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Aug 16th 2017, 09:46 PM   #1
 Willow's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Motorcycle trip 2017

Took a week trip with Mark (Redlitre) and Jim (Motorbiker). It's been a while since we've ridden some of our favorite roads in Eastern OR and Northern CA, and finding some new roads as well. One of the hottest trips I've taken.

Day 1

The 3 amigos begin in Gorst:

IMG_20170729_065244776 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

A obligatory stop over FS23. Definitely, this road is not as bad going South as it is going North. Still a fun road, even if it is getting a bit torn up. And not much traffic for a Saturday morning. Wind River is as awesome as ever with the new pavement.

IMG_2977 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Had to stop at the 5 mountain view, on Hwy 206, since it was such a nice day.

IMG_2980 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Always a treat to stop at Ukiah's one gas pump/grocery store, and shoot the breeze with the (I believe) the owner's son. He has an interesting look on life

IMG_2981 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

IMG_2984 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

First night in Baker City.

IMG_20170729_200502597 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Summary on the best roads for me: Wind River, FS 52, and FS 73 into Sumpter. From Granite to Sumpter has been repaved, and it is perfect!

Did I say it was Hot?
Aug 16th 2017, 09:51 PM   #2
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Very nice. Good to hear they repaved Granite to Sumpter! It needed it.
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Aug 16th 2017, 10:37 PM   #3
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  Silverdale, WA

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Day 2

Just another Hot day. It also was the day we had the most straight roads. Mark clocked one straight 11 miles before it made a slight bend. Let's just was difficult to go the speed limit, well............OK, I don't think we ever did the speed limit. We just wanted to get to our next destination, Alturas, CA.

Good ole Dooley Mountain. Not my favorite, because of gravel and rocks in the corners, but great scenery:
SnapShot by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Typical corner with rocks in the road on Dooley:

SnapShot(1) by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Mark and I have made an annual trip to Mike's memorial, just outside Unity, OR, since his accident in 2012. He will not be forgotten!

IMG_3008 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3000 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

This year Jim was able to come, and since Eastern OR weather has taken it's toll on the cross, Jim brought some new pain
IMG_2997 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

When Mark and buz erected the memorial cross, Mark had bought a solar powered light and placed it in the ground in front of the cross. It's been there since 2012 and every year we come, we test it, and it STILL puts out a nice bright light! We don't know how long it lasts from the charge, but, at least we know it still shines at night through rain, snow, ice or just on a clear night.

Along Hwy 395, Lake Abert, my tank was breathing fumes. We had to stop and take a couple of pictures, because it was, literally, like a sea of glass.

IMG_3015 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

IMG_3014 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Made it to Valley Falls, OR that had gas, thank goodness.

IMG_20170730_162920560_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

IMG_3016 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Second night was in Alturas, CA, with the sun setting in the smoke from the forest fires.
IMG_20170730_195741889_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Somewhere along one of our stops for gas, Marks CBR decided to give him fits not wanting to start when it was hot out. This problem continued the whole trip, but Mark was always able to get it started. But in Alturas, Mark and Jim decided to see if they could find the problem.

IMG_20170730_195857018 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

IMG_20170730_200616979 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

They did rule out a couple of things, and that it seemed the injectors were making it flood out. But I'm not sure, I'm not a mechanic in the least. I just try and stay out of the way......

They put it back together, and thought since we were going to be visiting Rick (R.W. that new him from the other forum) down in Cloverdale, CA the next day, maybe we should take it to a Honda dealer.
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Edited by Willow on Aug 16th 2017 at 11:10 PM
Aug 16th 2017, 11:39 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

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Day 3

Mark brought the duck tape, and that morning in Alturas, he did some surgical taping of his boots before we headed out. Thanks goodness, this was the only thing we had to use the duck tape on. By the end of the trip, I think Mark almost used the whole role of tape on his boots........

IMG_20170731_080423285_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

On they way out of Alturas we could see where the fire was coming from, then we ended going through those range of mountains with the fires right close by. Lot's of fire fighters going in and out of Alturas.
IMG_20170731_083348850 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3017 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

This day we all were looking forward to Hwy 36. To get to Hwy 36 we hit Hwy 89 through Lassen Volcanic National Park. It just opened up, to the public, 4 days prior to us getting there. This was one of the latest years it opened up, because of the amount of snow fall. I was really expecting A LOT of snow when we got there. There was snow, but not as much as I thought.

Lassen Volcanic National Park:

IMG_20170731_104431125 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

IMG_3020 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3028 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3035 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

You can see Lake Helen in Jim's face shield:
IMG_3032 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

One of many pit stops....

