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hanksmybuddy 11-11-2012 09:34 AM

Ten Days and No Where to Be
Sitting here on a Sunday morning reading ride reports and decided to post up a 10 day ride I put together about 3 weeks ago. I had 10 days off and wanted to get one last trip in before the weather turned here in Bend, Oregon. Looking for a destination I decided that the Horizons Unlimited gathering in Cambria, Ca. would do. If I made it down there fine, if not, that was alright as well. Plan was to get to the Oregon coast and then ride south on US 1 with some side trips. Main one was I wanted to explore the Lost Coast area of California. Coming home I planned to cross over the Sierras and head north on the east side of the Sierras working my way home to Bend. Anytime you ride this far south in the pre-winter trips it's somewhat of a gamble as we can get an early snowstorm up this way. You guessed it.....we got one. I had great weather for 9 days of my trip. Last day not so much.

I digress though. Back to Day One. Trip was taken on a 07 WeeStrom. Great bike for the planned trip. Removed the Anakees I had been running and mounted up some Shinko 705's.

Headed to the coast. Basically pounded out miles until just east of Crescent City. Once I hit the Redwood Forest area I slowed down and started taking some pics and exploring some side roads.

Rolled into Crescent City right at dusk and started looking for a room. Some way too expensive. Finally found a little Mom-N-Pop place for $45 a night. Had planned to camp but it was almost dark and the skies weren't looking to good. Walked down to a local grocery store and purchased some sardines, crackers and a cold beer.

Up early the next morning and started south on US 1.

Kept working south and explored some side roads if they looked good. Love travelling like this. No where to be at the end of the day so if you see something you like. Turn and check it out. Some of the turns didn't work out. I hate going down a sweet road and running into this shit.

Stopped in a little town called Trinidad. Great little town with a restaurant right out on the dock. Checked out the old lighthouse in town and then had a great leisurely breakfast.

Driveway right outside the restaurant.

Trinidad Lighthouse

After to long screwing around in Trinidad headed south again for the Lost Coast and Shelter Cove for the night. First time in this area. Great backroads, little traffic, cool little towns, view and some fun gravel roads.

Some pics of the days ride enroute to Shelter Cove for the night. Shelter Cove is located along the Lost Coast and is an in and out road. After riding to a little town called HoneyDew started looking for dirt enroute to the main road leading in to Shelter Cove off of US1.

Great backroads to explore in the area. Was glad I put the Shinko's on rather than the Anakees once I got on this stuff.

Baja Ho 11-11-2012 10:16 AM


hanksmybuddy 11-11-2012 12:50 PM

Riding south of Eureka is not to be missed. South of Eureka you go thru Ferndale, Petrolia, Honeydew. The King Range is somewhere I certainly will return to. Could easily spend days in the area and not see it all. From Honeydew you can ride dirt all the way into Shelter Cove. Some great places to camp between Honeydew and Shelter Cove.

Rolled into Shelter Cove and since it was the off season figured I'd look for a room. Scored! Got a really nice room with balcony right on the coast....$60. Didn't see anyone else staying there at all. Most of the other places were shut down for the season. Guy running the place told me they get $225 during the high season. No way I'd pay that for a room. Did a little walk about out on the rocks at low tide and met a nice lady with the friendliest dog. I'm a sucker for dogs and seem to gravitate towards them.

Room with a view for a great price.

Shelter Cove Light

keystiger 11-11-2012 01:08 PM

Great pics.

LittleWan 11-11-2012 01:13 PM

Looking good!


aww, that's a super cute dog.
I like his fuzzy lower lip.

GI_JO_NATHAN 11-11-2012 01:13 PM

Keep it up!

hanksmybuddy 11-11-2012 01:32 PM


Originally Posted by LittleWan (Post 20021041)
Looking good!


aww, that's a super cute dog.
I like his fuzzy lower lip.

Hey LilWan. Been following your epic RR. Not sure how you do it. This one will not be as good as yours. Where are you and BigWan headed off to next? Say hello to the BigWan for me. Check out the new toy. Just got it last week. Thing is a major hoot. Rode yesterday up in the snow. With the two wheel drive ..... no problem! Thinking about another trip to Death Valley on this thing ...... soon!

