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Group Ride on Saturday (11/9); I'll put together a few options, but likely up the coast to Big Sur for lunch and back, plus a shorter local ride for those not interested in an almost 200 mile day.
By popular demand, I will once again lead the Aimless Random Subdivision Tour.

Scott loved the last one.

A lot. :)
 

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Crissy and I would love to join you guys. The only problem is, we already booked our #3 vacation for the year in Monterey for the week prior to that weekend. We will be on our way home that Saturday. I mean, unless we end up following Damascus back up to The City.......:grin2:
 

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Weekend of November 8th - 10th.
BBQ and hang out at my place Friday night (11/8)
Multiple Hotel/Motel options in Atascadero from cheap to spendy.
Group Ride on Saturday (11/9); I'll put together a few options, but likely up the coast to Big Sur for lunch and back, plus a shorter local ride for those not interested in an almost 200 mile day.
The weather up here turned on the day I got back, Seattle's traditional June Gloom: cool, grey, rain/showers, even temps barely in the 60s; I haven't ridden since then so this looks tempting...but realistically, by November, the weather here and down into Oregon will likely be 50% rain days, 50F highs and it's 1000 miles each way on the slab! Most years, my bikes go into hibernation by the end of October :crying:

On many days -- well honestly, for about 6 months of the year -- I really dislike you California types :frown2:
 

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I'm tempted... With the weather variability and the Siskiyou Pass between here and there, I may consider trailering the GT or just plain driving down. We'll see as we get closer to November.

Did any of the drone footage get posted anywhere?

The weather up here turned on the day I got back, Seattle's traditional June Gloom: cool, grey, rain/showers, even temps barely in the 60s; I haven't ridden since then so this looks tempting...but realistically, by November, the weather here and down into Oregon will likely be 50% rain days, 50F highs and it's 1000 miles each way on the slab! Most years, my bikes go into hibernation by the end of October :crying:

On many days -- well honestly, for about 6 months of the year -- I really dislike you California types :frown2:
 

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Something about the size of file for what little bit I shot I can’t post on here.
Time to make a nice little video for Youtube ;)
 

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Most years, my bikes go into hibernation by the end of October.
Unbelievable. Don't take this the wrong way, Harvey, but you Millennials are such wimps!

When I was stationed in the Arctic Circle, I used to ride year-round!

When the weather was really bad, I would fasten a small snow plow to the front of my motorcycle. In fact, I once used that snow plow to fight off a gang of 27 polar bears that attacked me all a once.

Don't be such a sissy. See you in November.
 

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Unbelievable. Don't take this the wrong way, Harvey, but you Millennials are such wimps!

When I was stationed in the Arctic Circle, I used to ride year-round!

When the weather was really bad, I would fasten a small snow plow to the front of my motorcycle. In fact, I once used that snow plow to fight off a gang of 27 polar bears that attacked me all a once.

Don't be such a sissy. See you in November.
You know, I heard about that snow plow encounter and still can't believe you made it out alive...

 

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You know, I heard about that snow plow encounter and still can't believe you made it out alive...
Only cuz the plow blade was carbon fiber. Seriously. Even a billet alloy one would have fractured. :grin2:
 

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I'm tempted... With the weather variability and the Siskiyou Pass between here and there, I may consider trailering the GT or just plain driving down. We'll see as we get closer to November.

Did any of the drone footage get posted anywhere?
Patrick, if you drive, you can use ole Stromy to ride here...
 

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Only cuz the plow blade was carbon fiber. Seriously. Even a billet alloy one would have fractured. :grin2:
Well, that's difference between you and me, Sean.

While an inexperienced metals and mechanicals novice like you would use billet alloy, I used bullet alloy from the anti-tank ammo I melted down in the kiln I built in the basement of my igloo.

Where there's a will, there's a way, my friend.
 

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Lemme get this straight.

You guys actively avoid riding in the snow???

Here's a pic of how me and a friend of mine roll. We stopped because we kept getting slowed down by the snow plow...

Honest!0:)
Once was plenty enough for me, Donner Pass June '12...




Patrick, if you drive, you can use ole Stromy to ride here...
Chip, appreciate the offer, I'll check back in as we get closer.
 

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Once was plenty enough for me, Donner Pass June '12...





Ugh.

I did the snow once from college back to home for Christmas in England on a new Kawasaki Gpz550 just after they came out, early 80’s.

Never again.



