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i packed up the buell at 2:00 am friday got 3 hours sleep and was on the road by 6:30. made it to oregon from sacramento by 11:30. i'm going to see my grandma!!! she turned 94 on sept 5th and i try to see her as often as possible. when i lived up there i would visit once a week. it's hard to make it up there 3 or 4 times a year now :cry: .

i stopped to look for fossil's here at the pass:



i've seen a sea creature fossil or two found by others from up here. hard to believe that water was up here at one time. all i found today was this little tree staking out a life.



time to get to grandma's house.



stayed and talked with grandma for a coupla hours. she stays at a small senior care house these days so i don't get to stay in the camp trailer like the old days. my uncle and his wife took me out to lunch after seeing grandma.

we got my grandma in my helmet again :lol: . i'll post the pic when my uncle sends me the pics.

got back on the road. stopped in grants pass for a compressor for the air mattress. rode out towards merlin for gas at the new shell station...they don't stock anything but low grade. it seems the good stuff just goes bad in the tanks since nobody buys it. the uly doesn't like 87 octane very much and i had some high elevation traveling to do. so i continued into merlin,or for some super. i should have just put 87 in it because the uly didn't like this tank of "super". oh well.

it was a smokey day from a fire down in california. a pic at the hellgate canyon overlook:

 

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Nice! I didn't know you had a Buell. I looked at that Ulysses pretty hard.. but figured I'd wait for the next version to see if they work out a few kinks.

How has the Buell held up for you? As you know.. I'm not much of a "wrencher".. and I heard mixed reports about Buell's reliability. What say you?
 

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continued down the river to galice and took the bear camp road over towards gold beach. i saw a bear on bear camp road for the first time in my life. :shock: i've been over that road hundreds of times and never have seen a bear up there. maybe the wildlife got pushed to the north after the 560,000 acre bisquit fire from a few years ago?

a pic at an overlook:



i took a pic looking back up at some twisty turns,but it didn't save to the camera? drat. oh well. about this time the uly started handling a little oddly. i got off and checked things over. didn't see anything wrong so i went down to the main road and turned towards gold beach. got up to about 50 and the thing tried to swap ends on me. :idea: ahh,flat tire.. i know that feeling. i knew i was close to the bridge that is at the confluence of the rogue and illinois rivers. so i limped out onto the bridge to fix the tire. i figured this would be the best spot to be found by a passing car if the tire was beyond repair plus it's out in the open and i would get max daylight.

found the hole and got a plug in it. whew,i can keep riding.




i didn't bring all the c02 that i had planned on. had enough to get 25 psi in it. had the hand pump too,but 25 is enough to get to a gas station. a guy in a jeep stopped to make sure i was okay. most people figured if i needed help i'd flag them down,which is true. it's nice when someone actually stops tho.



found a mural in gold beach. that is one ugly bride,i think the groom ran away. :lol:

 

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thought about staying at harris beach state park in brookings,or i kinda balked at the $17 they wanted. it can get down right miserable there so i decided to motor on. i called the wife to check in and mentioned just finding a spot out in the woods,she reminded me that it's cash crop harvest time and convinced me to stay in a campground.



the flat had put me behind where i wanted to be so i headed for jedadiah smith state park to the east of crescent city. paid $20 there for a night :lol: . oh well,i had a very ambitious day planned for saturday and needed to get those extra miles in.





more later...
 

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Nice! I didn't know you had a Buell. I looked at that Ulysses pretty hard.. but figured I'd wait for the next version to see if they work out a few kinks.

How has the Buell held up for you? As you know.. I'm not much of a "wrencher".. and I heard mixed reports about Buell's reliability. What say you?
they made some refinements to the 07, lower seat. new airbox lid,new throttle body and some other stuff i'm forgetting. i've had a few little issues,just annoying little things that have been overcome. nothing has been a trip ender type of problem. the main problem is poor dealer support when it's time for warranty work...as you well know :wink: . it's not a brand specific problem.
 

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Awesome, glad that buell is working out for you. nice to see you didnt have a tube to replace. that a whole lot easier. Aint it.
 

