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

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    next morning, i set out for Crescent City and north of it, which will complete my visit to the 4-corners of CA
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    i heard it's always foggy on the shoreline, still, that's a nice view
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    Crescent City from the sky...from Wikipedia
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    an interesting fact about the city

    the city is on the Pacific coast in the upper northwestern part of California, about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Oregon border. Crescent City's offshore geography makes it unusually susceptible to tsunamis.[12] Much of the city was destroyed by four tsunami waves generated by the Good Friday earthquake off Anchorage, Alaska in 1964. More recently, the city's harbor suffered extensive damage and destruction from tsunamis generated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake off Sendai, Japan. Several dozen vessels and many of the docks they were moored to were destroyed as wave cycles related to the tsunamis exceeded 8 feet (2.4 m).
  2. sekerbs

    sekerbs Scottie Everett

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    Thank you SO much for that awesome RR!! I know that took lots of time and effort and is greatly appreciated by all!! Brought back many fond memories of half a dozen trips thru PNW over last two decades...
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  3. dondesmo

    dondesmo Senior Squid

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    ^^^^
    What sekerbs said.
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    glad to hear this RR brings back fond memories.

    thanks for following along.
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 55, 2020.08.13, Gasquet - Panther Flat Campground - Ferndale - Mattole Road

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    took the Redwood Highway
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    Orick Market
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    historical theater in Eureka
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    home for the night and it costs $15, Humboldt County Fairground
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    downtown Ferndale
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    i checked the time and weather and decided to ride over to the Lost Coast
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    after 15 miles on Mattole Road, i checked my front forks and they were badly leaking. good thing the brake pads and rotors are dry. the road is so rough and bumpy, i decided for my own good to turn around and go back to the campground.


    saw these KTMs along the way, it looks like they're covering their faces
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    back in camp, my cheap solution to the leaky fork seals
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    didn't stop the leak completely but the result is better than earlier. i just have to wipe off any accumulated fork oil every few hours of riding so it doesn't get to the rotors or pads. that was good enough until i get home.
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 56, 2020.08.14, Ferndale - Fort Bragg - Willits - Ukiah

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    riding through Redwood Highway
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    Fort Bragg
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    i made it to Fort Bragg and didn't find any available campsite as well as a reasonable motel that is less than $100 for the night. rode inland on hwy 20 towards Willits, stopped at 3 campgrounds, and with negative results.

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    while having lunch, met these guys who are on their way home to Oakland
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    going inland means a warm temperature and decided a cold motel room is a must
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    once i made it to Ukiah, it got warmer even though the day is wearing out
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    found a room for less than $100, then went across the street to eat
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    having a place to sit made me enjoy the food
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    today is a tough one! once in CA, my hope to camp along the coast is a bust!
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 57, 2020.08.15, Ukiah - Booneville - Point Arena - Tomales - South San Francisco
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    leaving Ukiah
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    hwy 253 is a fun road with lots of curves
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    i took a picture of this sign like 5 years ago
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    damnnnn....that's a lot of priority parking....:D
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    plenty of camping space, and if i knew it yesterday, would have stay here
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    contact info
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    brunch
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    Punta Arena
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    i should have stopped and snapped a better picture
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    to be continued
  8. sekerbs

    sekerbs Scottie Everett

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    Yep, that Lost Coast route is a rough one!! Two summers ago when I last rode it I started at the southern end and was about 35 miles from 101 when I bent my front rim after hitting a monster pot hole that was hiding in the shade. Despite some side-of-the-road-rim-straightening techniques I couldn't get the tire to hold air and I had to limp all the way to Blue Lake on a flat front where my son could pick me up with his trailer... Since I was in the middle of nowhere with no cell coverage I was very happy to discover that I could ride the GS with a flat front without too much difficulty! Had to take corners VERY slowly, of course, but when going straight and planning for extra braking time I found I could go 40 to 45 mph fairly comfortably. Felt kind of like riding on a steel grated bridge. Those tubeless tires are stiff!!
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  9. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    what happened to stealth camping.
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  10. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great RR Joel.
    When coming thru the Lost Coast on my way up in June, I "stealth camped" at a closed campground Fort Ross CG, Just rode thru a break in the fence (loose brace next to ft gate) and had the pick of 20+ spaces, found mine (out of sight from 101) with a porta-potty near, walked 200yds from camp for my personal bay/ocean view for the sunset. This closed CG was suggested by a CHP officer, while we shared a shady spot near a market. He told me that there were few FS personnel in area, closed CGs had zero attention. Sure enough this CG had been closed for a year or more, weeds coming up thru pavement, but I liked it, had privacy.

