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KTMrad

Rad 'n Doc Travel the World

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Time to catch up a little on this trip report....back in October, we headed north from Crescent City into Oregon. Heading into Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, I met this guy Rick from Crescent City on an old classic, on a 1981 XS1100. We talked for a bit, then I headed into the Redwood Forest on a cool dirt road.

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A huge Redwood tree stump.

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A video of the ride thru the Redwoods.....

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After the Redwoods, I rode up after dark in the rain up the 199 into Oregon to Cave Junction to see my friends Uncle Cameron (co-founder of SDAR) and wife Jessica, who built our San Diego Adventure Riders website (SDAR). I stayed in his airplane hanger loft for a couple nights....

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Next day, the people at the airport had a BBQ and I was invited....Doc got to play with "Q", his new buddy.

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Uncle Cameron

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Deer in town...

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Some history of the airport where I was staying....it is the historic, old Siskiyou Smokejumper Base....

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After staying in Cave Junction for a couple days, I headed up further north in Oregon to meet a couple from Portland in Eugene, for a professional photo shoot of our rig in the mountains.....to be continued....

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I met Anthony and Melissa from Portland, at a reservoir outside Eugene, and we went up into the local mountains for a photoshoot that was supposed to come out in a motorcycle magazine in February 2017....they took about 267 photos in a couple of hours, action shots and posing shots....unfortunately, Anthony lost all his photos a couple months later when his computer crashed....these are the only photos I have from the shoot....

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Lots of moss on the trees, it's so moist up there.....

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Anthony took some photos of Doc attacking me....my kevlar mesh Motoport jacket protects my arms when he plays rough like this....

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Anthony and Melissa took me to dinner that night and thanked me for doing the photo shoot and for being part of my trip....thanks guys !

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Stayed in Eugene that night....was going to head north to Washington, but weather was getting colder and wetter, so I decided to head south again.

 

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Cool stuff definitely jealous. No schedule just beer and riding

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Next morning, Doc was waiting, looking at me like "what's taking you so long, let's go" !  It was wet and cold, he needed his insulated vest. We rode down I-5 for a ways, then the rain subsided and I needed to do some side roads and twisties, so we got off the interstate and found a great twisty road with a historic covered bridge....

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I wondered why they had so many covered bridges in the early days....it is because the structures were wood, and the roof helped protect the structure from the weather and rot....another reason was so the horses crossing wouldn't be distracted by the water or ravine below.

I followed the twisty road for awhile, then it said "Pavement Ends", so I thought, "let's go see where the dirt road goes". It went up into the mountains and I figured it would eventually connect up with another paved road....we went up to some great scenery and views....

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Met this guy Sam, with his dogs Nala and Ruger.....Doc had to make friends, of course.

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Beautiful countryside....

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Doc checkin' out the horses....

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Heading south on the I-5 to make time, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a bike pulled over on the side of the road....it looked like he was working on his bike, so I figured I'd go back to see if he needed help. I had to go a few miles south to the next exit, then a few miles north again to another exit, then back south to where he was parked. I stopped and asked if he needed help. He already had his slight radiator cap problem fixed and thanked me for stopping. We hung out and talked as he finished putting his stuff back together. Real interesting guy named Kai....he's been traveling around for months, and he does balloon sculpting for tips wherever he goes, and said he actually makes enough to support his trip most of the time. We parted ways and continued south into more rain.

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I stopped in Grants Pass for a motel room and saw 2 KLR's in the parking lot. I asked to get a room near them because I figured we'd meet and have a lot to talk about. Sure enough, Niko from Slovenia and Dane from British Columbia were touring parts of the USA then heading south for a few months. Niko works for Adriatic Moto Tours...what a coincidence, I'm subscribed to their email newsletter. He said Slovenia is an awesome country for riding. I told him I might look for work with some of those tour companies as I travel....he said I should try that company when i get there in the future.

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Next day, I saw them off....then continued south in more heavy rain towards northern California again....

 

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Next day, I continued south towards the CA coast again....it was stormy, so I stopped for some more rugged coastline photos....

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Rode thru the giant coastal Redwoods again on The General's Highway...

