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Ok,,,,,,, I too am running low on pics with "long lonely highways" , but I managed to dig up a couple more just to keep this going:cooldevil:

When I first saw this thread, the very first place that came to my mind was ,,,,Kansas. I said it once and I'll say it again,,,,,,, every state holds it's own beauty,,,,,,,,, but I have to admit,,,,,, Kansas rather,,,,um,,,,,drained me.

Rt. 156,,,just off I-70 going to Great Bend where I moteled for the night.



Next morning,,,,, Rt. 156 headed toward Garden City



Now I'm into Colorado and even though I was told it was part desert, I guess I was still expecting to see mountains. Gee,,,,,, was I fooling myself:shock:. But it was all beautiful. I took a great little road that lead into Walsenburg Co. ,,,,,,Rt. 10



Nice little road,,,,, absolutly no traffic,,,,,, then I run into this curtain



Then I came up on this pickup with a small trailer, and I had to stay close enough to see it in case it stopped or turned,,,,, it was also use as a guide. That fog got so thick I was looking around the shield, and I could hardly see the sides of the road.



Then as we crested a knoll, it was like the curtain was drawn open again. And when I saw this, I thought, oh good,,,town must be around the bend.



But it wasn't,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



and it's those little bits, that turns a journey into an "Adventure" ;)
 

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I love it! ...... Great story and photos, Dave ! :clapper:
 

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Yeah.... I'm starting to run down, also........ For some reason, I like the prairie states.... Kansas, Nebraska..... feel small and alive out there, for sure!

Scott's Bluff, Nebraska, off the old Oregon Trail.......
 

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I remember runningUS 26, from Ogallala, up through Scotts Bluff, on over to I 25 and up to Casper WY. On the way up 26, I must have met 8 trains, each pulling at least100 cars,loaded down with coal and each and every one of them tooted the horn and waved at me. :cool:



Here's Hwy 97, that runs past my old place in BC, cept this section was just north of the CA. border, in OR. That's Mt. Shasta







Here'sSR 89, in Lassen Volcanic NP, CA. ....







This is a secondary road in CA., called the Gold Lake Hwy, running from Graeagle, to Bassets Station, near Sierra City, on CA SR 49. That's the start of the Sierra Crest that you see in the background.







This next road is probably the twistiest road I've ever been on. It is way better than the Dragon, down at Deals Gap.

This road has everything a motorcyclist could wish for. Some long straights, lots of sweepers, a section of dips where I got the Ole Girl airborne andbesides the wicked twisty section(where I left the other bike a couple of corners behind me and ground off my Gremlin Bell in the process:cooldevil:), ends up among the Giant Coastal Redwoods. There is 1 gas station in those140 miles and there must have been 40 sport bikers gathered there, as this road is very popular among that crowd.

This is SR 36, running between Red Bluff, located in the semi-aridSacromento Valleyand through/over the Coastal Range, to the damper climes of Fortuna, CA ....





sorry, .... no pictures of the middle section, as I was too busy holding on with both hands on the bars.

Here is a shot, riding through the Giant Coastal Redwoods .....







and our home for2 nights, alongside the Van Duzen River, not far from Fortuna, CA ....







 

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wow, dusty, cuz and winger, you guys really know how to do it up right! those pics are beautiful. and those storms, and that fog, dayum! that would have put an end to me right there! i would have died of a heart attach right there! no not really, im a little tougher than that! when my wife and i did the blue ridge parkway, it was VERY foggy up there too a couple days. i had my emer. flashers on, and all my lights too, to keep from getting rear ended. we stopped and got pics and video up there, but they are all on prints, not here on the computer. :( and yes, i had a motel for each day, for two weeks, from start to finish, reserved. ended up in cherokee north carolina in that motel right across the street from the BIG BOY restaurant. im sure you all know that one! lol :D well thats all i got to say about that, so ill just say, beautiful pics and stories! keep on :18blue::18blue: rick
 

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Now there's something on the ole "to do" list,,,,,,, to be able to stand at the base of a giant redwood. I think that is awesome,,,,,, :cooler:
 

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You have to experience them 1st hand to fathom the size of them, Dave! :shock: :doh:



 

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I hear ya Ken,,,,, maybe sometime in the future,,,,, who knows,,,,,, I can get a bit spontaneous at times :action:
 

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I hear you as well, Dave.
.... afterall, .... that's how I ended up on the CA coast, camping amongst and seeingthose beautiful specimens, up close and personal like :cooler:



Here's a shot where I tried to capture as much as possible, of one of the 'smaller ones', just by my tent .....



 

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Thats pretty cool Dusty,,,,,, now how bout the one where you climbed to the top of a redwood for a pic,,,,,,,,,,,,,eh :cooldevil::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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Well Dave ...... you know how I do like a good view from the top, when it involves a little bit of sweat:cooldevil:.....

















.... but no, I didn't climb any tree, this time out. :D
 

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Great shot.. I hope the parachute open OK..:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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Cool Foodman, that had to be something to see for sure. Looks like a nice soft quilt to lay out on :). Was that over the water as far out as you could see?? And do you have any idea how far below it, the actual water was??
 

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Here's US 101, in OR, a bit south of Astoria ......







coming into Tillamook ....







and what visit would be complete without a stop there, to pick up some cheese. ;) .....







then back out, heading south on OR.US 101 .....












Coming into Coos Bay ......







....where I spend the night at Sunset Bay State Park, which is situated out on Cape Arago ....







and allow myself the luxury of a fire that night. :dance:

It is extremely rare that I can have a fire while out backpacking, due to strict rules about open firesin the back country






The next morning, I break camp early and decide to venture out a little further along Cape Arago, to Simpson Reef .....












..... wait a minute. Listen to that NOISE! :? A closer inspection reveals ......











Time to start rollin again and I start heading back towards my campground and beyond, as I am planning on heading on over to Crater Lake National Park for tonight. I pass by some nice ocean sights at the park,as I leave .....















I soon cross across the coastal mountain range and into the semi-arid interior, heading east,along OR SR 138, heading toward Glide and beyond, tomy destination of Crater Lake NP ....







After passingthrough the entrance Toll Gate to the park's north entrance, you soon traverse an interesting stretch of road, that crosses what is known asthe Pumice Desert. ......







and soon arrive at the lake itself. Rather stunning ....











I make my way south, along the East Rim, to make camp at the small, uncrowded Lost Creek Campground. ....



 

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Yup, cool coastal shots, there Foodman! :clapper:

The fog makes for not only cool shots, but usually cool/damp riding conditions.

As I was leaving Sunset Bay SP, for Crater Lake, I stopped off at the Burger King for a coffee and use their free WiFi. I then walked over to the Walmart located in the same 'plaza' to 're-supply'and came across this couple fixing their Harley. The fella was wrenching on his bike, saying that some filter he was changing out,didn't like damp and cold weather. His 'wife' :)?) complained on not being used to the cold(they were from Alabama?)and how they had just about froze the day before, riding up through the fog, along the coast. I know I had to stop and put the waterproof liner in my Mesh jacket to keep the chill off. They were heading for home and warmer temps. :D
 
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