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Old 06-19-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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This is my WIFE, here are my BIKES, and these are my STORIES

My wife thought buying a motorcycle was the worst idea I've ever had until I told her I wanted to buy a second one. That became my new worst idea I've ever had...

I have always dreamed of exploration. Sitting in school and learning about history near and far, I would imagine taking those steps, seeing those sights, experiencing something beyond myself, and taking it all in. I grew up in Northern California, and live here today.

I started riding last year as a means to "get away". It was something I never thought I would learn to do and now am full blown hooked. I gave up drinking 6 years ago and have been working 2 full time jobs to fill my time and pay back the wreckage I caused in my years of drunken stooper. Along that path of my past, I found an incredible woman that changed the way I viewed everything. She picked me up, dusted me off and put me back down better than new. She opened my mind to the possibilities of exploration and supports my dreams...With a catch..


Now, you may be asking yourself why the prologue? Well after close to a year of reading, writing, and riding I needed to find myself a place to hold my collective adventures from now moving forward for family and friends, new and old. I have met many great people on this forum, and hope to meet many more. I really enjoy reading others RR's, and especially like the real life bits tossed in as I can relate. Hats off to av_mech, Flyingdutchman177, and DockingPilot. You guys get me through the tough times...

and now to get dirty...


This is my WIFE,



Here are my BIKES,




And THESE are my Stories....
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Scene 1 Episode 1; Usal Rd.

USAL Rd hit a note with me from the first time I heard about it. Looking it up I was enthralled with the views. From the vast open ocean to the secluded road squeezed in by ferns and capped with a canopy of limbs it had to be visited. I had made a number of routes on Google maps to it, through it, overnighter, day trip. No matter how, it was on THE LIST. A friend of mine and fellow inmate, Foot dragger, decided to take off for the day to head to the coast. A little dirt, a little county road, a little Highway and A LOT of scenery.

We live in Northern California and going to "the Coast" as we always called it when I was a kid meant twice a year and somewhere between Fort Bragg and McKinleyville, near Eureka. We have some family and friends in Fort Bragg and my great grandmother lived in McKinleyville until she passed when I was about 12. I have a lot of fond memories of the Coast and should spend more time there than I do.

Our trip was planned over the phone in under a minute. Dirt to here...I know a road...then eat near here somewhere...come back tired and smiling. Sounds great. I have been trying to get the most out of my Garmin Montana lately on trips so I hopped on Basecamp to set 2 routes. 1 to USAL rd from Chico, and 1 from Fort Bragg to 101 via Sherwood Rd. I should note here that I had the whole day off for this ride which is a very rare occurrence. I work 2 full time jobs and try to fit my day trip rides into the morning before I go to the restaurant. Anyways this is the basic route we had visualized:


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We met up at 6am and rolled out. It takes 1 hour to cross the valley and get to the base of 162. Its a forest Highway and is pretty well grated this time of year. This is one of the last views of the valley looking east at Black Butte Lake from about 3500ft elev.



Foot dragger coming in on his Dr650 at the pass at Black Butte Mtn. 6600ft elev.




There was some crazy fog hanging out and it was at this time we both realized we had definitely under-dressed for the trip. Bike readout showed it was 40f...Hey we're from the valley, this was pretty friggin chilly to be weraring a short sleeve shirt under the moto jackets. This is also when I remembered I had heated grips on the new bike...



We blasted down the other side of the hill into Covelo where we topped off and headed to Laytonville. We had already decided we needed to find a thrift store to get a warmer shirt before we hit the coast and found a nice little shop with 3 mens long sleeve shirts for sale. We bought 2 at 4 bucks a piece and headed to the Drive through tree in Legget.

These Redwoods are just massive




We waited in line just like any good tourists with our cameras out and our heads tilted upwards




I can't even imagine what it was like back in these days



Our turn



We skipped the touristy gift shop, and crossed "driving through the drive through tree every 20 years" off our lists and snapped a few more parting shots





We skated down Hwy 1 to USAL rd loving that it was a tuesday just before noon and had very little traffic to deal with. The cars we did see graciously eased to the edge to let us get our fill of the twisties!

We turned off Hwy 1 out of dense forest cover onto a dirty road designated by chalk lettering with the word USAL scralled on the black asphalt to find this within 100 yards



Then this



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Old 06-19-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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Nice prologue
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:19 PM   #6
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I have been looking forward to doing this ride from Eureka, looks good so far.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:49 AM   #7
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Thumb Very nice Jeramie...

Now I know what you've been up to. Looks familiar.
Ride on Bud.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:06 AM   #8
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:09 AM   #9
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Now I know what you've been up to. Looks familiar.
Ride on Bud.
This and working 80 hours a week, yes. Lets ride soon. Its High Lakes time!
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:47 AM   #10
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:14 AM   #11
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enjoyed the pictures. So, is your wife Korean?
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:42 AM   #12
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enjoyed the pictures. So, is your wife Korean?
I almost forgot the title to my own thread..Not only is this all about bikes and trips and stories but my wife has a large part to do with it all. She is Vietnamese. Came here 7 years ago to make a better life for herself and her family back home. She was a teacher in Vietnam and here she does nails. She learned english here and passed the citizenship test a couple years ago. For anyone who has not seen that test I urge you to look it up. Try and pass it. I would have failed it myself if it wasn't for watching her study everyday for a couple months, and I grew up here! She is my inspiration and my best friend and the only person I know that works more hours than me. You will see more of her I'm sure.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:34 PM   #13
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I almost forgot the title to my own thread..Not only is this all about bikes and trips and stories but my wife has a large part to do with it all. She is Vietnamese.
Hey I went to college in Chico, and my wife is Vietnamese. What the hell do you guys do in the summertime? I mean, besides your wife feeling like she is back in Saigon.... you don't put on jackets and RIDE do you?@!



is yours tiny? Mine's tiny



and she sleeps on the back a lot



she could never have her own bike - she'd fall asleep on it leaving the parking lot of PHO 4000.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:09 PM   #14
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is yours tiny? Mine's tiny



and she sleeps on the back a lot



she could never have her own bike - she'd fall asleep on it leaving the parking lot of PHO 4000.
Thats Hilarious! how the hell does/can anyone go to sleep on the back of a MC, AT SPEED!?
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Thats Hilarious! how the hell does/can anyone go to sleep on the back of a MC, AT SPEED!?
she goes into pretty crazy food coma, especially after typical biker breakfasts which generally consist of eggs, pancakes, bacon etc.
Then put her on the back of the GS with a gel seat and Elka suspension..... and she is in literally minutes. It seems like every time we get to the epic part of a ride, she is out light a light. I think this picture was the first time we had come to Big Sur together and I was talking to her, or at least I though I was. I look back and just see the bottom of her helmet. I have so many pics of her sleeping it hilarious.
I had to devise a system for our long rides the consists of both of our sleeping bags on top of the Givi top box so she can put her head back, then duffel bags on top of the Zega's so she has a kind of throne there in which to doze
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