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That  night I had a night ride in heavy rain, low visibility, fogged and wet faceshield....slow going, 30 to 40mph on 55mph twisty roads....sometimes had to pull over to let cars by....wasn't the most fun night ride I've had. Got an expensive motel room because I was cold and it was raining.....next day I would go thru San Francisco on the way to Santa Cruz.

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On the way to San Francisco, I had to stop at the Russian River Brewing Company for a Pliney the Elder !

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Crossing over into San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge....

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Doc chillin' on the cliffs as we enjoyed the view...

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That night, I contacted j.king and his wife and they offered to let me stay with them for the night near Scotts Valley, my first hosts from ADVrider.com. 

Jason and his wife Simone.

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Their cute daughter Hazel is a dog lover, and Doc loved her too !

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The view from they're neighborhood.

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Doc enjoying some lovin' from Hazel.

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Hazel loves to talk, I enjoyed her company.

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The next morning, I said goodbye to my hosts and thanked them for having me over....then I was on my way to the Beemer Shop in Scotts Valley to get new springs for the bike and sidehack.

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One of the main reasons I headed back south into California, was to upgrade the shock springs on the rear of the bike and on the sidecar. We originally ordered the Touratech and Wilbers shocks from "The Beemer Shop"....but trying to guess on spring rates without knowing the weight of the rig, etc., is a guessing game. I was headed to the Beemer Shop to get new springs put on....I heard the owner Ted Porter and his associate, Jeff Favorite are suspension gurus.

So I got there, Jeff checked out my springs, then he did about 3 hours of research and calculations to figure out the best spring rates for the rig. Luckily, he had the springs in stock...I though I was going to have to wait for at least a week. The next day, I went in, removed the sidecar shock and bike shock myself, so Jeff could swap them out and set up the shocks. I put my rig back together, Jeff adjusted the settings on the shocks, and we were done.

When I asked Jeff if he could discount the prices on the springs, he said "I didn't charge you any labor....you still want the parts discount" ?  I laughed and said no, I'll take it as it stands.....the cost was unbelievably reasonable for just the springs. After I did a test ride, WOW....what a difference. The rig no longer sagged 5" in the back and no longer wallowed in the corners....talk about inspiring my confidence handling the big rig thru the corners !

Here's a pic of the new spring on the Touratech shock...then the new spring on the sidehack.....ain't that purdy ?

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The sidecar brake pads were toast, metal to metal so I could not ride much. Jeff ordered me new pads, but they wouldn't be in for a few days, so I stayed at a motel in Santa Cruz....the weather was very wet and rainy for almost the entire time I was there....but I still got to take Doc to the beach often.

Views at the beach in Santa Cruz...

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I don't often post food photos...but I had to here...an awesome "Garbage Pie", as we called them in NY.....loaded pizza.

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After the new brake pads came in and I got them installed, we headed south on Highway 1 along the coast...stopping many times to enjoy the views and coastline. At the town of Cayucos, we stopped at the beach one more time since after that, we'd be headed inland and wouldn't see the ocean for awhile....Doc needed his beach fix.

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Just havin' a ton of fun at the beach.....

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I love seeing my boy enjoying life !

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More CA coastline photos.....

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Tired boy....

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We stayed the night in Bakersfield that night....next day we'd be heading further inland.

 

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Next day, we took Hwy 41 to back roads to Hwy 58, one of my favorite CA twisties, then turned off for the Carrizo Plain....glad to see this sign again !

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It was pretty hot out in this desert terrain....

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We climbed up a small hill to survey the area from up high....

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Took a break on the side of the road to let Doc cool off....

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We took Hwy 78 towards Lake Isabella....a couple of hours later, another stop to check out the scenery and let Doc stretch his legs....

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This is the very southern tip of the Sierra Nevada Mountains....where the mountain range starts.

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Randy are you and doc mainly off bike tent camping or staying in hotels or couch surfing.

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On our way thru Ridgecrest, we were stopped at a light and a woman in a car pulled up next to me and was talking to me, but I didn't hear what she was saying because I had earplugs in. I noticed Doc had knocked his goggles half way off his face, so I thought that's what she was talking about...I said I'd pull into the next parking lot. She followed me in, and when I took off my helmet we started talking....she was another motorcycle rider and has a sidecar rig of her own....Judy Gerard wanted photos of our rig and Doc to show her husband. We now keep in touch on Facebook.....just another new motorcycling friend. 

