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Old 12-02-2009, 10:33 AM   #16
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I awaken, that's always good, to a clear sunny day.

It is early and the shadows are long, when I hit the road.



along the shores of Goose Lake.




I always take pics of road art.











You just know this guy has piles of junk and dead cars.



Mt Shasta in the distance. I stopped and asked a guy why the fields weren't harvested. This is a duck preserve the fields are left to the birds.

Near Bieber CA



After a quick breakfast, the shadows show it is still early.





McArthur. Again Shast in the background.




Somewhere near Hatchet Mountain.


I stop at a small park near this white rock.






A nice quiet break. Just watch the birds and tadpoles for a while.




I was on my way to Redding when I see a Mt Lassen sign. Hang a left.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:53 AM   #17
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Great stuff!
But it should be known that "rush hour" in Wenatchee is more like "hurry up 30 minutes."
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:53 PM   #18
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I don't think I have heard of Mt Lassen. It erupted in 1915. Lots of pics and info in the Museum. The pics reminded me of Mt St Helens.







Still monitoring?

These bldgs look to have been built by Conservation Corps. Maybe the Gov should start this up again. They sure did some nice National Park projects.

Minimum wage plus food and lodging. Run like the military or the "old style" Forest Service. How many young and/or out of work men would take this up.


I went down to the park store for a sandwich. Pricey! I pull around back to check the price of gas. I was paused, waiting for a couple of KTM riders to finish gasing up.

"Do you want the rest of this gas?"
"Huh, who, me?
"Yeah. It's prepaid and we're full."
"Sure, Thank you very much."

I got about 3/4 gallon which was just enough to ease my mind.

Thanks a bunch guys.














A nice winding road then starts to climb at this meadow.

























Still venting. And really smelly.

I was going to ride back thru the park, but a BMW rider convinced me to continue to Red Bluff and take Hwy 36 to the coast, instead of 299.




You gotta love this sign.



Into the Valley of Heat I rode.

I was melting at the gas pump in Red Bluff. Someone said 105*.

West on hwy 36 out of Red Bluff was very interesting. Lots of tight corners and up and down thru hills and lots of ranchettes. I hit there at rush hour and there was a fair amount of traffic for a bit and I didn't take any pics.



Platina. Chili and Pie with some local conversation thrown in.

I continued into the mountains. A turn off to a logging road is home for the night. I sleep like a baby on the pavement apron. No bugs, No tent. Just stars.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:03 PM   #19
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I awaken with truck noises on the other side of my brush hedge. The sun is up and daylight is burnin'.

I'm quite refreshed considering I was in the saddle 14 hours yesterday.

I am going thru my morning routine and loading up when I miss my Dayminder. A quick search then a detailed search nets nothing. The dayminder has my cycle papers and my passport and checkbook and personal contacts.

Yesterday, or day before, when I camped at the CA border, I pulled stuff out of my tailbox in the dark. I wonder if I managed to flip it out and onto the ground, then didn't see it when I loaded up.

I wonder what the penalty is for no registration or proof of insurance?


Well I'm not turning back now, and head on out. I'll keep a low profile.







Gotta love this road.






New bridge.


Old bridge.




a patch of redwoods with a small park.





Beware the shadows. Therein steel monsters hide.


The road got kind of skinny on some of these kinks.




Another elegant old bridge.



Hydesville isn't even on my map, but they have a PO.

Breakfast in Fortuna and I can't figure how to get to across the Freeway. I start out the indicated street and it one=ways onto the freeway. Hmmm I duckwalk the bike back a few yards till I can turn around. Back down the street to a lady unloading groceries.

"Could you please tell me how to get to Ferndale?"

"Just follow the street out and turn off about one mile. something, something Fernbridge flood of 19 something, something", she directs. Except I'm looking for Ferndale.

The street again turns into 101 and I proceed slowly. I see a Fernbridge sign, and finally Ferndale.



Ferndale is full of nice blgs. Bear with me. I like this stuff.


Ferndale Post Office.



Library




Wow. This old church was in very good shape. It was recently painted and all the nails set and filled. No gaps for water anywhere. I checked.
What would you charge to paint that steeple?








Here is another!

OK enough. Time to hit the road.


Skinny pavement and blind corners make me keep the speed low. I met several cars. A couple places the whole road bed was only 12-14 ft wide.


Lots of ridgetop.


Part of the way those clouds were blowing across the road like wispy sheets.




windy



and steep.





Petrolia.

At the local mart I met a nice couple riding KLR250's, and followed them for awhile but the pace was slow and I finally took off.




The Grange Hall. This is the next day.

When I got there I parked my tent at the far end of the field in the sun. I like the morning sun. And I snore, so I usually camp away from the pack.

