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TAT Day 14 (Sept 29) Going Home

September 29, 2009
FINAL STOP

FINAL STOP

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DOCK AT PORT ORFORD

RYK, DAN (DOCK AT PORT ORFORD)

RYK

JOURNEY'S END (RYK)

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Port Orford Dock

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View from Motel

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Another view

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Hope you like Rain

Dan:  We do our final packing for the long ride home along the southern Oregon coast and then on highway 101 in California through the majestic redwood forests and wine country.  We’re beat and reflect on our days of riding, with hazards, beautiful scenery, wonderful people who were interesting and helpful and of course good companionship and most of all adventure.  I look forward to our next trip wherever it may take us.  Thanks for your interest in our BLOG and hope to share details some time soon.

TAT Day 13 (Sept 28) Canyonville OR- Port Orford OR

September 28, 2009
DAN/RYK- FINAL DAY

DAN/RYK- FINAL DAY Canyonville OR

RYK- START OF FINAL DAY
DAN- START OF FINAL DAY (leaving Canyonville OR)

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ROGUE RIVER

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Another View of  ROGUE RIVER

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Coast Mountain Range (Port Orford OR)

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More ROGUE RIVER

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Still More ROGUE RIVER

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Dan:  The last day of the adventure and only a 140 miles to ride.  A leisurely breakfast and we head south on highway I5 to pick up the trail.  The map and charts are not specific, but our guess is correct and we fall right into it.  The first section is a serious climb to get into and across the coastal mountains.  Oregon is rainy and the abundance of trees is a testament. Our views show the patchwork art of clear cutting and stages of reforestation.  After a couple hours we reach Big Dutchman Butte.  this is a fantastic vantage to view ridges and forests 360 degrees. there is a route change due to recent fires and we are on alert.  After roughly 70 miles of dirt road a jeep track, we are foiled by the chart.  We retrace our route to a last positive location and try again.  bonus miles are a common occurrence when following a roll chart.  We do this several times and agree that we better get off the mountain and find a point of reference to get back on the course at a future location.  This is more difficult than we imagined.  We end up retracing our entire mornings ride and get back to a main road.  this road is not on our map or a Oregon campground map or the AAA road map.  We suspect we are south of the course, but how far?  We explore in several directions and find no numbered cross roads or accurate signs.  One of the main sports in Oregon seems to be to sight in your gun on a sign.  They have done a fine job in this area as only splinters of signs remain.  They like to make new roads and close off old ones and maps can’t keep up with the changes.  As luck would have it, a forest ranger drives by and we get some help.  He points us in the right direction, but before he lets us go we are chastised for riding off road in this closed forest and we aren’t carrying our fire extinguishers.  “So sorry, but we’ll be on it next time”.  It’s now about 4:00 pm.  We ride about an hour or so and find the “road closed” signs.  There is a detour, 20+ miles.  this is all very narrow and windy.  When we meet up with the main road again it is nearly dark.  My headlight is working intermittently as all the vibration has loosened a connection which we can’t find.  A bit of jiggling and choice profanity and presto it works.  Of course a trip to Oregon wouldn’t be complete without a dose of rain, and we weren’t disappointed.  Dark, rainy, my lighting system failed again and we are almost out of gas.  The joys of an adventure.  We burn through the reserve gas supply and coast into Myrtle Point and fill up.  Now the fastest way to our final destination, Port Orford; another 50 + miles.  Ryk is riding right behind me, cozy in his rain gear and heated grips, to keep light on for me when mine fails.  It’s a little disconcerting when your lights go dark on a slick wet corner in pitch black conditions.  It is difficult to see with rain on the goggles and everyone in Oregon is driving the lonely road with high beams blasting.  It seems an eternity before we arrive at the motel.  Don is excited to see us though it is 9:00pm (and closer to 240 miles) and his cold beers don’t seem as appealing as hot brandy.  All the restaurants are closed, but the tavern is serving microwave pizza and salad.  Aside from a local bothersome drunk, we celebrate our accomplishment and look forward to a shower and a good nights sleep.

