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Old 07-22-2014, 04:19 AM   #391
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You certainly did find a storm to play in. That creek is really moving.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:46 AM   #392
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Interesting how localized this storm was - or maybe just worse on the west slope. I was planning a 3 day ride in the area but my son joined me so we took 4 wheels. Went over Tioga on Friday and back on Sunday, camped off Lee Vining Creek, and only had a few brief showers, the worst at Bodie on Saturday afternoon. Everywhere we went we saw puddles, and quite a bit of debris runoff just east of Tuolumne Meadows on Sunday that hadn't been there two days earlier. As beautiful as it looks, I'll confess that I don't completely mind that I missed it, especially as I can enjoy it through your pictures.

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Old 07-22-2014, 10:10 AM   #393
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Wow! Almost like a painting. Of course all of the photo's are cool, not just this one. Oh, and a Bud with a Rasberry cookie, yum yum!
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:12 AM   #394
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I returned home on Friday afternoon. Picked up some light rain on 120 between Benton to Lee Vining. Lee Vining was picture perfect. Bridgeport was dry with darkening skies. Heavy hail and rain on the pass north of Bridgeport to Walker. Was heavy rain on both sides of Monitor Pass. At the 4 / 89 intersection I had to make a decision. Thunder clouds over 88 and clear blue skies over 4. Chose 4 and had a wonderful dry ride over Ebbetts Pass and Pacific Grade Summit. Clear skies at Lake Alpine and all the way to Sacramento while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
All this time and it was still pouring in Lake Tahoe. It continued to rain in Lake Tahoe all weekend.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:21 AM   #395
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Interesting how localized this storm was.....

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I returned home on Friday afternoon. Picked up some light rain .... Was heavy rain on both sides of Monitor Pass. .... Thunder clouds over 88 and clear blue skies over 4. .....Clear skies at Lake Alpine....
All this time and it was still pouring in Lake Tahoe. It continued to rain in Lake Tahoe all weekend.
Yes! This is what I love. When the entire mountains are socked in a grey mist, I usually don't bother. These summer storms are so much fun because the edge is where I want to be, exciting, gorgeous views. Being how localized the weather was there are "edges" all over the place. Friday I skirted them just fine with minimal wet, actually would have preferred more coming home but got "stuck" with blue skies . Sunday morning was awesome, big thunderheads and big rain drops...twist the grip hard and ten minutes later you're out of it.

The afternoon was another story, it was so thick you couldn't see the mountains from monitor, terrible for photos but what a wild experience. Lifetime memories being made
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:22 AM   #396
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:28 AM   #397
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Tires on the Tenere

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What tires are those on the Tenere and how do you like them?

I'm coming to California for a 2 week circle tour end Sept / first week Oct. Will be riding 75% paved roads with some easy unpaved sections.

Starting and ending in Reno. Head south for Yosemite and Sequoia. WIll do some ounpaved sections here.

Then turn west for San Luis Obispo. Ride up the coast to San Fran then further north for the Lost Coast. Turn back east at Eureka. Turn a bit south for Lassen, then back to Reno.


Looking for a good dual purpose for the trip. Need something capable off road without too much compromise on the great paved roads we will ride.

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:06 PM   #398
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Nice job capturing the Drama...

...that's the only kind of drama I like in my life, Natures Drama.
Love it and thanks for what you do. Awesome .
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:09 PM   #399
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What tires are those on the Tenere and how do you like them?

Those are Full Bore tires. Kept hearing so much about them so I had to give them a try. On my second rear and first front, not sure I'll run them again.

They gain you a little off road compared to a Tourance or something, but not like a Hiedanau or TKC. Street manners are, well, different. Turn in is initially quick but predictable and slows down as you lean over. Feels awful until broken in (a couple hundred miles of twisty). Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't tried them, and I didn't just get used to it. I've never before learned to like a tire I initially didn't, this thing is an enigma.

Search the forums, people have strong opinions both ways. I don't. They are just a middle of the road tire in my book. Plenty of stick to play in the corners though. I don't want to be responsible for recommending them....try at your own risk, you may love them.



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Old 07-23-2014, 09:58 AM   #400
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How about a comparison of the 2 bikes now that you have some miles under your belt on both. Keep up the excellent reports, thanks.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:02 AM   #401
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How about a comparison of the 2 bikes now that you have some miles under your belt on both. Keep up the excellent reports, thanks.

I know YOU didn't, but it's funny how many people ask which one I like better, like there should be a winner and there really isn't.

Long story short: they both address similar riding, which happens to be the kind of riding I do. Simply the Tenere feels a fair amount more confident in the dirt, and is physically larger which is nice for open highway and long days. The Vee turns in significantly quicker, is lighter and feels lighter when tearing up paved twities. The Vee is also smaller, which makes it feel more sporty even though I'm comfortable enough for long days (and still getting her set up). Similar purpose but different enough that when I'm on one I really enjoy it's good differences and don't think about the cons to much.

