Pages: [1] 2 3  All   Go Down
Print

Topic: The West - 2nd time  (Read 12070 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« on: July 29, 2011, 10:32:58 PM »

Sometimes you gotta love airplanes. Tuesday was riding Scotland’s Aberdeenshire lowland / highlands, Wed was a flight to California and Thursday was riding the Santa Cruz Mountains – both riding days in brilliant sunshine.

The plan is a ride with daughter Chere' for a week south from Los Gatos and the southern Sierras starting in Bodfish and working our way north to Volcano. After which Chere' will ride back to Los Gatos and I'll go to Sacramento and hook up with Demenshea (Donna) for a 3 week, 6,000 mile ride to Jasper, Alberta via Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta, BC, Washington, Oregon and back to Los Gatos (Sac for Donna).

Tuesday. Ducati 1098S, Aberdeen to Strathdon, Scotland – the back way.

Joe wanted to visit a pal in Strathdon that he’d not seen for a year. It’s been great riding with Joe over the years as he used to live in Strathdon and knows every paved, dirt and trail in that part of the Highlands.

We took some outstanding back roads between the Dee and Don rivers. Orson and I were on or near some of these for our ride to the west coast and again last month for a ‘Castle’ day.

It’s all different and glorious when the sun is shining.

Cattle country with the highlands in the distance
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1761-1.jpg

River Don overlook at Strathdon
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1763-1.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1778.jpg

Morning coffee stop with Simon. Specialising in leather cases and superb workmanship.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1774.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1769-1.jpg

Shop and house
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1775.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1771.jpg

Dirt track Guzzi
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1780.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1786.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1776-1.jpg

The Sentinel – Our motorcyclist guardian of Aberdeenshire roads. In 1914 two brothers were riding and one was killed in an accident. The surviving brother placed a memorial at the location. It’s a place we always stop to give our respects to an ancient motorbiker.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1788-1.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1787-1.jpg
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011, 10:34:03 PM »

Thursday. KTM 950SM, Bear Creek – Big Basin – Black Rd, California

Time to reacquaint myself to the SM and a little tune up ride prior to Chere’ and I taking off for a week riding the Sierras before meeting Demenshea in Sacramento = nothing better than notching up a couple hundred miles in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Bear Creek Road (Boulder Creek to Los Gatos) is my favourite SC mountain road and as of last year the top of the west section is brand new tarmac adding extra goodness to an already good road surface.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1803.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1793.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1805.jpg

For some reason people think of Big Basin Redwoods as being smaller cousins from those along the Avenue of the Giants. But reality is that Big Basin’s redwoods are equally Giants. I know this first hand from having climbed them in Big Basin in 1969 topping and trimming out 200 – 300 foot tall redwoods.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1789.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1790.jpg

Climbing out of Big Basin there’s more fresh and ultra-smooth tarmac
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1795.jpg

Once up onto the ridge, you can see just how forested the SC mountains are and why it became a logging paradise. Way off in the distance is Monterey Bay.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1800.jpg

Black Road and although it isn’t all as smooth as this, it’s a mighty fine road.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1798.jpg

Chere' and I will be off in a couple of days.
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
Blunder
The 10th Reindeer
*

Reputation 30
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: '01 Bandit 1200S, '12 Freightliner Cascadia
GPS: The lower 48
Miles Typed: 7472

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 10:38:07 PM »

Ahhhh, the Santa Cruz mountains, the place where I cut my riding teeth. There be some secret roads there and I'm not telling. Those of you that know, well, you know, keep a lid on it.

Thanks for the pics.  Thumbsup
Logged

When you come to a fork in the road, lick the spoon.
FJR-UK
Retired STNer
*

Reputation 15
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 2010 FJR1300
GPS: SE London
Miles Typed: 571

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 05:00:49 AM »

Lucky beggar! If you get a chance, check out this place in Pescadero:

http://www.duartestavern.com/
Logged
notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2011, 10:35:56 AM »


Lucky beggar! If you get a chance, check out this place in Pescadero:

http://www.duartestavern.com/


Green Chilli Soup!
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
BwanaDik
*

Reputation 1
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: FJR1300AE
Miles Typed: 85

My Photo Gallery


Conroe, TX




Ignore
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 11:14:18 AM »

Your ride reports are great!  Keep them coming   Clap Clap
Logged

IBA#39439
Orson
speshulize in havin' fun
*

Reputation 78
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '09
Motorcycles: '00 Aprilia Mille, '02 Moto Guzzi Le Mans, '04 Triumph Thruxton
GPS: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Miles Typed: 13896

My Photo Gallery



WWW
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2011, 12:54:24 PM »

Scotland and Northern California?  EEK!

