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Old 02-09-2012, 05:37 PM   #16
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #17
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Just a quick update, more in-depth in a couple days.

Pretty easy to guess where!



Made it to Los Gatos today, a little over 2000km in 3 days, 800 of which were today. A bit o' rain, a bit o' sun, and a whole lotta riding. One thing I have to say about America.. They sure know how to make roads.

So much so that they'll put signs up for "rough pavement" or "bumps ahead." In Canada, this would signify a car-swallowing pothole, but in the States, it basically means that the road will be subject to a brief moment of Canadian road quality.

Anyway, holed up for the night in amazing digs provided by my aunt. I'll share more when I don't feel I'm being antisocial.

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Old 02-10-2012, 09:51 PM   #18
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:18 PM   #19
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Good luck on the trip. Looking great so far.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #20
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Alright, holed up in Indio for a few days to soak in the sights and sun. Let's get some updates happening.

Let me state once again how much of a pleasure it was to stay at 2LBOX's place on Wednesday night. They have three kids, it was a school night, and their boys didn't make it home until 11 due to school engagements. Still, they were willing to have us over for the night. I'm blown away.


Can a KLR become a BMW by osmosis? It had already started before I left on the journey by receiving two BMW parts in the form of valve shims. That's right, the K75 and the KLR use the same 29mm valve shims, and it was actually 3x cheaper for me to go with BMW shims. That doesn't happen often.


Curious cat is curious.

We hung out inside for a couple hours while hoping that the weather would turn around.





Being the PNW, it never did.



Grudgingly we donned our helmets and we were on our way. Thanks again, Jeremy, Verlee, Ed, and also the family not pictured!



We headed south, through Aberdeen and onwards towards Astoria. As we gained some ground and the weather cleared up, I was startled to see a glowing orange orb following me. It stayed a constant distance away but seemed to be following my every move.


Oh wait, that's just Dad wearing a pretty vintage BMW (I know, he's embraced the entire culture. Actually, he's one of the least brand-oriented riders I know, but sometimes I wonder...) rain suit.



I accumulated another gadget for this trip: a GoPro! I`ve been using it a bit but will wait until I`m home before compiling a vid. I`d like to edit something together.



Next stop: Astoria!



The ride stayed rainy and uneventful although I had an electrical issue plaguing me that had finally gotten to the point of needing a fix. One of my outlets was loose, forcing me to lose power to my GPS and speedometer. In the parking lot of the Pig N`Pancake in Cannon Beach, we dug in.



Farewell, Cannon Beach! I`m sure we`ll see each other again.



The Oregon Coast began.



Stopped in Newport for some groceries and received a generous good-luck charm from an overhead source.


A good omen for the road ahead perhaps

Newport.





It was time to hammer on some miles, which was fine by us. The roads stretched ahead in twisty wonder, leaving us grinning like idiots.


Like an idiot, as promised.







Into Bandon for the night, we found a motel room that suited our needs: the smoke detector was removable.







Now that`s the way to end a day. Bandon, OR, only about 550km today, but all along the Oregon coast.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:25 AM   #21
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The Oregon coast is pretty nice.............too bad you missed out on some sunshine, but this time of year that would have been unusual.

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Old 02-13-2012, 05:18 PM   #22
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Subscribed to thread, and I know it's selfish but eagerly awaiting a breakfast pic . Someday I'll follow your lead and ride a little further than Bruces.

Cheers, Alex.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #23
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Subscribed to thread, and I know it's selfish but eagerly awaiting a breakfast pic . Someday I'll follow your lead and ride a little further than Bruces.

Cheers, Alex.
Alex, man! Good to hear from you!

I'll keep that in mind for when I get a rockin' breakfast.

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Old 02-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #24
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We came to a stark realization the prior evening that the next day was going to be a long one. We had a stop planned with my aunt in Los Gatos, 500 miles away. Well, we'd done that kind of mileage before on our trip up North, so we just had to get an early start and we'd be alright.


An early start meant 6:45 and we were putting miles under wet tires.

The water soon subsided and gave way to stunning vistas and grin-inducing curves.









We (and by we I mean Dad) had made lunch prior to the day so we could pound out the mileage, and our coffee break brought us here, along the 101 beside an overpass. It was one of those times that I kept on riding to find a scenic view at which to have our coffee, and it just didn't happen. Ah well, the coffee was hot and if I remember correctly, the pee break was much appreciated as well.



We stopped for gas (awesome chat with a guy who'd made money importing tiles from Mexico and was now reaping the rewards of a peaceful secluded lifestyle) among the redwoods, and as luck would have it, there was a drive-thru tree just down the way!






350 feet tall and still growing, yet hollowed out in the middle enough to let a car pass through. I tell ya, these redwoods are incredible.

It was time to twist the wrist and get some miles under our belt. Next stop, San Francisco!













We had a few more miles to make it to my Aunt's in Los Gatos, but, being a Friday night, the city didn't make it easy.


I'd lane split if it wasn't for those darn side cases. I'm about as wide as a pickup truck (or a GS ).

It was after this ride (arrival time, around 7pm) when we showed up at Aunt Joan's place in the dark, that we decided that night riding, especially in urban environments, was not enjoyable in the slightest. Not to mention, down right dangerous. We made it through the gauntlet with a close call or two, but did not want to get ourselves into any more situations like that in the future.