The second day people were dragging their tents into my territory. I warned them about the snoring.

"That's OK my husband snores, too." says one lady.

Later I learned some were awakened in the night. You all were warned and I was here first.










A nice cross section of bikes. Then this shows up.


Yup. RTW Doug made it down to Petrolia. He gave a slide show on his RTW trip on the Indian. He certainly has some stories.







Lots of stories about life on the road. A number of Aussies and Brits passing thru. Sometimes it is hard to believer we speak the same language.

The food was outstanding. There were extra desserts for midnight snacks!
A local wine maker was plying his wares.

The requisite tire changing class. Coach Stroud did a riding class. First Aid class. A Wing and trailer was in attendance. He gave a slide show on Winging thru Morocco. Cynthia Milton did a very nice slide show on Mexico.


This is Cynthia on her early 80's Shadow. 11000mi thru Mexico, solo.
Her friend, can't remember the name, rents out old bikes. I thought it was interesting that he found the 70's Suzuki GS more reliable than the Honda CB.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:41 AM   #20
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Just about to complete the circle to the left.



Honeydew store and PO

I need a nice cold Diet Coke. It's been a few days.



I like the patterns of these old steel bridges.







More redwoods.








Nice road.

Left on freeway 101 to get past some population.



Orick, CA Hwy 101 goes back to two-lane and slows down.







Note the big log by the car.



Not sure why the axe is tacked to the tree. Odd handle.





I rode right past these critters and then realized they weren't behind a fence. (we have elk farms in my area). Idarider had been hunting and not gotten an elk when I left. So I went back to get a pick to tease him. As soon as I got out my camera cars started stopping.


Time to leave before the tourists get thick and/or do something stupid.

Anyway. Here's where the elk are, Roy!


Another Redwood Park. This is National Redwood Park.



The sign says "Big Tree" Duh.






I drove to the end of the Redwood Grove then came back to a small road, not on my map, and went exploring.


totally different trees.



Sometimes dirt and one lane. A nice scenic shortcut.






I have to find a way across the Klamath River and am wandering around, not using 101, when I see this concrete bear.



It's the end of an old concrete bridge.









There was a big flood in the 50's. Written off as an 100 year flood. In 1964 the bridge was swept away with another record flood 18-20 ft above flood stage.



Oops, bear butt.



On the new bridge the bears are painted gold. Body Builder Bears. Tacky.

I make it to Crescent City just before dark and find a motel. I really need a shower.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:13 PM   #21
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Crescent City was just a gas, eat, sleep and go town. The morning is crisp. The humidity makes me bundle up and put on my hippo hands.



Can anyone pass this photo op? Come on.






This tree stood out from the rest, at a roadside stop.

A rogue sequoia



Smith River







Gasquet, CA Gasket? Gas..K









Oh no! I was trying to keep a low profile.

I'm still wondering where I lost my papers? Back in Baker City I unloaded my tail box at the motel. I've gone over many possibilities. I don't remember shaking out the bed cover, and may have thrown the cover over my dayminder. I've decided to return to that motel.






I finally break out into some sunshine. The woods have been shadowy and cool.

I shortcut past Grants Pass. Do a couple miles of freeway then a left at Gold Hill onto hwy 234. Gas and go.



I went up this road a ways, but it turned to gravel and my tire is getting really thin...no cords showing,yet.




Interesting bush/tree.





Someone, I met along the way, suggested hwy 199 and it has turned out to be a wonderful ride. Almost no traffic, scenic, meandering, but always bearing NE.


Prospect, OR












Looking straight down 30-40 ft. Don't loose your hat! Or camera.



Lots of statistics. Water acres, cubic feet of flow, yada yada. A lot of water compressed into this narrow gorge.



This stump was cool. It's alive. Some roots grafted together to feed the stump and it barked over and repaired itself.





It's late and cold. I want a motel.




At the Crater Lake Nat. Park entrance.




That's what happens when traveling off season.

Too late to see the park so back out to the main road and head south.


Those clouds look cold.



Refuge in Fort Klamath.

The motel has no TV, it does have a small kitchen with organic quich and pita pockets, etc. Closed of course and the only thing left to eat was twigs and berries.

They have lots of videos. For food they direct me to the general store, a mile away, who 'might' still be open.

It was and I had a good burger. A rustic store with a griddle and deep fat fryer. Hunter, gun magazines, a few heads on the walls.

Back at the motel I fall asleep to a Shrek movie.


I'm now down near the point on the left.
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:18 PM   #22
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While eating a homemade sausage/egg sandwich at the General Store some buses pass by. 3-4 inches of snow on the roofs. Plans change, again.

