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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. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    Joel

    good RR

    how many miles on your AT?

    have you been happy with it?

    I have 16K on mine and still love it
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  2. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    It's an institution. I had to take you there.. :-)
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  3. idea man

    idea man Remote Plate Spinner Supporter

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    Joel, thanks for a great ride report. I loved the way you blanketed so many different areas. Hope to see you again soon.
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  4. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    Indeed for which I am still dining out on as you can see. Then I had the pleasure of meating @NSFW in person at WARPED.
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    MK.

    food at Alice's is also great. good place to hangout watching other bikes, $$$ cars and people.

    hope to see you and cootz at WARPED 2021



    is it just me, pics are not showing...:uhoh


    thanks for following along.

    my 2016 AT DCT has 22k miles and due for major service, such as valve adjustment, leaky forks, etc.

    been very happy with the bike and will keep it for a few more years. damn Yamaha T700 always popping up in the back of my head. if it has a DCT, i'm sold.


    im. glad to see you hear and thanks for the comments. congrats on the new bike and your move to Humboldt County. beautiful place and would love to go back there again. let's do a ride.
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  6. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    @NSFW I'm HDIC for WARPED 2021. I hope we are able to meet in Kernville next year. I am now in Brookings, OR. :deal
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  7. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    Sadly I will not make it in 2021 and I hope to ride in Europe in 2022.

    Really enjoying this RR of yours though. So much to see and do in the USA.
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  8. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    cootz....that's cool.

    i rode through Brookings and didn't know you moved there. i like the area too, it's coastal and close enough to CA.

    another good reason to see OR again to give you a big hug.



    MK. have a good Euro 2022 ride. you know i have a BMW 650 XCo stored in Greece. hopefully, 2021 is a go so i can continue my travel. maybe we meet in 2022.
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  9. idea man

    idea man Remote Plate Spinner Supporter

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    Shoot, if you make it down to Eureka, let me know. WARPED next year sounds interesting....
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  10. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I will sometime in November. :-)
  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 59, 2020.08.17, South San Francisco - Monterey - Bixby Creek Bridge - Cayucos - Los Osos

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    on my way home and sticking to the coast in any way possible
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    approaching Santa Cruz county, it's not a good sight
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    one of CA worst nightmares just started
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    i like artichokes and next time will stop at this restaurant
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    it was over 15 years ago when i went to the aquarium
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    i was denied entry here....apparently they prohibit visitors riding motos
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    back on the coast. the nice thing about going south, safer since the coast is next to my lane, and there's no need to cross over
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    the famous Bixby Creek Bridge
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    another shot without the mug shot distraction
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    to be continued
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 59 continuation

    unusual day, the coast highway without RVs is not typical
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    the little sign says "full"
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    in Lucia, cool place to eat, lodging is too pricey for me
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    strange construction, you know how engineers are, function before form
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    rode up on Ferguso-Nasciemiento Rd
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    looking north
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    Gorda
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    late lunch at Duckies in Cayucos
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    coming here, as always i can not settle just for 1 dish
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    i made it to my motel in Los Osos before sunset. it's clean and quiet, but i had a rough time getting sleep. the person upstairs was making loud footsteps all night. i complained to the front desk at 1 am and he said there's no available room (even though the parking lot was empty) and he can't leave the office. lame.

    in the morning, i complained to the motel manager and he apologized plus gave me a 50% discount. he suggested that it is always better to take a room upstairs. for us, it's inconvenient to haul up our bags and gear but true, i will have a better chance of sleeping better.

    wohooo...this RR is just a day away from finishing and i can move on to the next project.
  13. black 8

    black 8 motographer

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    Holy Crap! came to mind when I saw day 59 and almost two months on the road... but worth every bit while I followed along with my morning coffee...
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  14. headstaller

    headstaller Long timer Supporter

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  15. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    I really enjoyed riding some of those areas, and eating at Alice's, of course. But so many peoples and vehicles!! Riding with my CA friends who know the area and roads well made it stress free and so enjoyable. Hope to get back there again some time soon. Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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  16. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    For the last couple of days, I haven't opened this thread because I know it's almost over and I don't want it to be.
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    rudy. the timing was perfect, more like luck, i would have been caught by the west coast wildfire if i stayed another week. there was no rush to get home and didn't have a plan. going home in the middle of the heatwave is not a bright move, but the AT's forks are leaking and begging for major service.

    taking the coast highway is like a magnet, it pulled me towards home. the landscape is awesome and to see more, have to keep riding. best of all, no traffic and beautiful weather, clear sky and no fog. i have to be alert for deers early morning and late afternoon.

    that was a great ride and good times we had!

    Ken. great place, it's a fun ride, and didn't see any cops. it will be heartbreaking to see the aftermath of the CZU wildfire.

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    hello sherry, thanks for following along. there will be more riding and explorations next year, but it will be tough to find places as beautiful as WA and OR. all the western states are worth visiting and relatively convenient for us. likewise, i need to set time to experience east of the Rockies.
  18. idea man

    idea man Remote Plate Spinner Supporter

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    Well, we moved here now so, we’ll likely be here. And there is no traveling for T-day, so shoot me a PM and we can ride bikes!
    Back to Joel finishing the long ride home and ending our diversioning. Go Joel, I know you can make it! :-)
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 60, 2020.08.18, Los Osos - Santa Barbara - Home

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    met an old riding buddy @zacnzoe for coffee
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    the S10 is equipped with a long-range aux fuel tank...we dind't need it today
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    i wanted to see Los Osos since this could be one of the places i really like, so i got the $ tour
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    Los Osos is a small town with a relaxed atmosphere and no multi-million $ homes. most homes are bungalows and appear to be built in the 50's. simple lifestyle and best of all, it has cooler weather. 10 miles inland, it's about a 10-20F warmer.

    thanks to zacnzoe for showing me your neighborhood and the quickest way out of town
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    after the tour, i head out south.
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    it was dirt at the other side
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    air temperature in the shade, it could also be picking up the rising warm air from the engine, but it was really hot!
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    riding in the shade helped
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    when i got on the 101, it was brutal. i was forced to stop at a rest area and pour tap water on my clothes. ditched the plan to stop at Cold Spring Tavern and ride on E. Camino Cielo. once i reached Gaviota, it was more tolerable, and went to S.B. to see @Treadless and cold refreshment.


    afterwards, early dinner here. i have been coming to this restaurant whenever i'm in the area for the last 6 years
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    back on the coast
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    made it home safely in the dark and the completion of my 60-day, 12k miles of moto-camping.
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    big thanks to all for following along.....:y0!

    honestly, not too happy to be home this soon, especially during the heatwave. this went on for 6 weeks and the air quality was very unhealthy. staying longer in the northwest was not the best either, many parts of the states were hit by wildfires. the deciding factor to end my trip is the leaky front forks and major preventive maintenance service; also bothering me is the pre-mature fork failure, a known issue on the 2016-17 model years. mr. honda refused to acknowledge it is a problem but ironically they redesigned the front forks on the newer model.

    i will do all the work myself, and already bought $740+ in parts, and i will have to spend an additional $1k to address the front forks.

    play and pay .....:ricky
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  20. PapaToe

    PapaToe Adventurer

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    Thankyou for the great RR, enjoyed following along. I’m curious to know what you end up doing with your suspension.. as I’m in the same situation, just not as many miles as you.
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