Another WFO Ride Report
Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:08 PM
Well, WFO was a big success, as you've heard already. COOL, for one thing. Beautifully cool. But you go a few miles inland. . .
So I stuck to the coastal rides, and here are a few shots. The first day I joined in on a ride to the "Lost Coast." I decided it's called that because it's always lost . . . in the FOG. Been up there twice and heavy fog both times, summer and winter. You get to Ferndale and the road up to the coast looks like somebody's driveway--no joke. A long, twisty, narrow climb gets you to the emptiest roads on the whole west coast (I'll bet). Lots of holes and patches, some gravel, and some beautiful scenery. When you can see it.
This is JayH with the fog bank ahead
Descending into the Fog. You could feel the temperature drop 10 or 15 degrees as you entered it. A very welcome drop.
Following the Bluestreeks
We passed through the fog and got underneath it as we came down to the water
Then it was back up. And more Fog
At Honeydew we split up. Some chose the gravel road to Shelter Cove. We took Mattole Rd. and climbed up toward Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the "Avenue of the Giants."
We climbed out of the Fog up to the Park. And back into the Heat.
We had to stop and admire the trees. Steve (Recreate), Jerry (Jer) and Jay (JayH). And, um . . . her.
Saturday, local guy Far West Fast Eddie led a "backroads" ride out of Eureka and Arcata, then up 101 almost to Crescent City. Also nice and cool and foggy. We visited Paul and Babe too, but the battery on my camera went out. Just as well.
We started out by visiting the Carson Mansion, a amazing old Victorian, but it's a private club that can only be seen from outside. You can see a pretty good photo tour here, though, the website of the club that owns it.
Nice formation heading out of town
And through some scenic back roads before we jumped back on 101
Back at the hotel, a much-needed glamour shot to change the pace of this report.
Tyler and Terri:
I asked DougC what the story behind his extra passenger was. Seems his granddaughter couldn't make the trip, so she sent her dolly along to represent.
Now for the mysterious reference in the title. For anyone who may think the government doesn't operate efficiently--and thoroughly--here in California, I think this will set you straight (helps if you squint a little). We have agencies that regulate everything. For some reason, I thought Bustanut would be particularly impressed by this.
"Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff." Jack Handy
"Watch out for that tree!" George of the Jungle
Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:29 PM
I wouldn't change a fucking thing; I've lived hard, played hard, and I ain't done yet. I've paid some severe penalties along the way, but the rewards have been so much greater; even if for just have participating in the game of life with utmost abandon. It's not who rides the furthest in a day, but rather in a lifetime. CBA member #1, IBA #31845 and very proud of both.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:32 PM
Makes for a fun and relaxing ride to enjoy that beautiful scenary.
The simultaneous feeling of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that people experience when they encounter something of exceptional value.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:04 PM
Nice pics an write up Mike. This picture does intrigue me though...
Why are they so worried about washed Anus? You folks store food with them?
*shudder* I just remembered the Los Robustos camp out pics.. Johnny 80's and the Sheep sausage...
Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:36 PM
Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:44 PM
Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:36 PM
Great pics, Mike, and as always, lovely to see you!!
Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly.
A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:13 PM
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Posted 29 July 2010 - 04:25 PM
Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:53 PM
I agree jay, it was a nice writeup and we had a great ride. Terri and I really enjoyed meeting and visiting with you and hope to see you again in the future.
I like nice weather.
Salem, Oregon (Summers), Bermuda Dunes, CA (Winters
Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:24 PM
Great seeing you again!