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post #1 of 6 Old 09-27-2009, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Crater Lake Ride

Well...

The Crater Lake ride was a blast. A minor bump in the road before we got started though. My dog Buddy had a issue of some sort, and bit Tomatocity on his arm, and we had to take Tim to the hospital to get checked out. Here is Buddy pouncing on Tim,



A few drugs later, and...






No harm to Buddy though...yet. Sorry Tim.

We left Santa Rosa at about 7:45am with only one destination. Crater Lake Oregon. What we did, and how we got there did'nt matter, we would figure that out on a nightly basis. We met up with KLR-Zin in Cloverdale, and proceded out 128 to the coast. We stopped in Boonville for a break, and Damnit the camera just took a picture on auto, go figure.



Here is a picture or Zin in the woods before we hit the coast,





Now as all of you know the best pictures of the best roads were never taken, because we were too busy riding them. Hwy 1 is absolutley breath taking, but the stretch between the coast, and Leggett is 22 smiles of twisties, nestled in the Redwoods, that ascend, and descend (see inserted map of day one)

Tires are still smoking



From there we wen't through the Avenue of the Giants State Park, North of Garberville






We then ended up in the town of Trinidad, North of Arcata. Tim was searching for a lighthouse there, and we found it.





We decided to stay for the night and rented a two bedroom flat in the Redwoods.



Rode down to the local Steakhouse for dinner:


And had dinner with this view,



End of day one: See map!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...6,9.832764&z=7

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Yo! To the brothers.

RIP Darin, Ben, Carey


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post #2 of 6 Old 09-28-2009, 12:34 AM
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Dick, thanks for the ride report!

Glad to hear Buddy is OK. No problem hear I can always learn to ride with one arm while foaming from the mouth. Really not a problem.

If we had taken more photos we would have had less fun and fun we had.

Highway 128 is a great place to begin a four day adventure. Twisties, smoothies, winding through shallow canyons, through redwoods, and up to the Pacific Ocean and Hwy 1.

The randum photo did not do justice to the subject. She checked the oil (really) in her truck and the dipstick was erect and dripping.

If you watch closely you will notice that (by chance) all of us had the same Cortech saddlebags and tailbag. This was not planned.

I did not take any photos because I have confirmed that my camera does not like travel and cold temps and moist air. Works great in hot dry Sacramento.

The 22 miles from the coast to Leggett is everything Mark (excuse me) Dick said and more. Yes all of us were passed by a VFR, Duc, and a HD. Those guys were hauling ass and my vision was impared by my smile.

The lighthouse in Trinidad is a memorial to those lost at sea. The city of Trinidad is beautiful and Patricks Point is just north of it. Breathtaking.

Surprisingly the manager at the Trinidad Inn had recently retired from CA State Parks with 31 years of service. I did that last year with teh same numbers. I knew his father who retired maybe ten years ago.

Day 1 was a lot of fun though you will hear this throughout the report.

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Dick, thanks for the ride report!

Glad to hear Buddy is OK. No problem hear I can always learn to ride with one arm while foaming from the mouth. Really not a problem.

If we had taken more photos we would have had less fun and fun we had.

Highway 128 is a great place to begin a four day adventure. Twisties, smoothies, winding through shallow canyons, through redwoods, and up to the Pacific Ocean and Hwy 1.

The randum photo did not do justice to the subject. She checked the oil (really) in her truck and the dipstick was erect and dripping.

If you watch closely you will notice that (by chance) all of us had the same Cortech saddlebags and tailbag. This was not planned.

I did not take any photos because I have confirmed that my camera does not like travel and cold temps and moist air. Works great in hot dry Sacramento.

The 22 miles from the coast to Leggett is everything Mark (excuse me) Dick said and more. Yes all of us were passed by a VFR, Duc, and a HD. Those guys were hauling ass and my vision was impared by my smile.

The lighthouse in Trinidad is a memorial to those lost at sea. The city of Trinidad is beautiful and Patricks Point is just north of it. Breathtaking.

Surprisingly the manager at the Trinidad Inn had recently retired from CA State Parks with 31 years of service. I did that last year with teh same numbers. I knew his father who retired maybe ten years ago.

Day 1 was a lot of fun though you will hear this throughout the report.
It's RICHARD to you.

BTW Tuesday the animal control officer is going to check on Buddy for release of his "House arest" so I thought When he rings the bell I would hit Buddy with Whip cream around his mouth, and open the door. [ get a visual of that ] Where's Gumby???

Those lost at sea:


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RIP Darin, Ben, Carey


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post #4 of 6 Old 09-28-2009, 04:05 AM
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Mark, '05 KLR, and I have been friends for three years via Tech Days but this is the first time we KLR traveled together.
KLR-zin, '09 KLR, recently hosted a Tech Day and this was his first KLR travel.
This trip made three KLR friends three good friends and I am sure we will KLR travel again.

Future:
After I return from Las Vegas and SoCal I have plans on returning to NorCal to ride Lost Coast, Garberville area, Hwy 36 and NF1. Any takers.

Mark, Day 2 please.

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Epic trip- look forward to doing it again. Mark & Tim were great guides and drinking partners.
Here are a few more pics from the trip, but as mentioned, the best views weren't photographed.



Short break after a very fun twisty ride.


Really funky old cafe on day #2. Nobody got sick.


Bikes at Crater Lake. Views were worth the ride.


Great views around the lake.


Mark and Tim sharing a moment at the lake. Thank god for the full face helmets.



I think Mark said it best, "If you see this bike, keep walking and just print this picture". This guy was plenty nice, but I think had spent a lot of time alone on the bike. Had to ride away while he was still talking.


Last day, quick break to check out the ocean. Bummed that it's almost over.

Again, a great trip. The friendly people along the way were countless, weather was perfect, and the beers were cold. Thanks again to Mark and Tim for setting the ride up and letting me tag along. Can't wait for the next ride.

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Day two of my captivity brought cleasr skies, and crisp morning air.



This is the view from Patricks point State Park:


From there we had breakfast in the tiny town of Orick. Typical greasy spoon, run by the family. It was pretty funny to watch the whole family try to work together when it started to get busy that morning.

From Orick we traveled through majestic Redwoods, and lagoons all the way to Crescent City, where we toped off. From Crescent City we took Hwy 199 towards the Smith River. Great twisties, high cliffs, and occasional winds. (I did not like it when all three appeared at the same time) We then crossed the state line into Oregon, and made a stop here.



On towards Grants pass, and Medford, we hooked up with 234 to 62, and on to prospect where we would seek shelter for the night, at a great Bed/breakfast/hotel/motel/dinnerhouse. After we un-loaded the bikes, we took off to Crater lake (another 50 miles, or so)




KLR-Zin



Looking South at Mt; Shasta, and Mt Lassen





Mater, and Gumby


Look at map!

Take it away Timmy, and Gumby!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...Lake,+OR+97604+

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RIP Darin, Ben, Carey


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