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Old 02-15-2013, 09:45 PM   #271
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Great RR and pics guys - looks like an amazing trip. Being from CA it's incredible to know
just how many places I did not get to see before moving away.

Being an inmate though you realize it can all be on your bucket list - just save, plan and GO!
Keep it coming and safe travels!
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:22 PM   #272
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I can't imagine anyone going back to tents, sleeping bags and huddling 'round campfires after this. It's all so perfect ...
Not sure if you're serious? But it got me out of lurk mode

Actually, I was thinking more cowbells camping is what would make this a perfect trip for me. Especially with all that perfect weather...

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Old 02-16-2013, 03:34 AM   #273
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total jealousy!

Great adventure there, captain!

Sure wish I could get a block of time like that to wander around the West Coast! And the Lost Coast photos are spectacular!

Question. Most of your GPS shots are on the 276C, but at least one was on a 478. Yet, I thought you were now using a Montana. ????
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:00 AM   #274
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Just found this today----but couldn't stop till I got to here.

My favorite was Bethyl ridge-----probably hard for you guys to pick a favorite !!!

Thanks so much

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:10 AM   #275
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Not sure if you're serious? But it got me out of lurk mode

Actually, I was thinking more cowbells camping is what would make this a perfect trip for me. Especially with all that perfect weather...

Carry on!
Here's the thing with that on this trip. For most of it, there was a open fire ban pretty much throughout the route.
And, by chance, at the end of most days, right smack there, were motels.
Our policy is, if there is a great spot, like Bethel Ridge for instance, we will camp it, if not, we take the convenience of a motel. A huge multi day trip like this to be successfully, with everyone smiling, dictates some comfort and convenience. We've camped aplenty on prior trips so it's nothing new to us for sure. But I hear ya.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:12 AM   #276
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Awesome report. I cant believe the nice weather you had throughout the whole trip. Thanks again for sharing.
We couldn't believe it !
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:15 AM   #277
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Great adventure there, captain!

Sure wish I could get a block of time like that to wander around the West Coast! And the Lost Coast photos are spectacular!

Question. Most of your GPS shots are on the 276C, but at least one was on a 478. Yet, I thought you were now using a Montana. ????

Hi Doc !!!
I was running my 276c , Mike had the 478 on the Panzer, John 478, Bruce 376.

John has Montana, but that unit is still in R&D stages when it comes to running big routes like this.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #278
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Day 13 Usal Road Lost Coast

Next morning and day 13 now. We have been on the bikes for quite awhile now and have come a long way.
Our initial plans called for camping on the beach on the Lost Coast. A worthy spot indeed.

However,
the 0 visibility because of extreme dense fog along with cold, damp air, had us second guessing this plan.
Everything would be soaked in the morning.
Na, we would just stay another night right here and leave the gear on the bikes. It was nice to ride with the bikes loaded down with gear today. Tremendous difference in fact.

We had ridden the Lost Coast to the north of Shelter Cove yesterday. Today we would ride it to the south and take the infamous "Usal Road".

I can't remember why, but Bruce, John and I would ride it clockwise and Mikee counter. It would take a big chunk of the morning & afternoon.

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Shelter Cove was socked in solid with fog. And cold, needed the Gerbings turned on.
But as we climbed out of Shelter Cove and you crested the King Range, it was like someone flipped the weather switch !
All of a sudden, it was clear blue skies and warm, maybe even hot !

John, Bruce and I head for Garberville for breakfast before turning south for the start of Usal Road.

Great breakfast. Big sign said "cash only".


Garberville was Jeff Spicoli central !




Just about everything and everyone was based around one thing here.
Pot
It was smoked openly and what appeared to be freely !
Guy wearing a dress in Birkenstocks and dreadlocks. Notice the giant marijuana bud growing behind the guy in the dress. Grown for Paul Bunyan.


We depart Garberville and head south to start the loop.
Bruce looking almost like Bigfoot himself.


Amazing ! As we neared the Lost Coast, we went from mid 80's to temps that required us to break out the Gerbings again ! Look at John. We were freezing !


The fog was going to be a factor today.
We turn back north to ride
Usal Road
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:05 AM   #279
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Day 13 Continued, USAL Road

Our 1st glimpse of the ocean from Usal Rd.
Shrouded in Pacific sea fog


Again, we are riding Ursal Rd south to north back towards Shelter Cove.




A little fun in the sand






The new Shinko digging




Hoping the sun will burn off the fog.
It wouldn't


We continue to ride north on the Lost Coast
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:42 AM   #280
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Fantastic RR Frankie!

Great writeup, DP. You are THE master planner/leader. Seeing all that sunshine, great routes, and you JBs back in action has provided some much-needed PMS therapy. Just wondering if you made any of the local newspapers - "Sasquatch Sighted on Orange Motorcycle".
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:34 AM   #281
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I'm sure with all the pot smokin goin on out there...they see bigfoot on a daily basis
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #282
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Great writeup, DP. You are THE master planner/leader. Seeing all that sunshine, great routes, and you JBs back in action has provided some much-needed PMS therapy. Just wondering if you made any of the local newspapers - "Sasquatch Sighted on Orange Motorcycle".
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:24 AM   #283
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Day 13 Continued on Usal Road Lost Coast

Riding Usal Road. A very unique, unpopulated coastal range.




The road weaves up and down the King Range through a coastal forest.




The Pacific shrouded in fog (on my left) today.












I got a few question's as to why Mike rode the Usal Rd opposite direction then John, Bruce and I did. "Was there a falling out" ? "Was there friction developing within the group" ?
The answer is absolutely not. With our trips, it's all about freedom and being able to do whatever you feel like at that moment without impact from or to, the group. It's OK if you want say Chinese for dinner but I want steak. We abandon all regimented thinking on these vacations. Thats why we all have GPS units with the common route, all are OK with independent riding and don't read anything into one of wanting to blitz off one day alone. Freedom. It's what we seek on these trips.And so, as to answer the question, I think Mike simply wanted to time his loop so he had lunch somewhere he had in mind.

He needs to be a little more clear on the subject






The Pacific moisture and it's impact on the vegetation


We spot a herd of Elk




Amazing, look right over my seat.






A coastal wilderness




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Old 02-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #284
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GPS Choice

I am the guinea pig for our group to test the Montana.

The verdict so far is that we will keep the x7x series: 276, 376, 478.

The Montana just cannot match the features and flexibility of the Garmin chartplotters for what we want to do.
A couple of threads here on ADVRider that provide more details than you could ever need.

Summary for our group:
For adventure riding on motorcycles the x7x series does everything the Montana can do. The ONLY advantage to the Montana is the screen.
The Montana can NOT do many things the x7x series does including mixed mode routing (on road and off road in a single route). The Montana is limited to 50 waypoints per route (a serious drawback for us).

I wont bore you with any additional details and I'd ask that this thread not be hijacked by GPS discussions. There are other threads on ADVRider for that.

I continue to use and test the Montana and have some hope that future software updates may make it more suitable for us.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:41 AM   #285
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Paper maps?

Did you guys carry paper maps as well?
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