Bakery Quest - a year hacking the US with our kid and dogs.

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  1. TwilightZone

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    Where are you at now ? (10/18/2016) ?
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  2. szurszewski

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    Redwoods NP - thanks for reminding me to update!
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    When you go south, take Patricks Point drive south to Trinidad. (IMHO: Patricks Point park is really neat.)
    Go straight through Trinidad on the road to the Casino.
    Great ocean views and beaches along there. (That is the 'old' 101.)
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  4. szurszewski

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    Good morning ADV

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    Did the Patrick's Point Drive last night just before dark - scenic as promised!

    Heading south I think today. Might try to make the Bay Area before turning east. Laura booked a flight from Denver to Portland the morning of November 6th. That means we've got about two weeks to get there, and then Jeremiah and I will have about a week to entertain the pups on our own as we head to meet her in scenic Altus Oklahoma by the 13th.

    Yesterday we spent in the redwoods. I'll try to
    Post some pics tonight.
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  5. Scotty707

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    Big Lagoon?
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    Yes sir - that is indeed Big Lagoon. We were going to stay at Patrick's Point, but Big Lagoon was a couple bucks cheaper (in retrospect probalby not worth the savings) AND, more importantly, our understanding was that dogs were not allowed on the beach at Patrick's Point.

    It was still pretty damp in the campground, I assume from the recent rains, so this morning we went over to the beach and made breakfast in the sun - very nice beach :)


    Today we did 101 to The Avenue of the Giants, then headed out on 1 from Legget (sp?), and made it as far Ft. Bragg before deciding it was bed time. Wifi here but it's so slow I can't upload any pics! Hopefully I'll get caught up later this week.

    Tomorrow we're hoping to make it to Pt. Reyes.
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    IMG_0976.JPG IMG_0981.JPG IMG_0982.JPG IMG_0985.JPG we had a great ride along HWY 1 today! Perfect weather, but I suppose that's not really unusual here.

    A couple members of bmwst.com (maybe they are here too?) have invited us to visit, so we are looking forward to that.

    Also looking forward to sorting the rear/sidecar brakes - "gained" some free play in the lever yesterday but still had brakes. Today there is nothing in the back. The bodywork and sidecar make it hard to inspect most of the system, but I couldn't see any leaks at obvious points. Was planning to replace the brake lines when I put on new shocks, but they won't be ready for a few weeks, so I had the lines shipped here...and we will see what we can see.

    Some pics from today: ...edit: are clearly up top since I'm posting from my phone!
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    Want to see a pic of you on the Golden Gate today??[​IMG][​IMG]


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  9. szurszewski

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    Um, HELL YES I DO! That's fantastic! Thank you for posting them! My Sena (10c) continues to give me trouble - has a tendency to decide to turn off the camera to save battery even if I've not been recording and only had it on for a couple of hours. Today it shut off the camera about 200 yards before the bridge (which is why you can see Laura trying to get some pics with her phone - first time she's tried that while we were moving). So, even though we had a great day, my favorite part is officially opening the notification email for your post :) :) :) :wings:rilla:wings:ricky:rilla:ricky


    edit: also, I'll get some updated stuff on here tomorrow - no wifi tonight, and I only got a few hours of sleep as I decided, at 6:30pm last night, that I should really replace the brake lines...and then didn't finish up until 3:30am - glad I did though - it was nice to have better brakes to cruise the hills of San Francisco).

    We're south of San Jose a bit tonight - heading east from here, probably south of the Sierras, but maybe through Tahoe and then on toward Utah and Colorado.


    EDIT on 12/23/16 - the cashless toll receipt just caught up with us, and it was $22.50 to cross the bridge! Worth it for the experience and the pics above, but glad I wouldn't want to pay that every day!
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  10. szurszewski

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    updated travel plans:
    looks like it could be snowing in/east of the sierras tonight/tomorrow and then thunderstorms maybe...so we're heading south.

    destination for tonight: lovely bakersfield, ca. why? so we can show up at the title company tomorrow morning and sign the closing papers for our house! it's been a little stressful getting into this trip without having completed the sale of our house, so i'm very much looking forward to having it all finalized :)
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    Too bad you are going south now!! From Tahoe you could have gone to Virginia City and down the Sierras throgh 395 (Genoa, Bodie etc) and cross through Death Valley, lots of place to sleep (Carson City, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes (Devil Postpile!), June Lake, Lone pine (movie road!), Stovepipe Wells, Furnace Creek). But being in Bakersfield you could go east to Lake Isabella (178) and back on 395...Death Valley entrance is not too far! BUT if you stay on 178 (Trona Wildrose road) all the way to Panamint Springs there is a good 8~10 miles unpaved with a nasty washboard!
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    Great thread, I'm subscribed! So glad to see you're going for this. I'm really hoping I get the guts to do something similar over the summer in the next year or two. Somewhat similar, I have a hack (Ural), wife, six-year old son, and 2 dogs. Let me know if you make it to Orlando, FL. It's flat, the traffic sucks, and the riding is terrible, but you most certainly have a place to crash if you make it this far. Our next mini-adventure is to Key Largo from Orlando via the Ural for a long Thanksgiving weekend. I hope I'm not high-jacking your thread, but I'll share one recent pic. Thanks for posting your trip! IMG_2001.JPG
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    Oh, one more thing - we owned a bakery for 3 years, happy to do our best to answer any questions you guys have...
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    Great thread! I will be following. if/when you make it to New England, you can all stay with us in Western Mass. if you want; we have plenty of room and a friendly dog; just send me a convo. Also, I have friends who own and want to sell a successful bakery in Amherst, MASS (link to not-so-great website: http://www.henionbakery.com).
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  15. szurszewski

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    Yes, that was what we were planning to do, but the weather looked a little iffy (our gear is a little limited both for camping and riding in the cold), and heading to Bakersfield made sense for signing the papers for our house...so here we are.

