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Old 04-05-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Having relocated to Washington state a couple years ago, it's starting to feel like home. Now I get my kicks Golfing but the ball is a frisbee and the cart is a Fat Tire Bike.





Mrs Riceless enjoys it too.


Washington has a lot of water so I did like Noah and built a boat.


This also is something Mrs R. enjoys.


Life was good but ever since selling my Mighty 950 years ago there has been something missing. I didn't know what it was, just that the Cosmos was somehow misaligned.


Someone told me about a boat similar to mine on display at the airport but much bigger and with 24 oars instead of 2. Feeling restless anyways, I headed to Seatac and I found the impressive vessel just as described.


Seeing this boat did not have the desired effect of making all things well again. Disappointed I turned to walk away. As I did there was suddenly an increasing feeling of pressure building up in my ears and I blacked out!
Waking to the sound of my ears popping, this is what I saw next.


I hate flying but here I was, don't know why, but rather than make a scene, I rolled with it. As the plane got closer to the ground I could see we were landing at LAX.


Much to my relief, the plane landed safely. Not knowing what else to do, I walked out of the terminal to the curb and waited. No more than 3 minutes later inmate Rruugger drives up so I hop in his truck. It was good to see my old riding buddy and he didn't act like anything was out of the ordinary so again, I rolled with it. When we got to his house he hopped out of the truck, opened the garage, and rolled out his 2010 990R.


His phone rang so while he was talking I moved in for a closer look at the Mighty 990. These black Rs are the best looking of all Adventure bikes IMHO. Then I saw this!


At this point I was very confused. Rruugger got off the phone an immediately started showing the luggage system, GPS, heated grips, and Woodys wheel set saying how much nicer these things would make my ride home. Not wanting to wake up from this dream I just downed my beer and rolled with it.

Rruugger set me up in his very comfortable studio apartment and after a great nights sleep, morning found me on the I-10 headed west. I stopped for breakfast in Banning, still not knowing what was happening. I asked these guys but none of them had a clue either.


My tailbone was not looking forward getting back on that vicious stock KTM saddle. Pulling out of the parking lot,the Mighty 990 turn south towards San Jacinto!? Roll with it.
20 minutes later I was in the parking lot of Seat Concepts where I was greeted by the owner MXBundy. He and Mrs Bundy showed me around the super-sano shop and I got to see some of the new products that are in the works. Seat Concepts has go it goin' on!
An hour or two later I found the Mighty had put me on Old Woman Springs road headed towards Johnson Valley. She took a right at Camp Rock road which soon turned to dirt. I stopped under the only shade available on this road and noticed two things. The Mighty had a beautiful new Seat Concepts saddle and my ass didn't hurt! Roll with it.


There was a new map at the kiosk that made me kinda sad.
Anybody familiar with Johnson Valley will understand why.


Letting the Mighty 990 choose the route had proven to be a pretty good plan so far


and as long as we are generally making our way north, we'll get home eventually.... right?

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Old 04-05-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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So been on the road for about 11 hrs and the sun is getting low. This makes for cool lighting/shadow effects on the landscape.


Hey, that dune is in Death Valley. That must mean I'm in DV on the same weekend as the 2015 Death Valley nOOb's Rally!


Getting to Panamint Springs I find the Rally in full swing. But waitaminute. These guys aren't noobs. They ride very well as a matter of fact.


Talk about good timing. Dinner with the crew with plenty of stories to be told. Then the next morning the Mighty 990 & I get to head out with a bunch of my SoCal riding buddies up towards Saline Valley.










It was great seeing everybody again and big thanks to Nowwhat & company for giving me a place to crash.


Most of the crew split off at the Hot Springs to do "The Big Loop" while RAZR & Whallywhirld escorted me down to Big Pine for lunch.




From there it was just the Mighty and me again pointed north on the 395. After Mono Lake


we stopped at a Casino/Lodge in Topaz Lake Nevada. Cheap room but I slept very well.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:12 PM   #4
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At first I was like wtf...now I'm just posting to add to the dream. Keep it coming
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:22 PM   #5
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:44 PM   #7
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Riceless950 is back! Riceless950 is back! Hey everybody, Riceless950 is back!!!:cl ap
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:03 PM   #8
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Next morning it was cold but the Mighty 990 was thinking' Monitor Pass to Tahoe/Truckee/Lassen/Red Bluff/Arcata. So off we went. Lucky it was open this time of year.


Seems everybody else thought it wouldn't be, so we had fun.




Fun road but nothing compared to what was to come.
Breakfast in Truckee was ok.The town probably looks better under snow but I was glad it wasn't.




Continuing towards Lassen I saw a DRZ with a flat front. He said he was OK but asked me to inform his buddy 30 miles up the road that he'd be a bit late.
That was inmate Mike Dirt.


The 89 is a very nice ride. Turning west on the 36 passing Lassen towards Red Bluff a lot of stuff (rest areas/campgrounds) was closed for the season. The 36 is a nice road too and traffic was light. The 36 past west of Red Bluff......Well all I can say is

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:30 AM   #9
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:36 AM   #10
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NICE!!

And I just sold my 950 :(

Already feeling lonely...

You will, no doubt, be a bad influence!
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:16 PM   #11
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NICE!!

And I just sold my 950 :(

Already feeling lonely...

You will, no doubt, be a bad influence!
I'll bet there's an 1190 out there somewhere with your name on it.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:10 PM   #12
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The 36 past west of Red Bluff......Well all I can say is
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This road Does Not Suck! Wish I had more photos or video. Epic.

The 101 in NorCal is very familiar to me. Still love it too.









Obligatory stop to visit in-laws. They really are cool. Both Richard & Ralph ride.


Oregon


I used to work here.




But my boat wasn't this fancy.


Oregon 101 has some great bridges.


My sprocket was looking pretty sad so I headed towards the I-5 to find a new one and/or make tracks towards home. From Newport on, no sprockets. Everybody did say that they could order one.

This is where the front tire went flat.


It rained a lot on the last day but We made it.


The sprocket was toast


But I really think the Mighty 990 didn't care about any of that. She was just happy to be home.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:58 PM   #13
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it was great to see you in Death Valley!
highlight of my weekend.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:04 PM   #14
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Some great photos there.
Nice ride.
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