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Old 07-14-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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Beat the heat, heading for the Lost Coast...

...actually Oobus (Matt) and I have been talking about doing a ride together for awhile but it took awhile for it to come together. Well with the recent 100+ dgr weather here in Northern Calif. it was time to head to the coast for a couple of days and take a break. We each scheduled for at least a three day weekend and loaded up and headed out Friday morning July 11th. We had hopes of camping at Golds Buff Beach the first night and getting there early enough to hike Fern Canyon, neither of us had done that.
My bike loaded and ready,


I met Matt at his place at about 7:30am Friday morning, our route would take us across the back roads from his place and meet up with hwy 36 just west of Red Bluff. Hwy 36 to Wildwood rd. to Hayfork for gas then Hwy 3 over to Hwy 299. We were trying to make some time as we knew the chance of getting a campsite at Golds Bluff Beach on a Friday was minimal. The campground there only has about a dozen sites. We stopped as we came into Arcata for gas and food. I obtained some local intel on where we could get some lunch, it was about 1:30-2pm at that point and we were both pretty hungry.
Stardoughs cafe' and meet Matt.


From there it was about an hours ride to Golds Bluff Beach and as suspected the campground was full. Filled up by noon according to the very pleasant and cute forest service employee. She was fun to talk to and turned our disappointment into a pleasant conversation. It's all good so we paid our day use fee and proceeded to the trailhead at Fern Canyon. Staged and ready to hike.




Entrace to the canyon, sorry this is blurred. Anybody who's read my RR's before know that I suck at this.


There will be little commentary here, just a lot of greenery.
A short note here and there.






Matt about to be engulfed by fern.


Looking up the canyon


Looking straight up


Almost like feathers growing from the side of the canyon.


Looking back from where we came.


This is about where we turned around. We stopped short of the end mostly due to we were tired and we came to a point where we were going to have to climb up and over several large trees, not fun in riding boots.




I was trying to capture the dripping water by looking straight up the side of this canyon wall. I didn't do a very good job of it.


From there we headed out in search of a place to set up camp. We found a very nice, quiet place in Trinidad. We were beat, for me it was about a 350 mile day, Matt 300 miles. We slept very sound after some dinner. I sleep much better out on the road than I do at home....go figure.




Tommorrow we ride the Mattole Rd, Kings Range and the Usal Rd.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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Nice stuff! It may be kind of a fluke but Ive asked about walk in campsites at the coast,even at Patrick's Point and been told,yep we have some open ones. And then the walk in sites are neat without much of a walk really.

Fern Canyon is neat,I may have been there as a kid once.
Nice to get outta the Valley Heat into some Coastal Fog!
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Hey, your leg must be all healed up - that's great!

nice green pics, love the coast...

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Old 07-14-2014, 08:50 PM   #4
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great riding on Usal - keep it coming!
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:03 PM   #5
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Nice Brien! Oh I wish I could have brought some of that weather home with me now...

Here is a few shots I got at the same time. All that's needed is a dinosaur or Hobbit.





ok, find the human on the log!

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Old 07-15-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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I love the Lost Coast. The g/f and I will be riding our Husqvarna TE 630's over there at the end of July. We are riding to Fort Bragg to camp and ride up Usal Rd. to Shelter Cove for the day. We have some new Wolfman Enduro saddle bags to try out. Can hardly wait. Sherwood Rd. and the M4 or FH7 here we come.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for coming along everybody...

Footdragger, yeah it was a nice hike, very cool (literally) and pretty scenery. We need to get together and ride, nice to see you got that 525 out.

Hi Kelly, leg is doing much better but still reminds me occasionally that it's still not completely healed, like tonight. It is allowing me to do more so the healing continues.

Motowest, stay tuned, nothing real exciting but it was a fun ride. Have you ever rode the Usal Rd.? If you haven't and you do, take your time and explore. Beautiful area.

XLEnduroMan, enjoy your ride. You're close we need to meet and possibly ride.

Ok here we go......................
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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We woke to a grey and drizzly sky...

...I listened to the pitter, patter of what I thought was light rain but it turned out to be the moisture dripping from the trees. We leisurely got up, had our coffee and got ourselves packed up, hit the road at about 7:30am. We had decided the night before that we were going to have breakfast at the Sanoma Cookhouse. Shoot, we both have heard about it and had it recommended several times here on ADVrider so how could we pass it up?


We got seated by a very energetic and LOUD waitress and were TOLD what was for breakfast. Kind of took me by surprise as I was expecting to be handed a menu. Then it clicked with me what this place actually was. It was the real cookhouse from the old lumber days. This was a huge lumber camp back at the turn of the century. No sooner than we were seated Matt looks to the other end of the table and sees a person that he knows, it was like a long lost friend meeting up. It's truly amazing how small this world can be at times. They talked a bit and we enjoyed a breakfast of biscuts and gravy, link sausage, scrambled eggs and french toast coffee and orange juice. Very tasty and probably a little too much but we managed just fine . The following pics are of some of the items in their museum.