I told her we were going to the Trona Pinnacles, I've never been. She said we should camp there....I wasn't sure where we'd be staying the night.

We got to Trona Pinnacles right before sunset....knew the photo opps would be good, and another chance to ride more dirt !

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As Doc and I were soaking in the scenery, I saw a guy on a BMW go by....I yelled and waved my hands, but he kept going. I figured I'd look for him later. I decided we were going to stay the night and dry camp (open camping).....as I rode around looking for a good spot to camp, sure enough I found the guy on the Beemer, and he was with another guy. I rode up to them and asked if they minded if I joined them....they said, " a guy with a dog in a sidecar, you are totally welcome to join us".

They're names were Bill from Santa Cruz on a R100GS and Phil from San Jose on a R1200GS. They were on a multi day road trip. We pitched camp and they invited me to join them for a delicious dehydrated meal dinner....mmmm.

We talked for a few hours, enjoyed some barley therapy, then called it a night. Doc didn't want to sleep in the tent, so I left the vestibule open for him....but he ended up sleeping out in the dirt, and chasing animals during the night...I thought that was cool. He never goes far, so I knew he'd be fine.

 

 

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BP619....we camp some, motel some, and have been hosted some....the plan is to camp a lot more to save money.

In the cold, wet places....it was hard to motivate to set up the tent, I got kinda lazy for awhile.

That will change when we head south.

 

 

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Next morning, I woke up around sunrise....Doc was still laying outside in the dirt. Some more photo opps during sunrise....

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Our tent....which Doc refused to sleep in last night !

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Bill's and Phil's bikes....

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Bill and Phil.

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Phil's changing room.

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What the Pinnacles are all about....

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I said goodbye to my friends....one favorite thing about traveling is meeting new people and making new friends !

They were heading to Death Valley, and so was I...but I knew they'd be way ahead of me since they had a time crunch. I would be taking my time....so, off to Death Valley !

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Doc Holliday is now a certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs Int'l....we can now visit kid's homes, nursing homes, hospitals, etc as we travel the world....I'm happy.

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That's really cool Randy, he'll make a great therapy dog, as long as he leaves you outside. ?

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Time to continue and catch up on this trip report....fI rom last November....

After camping at Trona Pinnacles, we headed toward Death Valley. There's a short cut into the park, but it said Road Closed Ahead. I started up the road when a couple in an SUV stopped to tell me I couldn't get thru due to a barrier across the road. I went to check it out anyway, and sure enough I was able to get around the barrier....further on, the road was slightly washed out but not impassable. We went passed Ballarat and then to Panamint City...

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The Ballarat Trading Post is a neat place to stop in the middle of nowhere. The caretaker there was an interesting old guy.

 

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I wanted to stay for the Nude Burrow Dancers, but that was the next day....

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Doc makes friends everywhere we go.

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More to come....

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Ride easy my friend, enjoy and take it all in, no one can take away what you are seeing on your trip, it is all stored in yours and Doc's brain. 

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Time to try to catch up on this write-up...

We got into Death Valley and had to explore the dirt route up to Aguereberry Point....WOW, what a view !!

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Met this German guy with a cool truck...he opened up his huge side window in the back and was taking a nap overlooking the spectacular view.

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Checked out the Eureka Mine....

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Doc loves kids, and they're always attracted to him....

 

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More to come, from Death Valley.....

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3 hours ago, KTMrad said:

Time to try to catch up on this write-up...

We got into Death Valley and had to explore the dirt route up to Aguereberry Point....WOW, what a view !!

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Met this German guy with a cool truck...he opened up his huge side window in the back and was taking a nap overlooking the spectacular view.

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Checked out the Eureka Mine....

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Doc loves kids, and they're always attracted to him....

 

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More to come, from Death Valley.....

The Germans travel in style. keep rolling and no more breakdown. 

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1 hour ago, Mr.JAJA said:

The Germans travel in style. keep rolling and no more breakdown. 

I've hosted quite a few German world travellers at my house...but on a motorcycle, there's no room for "in style" :D

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