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Old 09-16-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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Johnnyadventurepants Tours the Great American West

Well it looks like I'll be selling the Tiger shortly so I had go on one last ride with it and hit some spots I've been meaning to go such as Bodie ghost town, the White Rim Trail, Colorado, and Yellowstone. It's really interesting how the Internet is so influential on a trip like this. If it weren't for ride reports on this very site, I wouldn't even have heard about Bodie or the WRT. If it weren't for the Internet, I probably still wouldn't know what a Triumph Tiger was!

So I had the bike loaded up and I was ready to go. My 3 girls were still sleeping but my little guy was up to see me off.


I headed down I-5 and crossed into Oregon through Longview and then headed west to Astoria where I took my first break by the Marintime Museum.








The bridge coming into Astoria from the Olympic Peninsula.










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Old 09-17-2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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Some random Oregon beach




Great road






At one of many butt-breaks, I pulled into Pacific City and soon found myself riding right on the beach. I was surprised how many places still let you do this.






It was actually easy riding on the beach because the sand was pretty wet. The hard part was the entrance where there was 6 inches of soft sand to deal with.



I stopped at the KOA in Newport where I was told a place to pitch my tent was 43 bucks! I laughed at the lady and kept going and camped in a state campground down the road.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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I woke up nice and early and the riding was great. Cool, a little foggy, and no one on the road.


Some early morning surfers




















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Old 09-17-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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My kids love dinosaurs so I had to make sure to get some pics








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I met up with another rider on a V-Strom at a viewpoint. His name was Martin and he was on day 39 of his trip! We rode together for the rest of the day and shared a camp site that night.

It was hard to take pics on the Avenue of the Giants. It was really dark with a few bright lines of light coming through. Well, hard for an amateur anyways!










Drive Through Tree. The guy who ran the admission booth was so excited to see me. He had recently purchased a Tiger himself and he heard the Triple coming. Hint: ride a Tiger there and you might get in free.


Check out these tree forts!






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Old 09-17-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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Beautiful ride and pics

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Old 09-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:47 PM   #8
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Moab Meeting at Top of Schaffer Switchbacks

Great ride report Johnny. Sorry to hear that you are going to part with the Triumph Tiger, That is a sweet lookin ride. I was one of the two guys you met in Moab at the top of Schaffer Swtchbacks on the 11th of September riding the WR's. I am including a link to 10Cups and my Moab ride reports. 10Cup rode the TAT back to Arkansas from Moab and should be home tomorrow afternoon. I left Moab on Monday of this week and drove back to Denver in my pickup with the bike in the back. Picked up my wife at her mothers place, and drove back to Arkansas. Check out the ride report and we will do the same. Take care.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:23 AM   #9
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Hey Oleary! I just checked out your report and it looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I really like those Yamahas! Stick around and you guys just might find yourselves in this report.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:39 AM   #10
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Today I noticed a little oil seeping out of the sump pan. It looked like a little bit of gasket was missing. It wasn't that big of deal but I wanted to take care of it before I left civilization. I got a hold of a fellow inmate and Tiger owner Paul and he took good care of me. He provided a spare room and let me use his truck to pick up a new gasket from the Triumph dealer the next day.

Here's a couple pics of downtown San Francisco as I follow my GPS's every command to get to Paul's place.




Here's a pic of Paul getting in my way as I do all of the work




Thanks again Paul!
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I was so ready to get out of the Bay area! Way too many people/cars/freeways!

I headed east and I missed the turnoff to Yosemite. However, I didn't really care because I heard that 108 was really good and it was. No traffic at all. I started off the morning near sea level and soon I was at 9600ish feet.


I made my way over to Bodie to see the ghost town. This place blew my mind. It was awesome! The buildings and actual town were great, but the setting really put it over the top. You had to drive 13 miles of dirt road up in the hills to get there. The town is located at about 8500 feet. It has really hot summers and really cold winters.

Headed up to Bodie




The town comes into view




















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More Bodie







Just little stuff laying around was interesting
















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Yeah Bodie is a very cool destination. Some excellent riding to be had in the Sierra Nevada....
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:17 PM   #14
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