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Awesome, glad that buell is working out for you. nice to see you didnt have a tube to replace. that a whole lot easier. Aint it.
plug and go beats the heck out of a tube,that's for sure. 8)
 

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headed up the smith river canyon enroute to o'brien orygun. the plan was to get gas..they wanted an extra .50 a gallon if i didn't spend more than $10. okay,run some #'s in my head..yeah,i can make it to happy camp. i had info that there was a card lock there. took off towards takilma and the pass over page mountain. somewhere near the top i came around a corner and there were a couple bikes sitting in the turnout. banged a coupla downshifts and pulled in to chat. they called me a harley rider and asked what the heck a buell was doing here. saw my ca plate and said oh,okay one of us. the buell was a major hit in orygun. swarmed by some kids in gold beach at a red light,surrounded back in merlin,or. people really liked it for some reason?

anywho..one rider was on a sweet aprilia tuono R and was named kevin,the other was on a brand new strom 1k and was named ick(not sure on the speeling). ick is planning on e-mailing me some more pics. we started comparing notes and we had the same roads planned up to a point where i was going west and they east. they invited me to ride along with them. they were meeting the rest of their group in hoopa. so i rode with some cool guys. kevin and the aprilia are much,much faster than i care to ride. ick and the strom ride at my pace.

so we ran the twisties down into happy camp,they showed me where the gas was. i found another really nice mural:

 

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took off down hwy 96. very nice ride,fast sweepers with some rocks and hairpins thrown in every now and again.

stopped for a minute at "somes bar",not a bar that's the towns name.


 

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i got the pics from the group i met. "ich" is the proper spelling. super nice bunch of nuts. :lol:

they even had a pic of me. 8)



ich and kevin are on the right.



here is kevin's wicked fast aprilia(sounds wicked too).

 

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the other folks had a similar route that i took. they spent 5 days and i spent 2. i had to abandon my plans to take hwy 1 from leggett to fort bragg down to 128 and back inland...hwy 36 was MUCH more technical than i had expected,i was beat by the time i got to hwy 101 and had 300 miles to go.

i met ich and kevin at the northernmost tip of their route.

 

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okay,where was i before i started rambling? :idea: sweepers down 96.. that's right.




met the rest of the crew in hoopa. there were alot of drunk indians milling around,all very nice..just drunk.



very nice bunch of people. some rode a little too fast on the straights for my taste,but we had a good time. we headed down to hwy 299 and headed east to weaverville for lunch.




ich and kevin rode out of weaverville and south on hwy 3 with me. they stopped for gas in hayfork and i said my goodbye's. it was time for hwy 36...woot!!!!



 

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hwy 36 from the red bluff side.



what a ride :shock: .

it's hard to stop for pics on such a great road. :?

i headed west from hayfork. i didn't really know what to expect from 36. i had read that pashnit likes it and figured i would try it out. i think i rode about 80 miles of it. very technical riding if you want to go fast...which is what i was after. hairpin after hairpin,tight switch backs,huge elevation changes,a 10 mile stretch of narrow single lane with big cliffs,winds thru the grizzly redwoods state park. very fun.

 

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well i made it out to 101. i was beat. hwy 1 between legett and fort bragg is not a place to combine fast and tired so i gave up and hammered south on 101. at this point i was within 100 miles of where i had started out at 7:50 in the morning..it was now 4:00 in the afternoon. that is what we call the long way 'round. :D don't tell my wife :lol: .

101 in the north part of the state is far from boring and i hadn't ridden it in quite awhile. no breaks,just gas every 150 miles. i was ready to drop when i saw the sign for petalunia..i pulled off for a break at TOBJ's soon to be former bachelor pad :cry: ... :wink: . he thought the pot choppers were in town when i pulled up to his door with the twin loping along and the cooling fan howling :lol: .

hung out and ate my left over pizza from this place in weaverville:



that's me with the goofy stars and stripes hat. that is my current road trip hat. 8)

talked with joe for about an hour and made the run for home. i think it was about 8:00 or so. i didn't feel like playing with the deer on hwy 12 so i went south to 37 and cut back over to hwy 80. stopped for gas in west sacramento then made it home at 10:00. had a good trip.

 
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