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Old 02-11-2013, 09:46 AM   #166
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Marvelous trip and report so far fellows!
Commander !!!
An honor to have you!
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:47 AM   #167
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Any chance of a map of your route or the GPS map? Planning on doing a similar trip but going north from Reno instead of south. Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #168
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Only about two days in and bookmarked. Great trip---the diversity of bikes and riders impressions, challenges and choices always makes me pause.

Much enjoyed...I have a WR with about 17,000 miles on it....loved your comments John, mods--again, those choices you all make...and I've DR650 on the brain now too...

Big thumbs up--epic ride. Great campaign planning Field Marshall!
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:11 PM   #169
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Only about two days in and bookmarked. Great trip---the diversity of bikes and riders impressions, challenges and choices always makes me pause.

Much enjoyed...I have a WR with about 17,000 miles on it....loved your comments John, mods--again, those choices you all make...and I've DR650 on the brain now too...

Big thumbs up--epic ride. Great campaign planning Field Marshall!
Thanks so much Bill !! You were very influential in John's great decision to snag a WR
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #170
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I see the GPS pointing me up this gnarly, rocky uphill. Steep ! Oddly, I see no tell tale signs of the others out ahead of me. But I gun it and the DR rips right up. When I crested I had the most magnificent view. There she was, outside of nipping it on the TAT, a state I had never ridden.
Cali-forn-i-a..........at last.
Or, as the locals call it
"The State of Jefferson"




"Governor Moonbeam Welcomes You"






"Wee'se a travelin" !!









We make a blitz for "Happy Camp"

For lunch you fools




On the tar, Happy Camp just round the bend.....




We could quickly decipher, if you want to "go off the grid", you come to the state of Jefferson, ehr, I mean northern California





Next:

We lunch in Happy camp and ride through the Smith River NRA. Awesome
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #171
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Creepy

DP posted a pic of the Land Cruiser in Ashland.
It was parked outside of the place where we ate.
The food was good enough but they had these creepy paintings on the wall.
I couldn't stop looking at the paintings - they were staring back at me.

And yes they were for sale. I can only imagine the kind of person that would have something like this hanging in their house.

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #172
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Nice Ride Report

Hello Frank.

I just got caught up on your Ride Report.
I did the WABDR in mid September and remember a lot of the sections you describe.

Ruby Ridge and Bethel Ridge were tougher than I was expecting.

So, I'm just saying "Hello" and I look forward to the rest of the Ride Report.

Oh.. By the way, what is this thing you do called "relaxation"?
It's a foreign concept to me.
It's intriguing... The whole soaking in water thing... That sounds nice too.

Q~

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:40 PM   #173
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Hey Q !
Wondering where ya been lately. Heard you bought a bad assed Tundra. Soon as Im done with this RR I'll be stopping over. I want to give it my undivided derserved attention.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:05 PM   #174
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Got on board late Frank but been enjoying the read to catch up.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #175
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Hmm ... Lookin' like hillbilly country there. 'Cept hillbillys in those parts greet interlopers with AK47s and AR15s, not flintlocks like ol' Jed Klampet.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:05 AM   #176
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Got on board late Frank but been enjoying the read to catch up.
Mick !
We missed ya brother. Your WR would have been the perfect weapon.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:46 AM   #177
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Day 10 Continued

Where were we ?
Oh yea:


And our quest for and fuel.
"Larryboy" had tipped me off months in advance that there was fuel in Happy Camp and how to get it. It was a unmanned pump that you just slip your cc through.
So we filled up


Sasquatch greets us as we enter Happy Camp




We decided to have lunch at the "Frontier Café" instead of......or.......

Yea, it was the only game in......"town" ?


We tie the horse's to the hitchin post, and go on in. * Notice the periscope sticking out of the roof ? It's to keep an eye out for outsiders like us and the Feds.



This place was really cool!


This was our waitress. Cool gal. She moved up from the bay area to get away from......well, to off the grid.
The menu gave a brief history of Happy Camp.
"Back in 18-something, gold was discovered and Happy Camp was a lawless mining town. In 19-something Happy Camp was mainly a sportsman's destination.
Today in Happy Camp we mainly grow exotic crops"


So I had to ask her like a dumb ass:
"whats the exotic crop" ?

She retorts:
"what do you think they are"


The soup she made was the best ever. Seriously, it was 5 star delicious.
And as you can tell in the photo, she just told John he had to wait to eat his until everyone had been served.


There is a big legal battle going on regarding this area she told us. Something to do with the water rights and the UN of all things.


The USFS stops in. They were battling the wildfires up in the hills.


OK, after a great lunch we head way up into the Siskiyou wilderness
and Bruce stops to take a leak.......
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #178
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Mick !
We missed ya brother. Your WR would have been the perfect weapon.

And I felt missed. Wished like hell I coulda been along.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:00 AM   #179
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Untethered Riding

One of the advantages to everyone having the route on their GPS and the confidence that we will all regroup for lunch, at the end of the day and invariably a few other points along the route is that we are free to go at our own pace, stop and go as we please and are free to make small explorations on our own.

Sometimes the result is this:


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Old 02-12-2013, 11:02 AM   #180
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Day 10 Continued

Happy Camp to the Patrick Creek Lodge.

We sail from Happy Camp headed into the huge Smith River NRA following Tony Huegels routing.

But we had to get there 1st.
Departing Happy Camp






We climb in elevation


We travel through this small town (in Oregon again as we are traversing the borders)

and see this girl..,women, chick .
I had to round up the bike and stop and ask her her story. I mean thats what travel and exploration is all about right ?
Meth or crack (is it the same ?) addicted obviously. Teeth rotted, dirty (no filthy) but pleasant and chatty. Told me the local sheriff told her to get off her bike and walk as she was in no shape to be operating anything on wheels.
Poor thing. Felt bad for her. I throw her a Cliff bar, say goodbye and whack the throttle to catch up to my posse.


This town's residences was definitely closed to outsiders. You could just tell. No tresspassing signs everwhere, chain link fences around small 1/4 acre lots with over grown weeds. Very rural, I mean don't take me wrong, as I rode by a house in shambles two long bearded dudes getting out of a 1978 van shot me a look like "keep movin".
I did

But, we were quickly outside of the small town limits heading for remoteness.


Our last regrouping for quite awhile.


As we ride Tony's suggested "Wimer Road" :


So long John-John.
It will be a few hours before any of us sees each other as this would be a long stretch of unbroken, rocky, super remote, super cool, wilderness.
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