Wandering from my meandering (Latest: Cyprus)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ScotsFire, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    My GF and I have started to RV full time. A condition of my participation was to have a small garage (i.e. an 8x5 trailer) to bring my bike along. This thread will chronical the side trips I get in during our travels. I'll add these as I get reliable internet.

    EDIT: My GF and I broke up so I’m actually on the bike more. After a period of time I was technically homeless, I’m settling in Seattle for the fall and winter to be near my kids. On the road again full time in the spring.

    So Far:
    Across WA Spokane to Seattle and back
    Tillamook Bay OR
    Lost Coast and CA1
    Pine Flat Lake CA
    Death Valley
    NE AZ (but not the Grand Canyon)
    Apache Trail AZ
    East of Ajo AZ
    Organ Pipe National Monument and thereabouts
    Baja (Separate report)
    Tohono O’odham Nation
    Moab
    Northern part of Continental Divide (in the US)
    Badlands
    Black Hills
    Salmon River loop
    Cyprus
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  2. blacktruck

    blacktruck Shiftless

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    Enjoy the trip. Been full timing for a couple years but not traveling much in the RV. Living in one full time is a definite change. Good call on insisting on a trailer. I had a 6x10 for awhile and after a year with it and just one bike I decided it was too small. By the time you hang up extra gear and throw in a small tool box and some cleaning supplies it was too full. Great for you to have the opportunity to do that. Enjoy and keep us posted on it.
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  3. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    October 26, 2017
    Run across WA on US2

    Had some business to take care of in Seattle, while back in Spokane wrapping up a few things. So jumped on the GS and took the slightly longer way over Highway 2. It's always chancy to cross the passes in the fall, but the weather had been favorable. The winter wheat was sprouting, and the fall leaves in the Cascade Mountains were in full splendor.

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    Moses Coulee
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    Waterville Plateau
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    Dropping into the Columbia River Gorge
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    Through the Cascades
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    Snoqualmie Pass back to Spokane
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  4. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    Nice.
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  5. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    November 3, 2017
    South side of Tillamook Bay OR

    We were staying at Cape Lookout State Park for a few days. I took the bike out for a day ride up the coast through the small communities. I had wanted to do some riding on the logging roads in the area, but they were all on private land and gated shut. Also, the road between the community of Cape Meares and Cape Mears SP (where the lighthouse is) was closed, so it really wasn't the loop it was supposed to be. Weather was overcast most of the day, but I only got sprinkled on once.

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    Three Arch Rocks
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    Netarts Spit
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    Views from Oceanside OR
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    Cape Meares Lighthouse
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    Bayocean Peninsula
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  6. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    In mid-November, while staying in Florence OR for a few days, I did take the scooter out for a spin between downpours. There's some neat riding there with the dunes, but not so much on my bike. Didn't get many decent pics.

    My riding skill is getting to the point that riding a 500 lb. bike in deep sand isn't as bad of an idea as it used to be, but it's still not a good one.
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  7. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    November 19
    Avenue of Giants and the Lost Coast, CA

    We stayed a couple of nights at the Burlington Campground in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This was pretty cool being in the extremely tall trees. I took a day to ride out to the Lost Coast. My GF stayed at the camp. I had great weather all day long, but she said she couldn't tell. The canopy is so thick that it seemed like heavy overcast all day long, and eternal dusk.

    I started north along the Avenue of Giants and then hopped the 101 for a short bit to Scotia and Rio Dell. From there I took Monument Road to Bear River Ridge Rd and through the hills over to Mattole Road. Mattole is the main road through there, going to the coast from Ferndale, through Petrolia, then back to the Avenue of Giants near where we were camped. I ended up thinking I had enough time to turn south at Honeydew CA to cut along the King Range National Conservation Area to come out near Shelter Cove. All in all, some spectacular riding and scenery. I did get back to the camp site after dark, but made it to HW 101 near Redway in time. I hate riding after dark.

    Avenue of the Giants (one of the straight sections anyway). Really neat riding winding through the Redwoods. The road yields to these giants.
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    Dyerville Train Trestle over the South Fork Eel River
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    Monument Road outside of Rio Dell
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    Bear River Ridge Road
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    Watch out for the cattle on the open range. And respect the private property.
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    Mattole Road
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    (BTW: not really the western most point in the CONTINENTAL US. Look up Cape Flattery WA)
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  8. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    Lost Coast (continued)

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    Mattole Point, west from Petrolia
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    If I'd have been on my own on a longer ride, I'd have totally stayed here the night at the campground. Some hippies hiking and a couple of older RV's parked, but it was very cool there on the beach.
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    Not sure what the may pole was for...
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    Up the Mattole and then south on Wilder Ridge and Kings Peak Roads
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    There were a couple of switchbacks along the way...
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    Not a giant redwood
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    Looking down towards Shelter Cove
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    Shelter Cove
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    This is the aforementioned Mendocino Lighthouse. It was disassembled and relocated to Shelter Cove at a park.
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    Seal Rock (named so for obvious reasons)
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    Black Sands Beach (whomever named the local landmarks was not very imaginative...)
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    No pictures from the ride between Shelter Cove and Redway. A little because I was trying to beat the sunset, at least to the main highway (101). But mostly because of how much fun this road is to ride. It is semi-officially my most favorite road ever now. (at the very least as of when I rode it)

    I was left wanting to come back. The Usal Road looked very interesting. But we were heading further south the next day. Perchance I could work something out if I only had some silly reason to do so. (This is what they call dramatic foreshadowing if you hadn't caught on yet).
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  9. rvsparky

    rvsparky Been here awhile

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    Great job. Please continue as I sit here in the cold of winter
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  10. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    My GF says we’re chasing the sun, but we’re still getting some chilly weather. Certainly not Kansas (nor Washington) winter cold, but cold nonetheless. Had the water hose to the RV freeze a couple nights ago.
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  11. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC Snappin' necks and cashin' checks