IMG_20170731_093509779 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Finally made it to Red Bluff, with temperatures hanging around 102 and 104. Yep, a picture before we embark onto Hwy 36:

IMG_20170731_142521672_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Do you notice that orange sign in the distance? It says Hwy 36 will be closed from 7 or 8am (can't remember) to 5pm, just past Mad River for some bridge repair or something. We decided to go on anyway, and wait out the time in Mad River, for it to reopen. Come to find out, they didn't start the construction until the next day.

I stopped one time to take a picture of the road we just came over along Hwy 36.
IMG_3036 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We were having too much fun to stop anymore, so here are some GoPro still pictures:

SnapShot(4) by Brad Everett, on Flickr
SnapShot(6) by Brad Everett, on Flickr
SnapShot(7) by Brad Everett, on Flickr
SnapShot(5) by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We get to Mad River, where we all got Milkshakes, lemonade, and water. It was Hot.
IMG_20170731_163749654 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_20170731_161759009_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We had a great time on Hwy 36, as usual, and made it down to Cloverdale, CA to Ricks place, and were able to catch up and relax.
IMG_20170801_074800294 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
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Edited by Willow on Aug 16th 2017 at 11:43 PM
Aug 17th 2017, 01:13 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
These travelogues are one of the best things about this forum. Living vicariously.
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Aug 17th 2017, 02:32 AM   #6
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  Apr 2016

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Fo Sho fella's...great pictorial. I love those multi-day rides with just a couple of buddies. Best way to enjoy our wonderful part of the world. Mad props to y'all for stayin safe, no tickets (right?), and managing the heat. Too bad about the Repsol Honda, did he finally figure out the problem? Not like a Honda to do that in my experience. My VFRdct has been nothing if not bullet proof reliable (knock on wood)...
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Aug 17th 2017, 06:40 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Thanks so much for taking us along for the ride vicariously. And thank you for the maintenance at Mike's memorial. It's good to see it. I'm overdue for a visit myself.

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Aug 17th 2017, 11:01 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

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Day 4

The plan for the day was to ride Skaggs Spring Raceway........Uh, I mean Skaggs Spring Rd, and other roads around Cloverdale. But since Mark was having starting issues, we decided to take it to the Honda dealership in Santa Rosa, first thing in the morning. Maybe they heard of the issue and had a quick fix. Nope, they had not, but Mark was able to get the issue registered with Honda corporation, so it would be in their file when he got home.

Rick getting a chance to ride the CBR to the Honda dealership that morning. It had been a while, and maybe would excite him enough to get another bike

IMG_20170801_083408353 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

After spending all morning in Santa Rosa getting breakfast and at the Honda dealership, we got back to Ricks, put on our riding gear and wanted to get out to Skaggs Spring rd. Had great memories from being there several years ago.

But this year, was not so good. This is part of what we found on the road during multiple passes......................

SnapShot(8) by Brad Everett, on Flickr

SnapShot(9) by Brad Everett, on Flickr

After dodging these coming and going, including multiple work trucks, dump trucks, trucks pulling excavators, cars............We only did a couple of passes. Just wasn't the same. Plus with the temperature hovering around 102 and 104, we were just plane hot and thirsty. So instead of checking out more roads, we headed back to Ricks house and watched some MotoGP and washed the bikes later that evening when it cooled down.

Here are some more of Skaggs:

SnapShot12 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
SnapShot(11) by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3054 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3063 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

I GoPro'd it while I was taking pictures too
SnapShot(13) by Brad Everett, on Flickr
SnapShot(12) by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Only clocked around 60 or 70 miles on Day 4. Nice day of recovery. Thanks Rick for letting us just hang out and watch some MotoGP
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Aug 17th 2017, 11:34 PM   #9
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  Silverdale, WA

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Day 5

Rick was up early cooking us breakfast, so we would have the right kind of energy to put in another long...........HOT day.
IMG_20170802_073504591 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Did I say it was HOT? OK, it wasn't so bad along the coast, but as soon as you went inland 30 miles, the temp jumped like 40 degrees.

It was hot enough we didn't make many stops, but to gas, re-hydrate and hit the road.

Here is the temp, top right, in Willow Creek.
IMG_20170802_155804577_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Didn't take many pictures this day, it was too HOT to stop. I was kind of looking forward to Hwy 96, because the last few times I've ridden it, it really was nice, with fast sweepers, following the river. Well, from Willow Creek to Happy Camp, it was really chopped up, uneven pavement with humps Heaves, holes....... etc, off and on the whole way to Happy Camp (at least they had warning signs).
The night before I asked Candiya how Grayback road was, from Happy Camp to Hwy 199. She said it was really nice and very little traffic. So we all decided to head that way instead continuing on Hwy 96. Didn't get any pictures, but it is a really decent road. The only recommendation I would give, take it from Hwy 199 to Happy Camp. It seemed like we went up hill for just a short time, then it was ALL down hill to Hwy 199. It would have been a lot more fun going up. Great road though, and little traffic.

