southern humboldt rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by brewmike, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. melville

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    Oh, yeah, I saw the two rockfall stoppages last Friday, when I took 3 instead of 96 to go see my gal. I was late getting to see her for the first time ever. She was worried, but recovered to take a moto selfie the next day:

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    Not as hot that day, either. I had a great time between Burnt Ranch and Junction City having the road completely to myself. And the JC flagger gal was a talker who loved her Mini Cooper, same model as what my younger son just bought.

    Another work zone on 3 just out of Weaverville. And again, I had 3 all to myself all the way to Yreka. But late to Ashland.
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  2. waylongway

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    :ricky WHORE
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  3. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    I talked to her too. Nice lady. Big ol wide sombrero with a neck drape. Red Mini. She was cool. Now the girl on the other end on the way back would make me sit up and beg for buttermilk. She was telling me that I had just missed her 5 minutes prior on her break run down and jump in the river to cool off. Needless to say I was displeased with my timing.
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    Did "made of glass" move from Shelter Cove? I thought he loved living on the coast, anyway Good Luck to him on his move.
  5. MeefZah

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    I think he's half here and half in Arizona.
  6. WRC51

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    Thanks meefzah:D.
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    I called the Mendocino road Maintenance chief, and he said Usal gates are open.
    So I took the guy who wanted to ride it for a loop down that way yesterday.
    We did the standard Fruitland ridge , to Bell Springs, to Branscom road then North on Hwy one.
    I let him lead... he went by the turn off To Usal and was having so much fun that he didn’t slow down till he ran all the way to 101.
    That’s a long way of saying” I think it’s open but don’t know for sure.
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  8. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    This thread has been quiet.

    I assume you are all out throwing rocks through windows and setting dumpsters on fire!
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  9. third eye

    third eye back road loon Supporter

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    I've always done Mattole road but haven't been on Usal yet. Is a 1250 GS too big for that route?
  10. melville

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    I took the cage to Ashland last weekend. Next weekend, too. It's a fun cage, faster than my Airhead. But there's no filtering to the flagger. So my 299/96/I-5 trip seems to take 3:50 no matter what.
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  11. WestSlopeNorCal

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    Catching up on a landslide of work after having my office closed for over 10 weeks for me. Things have really changed there.
    Prepping for our annual full family riding trip on the high desert of northern Nevada in a couple weeks.

    Should have great riding conditions this year. Last year we lost many of our planned rides to weather. Too much mud and flooding.

    Looking forward to moving 2 of the grand kids up a bike out there this year and hoping to start another on a PW50.
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  12. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Rider dependent. Generally speaking, I'd say a GS with a mid- level rider can do it. If you are 112 years old with a bad hip, I'd avoid it.
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  13. Kenny M.

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    Been down to Concord twice in the last two and a half weeks. Will probably be going down there numerous times this summer. My sister was just diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and has about four to six months.
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  14. TwilightZone

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    IMHO: Decent rider... sure no issues.
    Right now, it might depend on the tires (and maybe the ability to pick up the bike).
    With the late rain there will likely be some muddy spots.

    Long ago, there were lots of nice wet-slimy-bottomed ruts and some big (huge) mud-holes on the road.
    Then a number of years ago they graded the road. After that, the road was in pretty good shape
    (actually kinda boring). Haven't ridden it in a few years, not sure what condition it's in right now...
    probably better than it was back then.

    Used to be a 'famous' ADV photo of a 1200 GS deposited vertically in a washout on that road.
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    That is not good news... take care of her (and yourself). :(:
  16. Kenny M.

    Kenny M. Been here awhile Supporter

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    I credit her with saving me when my life turned to shit and I can't do anything to save hers.
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  17. MeefZah

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    That's awful. Best wishes. If you need anything handled around here while you are busy down there please reach out.
  18. third eye

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    thanks, I've always wanted to do Usal but never had the right bike to do it with
  19. Kenny M.

    Kenny M. Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks Meef
  20. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Here's your USAL minute:

    Road is open and totally passable. Some ruts, some loose rocks, a very little bit of mud; but nothing any more troublesome than in prior seasons. I rode it north to south on my DL1000 with Shinko 705 tires, from 4 Corners to Hwy 1 took exactly 2 hours (26 miles) and that included a few photo stops, a snack break, and a 10 minute bullshit session with a guy from Willits on a XRL (only other person I saw).

    Some pics (hard to get a lot since the road is always dim):

    Children, animals, bikes, donkeys, and douchebags

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    4 Corners

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    North gate

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    Typical "bad" section, some ruts, nothing terrible

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    The 4 miles of USAL that isn't, honestly, monotonous as fuck

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