If you want more details on my opinion, search my posts, I've been a little vocal in the respective threads on this forum

At the end of the day, I'm truly THANKFUL that I have TWO bikes I absolutely love that fit what I do.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:54 PM   #402
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Thanks Dave, i would have thought it would have been the other way around with the V Strom being so much lighter. Hard to beat the build quality of the Yamaha though!!!
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:29 PM   #403
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Wish I Had a Beer and a Cookie...

Got caught at that same cabin last August. Alas, no cookie, and no bud...



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Old 08-04-2014, 06:44 PM   #404
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My take on riding NORTHERN Nor Cal

I love it when a few weekdays free up for riding at the last minute. I immediately thought about heading towards the north coast as I haven't been there in awhile and this time of year I sure could use some of natures air conditioning, especially if I was going to be out multiple days.

Now, I've been considering checking out a place called fern canyon since I heard about it a few years ago, seems like my sort of place. As luck...or was it fate?....may have it I come home and open up the Day Trippin forum and see Redog1 s ride report about beating the heat on the Lost Coast, and page one is all about Fern Canyon with a nice write up and pictures that made up my mind that minute. This is perfect.

So I get my stuff together and head north. I could have high tailed it up there saw the canyon and rode home but you know by now that's not my style. I took advantage of heading that direction to ride some superb roads in Lake County, some that I haven't been on in years. Day one was all about ear to ear grinning , full tilt boogie kind of roads. This day enjoying the moment was all about twisting the grip and countersteering. I told myself if something jumps out at me I'll stop to investigate /take a photo, but that didn't happen until north of Garberville.

101 keeps getting wider and "improved" everytime I ride it. While in a rather open section of road I caught a glimpse of where I imagined the original highway was, hugging the edge of a cliff while while the current highway is blasted through the hill.





I passed where I saw the roads separate and thought about how neat that old section must have been. After thinking about it a few minutes a U-turn was in order, I need a closer look. If you like old, abandoned stuff as much as I do this is a neat place to stop for a quick break and take a walk.




What an interesting view of the river that you probably won't find on any tourist map.





After another quick stop at AREA 101 and a discussion on enlightenment I found myself at Trinidad minutes before sunset.





What a neat beach. I love the north coast where the rugged hills and trees come right down to the water. Not a bad view to end the day.





Day two up and at em bright and early. Well not really bright because the coastal fog doesn't do that up there so much. This is why I took three days. I wanted an entire day to enjoy the canyon, if I was done by 9 AM fine, but I don't want to feel rushed, and I may need the entire day.

Passing through a small town just south of Orick an entire herd of Elk were hanging by an old schoolhouse. Had to stop.





From there I was heading out the half paved/dirt road to Fern Canyon. Morning is the time to go. I'd find out later the road isn't supposed to be "open"until 9 in the morning, but arriving before 8 the gate was open and desolate road. Now a quick word of caution, this dirt road is by no means "offroad", but it does have a couple of small creek crossings, the first was big enough to slow down for, no big deal. The second looked like a trickle a few feet wide, but be careful the edge is stepped like a curb, and if you don't slow down and hit it at 40+ mph you'll be in for a rough hit. Ask me how I know.....


Parking lot empty and I start the short hike to the beginning of the canyon. The stream is really low right now as it spills out towards the beach. The entrance to the canyon is wide and like stepping into a lush rain forest . Makes me anxious to see what's further up the canyon.





Waterproof motorcycle boots make this really nice.




So this is Fern Canyon. No kidding.









Hey who's that guy looking up in amazement? Makes me feel so small.





At the end of the canyon the trail takes you up into an incredible forest....does this place stop impressing? I have no idea if i has a special name, but I'm calling it "The Awesome Forest". Just because it is.







Ferns grow everywhere.





I looped around back down the canyon. It's been a few hours now and I'm just starting to see other people. If you really want an outdoor solitude experience, go early. I found a spot in the canyon and sat on a log with my trail breakfast...coffee and a pop tart. I had my camera set up on a tripod, and as hikers started to filter in many were really interested in what I was doing, like "why are you just sitting here?" To which I'd reply "can you think of a better place to sit?" This started numerous conversations with strangers sharing the same experience. A couple I won't forget and feel better for having them, I love being on the road.

A few more detailed shots in the canyon.











It's been almost 7 hours, the parking area is getting full, it's time for me to go.

On the road out it occurred to me I didn't have any bike photos yet, I mean this is a RIDE report right? So I pulled over for a quick shot in the Jurrassic-like woods.





Rest of the afternoon was roaming backroads between there and Cresent City on roads like this.





Found this structure all by itself. My imagination goes wild.



Not mention the Elk that are really o.k. with people.







And you can all say Awwwwwww








Another great way to end the day.









Day 3 was all about the ride, but I did manage one picture much further south.


Saw these funny guys storming the beach by the thousands. Never seen anything like them.

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Got caught at that same cabin last August. Alas, no cookie, and no bud...
Well next time come prepared, getting wet is one thing but no cookie and no Beer??

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