Wild Wild West 2

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by freefallen, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    240
    Location:
    New Jersey
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    But despite of all the drops, in the water or on the rocks, the bike was starting instantaneously.
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  2. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    240
    Location:
    New Jersey
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  3. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    This thread has been informative to me or should I say, it has made me think. My 'adventure' occurred while I was single but today I'm married. I still head out into areas which are barely if ever traveled deep in hard desert.

    My thought is how uncomfortable I'd make my wife if I just didn't come back one day. There'd be this great uncertainty which really is unfair to her. She asks me my direction & I am open about my general area of travel but it's not possible to be specific enough to find me if I were to crash and be disabled.

    I'm strongly thinking of a SPOT due to that. I don't like the idea of being tracked but I don't like the idea of making my wife unhappy more.
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  4. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    I got rid of my KLR for my VStrom to make my cross country trip. I was going to do the trip on the KLR, but after reading posts about both bikes, the V was the obvious choice for me. My two Harleys have done a lot of sitting this year, since I picked up my Wee.
    I'd like to hook up for lunch when you get home and hear the loooong version of your trip. Shoot me a PM if you'd be up for that.
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  5. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    New Jersey
    Thank you!
    Sure, our priorities and responsibilities are changing throughout life. Next time when I go off the beaten path, I will have something similar.
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  6. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    Good choice. I love my wee. I can ride it indefinitely until start falling asleep. Very comfortable upright position (I have 1" risers) and excellent handling. And she doesn't mind gravel and some off roads.
    Sure, we can meet in a week or two, give me some time. I'll contact you later.
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  7. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    New Jersey
    I left 960 miles for the last day. I'm not sure if I can finish them tomorrow.
    My fatigue had been building up and I really felt it during the last few days. Not in just my butt or back but my entire body and my reactions started slowing down. I'll see how it goes, if it doesn't look like I'll make it, I will stop somewhere in PA.
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    #67
  8. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    240
    Location:
    New Jersey
    I made it home on time and safe. I had to slightly divert from my main story due to unforeseen circumstances in Death Valley :muutt but now they are a part of my journey.

    Now I'm back to the location I stopped, in Canada. There
    is still much more to come.
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  9. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    Yesterday we rode 500 miles from Jasper to Vancouver. Today was fairly calm and we have a short 320 mile ride down to Portland. Because of this, we weren’t rushing to get ready and even had half a day to do touristy things.

    By 10am we arrived at the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon":

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    The description of the bridge states that it can hold up to the weight of 96 elephants, so it's not possible to fit the amount of people needed to break it. The amount of people here today reminded me of a bazaar and on the way back the bridge was practically filled. The bridge was rocking like a boat and you can see people felt butterflies in their stomach, especially at that height. You can make a pretty good base jump from here. :evil

    The park had a good layout and good design, horseshoe shaped walkways over the cliff and small bridges between the red woods, folk lore music played in the background and some restaurants. The entrance fee was on the high side and it's not a place you can spend the whole day.

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    They told stories of the animals they keep at this park:

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    Boys will be boys. Some people can't even handle getting close to one of these slimy banana slugs, these boys ran around showing it to everyone:

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    After that we rode to downtown Vancouver, what a charming city!

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    This building reminds me of the iron shaped building in NYC on 23rd Street:

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    While moms and dads drink refreshing drinks, the kids are cooling down in the fountains:

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    There was a marathon in the city today and the porta potties were everywhere:

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    City guard. Seems like he's of Mongolian decent:

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    And my personal reason for going here - Gastown:

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    There’s so much energy here, so much is going on!

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    I can imagine how great it would be here at night under the street lights. We went into one of the many cafes and got some ice cream and espresso. We sat down and rested before the upcoming ride.

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    Looks like any other car parked in front of this luxurious hotel. However this is a Tesla, an electric powered car. Instead of a gas tank it's powered by a wall outlet. The top speed is 125mph and 0-60 in 5.6 seconds:

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    Right in the middle of the city is a cruise ship port and something that looks like the Sydney Opera:

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    Sometime around 2-3 we returned to our bike, which can be stored in any spot, and set out for Portland.
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  10. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear from ya, was worried you hadn't posted for awhile. Welcome home
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  11. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Good to see you recovered your spirit a bit. I guess you took the ride home a bit easier than initially anticipated.
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  12. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    The ride from Vancouver to the capitol of Oregon, Portland was easy and quite enjoyable, only 320 miles. Because the distance was so short we left Vancouver at 3 and arrived in Portland by nightfall. We stopped at a simple hotel but on the second floor where we had to lug all our stuff. But they did let us park the bike underneath a roof between two benches. I mention this to note how bike friendly the entire state is.

