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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by thirsty 1, May 18, 2019.
IN......great start, following along!!
That coin is the perfect gift and it helped you make the better choice! Pretend the leak is kinda sorta maybe like almost a built in KTM chain oiler......... Can you get the seal dimensions and source one at a local supplier rather having to waste time riding to the dealership?
Regardless, best of luck and my popcorn is ready so....
I had a nice fire last night and polished off my pint of Myers Rum. Slept like a baby under the big trees. :)
I work up early for my day down Hwy 1 and man am I glad I flipped that coin! That was some seriously spectacular riding! It started from Leggett with a solid hour of riding 15-25 mph twisting sweeper. Fantastic
I stared with the breakfast of champions! A noodle bowl and coffee. Mmmmm
I said goodbye to the big trees and hit it!
I popped out on the coast with some chilly weather in the high 40s. Turned on the grips and kept going.
Did a splash and go in Fort Bragg. Filled the cooler with a six pack of delicious Sierra Nevada Hazy Ale and down the road I go. Just some unbelievable road. Some much fun I’m laughing in my helmet.
Stopped for a cold one and soaked up the view !
It took all morning but I finally finished in SF. I didn’t stop for a picture. Google it, there’s lots online. I did however get to KTM SF for my seals and o rings. They’re a Vespa dealer too.
It was all about escape form SF at that point so I did. I’m sitting at Cameron’s English Pub outside of Half Moon Bay having a beer. Cheers!
After my beer I ended up staying with my old neighbor from Seattle who happened to live about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz 4 miles back into the mountains. I guess Facebook is good for something! He’s taking care of a Vietnam vet with Parkinson’s and other disorders from the war. Just a super nice guy in general. He’s also in a co-op farming organic tomato’s for Molino foods. The bummer was they just put in a new crop so I didn’t get to try the tomato’s. Booooo.
We drove down to Santa Cruz for a pizza and beers and called it a day.
I woke up at 5:30 to a thick fog that blanketed everything including a very wet tent. I packed up and bailed out. See ya next time Brother!!
I headed out down 1 to Davenport, Ca. and grabbed a banana nut muffin and coffee for breakfast. Yummy yum yum !
I wish I would have had my GoPro for the lane splitting shuffling through Monterey! I love doing it and the drivers actually move over so you can get through. It’s a mind blowing concept I wish the rest of the USA would accept. Swizzling through traffic takes your concentration on a big bike packed out for a trip. Situational awareness is key.
The road opened up and I got a finger wag from the CHP for doing 55 in a 45. Hahaha but all was well and he didn’t turn around. I had a lot of fog this morning but few cars so the road was my oyster.
I was stopped at the big land slide for around 30 minutes while the construction of the road took place. I went to the front of the line and waited. When the signalman said go I had the road to myself for the next 30 miles of twisted goodness.
So the final leg of Hwy 1 is over. I’m kinda sad to see it happen. The scenery has changed from big green everything to a more brownish beauty. I had lunch in Morro Bay. A burrito but not the one I’m after! Carne Asada with beans rice and cheese. Not bad!
I made a beeline out of Morro Bay to Ventura and set up camp. No pics just 101 through farm county.
I’ll take a 4 way with shredded beef Please! This consists of beans rice cheese and shredded beef and 4 hot sauces. God Damn best thing ever !! I’ve had 2 of’em now and a styrofoam boat of corn burritos, wet, with cheese and salsa on top. I didn’t get a pic of the corn burritos but I’ll be having them in the morning so the picture will happen then.
The second one
I also got my bike fixed! I put a new countershaft seal in at my old high school buddies house. Thanks for the tools dude!!
I’ve had a pretty good couple of days. Yesterday was basically uneventful except the for the sweet camping spot and a free roll of ass wipe.
It started out 8 corn burritos from the original Corrales now called Maggie’s. I partied out with the old school bros. That’s me on the left in the black
So I ran up Hwy 33 past Ojai. This is an excellent moto road. Many a person has lost their life on this road. Twisty fun for miles and miles. It drops you on the south side of Taft so a run across the valley means you don’t have to hit I5. Muy Bueno! The only interstate I’ve hit so far was from Seattle to Olympia.
From the pass on 33 headed to Taft.
After getting around Bakersfield I found the next excellent moto road to get over to Death Valley. This would be hwy 178. Mid 90s on the way across so I stopped for a foot soak. Spa Day on the road. It goes up the Kern River to Lake Isabella. No picture of the lake there were thunderstorms
I ended up at the the SW entry of Death Valley NP. I was going to say at the lame RV Park but the guy says “hey dude you should go past the restaurant and follow that dirt road to the base of the mountains” “you can camp for free and the view is awesome”. This is where I scored the free ass wipe too. The dude was a true gentleman! Ha!!