I need to get to the dryer and hopefully warmer interior. My map shows no nearby paved roads to the east. I'll have to go south to go north. The irony does not escape me.

I interupt the cook to nab a couple of freshly fried donuts.



Good bye Fort Klamath.




Chiloquin PO...gas and go.



North on hwy 97. Cold and grey.


Crater Lake Park is out there somewhere.

Occasional snow flurries keep me focused on the task at hand. Get Home.


Chemult.

One more behind me.

A hard right at Redmond and I'm finally heading east. I need to check that motel in Baker.


Donut time. Cinnimon and sugar. mmmmm.


Ochoco Pass is 4700 ft and warmer than hwy 97.




I have to see this.



The Post Office was OK but the rest of the town was kind of run down.










This motel on the edge of town was in nice shape.


















This cool canyon bursts onto an irrigated valley of grass and hay.



Blue sky is good.


I detour up onto a hill for this pic of the skinny canyon.



Dayville, OR.



Here is a fixer-upper in the middle of nowhere. A nice location, though.

I continue from John Day to Baker City. Same route I went south on, so will skip the pics.

I get the same room at the same motel. No dayminder. The staff didn't find a thing.

It was a long cold day and I'm asleep early.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:15 PM   #23
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thanks for the ride along.......
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:36 PM   #24
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Good RR. I like all your Post office photos. In looking back over your photos you have the names of towns State and zip codes you visited.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:15 AM   #25
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The morning dawns crisp and cold, but no snow. I wolf down a few oatmeal cookies, from my stash, and hit the road.






I run some side roads, heading west, that parallel I-84.

I'm thinking of retracing my route north thru Enterprise, but those clouds look cold.



Haines, OR





North Powder, OR

I cross to the north side of the freeway.
There are lots of small towns along I-84. Founded by drop outs following the Oregon Trail. "You know Ma. I'm gettin' tired. This looks like a nice place. Whad ya think?"











I seem to have missed the PO in Union. This is one of the larger small towns.






Check the size of this hotel. Cafe and RV hookups. Gotta come back here.



Those clouds look like snow.
Nearing LaGrande I encounter a road crew. They confirm there has been snow to the north.

Time to skirt the Wallowa. I jump onto I-84 and wheel for Pendleton and up the valley to Lewiston.



Just before Pendleton. This is a nice "shortcut".



Blue sky, from the top of the hill.




I watched this rather large dust devil for near 15 min.






I'm bookin' down the hill and get stopped in my tracks.

African cattle?





This one says "Move along".
so I did.


Down the road a ways I again hit the binders.





Are these Yaks? Or a cross with Yaks?





I make my way thru the maze of Walla Walla without making a wrong turn. A first for me. Hwy 12 is dry and not very scenic today. I bear down and make some miles. No more PO pics. Things stay dry, even over Pomeroy hill.

Inland seaport, Clarkston, WA.





My turn to bypass Clarkston. Redwolf Bridge.



The Old Lewiston Grade.



It is good to be home and the last 20 mi pass quickly.

Turn on the heat and stand in a hot shower. Ahhh.

I stuff myself with eggos and scrambled eggs. Finish with a cup of Earl Grey, add a tot of cheap rum, and retire to the Easy-Boy for some mind numbing tv.
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:02 PM   #26
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Nice ride & pix...Thanks for sharing with us.

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:10 PM   #27
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I see the thread count got over 1000, so a few folks were following along.

This just sort of turned into a small town ride. I tagged over 50 new Post Office bldgs. I hope you all enjoyed it. I sure did. A very nice mostly relaxing ride.

A couple days after getting home, I collected the mail. I recieved a notice from my insurance agent. I had left my dayminder in their office.

Just as I was leaving I stopped by and got a new proof of insurance. I must have put the dayminder down when I put on my helmet. Doh!

Happy Trails.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:16 PM   #28
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Good job Dick

I hope you're going to throw a few more of those post offices on Mortimersickle go postal thread.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:29 PM   #29
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Awesome ride

Thanx for taking us with you.


The tours at Geiser Grand are Sat. only 3:30-4:30 so plan accordingly. I would verify on website prior to to visit.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:45 PM   #30
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Love the shots of yr riding between 5 and 101! I went up to the Reno air races w/ a buddy of mine in a truck a few years ago. Afterwards we hit Lassen and, after I dropped him off to hang w/ some crazy chick in Shasta, I started heading home. I hit Redding and saw a sign for 299 to 101 and figured what the hell. Ended up driving through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen...and the whole time I was thinking "I gotta come back here on a bike!". I ended up hitting 101 about 5 hours later and had made it 6 miles to Oakland...WELL worth it though. Thanks for the reminder!
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