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Old 09-02-2011, 04:22 PM   #91
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Hell of a good time, shaping up to be an annual event. I didn't take a ton of photos since I don't have anything but my HTC EVO, but I have a few. While Ty and Dad are leaving his house in Boise, I'm already halfway through my Saturday of work. I haul UPS cargo from Portland to Newport, then North Bend. My final leg to Redmond is empty. Around a 30% weight reduction while still having over 1400 hp and 3400 lbs-ft of torque on tap is sure a fun way to finish out the work week.



The view ain't bad either.



Ty and Dad arrive and we load up in the Tundra to check out Smith Rock State Park, just a few miles up the road from my house.









Dinner and beers at the 7th street brewery, delicious desert at my house, chain oiling and an early night to bed.

Lots of bikes in the garage...



Next morning I wanted to show them Tumalo Falls but we got ruled out on a basis of time. Turned out to be a good thing because we gathered firewood in the last few minutes of light that night. Anyway it is cool and if you are in the area, it's not far out of Bend. If you're coming to WetFest next weekend it's an easy stop to make.





And you can walk back behind the waterfall which is amazing when it's hot out.



On to Crater Lake!









A perfect day to be at Crater Lake, lots of sunshine and blue sky giving the lake a brilliant blue color, no wind to break up the reflections...life is good.


5560/Waldo Rd./Grayback Rd./40N07/Indian Creek Rd./State of Jefferson Highway was a great road, a little bit tricky to ride real fast since the light was fading and there was pea gravel scattered in the corners. Anyway Tyson and I managed to keep the pace pretty spirited...



Wait long enough and then we can get this shot...









This overlook late in the day was when it hit me, I'm on Vacation! In some of the most gorgeous terrain this country has to offer! I can't wait for the next few days to unfold. (My job doesn't take as long to unwind from....)
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:45 PM   #92
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Great report guys.... The pics of Crater Lake are awesome. I drove your same route from Bend and around the East Rim yesterday ... Wishing I were on a bike of course!
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:49 PM   #93
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Chasing the Tiger...
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Day 5

We woke up fairly early the next day considering how drunk we were. I didn't feel too bad either. Here's just some of the aftermath.



Our private little campground for the night.



We began the normal routine of making coffee and eating our five star freeze dried eggs. As we began to break down camp, a little black tailed deer appeared out of the woods.

At first, I scrambled cautiously to get my camera as not to miss the picture. Soon, it became apparent that this little deer was going to hang around for a bit. It spent about an hour and a half wandering in and out of our camp while we prepared for the day's ride. It was never startled by fast movements. I tried to pet it several times but she would step away once my fingers got about a foot away.





One of my tasks for the morning was to get my GoPro camera mounted. My girl bought it for me awhile ago, but I hadn't had a chance to mount it. Then, I forgot it in Boise when I went to Denver. I had it on my list of things to get while I was there and I didn't forget this time.

I wanted to do a helmet mount, but I just didn't have the right pieces. The thumbscrew I needed probably fell out back in my house somewhere. The next best thing I could come up with was to mount it to the plastic shield of my Cycra hand guards. It appeared this would work just fine. I never had a chance to do a test run, but the videos came out pretty good. The only issue was a little vibration and a terrible noise from the vibration when I get about about 7k rpms. No problem, I just picked out some fitting tunes.

We are packed and ready to go. Just one quick stop to fill up with water for the day. Water just doesn't get any better than high country runoff!



This video was shot heading South to Happy Camp, CA starting as soon as we hit the pavement from the campground. And without further adieu... My first GoPro video. Music by Social Distortion






This was going to be a great day!!

We just set out on the route that I had planned months ago. I'd been dreaming of this day. We each took responsibility for planning different parts of the adventure. Trevor wanted to do Crater Lake yesterday. We all wanted to get to the Redwoods on my dad's recommendation. That left a day to get to the Redwoods. I choose this as my responsibility. Basically, I went to Google maps and zoomed in on Northern California, and picked the squiggliest roads I could find. Boom! Done! I had no idea to expect. No previous second hand knowledge or specific road condition research. I just picked the roads that looked like the most fun based on Google maps.



I know many of you reading this may be disappointed that this particular trip isn't dirt. Well, the great majority of my trips do have some very good dirt riding and today will be great riding on the road. After all, we do own DUAL sport bikes.

We arrived in Happy Camp and made a left on 96. This was a bigger highway, but still mostly devoid of traffic. We pulled back on the pace a bit and enjoyed the scenery while the three of us rode in a group.

I stopped for a picture and there just happened to be this little sign that you'd never notice from the road.



