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Old 05-03-2011, 09:37 AM   #121
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I have been in many situations where I think either "oh crap, I am on the wrong bike for this" or "oh crap, I am way outside my skill level for this"
Sometimes it hurts, but mostly it makes for great stories around the campfire :)

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Old 05-03-2011, 12:25 PM   #122
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Day 12: cont'd

When I left Titus Canyon I headed north on the (thankfully) pavement to Scotty's Castle. I have to say here I love my V-Strom! Three hours of running at idle dead slow in 90F (32C) heat and the bike never even suggested it might want to overheat and it never hesitated. I turned onto the pavement and ran at 60 mph (100 kmh) up to Scotty's Castle and it ran just as steadily. I had absolutely no problems the entire trip - it's an awesome machine
Scotty's Castle was built in the 1920's by a millionaire (not the Scotty the castle is named for) and his wife. It's now owned by the National Park Service and there are guided tours provided through the castle.











On the way back to Texas Springs from Scotty's Castle I stopped at the Ubehebe Crater.



Another amazing vista on the way back to Texas Springs



I headed back to Furnace Creek still riding a wave of euphoria from my journey through Titus Canyon. I was walking into the restaurant there and I ran into one of the dirt bike riders from the morning. He asked if I had actually ridden the canyon and we shared our stories As I suspected they made it through in a much shorter time than I did and they stopped for sightseeing
I got back to the campground and found a R1200GS with an ADV decal in the site across from mine. I went over and introduced myself to marchyman and we chatted away for the next couple of hours. He'd driven in from San Francisco to meet friends for a yearly pilgrimage but they'd opted to stay in Beatty of all places I think he had the better idea.



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Old 05-03-2011, 01:21 PM   #123
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Nice. Loving your ride and report.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:22 PM   #124
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Great RR, pleasure to read and to enjoy the scenery !
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:57 PM   #125
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What a cool story and ride report. The world needs more adventurers like you!!!
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:16 PM   #126
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Thank you, everyone, for reading my RR, I'm so glad you're following along and enjoying the trip
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:27 PM   #127
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Day 13: April 16, 2011

Unfortunately it was time to start to think about heading for home In keeping with the rest of the ride I hadn't yet decided on my route home
I thought I would go west on 190 to Lone Pine and check with the Visitor Centre there to see what my options were for crossing the mountains. I knew Yosemite was closed so I thought I would either go north on 395 to Reno and across Donner Pass on I80 or go south down to 178 and across to Bakersfield. I'd had good reports of both routes although I was leaning toward the route through Reno because I'd never been to Reno and that route went through more territory I hadn't covered.

Above Panamint Springs looking east



The same vantage point looking west



Heading to Lone Pine



Somehow I have to get over these.





I got to Lone Pine and talked to the rangers there. They advised me the road north of Bishop to Reno was fine. I might see some snow but there wouldn't be any on the road Reno it is then!
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:49 AM   #128
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This is a great ride report: good photography, good writing, good attitute, good fun.

Thanks for sharing. It's also nice to see that adventures can be had on the continent of North America. It gives us time-money-language challenged folks some hope
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:57 AM   #129
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Cindy-

LOVING IT! Missed it in the other thread that you had started on the RR.

All the more disappointed I can't make ADVILF to meet you in person.

Cheers!
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:57 AM   #130
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LOVING IT! Missed it in the other thread that you had started on the RR.

All the more disappointed I can't make ADVILF to meet you in person.

Cheers!
Guess I have an excuse for another trip then
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:45 AM   #131
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Day 13 cont'd

Highway 395 runs north through the Inyo National Forest and does climb up into the mountains on the way to Reno.









There was a little snow along the way. The pole on the left is over 10ft tall.



Topaz Lake



Antelope Valley. Those look like horses to me though.





