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post #1 of 69 Old 08-31-2009, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the new thread I mentioned.

Attached are some Google Maps I created for sections of the Crater Lake trip. By no way are these maps final. This trip is up for discussion and these are suggestions.

Since Mark and Dave are the original people we will start in Santa Rosa / Cloverdale.

Cloverdale to Bridgeville - 183 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.307274&z=12

NF1 36 to NF1 299 - approx 65 miles - Currently can't find a good map and will be contacting the Mad River Forest Service tomorrow.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.153637&z=13

NF1 299 to Willow Creek to Happy Camp - 102 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...2&ie=UTF8&z=17

Happy Camp to Obrien OR - 37 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.076818&z=14

Obrien OR to Crater Lake OR - 129 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.153637&z=13

Crater Lake Rim - 32 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.153637&z=13

Crater Lake OR to Klamath Falls - 57 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.153637&z=13

Klamath Falls OR to Weed - 75 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...18&ie=UTF8&z=9

Weed to Callahan - 62 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.307274&z=12

Callahan to Weaverville - 63 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...=UTF8&t=h&z=18

Weaverville to Peanut - 37 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...=UTF8&t=h&z=10

Peanut to Scotia - 83 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.038409&z=15

Scotia to Cloverdale to Santa Rosa - 158 and 32 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...82&ie=UTF8&z=7

That is 1,083 miles plus the route around Crater Lake. To Crater Lake it is 516 miles so this might be a lot of riding for a two day trip but I am up for it. My boss will give me all the time I need.

There are a few other rides I want to do above 299. Some are asphalt and some are dirt/gravel. I have friends that have homes in Willow Creek and Weed and they know of some good back roads rides and I am going to have to get together with them and a map.
-Somes Bar Road
-Pine Creek Road
-Bald Hills Road / French Camp Road
-Salmon River Road / Hwy 93
-Camp Three Road
-Cecilville Road
-263, Hwy 96 to Yreka
-Klamath River Road, Hwy 96 south to Etna.
-Scott River Road / Eastside Road / Horn Lane / Etna. I have ridden it south to north.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.307274&z=12
-Yreka Walker Road
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.038409&z=15

And many others. I need to change to an off-road tire, Michelin T63's, because some of these routes are dirt/gravel.

Another faster route.

Cloverdale to Klamath Falls - 447 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...3,2.458191&z=9

Crater Lake Rim - 32 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,0.153637&z=13

Klamath Falls to Crater Lake to Crescent City to Cloverdale - 501 miles
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...82&ie=UTF8&z=6

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post #2 of 69 Old 08-31-2009, 12:45 PM
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So I will be putting on some new tires next week and, considering this ride, was wondering what you thought about the choices: Avon Gripster vs. Metzeler Sahara.

I ride mainly on the pavement and sometimes through the vineyards on dirt roads. But I am wondering if we would be off-road on this trip where I might want something more like the Sahara rather than the Gripster.

Lastly, do these tires need to be balanced? I have only mounted tires on my dirt bikes previously.

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So I will be putting on some new tires next week and, considering this ride, was wondering what you thought about the choices: Avon Gripster vs. Metzeler Sahara.

I ride mainly on the pavement and sometimes through the vineyards on dirt roads. But I am wondering if we would be off-road on this trip where I might want something more like the Sahara rather than the Gripster.

Lastly, do these tires need to be balanced? I have only mounted tires on my dirt bikes previously.

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Hi Dave,

In the past I rode Avon Gripster's and was very happy with them. Then I purchased and installed a set of Avon Distanzia's and have been very impressed with their roadability. My KLR comfortably cruises on concrete and twists through narrow asphalt with confidence. The Distanzia will last longer than the Gripster but the Gripster will give you more off-road. I have no experience with the Sahara. My next set of off-road tires will be the Michelin T63's.

You can balance them yourself or have them balanced if you have a shop to the installation. I am a believer in balancing.

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looks like a heck of a 2 day ride. Would be by far the most I rode in a 2 day period. Hopefully I can get the time off. I'll be checking back for specific dates.
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looks like a heck of a 2 day ride. Would be by far the most I rode in a 2 day period. Hopefully I can get the time off. I'll be checking back for specific dates.
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I would like to do this in September to avoid poor weather. What days are all of you available?

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I can take as many days as we need. My regular days off are Sundays & Mondays though, so beginning with those days works nicely (but not a restriction by any means).
The only days in September that are a problem for me are the 19th and the 30th. Other than that, I can probably sort out any others with my wife's schedule.
I have not been on a long ride like this, so I would definitely be good with stretching this out over a few days if it was good with everyone else. Let's see how it shapes up.

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I can take as many days as we need. My regular days off are Sundays & Mondays though, so beginning with those days works nicely (but not a restriction by any means).
The only days in September that are a problem for me are the 19th and the 30th. Other than that, I can probably sort out any others with my wife's schedule.
I have not been on a long ride like this, so I would definitely be good with stretching this out over a few days if it was good with everyone else. Let's see how it shapes up.

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Hi Dave,

Sounds good but we are running short on time for plans. This Sunday/Monday would not be advised because of Labor Day.

This leaves:
13/14(15)
20/21(22)
27/28(29)

Since I am leaving for Las Vegas on the 30th I would prefer 13/14 or 20/21.

Mark and Darren what are your thoughts?

Camping or Hoteling. Camping makes it less expensive (sort of) and adds that camping experience. Hoteling would not cost very much if we were sharing rooms and allows us to travel with less gear and weight. The experience depends where to rooms are.
I was trying to use a friends house in Weed but that does not work for a 2-day'r and it looks like there home is rented almost everyday except for the 27/28 week. Stopping in Weed would make that a 3-day'r because of the travel distances.

Thoughts / Comments?

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Mazama Campgrounds
http://www.craterlakelodges.com/Maza...round-815.html

Lost Creek Campground
These are somewhat remote and available when available.

The NP Ranger said the weather should be good with temps into the 50's and visitation should be less.

Then there would be camping below Crater Lake.

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I am jealous. I miss Oregon. Crater Lake has an awesome boat tour too, you guys oughtta check out if you haven't left already. I was a teenager last time were there. It was awesome the deer actually walk right through the campsite.

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Well it looks like I have one possibility: 20, 21 & 22. If this works for everyone, then I am in.
I have never been on a trip like this, so I might need some advice on what necessities to bring.
Let me know how it looks.

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