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Old 06-09-2015, 06:38 PM   #1
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I'm gonna try to keep this less words, more pictures. I know you all have short attention spans.

Two real goals on the way north. Hwy. 36 from Red Bluff to Fortuna, Ca. and the Aufderheide Memorial Drive from Westfir to Rainbow, Or.

First stop, Quincy Ca. on the way to Bucks Lake Rd, another good'un I hadn't done in almost 15 years...





Okay, a little backstory... the wife and I both had vacation time and we needed to go check our rental house and visit friends/family in Bend, Or. We lived there for 10 years. I decided to ride and make a little trip of it, the wife took the car and the kids.

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Old 06-09-2015, 07:13 PM   #2
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Okay, fast forward to Red Bluff. Bucks Lake was still awesome BUT Hwy. 36? Not sure anything can compare with it anywhere...



I would love to show you pictures of how good this piece o' slab is, but I was too busy giggling for 140 miles. Rollers, sweepers, decreasing radius turns, good pavement, crappy pavement with tar snakes... the Strom was right at home. I think it pretty much offered everything all the good roads I have ridden in my live in one package, as well as sparse traffic and two cops.

So I get to the coast and the heat goes away, along with the good riding. A stop at Applebee's in Eureka and the search was on for a place to camp. No dice. Tent camping was either full or $25-30 for a piece of grass for the night. Screw Kalifornia!

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Old 06-09-2015, 07:14 PM   #3
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:18 PM   #4
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Almost bit the bullet and paid for a spot on the grass right across the street from a herd of elk but decided to keep looking, hoping maybe I could poach a free spot off the highway. By this time it was 9:30, I was a little cold and after 532 miles kinda spent. Broke down for a hotel room in Crescent City. I HATE HATE HATE paying so much money for 6 hours of sleep time and a shower.



No bed bug bites, some see thru in-room coffee and I was off. Started looking for a nice breakfast spot and found this at Double D's Diner in Gold Beach, Or.



As I'm sitting there the Tsunami alarm starts blaring. "Pay your bills and get out!" the owner yells and laughs. Apparently they have a test at 11am the first Wednesday of every month...

Obligatory coast/bike shot after a fill-up in Port Orford.



It starts to cloud up and looks a little like rain ahead. Temp in the mid-50's, not freezing but kinda adds up after awhile at 60+ mph.

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Old 06-09-2015, 08:25 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, forgot one on the way to Crescent City. Didn't wanna stop, had to...

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Old 06-09-2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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Hung a right at Reedsport, Or. to head towards the valley and it does indeed look like rain ahead. The roads are wet in places and the traffic kinda sucks. A stop in Cottage Grove for an iced coffee (it's hot again) from Dutch Bros. and a couple of tacos at the Jack in the Box next door and about the last thing I wanna do is get back on I-5. I find some back roads to get me to Hwy. 58 and now I'm headed towards Oakridge. A stop for gas in Oakridge and a backtrack to Westfir and I'm on FS19, the Aufderheide.



This thing was massive, smashed the road shoulder on the other side:



Looks slippery huh? Not really. Kinda grippy, at least when you slide your boot across it. Didn't push my luck though.





I saw one other vehicle back in here and two random people on the road. Really cool road that gets you to a hot spring at Cougar Reservoir. Last time I did it was on a 1980 KZ1000, all Windjammered out!

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Old 06-09-2015, 09:20 PM   #7
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I know a secret stealth camping spot near Eureka right on the beach.
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The Aufderheide was a blast. Gotta watch yourself though as it's kind of a lightly maintained forest road, at least for the first half. Tree branches down, pot-holes, wet, kinda like riding through a rainforest canopy, then it changes into more pine and better maintenance but from one corner to the next it will change. Another great Strom road. The bonus towards the end is this:



And since I was now cold again...



Despite the stoned hippies and the loud guitar-wielding naked grandpa singing his grandpa song in my ear I had a good soak.

Now I'm hot. And sweating once I changed back into my riding gear and hiked the 1/2 mile out back to the bike.



Soon I would be on the way to Sisters, Or. topping out on Santiam Pass where it was 43 degrees.

972 miles from Minden to Bend, the long way!

A great visit with friends/family and the renters in Bend. Did some wakeboarding, drank some good beer, saw some great art by the Wachs.



Return trip thru the desert coming up!

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I know a secret stealth camping spot near Eureka right on the beach.
I shoulda researched it a little more. Just kinda winged this whole trip!
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My plan was to get to Soldier Meadows, camp one night and then finish off the ride to home. 500-ish miles total I figured so shouldn't be too difficult. Uh huh.

I kinda failed at properly planning my trip, tried some new Android apps for routing and didn't feel the need to load too much into the Garmin. It worked out, but I could've seriously f-ed myself riding a big bike through such desolate country solo. Tried and true GPS tracks should've been in the 60CSx.

Onward...

Rode out China Hat Rd. to Fort Rock from Bend. Varying degrees of gravel depth on that road kinda keep you on your toes!



Stopped for a top-off in Christmas Valley and opted NOT to take Fandango Canyon over to 395. Apparently a good call as the 'good' Fandango is not so good anymore. Blasted across the Wagontire-CV Road instead...



Of COURSE it was record-breaking heat in the PNW the two days I was planning the trip back.

Didn't bring a paddle tire...



This was my first 'real' big trip on a big adventure bike. Most of the first part of this leg home would suck on an actual dirt bike, like Hwy. 395 and Hogback Rd into Plush.



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Plush, Or and the Hart Mountain Store. Their sign could use a little tune-up. It's always been kinda shabby but soon it will be gone!

2007:



2015:



Ate a great cheeseburger cooked by Dave at the store as a mouse-trap snapped shut behind me (sans mouse), topped off the Wee and headed towards Adel.

This is where things got a little interesting... I knew there were numerous ways to get to Soldier Meadows, but I didn't have any tracks. My new app on my phone was failing miserably and I inadvertently cleared my saved tracks from my GPS before I left home. Tried routing to a known waypoint still in my Garmin but couldn't get that to work either. I will definitely spend some time with the GPS before another trip like this.

So what do I do? Google Maps! 'Margo', as I call her, starts giving me turn-by-turn instructions through the Autocomm. This was turn 1...



I'm thinking this lady is whack. How the heck could Google send me down something like this? Is it possible or am I gonna ride off a cliff somewhere or end up in Winnemucca?







I'm thinking I'm doomed, relying on Google for off-road tracks. What if I was in a car? How does Google know? I think big brother is really watching...

This is where Margo sent me... hmmm. Maybe this will work.



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This is where Margo sent me... hmmm. Maybe this will work.



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Coleman Rd right?

Great trip so far Brad!
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Coleman Rd right?

Great trip so far Brad!
Yep...County Road 34.
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Something about seeing familiar country that makes me happy.

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Something about seeing familiar country that makes me happy.

It's the least I could do for you LB...
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