( Passing the center of town in Detroit Oregon burned to the ground.) My plan was to ride my 2002 Aprilia Futura from Marina Del Rey California to Portland Oregon through Bend Oregon... and possibly going over to Eastern Washington before working my way south for another stop over in coastal Glasgow Oregon. Then heading home back to So. Cal. and Marina Del Rey. ( The fall colors of the Southern Sierras in California.) I call this ride the “Rising From The Ashes Tour” for several reasons. My 84 year old mother has been hanging on after several recent heart attacks, she’s had numerous stents placed in arteries near her heart. She has heart arrhythmia. She is the longest living survivor of Myasthenia Gravis. She still takes care of herself and prefers to live alone. And she finally came to the realization she’s getting tired and ready to let her life play out. So she decided to host a living will event and distribution of her heirlooms. ( My n99 moto mask for filtering smoke from the forest fires.) The other reason for the title of this trip is I’m recently recovering from high stage 3 throat cancer. And like a raging wildfire that ravaged through my body I’m rising from my own ashes and challenging myself to take on this long motorcycle journey. And along the way, celebrating my cancer survival with my close family and friends who live in the Pacific Northwest. I’ll be riding from my place in Marina Del Rey preferring to take my sport touring Aprilia north. But with all the current fires up and down the West Coast I’ll have to try and dodge all the burning and toxic smoke on the way up there. My plan was to get over to highway 395 and ride behind the fires and smoke heading north. ( Coastal Oregon, few people get the opportunity to experience a destination that rivals views of both coastal Northern Big Sur California as well as the Northern European coastlines of Ireland and Scotland.) For those unfamiliar with my alias I’ve been mostly hanging out in the Orange Crush/ Dakar Champion section on my KTM 950 Adventure over the last 14 or so years. I’ve written quite a few ride reports. I’ll try to copy and paste them somewhere here in case this ride report peaks some interest.