But, that's beside the point. We made it to Aunt Joan's, who spoiled us by taking us out for margaritas and Mexican food. A guy could get used to this.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:21 AM   #25
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I take the comment about riding a GS personally. Mine may not have the miles, but I seem to recall you enjoying riding it :P
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:36 AM   #26
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I take the comment about riding a GS personally. Mine may not have the miles, but I seem to recall you enjoying riding it :P
Well, I really meant a boxer GS with bags on, but I'm glad you still took it personally.

I will say, though, the last day before Indio, traversing vast expanses of desert, I could've used that 6th cruising gear and 50 more horsepower of the 8GS. Actually, there were several times another 30 more horsepower would've helped me on the trip thus far. Maybe then I could've shaken that pesky K75 off my tail.

More on that in a second.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:18 AM   #27
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Ah, morning in Los Gatos. The air was mild and humid and the oatmeal filled with blueberry goodness. It was the start of my favorite day thus far.


Typical morning scene: gear haphazardly strewn about and a borrowed laptop open for weather and route planning purposes.

If you've ever been to Los Gatos, you know the overal posh and trendy feel it has. The Beemer seemed to fit; the KLR, uh, not as much.



South was the plan, but there were some squiggly lines that seemed far too appealing to just hop on the 17.



I've said this before and I'll say it again. As much as I love gravel travel, there's something about a wickedly kinked stretch of asphalt that will always trump a bumpy dirt road.

A bit of rain kept us on our toes.







The map led us for a quick jaunt onto heavier-traveled roads as we carried on to Monterey, but soon enough it was onto the 1 for more glimpses of truly dramatic coastlines.





Santa Lucia for lunch.


Maybe it's just Canada, but I've never had "fries or pasta salad" be the side dish choices with a sandwich. Obviously, trying something new is always the better option.

The view from our table didn't hurt either.





The only expression I can find for the twisties that followed is, "relentless." Everything about this next portion was perfect: the blue sky, the dry, premium pavement, and the company. Speaking of which, in trips past, I'd get into a twisty section, twist the grip, and stop at the end to wait for Dad. This time was a bit different.

I'd be working the twisties and catch a glance at my rear view mirror. That f'(ly)ing brick was pacing me perfectly, railing every turn with poise and precision. We'd come to the end of the curves and would pull off (normally with me running into the bushes for fluid elimination). Helmets would rarely be removed, but tense cheek muscles gave away the s***-eating grins that lay just below the chin bar. This was bliss.

I don't have pictures, 'cause this was a time for both hands on the bars. Instead, you get more coastline.





Pigs and Bricks weren't the only ones enjoying the ride. Here's a friendly Duck too.



The coastline gave way to farmland as we carried past Pismo Beach. These shots were taken just above Guadalupe.





It's rare when your mood lines up with the tone of your surroundings, but the vacant, relaxed pace of Guadalupe just seemed to fit with my headspace as the day drew nearer to a close.

Again, searching for a motel was a bit of a chore and we ended up spending $30 more for a room than we would have if we'd stopped 20 miles back, but it suited our needs: the smoke detector was removable.



As the acrid fumes of cooking fuel subsided, sleep grasped firm at 9pm in Buellton, California. It hadn't been a long day, but it will always rest in my memories as one of the best days riding I've had.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:32 AM   #28
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Great R.R. Hammo.

You 2 just rode one of the bucketlist roads for any type of moto rider. Hwy 1, in da bucket!!!! Now, get on the report, i'm jellyous.

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:22 PM   #29
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A slight break from the report: Happy Valentine's Day!



Hope your days were filled with love, be it a love for riding or spending time with loved ones.

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Old 02-15-2012, 05:21 PM   #30
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It was the last day before some decompression/preparation time in Indio. We wandered the motel grounds in the morning and spotted an odd couple sharing a spot:


I guess somebody's gotta carry the beer when you're riding a hardtail.

At the crack of early-ish, we hit the road in a cloud of oatmeal and camp stove gases. The roads were Sunday-morning vacant and nicely banked as we rolled over the hill to our last glimpse of the Pacific over Santa Barbara.



We rolled through backroads in the hill country of Santa Barbara before heading onwards towards Ojai. A group of baggers overtook us on some straight portions and were doing a pretty darn good job in the twisties. They showed the poise of locals: ones that have the ability to ride year-round too.



Life can't always be premium roads though, and we stopped for a pee break on a straight stretch among the avocados.





Terrain changed dramatically soon after. We'd found the desert!






The umbrella had been there a long time methinks.


Riding among the yuccas.


Just east of who-knows-where.






A desert creature in his natural habitat. Gotta get at least one pic of Dad watering the foliage or it just ain't a ride report.

A few more miles in windy, dusty desert, and we arrived in Indio. It was time to relax (which is what I've been doing for the past few days), wrench (which is why my knuckle is bleeding right now), and prepare (which is why I'm having a tough time sleeping at night).

The first American portion of the trip is drawing to a close. A couple more days here, then meeting up with a riding buddy in Borrego Springs, and the ETA for Baja is Monday!
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