While riding through the Redwood National Forest we continually saw signs for people & congestion on the Klamath River bridge on the 101. Not a sign you see often, even in national parks, so we were puzzled. When we came up to the bridge, there were hundreds of people looking down into the river. I saw the distinctive plume of mist coming out of the water that only one animal can produce, we had to stop. Apparently a gray whale had ventured into the river with her calf in late June and couldn’t be persuaded to leave. Her calf had already swum out to sea in late July but she remained, no matter the efforts to nudge her back out to the ocean.
Not having been raised near either coast, I have never seen a whale let alone this close in a confined area. It was quite exciting to see her and a real bonus was the bear jumping into the river behind all that whale excitement. Unfortunately, we learned the whale died early the next morning. I have ridden among elk, bison, cows, moose, even sharing the road with the occasional rattlesnake, but seeing the whale was just so cool. Not a sight I expected to see riding through the majestic Redwoods.
If you ever want the thrill of a rollercoaster ride from the seat of your car or motorcycle, get on the Pacific Coast Highway (US 1)at the beginning in Leggett, CA. No words can describe that ride, just wow! It’ll take you some time to pry your fingers off the steering wheel, or handlebars AND it’s a precursor for the trip up & down the Northern California coastline that is not recommended for the timid. Will have some video in a day or two, still trying to get the feeling back in my hands caused by the death grip I had on my grips…….
Haven’t been able to upload anything the past 2 days because of crappy WiFi connections and absolutely full days of riding along the PCH. By the time we are checked in, get a bite to eat, map out the next day, the day is pretty much over. Your body lets you know it is tired and quite done with the day.
As with everything on this trip, planning anything is futile. We had planned to take the scenic route along the Columbia River on I-84 into Portland then up to Seattle, but we met someone who told us of a different, less crowded route. We headed north from Pendleton, OR up into the Mt. Rainier region and the views were spectacular. I didn’t realize Rainier was an active volcano and if it decided to go it would be worse than the 1980 Mt. St. Helen’s eruption. Amazing the devastation even after 30 years - you just stand in awe at the power of momma nature, her beauty and her ability to reclaim whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Now that’s what I call ‘girl power’!!!
This ride was relatively uneventful (finally) except for usual stopping to add layers as you go up in elevation and the vistas that leave you speechless. The one thing I absolutely love going up these mountains is the quietness. No sound except the wind. A sereneness no words can describe, moments to experience. Heading to the Oregon coast next…
Well 4 days in and we already have a sick bike. Have been stuck in a small Utah town for 2 days, waiting for parts to fix a bike that is having a temper tantrum. You can look at things 2 ways, the worst case scenario with all the ‘woe is me’ complaining that comes with that frame of mind, or you can just accept that bad stuff just happens and roll with it. I’ll go with the latter, it’s more productive in teaching you how to think differently to problem solve and it is certainly less stressful than pissing and moaning over things you cannot control. Life comes at you pretty darn fast, you just gotta learn those Rocky moves to avoid the jabs or get out of the way altogether.
A three week motorcycle road trip from the Midwest to the west coast, from the Pacific Northwest to the San Diego beaches. From the nostalgia of the National Rd. to the breathtaking views along Highway 1 on the Pacific coast. The roads less traveled on two wheels, with a video camera mounted on the handlebars of a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, a friend who shares the love of the road and a bit of moxie.
In the next few weeks, follow along on this trip. I hope you enjoy the views as much as I am, to see the sights outside the confines of a steel cage. To experience mother nature from a unique perspective.