you retired folks are startin' to piss me off  Angry3

 Wink
Logged

viffergyrl
*

Reputation 27
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 99 Honda VFR 800 2001 Ducati ST4
GPS: 1 hour northwest of LA-LA Land....
Miles Typed: 1068

My Photo Gallery


Road Witch




Ignore
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 09:23:46 AM »


Scotland and Northern California?  EEK!

you retired folks are startin' to piss me off  Angry3

 Wink


 Withstupid
Logged

Don't argue with an idiot; people might not be able to tell the difference - Anonymous

1999 Honda VFR 800 (the Vixen) 2001 Ducati ST4 (Stanley)
veefer800canuck
Nicky Hayden stole my childhood!
*

Reputation 148
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
GPS: Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, EH?
Miles Typed: 6529

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 09:50:14 AM »

Jasper, that's my backyard. 3 hours from my place.

If you get a chance, take a nip out to Miette Hot Springs, which is not far from Jasper. Bring your Speedo!

The road up to the hot springs is fairly entertaining, just watch out for Elk and tourists.




View Larger Map
« Last Edit: August 01, 2011, 09:52:32 AM by veefer800canuck » Logged

notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2011, 12:58:29 PM »

I was chuffed to bits that Chere’ was taking a week holiday to ride with Dad. Chick, her brother Steve and his pal, Steve2, would do Sunday as far as King City. Chick would try for Friday off work and join us Thursday night for a couple days of riding near Sonora.

Hooking up with the Steve’s
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1808.jpg

Hwy 25 out of Holister
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Los%20Gatos%20to%20Santa%20Maria/DSCF1599.jpg

Followed by Lake Nacimiento, Chimney Rock, Vineyard, Hwy 229 and 58 into Taft (HOT = 114F)
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Los%20Gatos%20to%20Santa%20Maria/DSCF1556.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/DSCF2736.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Los%20Gatos%20to%20Santa%20Maria/DSCF1587.jpg

 http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Los%20Gatos%20to%20Santa%20Maria/DSCF1589.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Los%20Gatos%20to%20Santa%20Maria/DSCF1582.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Los%20Gatos%20to%20Santa%20Maria/DSCF1591.jpg

114F
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1812.jpg

Chere' strafing Bodfish/Caliente
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1816.jpg

Climbing out of the Valley
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1814.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1817.jpg

100 Giants
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1820.jpg

Wrong turn and found ourselves in Deliverance Land
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1828.jpg

It was nice tho
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1829.jpg
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
viffergyrl
*

Reputation 27
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 99 Honda VFR 800 2001 Ducati ST4
GPS: 1 hour northwest of LA-LA Land....
Miles Typed: 1068

My Photo Gallery


Road Witch




Ignore
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 04:42:12 PM »

Taft. 114 degrees Fahrenheit. What a god-forsaken place. I can say that - I grew up there.  Crazy

But oil paid the bills.  Thumbsup

Great report and pictures - looking forward to the rest! Plus the Canadian trip with Donna.  Thumbsup  Thumbsup
Logged

Don't argue with an idiot; people might not be able to tell the difference - Anonymous

1999 Honda VFR 800 (the Vixen) 2001 Ducati ST4 (Stanley)
veefer800canuck
Nicky Hayden stole my childhood!
*

Reputation 148
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
GPS: Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, EH?
Miles Typed: 6529

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 05:46:09 PM »

Holy crap, at that temp, the tar snakes would be real squiggly!!!
Logged

notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2011, 10:51:29 PM »

I knew I’d have to replace the rear tyre before setting off with Donna but thought it would last until Sacramento (6 days later). Even Werkstratt thought it would go another 1000 miles. Wrong = 2 days later it was well into the wear bars and I bought a rear in Visalia. This put us off course a tad, meaning we would bypass the ride into King’s Canyon. Just as well as a mountain squall blew in for an hour as we arrived at the King’s Canyon tourist centre. We spent an hour under the bus stop waiting for it to abate and finally dashed for the café.

The day before we passed Camp Nelson on 190 and the heavens opened up then too but after about 8 miles we were out of it and racing like idiots down a magnificent section of road into Springville. 190 = what a road!

Chere’ hadn’t been to Yosemite in two decades and fancied seeing it with all the high water crashing down the many falls. Yes, it was crowded but worth it.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1845.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1847.jpg
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1857.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1855.jpg

More Yosemite
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1852.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1849.jpg

Two nights in Sonora and a big loop out to Cherry Lake via Cottonwood Rd, Cherry Lake Road (very nice tarmac), Ward’s Ferry.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1859.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1861.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1863.jpg

Chick arrived Sonora that evening and the following day was spent riding Sonora, Monitor and Ebetts Passes and over Sheep Ranch to Volcano for the night.
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1865.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1868.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1872.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1870.jpg

Volcano Inn B&B
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1879.jpg
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
veefer800canuck
Nicky Hayden stole my childhood!
*

Reputation 148
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
GPS: Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, EH?
Miles Typed: 6529

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2011, 04:30:22 AM »

Oooh, if you like falls, and you're heading to Jasper, check out Takkakaw falls near Field BC. Emerald lake is also cool.

