No Jobs, No Responsibilities, No Better Time then Now

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by bigalsmith101, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    We passed through the landslide area this morning. We didn't even notice where it had been. Impressive work by the construction crews. We've ridden about 100 miles this morning. We've noticed also, that our bikes consume nearly identical amounts of fuel every time we fill our tanks. Within .05 gallons every time. Its quite an anomaly. San Fran is the destination today, too see one of Tom's college friends, Brady. Our bikes have been awesome thus far. I'll detail the mods in the next update tonight. Keep it up! Nice to see you on here Aunt Shelly! Kelly, were on the fly!

    --Alex
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  2. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Oh to be young, and brave. Hope you guys have a safe trip.
    Did I miss where you were going other than around the world?
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  3. pfdavidz

    pfdavidz Been here awhile

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    im in!
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  4. Craig_K_01

    Craig_K_01 n00b

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    Subscribed....looks like a fun trip fellas! Have a safe and fun trip!
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  5. DWR302

    DWR302 Justan Nudderboomer

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    Congrats on finishing college and planning/doing this trip now when you are young. With eyes wide open. Looking forward to following along. Be careful and remember "There are bold pilots and old pilots but no old bold pilots", or something like that.
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  6. The.Yeti

    The.Yeti n00b

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    Following along...ride safe and enjoy yourselves
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  7. mtwillyman

    mtwillyman Lost and Cornfuzed

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    I wish you guys the best. The DR's were a good choice of steed. I'll be reading this one. Peace.
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  8. goodquest

    goodquest Adventurer

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    Subscribed
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  9. david7774

    david7774 Adventurer

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    I too am in. Like the writing style. Good luck fellas.
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  10. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Well, we’re back on the road again! Day 2 started out well, and we were on the road by 10am. Not as early as some people like to embark, but early enough for us. Our riding style is relaxed. And we stop whenever we feel like it. Everything is a fluid as possible. Room for reasonable reasoning as I like to call it. We rode from Eugene Oregon, to Phillipsville California. It was some good riding, and the sun was out nearly the entire day. We even broke out the summer weight riding gloves for part of the ride. Our goal was to ride the 101 for as long as we saw fit. Other people had their own agenda. Due to the rock slide over 101 just north of a town called Garberville, we came to a halt around 8:30pm. It was a good time to take a break anyway. We chatted it up with the road crew worker who was directing wayward travelers such as ourselves. He was paid double time on Sunday’s and was all sorts of happy about it.
    Leaving Tom’s in Eugene

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    On the way there we stopped at the Bigfoot Cavern.

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    And had a couple of burgers.
    We ride some awesome road through Hwy 101
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    We’ll Tom picked up a flat tire around the same time. We noticed it was running flat just as we pulled over for a break. The fixing of the flat tire took about 25 minutes (we’re still getting used to it) and it has held up over the past 300 miles just fine.
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    And right after we fixed his flat tire, we found a great place to camp (thanks to the sober guy at the bar that gave us directions, and thanks to our LED offroad lights, purchased from advmonster.com)
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    We slept for about 8 hours, and then it was time to break camp. No tents this time around, and it was about 40degrees that night. Not bad for just some sleeping pads and sleeping bags. It was a good time.
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    Day 3
    We crossed the newly fixed landslide slide area, and rode the 101 all the way to San Fran. About 243 miles. Nothing to intense. We saw lots of big ass redwood trees, and no less than a few hundred curvy roads. The weather approached 75 degrees as we grew closer to San Francisco, and the layers started coming off.
    We stopped at a few “vista points”
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    And took a picture of my bike,
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    Stopped at a Denny’s for some food, cause we didn’t eat breakfast
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    Rode some more awesome highway 101 tracks,
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    … And rode to meet, Brady “Bones” Flynn in San Fran at his apartment.
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    On the way there we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge.
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    Then we hung out with Brady. Meet Brady!
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    Tom and Brady went to Gonzaga University together. Brady’s apartment has a bitchin view.
    Brady “Bones’” view
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    Then we went to some bars and had some food. I had a blue cheese burger and it was delicious.
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    Now, we’re hitting the sack. Sleeping on Brady’s couches and enjoying being off the ground. We had a good couple of days.
    It turns out that Tom didn’t bring his bike registration or title with him, so we’re having his Parents mail it ahead to a Post Office in San Diego. Of course he needs these items to get into Mexico, and though I have mine with me, we failed to communicate the necessity before we left a few days ago.
    The documents will be waiting for us this Wednesday afternoon. A minor ordeal, but an important one for sure.
    I went to the REI today here in San Fran to buy some compression sacks, and a couple of stuff sacks for the trip. I ended up with a 15* bag to replace my ghetto 32 degree bag, and the before mentioned stuff save.

