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Old 04-15-2013, 09:06 AM   #16
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Day Five, and I found the Usal Road closed.



The coast made up for it, though.

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:08 AM   #17
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Day six, I met my mate Bondy just south of Big Sur. We shared a ghetto camp site under a bridge, and a few too many beers.



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Old 04-15-2013, 09:10 AM   #18
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The next day ('twas a Saturday, so doesn't count as a 'work day'), I took a photo of three worlds, Earth, the moon and Jupiter in the skies over LA.

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:12 AM   #19
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And Sunday, we surfed the tops of clouds through the San Gabriel Wilderness.

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:09 PM   #20
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very cool.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:55 PM   #21
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Didya go through Petrolia on your way south? If you did, you went right past my old house-the brownish beige one right across the street from the store with the little rock wall.

Usal was my playground for a couple years there. Great part of the world. I remember getting the Toomer stuck on Usal, about 1/4 mile after the black bear scared the sh*t out of me when he decided to cross the road in front of the motorcycle moving along at a good pace. It was February, I was alone, and it took me a couple of hours to extricate the big pig. I arrived at my destination, a 4-star hotel in SF, absolutely covered in mud (at least, what hadn't been washed off by the rainstorm in Marin county)

As big as the mudholes get out there, you might just consider yourself lucky. If the Rangers haven't opened it yet, it's probably for a good reason.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:25 PM   #22
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Making the best of it I see... when you make it back up to the Northlands again, give me a yell if you want to explore the Olympics, or just kick back on the beach with a beer(or many)

Those of us left behind in cubical land are watching your adventures closely.

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:53 AM   #23
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Thanks for the replies ... I have been lax keeping up the story, because I suck at posting from the road. I only had my iPhone with me, and my big camera, and well, couldn't figure it all out.

MotoMedic - I did go through Petrolia, what a fantastic place to live. I was surprised to find the Usal closed, but wasn't prepared to risk a solo foray down there unless I knew it would go through.

Redwolf - I may just take you up and that offer of exploring the Olympics, there's got to be some good riding over there.

Oh well, on with the story ...
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:58 AM   #24
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Day seven. Stayed with Bondy down in San Diego, and while he went to work, he very thoughtfully left me the keys to the K1300S. Foolish man! So I took a jaunt up to Irvine to see Chris, just laid off from Fisker. If you know anyone with a Fisker, tell them to sell it now, the company is going down the drain, along with the 520 million of our tax payer dollars that went into funding that escapade.

Left a little Easter Egg for Bondy to find on his GPS. I would have gone faster, but the Shoei Hornet was on spin cycle at those speeds.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:02 AM   #25
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Day Eight. Rode from San Diego to Monument Valley. Picked a fight with a cactus ...



... and slept by the side of a shack.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:26 AM   #26
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Day Nine. This one is going to involve a few more photos ...

The previous day my GPS power had taken a dump, and the battery expired just before I stopped, so I knew I was going to have to fix it first thing in the morning. But what a spot to do some repairs.



I moved into the shack next door, made a cup of tea and got to work.



So, in my minds eye, I had this image that the ride through Utah would be wonderful and warm, sunshine for the soul. As I approached the Valley of the Gods, these warm thoughts started to disperse ...



What the hell, thought I, I'll take a ride through anyway.



And then ...



What the ....?



So then I went to the Moki Dugway switchbacks, which "afford a stunning view of the Utah desert", according to my map book. Not the day I was there.





From there I headed straight for Moab. Temps were in the 25-30 range, driving snow, not what I expected from Utah! This is the ice build up on the front of the Beemer.



In Moab the temps were at least in the high 30's, and the snow had abated. Set up camp, and took a couple of rides out into the desert.



Love this place.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #27
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Keep the story going!! Some years ago when I was laid off, I used my bronze parachute to fund a 3,000 mile ride through the desert SW including the Moki Dugway. It was a mind clearing trip and soon thereafter I was back working.
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Day Nine. ...
So, in my minds eye, I had this image that the ride through Utah would be wonderful and warm, sunshine for the soul. As I approached the Valley of the Gods, these warm thoughts started to disperse ...



What the hell, thought I, I'll take a ride through anyway.



And then ...



What the ....?



...

Love this place.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:55 AM   #29
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Nice summary, Tony ... about sums it up!

Day Ten. I had planned to stay in Moab for a couple of days, but there was family drama going on that I felt I needed to be home for. Of course, everything was resolved by the time I got back, but there you go ...

Last blast across the desert.


Highs and lows - 9114 feet and 22 degrees.


Unoffically joined the 100mph club at the Bonneville Salt Flats, GPS verified, 100 plus both ways. As a LSR buff, this was a bit of pilgrimage for me. I could almost sense the ghosts of those great men that came here to worship the Gods of Speed.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:02 AM   #30
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refreshing

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