My dad made the comment, "You know, if you take all the pictures, you aren't in any of the them!" He was totally right. I have plenty of good pics of my bike, but I'll need to wait for dad to upload his camera. Moving on, here's a pic of my brother. He's Petrol Burner BTW.





These next few pics are very typical of the 30 miles we rode on 96.





We made a left onto Scott Bar Road and the tarmac narrowed and the turns tightened. Trevor and I were starting to realize what we were in for today. The tires were warm and we were ready to go! Then...... STOP. Construction.

Trevor and I pulled into the shade and shut our bikes off. I asked the lady holding up our progress how long it would be. She said 20-30 minutes! "You sure a couple of motos can't sneak through?" "Nope." "Ok, well I guess we'll get off the bikes then." Dad showed up quickly and we all talked the 25 minutes away.

Trevor laid down on the pavement to stretch his hurt back. Sidebar-Trevor jumped off a 70 foot cliff at Punchbowl Falls near Mt. Hood Oregon the weekend before this trip. He hurt his back pretty bad and thus, is riding with a hurt back. Quite the trooper though, he never really complained the entire trip.

Dad was asking this lady all sorts of stuff she didn't know. "What kind of tree is that?" "How should I know?" We talked about guns and bears and the lady said she had one earlier in the summer holding the sign a little farther West because of a bear sighting. "What kind of gun was it?" "How should I know?"

We told her what our plan was for the day. She told us the road gets twistier! All of our eyes grew wider. Trevor's and mine for the same reason and Dad for a different reason!

During this entire 25 minutes we were stopped there was only one van that pulled up and was waiting to get past the construction. We are out in the boonies!

Soon, it was time to go. She wished us luck and we were off.





Trevor and I were flying along pretty good again. I passed this photo op and had to slam on the brakes and turn around. This is Scott River Rd and it was like this the entire 30 miles.





Trevor and I switched bikes towards the end of Scott River Road, right after I got stung in throat by a badass bee. Third time of the trip. I still have a scab as I write this a week later.

Trevor's KLX is really peppy for a 650 single! It'll keep up with the Tiger until the power band really hits at 6k. Then it's all over. But I can't ride my Triumph much faster that the KLX in the tight stuff. It will be interesting to see how they compare off road when my bro and I get together for an off road trip in the future.

Trevor on the Triumph





Trevor leaving his brother in the dust on his brother's bike.



Mt Shasta was in view for just a brief second and I never got a picture.





We turned South onto 3 and went towards Etna.





We got to Etna and were all running low on fuel and getting hungry. Our stop sign lady said there was fuel here. We had to block traffic for a second and ask a guy coming out of the post office where the Shell station was. We got gas and went just up the street to Dottie's Diner. Right when we got our food, some backpackers came in that smelled worse than us!! They were hiking the Pacific Trail. I understand smelling bad completely, but please don't stand in front of the window A/C unit and blow your stink all over the really small dining room! I think my burger tasted good, but all I could taste was B.O.

Dad left a little before us since he had to run to the hardware store for something. I don't remember what. Trevor dug out the After Bite for my bee sting and some Liquid Skin for my injured finger (don't ask).

We met up with him in Etna and headed out of town on Sawyers Bar Rd. We were soon greeted by this sign. Sounds like fun! Let's go!



I stopped here to take a picture and start the GoPro. Music by Hank Williams III.






Quite the view from up top.











Looking back towards Etna.



Trevor has a really cool tripod for his phone. It is bendy and you can shape it anyway you need to. Although, he was having one hell of a time getting it to stay anywhere. Dad and I stayed posed while Trevor fought the tripod in about five different locations on his bike. Trevor was getting frustrated while Dad and I were laughing. But, we finally got these two group photos from atop Etna Mountain Pass at almost 6000 feet.





Stay tuned for the conclusion of day five. There's a lot more to tell! I'm waiting on another two videos to upload before I can continue the story and this is a good stopping point......
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:06 PM   #95
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crater lake looks absolutely beautiful! i want to head down that way really bad now.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:55 AM   #96
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Lovin' it, Ty! Can't wait to hear how it ends. ;0) Great pictures too, my dear. <3

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This was going to be a great day!!

We just set out on the route that I had planned months ago. I'd been dreaming of this day. We each took responsibility for planning different parts of the adventure. Trevor wanted to do Crater Lake yesterday. We all wanted to get to the Redwoods on my dad's recommendation. That left a day to get to the Redwoods. I choose this as my responsibility. Basically, I went to Google maps and zoomed in on Northern California, and picked the squiggliest roads I could find. Boom! Done! I had no idea to expect. No previous second hand knowledge or specific road condition research. I just picked the roads that looked like the most fun based on Google maps.