You can eat at the Truffle Pigs Bistro in Field, or the Emerald Lake Lodge.


View Larger Map



Logged

Skee
*

Reputation 62
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '09, '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: '08 Wee
GPS: SE PA
Miles Typed: 1801

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2011, 12:25:25 PM »


http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF1776-1.jpg


I realize that roads over there are narrow, but that shot kinda takes the cake.  Lol

Thanks for sharing.  You've inspired me with a goal; a Ducati in retirement.
Logged

I'd rather be riding anywhere with you than sitting at this d@mn keyboard.
notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2011, 01:03:18 PM »

Chick and Chere’ headed home and I rode a half day with them on some terrific roads as far as Knights Ferry and the covered bridge. Then backtracked up O’Byrnes Ferry and Pool Station Roads and onto Gary and Donna’s in Sacramento.

Pardee Dam
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1890.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1889.jpg

Knights Ferry
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1892.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Chere%20and%20California/DSCF1893.jpg

The routes


View Directions to Taft in a larger map


View Directions to Springville, CA, United States in a larger map


View Directions to Auberry, CA, USA in a larger map


View Directions to Sonora, CA, USA in a larger map


View Directions to Sonora, CA, USA in a larger map


View Directions to Volcano, CA, United States in a larger map


View Volcano to Knights Ferry in a larger map
« Last Edit: August 04, 2011, 03:43:22 PM by notarian » Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
1KPerDay
Ride to eat, eat to ride
*

Reputation 26
Offline Offline

Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Honda GL1800A, Harley XR1200, BMW R90/6
Miles Typed: 10745

My Photo Gallery


Arbiter of good taste




Ignore
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2011, 01:21:04 PM »

Wow.  Inlove :popcorn: Clap
Logged

One should always ride on tires without grapples. 
--miles
notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2011, 09:05:17 PM »


Taft. 114 degrees Fahrenheit. What a god-forsaken place. I can say that - I grew up there.  Crazy



Too right, but Taft is the stop along our route to get to Bodfish/Caliente Road. The motel had a cold water pool and very refreshing. There's also a Thia restaurant in Taft that after 57 (or there about) trip advisor reviews is a 5 star! Closed on Sundays - wouldn't you know it, but there's a Mex next door to the motel. Must have rolled in around 5-6pm which is a good run from Los Gatos beginning at 8:30 and a stop at Steve's in Hollister for an hour.
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
notarian
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Ducati 1098s, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 640 Duke II, KTM 950 sm
GPS: Scotland
Miles Typed: 504

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2011, 09:10:23 PM »


Jasper, that's my backyard. 3 hours from my place.

If you get a chance, take a nip out to Miette Hot Springs, which is not far from Jasper. Bring your Speedo!

The road up to the hot springs is fairly entertaining, just watch out for Elk and tourists.




View Larger Map


Great suggestion and I know this now first hand. I'm a little behind in my reporting = Stayed at the Miette Hot Springs and the road to it is by far the best pure motorbike road we took in the first few days in Canada.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/Scotland%20and%20Ca/DSCF2012.jpg
Logged

If you can't lead and don't want to follow, stay out of my way.
viffergyrl
*

Reputation 27
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 99 Honda VFR 800 2001 Ducati ST4
GPS: 1 hour northwest of LA-LA Land....
Miles Typed: 1068

My Photo Gallery


Road Witch




Ignore
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2011, 11:44:05 PM »




Too right, but Taft is the stop along our route to get to Bodfish/Caliente Road. The motel had a cold water pool and very refreshing. There's also a Thia restaurant in Taft that after 57 (or there about) trip advisor reviews is a 5 star! Closed on Sundays - wouldn't you know it, but there's a Mex next door to the motel. Must have rolled in around 5-6pm which is a good run from Los Gatos beginning at 8:30 and a stop at Steve's in Hollister for an hour.


Well I can safely say there was no Thai restaurant prior to 1972 in Taft.  Lol Post up a review and address if you don't mind please.  Bigsmile Me wee small mother abides in Bakersfield so when I visit on the bike... well I take the scenic route (aka 33, Lockwood Valley, Cerro 'NoArreste', 166/33... well you know the drill....)
Logged

Don't argue with an idiot; people might not be able to tell the difference - Anonymous

1999 Honda VFR 800 (the Vixen) 2001 Ducati ST4 (Stanley)
Pages: [1] 2 3  All   Go Up
Print
Jump to:  



ST.N

Copyright © 2001 - 2013 Sport-Touring.Net.
All rights reserved.

SimplePortal 2.3.1 © 2008-2009, SimplePortal