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Old 03-17-2013, 08:21 AM   #196
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Back At The Beautiful Wet

OK. So what happened to me. Not a lot to tell and more a drive report now. I'll catch it up to the present and then temporarily sign off till I am ready to jet it back to LA to finish my trip north.
Leaving Morro Bay I get to drive one of the last nice roads to Templeton for the follow up med check up and bill paying. (Gah!!)

Then it's 101 to Carmel Valley to see my old friend Lantz. And the storm clouds are gathering.

After an overnighter at Lantz's I am invited to see his latest project at Pebble Beach.

Lantz, like me, is a builder, the difference being his projects are a leeetle bigger than my own.
This is a complete reno of a Spanish style home bought by one of the Apple high ups.

The influence here is on tile.

Temp storage.

Lantz's very own handywork.

Me and the big guy.


Leaving Lantz I headed for Santa Cruz and my other good friend John. The Monterey coast was as spectacular as ever.


John and Lantz are old friends. I met them both in 86 when I was on my way back from a ride to Baha from Vancouver. They were riding north to see Vancouver Island and we teamed up for a while with me showing them some of the Best Place On Earth.
John is also a builder extraordinaire and I got to see his latest also.
I was surprised to learn that John had had hip replacement just three weeks prior. But he seems to be on the way to quick recovery. It all puts my little bump and fly to shame.


John's present project is a complete reno of this historic little church.

How many Johns does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Just one, my friends, just one.
And this one is all about the details.


Scratch built staircase.

And railings.

A lot of the doors were re manufactured and hand crafted from scratch.

Leaving my old friend, I set the cruise control on 101 and set my sights on Canuckville. Passed all the cities effortlessly


and headed for the border...and the beginning of hoop jumping.
Decided to paste this reply to Rick and Todd explaining the 'hoops'.

Got your email to Todd and me. Hope the Big Gal is behaving. Me, the leg still aches and the ribs still hurt. Just got back to Victoria yesterday with a real nightmare of a truck import story.
After repeatedly asking the dealer if this was all the paperwork I needed for customs and repeatedly being told, 'Yep, your good to go.' I drove up to the US customs and walked to the vehicle export window. Handing him the envelope full of papers from the dealer he looked at me and said, 'Title?' Ya it's one of these, right? He points to the examples on the wall and says he hears my story all the time.
I actually have to turn around, drive south to a motel room in Bellingham and call the dealer.
'I don't have the title,' I says. 'Where's the title?' 'Call u back.' says they. Two hours later I call them back and they say it's there and they are Fedexing it to me. Overnighter.
OK. Send me a tracking number. 'Sure.' Says they. Never happens. I call the first thing in the morning and find out it never left. Seems it needed a signature from the previous owner who is the bosses son and works there by the way. It is finally on the way that morning, I am forced to stay at least another night and they still haven't sent a tracking number. I am, once again forced to call them on my own dime. This time to the salesman whose card I have and the one that really seemed concerned with my debacle at the time of sale and even tells me what I good guy I am. So, appealing to him 'as a friend' I ask him to personally get me the tracking number, which he does straight away, and ask how they could let me leave there without the title? he says he had never done one of these, whatever that means, before and pleads ignorance.
Anyhoo, it is in my hands by 10 the next morning and I am on my way back to the border. Walking up to the export window I find that after a minute the attendant recognizes me, I tell him what I had to go thru, he stamps the title and says, 'see how easy that was?' lol, ya.
So it's off to Canadian customs. I'm in the truck crossing where I was told to go and am approaching the three truck booths and one 'FastPass' booth. I don't know what FastPass is so I stay with the trucks only to be asked why I am in this lane? I smile unknowingly.
He directs me thru to the first right parking lot with all the trucks and says to walk over to the customs office. Do that, get there, begin the process, take a seat and see the agent walking around outside looking for my truck. Comes back in and asks and I tell him it's way over there in the truck lot where I was told to park.
He doesn't understand why and gives me a slip to go and get it. I report to that side and they ask where the yellow slip and passport and stuff is. Back at the other guys place I says. Back I go and the other guy gives me the yellow slip. Back I go again and the truck guy says where the passport and dl? I says, 'don't you guys have radios or anything? and he finally gives me a card to punch out of the parking lot and get to the other place.
The inspection is routine and I am finally outta there.
I pay more money at the RIV office and am told to book an inspection at one of our service outlets.
So, here I am in Victoria for a booking early next week. I am also told by the recommended Canadian Tire service outlet that they think I have to take the truck to Ford to have the headlight set for 'on at startup' Off to Ford where I first am told that it could cost as much as 700 dollars but at my prodding am able to find out it's more like 70 dollars. Jeesh!
So, noon today it's happening. The only other hoop I can see having to jump thru is that I was asked if it has tinted side windows and taking a look I find the driver and passenger side windows are clear but the rear little side window for the small bench seat passengers are indeed, tinted as is the rear window. I sure hope they are not stickling on this or I will be hunting down a wreck. Could be by next week I will be totally legal. Or not.

