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Old 04-22-2011, 09:25 PM   #241
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No! Wait! What?!

Ive been reading non stop for 2 hours! I want more and I want it now
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:18 AM   #242
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So maybe it wasn't my fault after all


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Old 04-24-2011, 09:55 AM   #243
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Day 28 - June 27, 2010
Mileage Today: 355
Total Trip Mileage: 7,807

Sunny from the start this morning. That has not happened in quite sometime. We had a pressing matter to attend to this morning.
The problem: When we arrived in Bellingham, WA off of the ferry there were no “Washington” signs, and as you may have noticed, we like to take our picture in front of those signs. We do have a contingency plan in place to deal with such an event: take the picture of the sign when you leave the state. There were 2 problems with this.

1. We were on I-205 with no good place to stop.

2. When states are bordered by rivers, they tend to put the signs on the middle of the bridge that crosses that river. Again, no good place to stop.

The solution: Well, as luck would have it, we camped on the Columbia River last night, and that just so happens to be the border between Washington and Oregon. There was a bridge back across to Washington that we had spotted the previous night while out looking for some dinner.




It was called "The bridge of the gods" and it cost a buck to get across.



Every time I see a bridge like this (or any metal structure for that matter), with all it's million rivets, bolts, straps, I-beams, etc... I cannot help but think how much it would suck to have to paint it .



We crossed the bridge, and found our "Washington" sign, but they were not gonna make it that easy. The sign was in the worst possible location, to where we had to park on a non-existent shoulder off of a blind curve - I sure hope the photo album appreciates the effort we are putting into this. And since I am such a loving and caring husband who would obviously never put his wife in harms way
- I allow her to be on the protected side of the guard rail.



We stay on the Washington side of the river as we follow the road back West towards Portland.







We picked up I-5 for a bit in Portland, and headed South until we could turn off onto a smaller Hwy. Very nice scenery off of the smaller Hwy.



We were starting to get closer to our target, Crater Lake.







And we started to climb.





Still tons of snow...



We reached the top, and got our fist view of Crater Lake.

*Disclaimer - Non of these photos are photo shopped. This is the color of the lake naturally.




It is probably the most intense blue I have ever seen in my life




And our trusty steed that has wanted for nothing (except maybe a new chain, which I still had not dealt with).




A few more shots as we rode around.





We ate up a good part of the day here, but it wasn't quite late enough to stop for the day, so we pushed on.

Action Shots:





We rode on for a few hours



And found camp at a State Park, and set-up.



Tomorrow we are headed back to the Pacific Coast. We aim to take the less traveled scenic route, and are not disappointed.

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Old 04-24-2011, 10:03 AM   #244
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beautiful pictures....maybe you answered this question all ready but what camera are you using and would you recommend it?
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:38 AM   #245
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The Crater Lake shots are Amazing!

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Old 04-24-2011, 12:48 PM   #246
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Awesome shots of Crater Lake!

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Old 04-24-2011, 05:29 PM   #247
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:00 PM   #248
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I gotta go check that area out
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:34 PM   #249
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In 1982, I made a trip from Kalamazoo, MI to San Diego to Spokane and back to K-zoo (1979 GS850G Suzuki). My uncle was a ranger in Klamath Falls, Oregon. When I told him I was headed to Crater Lake, he said "I'm not sure they're open yet". What? "Oh, yeah, they'll have snow up there"... I have pics taken at the lodge at the lake with the snow piled up to the roof. It was the second week of August.

Great pics of the lake! I have almost the exact same shots...of course, without your wife's smiling face!

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Old 04-24-2011, 11:22 PM   #250
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:07 AM   #251
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Day 29 - June 28, 2010
Mileage Today: 320
Total Trip Mileage: 8,127



Today we are headed back West towards the Pacific Coast. We studied the map yesterday, looking for a route that would basically be due West from where we were. There was an obvious state hwy route that went Southwest, but that would bypass all of the Oregon coast and bring us into California. Ideally we wanted to follow as much coastline as possible, so we chose the light gray thin line on the map that appeared to be a linear move West from where we were.

We loaded up and headed towards Grant's Pass for our Safeway breakfast stop.



After our breakfast stop in Grant's Pass, we hopped on I-5 for a minute to head North towards the town of Merlin, where we would pick-up our route back West.

The road out of Merlin:





The route we were on was officially called "Bear Camp Coastal Trail", and would eventually dump us out in Gold Beach, OR.



The road follows the Rouge River as it flows through the Sisklyou National Forest.



This is a good sign (literally).



The road turns away from the Rouge River, and heads up into the Klamath Mountains.






We pull off to the side, take a break, and snap some photos.









We both can't help but smile. This route is turning out to be great.

We get some Vista points along the way...



And the road gets tighter.






Some more stops to take some pics of the flora.









The road widens as we near Gold Beach.





And we are dumped out right on to Hwy 101.





More in a bit, got to do some work......


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Old 04-25-2011, 12:46 PM   #252
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Day 29 continued...


We got on Hwy 101 and quickly found some beach access.



Then headed back out on the Hwy towards the California border.











We crossed the border.



And continued down 101 in and out of clouds.










On the way out of Eureka, CA I spotted a motorcycle shop, and decided to stop in and see if I could buy some proper chain lube. The last time I had lubed the chain was back in Tok, AK, and I had used 90wt gear oil and WD-40 , and I left that excess lube with the guy who made the wooden sculptures with his chainsaw. Of course, the bike's chain was still making a crunchy sorta sound, but only when we would slow down (like entering a city limit or something), so as long as we were at speed then it really didn't bother me. This is how I have let it go for so long - If I can't hear it, then it's not happening . So, we pulled into the shop, but it seemed like we had just hit closing time, but some people were coming out and said to go ahead and go inside. I did, and the dude at the counter was more than happy to sell me some chain lube. We put the bike on the center stand in the parking lot and soaked it down with lube for a while, then continued on out of Eureka to find some camping.

The sun was getting low, and our shadows long...





We snagged a nice little patch of grass at a camp park in Fortuna, CA, and set-up for the night.



Tomorrow we take the Lost Coast Hwy around to the backside of Redwoods State Park. I didn't realize that place like that still existed in California .


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Old 04-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #253
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Just got caught up after finding this yesterday. Great report. Great trip. Am enjoying it greatly.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:06 PM   #254
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Thanks for posting, may I recommend coming up in August next time? you can leave the heated gear behind then.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:14 PM   #255
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Thanks for posting, may I recommend coming up in August next time? you can leave the heated gear behind then.
maybe in BC no heated gear will be needed that time of year but up north one never knows...we are bringing our heated gear and we leave July 4th for Inuvik and Deadhorse.
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