    I think we will go up to Death Valley - tomorrow if we can get out of here early enough (signing was supposed to be first thing, but has now been moved to 11:30am - gives me time to get some stuff updated in the AM and maybe get a new screen digitizer so my phone will stop doing things on its own...) or at least we'll head that way. Then either up to 50 and across, or maybe the Grand Canyon first and then north east ish. Or something like that. We will be avoiding washboard - pretty sure we'd be a trail of parts after ten miles of it :)


    Hey - welcome to the thread! Feel free to hijack it any time. I know the guidelines for ride reports say shut up and let the OP tell the story, but I'd really prefer if people reading help us make the story --- which is why I'm trying to write this as we go instead of when we get done. Also, since we are mostly planless, I'm hoping you all help us figure out where the heck we should go.

    We will definitely be in Florida - Jeremiah discovered The Vanilla Ice Project on Netflix earlier this year and is quite insistent that we hit Palm Beach on the trip (in fact, that's where he wanted to go for his birthday, but we're taking him to Oklahoma instead - Laura and I laughed about how that sounds like something that could be listed as grounds for divorce: I told my husband I wanted to go to Palm Beach for our anniversary, but he took me to Altus instead...).

    We considered a Ural for this trip, but we were mainly interested in the (then) new ones with FI, like your CT which I think is very cool, but they are spendy and then there's a whole story of why we didn't get one. If you can get your wife, kid and two dogs loaded into that thing with traveling gear, definitely post a pic of that in here!

    Oh, we'll definitely have questions!

    Let's call that definitely when rather than if. We have friends to see on Long Island (where Laura went to college) and family in upstate NY, and we want to get back to Maine, etc. Ideally we would have been there now as I've never seen all that fall color on your coast, but ...not this year I guess.

    Though you are correct in that the website isn't so great, the bakery looks very much like our kind of place. Laura isn't much into fancy cakes, but is very much into hearty breads. I'll send you a conversation. :nod
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    Excellent, we'll be around. Altus vs. Palm Beach? Yep, I could see how that gets you in trouble!

    You definitely picked a more comfortable rig for your trip. Although we're not afraid to ride the Ural, 55 mph is top cruising speed without running the risk of shaking parts off. That said, 55 on a Ural feels like 75 on my Strom. I'll try to remember to post a pic when we gear up for our trip to Key Largo this Thanksgiving. Safe and fun travels the rest of this week!
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    Awesome!
    If you make it down to southwest tennessee you are welcome to our guest cabin and shop/tools and a friendly story about how your trip sorta mirrors our last few years which got us from lake tahoe to tennessee..... Safe travels and will be following your enjoyment!
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    If you are not on BMWLT.com please check it out. a wealth of knowledge on there and some of the best people on the net.
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    Thank you for the offer! We are looking forward very much to your part of the country as we've spent almost no time there (Laura moved around a good bit as a kid, and we drove, essentially, the border of the contiguous states for our honeymoon in 2003, so we've been THROUGH a lot of places - trying to be IN them more on this trip). I like your signature quote - that sentiment guides a lot of my decisions - or, I try to have it do so :)

    Thank you for the suggestion. I have read LOTS there, but I don't *think* I have signed up and have never posted. (I only got the LT this March {fly and ride from Vegas - thanks ADV!} and my brain is already full keeping up here and on my original moto-net home, BMWRT/ST.com.) Do you have the same username over there?
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    Ok - going to do some quick where we've been pic updates - here's ... uh... October 20th!

    This was our day from Ft. Bragg down to Fairfax area via Point Reyes Station. We wanted to see the jeweler who made our wedding rings at his shop in Pt. Reyes, but he was taking a mental health day.

    Here's everyone else waiting while I stand on a hill to order some new shocks and new rear brake lines from Ted at Beemer Shop. Somewhere along 1 we lost the rear brake. There's so much junk/bodywork/luggage on the LT, though I was *convinced* we'd blown the brake line, I couldn't find anything leaking.

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    Didn't figure this out until a couple of days later when I took the whole shebang apart, but the lines were fine - or at least not leaking. Stayed tuned for that post.

    In the meantime, after everyone else in the house went to bed I went to the garage. We had three things going on - the rear brake being first very weak and then gone, a front fender rubbing the oversized tire I'd added in Brookings, and a weird clunk going over some bumps. Turns out the first and third were related when I was pretty sure the clunk was either one of the stands or something further forward (hint for those trying to guess: something was loose, but I was at the wrong end entirely).

    Here's what the front end looked like - I knew it was going to rub some when I put it on, but I figured if that Fast Indian guy could shave tires, so could I, and, as I said to Laura, we don't really *need* a front fender anyway...



    inside the front front fender (yes, two fronts on purpose):
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    we have a collection of rubber shavings if anyone needs some. IMG_0993.jpg

    a little more space on the right side IMG_0995.jpg
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