    Today has been a good day! Tomorrow we plan to make it to Los Angeles. Hopefully we do’! Destination "South" is coming along nicely, and we're enjoying our time! Saweet!
    --Alex
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  11. DUALATP

    DUALATP Adventurer

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    Awesome Thread...watching and learning...thanks for the thread...:clap
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  12. blueoval

    blueoval n00b

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    This is great! Enjoy the ride. Will be following the journey. I am in Springville CA just north of Bakersfield if you need anything. Ted
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  13. Hishooter

    Hishooter On the Road

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    Hola, Alex and Tom. Yes first post...been lurking for quite a while but had to comment on your trip. Me and three friends have been planning to ride the same path you are doing for over a year now and have a leave date of september (sometime). Consider yourselves subscribed, and I am greatly looking foreward to reading your RR as I near my own date of departure. Have an absolute blast and depending on the routes we take maybe we can meet down south for a few cervezas. Ride safe.
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  14. P Smity

    P Smity n00b

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    Hey Al, Uncle Warren here. Man, you've got my juices flowing. I'm ready to come join you now. I figure I can Iron Butt it and meet you at the border in a day and a half. Too bad I have to work. I've got 10 days scheduled on the Guzzi in June and that will have to scratch that itch.

    Be careful and have lots of fun. We'll be following along.
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  15. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Ahhh, we went to bed late last night. Tom straight up passed out. He looked like this when he went to bed
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    And some during the night he underwent a metamorphosis.
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    We woke up at about 9am this morning. No rush for anyone around. Yes, we planned to reached L.A. today, but so what. 432 miles down Highway 101… 8 hours. Easy.
    I wanted to make sure I fit into my new sleeping bag fit. Did I mention? I’m 6’6”. I Fit!
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    And Tom had to catch up on the local entertainment and news.
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    We had to take a jaunt up the staircase to the Roof again. It’s a nice view.
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    Notice Brady’s computer engineer/programmer roommate, working from home on the deck. Aged 24 like the rest of us.
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    Get a parting photo.
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    Back down the stairs! Watch your head!
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    We left Tom’s friend Brady’s apartment in San Francisco this morning at around 10:45 and headed straight for the R.E.I. to exchange a waterproof stuff sack that I bought, for a bigger one. Tom bought 15 feet of bungee cord. For miscellaneous tie downs. We didn’t leave the R.E.I until Noon. Shit.
    We proceeded to haul ass for 60-70 miles at a go. 65+Mph all the time. Until we realized that we hadn’t eaten much of anything since the night before.
    Time for food. Tom had Beef Curry, I had a Beef Rice Bowl. We didn’t realize until we entered, but we chose to stop for food at a Japanese Grocery Mart. We were two of less than 10 Caucasian people of 400+ Japanese. It was like we stepped into Japan! The food was good too!
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    Alright, then we hauled some more ass. 77 miles this time around. We have a habit of just telling the other person (via the Bluetooth headsets) that we want to pull over. So we pull over anywhere ,
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    preferably at a place with grass, so we can just
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    After our last jaunt through the sunny valleys of the coastal California highway 101, we were getting pretty tired already. We slept poorly, and had already ridden 140 miles. Soon enough, it started to get colder as well. We left San Fran and it was 70*. Tom removed his waterproof and thermal pant and jacket liners. I removed my thermal ones. We were glad we had when the temps reached the low 80’s. But, of course with the cloudless sunshine comes the cold clear nights. Sooner than later the temps dropped back to 60 degrees, and with just our jacket armor on, we had to toss on some warmer clothing underneath.
    Toms chose his long johns! I chose a micropuff down jacket.
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    We stopped more than once. Riding into headwinds, on single cylinder thumpers, at 65+ miles an hour, for hours at a time, is tireing to say the least. It sucks.
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    But! We arrived in Glendale (L.A.) three hours ago, and promptly met up Charlie, the Australian, riding a 2010 Yamaha Tenere 660. We’ve been in contact with him over the past week or so, and planned to meet up when we arrived here. No pictures of that yet, you’ll have to wait.
    We’re tired as hell. 432 widing slow miles. About 9 hours of riding. The last 2 hours were in the pitch black. It was rough going the last 120 miles or so. But we’re safe and sound at a RodeWay Inn.
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    We’re heading to San Diego tomorrow, and will stay there tomorrow night with a friend from High School.. Thursday will mark entry into Mexican territory. It should be good!
    More to come!
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  16. Swantho

    Swantho pathetic corp monkey

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    Godspeed!! I'm in!
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  17. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Nice!The ride down the CA coast is one of the best ever,Its good you guys have the semi relaxed pace going,hurrying through all the time makes you miss some great sights. Best of luck in LA! Always an experience getting through there.
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  18. PeterBruce

    PeterBruce UPDOWNLONGWAYAROUND.

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  19. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    I have upgraded my photo storage account. Hopefully my photo's will load soon/become valid. We're currently in San Diego, staying at a high school friends apartment. His name is Chad. We head to Ensenada B.C, Mexico tomorrow.

    More to come soon.

    --Alex
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  20. sergeibelski

    sergeibelski Been here awhile

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    Great job guys! Love your report!