southern humboldt rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by brewmike, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Hmm... Caltrans is probably doing some archeological studies on that site. Look for arrowheads.
    Likely it will remain that way for several years.

    In the 'old' days... a D-8 cat would fix that in a few hours.

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  2. Scotty707

    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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    Not Humboldt (mostly), but I've finished my ride report from my trip to Mariposa for Horizons Unlimited. As MeefZah would say: "Read it ... or don't" here.
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  3. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    not sure how I have missed this thread. Great stuff. Im in Tracy and ride up in that area as often as I can. Actually went by the 162 road closure in June with my FJR, and a buddy on an FJ09. It was a tense moment.....
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  4. Foot dragger

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    They say they are waiting for special funding before they even start fixing it. There was a major long term re-do/re-alignment on some sections of 162 8 or 10 years ago and its been sinking/collapsing/coming apart ever since,including this part that got re-done. There is also some jibber jabber about paving the 5 mile dirt detour that is in use now off French Creek road.
  5. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Did 900 miles over the past two days to check out Quincy and the Feather River Canyon area referenced in this thread and the Chico thread. I basically wanted to hit 3 routes in the area, all which run roughly diagonally northeast and parallel each other - CA Hwy 70 between Chico and Quincy, CA 162 / Bucks Lake Rd / NF 119 between Oroville and Quincy, and LaPorte-Quincy Rd / NF 120 between Oroville and Quincy by way of LaPorte. Each one is about 60 miles long.

    My route to there was Ferndale - 101 N - 299 E - Titlow Hill / FH 1 S - 36 E - lunch in Red Bluff at the Palomino Room - 99 S through Chico - misc side roads. Once in the area I basically went up and down the routes, doing 70 3 times and the others once each. 70 is pretty awesome. Easy and fast curves, with sweet scenery along the N Fork Feather River, and a ton of cool old infrastructure like RR bridges and tunnels, highway tunnels, power plants, dams, etc. Bucks Lake was a good ride, got up close to 6,000 feet if not more than that, and it was pretty chilly at dusk. LaPorte-Quincy aka The Laporte Quincy Wagon Road was very nice, awesome views of the mountains and great pavement. 70 was my favorite though because I love checking out infrastructure when I ride, and that route had it in spades. My way home was basically 70 N - 89 N - 36W - dinner at Palomino Room in Red Bluff - 36W home. Another night ride on 36... the one lane section that is under construction is trippy in the dark.

    Only bad: my sleeping bag somehow came loose and hung in front of my exhaust for who knows how long. The exhaust bored a fist sized hole through the rolled up bag, totally destroying the bag and compression sack. Non repairable. I was seriously bummed out about that. First, I have never lost anything off a bike in almost 20 years of riding. Second, and most "bumming" was the fact that I bought this sleeping bag in 1999, when I got my first motorcycle and started taking camping trips on it. It was top of the line and super small in '99, now it's probably old tech and massive, but I didn't care. I've been to 48 states and most of Canada with it and it has been my one consistent companion on every single trip I've ever taken. It has little holes all over it from wear and from stuff catching on it over the years and I have diligently sewn them all up. My wife tried to get me a new one for Christmas 5 years ago but I just re-gifted it back to her to use because I wanted to use my old Slumberjack. No shit, after I discovered that the bag was destroyed on day 1, I basically wanted to just come home. But... I didn't. Got some shitty motel in Oroville last night and after a good day of riding I felt better about it today. It lived a good life. I turned it loose in the National Forest. Thursday I will go replace it. RIP, Slumby!

    Anyway...some pics

    CalFire heli-base near Chico

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    Spring on the Oroville end of LaPorte-Quincy Rd. Water was clear and tasted good. Looks murky in the pic but that's just the reflection of the iron-tinged dirt. There were several of these along the various routes.

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    Along LaPorte-Quincy Rd

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    Old bridge on LaPorte-Quincy Rd. The leaves are turning.

