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Old 04-14-2012, 09:56 PM   #61
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Nice to hear from everyone. We went from Port Orford Or to Garberville CA today. Julie and I agree that we rode the most scenic roads of our lives today. Oregon 101 and The Lost Coast Highway in California beat anything we've ever been on. I will upload pictures tonight but none can do the scenery justice. You would need an Imax theatre to even try. I hope to post them in the morning. depends on the internet speed.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:10 PM   #62
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Enjoying the report. Going through Arcata hope you stopped in at the Mad River Brewhouse and had some whiskey barrel aged brew. Enjoy your ride on down the coast. I am in Santa Cruz and will buy you a beer if you let me.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:48 AM   #63
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Yesterday before we packed up I was lucky to be at the dock when one of the boats came in.

























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Old 04-15-2012, 08:50 AM   #64
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The last of the unbelievably beautiful Oregon coast.












Then I came across some roadside Kitsch!!!!
It was nice to see this old stuff in such great shape. My kids will be happy to see that I found these places.



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Old 04-15-2012, 09:05 AM   #65
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Kite surfers on the coast.







Elk Meadows scenic byway off 101 was another unexpected find. It probably didn't add any miles or minutes to the trip, but sure was nice.





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Old 04-15-2012, 09:17 AM   #66
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Finding the Lost Coast from the north.
Not easy and the day was running long. Everyone said to make sure that our tank was topped off so I waited until we got to Ferdale. The only station was closed. Locals said go back 5-7 miles. That station was "members only". Dammit!!
A nice CHP officer was there and gave me directions to a casino with a station. I asked him to repeat all the turns and he said "Follow me." Unfortunately Julie got our only shot of our police escort through her windshield .



From there we went back. One mile into the very rough road I stopped to readjust my 2 extra tires. I local man who lived there stopped to ask if we were OK. He highly recommended we do it in the morning. he left and we had a snack. (Sorry Julie wasn't on point and missed this meal of Chester's Chicken that I picked up at the station. We decided that the morning would just bring more fog to cover the views so we went anyways.
It took a cross country ride but I have now found a highway super that does as poor a job as my own when it comes to understanding that huge potholes can kill a motorcyclist. If these were hidden in water it would put you over the bars. They were not new holes. Shit like this is criminal.
Besides the minefield in many places, the road is the most scenic we have ever seen anywhere. period.





























Julie even found two thatch roofed buildings back there.



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Old 04-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #67
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Awesome Ride..I'm glad you guys are having a great time. I've enjoyed reading and the looking at the pictures so far.

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Old 04-15-2012, 11:59 AM   #68
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Knecht!

More good travel shots, make sure you clean your lens and get rid of that spot, have you done any camping yet or are you hoteling it?
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:37 PM   #69
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We cleaned the lens this morning. It was a mess. Only hotels so far. We had to ride 101 to the south end of the Avenue of the Giants to get a room last night. This morning we rode back to the north end and took it slow through my favorite place on earth. While I do believe yesterday's ride is the most scenic of my life (so far), the redwoods are the definition of "awesome" to me. We both took our helmets off at the same time while putting through. The area makes you wish for eyeballs on top of your head.
Julie slept through the tight twisties from the north end of Rt. 1 to the ocean. She kept flopping from side to side with each turn but started favoring the outside. She woke up just as I was about to stop and straighten her back up.
Heading for Pt. reyes for tonight (we think).
Depending on WIFI tonight, I'll post up pictures tomorrow.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #70
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I'm really enjoying your ride! A Ural is my next purchase, hopefully in 2013. I'm glad you live so far away, more for us to enjoy!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:42 PM   #71
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I'm really enjoying your ride! A Ural is my next purchase, hopefully in 2013. I'm glad you live so far away, more for us to enjoy!!
As a happy Ural owner I welcome you into the foil and this is just one of many great ride reports that have a Ural. I look forward to the next chapter since the OP is in a very nice part of the world and I have been their.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:22 PM   #72
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I'm really enjoying your ride! A Ural is my next purchase, hopefully in 2013. I'm glad you live so far away, more for us to enjoy!!
I'm happy to report that the bike has been 100% so far. No issues whatsoever. Nothing rattled loose, no funny sounds. I have heard people talk about machines loosening up and getting stronger as they wear in but have never experienced it myself. That has changed. You've seen how loaded down we have it. I was plenty happy with it's performance on day one. It now has 2500 or so KMs on it and is noticably more powerful than when we left Seattle. No more downshifts for climbing moderate hills. Last year I owned a mint BMW R60 with 1500 or so miles on it. This bike would run circles around it loaded down. I am impressed with everything about it. I don't think that will change.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #73
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Great report so far. I'm in!
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:20 PM   #74
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Yesterday we rode a few more miles than we intended. We stopped at Redcrest to check on a very modest cabin. It was getting dark and I think the owner figured that into his rather high quote. I thought "What the hell" and asked to see the room. He said that I could see it after I paid. Julie was still in the hack but the office door was open. She heard the guy and politely shouted over "Have a nice evening." We ended up riding to Garberville and got a room at the Best Western. This morning we rode back up 101 so we could putt slowly down the Ave.


HAD to ride through the tree!


I just love the old kitsch that still exists out here. This totem is amazing in size. Confusion Hill has all sorts of stuff that kids used to like before electronics. (I'm showing my age.)


Yes, it really is a hollowed out log. If I remember right, it was displayed throughout the US many years ago.


Around here we both took off our helmets so we could really enjoy the scenery. There was no traffic and we were never out of 2nd gear. Riding through here is like being in a natural cathedral to me. Those trees are awe inspiring.


Simply unbelievable.


It's hard to believe that the root balls are so small.


Just one of the average sized trees there.


They say that the Eel River flood in 1964 wiped the town of Weott right off the map.


Me spending an hour a day checking business emails and trying to entertain you FFs.

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Old 04-15-2012, 09:25 PM   #75
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That's a great ride report Tom. Looking forward to meeting you in the Morning. You're more then welcome to spend the night if you want after your tire and oil change, provided you don't mind a Rustic Beach front cottage...
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