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post #1 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Earth, Wind, and Fire. And Rain.

Well, this one's in the can. We had planned this for quite some time, choosing to go in late may, but before the Memorial Day crowds. According to WeatherUnderground, we could expect temps to be in the 70's, with nary a chance of anything but blue skies and green fields forever.

This was the route:


Essentially, it's LA-Bishop-Benton Hot Springs-Lee Vining-Bridgeport-Truckee-Portola-Susanville-Redding-Mt Shasta-Callahan-Weavervile-Eureka-Bodega Bay-Santa Rosa-Sacramento-Merced-San Luis Obispo-LA.

The first two days were pretty uneventful, the first night being at Lone Pine Campground. It being the first night, we got really hammered and went to bed early.



The second day was up to Benton to ride 120 over to Lee Vining. Benton Hot Springs is cool, but not a lot of amenities.



Then up to the Twin Lakes area to our campground. A word of caution - the Twin Lakes area is ripe with deer, and they will look straight at you, then step out in front of you. This happened to me twice last summer; the little buggers have no fear of humans.



After Bridgeport we headed up to the beginning of 89 and headed for Tahoe, Truckee, and Portola. The night before had been really windy, and now we began to run into the earth, wind and rain. The earth was mud, temps were in the low 40s, and there was snow everywhere. I wanted to stop and get a picture at Monitor Pass, but it was just too dang cold.

We had a hotel in Portola, and I can't really recommend it, but it was the only game in town. Suffice it to say that it was warm, dry, and had a decent shower. I took three.

The following morning we had a bit of misadventure, as we'd planned a route on a back road that turned out to be a dirt road three miles in. While the road looked good, we decided not to chance it, given the recent rains, with the big Zook. Visions of a 700 pound cruiser attempting a stream crossing put Dave off a bit. Dunno why.

The day was dry, but really windy and fairly overcast. Stopping in Susanville, I decided to buy rain gear at the Walmart, and Dave decided to follow suite (pun intended). Buying the rain gear keep the rain at bay until we got to Mt Shasta, where a steady drizzle began. We were supposed to camp at Siskyou Resort, but opted instead for another motel.

The following day took us to Callahan, where there is a sort of general store. Not much else, but you can get a cuppa joe in Callahan. The rest of the place is pretty much shut down.



From Callahan we headed south on Highway 3 through an incredibly windy pass with driving rain. The road was steep and winding. Being warm and dry I was having a blast, thinking this riding in the rain was a real hoot. I later learned that this was a rather singularly held opinion. Something about an open face helmet...

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The best $20 I spent on the whole trip - the Stearns rain suit.



By the way, Gaerne Explorers are wonderful boots. They are not, however, waterproof...

Eventually we made out way through Weaverville and onto the 299 out to the 101 and into Eureka where we picked up Mattole Road. Mattole road is best described as, um, "goaty", and it's the only road that takes you along the really Lost Coast. Steep, winding, and twisty until it gets over the coast, it had Dave cussing up a storm. He may well be the only guy to take a cruiser over that road. He was a trooper and ran the whole way, from Eureka to the Avenue of the Giants.

This is about midway, before the road winds down the coast and turns into Petrolia.



The payoff at the end of Mattole road is the ride through Humboldt Sequoia Park and joining up with the Avenue of the Giants. Just awesome.



We joined up with the 101 and ran down to the junction of the 101 and CA1, taking CA1 over to the Mendocino coast and then down to Bodega Bay. Ya gotta do this. For all intents and purposes, this section of CA1 doesn't go straight for more than about a half mile before there's a turn, and most of them are switchbacks. You're just flopping the bike back and forth for hours.

After Bodega Bay (we were supposed to camp there, but the wind was so high we couldn't have pitched tents, let alone cook) we went up to Guernville for the night.

This really marked the end of the trip, as we ran over to Santa Rosa, then down to Sacramento, getting on the 99 and the 5 for a run down to San Luis Obispo and home to LA.

The last set of twisties was CA58 from McKittrick to Santa Marguerita.

Here's a look from 58 back into the valley.





It was real. It was fun. Sometimes, it was real fun.

Tom

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Great trip report Tom. It was good seeing you again!

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Sweetness. Great pics.




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Great trip report Tom. It was good seeing you again!

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And you too, but how come I gotta get back here to find out I didn't get to go for a ride in the shoe mobile?

Huh? Huh? I'm comin' back!

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And you too, but how come I gotta get back here to find out I didn't get to go for a ride in the shoe mobile?

Huh? Huh? I'm comin' back!

Tom
I don't let dirty, smelly, clapped out KLR riders...

So, When are you going to come back?














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I resemble most of that, but I'm not "clapped out" any more, dang it. The penicillin took care of that...

The next adventure s in the planning stages and may be a solo sling up the coast.

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Tom it was good to meet you and Dave for lunch. Wish you could have stayed longer but I could see you were going through asphalt withdrawal.

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Tom it was good to meet you and Dave for lunch. Wish you could have stayed longer but I could see you were going through asphalt withdrawal.
Tim -

Yeah, would have like to talk bikes in the parking lot, but we had to make Merced. we did get hung up on the 99 with an accident, but we made it by dusk.

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Great write up. Thanks for sharing it, and please remember us on your next one.
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