You should research this site, for your next CA trip.
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I love it!!! "1940s technology at 2010 prices"!!!
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This is such a cool trip. Awesome that Dad and two sons are out riding, camping and drinking together. Man I hope that's me and my boy in a few years.

Also, anyone who makes a motorcycle video with Social D for background music is a good man in my book. I think my next vid's gonna have some Sisters of Mercy in it.

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Old 09-04-2011, 11:21 PM   #100
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Day 5 continued....

We headed down the pass continuing on Sawyers Bar Rd. The scenery was spectacular. The road follows the North Fork of the Salmon River as it narrows and gets even twistier.











There was a SERIOUS drop off to the left. About 500 feet straight down was my guess. If you'll notice, you are looking directly down onto the tops of the trees below.







Here is another video I shot on this section. The road was like this for hours!! Music by Face to Face.






After we passed Forks of Salmon, the river was now on our right. There were frequent bursts of speed and pushing the limits followed by interludes of waiting for the Goldwing. We would always stop and chat for a minute or two before continuing on. Our conversations were always about the same. "MAN! This is freaking incredible!"











It was hot this day. Trevor and I were riding along and came across this cool spot. There was a trickle of a stream running down the mountain here. It was enough to cool it off by almost 15 degrees! This was one of our "wait for Dad" spots.



It was also the point that Dad surrendered to the road and the curves. "I'm so ready for some straight roads right now!!!"



Dad's wish would not come true for a number of miles. The road got even twistier and narrower!! I didn't think it was possible. But, yes, actually it was. My Benchmark Atlas has a note by this section of road, "Single lane road with NO turnouts." Accurate.

Here is the video. I left the music off this one so you can hear the Tiger. I never got the rpms high enough to get that terrible vibration sound. No room for error here.












Too soon this section was over. I was so happy with my choice of road. I had never ridden on a section of mountain road like this that is paved!

We came out to Highway 96 at Somes Bar. Dad's GPS said to head North to get to the campground in the Redwoods that we had reserved for the night. Dad wanted the shortest route because it was getting to be a LONG day at this point. Not a lot of miles, but a very mentally taxing day. Lots of beautiful scenery to take in and a high level of concentration required on these very twisty roads.

The problem with the GPS' route was it was taking us back to Happy Camp and on the same road that my first video with Social D was shot on. That was a lot of the same stuff we'd already seen. Dad wasn't listening my argument and took off. I was following along in the back of the pack, but I just wouldn't submit to doing the same road on this trip. I sped ahead and stopped the group at pull out after only a few miles. Trevor didn't take much convincing. Once I pulled out the map and showed Dad where we were and where we had to go (A GPS is useless for route planning), he became agreeable. I showed him that it was nearly equidistant whether we went to the North or the South. And if we went to the South, we were on new roads and would get to follow the Cali Coast before making it to camp. I won and we were off to the South.

Off to the South we went. We hit another very fast section on 96 just to the North of Hoopa, CA. I didn't get a video, but Trevor and I were on our game and hauling ass. I got foot peg on both sides at least twice on this section!!

We stopped for gas in Hoopa. There were some very shady characters on this reservation. One native was very high and very persistent about asking for money. It made Trevor and I very uncomfortable. Dad was oblivious and taking his time as usual. It was time to go!!! Trevor took off and I was waiting to pull out. Dad still not ready. Trevor did a U turn right in front of a cop and I thought for sure he was gonna get pulled over. Dad was finally ready and not a moment too soon. I was ready to be gone!

We made a right at 299 and headed for the Pacific Ocean. Trev and I were hauling ass again. Only because we had several cars that were hauling ass in front of us. The air began to cool as we got closer to the ocean.









Trev and I stopped as soon as the speed limit jumped and it went to divided highway. Trev put on his jacket and I wish I had. Dad went speeding by and Trev and I rushed to catch up. Then we passed dad waiting for us! Man, sometimes we have a hard time getting it together.

Finally!! The 101!!!



Dad followed the wrong way through the construction zone and took us on a little detour. So, this was fist glimpse of the ocean!



Now back on the 101. Now off the 101 for a pee break and clothing change. The temp really dropped!! I added my jacket and Dad changed pants and jacket..

Now we really saw the Pacific!!

















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We stopped in Orick and got beer for the night. On to Elk Prairie Campground in the Redwoods! Yes, there are actually Elk at Elk Prairie!