DON

The ride from Canyonville to Port Orford was terrific! Drove by Crater Lake (not enough time to go to Lake) and then down the Rogue River Canyon. Beautiful scenery with many picturesque sites. Went over the Coastal Mountain Range to Gold Beach. Arrived in Port Orford in the late afternoon and settled in the Motel. Expected Dan and Ryk to arrive by 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening. At 7 o’clock they had not arrived and i began to get concerned. It was raining, dark and miserable out. At 8 o’clock they still had not arrived. I was getting real concerned and checked the Satellite Phone for any messages. No messages! Now i was getting frantic. Why were they not here and if something was wrong why did they not call? Finally at 9 pm they arrived cold and wet. What a relief! They told me they had become lost and were very cold ,wet and tired and did not want to take the time to stop and make a call. They were very happy to get in the Motel room and clean up and get warm.

TAT Day 12 (Sept 27) Gilchrist OR- Canyonville OR

September 27, 2009

where we spent most of our day

Windigo pass

RYK changing clothes

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Great fishing spot

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Dan:  It’s frosty and cold this morning.  Ryk rinsed off the bikes last night and all of that residual water is frozen.  Our instructions spell disaster when a bridge is out, “road closed”.   Back to town for the rerouted course instructions and off in another direction.  A main gravel road is long and boring and we watch our pace so as not to go too fast to crash, but not too slow to be mistaken for a deer.  Hunting season is here and these guys want to kill something.  We are on course and come to a road crossing which has a forest ranger blocking our path.  “sorry boys, but there’s a forest fire out there”.  Traveling at high speed with a flammable substance is not recommended.  We have no choice but to reroute our course to the main road.  This takes us along the north fork of the Umpqua River.  It is just beautiful though smoky.  It’s a long ride, but under the circumstances a better route.  Today is Ryk’s birthday.  We dine at the 7 Feathers Casino’s finest.  He passed out early so Don and I expect he had a good time.  this is our last night before the finish of our journey.  how appropriate to ride the first few miles with a splitting headache.

DON

We have been having a tough time lately with our BLOG. Can’t get internet in some of these remote towns and the Computer has been difficult at times.

We left Gilchrist Oregon this morning and arrived at Canyonville Oregon this afternoon. Big Forest fires raging in the area north of us causing a lot of smoke. We stayed in a Motel in Gilchrist that had Motif rooms. Ours was Harley Davidson Motif. Next is Port Orford Oregon and the end of our journey. It has been a terrific trip.  We have  all enjoyed it tremendously.

TAT DAY 11 (Sept 26) Lake view OR- Gilchrist OR

September 27, 2009

Forest Fire Haze

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along the trailfrosty morningOur Room (Harley Davidson)

Our Room (Harley Davidson)

Starting the day

Starting the day

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Sign

DON

We have been having a tough time lately with our BLOG. Can’t get internet in some of these remote towns and the Computer has been difficult at times.

We left Gilchrist Oregon this morning and arrived at Canyonville Oregon this afternoon. Big Forest fires raging in the area north of us causing a lot of smoke. We stayed in a Motel in Gilchrist that had Motif rooms. Ours was Harley Davidson Motif. Next is Port Orford Oregon and the end of our journey. It has been a terrific trip.  We have  all enjoyed it tremendously.

Dan:  Lakeview , Ore. to Gilchrist is our destination.  We get hopelessly lost right out of the shoot.  the chart brings us to a driveway and the little lady says that we have to go around the entire county so as not to disturb her.  I think it’s bogus, but being good upstanding motorcycle guys we acquiesce.  this wastes more time and gas, but after a few decisive decisions, we jump onto the roadway and meet up with the trail a few miles ahead.  Oregon is heavily wooded and the tree’s block all of the views.  We run down high speed forest service roads with a wall of trees on each side.  Oncoming traffic is minimal and we make good time despite  road closures and rerouted course instructions.  At our lunch stop we connect again with our new friends from Houston.  Jumping ahead after waiting for the part we are again on the same schedule.  Ryk and I stop at the cafe for a much needed root beer float and sandwich.  Just as we get started for the afternoon portion, our friends from Houston return with an injured player.  An unexpected hazard causes a probable broken toe and a possible disappointing end to their trip.  Ryk and I continue across rocky and rutted terrain and a convoluted course through multitudes of cross roads and dead ends.  Oregon is a Cris cross of logging roads that appear everywhere.  An accurate chart for the day would be miles long so a little imagination and intuition is necessary.   Good thing we have a lot of experience with roll charts.  We arrive at our destination about 6:30 after over 220 miles and we are toast.  It is not difficult riding,  just mentally challenging with late afternoon sun in your eyes along with dust and fatigue.  Don is there with a cold beer and our Harley Davidson suite is a welcome surprise with all the memorabilia.  We dine at the Mohawk restaurant in Crescent, with every dead animal imaginable, stuffed in threatening poses.  No motorcycle adventure is complete without one movie night.  tonight we watch “the worlds fastest Indian”.

