregon coast we came upon one of the many construction stops along the way and the guy with the stop/slow sign says to me, "man, that thing is as loud as a Harley".
    It's good and bad. When I come into some of these little towns I try and just idle by so as to not call too much attention to the bikes (Good luck with that, I know). I have insurance for the bikes, I don't have insurance for the experience it'll ruin if someone decides they want to make it theirs.