Couple of pictures at Happy Camp:

IMG_20170802_175312692_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

IMG_20170802_175335910_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr
We stayed in Central Point, OR, where, I believe, Jim grew up and new that area really well. We met Jim's in-laws, who live there, and had breakfast with them the next morning.

This was just a BLOODY HOT day.
Aug 18th 2017, 12:28 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

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Day 6

Another HOT day, until we get near the coast.

I had plans of some other roads to hit this day, but we were getting really tired of the heat and just plane getting "tired." I had plan on doing Hwy 42 to the coast then back across on Hwy 38 to take Siuslaw road up to Hwy 126. But instead we did Hwy 227 to I5 (from Jim's recommendation) and straight up to Anluaf.

Had to stop here along Hwy 227. A friend of mine used to teach at this school. There's a rope swing under that bridge you can swing out from the rocks and into the water. It was really temping.
IMG_3073 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3078 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We got to Lorain, gassed up and headed out on Siuslaw Rd. The first 5 miles was freshly Chipsealed........ but after that, it was really a fun road until we came to a sign (about 35 miles in) that said it was closed 9 miles, or so, ahead. We just passed Wolf Creek Rd, so headed back and took that. Wolf Creek was a decent road back to Territorial Hwy.

Siuslaw Rd:

IMG_3079 by Brad Everett, on Flickr
IMG_3083 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

I really didn't take many pictures this day, too bloody hot to stop, sight see and take pictures.

I'll just add this piece here...... It didn't matter how hot it was or where it was..............we were made to stop, every day, on just about every piece of road we did. At least in CA we could filter to the front

We stopped here:

IMG_20170803_101514269 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We stopped here:

IMG_20170802_153837214 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We stopped here:

IMG_20170802_125736269 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

We stopped here:

IMG_20170731_122017870_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

From Hwy 20 I wanted to take Hwy 180 (Summit Hwy) to Nashville, then 411 to 410 to Siletz. But Hwy 180 was not marked very well, and we blazed right on by the turn off, and before I new it, we were long past it. So we ended taking Hwy 229, from Toledo up to Kernville, and on up to Tillamook.

Recommendation.....Stay away from Hwy 101 around Lincoln. It was stop and go until we reached Hwy 18. I've put that in my mental bank.
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Aug 18th 2017, 01:24 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Day 7

Getting up early to make our final journey home and to enjoy some familiar roads we have traveled many times.
IMG_20170804_072402987_HDR by Brad Everett, on Flickr

(Got to stay in the finest Hotel in Tillamook, for our last night. She even said we were getting one of the best rooms, and charged us for it too.......$224.00 When we walked in, I thought we had just walked back in time to about 1970. Not even sure if the sheets and pillow cases were actually changed. We didn't choose this place, it chose us, because it seemed to be the only place in town that had a room. Seemed that others, who rolled in after us, were thinking the same thing. Yes we could have kept going, but with the heat and fatigue of the day........ we sucked it up and crashed there.)

I was looking forward to Hwy 53. I've had some great memories of coming down with Rick (R.W.), meeting Dave (goslow), and repeating Hwy 53 multiple times. is getting torn up, like many of the roads out there. We stopped at one of my favorite gas/food stores for a picture

IMG_20170804_084854353 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Fishhawk was fun as ever and Hwy 202 from Jewell to Astoria, was a lot of fun too. Really didn't have much traffic on Hwy 202, so made it that much more pleasant.

Astoria bridge:
GOPR0822 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Along Hwy 101 through the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge section.
SnapShot14 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

SnapShot15 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Didn't see too many of these over the 7 days, and when we did, they didn't even bother with us. Maybe we were invisible on this trip

SnapShot13 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Final gas stop in Elma:

IMG_3088 by Brad Everett, on Flickr

Great trip.................No tickets No rain, very HOT, and some great roads, and not so great roads, but all in all.......... a very fun adventure.

Total Mileage: About 2600 miles

Thanks for viewing and reading.
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Aug 18th 2017, 07:07 AM   #12
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  Forest Grove

  '07 GSXR-600, '05 CR85r
Nice pictures and it sounds like you had an awesome time! I haven't hit HWY 53 in 5 years because that road was getting worse and worse with all the logging trucks that travel on it.

Love reading and hearing about moto trips!
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Aug 18th 2017, 09:32 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016

Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing. I can't believe Lassen just opened and I can't see why. I was there over a month ago and it was still closed, grrr ... Had to go around. And yes, it was just as HOT!
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Aug 18th 2017, 10:19 PM   #14
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As has been stated before, great write up. Thanks for sharing the adventure.
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Aug 19th 2017, 08:41 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  1987 FZR 1000
Thanks for keeping the photos going and writing up the trip Brad. I'll ride with you and Mark anytime! Funnest part of the trip was...the entire thing.
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