We left after saying our goodbuys and were greeted by our eagarly awaiting steeds.


We departed and made our way to Eureka for gas then to Ferndale traveling backroads via Loeta ??? (help me out here Matt). We stopped in Ferndale for a short break so Matt could make a call.


Bike porn


We headed up the Mattole Rd. I had told Matt that last year I had wanted to stop and check out the Cape Mendencino Lighthouse but couldn't get to it, road was gated. I then saw a episode of California's Gold with Huell Houser (RIP Huell) that showed the Lighthouse had been moved in 1998 to Shelter Cove. Well, I had to stop and see it so off we go toward Shelter Cove via the Mattole Rd,
Veiw of the ocean obscurred by fog.


Down at sea level taking a short break.


On we went with a stop along the way at a ranch that Matt was tied to. I'll let Matt chime in here and tell the story. Very nice people.
After that short visit we continued on and while going through Petrolia spotted a couple of matching Hodaka Road Toads. Sorry no pic but it was kind of cool to see a couple of cherry 2 stroke Hodaka's still in use.
My apologies for the lack of pics here but we were just into the ride. We hit the Kings Range rd. out of Honeydew and enjoyed some dirt. It wasn't long before we dropped down into Shelter Cove to veiw the elusive lighthouse, had some lunch, gassed up and hit the Usal Rd.
Cape Mendocino Lighthouse


BTW, the lighthouse was moved because it started sliding down the cliff. Preservation over-ruled losing it to the sea.










Back on the road and just outside of Shelter Cove we hit the Usal Rd. The road was in good shape, some spots a little dry and dusty, other spots damp from the fog. We were in and out of the fog most of the day, seemed we were riding the edge . We were cruising along and I spot Matts shoes, hmmm, something going wrong there. I stopped and retreived his shoes and while stopped I abruptly heard him stop, he wasn't too far ahead of me. About a 1/4 mile up the road I find Matt digging his sleeping bag out of his sprocket. Well shit that sucks! A little torn and a little burned from the 690's exhaust but determined it to still be functional. We get him loaded back up and continue on, I don't think it was more than a couple of miles later and it was my turn for a mishap...
We were heading around a blind curve, gradual uphill, I was looking through the turn and didn't see this shoulder created by an old rutt. I caught the edge of the shoulder with the front wheel, started to slide, tried to power out of it, the rear caught the shoulder and with the power I had applied spun that baby around and right straight into the bank, oooffff!!! Down I went, nice soft landing in the leaves. Son of a bitch, the damn bike is still trying to kill me
Actually, I laughed it off and was glad that nothing was broke on the bike or me. All of the things I coulda/shoulda done to save it and didn't.
Here's the scene of the crash, note the black tire marks.


The messed up leaves in the upper left portion is where the bike ended up, the lesser messed up leaves just to the right of that is where I landed. Nice soft landing.Matt showed up shortly after I got the bike up and was getting myself together.
We finished our trip out to Usal beach and found a spot to set up camp. Once camp was set up we rode down to the beach and had a drink and enjoyed watching some kids play/fish in the surf, watched the pelicans have better luck catching fish and just enjoyed the surf.


Looking back towards where camp was


We made our way back to camp and hit the sack. we were tired, Matt was out pretty quick but it took a bit for me to decompress. There was a lot of noise and celebration going on around us, we were to find out later that there was a 50 year birthday party going on. It's all good, it quieted down sometime around midnight and I slept like a rock.
Tommorrow the conclusion, we ride home.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:57 AM   #9
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Brien you have a second career as a writer/story teller. Great story and pics!
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:41 AM   #10
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Thumbs down I hardly think so Bob...

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Brien you have a second career as a writer/story teller. Great story and pics!
I appreciate the compliment but, at best I'm just stumbling through life like most others. My writing and my pictures both suck but I'm glad to share.
Thanks for jumping on board. Have a great day!
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:34 PM   #11
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Man,I really like ride reports of the North Coast,I was being taken camping at Patrick's Point when I was 4 or 5 and on through Junior High,we drove all up and down the coast. Then my 1st streetbike camping trip just out of high school was to the coast of course. I just like it over there.

Nice job Brien and Matt,Ive never camped on Usal Beach but plan to,Shelter Cove is easy camping and Ive wandered the tide pools there lots.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:22 AM   #12
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Glad you're enjoying the ride Brad

Sorry I didn't get this finished up last night, needed to take a break from everything. I'll get it finished up this weekend, tonight I've got some wood to cut.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:43 AM   #13
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Regular computer decided to throw a bearing yesterday, but I got this loaded up before. Riding up to the Cookhouse.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:08 PM   #14
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Nice report

Thanks for sharing. Gives me grand ideas.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:33 AM   #15
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Dang, first post...

I'm honored.
Thanks for jumping on board. Lot's of riding potential in the area.
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