We arrived late and our site was difficult to find. We circled several times before we figured out how to get there. Once there, it was dark. We began to look over the small space that we had. All three of us began setting up at the same time to get the flattest spot.

"You do realize we are racing, right?"

Everyone said yes. Tent up, pad inflated, bag out, beer cracked. I won!!

Dad and I headed to the showers and tried to get firewood from the camp host. It's after nine and the camp host is in bed and the firewood is locked. Really? 9:00? In the height of tourist season? I guess there will be no fire tonight.

Hopefully the showers will be better. It's $0.50 for five minutes and a guy was nice enough to break a dollar for us since, once again, the camp host has change and they are in bed. It took me nearly a minute of my five to get the temp right. It was very finicky. There was no bench to set clothes on and the entire floor gets soaked. There's no separation between the changing and shower areas. A pretty poor design overall, but beggars can't be choosers. Once the temp was adjusted, it was four minutes of heaven.

After the shower, it was back to the site to make a little food. Dinner and one more beer. I done for the day. Exhausted and totally satisfied with an incredible day of riding. Trevor and Dad stayed up for a bit, but not much longer. It was to be another big day tomorrow.
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Day 6

We woke up early and took time to stand in awe of the massive Redwoods shrouded by fog early in the morning.







Today was to be a fun filled day packed with sightseeing and a romp in the Oregon Sand Dunes to top off the day. My dad had done research on what we should see while we were in the Redwoods. The first thing we would do today is a hike through Fern Canyon. It has been used several times in films involving dinosaurs because of it's prehistoric feel.

We packed up most of our things and left them inside our tents while we left on our little excursion.



Once we left the highway to head for Gold Beach, we hit an eight mile section of gravel to get down to the beach. I could tell right away that we were gonna need to do something different, cause Dad was only doing about ten miles an hour on the Wing.

"Dad, you get to ride my Tiger again. We need to pick up the pace."

Once I was on the Wing, speeds improved to 25-30 miles an hour. There's a lot of stuff that rattles like hell on that bike! I don't think it was meant to be ridden like that off road!

We got down to the beach and headed towards the ocean.













The salt was really heavy in the air. We walked on the beach for just a short time. I could have spent all day there.

Fern canyon was just a quick jaunt from the parking lot, so we were there in no time. It was incredible!



















It was just a short hike through the canyon before we reached a fork in the trail. Straight took you back to our campsite. A 10 mile hike. Or left brought you up to the canyon rim and an easy hike back.





There were several stream crossing we encountered on the way in. Of course we had to get set up to document the Wing's crossing. It think it was one of my dad's first crossings. Good thing he was on my bike!










The Volkswagen kinda ruins the adventure status of the crossing, but it's still pretty cool.

Back at camp, we finished loading the bikes and got all the gear on. Earlier in the day we had been talking to the ranger at the entrance to the park asking her where the best place to see the big trees was. We came in from the South and it's not like we were seeing them all over the place. She must have thought we were crazy! Turns out the old growth grove was 500 yards from where we slept!

For any international readers that may not be familiar with what the Redwoods are, click HERE. These trees are truly massive!! It is a completely different world walking through them.







This little tree we calculated to be almost 700 years old.


















A banana slug! I'd never seen one. We moved him out of the trail because we almost stepped on him.



We stopped at the visitor center and grabbed a few souvenirs. Time to start heading North.



We had one more stop to make in the redwoods and it was just up the Newton B Drury Parkway. It was Big Tree.















Back on the road...






We now leave the Redwoods and California behind as we enter back into Oregon. It is a magical place that everyone should see. My map shows shows a ton of dirt roads through the national park. It would be awesome to do some exploring off the beaten path there someday.

The coast is beautiful! It's only the third time in my life I've seen the Pacific.



















We stopped for gas at this gas station in Southern Oregon. All they had was gas and oil! Sure hope nobody was wanting a Gatorade!



I also took the time to call ahead and tell the rental shop we were gonna be late for our reservation. We were pushing to get just North of Coos Bay. This was another one of my things I had had planned. I was taking the fam out for an hour of fun in a Polaris RZR 4 on the Oregon Dunes. Everyone was really looking forward to it.

The shop I had rented from, was gonna be closed! His wife broke down and he needed to go get her. Shit! This is when I'm really glad I have a smart phone. I called some other places and found one that was available from 6-7 tonight. We could make it! Barely. I had to cut the conversation short my dad and brother were having with a BMW rider. He had quite the collection of bikes and was on his way to San Fran.







We got to Steve's ATV rentals and went through our orientation. Steve owns three rental shops and happened to be at this one today. He took interest in us and decided to take us out and show us around. He jumped in his RZR and off we went. Put the hammer down!!!!!!