Little snow doesn't even slow these tractors down!

Bob 11-11-2012 03:36 PM

Nice pics and report, cool new ride!

hanksmybuddy 11-11-2012 05:12 PM

After walking around Shelter Cove it was time to find a place to eat. Everything was shut down for the season vice one small pizza place and a small mom-n-pop restaurant. Went in to the pizza place and the only size they had was super large.
Me: Can't you just make a small one?
Moron behind counter: No, we only have dough balls in the large size.
Me: Cut it in two and make a small pie
Moron: We can't do that we only have dough made up in the large size
Me: You are kidding right. Just cut it in two, slap some sauce and cheese on it.
Moron: We should have some smaller sizes tomorrow
Me: Have a nice day!
Didn't want that much so down the street a little way to the only other option. Super nice people running the place and was glad the moron in the pizza place couldn't quite grasp cutting something in two. Great wild salmon dinner with beer. A bit pricey but the conversation was good. Place was deserted so the owner/chef came out and shot the breeze. Learned alot about the area.

Left the following morning in fog thick as soup. Once I climbed up off the coast I got above the fog somewhat and was headed towards Usal Road. Came to an intersection which was a dead end dirt road that went back down to the coast at Sinkyone State Park. Debated whether to go back down in the fog but decided I'd check it out. Glad I did as it was a really cool road. In and out of the fog going down.

hanksmybuddy 11-11-2012 05:59 PM

Really pretty road leading down to coast with some areas offering views. At the bottom you end up at a caretakers place. Hung out for awhile and shot the breeze. Great place to camp. As it was still mid morning I climbed back up and hit Usal road (gravel) which would eventually dump me out back on US 1 headed south. Lost Coast area is a must do if on the west coast.

Mystic like riding in and out of the fog...

Klay 11-11-2012 07:25 PM

I've never ridden that Lost Coast road. :lurk

BigWan 11-11-2012 08:33 PM


Originally Posted by hanksmybuddy (Post 20021133)

Hi P :wave

Looks like you had a nice ride down the coast.

Kelly told me I should check out your new toy, It is really cool.
It's going to be a blast in Death Valley! I'd love to break one of those.

hanksmybuddy 11-11-2012 08:52 PM


Originally Posted by Klay (Post 20023494)
I've never ridden that Lost Coast road. :lurk

Great area. Would highly recommend it.

Popped out on Hwy 101 at Garberville. Place is a trip. Stopped for something to eat and while sitting outside at a small deli watched the freaks roll by. Apparently this place use to be a major hippie town. From what I observed not many of them left. Lots of bums and hippies just kinda roaming around doing much of nothing. Talked with the deli owner and he says it's a real problem. Pretty area but not so sure I'd want to raise a family here.

Watched this guy roll a huge joint in the coffee shop and then step out on the sidewalk to enjoy. Took the shot by holding the camera at waist level. Not sure why I was worried about him seeing me. He was so stoned I don't think he would have cared if I'd of shoved it up his nose! Saw many people just lighting up on the street. I'm all for legalizing the stuff in order that we can tax it and make some money. This place is a friggin gold mine if they ever legalize the stuff.

I think he may have been living in this. :eek1

Back on the bike and headed south on US 1. Gorgeous riding along the coastline.

Met this young lady alongside the road. Had left Canada about six weeks ago and was headed to Baja. Fun meeting people like this and talking for awhile. I had ridden a bicycle across the country years ago so we discussed the merits of traveling by bicycle. I enjoyed it when I did it but not sure I'd do it again. I need an engine nowadays.

hanksmybuddy 11-12-2012 10:00 AM


Originally Posted by BigWan (Post 20023864)
Hi P :wave

Looks like you had a nice ride down the coast.

Kelly told me I should check out your new toy, It is really cool.
It's going to be a blast in Death Valley! I'd love to break one of those.

What do you think BigWan....... could I get that Russian Piece of Shit over Swansea grade? Would love to go back up to the Tram Station on it. I don't think I could get up from the Cerro Gordo side. Too steep.

bbjumper 11-12-2012 05:57 PM

Where I wanna be.....
Great report, planning on doing some coastal adventure next August. Keep it coming..:clap

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