In late afternoon I pulled into the Texaco in Washoe City, NV not far south of Reno. I filled up with gas and went into the store to collect my change. The owners were asking me about my trip and we were chatting. I turned around and standing there was this totally hot guy dressed in leathers I glanced outside and parked in front of the store was a silver Ducati sportbike - instant infatuation! He even looked like he was somewhat close to my own age.
The owners and I finished our chat and I went back out to my bike parked by the pumps. As I'm getting organized I look up and I see Ducati guy walking past his bike towards me He asks me about my trip and we talk for 15 minutes or so about the local roads and where I'm going. He told me I shouldn't miss Lake Tahoe and to make sure I went over the Mount Rose highway. I thank him, get on my bike and ride away A couple of miles down the road I'm kicking myself! Why didn't I ask him for coffee or something, ANYTHING!! My only regret of the entire trip is not asking that Ducati-ridin' hunk out. So if anybody in the Reno area knows that guy with the silver Ducati tell him to PM me!

I make my way to Reno and cruise the strip. The recession has hit Reno hard. I saw lots of boarded up buildings and it seems kinda sad and seedy.



I found a place to stay for the night and went to sleep still thinking about the Ducati guy
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:18 PM   #132
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Day 14: April 17, 2011

Now it's time to make some tracks. I decide to take Ducati guys's advice and loop past the north end of Lake Tahoe then join I80 to go over Donner Pass. From there I'll take highway 20 to Yuba City then go north on US99 to Redding where I'll get back on I5 for the final push to Port Angeles. I'd like to try to get to Eugene today so I can meet up with inmate MikeInEugene for dinner.

The view from Mount Rose summit looking back at Reno. Lots of snow up here.





Overlooking Lake Tahoe



I know what you're thinking. I was keeping a sharp eye peeled for a silver Ducati. No luck

Somewhere in the vicinity of Donner Pass



The Yuba River



Back on the grasslands of Northern California



A little bit of Lake Shasta. I love the contrast between the water and the shore.



North of Redding the weather turned to crap and as I started over the passes through the Siskyous it really began to rain. Just before the last summit I entered thick fog, I could barely see a 100 ft in front of me so I figured the semis and other traffic would hardly be able to see me either. I tucked myself in behind a big truck and hoped we'd get through it soon. By the time I got to Medford I'd had enough and I pulled off the highway for the night. MikeInEugene and I agreed to meet for lunch the next day
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:28 PM   #133
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Day 15: April 18, 2011

It was still pretty gray when I left Medford but the sun broke through on the way to Eugene MikeInEugene and I had a great time over lunch. He's a great guy and we had lots to talk about since his daughter, wife and I all ride horses as well as the motorcycle stuff. Thanks Mike!
The weather stayed unsettled all day. Rain here, sun there, I even rode through a hailstorm near Portland. I knew I wasn't going to get to Port Angeles in time to catch the ferry at 4 pm but I wanted to stay there that night and catch the 8 am ferry in the morning so I just pushed on.

Sunset on the Olympic peninsula





I made it to Port Angeles by 9:30 pm and I was frozen! I got into the motel, cranked the heat as high as it would go and spent an hour in the shower. Tomorrow I would be home.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:41 PM   #134
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Day 16: April 19, 2011

I dragged myself out of bed at 6 am (what an ordeal!) to make to the ferry nice and early. There was frost on the seat of the bike but it was a beautiful sunny morning.

Saying goodbye to Port Angeles



Yep, I had to include a picture of a big ship



Entering Victoria Harbour



The Empress Hotel - a Victoria landmark



I've seen some fabulous places but as I ride home I'm reminded that it's beautiful where I live too.



So that brings us to the end of this adventure. 7353 km (4569 miles), 16 days and 6 states. I've seen some amazing scenery and been to new and exciting locales. I've done some things I thought were beyond my capabilities and learned some lessons about what I can accomplish. It's been a fantastic adventure and I can't wait to get out there on the road again
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:46 PM   #135
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awesome RR.. thanks so much for taking us along!
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