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May 25th 2020, 09:27 AM   #1
 TJRace's Avatar
 
  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Social Distancing, NorCal Style

I threw the Multi in the back of my pickup Thursday afternoon and trucked it to Grants Pass where I met a buddy (on his GS), so Friday could start close to the entertaining roads. Due to Covid19, no hotels were open (except for essential travel) along our planned routes in NorCal but everything seemed normal in Redding so we re-routed to/from there. Some notes from the trip:

Day one: GP-Happy Camp-Orick-Redding.
https://goo.gl/maps/RQ4EfowjU7fs9LwU9
Cave Junction to Happy Camp is great; twisty and scenic. Bald Hills to Orick includes 3 miles of gravel/dirt and is very remote/scenic (even saw a Bald Eagle). Planned to hit 36 but decided to save that and took 299 to Redding instead. Even with Covid19 299 had too much traffic so was a bit frustrating.


Day 2: Basically, took CA36 to Fortuna and back.
https://goo.gl/maps/fkhE56CHGya9Hawb8
CA36 is a BLAST, both directions! Platina road to Redding was a bit slow, but scenic.



Day 3: Redding-Callahan-GP.
https://goo.gl/maps/cvt7cKtFQEYigEWU7
Hustling up the 299 hill west of Redding at pace was awesome! Trinity Dam Blvd to Lewiston, Rush Creek Rd to CA3 were really cool (some sport, mostly scenic).
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May 25th 2020, 09:51 AM   #2
 TJRace's Avatar
 
  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Tried to post a couple pics but they didn't show (maybe because the pnw album is private?). Trying again...

Happy Camp:


CA36:
May 25th 2020, 11:15 AM   #3
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Sorry your pictures don't show. Most time its because the picture is too large.

I was just there also. all of 299/36/96/1/101 and all sorts of back roads to and back home. I left the 7th of May. Came down from WA through OR then CA and then back. I made motel reservations one day ahead as I was unsure exactly where I wanted to end up the next night. Had zero issues with Lodging. No one told me to wear a mask. Motel pools, saunas and exercise rooms were all closed and no continental breakfast. Food was also easy, Subway to go, pizza delivered, Mickey Dee's and I also carry a small cooler with food like meats and cheeses.
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May 25th 2020, 11:18 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Happy Camp!
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May 25th 2020, 12:44 PM   #5
 TJRace's Avatar
 
  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Our original intent was to hit the top of 1 and zig-zag back and forth between 1 and 101 a couple times. That changed when we based out of Redding.
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May 25th 2020, 01:07 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Hwy 20 from Ft Bragg to Willitts is a super nice 22 miles of twisty bits. Most of the locals pull over so you can blast your way to Willits or even going west from Willits. 1 North to Leggett where it turns into 101 is also super fun and tight and twisty.

I hit all theses roads to include all the other I mentioned at least twice a year. One year I spent 2 days in Redbluff and did 36 4 times before grabbing 299 to Willow Creek and 96 to Klamath Falls via Oregon 66.

McKenzie Pass opens on June 21st to motorized traffic (bicycles already have access) and thats another good road. Don't forget Eastern Oregon, Spray, Monument, Heppner, Maulpin, Fossil, Service Creek, Mitchel Sumptner, Baker City! You can loop around for days in those areas.

Edited by GPD323 on May 25th 2020 at 01:14 PM
May 25th 2020, 01:32 PM   #7
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

Thanks for sharing your adventure.

The issue with your picts, is that when you inserted the URL's for your pictures into the Insert Img Tool, you used the URL for the pict's web page, not its direct link. If, you edit your post (or, quote it) this is what's in-between the "IMG markers"
pnwmoto.com/pictures/norcal2020/p371-happycamp.html
When inserting pictures, you need to insert the direct link for the image into the tool for the picture to be displayed correctly. The URL link should end with the picture's file name. It should look something like this (example):
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Unfortunately, if your trying to use the Forum's Photo Gallery to host the picture, there is no easy way to pull up the direct link. A simpler option would be to use a third party hosting service such as Photobucket or Imgur. Of these two, I'd personally recommend Imgur.

Edited by FeralRdr on May 25th 2020 at 01:34 PM
May 26th 2020, 08:10 AM   #8
 McRider's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

So, hwy 36 is open? There was construction closing that road except for weekends last time I looked.
May 26th 2020, 10:41 AM   #9
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Quote:
Originally Posted by McRider
So, hwy 36 is open? There was construction closing that road except for weekends last time I looked.
When I went through it was open, there was a sign indicating that between May 11th thru the 15th 36 was closed for any thru traffic that sign was on the west side of 36. There is still a lot of construction and you may have to stop for a bit due to active flaggers or automated signals. On the east side of 36 the sign said it was closed 97 miles in the next morning. That confused me because it did not list a date or time when I saw the sign in Red Bluff, so I did I5 south to hwy 20 west to get back to the coast. Later found 36 WAS still open so I could have rode it again instead of a detour.

