$10,800 – I am selling my F800 to get a 1200GS…I have a passenger periodically and it’s time to get a USA bike. My bike has been MANY places and hope the new owner carries on the tradition. Needs to go back to Canada.
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 “Short Post, Long Day”
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.
As I work on my post from my last road trip with my car, not my bike here TWO quick slide shows of my year in review. I mean quick! 😃 Enjoy, and I will get my act together to post about my December 30th 2014 – Jan 1 2015, 2010 KM or 1250 mile trip.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. Best to watch videos full screen and in HD
When I look back at all the years I have spent in Canada, all the fortunate riding I have been able to do since 2010 when I got my street license these videos will enable me to really see, feel and reflect. My life here has not been bad. Continue reading “Remembering 2014…my own form of therapy”
I figured that when I put anything on my bike that has real life testing to prove my dedication to a manufacturer or online company that has great customer service and products I need to share. All of us when buying bikes look for the best value, protection, and items that assist us with better visibility, etc….real life reviews are what I look for and they are hard to come by when reading magazine reviews. Just for the record I am not paid to endorse any products. I just share what works well for me. I also share what I would buy again and again.
If you buy from them mention my blog or name…you never know!
November 19th 2014 – My Seattle Day Trippin’ to AltRider!
All pics clickable and videos throughout this post…short clips
Mileage 678 KM’s – left at 0600 and arrive home at 1930. Weather? Perfect, cloudy, some sun, cool temperatures and NO RAIN!
I left in the dark and came home in the dark. LOVE my new Aux lights and the LED low beam. Truly helped me when I decided to ride a road in Washington called the Chuckanut Drive. More about that later.
Once again I made an impromptu decision to finally get down to AltRider to meet Erik to get some upper crash bars installed on my bike. Erik and I tried to arrange this prior to my X Country 2014 Trip Continue reading “AltRider, Bikini Barrista & Chuckanut in the Dark”
November 14th -16th 2014
In this video if you listen closely I rub my pegs….;-)
Mileage 1178 Km’s
November 14th 2014
November 1 2014 (In another post I will write a little review of the TCX Gore Tex Desert boot)
Total Mileage 883 KM’s. (Oct 30 – Nov 1) Continue reading “Riding Clears the HEAD – Last Day of My Washington Fall Trip”
This what I woke up to leaving La Conner this morning. It was an on again off again rainy day. Some pooling on the roads and just bad drivers made for an interesting ride at times.
But before I took of from the Channel Lodge I had to take some pics of the reception area. I love this little lodge. Has a great cozy feel to it. Continue reading “Pouring Rain, EWS error code, Sun, More Rain & the Olyimpic Penisula”
October 30th 2014
I made another last minute decision to take a 2 night ride across the border into Washington State. First time I think I have had no dogs to care for and absolutely no other real responsibilities at home. This prompted me to get away yet again. So, off I left around 1430 on Thursday to head down to Washington. Short back country ride to La Conner for the night.
Pouring rain, lot’s of wind and then everything calmed down as I pulled into La Conner. Known for it’s tulip festival in the Spring. Continue reading “Crossing the Border – Day trippin’ in Washington State”