Last week, I did a tour into the Pacific Northwest aboard my Honda Silverwing. Before I left, the bike had a complete service, including belt and roller replacement, valve clearance checks, fluid replacements, spark plug replacement, and so on. I also fitted the bike with a 45-liter Givi tail box, a River Road seat bag and a Beadrider seat cover. I left home on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Here is a photo of the bike loaded up and ready to go: My original plan for the first day was to go up to Chico, then up 36 into Lassen National Park and back down 44 into McCloud, then take 97 into Klamath Falls, but that didnt happen. There was a huge forest fire called the Ponderosa Fire which was occurring near Lassen all along the route I had planned and the roads were closed, so I gave that idea up. I left Folsom and headed up Sierra College Blvd over to the City of Lincoln, picked up Highway 65 and took it over to Highway 99 and rode on into Chico, where I made a stop at the Dutch Brothers drive up coffee place I confess that I have a weak spot for the Dutch Freeze, so I put a Dutch Bros sticker on the Givi Box yes, I am that cheap and superficial! The owner of the Dutch Bros was there and asked me where I was going and I replied that I was headed north into Oregon and Washington, but didnt really know beyond that. He wished me well. I continued north on 99 into Red Bluff, stopped for lunch and then decided to head over Highway 36 to the coast. You may be aware that Highway 36 is kind of well known, at least here in northern California, because once you leave Red Bluff, there is little else other than National Forest until you hit the coast in Fortuna and because Highway 36 is essentially 140 miles of nothing but twisties. Heres the mandatory bike and warning sign photo this sign has been photographed with motorcycles literally hundreds of times, Im sure: While proceeding up Highway 36, I noticed that the handling on the bike was a little weird, so I stopped at Cow Gulch Road to check things out. I was thinking that the tires might be incorrectly inflated, but Id just checked them before I left and they have never leaked or lost air. Nonetheless, I dug out the Slime air pump, clamped the nozzle to my rear tire air valve, plugged the pump into my battery pigtail and turned it on. It ran for about 5 seconds and then stopped cold. I then did the smart thing and used a pressure gauge to check air pressure. Everything was fine, except for the Slime pump. I rearranged baggage, placing as much of the heavy stuff down low under the seat as possible and that helped handling a lot. Seems kind of trivial, but it worked. We made it all the way up and over. Here we are at top of the highest point along the route (I think), South Fork Mountain Pass several views of the area: Needless to say 36 was a blast until I got to the construction zone, where the road had been completely desurfaced down to the dirt and gravel on a nice steep downhill section. I then experienced some pucker trying to control the bike on that miserable surface for about half a mile. After that point, there was additional roadwork, with patches, seams, cracks and grooves in the pavement, almost all the way into Fortuna another 20 miles or so so that was not really fun, but we came through unscathed. By the time we got to Fortuna on the coast, I was pretty wiped out, so I spent the night in Fortuna and had a pretty good dinner at a brewpub which walking distance from the hotel room. My distance for the day was 277 miles.