I came into Willow Creek from the 299 west, then hit 96 heading east. Signage indicated construction was going on 24/7 due to a massive slide. It was a one lane bypass when I hit that on a Sunday and they were working on the slide.
May 27th 2020, 04:46 AM   #10
 TJRace's Avatar
 
  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPD323
Hwy 20 from Ft Bragg to Willitts is a super nice 22 miles of twisty bits. Most of the locals pull over so you can blast your way to Willits or even going west from Willits. 1 North to Leggett where it turns into 101 is also super fun and tight and twisty.

I hit all theses roads to include all the other I mentioned at least twice a year. One year I spent 2 days in Redbluff and did 36 4 times before grabbing 299 to Willow Creek and 96 to Klamath Falls via Oregon 66.

McKenzie Pass opens on June 21st to motorized traffic (bicycles already have access) and thats another good road. Don't forget Eastern Oregon, Spray, Monument, Heppner, Maulpin, Fossil, Service Creek, Mitchel Sumptner, Baker City! You can loop around for days in those areas.
1 down from Leggett is one of my all-time favorite sections and was on our route until we re-routed in/out of Redding. We had planned to hit Hwy 20 as well as Branscomb Rd but Covid....

I usually make it to Central/Eastern Oregon at some point during the summer/fall and have hit all of the towns you mention. Great roads for sure.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GPD323
When I went through it was open, there was a sign indicating that between May 11th thru the 15th 36 was closed for any thru traffic that sign was on the west side of 36. There is still a lot of construction and you may have to stop for a bit due to active flaggers or automated signals. On the east side of 36 the sign said it was closed 97 miles in the next morning. That confused me because it did not list a date or time when I saw the sign in Red Bluff, so I did I5 south to hwy 20 west to get back to the coast. Later found 36 WAS still open so I could have rode it again instead of a detour.

I came into Willow Creek from the 299 west, then hit 96 heading east. Signage indicated construction was going on 24/7 due to a massive slide. It was a one lane bypass when I hit that on a Sunday and they were working on the slide.
We took 36 on Saturday and it was open (there was one signal-controlled one-lane section that was a couple hundred yards long). Signage indicated closures during the week.
May 27th 2020, 09:13 PM   #11
 craiger's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2009 Aprilia RSVR, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Thanks for sharing your adventure.

The issue with your picts, is that when you inserted the URL's for your pictures into the Insert Img Tool, you used the URL for the pict's web page, not its direct link. If, you edit your post (or, quote it) this is what's in-between the "IMG markers"
pnwmoto.com/pictures/norcal2020/p371-happycamp.html
When inserting pictures, you need to insert the direct link for the image into the tool for the picture to be displayed correctly. The URL link should end with the picture's file name. It should look something like this (example):
pnwmoto.com/pictures/norcal2020/p371-happycamp/filename.jpg
Unfortunately, if your trying to use the Forum's Photo Gallery to host the picture, there is no easy way to pull up the direct link. A simpler option would be to use a third party hosting service such as Photobucket or Imgur. Of these two, I'd personally recommend Imgur.

Jeezus H, Batman, could that be any more complicated?
May 27th 2020, 09:24 PM   #12
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

Quote:
Originally Posted by craiger
Jeezus H, Batman, could that be any more complicated?
Well, at least he didn't ask for instructions on how to reroute the power from a Flux capacitor into a Galaxy Class Starship's Warp Core.
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May 28th 2020, 05:21 AM   #13
 
  Apr 2017
  Seattle

  DL650A
I bet you didn't stop in Orleans at the market, but ....

Could you tell if it was open? We camp near Orleans every year, and we're hoping that this year won't be an exception.
May 28th 2020, 09:47 AM   #14
 MikeMikeMike's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Some of the best roads in America. Not sure who designed those roads but there are some stretches of 36 where I swear they could have saved a ton of time and money with a straight road but decided instead to make it fun. So jealous, need to get down there again.
May 29th 2020, 04:48 AM   #15
 TJRace's Avatar
 
  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Quote:
Originally Posted by juanitotheclumsy
I bet you didn't stop in Orleans at the market, but ....

Could you tell if it was open? We camp near Orleans every year, and we're hoping that this year won't be an exception.
I don't recall. Seems like most markets and gas stations along our routes were open but other businesses were shut down.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeMikeMike
Some of the best roads in America. Not sure who designed those roads but there are some stretches of 36 where I swear they could have saved a ton of time and money with a straight road but decided instead to make it fun. So jealous, need to get down there again.
Ha ha. And now they're building a bridge across a span where there is a perfectly good corner in place. Seems odd and expensive.
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