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Old 09-08-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Ride Report - 2 weeks, 6,454 miles, 17 National Parks

I just got back from the Hawthorne Rally. I promised Budman that I would at least get this report started. Let me go ahead and start with a summary, and I'll fill in the details later.

Trip Timeframe: 16 days
Total Mileage: 6,454 miles
National Parks: 17 (Including 1 in Canada)

I had a SPOT Tracker with me the entire time. Here's the link.

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Old 09-08-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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Looks similar to my trip. Awesome!
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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The Background

The idea for the trip started with xgambit talking me into going to Hawthorne while I was talking to him at the Pride parade this year. That single decision really was responsible for kicking off this whole adventure. So, Chess, I guess I have to thank you for this.

I looked at the calendar and noticed that the Hawthorne rally was the weekend after Labor Day. So, I figured that I would take the entire week off and see how far I could get. Then, I somehow talked my boss into letting me take off the week before as well.

I now had two weeks to see how far I could go with the plan of ending the two weeks in Hawthorne, Nevada. Going into the trip, I really only had the first three days roughly planned:

Day 1 - Crater Lake
Day 2 - My sister's house just outside of Seattle
Day 3 - Ride Highway 20 in Washington then camp just shy of the Canadian Border
Day 4 - Ride into Canada towards Banff & Lake Louise

The plan from then on would be to just kick back every night with a paper map and decide where to go the next day.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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Looks similar to my trip. Awesome!


Reading your thread helped with some of my decisions.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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That is a LOT of miles in two weeks.

In for the report.
Great seeing you in Hawthorne!
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Two weeks, nice! I can tell this is gonna be good.
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Quick aside on Packing and Preparation

This was my first ever 2-week vacation let alone a 2-week ride where I was planning to camp as much as I could while I was out there. So, with that in mind, I totally overpacked. Looking back at it now, I didn't need half the stuff that I brought. I also did notice that although camping is more fun and more economical, it does force you to bring a lot more crap with you. Had I just decided to hit a hotel every night, I could have ridden much farther each day and packed much much less with me on the trip. As it was, I was pretty much stuck riding in the daytime almost exclusively because I needed to start looking for a place to camp a couple hours before the sun went down. I didn't want to be the guy who shows up late to the campground and wakes everyone up.
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Day 1

So, I was just too excited to sleep any more. I planned to get up at a normal hour after a full night's sleep. It turned out that I was too excited to sleep. So, on 2 hours of sleep, I just said 'fuck it,' hopped on the bike and headed out.

This was my steed (her name is Lisa) all packed up and ready for the long haul. I took this picture in Vacaville after riding for about an hour or so.

She would not be so clean by the end of the trip.

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Day 1 - continued

There are very few things more beautiful than the sunrise on your first day of vacation.

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Day 1 - Continued

So, in the planning stages, I came to the realization that although the California roads are epic, I didn't want to waste any time with them because they are all within reach at any time for me. I felt that I would be wasting my time playing on them early on and could potentially miss something awesome later if I lolligagged it in California.

So, the plan was really to just bee-line it to Crater lake.

On the way, I had to get a shot of Mt. Shasta:




I ended up getting to the border of Oregon around noon. I posted pictures on Facebook almost every time I stopped. People thought that I was making good time not realizing that I started waaaaay before dawn.

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One thing you will also notice is that I had a problem with the SPOT tracker service just south of Hwy 36. For some reason, the service wasn't uploading any of my positions between Red Bluff and the Oregon border. That's why you just see a straight line there.

I stopped a gazillion times and looked at the map on the way to Oregon, but each time, it kept showing that my last position check was at 8am. Eventually, I just said 'screw it' and decided to try to figure it out once I got to Crater Lake.

I don't know what happened, but it eventually just fixed itself.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #15
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It's kinda funny what you remember on a long trip like this. The one big memory I have was riding next to Klamath Lake on the way to Crater Lake and it felt like I was being pelted. I must have picked up 10 lbs worth of dead bugs. They were just splattering all over me and my bike.

I totally thought that I was going to have to deal with this for the next two weeks. Thankfully, this was the only location where it was this bad. But, I did find out that bugs are very attracted to the bodies of their dead bretheren. Everytime I stopped, my bike totally attracted any number and species of bug in the area.
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