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    Double Union Pacific trestle, which funnels into a tunnel (under where I am standing) on Hwy 70

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    Tunnel and trestle for two different rail lines on opposite sides of the valley, Hwy 70

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    This train and I played leapfrog for several hours this morning. It was running southwest along the Feather River / Hwy 70 and I would stop to take pics, let it pass, and then pass him and find another spot to take pics, and repeat that process over and over.

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    Bridge to Belden Town over the Feather R., Hwy 70

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    Leaving Belden Town... good luck out there!

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    Cool "double bridge", Hwy 70 bridge on the bottom and Union Pacific bridge above it. And the train I was playing with.

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    Hwy 70 along the Feather R. is basically 60 miles of this

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    Hwy 70 bridge above the Union Pacific bridge above the Feather R.

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    Hwy 70 passes through 3 tunnels... here's two of them...

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    This might be hard to see because I zoomed it in... but that's a PG&E guy in a gondola crossing the river

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    Bucks Lake Rd / Hwy 162 closure. As Foot Dragger noted, just go left. Easy but still kind of a mind fuck!

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    An appropriate last picture, from Greenville on Hwy 89

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  6. MeefZah

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    It's backwards! !!!!!

    Edit, hmm, it's backwards on my phone. Reads correctly on my laptop. Either way, good report. I bet your skill set has improved dramatically after that ride! Now we got to get you to break 500 miles in a day... or 1000... :lol3

    Good pictures and a easy lope to the writing, makes it nice to read. :clap The pics of the helicopter drinking were cool. What app did you use to convert the photo of your bike at Yosemite to a "painting" (your avatar on your website)?
  7. Foot dragger

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    Nice report Meefzah! Ive been riding and driving those roads for so long I dont stop to look at the oddities so much,nicely done.
    There are some semi hidden dirt routes up and out of the Hiway-70/Feather river canyon also. Pulga is one,Camp Creek road continues on from Pulga. County says its closed due to a slide but a bike is no problem on it,other then the new owner of Pulga would very much like to claim the road for her own. Im going up there tomorrow to see if she has an Illegal gate up,or not.
    We have singletrack that runs along the top edge of the canyon,amazing views.

    The two train tracks coming together are known as the Keddie Y,Keddie was the guy who designed the train route with 1% grade going up the canyon.
    Keddie resort is just down canyon from the Y. Google "Keddie murders" for some local history that will suck you right in. Keddie had a market,bar,etc and 40 Cabins/houses at one time.
    I like scenery but am mainly out to ride corners up that way.
  8. MeefZah

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    That's cool. I started to ride Pulga but every 3 feet there was a "private property" sign. I figured the landowner was trying to bully people off the road but after 1/2 mile I was like, meh, fuck it, I was running behind on my little timetable of getting back to Red Bluff before 3 so I could make it home before dark so I turned around. Also tried to ride 4 Trees Rd because it appeared to link 70 with Bucks lake but there was a goddamn gate up just off of 70. I did some other dirt around the area but just banging around, didn't really get anywhere.

    Edit, Keddie Murders. Interesting. Um, clearly it was the neighbor who was having issues with the victim over her interference in his marriage. He killed everyone but his stepson and that kid's friends who were sleeping in the same room as the stepson. Geez. I should call Plumas County and tell them.

    http://people.com/crime/keddie-cabin-28-murders-5-things-know/
  9. MeefZah

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    So Foot Dragger, here's my assessment of the Tractionator GPS tires.

    Meh.

    I'm going back to Shinko 705s when these wear out, which will be soon.

    Reasons: They vibrate at low speeds. On rougher paved roads - rough as in the pavement texture is more coarse - they wander around and I am constantly playing the "do I have a flat tire or did I just roast a wheel bearing?" game with myself. They don't have good traction in the hard corners. They are no better than the Shinkos in loose stuff. I could deal with all that if they delivered the mileage they promise but they don't. I have been very diligent at checking air pressure on this set to see how they fare and I generally only ride by myself, with no gear save for a tank bag. I'm at 5k on them and the front is cupping and the center rib in the rear is about toast. I'd estimate I have 1k left on the rear. So not only are they much more expensive, offer less performance in most of my riding scenarios, but have less life span than the Shinkos. I also got a nail in the rear tire almost immediately, which happens a lot to me for some reason, and when I pulled it to plug the tire the carcass was surprisingly weak feeling. I could ream the hole with almost no effort.