I woke to a sweet view and packed my little cooler for the days ride. That out there is the entrance to DV.
I was a bit nervous going out alone but it worked out great in the end. I stopped for a pick, turned around, and heard my bike hit the ground! Fak!!!
I flagged down a passerby and got some help from a German tourist who had a 690 at home. His wife was laughing and they went there way.
I got out to TeaKettle Junction and then the Racetrack.
Once I got to The Racetrack I noticed that my Kermit chair was gone and I had a bunch of miles of dirt behind me. Shit! Oh well! Then my phone came out of the cradle and I looked for 45 minutes until I found that bastard in the road. But!! As I was making my way to the Crater I found my chair! W00T!!!
Racetrack DV and the road to Ubehebe Crater.
108 is to damn hot!!!
I woke up in Tonopah. The 50s casino smelt of smoke and cheap beer but the bed was comfortable. I made a coffee and packed my stuff. I headed north on NV376 to Austin. It was a nice morning ride through the valley. Perfect temp at 57 for full gear. I got to Austin and made a bowl of soup. I read the sign, washed my gear, and headed north again to Winnemucca. This little stretch is part of the original stagecoach route from 1861-1891. Kinda cool running up the same space as the settlers. I did a splash and go in Winnemucca and headed north again to NV140 where I took a left and headed to the Alvord Lake bed. Had a chili burger in Fields NV, it was pretty good for a can of Nalleys on a frozen patty! This is also on of the stops for the mailmen of the 1800s. On more fill up and had a beer along the lake. The twisters were cool to watch too. I headed north again on 140 along the Steens Mountains and couldn’t resist camping out amongst it. I found a Jeep trail and followed it for about a quarter mile until it ended and then proceeded through the sagebrush and rocks for another quarter mile. I road up to the ridge blazing my own trail. :). The view was nice but it was impossible to find a clear space for a tent so I settled on the little valley below. Equally nice I might say! I set up camp and listened to the birds chirp, crickets cricket, bees buzz, and the wind blow nicely through the grass. It’s nice watching the butterflies chase each other in sage while the sun sets. The temp couldn’t be better in the mid 80s to end the day. The stars are going to be amazing out here!
Alvord Lake bed
Steens Mountain Wilderness
Updated the post with pictures this time! Imagine that!!
Great RR, I'll be covering some of that NV/OR ground here in a couple weeks, loved the preview.
@KLRalph @OG1 i updated the post for you. My phone went haywire this morning
These are the pictures from last night. Beautiful place!
Another day in the books! I absolutely love riding the Oregon roads. Not only are they maintained but they're put in amongst the rolling hills and plateaus. It just makes for excellent all day riding with no traffic!
I packed up and went along the rest of 140 to Burns. Filled up with a tank of non-ethanol 92 and bought a can of chain lube from the Polaris dealer. I finally found a can that wasn’t Costco sized for my tank bag! Squirt squirt go! I headed north from there and took a left about 10 miles outside of Seneca.
Side note - Seneca has gas and is on the ORBDR route. They have those nasty horse meat microwave burgers. Not bad when your famished from the backcountry! -
Izze Rode to Bush Ranch was where I turned off and I’m glad I did! Another sweet black ribbon of goodness. The only other vehicles on the road were 3 bikes and a broken down logging truck. I cut off at the John Day South Fork Road for some backcountry dirt. Anther good choice.
From there it was all 2 lane blacktop to the town of Fossil for a oat soda, a 5 dollar burger and fries, and some shitty 87 e10 gas. The Big Kato no like the shitty gas but it got me to Maupin where I currently reside.
The road out of and into Fossil is a noted moto road. It’s well worth your trouble if you get out there! Posted 35 mph twisted pavement that made for double posted speeds. Fantastic stuff! Going into Fossil is the road through John Day Fossil Beds NP. Beautiful colors and chips seal without a single hole in it. My rear Shinko 705 is showing some wear from the day!
Good morning nowhere land! Hwy 140 to Burns Or.
Coming out of Burns north on 395. Just like that I’m in the Ponderosa Pines!
The last minute cutoff road
And into the dirt for a while
A little more dirt and the road into John Day NP and north to Fossil. Seriously! like 7 cars all day!
And my 5 Dollar Burger and fries. :)