That covers it pretty well. Oh, BC Ferries pic of the beautiful wet.


And the Ford headlight thing now done. At first it was supposed to be a simple install of a 60 dollar kit and, voila, running headlights. But, of course, that couldn't happen. The kit was designed to work off a spark plug wire signal. No spark plugs here. And no other kits. But after trying a few other things, their very good electronics and diesel guy got it. Ya, baby!!
So, this morning it's off for the inspections and, PLEASE, PLEASE,let it happen!
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:33 AM   #197
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Glad to see you are rolling again...I have had many a nightmare at customs over the years..know what you're going through...welcome back.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #198
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With all due respect my friend ... ya need to carry on. Albeit pavement and all. We wanna hear about your adventure !

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:13 AM   #199
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I have never imported any vehicles to Canada. I have exported a couple to the US from Canada. The toughest experience was when my In Laws gave us a "98 Mini Van in '01. Washington State forced us to pay Sales Tax on about 10,000. Even though it was a gift. (It really was). It was worth more than they valued it because it was an AWD but they didn't have that in the system.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:58 AM   #200
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So, after the long sleep, it's time for me to get back on the horse.
The 'Monster Truck's' (decided to aptly name it that) final inspection cost me two grand in ball joints, seals and tierod ends. Guess if I'd bought in Canada I could have avoided that too. But, what the hey. Hopefully, all the important stuff is fixed. Just that now I've gone from a 10 to a 15 thousand dollar truck.
So, I rented a trailer, got my stuff and headed out to the Kootenays. Took a sight unseen apartment in the backwaters of Crescent Valley till I found a great condo overlooking the water just north east of Nelson. Don't move in till May 15th so, with Todd telling me the bike is ready, I'm headed out tomorrow for Malibu.
Just in time to get away from the Kootenay springtime.



Not it aint all that bad.

The signs are there. Just hope it warms up a little more with the ten days I am allotting myself to get back.
As it was thought of as a coast to coast to coast ride I am going to stick to it (prolly a little warmer too) and come up the coast to Port Townsend and the start of the great Hwy 20 thru the Washington high road to my new digs.
Bringing with me a new Drift HD Ghost camera and I hope this one hold up better than the first. So, more riding pics and maybe some vids.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:13 PM   #201
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Looking forward to lots of Photos of beaches and sunshine .....(It's snowing here)
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:50 AM   #202
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Glad you are back on the road..look forward to pics and vids...any lingering health issues from the incident??
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #203
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Back In The Saddle.

Got a ride out of Castlegar on a Dash8.

Bit bumpy to start then smooth all the way.
Crack of dawn for the 8AM to LAX.

And smooth sailing (almost) all the way.

I say almost because at about 25000 in completely clear sky we got hit by some invisable hammer that shook the plane just once and produced a yelp from the lady beside me.
Got a couple of mountain pics.
Rainier.

And Mt. St. Helen's

Then, before ya knew it, we were rollin down on LA.

Todd delivered the bike to me and saved me the angst of getting off his rocky perch with a full load of gear on, as they say, a horse I had to get back on.
Here she is with her new ass and baggage (yes, this gal comes with baggage)

Looks like I got the older style cases with the lighter seals and wire style clasps. Gonna be askin Todd to strip and send me the seals but at least the clasps I can see thru to the key mechanism and now, fiddling to make the key lock I can se whats going on in there. I decided on not replacing the can at the moment. It is unmarked but bent at the actual tubing side. You can see how it almost touches the luggage rack. Rode in the heat yesterday with a bungie within a half inch of it with no effect. When I get home I am going to order up a new one cause, what the hey, it's free. So there will be a slightly bent one on the marked for a good price.
Rode out into the heat yesterday past a new fire close to Thousand Oaks I could see from my hotel. Think I'm bookin it just in time around these parts.
Jumped on 33 for the great twisties north for the first part.


