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Old 02-18-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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~Pics from the up north tard ride!!! dirt, goats, mud 2/17-18~

I had a total blast start to finish, what an awesome ride!!! Huge thanks to JP & Garret for organizing this ride and great to enjoy such good times with Chris and Eric too!
I clocked 343 miles total.


Day 1 - 161 miles- Start in Windsor, back roads to Skaggs Springs Road, Skaggs Springs Road out to the coast. Cruised coast up to Fish Rock Road (dirt!), Fish Rock Road into Boonville, Highway 128 out to the coast, HWY-1 north to Fort Bragg.
Hotel and a delicious dinner.

Day 2 - 182 miles - From Fort BRagg we hit Sherwood Road (dirt), hwy 20 to Clearlake, Scott Valley Road into Lakeport, hwy 175 over to Hopland, Mountain House Road, hwy 128 into Cloverdale, the much anticipated Geysers Road that spit us back out in Healdsburg, 10 miles south back into Windsor to my place where we can all relax and go home.


Sherwood road (30 miles of dirt & mud & trees & locked gates) this morning was absolutely the most fun I've had on any bike ever!!!!!!
2 locked gates to go around, fallen trees, the mud holes just got worse and deeper as we went, slippery shit all over the place, loose gravel where it was dry- so damn much fun I can't wait to do this again soon! (when's the next one JP?)

on with some pics-
(I've thinned these down the best I can, can't lose anymore, sorry.)



The MAN that made it all happen!




The morning started off....COLD...and foggy. (40 something I believe)




Warmed up when we hit Skaggs, omg what an amazing road! the fast part was fun, but the best was from the bridge to the coast. That alone is worth a drive up to do laps!!!








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JP losing traction....
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
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I am in love with this bike!!! Stan, thank you for making me so happy!
PS- you'll want to stop looking now, just click "back" Stan, nothing to see here.....




Garret, JP, Eric and Chris.




Fish Rock rd.




JP and Garret cruising by




The views were breathtaking all weekend. Snow on the mountains waaaaaaay out there.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:07 PM   #3
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short stop at a nice quiet beach.....


then off Garret goes.....


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and back....


youtu.be/Atl1TeKeG-w




We couldn't leave our precious tards out in the cold. so in they came.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:17 PM   #4
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up bright and early (8ish) with some interesting food at the hotel followed by a stop at bux. Not quite what I had in mind when I think of using shaving cream to make a visor anti-fog.




Gate locked, Road closed, so we went around.




and again!!!!!




Chris flyin past!




JP with an unscheduled stop.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:22 PM   #5
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from here it got FUN!!!!!!!!!! Sherwood rd was the most fun I've had on a bike ever! it had it all- dirt, gravel, sloppy mud, slippery mud, fallen trees, fallen bikes, road blocks, debris everywhere, just ridiculously awesome fun!!!







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Garret having some trouble getting through.....




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Old 02-18-2008, 11:25 PM   #6
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and back on the road....if one could call it that.....


youtu.be/Ce_sNr6RhAY
Eric was the bravest! He f'n Man'd up and crossed that mini lake like it wasn't there.



Then came back to check the depth for us to cross.




The edge worked out fine for the rest of us.




Then a nice break while a clutch cable was swapped out. JP knew it wasn't gonna last long so he brought a new one.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:31 PM   #7
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and we were back on our way......




through the river and under the woods....to....Willits!




another stop to take in the sights....




The view.




We did a grand total of 45 miles in 3+ hours. (25 miles of Awesome muddy good times!).
After lunch (245pm), we headed off for the rest- 140 more miles of twistie fun!




last shot of the day- Geyser road over looking a thermo...damn, JP, what's it called again?



Good times, I'm seriously in for round two of this route in a few months, maybe after a good rain to make sure the ride is nice and exciting!
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damn you guys are sick. i always wanted one of those bikes but I cant even put both toes on the ground, I'm only 5'6. what kind of bike is the yellow one
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damn you guys are sick. i always wanted one of those bikes but I cant even put both toes on the ground, I'm only 5'6. what kind of bike is the yellow one

ol yeller is a Suzuki DRZ400SM. (mine)
Garret - DRZ400SM (black, silver on tank)
Chris - DR650
Eric - Husky 610 (red n white)
JP - Husky 610 (black n gray)

many peeps on here have them, Yana being one of the well known and lowered ones. She is a tad shorter than you and can flat foot her DRZ-SM!

Lowering is under $150, easy and doesn't take much away from the bike, it's worth it all the way!!!


Yes ol yeller performed beautifully this weekend, couldn't ask for a better bike!
Plenty o' power, nice second gear wheelies, shift third, keep goin.
Pilot Powers aren't real good on those roads but it sure makes it exciting slidin' the rear around those gravel roads!
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Awesome pics, you guys are pretty hardcore!!!

And yes, those bikes can do all that, I can't get enough of playing on mine!

(I'm about 5'-2" and can flatfoot the DRZ in my Daytona LadyStar boots. The lowering I did is least invasive, with just dogbone links, bar risers and seat-trimming - all able to go back to stock within an hour.)

I love the bikes in the motel rooms!!!!



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Awesome ride, Mike.
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Awesome ride, Mike.
Everyone was invited, why weren't you there on your "real bike"?


you riding your BMW off-road.....-gasping for air-
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Looks like a hoot. Thanks for the pics, my vicarious thrill. I am starting to think that 'Motard' is french for 'Road Closed.'

Work was awesome yesterday! The roads were clear and open both ways. The weather was, well it was dark. Did a total of 7 miles...

This isn't working, work sucks, wish I had been with y'all.
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