I’m trying to finalize in my head my planned route to Portland. I know some would just head out, but I have limited time and when traveling solo I want my Family to know where I am for their peace of mind.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to take Hwy 1 for most of the journey. There aren’t enough (or any) other roads that go north-south that have the mix of fun twisty bits while still being a highway so I can make decent forward progress and not take five days to get to Portland.
My main questions for the ride up is when to stop riding on Hwy One, since once you’re in Oregon it loses most of it’s allure. It becomes much less twisty, and thanks to the many Oregon Towns who make their money giving tickets to speeding Californians, not as fast. It is filled with stretches of road with very low speed limits that you must adhere to. This makes it hard to make fast progress.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be camping the first night at Patrick’s Point just North of Eureka (my day one route). The route from Patricks Point to Portland is really where I get lost for a good route. Google has some suggestions. Though the more I look at the Map, the more I change my mind. It’s tricky, but a good fun problem to have.
Why am I in LA? I’d rather not get into it, it has too much to do with the real world and not enough to do about motorcycles.
I wanted to ride down here like I have in the past, but you have one little near death crash doing that and everyone freaks out when you suggest doing it again. It’s not like I’d be riding the murderous BMW!
However in my time down here I’ve noticed something. I know there are a lot of motorcyclists down here, however I think that per capita it’s a fairly low number. I have no real proof of this, but if my hours spent driving around this cursed area to bike sightings are anything to go by they are few and far between. Which is crazy because traffic down here is less than awesome, in fact it sucks most of the time. Thinking about it, why don’t more people give up their cars and ride? The weather down here is of course mild enough, and the ability to lane share and filter would make the early adopters commutes a bit faster. Then as more and more people started riding everyone’s commute would get faster.
Who knows… maybe they like traffic down here?
The Daily Grind
I would be lying if I said that a lot of my time every week isn’t spent reading about motorcycles on the internet. I can’t recall exactly what it was that led me to this awesome video. I remember when Ride Apart first had it on the website, but given that I can’t stop thinking about Motorcycle Camping it’s even cooler now.
Jamie is pretty damn awesome, I don’t have the confidence or the skills to ride like that in the dirt, especially on a street bike. Not that I wouldn’t go where he went, I would just be A LOT slower.
Just add it to the list of things making me really want to be out riding. Instead of packing and flying down to L.A. tomorrow. Boo.
I’m working hard at figuring out my next adventure on the motorcycle.
California needs a good north south road besides Hwy One.
Spring is just around the corner, and I’m still going nuts for a long motorcycling trip, preferably with some camping involved. I’ve been looking at maps and trying to justify a trip to myself for months but nothing seemed to fit into the schedule.
Then suddenly it was there. A gap in the schedule, the Lovely Wife is going to Portland for a baby shower and we decided that it wasn’t really worth the money for me to fly up there. So with her gone for a long weekend what was I going to do. I was struggling with coming up with somewhere to go, since I did not think a short trip would do. Eventually I figured that I like her Brother and his Wife too, so what the heck I’ll go to the shower (or for beers with the husbands) in Portland too. I’ll just take the motorcycle.
Now for the details, how to get up and back in 4 days. It is still a lot of miles, especially when you realize I want avoid Hwy 5 like the plague. Most routes have my travel time at 8 hours one day and 9 hours the second. That is pretty hard core for 4 days in a row.
I’ll look at my Butler Maps and then post up some of the routes I’m looking at soon.
I just hope the weather ends up nice, I do want to camp, and riding and camping in the rain… doesn’t sound like much fun!
The home away from home.
I found this article in my news feed yesterday and just had to share it with everyone. It’s a series of photos entitled ‘Kesh angels’ by UK based artist Hassan Hajjaj. Something about pictures of women and their motorcycles is just awesome. Just not what you might normally expect when the two are combined and then photographed.
Check it out:
Yesterday afternoon I was checking the weather, it is just something I do often, a consequence of being one of the lucky people who travel in the world not sheltered from it. What I had failed to realize up until this point was that since there is rain forecast for the next week or so that yesterday was to be my last day that I could take the long way home on my motorcycle. This was a painful reminder to myself that I haven’t found the time to enjoy Skyline and Page Mill Road in several weeks.
So I did what any motorcyclist would do in this situation.
I left work as soon as possible and road home. Taking the long way of course.
I’d hate me too if I knew this was how I rode home.
Crashing on a motorcycle sucks. I’ve done it more times than I’m proud of, but each time I learned something. The main thing I learned was that there are things I could have done to avoid them.
- The first crash I learned that you shouldn’t ride at a pace that you’re not comfortable with.
- The second I learned that you should never follow cars too closely and always leave yourself an “out” when they inevitably do something stupid.
- The third, I learned that you have to be smooth in the wet, and you should always be mindful of the conditions when your on a new bike with tires you’re not happy with.
- The fourth… Don’t buy BMW. Besides that obvious truth and the fact that I don’t think I could have done much to prevent that crash. I do think I could have done more to make it less severe. I should have let the rear wheel do its thing while braking HARD as possible with my front slowing the bike as much as possible (maybe even stopping it) before the crash.
Don’t be hasty with the throttle in the wet. Ruin perfectly good bikes and helmets.
Yes I’ve really “crashed” four times, crazy I know, but only once did I suffer more than some bruises (which justifies the gear I wear).
My real point in all this, is that you are responsible for your own life out there, and most Car drivers don’t pay enough attention and they will kill you. You will make mistakes, when you do, try and learn from them, and make an effort to not repeat them.
I am always reminding myself that I need to do everything I can to get myself to my destination in one piece.