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Fantastic scenery photos. Love that part of N. Cal and S. Oregon. Looks like you may have traveled through Modoc County, if so, it is a popular destination for amateur astronomers for both observing and imaging because of the very dark skies up there. I hope to make it up to a place called Likely RV and Golf Resort this summer in the small town of Likely, 10 miles south of Alturas. Likely RV and Golf Resort is where several dark sky parties are held and the owner has been very accommodating to his astronomy visitors by building six concrete telescope pads, each with their own electrical outlets and when you consider the place has drive through RV sites, tent sites, clean shower and bathroom facilities, some cabins, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, hiking trails and if you have the energy to play golf, a very nice links style high desert golf course. When I mentioned energy that is because astro imaging of deep sky objects requires multiple long exposures and the session starts at dusk and often continues until dawn.

Unfortunately, I can't ride my Goldwing up there, I have a lot of equipment to bring along, but I did ride up five years ago when I had a Harley Road King. Myself and frequent contributor and iron butt rider Quan rode up with me on his 1098 Ducati to attend a public night of observing at the annual Golden State Star Party in Modoc County. This event is held in the middle of a large cattle ranch, about 20 miles from the Likely RV resort. With the Milky Way blazing overhead from horizon to horizon, the astronomers invited us to look through their fabulous and some very large telescopes at many galactic wonders. One telescope, called a Dobsonian was so big you had to climb up a 10' ladder to reach the eyepiece. The view of a star cluster was so bright and sharp it felt like I was in a spaceship looking at it up close through a port hole.

Many of you remember good guy Quan, he participated in many meet ups and rides including trips I took with him and several other guys including the late Martin Wong to LA to attend Pro Italia's bike show and Ride The Crest giant group ride to the top of the mountains above LA for lunch and rock concert. We trailered our bikes to LA, no way could I slab it that long on my 999R. The concert was awesome and a couple sets included Eric Buell on guitar. The ride was surprisingly brisk for such a large group. We all thought it was going to be a slow parade to the top, to the contrary, the CHP motor escorts allowed the group to rip it both up and back. What a fabulous ride that was. Anyway, Quan had to move south to the San Diego area and we lost a dedicated rider and all around contributor.

Your photos got me inspired to start planning an astroimaging trip, thanks again.
 

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Fantastic scenery photos. Love that part of N. Cal and S. Oregon. Looks like you may have traveled through Modoc County, if so, it is a popular destination for amateur astronomers for both observing and imaging because of the very dark skies up there. I hope to make it up to a place called Likely RV and Golf Resort this summer in the small town of Likely, 10 miles south of Alturas. Likely RV and Golf Resort is where several dark sky parties are held and the owner has been very accommodating to his astronomy visitors by building six concrete telescope pads, each with their own electrical outlets and when you consider the place has drive through RV sites, tent sites, clean shower and bathroom facilities, some cabins, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, hiking trails and if you have the energy to play golf, a very nice links style high desert golf course. When I mentioned energy that is because astro imaging of deep sky objects requires multiple long exposures and the session starts at dusk and often continues until dawn.
Going to the meet, I rode Oregon 39 from Klamath which becomes California 139 down to Susanville, the west side of Modoc County. A little circuitous, but the road was almost empty especially the leg from Canby to Susanville and I just kept riding. It was beautiful and there were some great views across Eagle Lake but not many places to stop; two lane road at around 5000ft all the way. I told myself "don't screw up, no-one is going to find you". On the run back, I went 44 to 299 and then took the link road from Bieber through Lookout up to join California 139 at Hackamore. The look-back to Mt Shasta is just outside McArthur, the shot of my bike on the gravel and empty road is at the Hackamore junction on 139 on my way to the Lava Beds National Monument. Some special roads, particularly that early in the season.
 

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Not to entirely change the subject but I never got to thank my neighbor for the weekend; @herveyw for showing me that "throttle advance" feature on my 996. Seriously, I never knew it was there, and honestly, had never needed it before that weekend. Not needed it since we got back either. Good to know it's there though. So Thank You Hervey........sean
 

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Not to entirely change the subject but I never got to thank my neighbor for the weekend; @herveyw for showing me that "throttle advance" feature on my 996. Seriously, I never knew it was there, and honestly, had never needed it before that weekend. Not needed it since we got back either. Good to know it's there though. So Thank You Hervey........sean

My pleasure.

Just another difference between Washington and California, I can’t start my 916 without it...



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