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    Thanks, You are bringing back some good memories. Keep it up...
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  12. WRC51

    WRC51 Long timer

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    Great photos I lived in Humboldt Co. for a few years, all of your Lost Coast photos bring back a lot of good memories. The road surfaces look like they are really in bad shape now, as they were not that great 5 years ago. Thanks
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  13. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    I was glad to be on a dual sport. There were spots I think a cruiser would have bottomed out, on the pavement.
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  14. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    November 24
    Sacramento River Delta and North Bay area

    The GF and I were staying for a while at Sandy Beach County Park at Rio Vista. I had been jones-ing around ADVRider looking for some riding spots in the Bay Area, when I stumbled across the "California Tag-O-Rama." As it turned out, the current "tag" was about fifteen minutes away from where we were staying. Excuse to go riding?? Sure!
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/california-tag-o-rama.881528/page-85
    The riding on the delta islands was ok. While flat, the levee roads were mostly windy. Interesting and unique sights with the fields and "land" being below the level of the water on the other side of the dikes.
    I also rode around the North Bay area. One is supposed to put up a new tag within 48 hours, so I tooled around looking for some sort of landmark or recognizable view.

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    Harvesting sugar cane (I think...)
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    Swinging bridge
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    I got a couple of odd looks when I pulled up onto the sidewalk. Hey, if you don't like the way I drive, and all that...

    Mare Island
    Vacated military base. Pretty well repurposed but still lots of vacant structures. This was my back up "tag" if I couldn't find anything. I figured something else out.
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    As you can see, I also did some errands. Making full use of the "adventure" part of the bike.
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  15. I'm Awesome

    I'm Awesome Adventurer

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    Awesome, I will be starting my full timing in minus 4 years....plan on taking the GSA with me as well.
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  16. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    November 28-30
    More Lost Coast, and CA HW1

    After grabbing the tag, I knew from reading the thread that it had been kicking around the bay area for a while, so I decided to move it farther north. At least this is the excuse I used to go back north to the Lost Coast. I had not had nearly enough of it, and also wanted to ride some of the famous HW1. So I packed up the bike for a three day jaunt. Went north through the hills south of Clear Lake, then took the 101 back up to Redway, then over to Shelter Cove. I camped just south of Shelter Cove the first night, then went around the gates and took the Usal Road south to the 1. Then rode much later than I wanted the second day before camping near Gualala. Last day went down the coast and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge before heading back out to Rio Vista.

    Day 1: Back north
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    Devils Gate Dam and Lake Berryessa
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    The hills made for some awesome riding.
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    For my Scottish GF.
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    At the Sho-ka-wa Casino
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    The lighthouse was still thankful.
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    Had pizza in Shelter Cove before going up the hill to the BLM primitive campground.
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  17. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    Day 2: Coastal roads

    Woke up with a damp tent, but otherwise in pretty good shape. The only challenges had been a feral cat shadowing me a few times, and some raccoons (I think) absconded with my tortillas when I was putting up the tent. Found them across the creek with the bag torn open.

    Riding all day long was in pretty great weather for the last days of November. No rain despite the sometimes thick overcast. The riding and views were again tremendous.

    Going down to Orchard Camp. The elk were plentiful.

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    One hadn't done as well. Crows eating on the carcass.
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    The view from Orchard Camp.
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    Usal Road
    Keep in mind that this road was closed. And the damage already to it from only being shut for two weeks was pretty significant. I suspect that it doesn't get a lot of upkeep in the months leading to winter. Fortunately, there were no significant trees across the road. In the closed part anyway.

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    I didn't take many shots while on the Usal Road as it was very challenging riding pretty much the whole time. Took around four hours to get through it. I had just gotten past the second gate, when I came up to a tree completely across the road. Of course this was where the brush had grown tall, so there would be no way to work around it. Just as I shut the motor off on my bike, a small pickup drives up from the other way. Two geologists going up to do some permitted work. Fortunately, they were familiar with the challenges of the road, and had a chainsaw with them.
    Sometimes it's way better to be lucky than good.

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    Why, yes. That is (supposed to be) a penis.

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    Rode for a while after this, looking for a cheap spot to camp. Ended up biting the bullet and staying at Gualala park, setting up after dark.
    The only place open in town to eat was of course another pizza place.
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  18. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    Day 3: To the Bay and back

    Woke up with a drier tent. While eating my breakfast and packing up, a guy from Chile walked up and introduced himself. Chris had been riding for several months, having come back down from Alaska just as the weather was turning to crap. He had a pretty sweet, brand new Honda AT he'd bought on the East Coast, then ridden across Canada on his way to Alaska. Nice talking with him as I want to make the ride from the Arctic Sea to Ushuaia (or further) starting next summer.

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    This didn't detract too much from the riding, and certainly not the views.
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    Somehow it's postcard views around every corner.
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    Marin Headlands
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    The Headlands were simply astonishing great riding. Those of you fortunate enough to live near enough to ride this area on occasion are truly blessed.
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    Once out of SF proper, it was mostly bumper to bumper slab back to Rio Vista. But that was a small price to pay for the wonderful riding of the three days. The area is very rich for riders.
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  19. Topcop45

    Topcop45 Been here awhile

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    Nice report. 6F2263E8-DF68-4AC2-8F3E-50894430C84E.jpeg I grew up in a Rio Vista and my parents still live there. Does this look familiar?
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  20. WRC51

    WRC51 Long timer

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    Great ride report, as soon as the weather clears somewhat I am heading back up that way. When I lived up there I would leave my house and cross Bear River Ridge just to clear my head and decide where to go next. Thank You. 005.JPG
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