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not suitable for work (NSFW), then COVID came and i escaped to ID, MT, WA & OR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NSFW, Sep 2, 2020.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 43 Continuation

    we had lunch and then went to a Beta dealership near Portland. the 390 is a superb bike and which made it hard for jonomoto to decide. i pushed for the FE350 and we called rjnutt for his opinion on his Beta, as a result, the decision making just became harder. it's all up to jonomoto now.

    when we got back to the house, we had the time to work on the CRF250L front suspension. install heavier fork, new seals, put fresh fork oil and set the height. i've done a lot on my KTMs and Hondas, but the CRF250 is strange.....only one spring!.....it is what it is. Jake did most of the work and i oversee. everything went smootly except they don't have a torque wrench having the proper capacity to set the factory spec. we ended up buying the proper torque wrench.

    later jonomoto asked me to go along with them on his boat to the Willamette River. sure of course and i had the credential being a boat captain in the P.I.

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    one happy dog and very smart. i g0t the chance to play with him and he wore me out.
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    our boat skipper taking picture of the Fremont Bridge
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    so many cool bridges to see all in one afternoon.........:clap

    thanks to jonomoto for the ride and not letting me paddle...long story and who said you're not lost as long you have gas.....:lol3
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 44, 2020.08.02, Portland and vicinity

    $2 tour around Portland. jonomoto lead us to some twisty roads not far from the house
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    i remember this bridge from the day before
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    father and son
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    we came here to see the river one more time
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    nice day to enjoy the water and weather
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    this place is great to watch all kinds of boats and ships
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    then to another place totally dry
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    riding in and around Portland, you will need to cross a river or 2
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    their version of C.T.
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    the center of the protest except it's quiet during the day
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    the Federal Building we see in the news is equally quiet
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    we had a huge mex lunch. when we got back to the house, dinner time came and this is all we wanted....:dukegirl.....thanks ms. jonomoto.
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    thanks again to jonomoto and jake for showing me in and around Portland.....:y0!
  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 45, 2020.08.03, Portland - Vernonia - Tillamook - LL Stub Stewart State Park



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    the plan is ride towards the upper left corner of OR. no rush to get there but first find a campground along the way.

    i had a great time staying at jonomoto's and appreciate the warm hospitality. riding out on jonomoto's driveway to my next destination.
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    i stopped here to see if they have an available site
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    all spots are taken but as i was about to ride out, the camp host flagged me down
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    someone canceled so i got this spot
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    after i set up my tent, i rode over to Vernonia to see what's out there
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    Vernonia is like other old towns, but it has refreshed characters and good restaurants.
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    it was nice talking to these young riders
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    met this rider and he told me that i should check out Timber Road which is a fun twisty road that will take me to Tillamook
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    filled up my tank and since it was still early in the afternoon, i set my eyes on Tillamook via Timber Road and hwy 6
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 45 continuation

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    right towards Tillamook
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    stopping for a potential campsite
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    once in Tillamook, i didn't hangout too long, just enough to feed my curiosity
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    managed to get back in camp with some daylight left
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 46, 2020.08.04, Vernonia - Westport - Cathlamet Ferry - Puget Island - - Astoria
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    i hiked up to the hill above the campground and checked out the view
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    passed this engine while riding through Vernonia
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    Wahkakum County Ferry or Westport - Puget Island Ferry, The last remaining Ferry operating on the lower Columbia River connects the island to Westport, Oregon. more info here
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    $4 toll for my AT
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    first to board
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    enjoying the front row spot
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    it was named for ferryman Oscar Bergseng who worked full and part-time for 26 years on the ferry before retiring in 1966
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    docking on Puget Island
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    crossing Columbia River and back to WA
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    the little town of Cathlamet
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    to be continued
  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 46 continuation


    took a detour to see the last covered bridge in WA
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    cruising along the Columbia River on the WA side. i think this is the better side since there's less obstruction to the view
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    for a long time, i was longing to see this bridge and ride into Astoria
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    back to OR
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    to be continued
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 46 continuation

    first agenda is to find a camping site and rode towards the Fort Stevens. i knew it will be impossible, but i want to see it myself hoping they would be merciful to a solo moto rider...lol. not surprised, the road to was a zoo, packed with expensive vehicles and all kinds of recreational toys; when i got to the campgrounds, they are all full including KOA where i bought a membership a few weeks back. the entrance to the campgrounds was staffed heavily and barricaded, got confused a little thinking they were TSA agents.
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    at least got the chance to see this WW2 era jeep which is in the theme of Fort Stevens
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    my dad had an original Willy's with flat 4 and folding windshield, and i drove it in our village a year or 2 before i got my driving license.
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    it was getting warm and without any luck. finally, i gave up. tried calling for motels south of Astoria...same story rooms are all booked except for a $250 suite in Seaside. so, i backtracked towards Astoria to find a room in the city.