I took my GoPro off the bike and brought it along. I'll give credit where credit is due. Trevor has fine video skills!






We were having a great time! Trevor and I were really impressed with the capabilities of this thing! After about 20 minutes of hauling ass around I let Trevor drive and I took some still shots.



















I was just getting ready to open my mouth to get Trevor to stop and let Dad drive when it happened. Trevor was flying along the bottom of a dune and we hit a depression and SLAMMED into the face of the up side. Dad started screaming "OW...OW....OW...OW....OOOOW....OOOOOW....OWWWWW"

We knew something terrible had happened. We finally figured out it was his back. He got out and walked around for a minute and we could tell he was in excruciating pain. We got him back in the RZR. Front seat this time. We were coming up on our deadline to get back. I had to drive very slowly to keep dad as comfortable as possible.

We made it back and dad wasn't doing well. He tried to walk it off while Trevor BS'd with Steve. It turns out Steve is an ex pilot and flew for the same company Trevor works for.

We got him on his bike and he said he could ride. We went North to find a campground for the night. We got to the Tugman State Park after dark. Trevor and I rode through the campground to find a spot before we could register. I decided after looking at my dad's face that he needed a bed to sleep in for the night. I convinced him to do just that. I ran back and grabbed Trevor who was holding the spot we had picked.

The hotel we wanted was closed since it was past 9:00 now. We had to continue North to Winchester Bay and didn't have any luck there either. Next stop was Reedsport. We found a place that had three beds for $70. We got dad upstairs and in bed with some ice for his back. Trevor and I unloaded the bikes.

I don't think anyone slept well that night. Trevor and I felt flat out shitty. Dad was worse. Trevor and I started talking about the possibilities. Dad was 2162 miles from home and I knew damn well he wasn't gonna be able to ride for at least a week. At this point we had no confirmation his back wasn't broken. Tomorrow would be a trip to the hospital and we could go with a plan after we knew the severity of his injury.

The day was amazing! It would have gone down as the best day of vacation so far. Everybody was having fun and really enjoying themselves. Then, this happened. What would tomorrow bring?
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It was also the point that Dad surrendered to the road and the curves. "I'm so ready for some straight roads right now!!!"



Dad's wish would not come true for a number of miles. The road got even twistier and narrower!! I didn't think it was possible. But, yes, actually it was. My Benchmark Atlas has a note by this section of road, "Single lane road with NO turnouts." Accurate.
I think it went more like, "I give up! You win! God I just want a piece of straight open highway..."

Sounded just like Ewan McGregor as he's riding some of the most epic terrain in Mongolia, "Whatever happened to just a bit of tarmac, you know, just a little bit of asphalt? And what happened to third, fourth, fifth and sixth gears? Whatever happened to dry clothes? Whatever happened to being able to sit on a motorbike without falling off it?"

Different strokes for different folks. I could sit on my bike in several positions since I could put my feet on the highway pegs, normal pegs, or lay down like a rice rocket and put my feet on the passenger pegs. It didn't matter. My back hurt in every position. Unless the road was twisty, then I was fully concentrated on trying to brake later and hold more speed through the corners. It was the only place I could hold off the Tiger and also the only place that could keep my mind off the constant pain and fatigue in my back. Once the road straightened out I might accelerate up to 85 or 90, but the KLX is just tapped out and screaming at that point and I back off to a more comfortable speed. The straight open road was the worst for me, and here Dad is begging for it
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I think it went more like, "I give up! You win! God I just want a piece of straight open highway..."

Sounded just like Ewan McGregor as he's riding some of the most epic terrain in Mongolia, "Whatever happened to just a bit of tarmac, you know, just a little bit of asphalt? And what happened to third, fourth, fifth and sixth gears? Whatever happened to dry clothes? Whatever happened to being able to sit on a motorbike without falling off it?"

Different strokes for different folks. I could sit on my bike in several positions since I could put my feet on the highway pegs, normal pegs, or lay down like a rice rocket and put my feet on the passenger pegs. It didn't matter. My back hurt in every position. Unless the road was twisty, then I was fully concentrated on trying to brake later and hold more speed through the corners. It was the only place I could hold off the Tiger and also the only place that could keep my mind off the constant pain and fatigue in my back. Once the road straightened out I might accelerate up to 85 or 90, but the KLX is just tapped out and screaming at that point and I back off to a more comfortable speed. The straight open road was the worst for me, and here Dad is begging for it
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:20 AM   #104
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:19 PM   #105
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