    We went to a very pleasant restaurant. Before going anywhere, my son always does research to find restaurants with good ratings. The local beer was very good and I don’t remember what I ordered but it was some kind of seafood and it was delicious. Again, in the morning we weren’t rushing anywhere, we ate and left for the botanical gardens.

    Coming in for landing:

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    The aroma of the rose gardens was intoxicating, they were in all shapes and colors.

    Angels played for us, it was peaceful and calmed the soul:

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    Is there any better choice for such a special occasion? It’s like heaven on earth:

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  13. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    And of course downtown. Portland left me with such a good impression. This state really stands out among the others, it’s one of the best for outdoor activities. The capitol is very pleasant and relaxing.

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    There’s something going on at each corner. Today is Saturday and there are lots of people around. There were street vendors everywhere, performances and all the bars/restaurants have an outdoor section.

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    He was doing contact juggling and it looked like the sphere was moved on it’s own:

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    Take note of the sign on the wall to the left. They did a good job at conveying the spirit of the city, in a good way:

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    But our goal on this street is the sign up top – Voodoo Doughnut. They seemed like simple doughnuts at first but there was more than meets the eye. Something this unique can only be found here. They are open 24/7 and the line never dies down. This place was referenced in the show Portlandia, that’s how my son heard about it:

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    Where there are a lot of people you can always find creativity. I just don’t understand how young healthy people could be begging:

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    The wall of the building was sprinkled with golden glitter. When people on line get to the wall they start touching it and taking pictures. Looks like they are digging for gold:

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    And this is our happy cashier. She did not mind having a picture taken of her:

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    And this what we waited on line for. And we didn’t regret it at all. This isn’t just good marketing, they really are original and delicious:

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    Mmmmm, yummy :)

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    What about me?

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    We sat around, made small talk with the people around us and it was time to keep moving.

    Our next stop was Crater Lake and the most scenic route in America, route 1, which stretches the west coast along the Pacific Ocean.

    The next day we saw one of the highlights of our stop in Oregon, Thor’s Well. Many people, I believe even the locals of Oregon, don’t realize the existence of an amazing nature place.
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  14. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    Thank you, Bro. It's good to be home!
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  15. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    Yeah, I'm in very good spirit. Thanks!
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  16. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    People who love the outdoors will not find a better place than Oregon. Here you’ll find lakes, mountains, national forests, ocean, twisted and widing roads that attract bikers and drivers. Endless hiking trails, wonderful people who understand why everyone around the country is drawn here.

    One of the wonders that I rode across the entire country showed itself in all its glory. At moderate tide and strong surf, flowing water creates a fantastic landscape. We were lucky enough to be there at the right time.


    Thor's Well aka "The gates of the dungeon" on Cape Perpetua:

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    First we got here before sunset. I booked the motel within 1 mile of here on purpose. We came back here in the morning to see it after sunrise. It can be very dangerous as we had to stand at the edge of this well and when the water shoots up it can knock you over. My son stood behind me and held me in place. Within a few seconds the camera and lens was covered in large droplets. It wasn’t easy work.
    Like I said before,
    I believe that many people, even the locals of Oregon, don’t realize the existence of an amazing nature place here.

    Someone up top with a telescopic lens took pictures of our work:

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    We stayed in a small motel near ocean. The view from our window:

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  17. uzbek

    uzbek dreamer

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    what a beautiful pic! i think b/w looks even more dramatic. thanks for sharing with us.
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  18. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    The ocean is cold, no one swims in it. It even got cold towards the night. We warmed ourselves in a Jacuzzi and went for dinner at a local restaurant that was recommended to us – of course it had to be seafood. It didn’t look like much but we came here to eat. The food was awesome, everything we ate was today’s catch.

    This place is called Devil’s Churn or food processor. When the waves are stronger the splash can reach the tree on the left:

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    Seal Islands:

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    As you can imagine all these pictures were taken along route 101/1. It practically stretches the entire west coast.

    We only got to San Francisco. Even more beauty starts further south.
    You can jump off the bike at any location and you’ll find something interesting.

    In contrast of Thor's Well, I decided to take some pictures of calmer parts from a safer distance:

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    This looks like Devil’s Churn, but this is a totally different spot:

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    After sleeping at the shores of the pacific, in the morning we set out for Crater Lake. The road was both uphill and local and there was 420 miles ahead of us.
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  19. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    How odd. I've seen so many pix of the OR coast but never ones of where you posted. I definitely wish to travel to there now.

    OR should pay you or at least it's C of C should for this part of your RR.
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  20. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    I wouldn't mind :wink:
    You just proved my saying that no two people are alike, everyone will see something different.
    I'm not sure what's C of C.
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