January 27th, 2015 – Day 14 (all pics in all posts can be clicked for larger versions)
January 26th 2015 – Day 13
I woke up this morning to a very cool and crisp sunny day. Compared to yesterday I immediately took a look at that flags and they were still. I thought nice….no 40-50 MPH winds to contend with for today. Little video from yesterday’s ride.
All the weather people said so and yep, that was the case. Smooth sailing all day long and I did manage to get pretty far even with riding the TALIMENA BY-WAY.
This by-way was recommended by a few FB readers and I am so glad I was able to take it. There is a very LARGE sign, of course I did not take a picture of it that says do not drive this road if there is fog, ice or snow. There is no road maintenance. No worries about that today at all. It was sunny, dry and my riding temperatures today ranged from 0 C (30F) – 18 C (66F). Continue reading
January 23rd , 24th & 25th 2015
I woke up on Day 10 to my bike totally covered in frost. I have finally hit winter at this point to justify the name of my trip. 👍
January 22nd 2015 – Day 9
After leaving GO-AZ dealership the day before I went to another virtual hosts house for an over niter. Terry and Heather. What a nice couple. We had really good pizza, hung out with their pets, I have all ready forgotten their cat’s name but their dog? Jack. Terry and Heather take in rescues so they MUST be good people and they are. Thanks guys for the stay and Terry for input on my route for the day. Heather hope your make it to your next book club. 👍
I am behind in posts. This always seems to happen as days goes by. I am having bike issues again but that will be for Day 9. 😉
Day 6 – January 19th 2015
UPDATE: My spider bite on my right temple swelled up last night and puss came out. I know gross eh? It’s now infected because of my helmet, etc. Put Bactine on it and it’s looking scabby but better. Other than feeling like someone punched me in my eye, I think it’s on the mend.
When I decided to take this trip, and I won’t name names, many thought I was crazy. Maybe I am when I carry on and meet the east coast but so far my plan for this winter trip is holding out. I mean I did check the regional weather reports and they have been SPOT on.
Now I don’t want to jinx myself so I will not carry on about this but I am so glad I decided to go with my gut. I needed this trip in ways not everyone can understand. Hard to explain but being between jobs, between countries literally I needed to find a place that is a constant in my life. My bike.
Some might say I am obsessed. I agree I am…I mean who wouldn’t be? I ride my bike and see Continue reading
Day 5 – January 18th 2015
0345 – I hear yelling, screaming outside my room. Oh wait….back up. Continue reading
Day 4 – January 17th 2015
Today I tried to be a tourist, I really did. However, the Drive-Thru Tree Park was closed and when I attempted to make it to Fort Bragg the weather was so horrible that I did not feel very safe on Route 1. It was slick and it was pouring out. No other cars were on the road at all that I could see. Just me. After about 30 KM’s or so I turned around and headed out. Went back to see if the Drive-Thru Tree was open and it was still closed after 0900. Early bird did not get the worm today.
The first 200 KM’s it just pissed on me. I know rain but this rain is a lot in a short period of Continue reading
2015 – EASTBOUND-Down and Around the USA Trip
January 15th & 16th 2015
I don’t seem to be really making that much distance each day. Having too much fun meeting so many nice folks on the road and hospitable folks allowing me into their homes. Today, Friday, Jan. 16th I met this young man, CARLOS. His family owns this little restaurant in Rio Dell, CA.
Meet smiley Carlos who has to be one of the nicest, polite and happy young man I have met. Adorable too. It’s OK I say that I told him to his face. Continue reading
It was weird to ride across the Sumas, WA border this time. Weird because I have no clue when I will ever be back in that neck of the woods ever again. I am moving back to the east so when will I come back to BC via my bike? That’s why it was weird. My bike has left Canada for good unless I ride it up to Ontario later to sell.
I left late this morning. Late for me. My house has been having many showings and I keep getting the boot. My last two houses sold in one day. I hate this crap…being asked to leave my own house but it’s part of the deal.
It was cold this morning but not cold enough to use anything else but my regular set up. Heated liner and gloves. But I am prepared if the east coast decides to get nasty with me. I was looking at a USA map. I always do this to myself…when you look at the nation on one map I always overwhelm myself with my grandiose plans for a ride. I am making a huge “U”.
