Westward - to see the sea.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MrBob, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. norton(kel)

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    Thanks Bob. I was hoping we would see a report on this trip :clap
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  2. COtter

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    These critters are picturesque but not exactly cuddly and I understand that their aggressive behavior has become a problem along some parts of the coast.[/QUOTE]

    I once saw a dock like this in Astoria, OR and they were huge. If they are aggressive I wonder what the process is to reach that boat?
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  3. MrBob

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    Stay tuned Jim, the next posts start at Donner Pass.
    I've also been teaching myself to use screen shots to post maps so they're beginning to appear in the thread.


    I once saw a dock like this in Astoria, OR and they were huge. If they are aggressive I wonder what the process is to reach that boat?


    I happened to be standing there when the owners showed up to get underway. They walked down the ramp very slowly. I wasn't sure that some of the bulls were going to give way but they did, though they weren't in any hurry to do so.
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  4. MrBob

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    From Santa Rosa I took secondary roads through Napa. It was beautiful there and the roads in nice condition. Also, the sun was out. I've been spoiled from living in Colorado; two cloudy days in a row and I'm freaking out. :lol3
    I hope I can recover the photos from this part of the ride.

    Continued east and steadily gained altitude and before long find myself approaching Donner Pass. Vehicles coming the other way are covered in snow. Looks like more scary riding ahead and it makes sense to slab it for this portion of the ride.
    Good thing I have a gremlin bell given to me by a friend.:wink:
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    The weather over the pass alternates between snow squalls that nearly shut down visibility and episodes of clear skies and then light rain. The road surface has patches of ice where snow has melted and refrozen. Truck traffic is heavy and it's clear that their drivers don't intend to slow down for 2-wheeler.
    When I reach the top of the pass I need to get off for a while and unclench my hands.
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    Traffic in the other direction is at a complete standstill for miles due to stormy weather at a lower elevation. The idling cars and skidding wheels have formed a sheet of ice in the westbound lanes. As I begin my descent down the pass, I'm counting my blessings once again.

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    The worst of the storm is over Lake Tahoe so I divert to the north and arrive in Fallon, NV and the start of this road:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_50_in_Nevada
    This is also where I celebrate my 63rd birthday and where I give thanks for over 40 years of motorcycle touring experiences.
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  5. MrBob

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    This "Loneliest Road" business has me examining the map carefully and wondering what I'll need to do to prepare for it.
    I see a lot of Nothing on the map but also several towns on the route that seem big enough to have gas stations. With my better than 250 mile range I should be okay though the distance to the other end of the road is almost 400 miles.
    Riding east from Fallon, it's good to feel that western sunshine again. The temps are in the low 50's but the air is calm.

    Not far outside of town I encounter this sign:
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    The labor involved in making these petroglyphs and depressions in the rocks using stone tools must have been considerable. We have no idea what these people were trying to express with their work but it still gives me chills to see it.

    The rest of the day looks a lot like this.
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    Some people would not find a stretch of road like this enjoyable but it looks good to me. Besides the passing scenery, and joy of riding, I welcome the opportunity to think about what I've seen on the trip so far. I also have a bunch of podcasts and music loaded onto the iPhone and good quality ear pods.
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  6. MrBob

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    Using computer magic I was able to recover most of the photos on the hard drive from the dead laptop and I taught myself to add screenshots of maps so I've gone back and added a bunch of both.
    Meanwhile...

    This type of terrain welcomes me back to the West. I guess you either love it or you don't, and I do.

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    And back to one of my favorite states.

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    Where I begin to pick up elevation again and, with it, forested land.
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    I stopped in Cedar City, UT for lunch and found myself quite impressed with what I saw of the town.
    I had lunch in an absolutely delightful restaurant that I found by accident.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...rden_House_of_Cedar_City-Cedar_City_Utah.html

    And then continued on to Kanab, UT.

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  7. doc_ricketts

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    Glad you were able to retrieve most of your picture Bob, and that was a great trip at a marginal season. I have been most of those routes and some several times. Too bad you couldn't see Crater Lake and did you miss Monterey? Redwoods Park is a still untrammelled gem. The route through Nevada was great. I worked around Fallon and drove the same route as well as others in Nevada, but sure missed the archeology site which was very interesting. And Happy Birthday, dude!!!
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  8. MrBob

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    Thank you.
    I planned to leave a month sooner but the gods weren't done toying with me and it was one delay after another so I knew I might not get to see everything I had hoped to. No regrets, though.
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  9. bobfab

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    Thanks for sharing Bob! the Connie looks great!
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  10. ckjj888

    ckjj888 Been here awhile

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    图片美极了~~~:clap:clap:clap
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  11. ROAD DAMAGE

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    +1 :thumbup

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  12. MrBob

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    My photos of this area did not survive the computer crash so I shamelessly ripped this one off from the web.
    Kanab is also called Little Hollywood because so many movies and TV shows have been filmed there including: The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Planet of the Apes, and the Outlaw Josey Wales.
    Another attraction is something called The Wave. I don't know what this is but access to whatever it is is through a daily lottery and I encountered people from all over the world waiting to be chosen. Maybe somebody can fill in the blanks on this one.
    Motorcycle touring can be physically demanding and at this point I was bushed, so I slept rather than look around in this fascinating area.

    Continuing west from Kanab I went north on Hwy. 89 to Page, AZ. and this,

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    The blue of the water in Lake Powell was a beautiful contrast to the color of the surrounding desert. To my eye, it appeared that the lake level is dramatically lower than it has been in the past.
    I never tire of seeing the big sky views to be seen in the west.

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    Photos from here on are gone, gone, gone.
    I was close enough to home now to begin pushing. During the entire trip the temp rarely rose above 50F. My body had been working hard to keep me warm and I was tired. After an overnight in Durango, Co it was an express ride back to Longmont. I've documented other rides in the 4 Corners area in ride reports.
    Almost every location on this trip was beautiful and the riding some of the best I've experienced - ever. Avoiding freeways made monotony rare and brought me into closer contact with people.
    Traveling back roads and secondary highways is still a great way to see the U.S. and I hope you have a similar trip in your future.
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  13. Chisenhallw

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    I gotta ride out west.

    Interested to know what tires you had on the Connie and your opinion, given that you saw such a variation :huh in riding conditions. Take care. Glad you're still riding.
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  14. MrBob

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    BT 023 Radial on the front. Avon Azaro Radial on the rear. Long story on how that came about.
    Both tires now with almost 5,000 miles on them and look like they have plenty of life left. Both had significant flat spots when I returned from my trip but they went away after a few passes up and down my favorite canyons, where I rode just a little faster than my comfort level. No problem with grip.
    When I replace the tires I'll try to match them but, YMMV. To mix or not mix tires seems almost equal to the oil argument. Can you mix radial with bias ply, can you mix brands, etc. - no end to those arguments.
    And the 16" rear on the Connie really narrows choices in a sporty touring tire.
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  15. samson70

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    Enjoying very much.
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  17. ProZac235

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    Thanks for sharing. Great ride report.
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  19. MrBob

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  20. svizzerams

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    What a great trip and ride report - I gotta see more of my own west!!! Did a quick trip to Zion in December after escaping from a Las Vegas convention. Definitely will be a "preview of coming attractions". Just the little I saw was stunning and is still calling me back. Also echo the condolences of not seeing Crater Lake - it is a jewel.

    And riding in the snow. Oh my. :eek1
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