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Old 11-01-2012, 07:17 AM   #1
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4 Damp Days on the Best Wet Coast

I've been wanting to go to the south coast all summer but between work and wanting to have someone to go with, it waited until now.
Sometimes timing is everything.
After securing my old ski tuning job, and my season pass at Mt. Bachelor, LittlePosum and I commenced on some minor bike maintenance and tire changing.
Got kind of a late start and I pinched 2 tubes at least 3 times each mounting my rear tire. We were up till midnight mounting tires.

LittlePosum mounting hers.


My clapped out XR received the name "Patches".
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #2
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Day 1

After finding a spare tube on a Sunday (thanks again Wade!) we head out. Headed for Santiam Pass and a FS road that goes to Sweet Home.

First a stop in Sisters to fill the Hydroflask with hot coffee and pick up a sandwich.



Missed the rain so far.
Once we crest the pass, it all changes. Sheets of rain fell from Hoodoo to Sweet Home. I felt pretty good and smug in my Goretex gear for the first 20 minutes then the water found a leak. Felt like someone pulled the front of my pants out and dumped a pint of cold water in my crotch all at once.

The FS road was paved, but every corner was completely covered with wet leaves making it interesting.

WET WET WET



A cool washed out bridge on the Quartzville Creek.



Last time I was here with Hanksmybuddy you could swim in the creek. Not today!
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Stopped in Lebanon for some crucial supplies and to warm up in a restaurant with some more hot coffee and cheese fries.



Then over to Alsea and south to the Lobster Valley where we set up camp for the night.

Managed to get fire going with some white gas and LittlePosum's Kelly Kettle.
Dinner!

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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Looks fun! I want to get that way sometime soon
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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LittlePosum mounting hers.


My clapped out XR received the name "Patches".
Is that a Kirkland Pale Ale?
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:02 AM   #5
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Is that a Kirkland Pale Ale?
Widmer Drifter Pale Ale
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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I think I needed two when I last changed a rear tire :)
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:15 AM   #8
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Day 2

Rained on and off that night but managed to stay dry.

Camp



Bacon and coffee for breakfast



That fricken fuel bottle started leaking gas when it was turned off and caught fire right next to the tent!
I punted it into the soggy woods and it went out! Sure wish I had a picture of that.


There's a mixture of BLM, Forest Service, and County logging roads back here and they are difficult to figure out on a map.
So, just keep heading SW! They'll come out somewhere.

Mossy. I LOVE the coast range.



Came out on Hwy 36 near Greenleaf. Ocean bound!

Little suspension bridge on 36



Any one know what these are? Chip burner?






Then down by Charleston to find a sweet camp spot.

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:15 PM   #9
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Day 3


Was warm and no rain overnight. The moonlight through the clouds really lit up the surf.

Backtracked to Coos Bay for breakfast.

What's this?



Should we jump it!?









After breakfast LittlePosum led the way, she knows the area pretty well.
Headed east to Myrtle Point then took some cool roads from there back to Gold Beach.












Had a sourdough chowder bread bowl in Gold Beach then headed south looking for a camp spot off the highway. LittlePosum spotted a 2 track that went behind a guard rail so we took it and found a perfect spot. Trail to a little beach and all.

Went to the beach drank some whiskey and carved some pumpkins. It was Hallo Eve after all!




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Old 11-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #10
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The weather was looking pretty good that night. Could even see some stars.
That all changed sometime early morning. A large cell blew up south and just dumped on us.

Woke up by rolling over and setting my arm in a big puddle. Inside the tent.



The inside of the tent looked pretty much like the ground. One of LittlePosum's boots was just outside the vestibule and litterally poured out water when she turned it over.
We packed up the soggy gear and headed to Brookings for breakfast.



We hoped that it would blow over while we ate, but it turned out to be a decent sized storm.



Rode down into that other state with the fruit police and went up through the redwoods and Smith River.



Our next hope was we would reach the edge of the storm 100 miles away in Grants Pass. Nope, it was way ahead of us.
When we got to GP we were both saturated and cold, so we found a laundromat to dry out.
I think we both pretty much put every piece of clothes on that we had for the remaining ride after that.
My camera is toast.


Kept a good pace up to Diamond Lake then it started snowing on us for about a 15 mile section. From there a DRZ400 and a XR600R did between 80 and 90 mph the whole last 100 miles to Bend. Passed every car and truck we came upon!
Only stop was LA Pine for more fuel.

FK N A IT WAS AN AWESOME RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:13 PM   #11
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Nice little ride the two of you had. Amazing to see smiles even though you suffered through some serious PacNorWet weather...

Oh and I love your sig: "You're never lost till you run out of gas..."
Words to live by.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:58 PM   #12
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Great RR Mr Dual Sport! It sounds like you two had fun despite the challenging weather. Thanks for sharing it!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:50 PM   #13
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:58 AM   #14
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West coast Best coast!!!

Out of about 800 miles it only actually rained on us for 360, oh yeah, and some snow too. Not too bad of luck for riding on the wet side in October! The pix turned out great. Tons of fun!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #15
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The Oregon Coast in late Octoburr?

Yous twos are true adventurers
Glad to see some are still getting out!
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