Everyone who has been keenly following the adventures of Twisted Melon Racings attempts at adventure touring (you were, werent you?) will of course remember our failed attempt to do the Usal Road on our original ADV foray. No experience, limited time, it was raining, we were on street tires, blinker fluid was running low we had all the excuses in the world, and chickened out like Mike the headless chicken. Our plans for 2012, though much delayed, were quite simple Chris lives in San Diego, I live in Everett, just north of Seattle. The half way point, 700 miles for each of us, lies right next to the Lost Coast and the Usal Road. Time to vindicate ourselves. We picked the Standish Hickey State Park, and agreed to meet there on Saturday evening. My ride for the week would be my trusty F800GS, hardly modified at all from the first trip. For Chris, however, it was all change. After laboring along with an R1150GS for a few years, and dealing with the issues that riding this colossus off road presented (see here, here, here and here, for example) had seen the light when he borrowed my girlfriends DRZ last summer in a trip up to the PNW. So impressed was he that he replicated Sunnys bike, almost down to the last detail. Dont believe me? Here he is on Sunnys bike And here he is on his own . Creepy, huh? Anyway, are we sitting comfortably? Then lets begin.