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Here and There and Back Again
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:52:50 pm »
I know this doesn't include anything about a Concours, but it does include about a love for riding.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and the description of the adventure.

Our youngest daughter finally received the date when she would defend her PhD thesis at Stanford.  It immediately sounded like a great opportunity to take a ride down Highway 101 from the Seattle area to San Mateo and Stanford University.  So I jumped at the opportunity and started planning.

If you're heading down that way, expect traffic to be bad around Seaside and Cannon Beach.  Once past there, I found the traffic was far less.  One thing that compounded the traffic...and motel reservation issue...was the forest fires.  I met one couple who drove in from their home inland, simply to get away from the choking smoke.  I've read of riders who don't plan where they'll stay till about 5 pm that night.  With virtually every motel showing "No Vacancy" and the campgrounds with "Full" signs on them, I'm glad I made reservations.

No trip down Hwy 101 would be complete without a stop at Cannon Beach. 



There's something about sea stacks that intrigues me.  How some big chuck of rock can resist the never-ending action of the ocean and stand tall while everything around them is washed away.








And in other places, the wind and waves sculpted some beautiful shapes.



Cape Perpetua was worth a couple hours stop.





When the waves came rushing up this channel, they made a booming sound like a canon going off.






Lots of lighthouses.







One of the motels had access to a private beach.  I think you could've stayed there all day long with no one to disturb you.








I also did some riding through the Redwoods and took some hikes.  The trees weren't the only thing interesting.

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Re: Here and There and Back Again
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2018, 04:53:46 pm »
Our daughters thought the PhD accomplishment called for a celebration.  So they decided a trip to Iceland was fitting.  Of course, Dad paid for it, or most of it.  :D  I found Iceland was a different.  Existential is the only word I can think of to sum it up.  It's raw, unpolished.  In the winter, it has to be brutal.  When I was there at Keflavik AB to write the logistics plan for a Tanker Task Force, the commander of the unit said the winds were so bad, they would blow over full 50 gallon drums of oil.  But in the late summer...it was beautiful.  Cold.  But beautiful.  Most of the people leave Reykjavik and travel along the southern coast.  We took the northern side and explored there.



We thought this sheep was going to attack us.  Seriously.







The difference here, is these rocks are all lava.








We did some whale watching too.  It seemed a couple humpbacks were putting on a show for us.



The view from outside one of the B&Bs.





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Re: Here and There and Back Again
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 04:54:45 pm »
Some of their geo-thermal pools.












After flying back, it was time to get home.  My route was simple.  Stop at Zion.  Stop at Lassen Volcanic National Park.


I had gone with another rider through Utah's five National Parks last summer.  He wasn't a walking sort of person, and had been through these parks many times, leading motorcycle groups.  When we got to the other side of Zion, I asked him about the tour bus he'd mentioned the night before.  Oh, he decided it was too hot, so he skipped it.  I made sure I saw the other parks from then on, but it was too late for Zion...till now.















Zion was awesome with towering cliffs reaching up thousands of feet above you.  Lassen Volcanic National Park was a gem.  It soothed my soul.  Maybe because it seemed like home.  It is the southernmost volcano in the Cascade mountain range, and even the sand seemed familiar.







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Re: Here and There and Back Again
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2018, 04:56:08 pm »
Lassen Volcanic National Park, as the name implies, has its own geo-thermal areas.  I've been to Yellowstone and Iceland now.  I actually liked Lassen's best.  For one thing, there are no crowds.  It's like a secret of the national parks.  And you can get up close and personal to everything.

This is the area as you enter Devil's Kitchen.



If you looked around, you saw steam rising from the rocks around you.  There were warning signs around to stay on the boardwalks.  Some people this summer had stepped off...and fell through into boiling water.  Ouch!












I put on well over 3000 miles on the F800GT during this trip.  It never let me down.  No oil used, either.  It performed flawlessly.  Comfortable.  The last day was almost 500 miles of hard riding to get home.  Yet when I got home, I still had the energy to unpack and put things away.  Get the plants watered, etc.  It's a bike that is good for all day touring, day after day.  I love it.

Chris
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Re: Here and There and Back Again
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2018, 08:38:25 pm »
Thanks for sharing. :)

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Re: Here and There and Back Again
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2018, 03:51:35 pm »
Nice!  Especially welcomed the Iceland and Zion Nat'l Park photos and comments. 
I'll never get to Iceland, so those are great.
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