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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    ouch and the same thing with many others before you.

    i think having a 21" front would fare better. i intend to go back next year.

    love to find a tent spot but i don't have local knowledge of the area. forget the coastline unless i want to break the law and trespass.

    more inland, i was looking at 100F daytime and early evening temp. one reason i escaped L.A. is because of the heat.


    nice.

    i remember seeing that campground, it was too early in the day for me to be looking for a c.g. normally, after 3 pm, it's that time to start searching.
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    after Point Arena i continued south on PCH
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    random pics along the way
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    one of my favorite towns
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    this female driver was waiting for the other car to leave so she could take the spot to park
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    lots of beach lovers and sun worshippers
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    meantime, more people are showing up
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    rode to Dillon Beach but ended up turning around due to too much traffic
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    i thought it's a holiday
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    crazy line
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    quieter over here
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    took a break at Point Reyes
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    to be continued
  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    atop Mt Tamalpais
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    approaching Golden Gate
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    made it to So SF and after i checked in, time for dinner
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    including lobster, scallops, and oysters
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    something grabbed my chop sticks....:lol3
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    i had a great time sleeping, then in the middle of the night, the roof and walls shook caused by huge thunderstorms. more about that tomorrow.
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  14. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    hi, are you taking the pictures with your phone or with a camera? If a camera, what are you using, thanks
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i use both iphone 6+ and olympus tough tg5 specifically in situations while i'm riding, eating dust or when it's raining or swimming.

    just a reminder, it's the California blue sky producing the best effect....:D
  16. Charmin

    Charmin Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing.... I am enjoying this ride report a lot. A trip like this is in my bucket list, I hope soon everything goes back to normal, the borders are open, and the camp site prices goes down.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    you're welcome and glad this RR inspired you to explore the beautiful PNW and CA. i think $70/day is a good budget for the inland areas and $130/day for coastal stays, such as motels and $$$ campgrounds.

    best if you reserve in advance to assure you'll have a place to camp. i prefer not since it makes my schedule very rigid.

    cheers.
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Day 58, 2020.08.16, South San Francisco - Skyline Blvd - Alice Restaurant - Pescadero - Boony Doon - Boulder Creek - Big Basin

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    after the thunderstorm, it was followed by rain. i was able to go back to sleep and woke up concerned if Marty still wants to go riding in the wet weather. Marty assured me he'll come to the motel and pick me up.

    the pavement was wet and drizzled on and off, but we're heading towards the dark clouds
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    heading towards Skyline Blvd
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    brunch at Alice's
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    the sky cleared up and starting to dry up but unknown to us this mountain will be on fire in 2 days
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    we turned left on Boony Doon
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    took a refreshment break across from the restaurant and Marty took this picture before we saddled up
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    that was a very nice loop, new to me and we were lucky there was no traffic. most of the roads dried up and we managed to keep a brisk pace in the twisties and straightways.

    thank you @Motopsychoman for coming out in the rain, the special tour, and breakfast. enjoyed riding with you and for keeping the ride safe.

    i have the feeling the many of the areas we rode are now gone from the Santa Cruz CZU fire. it's sad and hopefully, those affected will be able to get on their feet.

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    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    I have a pic of me outside Alice's :D. @Sfcootz took me that way on our ride to WARPED

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  20. Charmin

    Charmin Been here awhile

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    Woooow, this last post is bringing some memories back.:drif

    My last visit to Alices Restaurant, good food and nice road to enjoy.
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    The Whale City Bakery at Davenport its my favorite place for brunch.

    And Santa Cruz, I just love it.

    Thanks for sharing.
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