    YMMV but I will not be buying another set.
  10. Hop-Sing

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    How long was that UP train ? Morning, noon, later ?
    Love the pictures, we do forget what is on the side of the road sometimes.
    I do think the footdragger needs to slow down and look at the water though.
    The rail road picture that shows the "wye" is the "Keddie wye". The resort is Keddie. Keddie is upstream of the Wye. I believe it is the only Wye on a bridge like that in the U.S.
    Very easy to get turned around right in that area. There is also a loop in the tracks between Keddie and Portola.
    As far as tires, I am going to get some that can be taken off my rim with simple tire irons. My Avon Gripsters work great but changing a rear flat on the side of the road is never going to happen. After running several sets I am going to abandon them for something else.
  11. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    It was short. Maybe 12 or 15 cars. All lumber except for 2 tank cars. Probably after noon-ish.
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  12. Scotty707

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    I do feel the ride made me a better rider. I'm still no Rossi, but I felt the improvement. I started to get my body more engaged in corners, and I figured out how to better deal with crosswinds (something that has always bothered me).

    While the MadDog seat pad helped out a lot with comfort on the seat, by the end of each day, my ass was still hurting. Aside from just needing a better seat, I think I did narrow part of the comfort problem to wearing a pair of athletic shorts under my riding pants. The shorts would often bunch up, causing pressure points at the corners of the seat. I'm going to start riding without the shorts to see if that solves the problem.
  14. Foot dragger

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    Ive ruined a rear 705 in under 3K miles,mostly from sliding around on gravel roads on my DR650,they spin a lot. At that point I may as well run a 606 Knobby and not go sideways so much.
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    On 4 trees,the gate should not be closed,he has been told the county will come and rip his gate out if he closes it again,he doesnt own the road. His name is Blue. On Pulga the paved road is a legal public easement that Betsy has claimed every inch of up to the pavement. 30' is the width of a public easement. Today I see she has strung a rope and some signs across where Camp Creek road starts,again she dooesnt own it and cant gate it,but has anyway. Ive been talking to Dpt of Public Works and friend who is a supervisor is going to go up and tour the road. There are 3 landowners in that area.all have gated or chased people off property they dont own.
    These are access roads for our trailriding areas so we will keep fighting them steadily.
  16. TwilightZone

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    >"I'm going to start riding without the shorts to see if that solves the problem."

    KTM Riding shorts. Extra padding on the ass = 400-500 easy miles.
    Usually available at Rocky Mtn.

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    Also on the 650 Strom I had the seat was a sort of scoop shape,not much of a flat area to sit on. I stuck a 1000 Strom seat on it which was flatter,then tried a Corbin which was hard as any decent lumber should be,but was better then stock. Moose sells riding shorts which are cheaper and simpler then anything with a KTM brand on them Im sure. The moose shorts are like beefier bicycle shorts and work OK. I use the Alaska Leather Butt Pad on my 1250 Bandit.

    Sargent seat on my DR650 is magic,600 mile seat easy,firm yet has some give over bumps. Best Ive tried.
  18. Foot dragger

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    We stopped in Belden Town DSCF1330.JPG DSCF1331.JPG DSCF1328.JPG for coffee yesterday,people were liking the breakfast they had got there. They do stay open in winter and there's a big wood stove.
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    I have been pretty happy with Continental TK80 tires on my R1200GS. They work good in the dirt and surprisingly well on the pavement too.
    The front wear is good but not so much on the rear. I am actually running a TK70 on the rear now that has less aggressive tread but much better wear.

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    My husqvarna 701 came with TKC's on it. The rear is just going to make it to the 600 mile first oil change.
    In third gear I am having trouble with wheel spin on dry pavement, I couldn't imagine one on a 1200