    this bridge, New Youngs Bay Bridge, had constant crosswinds and hit me a few times with a strong gust. almost lost it.
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    this one is the Astoria-Megler Bridge
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    Motel 6 has a room for about $120 for 1 night and i was very happy to pay......:rofl
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    rode up to Astoria Column to have a good view
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    lots of historical images wrapped around the column
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    at the mouth of Columbia River where the expedition reached the Pacific
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    i heard one of the toughest jobs is to pilot this boat while entering the Columbia River
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    i would love to go back and see what's inside
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    as for dinner, didn't want to go to a restaurant so i saved by buying groceries
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    Astoria reminds of San Francisco but not as big and busy. really a beautiful city.
  8. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    You missed enjoying fish n chips at the Bowpicker just across the street from the museum! Next time...
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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    fish n chips is one of my favorites. how did i miss the place? anything that good, i don't care about my budget

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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 47, 2020.08.05, Astoria - Seaside - Newport


    i heard the OR coast is as beautiful as the CA coast. the plan is ride south and take the 101 and enjoy the sights
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    american ninja obstacle course?
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    every campground i went, saw the same notices "no walk-ins or walk-up"....curious if "riding in" gets me a spot....:ricky
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    the sights were very nice and all i need is a place to stay, then that will be perfect!
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 47 Continuation

    have to stop and enjoy the view and sea breeze
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    i smell cheese and butter
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    from the highway, i spotted this huge hangar
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    remember John Denver's last flight?
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    parting shot
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  12. Mofrid

    Mofrid Been here awhile Supporter

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    The wood framing of the museum has always struck me as wonderful!!
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    made of finest OR lumber....:evil
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 47 Continuation

    cruising on Oregon coast
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    i stopped to buy oil filters but they don't have them
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    OR has a lot of cool bridges with various designs
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    i made it to my motel room in Newport and it started to rain. i was tired and there wasn't really a place to camp, no options at all. most expensive Motel 6 so far....$140 for the night and terribly went wrong. at about 2 am someone was banging on my door. i looked through the peephole and see a guy apparently drunk. then he went to the door next to my room and banged that one too. this went on and off for 15 minutes until the police showed up. in the morning i found out his wife or gf was in the room next door and she was scared of him so she locked him out, very persistent and then the night manager showed up and called the police.
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  15. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Hindsight and all, but if you’re looking for places to camp that are free, you can typically find spots in the OHV areas in the coastal range. Just east of Astoria is Nicolai Mtn, and as you make your way south there are lots of places.

    I know a campground and its services might be needed, but in a pinch these areas are great. Though I have to admit with so many not traveling, they were packed...usually with morons who leave trash behind and don’t respect nature.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the last few updates, great to see areas I like getting out to through another set of eyes.
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  16. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    really tough for anyone who's not familiar with the area. it's fun to explore and get rewarded with a nice campsite. wish i spent more time looking at maps and google earth, except i didn't have a definite plan. those mountains east of Astoria are beautiful, lots of trees too.

    sad to see there are people out everywhere trashing nice places and ruining our enjoyment. in the past, we do volunteer work during clean-up days and we picked up huge amounts of trash. here in the desert, it is not unusual to find sofas, tv, fridge, and other home appliances. some of them have bullet holes.

    we're having a rally at the end of the month, come and to join us.

    thanks for chiming in.
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  17. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    What a coincidence... CDR JR "Shooter" Sanders whose name is on the A7 museum piece was a fellow flight instructor in my first jet training squadron. He designed the paint job for the "bi-centennial" plane that my Corrosion Control crew painted in 1976. :)
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    glad my picture made a connection and brought back good memories
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    the air museaum is a good and relaxing place to enjoy. visiting the place also help pay for the cost of maintenance and services.
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  19. NSFW

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    Day 48, 2020.08.06, Newport - Powers

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    after a spendy night in Newport, i realized that any city in the US with that name should be avoided. the name Newport is associated with expensive coastal living, sailing, and caters to well-heeled tourists.

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    riding south on the Oregon Coast is like a magnet and drawing me towards CA which means i will be home earlier than i wanted. from Bandon, i rode east, inland with no specific place to go as long i enjoy the back-road twisties
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    luckily found a campground with plenty of space, tent sites for $15/night. did good, i set my tent next to a big shady tree, quiet pond, and boiler (a piece of history), check out Powers County Park
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    neighboring land was very quiet
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    Thank You Sir for your gallant service
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 49 - 50, 2020.08.07-08, Powers OR

    one of my best nights sleep and woke up with a great weather forecast
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    inside the house, reminds of Bodie State Park
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    walk to town for groceries. met the SE rider, who just finished shopping.
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    back in camp, more people showed up
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    then a rider (Miles) from San Pedro CA saw me and want to camp here too. he's heading the opposite direction...north
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    it was an uneventful stay, isolated and completely relaxed. no rush to go anywhere.
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