TAT Day 10 (Sept 25) Eureka NV-Denio Jct-Lake view OR

September 25, 2009
NATURAL HOT SPRINGS
lonely lake

Dufurrena Pond

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Dufurrena Pond (Hot Springs)

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Dufurrena Pond (Hot Springs)

area info

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Saying goodby to the B&B

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Ryk and our B&B host Mary

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Denio Jct NV

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Denio Juntion Art

miles of this

miles of this

 

Dan:  Unfortunately, the computer and/or the internet connection had a bad hair day and lost all our blog info.  let me tell you that it was a masterpiece, but I can’t repeat it .  The short version is that we loaded the bikes and all our gear and headed to Lakeview, Oregon, hoping to receive the stator that was shipped overnight so we could continue the trip.  This part of Nevada, from Eureka to Battle Mountain and on to Denio Junction is a lonely part of the world.  It  was a long ride and knowing that all the dust and brush was seen and not experienced kind of brings a smile to our faces.  Miracles happen and when we arrive at the motel Ryk’s part was there and it solved the problem.  We are pack in adventure mode again.

TAT DAY 9/10 (Sept 24) Eureka NV

September 25, 2009
determined to fix this darn thing

Determined to fix this darn thing

Honda Repair
Honda Repair

Our Lodging at Eureka NV

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Wonderful Breakfast

B&B breakfast

B&B breakfast

Killer breakfast

Killer breakfast

Downtown Eureka NV

Dan:  The B&B is 50/50.  Ryk and i sleep on the floor of the one bedroom suite (50% bad), but the breakfast is fantastic (50% great).  Ryk’s bike was running very poorly yesterday.  This is not good.  The progressive decline in performance is disconcerting.  The issue from the 4th or 5th day we thought was bad gas turned out not to be the case.  We are stuck to either find out what is the issue or fold our tent, pack up and call the trip off.  The proprietor of the B&B lets us use their garage to stage our repair which is a blessing in the heat and desire for a clean space.  Fortunately we have two of the same bikes.  One is running perfectly, so by process of elimination we swap parts after calling experts we trust.  What a day.  We take apart the bike several times and put it back together to test our hypothesis.  Ryk disassembled the carburetor and it is completely cleaned.  We swap spark arresters, black boxes and finally the stator…bingo.  A failed stator (magneto) which produces the electricity to run the spark, lights and run the bike was failing.  We find this out at 4:45 pm.  This is not your ordinary problem and we don’t have parts.    We call several performance shops and miraculously one of them has one and will ship it to our next day location.  This is a hope and prayer, but a possibility to continue the ride.  Ryk orders the part and we have it shipped to Lakeview , Ore. the next days ride day.  A frustrating day, but we find the problem.  Hopefully a replacement part is all we need if it shows up on time and without mishap.  Hopefully, Murphy doesn’t pop up his ugly head.  We go to the local Chinese restaurant and are entertained by the local high school kids celebrating their Homecoming Day.

TAT Day 8 (Sept 23/24) Baker NV- Eureka NV

September 25, 2009
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Dan/Ryk leaving Baker NV

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Dan

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Ryk

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Rock Formation

Trail

DON

Arrived in Eureka Nevada only to find out that they were having a Museum Convention and their were no rooms available. The only places to get a room were either Ely Nevada (   back down he road) or (Austin 100 mi up the road). I found a local who sent me to the Owl Cafe and ask for Lola. She cooked their and owned a Motel. She had a room but i had to wait until she got off work and cleaned the room. I looked at the Motel and was very hesitant to stay there as it was very sleazy looking. I decided to take a walk  around town to think about the situation. I went to the Museum and told the woman their about my problem. She said there was a new Bed and Breakfast that just opened up and was just up the hill! As it turned out it was the best lodging of our trip so far. Wonderful people,wonderful food. Mary’s Eureka Bed and Breakast.

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