No need to rush I always say to myself…take your time but what is it with riding? At least for me I always feel I need to make a route plan…only day to day, never more than that and feel this need to hit my chosen destination. I mean I love power riding but I was talking to this couple. They only ride X amount, make sure they have plenty of time to set up camp if they are camping, drink a few beers, light a fire and have a nice dinner.
Me? I always arrive right before the sunsets and I feel like I am running around versus relaxing. Tonight was not that bad. I arrived in Forest Grove, OR at a very nice couples home who contacted me through my FB page. They offered to “host” me for the night. Arrived around 1800 hrs, we chatted, Scot and Carol that is, had great green chili, homemade bread for a local bakery and salad. Topped off with some beer.
Scot rides a 1200GS and Carol a 700GS. Neither are huge fans of dirt riding but love riding together. They also enjoy 4 wheeling with their very cool Jeep in their driveway.
Heading through Washington I spent most of the morning looking through fog. I expected this and knew the sun would eventually break through. I am so used to starting a trip in the rain so the cold and fog was not a bother.
I hope to make it to Eureka, California tomorrow but not sure if I will. I know I will stay close to the coast and end up in Southern California in the next 2 days maybe? Head over to Arizona and take it from there. Day by Day. I have a feeling I will not be having to use my heated gear after the wee morning hours soon. Knock on wood, the regional forecast is not that bad south. Doesn’t really feel like total winter even here in Oregon.
Very bad video I made right before I left.
In my head I keep flip flopping…do I move or do I stay. Well, taking my bike to NY and leaving it there I guess makes my decision for me doesn’t it?
Good news I get to take another great ride with really my only time limit being me.
Look how nicely the sun burnt its way through in southern Washington and that was pretty much my ride for the rest of the day. Cool and sunny.
I added a Scottoiler for this trip. Curious about all the good things every says about this gadget. I must have had the setting set well. No spraying effect and the chain looks good.
Added Amber plastic covers to my hi test aux lights and have to say MAN am I seem in the fog with these. Doesn’t really help me see but cars see me for sure.
For day 1 it went pretty well…road about 545 KM’s. Seemed longer but I made it to where I had to.
Not much left for me to see around this area but I did cross a new bridge, the Lewis & Clark bridge…wicked.
and caught a beautiful sunset as I rode into the awaiting garage that was left open for my bike by these fine folks of Oregon.
I will head out as these guys head to work tomorrow. Destination unknown for now but towards California. Here’s to good weather, no snow and a safe and fun trip.
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This will go live as soon as I leave in the morning, Wednesday, January 14th 2015. Did a little more tweaking to the bike, not much time to really plan anything between trying to sell my house and hanging out with friends etc. So, let’s see how this trip unfolds this time around compared to May/June X Country 2014. 😉
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Got myself a little entertainment for this trip…my Mini Bose
Yesterday, January 10th, 2015 my new buddy and friend Mike came over to assist with checking over my bike before my trip. Mike is like family now, met through the virtual world, rode together on a Dual Sport BC ride, have the same dealer and he even bought my ex’s 2013 F800GS White Fluffy bike. 😉 Hopefully he will post some pics of what he has done to that bike.
Hope to leave January 15.
Okay SET BACK…On December 22nd, 2014 I spoke to BMW USA about importing my bike…they made it sound so easy and I have been waiting for my letter of compliance. Now, this morning I called BMW USA AND because it’s a MOTORCYCLE AND NOT an AUTOMOBILE, I have to use an importer. I was asked about this by a blog reader and I though I knew the way…he was correct…it’s not easy and I was misinformed. It’s a bike and I AM FRUSTRATED. They should have told me this back in December. I have a call out to an importer to see how much this is going to cost me. I have a feeling $1000. UGH! I am going to go on my trip anyway…worry about this crap later. ;-)
This could be my route for my X Country Winter Excursion…departure date still being determined. Will make a pit stop in Florida to see my folks, (snow birds) and cousins if all works out. More details to come…will probably take the 101 down through the Oregon Coast…
8366.71 km or 5198.83 miles
My initial reason for heading down to Washington State yet again was really to get to Gerbing
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and to add to my heated gear collection so I can ride x country this month sometime soon I hope to drop my bike off at my folks in New York. I added heated socks and pant liners plus a dual controller. After I get my letter of compliance from BMW USA I can legally import my bike as the first part of my transition back to the States. Continue reading