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Old 07-06-2009, 02:06 AM   #1
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West Coast Trip 5k Loop WA,OR,CA,AZ,UT,CO,WY,MT,ID

Well this trip happened back in May but I'm just getting around to putting a ride report together.

It all started with my wife wanting to go to CO for a family reunion. I didn't really want to go in the car and I think she sensed that and suggested I take the bike and meet them there. I finagled this into me leaving a week early and eventually doing nearly 5 thousand miles.

The day I was supposed to leave May 5th there were 45 mph wind gusts and it delayed me a day. The next day was nearly as bad and poured rain until Canon Beach Oregon. My buddy joined me on this first day and although it was a challenge with the wind and rain we loved it.















We were so glad to get to the camp spot on the ocean and it was a gorgeous sunset.

















next stop the Lost Coast of California...
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:25 AM   #2
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fantastic, so far
hope that the solo legs of your journey will be quite fulfilling
be safe out there, please
can't wait to see the next set of pictures (and the stories behind them)
thanks for the thread and taking us along on your trip
it is much appreciated
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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Day 2

My buddy Paul took off back to WA and I headed for CA. It was a gorgeous ride with beautiful weather and twisty coastal roads. I needed to make Petrolia CA so I could ride the Lost Coast the next day and avoid a bicycle race through the area.





















Getting into CA the terrain changed and I started getting back into the larger trees.





Coming into Ferndale... This was a beautiful little town south of Eureka CA and at the end of it is the beginning of the Matthole Rd. The turn to the Matthole is abrupt and has a big sign for Petrolia. The road narrows and becomes very curvy with amazing sound of music type vistas.



this is not my picture but I didn't take a picture of the sign.












I rode down to the mouth of the Matthole river but decided not to camp there and went back up and camped between Petrolia & Honeydew.

I had acres to myself. I went and gathered up river wood to make a fire and get a good night's rest for the Lost Coast ride the next day.





The next morning I tackled the Lost Coast. I would end up getting stuck in the mud twice but the views were well worth it.

The first giant puddle I went through went up to the engine heads so I walked the remaining puddles to check the depths. One puddle I went up past my knees!

I ended up getting stuck the first time in an area that didn't look that bad but my back wheel just started to sink and I put my foot down which suctioned my boot and pulled me right off the bike.

The second time I fell off was going up a steep rutted hill. In my haste I didn't realize someone had carved a road to go around it. Each time I had to take all my gear off the bike and literally drag the bike into positions to get through. I didn't take pictures of actually being stuck in the mud because I was covered in mud from head to toe.



shelter cove












this is the puddle that went up to my knees on the right side.






















As you can see the bike was thoroughly covered in mud. Mud got into my dry bag and all over my gear. I spent two hours on this beautiful bluff washing my stuff thanks to Westport RV park. Needless to say I stayed at a hotel that night in Fort Bragg exhausted from picking up my bike probably 8 times that day. I really have never had to deal with mud and a heavy bike so I got all the training I need! What an adventure.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:20 PM   #4
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Keep 'er comin', Fuze!

Great photos as usual, Brian! Thanks for putting this RR together for us.

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Old 07-07-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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What a ride!

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Old 07-07-2009, 10:33 PM   #6
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The next day was a fantastic ride from Fort Bragg to Monterey. Curvy California coast, it was like being on a roller coaster for whole day.

























These folks were awesome. He was 70 and they told me they boarded up the windows on their house in Alabama and sold all the animals and were just riding.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:25 PM   #7
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I plugged my camera in at a campground and it fried the battery charger so no pictures from Monterey to Palm Springs.

In San Simeon there were thousands of seals doing their yearly thing on the beach but other than that is was just beautiful coast riding.

I turned inland before Santa Barbara due to the fires. As soon as I got off the coast the temperatures sky rocketed.

I hit a fire by Pyramid Lake on the 5 and was glad I could split lanes because it was over 100 degrees.

Spent a couple of days at my Mom's in Palm Springs then headed for AZ.

I decided to try and ride some of route 66. It was so freakin hot!










All along route 66 were Brits and Germans on Harelys traveling on route 66 from Chicago.






Note the temperature.












Notice a resemblance?








I was so happy to get to Flagstaff and higher elevations.


I ended up camping at the base of a Volcano just north of Flagstaff.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:45 PM   #8
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Now I was going to head through Indian country and into Utah.













Getting into Indian country there are stands all along the side of the road.






I loved watching the terrain change but I was itching to get out on some dirt roads.
















































I enjoyed exploring near Moab






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Old 07-09-2009, 03:52 PM   #10
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Thanks I really enjoyed the trip.

There were moments when I was stuck in the mud or I'd come to some obstacle and wonder what the heck am I doing out here by myself but there is nothing like overcoming those hurdles. Adventure is the salt of life and I thank God for every I can ride.

Coming up: heading into Colorado through the Manti La Sal National forest...



Here is a sneek peek at some Yellowstone Buffalo herding on a GS.
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Crap I forgot to finish this ride report! I think i'll have to do that soon
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:15 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by atomicfuze
Crap I forgot to finish this ride report! I think i'll have to do that soon
Yes you will! Really enjoying it so far
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