When I got out onto 33's straight line north in desert oilfields, I was fully intent on getting past where I'd been (and where my luck ran out) till I got to Santa Cruz area.
Now on BG's part, she just sang. High speed cruisin at it's best. With Todd's full package a beautiful exhaust note in all ranges. And nary a whimper for hour after hour. And at 95F!
Unfortunately I was the one who began to whimper. At 3:30 and Hwy 46 I decided to deviate from the course to Paso Robles and a nice AC motel. I'm now within spittin distance of my bad luck and I hope it stays where it is.
I have noticed my rear tire is pretty well due and am hoping to hit Seattle's great Guzzi shop for some new shoes but we will just have to see how they last.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #204
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You have picked a good time to come up the coast. The Seattle area temps should be pretty good for the next few days. Good luck to you.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #205
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I've now made it to Fortuna without incident. The bike is running great but the balding back tire worries me. I really want to make it to Moto International in Seattle because I have heard nothing but good about those guy but also because I want them to look over a few things because I have had a low speed slowing down slight wobble for, like, forever. It could be the wearing out tires but I'm not sure. Those PR3 Trails have been on for an incredible 17000 miles and the front is still good. The back is just now showing bare in the center and I am pretty confident I can make it.
Headed up to SF on a Saturday morn in the perfect sunny 70s weather.

This was my first stab at using the new Drift Ghost camera and it is once again, a learning curve. I forgot to turn off the zoom so I got wide angle shots.

My first Drift failed and was loaded with flaws but this one has been totally redesigned and is a huge improvement.

My problem still remains with mounting and preferring modular helmets, I can't mount it on top. I ran yesterday with zoom off and the 127 degree fov
but today (if it stops raining) I am trying 90.
The start of the twisties.

Must be gettin old cause I got quite sick of it after a while. Of course, (did I mention it was Saturday?) the 20 to 30 mph speed may have had a lot to do with it.
Beautiful day and the Russian river weren't russhin.


The view from Ocean Bay

Where I holed up for the night.

Next day this fellow rode with me for a bit and bought me lunch. He had been looking at the Stelvio and I was happy to fill his ear.

Speaking of lunch, these guys were taking a long one.

For me, it was a perfect cool temperature thru the long and winding road.



On to 101 and BG got to stretch her legs.

Stopped at Fortuna for the night and will probably see the end of California today. It sure has been interesting to say the least. Still drizzling outside but I am hopeful for clearing.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #206
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It never rains in Cali...

Hey Toad, been lurking. Glad your back on the steel horse. Nice pics.
Good timing as its currently raining here in SoCal but it's nice up in Or/Wa right now. Wride On!
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:06 PM   #207
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Weather up there is certainly better than here right now. Glad to see you back on the road Mr. Toad. Oh and I was riding 33 out of Ojai just a few days before you, would have taken the same picture but some dang car was hogging that turnout.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #208
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I see you are running PR3's in the pic. They go away fast towards the end. Faster than you might guess. I had them on my Norge.

Why ruin one of the best coasts in the world for riding by pushing tires to Seattle ? Eh?
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:06 PM   #209
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Thanks for correcting my senior moment slip there Jim. Pilot Road 3 Trails. Ya, that's what I meant to say. Made the edit so as to no lead anyone astray. The Scorpions were a short lived tire. But what are you saying? I should forget the rest of the coast and beat it over to Portland for tires? I have been checking the wear every few hundred miles and they are still holding up. I'm in Coos Bay now and will hit Astoria tomorrow and Seattle on Wed.
But, tomorrow morning I have to call Moto International to see if they can help me out. If not I will try Cascade in Beaverton.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:20 AM   #210
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Toadride it has been an interesting relationship with BG and the journey to say the least. I believe an insurmountable amount of perseverance has shown throughout your ride report and I'm guessing that hasn't been a lot different with daily life. Looks like you have a lot of friends scattered thought out and a lot of good memories to cherish. Hope the rest of your Journey leads you safe in passage and the construction on Mandiuminum goes smoothly. Good pics as always makes it fun.
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