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Old 07-12-2007, 10:35 PM   #1
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SF-Seattle....or How to suffer in 1000miles or less...

Well I left SF tuesday morning around 8:30am with the goal of getting to Seattle Wednesday eve...

I figured 900 miles... 2 days what could go wrong...

Well I made it with no injuries(does constipation count) but had some interesting experiences and the part I like to call "T'suffering"...

Since I don't write well this will be split up among posts to come but we'll start with tuesday.


The plan get to Crescent City or better on day one...

The route, 101n to Cloverdale,128 to Ft Bragg,1/101n to Crescent City...

The ride, Stock 03 GSXR 750...

The gear, Oly carbon gloves, Fieldsheer Highlander suit(more to come on that), Shoei TZ1 helmet, A* Highpoint boots...

The ride up 101 to 128 was quite uneventful. 128 is one of my favorite roads ever, starts really technical climbing out of Cloverdale and mellows out once you hit the top/State forest, low trafffic in the middle of the week, locals use turnouts/ the rest are double yellow passes but with the GSXR that is not a problem. Pavement is in pretty good shape. The main hazard is deer. I was preparing for a DY pass and saw a "brown flash" between me and the cage I was about to pass, I was about 7 lengths back... Missed it by about 25ft at 50-60mph...

Ft Bragg to Crescent City was more uneventful but had it's own kind of spice... Logging Trucks, until you've ridden with logging trucks you have no fucking idea how many ways they can fuck you up...

1. They lose logs and portions of logs, I didn't see a whole one on the pavement but I saw plenty of "little" pieces, a little chunk is about a foot thick and 8-10 ft long, just the thing to find coming out of an 70mph sweeper.

2. The chains and shackles they use to secure the logs tend to fall off regularly seeing that I saw about 8 sets in 100 miles.

3. Those trucks drive up shitty dirt/gravel roads at 15mph, packing big ass rocks between their tires and then shed said rocks at 70mph when the hit the asphalt.

4. The drivers don't give a shit about the above and drive that way...

All in all it was a good ride, temps in the mid 60's, light traffic, light popo...

Rolled into Crescent City around 5, 377 miles on the odo, but I'm beat... So I see a motel with about 30 Enduro bikes in the lot and figure it's gotta be a good place. From the lot I can see a Diner, a liquor store, and a Taquiria all with in 200 yds(about as far as I'm willing to walk at that point)... The Enduro guys happen to be a bunch of old farts(oldest 81,youngest 63) from Redding out on a crosscountry dirt 6 day. They were great, let me lockup the GSXR with their bikes(although the leader told me I needed knobbies next time), gave me a beer, helped me lube my chain. I asked if their group had a name, they said no, just call us the old guys from Redding... Turns out next to the diner is a freaking aquarium... Usually they only do tours but the let me in by my self after I promised not to tap on the glass...

Then I went to the diner, had chicken fried steak with two eggs over easy, hashbrowns, rye toast and a Mirror Pond... Excellent. Then I went to my rom with the killer ocean view($69+tax), drank a couple of Pacificos, and went to sleep...



I'll add pics but they're too big right now.....


Day 2 (weds, better known as T'suffer) , will be posted tomorrow.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:30 AM   #2
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I await "T'suffer".

I have a Portland-SF trip planned along similar lines.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:57 AM   #3
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:46 AM   #4
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I am leaving at 4pm today from Sacramento. Headed up to Canada and plan on taking 101 at least part of the way. My goal is to be in Vancouver by Sunday Afternoon. Should be an interesting ride.
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:48 AM   #5
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:51 AM   #6
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Very cool post. I'm doing marin-Idaho-portland-marin next month.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:34 AM   #7
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cant wait for the rest of the post. My next bike will be a gsxr 750 and am wondering how it handles on the long touring trips
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:47 AM   #8
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ya...im still waiting to hear about the suffering

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Old 07-13-2007, 09:00 AM   #9
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I was reading an article about some woman coming into the ranger station in Redwood National Park, completely hysterical.

After they calmed her down, she kept screaming about all the dead Irish Setters on the side of road; "They're killing all these dogs!!!"

Ranger went with her to see the dead dogs. It was the shredded bark that fell off the logging trucks.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:19 AM   #10
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Very cool post. I'm doing marin-Idaho-portland-marin next month.
If I remember correctly, the current issue of Rider Magazine has an article about what it takes to convert a gsxr750 into an ok sports tourer. It is a series ans this was the first so all they had done was talk about the adjustable footpegs and install a set of heilbars and a windscreen. They also fitted it with luggage. The helibars and windscreen were a great improve in comfort apparently. Oh they also put on an aftermarket exhaust admitting that it has not a whole lot to do with the subject of the article.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:49 AM   #11
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Oh, memories...cleaning and lubing chains....NEVER EVER AGAIN!!! Good write-up so far.
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:01 AM   #12
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Oh, memories...cleaning and lubing chains....NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:24 AM   #14
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ya...im still waiting to hear about the suffering

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