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Offline nevinfs327

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CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« on: July 07, 2018, 12:30:40 AM »
The Lost Coast is either an ambitious day ride from San Francisco, or a leisurely over-nighter.  With a bit of time off, decided to pursue the latter allowing time to take in history and spend a few hours hiking.

101 North, while no competition for Highway 1, still offers decent turns and views along with being more expedient once north of Cloverdale.

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Ferndale is a very nice - perhaps too nice for the gritty moto camper - place for a meal and some local history.

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118 year-old seismograph still tracking earthquakes accurately.

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Back to the ride - time for Mattole Rd.  Amazing views and solitude.  The road is a bit of a chore due to horrendous pavement, and frequent gravel sections.  It is the first road I've been on that seems to be reverting from pavement to gravel. 

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Sun to the north and heavy fog to the south, where I'm heading...

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Zebras!

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"Road" to the BLM camping area and trail head.

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Camp set up in the dunes to reduce wind, then time to explore on foot.

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Fishing boat in the distance.

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As afternoon turned to evening, the clouds and fog dissipated and the sun soaked the beach and hillsides.

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Sunset viewing companion.

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It was a beautiful, clear night so I left the rain fly off the tent affording clear views of the stars, going to sleep to the sound of crashing waves just past the dunes.


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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2018, 12:53:18 AM »
One of my favorite ways to wake up.

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One of my least favorite things to wake up too - 0 PSI in a remote area with no cell service for miles. 

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Plugged and on the road.

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Big breakfast after the big trees on Avenue of the Giants

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With a plugged rear tire - and a 10 year old plug, at that - decided to skip Highway 1 along the coast and stick closer to where I might be able to acquire a tire.

Snack and break in Novato to sort tire replacement, which the Ducati dealer in San Rafael just a few minutes away was able to take care of that afternoon.

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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2018, 07:18:12 AM »
Great pictures - thanks!

What do you use for tire inflation?
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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 08:06:58 AM »
Sweet!  Indeed, Humboldt County is letting some roads revert to gravel.  It looks like you camped out the end of Lighthouse Road?  I'll be taking the truck out there next week to go tidepooling with a friend.
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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2018, 08:53:59 PM »
I got lost in a meditative reverie looking at this posting.

Thank you.
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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2018, 09:42:36 PM »
Beautiful pictures and looks like a great trip even with the tire issue.    Also looks like you were on a perfect bike for those roads.   

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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2018, 11:41:03 PM »
Great pictures - thanks!

What do you use for tire inflation?

Thanks!  CO2 for inflation.  Came with the repair kit, which I got at Cycle Gear or a dealership some years ago.

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Sweet!  Indeed, Humboldt County is letting some roads revert to gravel.  It looks like you camped out the end of Lighthouse Road?  I'll be taking the truck out there next week to go tidepooling with a friend.

Correct - end of Lighthouse Road.  The allure of camping on the beach was appealing until I got there and decided the dedicated campsites out of the wind were the way to go.  It was only about 1/3 occupied so didn't feel the least bit crowded. 

The waves were breaking across the sandbar, albeit gently, in case that has any impact on your tidepooling. 

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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2018, 09:33:35 AM »
It's been nearly 10 years since I've ridden the Lost Coast.  :(

Thanks for sharing the pics.  Really made my day.

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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2018, 01:04:51 PM »
I felt my brain relax and kinda puddle out.

Been a few years as well.
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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2018, 06:01:41 PM »
Great short trip report!  Been to that area once, really loved it, and your pics bring back memories.  And I agree, waking up in a tent while moto-camping is one of life's little pleasures :)
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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2018, 10:48:51 PM »
Great pics Nevin! Thanks for sharing. :)

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Re: CA Lost Coast Over-nighter
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2018, 10:49:42 PM »
Thanks for the pics Nevin, brought back good memories of WCRM's of years ago.
Yes it is a great place to camp, last time I was the only one, the sound of the wave had me asleep in no time.

I need to take a weekend and head up that way
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