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Old 08-23-2010, 08:44 AM   #31
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I'm so in for this...

Love the sense of humor and hell-of-a start to your trip .
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:10 AM   #32
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:24 AM   #33
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Hey LittleWan.

Nice to see you guys are out riding again.
I've subscribed to this thread and am following along.

Aside from a 7000 mile five week trip up to Alaska, there are no big trips for me this year.

So I'll live vicariously though you guys.

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Old 08-23-2010, 10:18 AM   #34
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Day 3: 7/7/10 Chester, CA to Lakeview, OR 222 miles


We slept like the dead - I guess wrestling a schoolbus is good for something. After breaking camp, we rode into Chester for breakfast and fuel.




There was a coffee shop that was completely packed, but instead of dealing with that mess, we chose this place.




Mostly because of the friendly dog.




They had coffee, and anything you want for breakfast, as long as it’s a breakfast burrito.




The burritos were a little weird. Cold tortilla, scrambled eggs, chopped veggies with some kind of vinegar dressing, and a very light dusting of cheese.
I guess we know why the coffee shop was so busy...


Matt’s favorite part of the burrito place was the bathroom. Hot water, soap, and a whole roll of paper towels.


matt: (coming out of the bathroom) I hope they don’t have cameras in there...
me: :
matt: I gave myself a sponge bath.
me: oh. whew.
haha!



As we were getting ready to leave, we noticed the tires. Holy Crap, see how bad they looked after only 2 days? These guys were brand new when we pulled out of the garage.


Front: D606



Rear: Rally Raid 908



Originally, we had planned to do a little more of the PCQ, up through Lassen. But, matt’s mom was just there a couple of weeks ago and she said half the park had been closed due to snow. After yesterday’s fiasco, we decided to take it easy on ourselves and bail on that plan. It was tempting, but we were going to resist the urge to bang our heads against the wall.

We are so smart - S-M-R-T!




Matt picked some dirt roads from our AAA map and off we went - to Alturas. We got on FR10. It was okay until we ran into the grader.
Ugh, it looked like an okay road, but really it was loose, deep silt. Matt called it "Tilt" - short for "terrifying silt."

Okay, I'm going to get off topic a little...but it will come up a lot over the next 40+ days.
One of my favorite movies is Elf (with Will Ferrell). I know, I know. It's stupid. I don't even like Christmas (or Will Ferrell) but I love Elf.

So, one of the best parts of the movie is when Buddy says "Smiling is my favorite" and his grumpy boss snaps, "Make work your favorite, okay? Work is your new favorite."

Every time I start whimpering about some part of the ride that's freaking me out, Matt says, in his meanest voice, "Make sand your favorite!" (or mud, or snow, or whatever) and it cracks me up.

Here's the clip - now if you watch this and imagine Buddy the Elf as LittleWan and the Boss as BigWan...you've got our whole riding dynamic!

Make work your favorite!


Make Tilt your favorite!
Edit: Matt wants to make it perfectly clear that these are not photos of the spots with the "terrifying silt"
I was not allowed to wave the camera around during the actual TILT.
(how's that, matt?)







Details of this morning are a little sketchy - my notes are sparse. We went from FR10 to Termo, CA and one of the major roads was A21 through the Lassen Forest.







We stopped at this old farm site. There was a historical marker but I forgot to take a photo of it. I think there was the number 8 on it?
Oh well. I like riding more than history. I’m sure you can find a RR with all the details










Matt said if I was tired of camping, we could stay here.



Ugh. It was so gross in there, I don't know how he could eat his granola bar.


Lots of bird nests



And corresponding poop.



Cool old windmill.



Okay, break time is over. Back on the trail!




hi cow!



fun roads



Pretty little lake. We were excited to see a white pelican (we're used to the brown ones).








And then we were on Termo Grasshopper Road. There was no one out there, so Matt played around with the camera a bit.




me too. This is what I see when Matt stands up. A giant wall of grey Cordura.




Sometimes when he stands up, I miss stuff:
me: wait, where did that truck go?
matt: Umm. we passed it way back there. I was standing up.
me: oh.

In Baja, I miss entire towns


After a quick lunch stop in Alturas, we were speeding our way towards Cave Lake and the beginning of the OBCDR!



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Old 08-23-2010, 10:46 AM   #35
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Hi redog1!


Hey Andrew - thanks for dropping by. Well, did I whet your appetite for the Pacific Crest Quest??


Howdy, Questor - nice to have you. how did you like Alaska? Doing a report?


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Old 08-23-2010, 11:20 AM   #36
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Howdy, Questor - nice to have you. how did you like Alaska? Doing a report?

Alaska was great!
It's so big.

I'll start the Ride Report this Fall. It's going to be a big one.

Right now I'm too busy riding the area around my new home of Idaho Falls. There are so many places to ride out here!

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Old 08-23-2010, 03:48 PM   #37
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I understand Romper Room is in session and Larryboy is causing trouble in class. Subscribed.

Enjoying your report.
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:46 PM   #38
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Hi Ladybug

Yeah, that larryboy...

He acts like he's such a bad boy, such a rabble-rouser.
BUT, look what I found - the truth comes out at last!

Turns out he's nothing but a "Good DO Bee" after all...





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Old 08-23-2010, 07:31 PM   #39
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I'm not ashamed to ba a part of Romper Room so..

Hi Li'lWan and Matt... I lived in Quincy for 7 years and spent a lot of time on my 1974 xl350 exploring the roads around there not to mention camping and fishing many of the lakes, Silver Lake included. Thanks for the short nostalgic ride down memory lane.
Great RR so far.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:38 PM   #40
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The hubby (bronco3738) is constantly going on about your RR's. I can see why. Great read. I love 2up trips, and completely understand the Great Wall of Cordura. So, I got myself a 650GS and may do our next one on my own bike. :)

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Old 08-23-2010, 08:12 PM   #41
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My Boyfriend and Dad and I must have been about a week behind you on the TAT. We enjoyed finding your charm on top of Coyote Mtn.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:27 PM   #42
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:14 PM   #43
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:40 PM   #44
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keep it coming!!!! it might even inspire my better half (she really is about half my size) to go for longer ventures....
good for you both for taking the time doing the important things in life.

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:14 AM   #45
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I lived in Quincy for 7 years and spent a lot of time on my 1974 xl350 exploring the roads around there not to mention camping and fishing many of the lakes, Silver Lake included. Thanks for the short nostalgic ride down memory lane.
hi redog1 - glad to bring back some good times. Hope the Polka Dot wasn't an old haunt...

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The hubby (bronco3738) is constantly going on about your RR's. I can see why. Great read. I love 2up trips, and completely understand the Great Wall of Cordura. So, I got myself a 650GS and may do our next one on my own bike. :)
hi jadedillusion - thanks! Good for you!- I told matt I won't ride with him unless he has a bike that will slow him down enough. My suggestion is a unicycle.

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My Boyfriend and Dad and I must have been about a week behind you on the TAT. We enjoyed finding your charm on top of Coyote Mtn.
hi Istephenson! I can't tell you how happy that makes me! I was afraid that one would just rot away up there. Thanks for letting me know

Hi yukon tracker, j2beers and nomadguy - thanks for stopping by.
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