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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Your wife has a KLR, cool. Hope she learns to ride real soon. Sounds like you had a good day out. More to come I expect.
    I was a bit vague.

    I had been looking at bikes for a while. We checked out a few KLRs, and both liked the model well enough. One day, she suggested we go see a KLR.
    We checked it out, I declared it a good one, and she handed me the key.

    Thats how I know you can buy a motorbike in CA with no license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceboy View Post
    Hey, if I can get a guarantee that the KLR will reach 155, I'm there! Harhar.
    I have to go to Minnesota, though, eh. My good buddy moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago.

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    KLR

    Nice!

    Don't forget to fiddle with your doohickey. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dryfoot View Post
    KLR

    Nice!

    Don't forget to fiddle with your doohickey. . .
    Hahaha. That is funny. Allegedly the later doohickey is fine, but the spring still needs changed. We shall see what we shall see.
    I really need actual practical mods, like a longer shifter, a real case guard, and some bark busters. When the oil gets changed, I'll put in some fork emulators, and I'll replace the shock when it dies, too. Not much else I'd change or do, except the doo, of course. Hehe.
    Oh, the 22 cent carb mod looks a treat. Seen that?

    Its a Gen2 bike, so less dirtbikey than a Gen1. A bit less wheel travel, for one. Not that my intention was ever to do serious trail work. I'm past all that.

    This bike is fun on a fire road, though. And the little fairing really does help. The wind hits me just below the helmet rather than full in the chest.

    So far, nearly 500 miles of exactly what I was after. The fires are keeping me from the big trees I had planned to be in this time of year, so I'm not sure if it's as perfect as all that, but so far, so good.

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    P.S. It also makes the scooter seem MORE fun. If that's possible. The scooter remains the most fun I've had on two wheels. Really.

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    Thanks for sharing the pics Robert. Love those Sierras and the foothills.

    I read a book recently about history of stock packing in the Sierras and there was some interesting bits on fish stocking. One of the first commercial fish-stocking trips was made by pack train up the South Fork Kings river, up over the summit to a creek on the other side where the fish were planted. Packer was paid a dollar per fish. 1873.

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    "So far, nearly 500 miles of exactly what I was after."

    That's what matters. Nothing else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dryfoot View Post
    "So far, nearly 500 miles of exactly what I was after."

    That's what matters. Nothing else.
    Sometimes, eh?
    The best, best, best part is the prospect of a series of loops throughout the country. Trips I can no longer make on my push bike, but trips I need to make before I'm gone.
    Also, ironically, it will also allow me to boat more.

    Off the beaten path stash boat, much? Hehe.

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    So today I went for a ride on a well worn Honda 250. In Cambodia. Got to see a temple which is about 1000 years old. My guide and I were the only people there, because its not real easy to get to.



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    Now THAT'S an adventure !
    '' You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know. ''
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    Thats a nice bit of shoring up on that wall......seen worse in London.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    So today I went for a ride on a well worn Honda 250. In Cambodia. Got to see a temple which is about 1000 years old. My guide and I were the only people there, because its not real easy to get to.


    Thanks for these, Phil.
    Lovely.

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    Uncle Roman got a jet boat! Can't eat here, anymore, though...

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    I went on a ride th other way, trying to find a way up to the big trees.
    Found it!

    Also found some good photo ops on the way. And hit 600 miles.

    After an oil change and service, I'm going to ride back up, all the way to the big trees. I'll take pictures.

    Stay tuned.

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    P.S. The picture is at Bass Lake, where we saw them filming The Great Outdoors.

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    Okay. The first service is DONE! The oil was black as night and the filter was filthy. Filthy. Ick. Chain is clean and the tension checked, oil is new, all the scheduled checks are made, fasteners torqued and loctited, and I am ready to roll.

    I hope tomorrow, because Friday is almost Saturday, to be able to get back up the hill. This time for pure fun, (well, I may stop and ask after some wood while I'm already all the way up there...) to go back on my circuitous loop and take pictures for you all. I am going to the big sequoias, via Bass Lake again. I'll pass through and photograph the exact center of California (according to the sign).

    Lots of rocks, again, but this time higher elevation, so conifers. Including the biggest...

    Peace,
    Robert

    P.S. No, Ian, I ain't get a pout and shoot on a leash yet, so I still have to take amateur style motorbike photos. Not nearly as windy, anyway, this way. But there are fire roads!

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    Don't forget your camera Rob !
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    Beautiful area you live in or near. Love the pictures.

    I've been just lurking here. Hopefully back and posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin_Drift View Post
    Beautiful area you live in or near. Love the pictures.

    I've been just lurking here. Hopefully back and posting.
    Thank you, Friend. I found some great spots to take some vista pictures.

    And, sequoia! Drinking my coffee and getting ready to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Don't forget your camera Rob !
    Oh, aye. Don't worry, it's fully charged, too.

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    Robert, in your area, are there any visible remnants of the Ponderosa Way, the 800 mile fire break and truck trail built by the CCC in the early thirties down the west slope of the Cascades and Sierra N.? What a project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J P View Post
    Robert, in your area, are there any visible remnants of the Ponderosa Way, the 800 mile fire break and truck trail built by the CCC in the early thirties down the west slope of the Cascades and Sierra N.? What a project.
    Well, now I have to search for it. We shall see.

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    So.

    I got lost on my adventure ride. No trees.

    Really. I did take pictures, and I'm going through them and pick out the least blurry ones. Suffice to say I found some actual adventure. I got into a network of trails off the main forest service ("fire") roads that I imagined I remembered. Everything looked so familiar.

    Ooh, cairn! That way.

    Well. After about an hour of steadily deteriorating roadway (okay, it turned back into forest...), I admitted to being lost. I broke my rule and backtracked. The motorbike handled itself with aplomb. I discovered whymthey call it The Tractor.

    Anyway, pictures to follow.

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    What size is your motor Rob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    What size is your motor Rob?
    651cc. Quite oversquare, too. Just gobs of torque and engine braking. Not a ton of raw horsepower, though, to be sure. Let's say there is plenty to break the tire loose. Erm, theoretically. Ahem.


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    The sign for the town of North Fork. Right near Bass Lake.


    This is where the adventure begins.


    There are tree cutting crews humming up and down the lower part of this road. These corners were sketchy.


    Man. Zanita. I like how the dead part looks like a reflection or opposite or anti bush.


    This is the part where Indiana Jones and company rounded the corner in an olde tyme tank. Not really. But this is nice, eh?



    So. At some point, I made a wrong turn, and thought I knew where to go to fix it. I didn't. I was actually pretty lost. I knew the general area, and how to get the right direction, and what that was, but I was in very unfamiliar territory, and I pretty much stopped taking pictures, because I was WAY preoccupied. This is one of the vista shots I took when I was orienteering. The big granite chunks are recognizable landmarks. I knew here that I had gone round the bend. Har har. The lake is WAY far away, and I meant to skirt it to get to the trees.
    Meh.

    Look at all the smoke...

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    Last edited by amish rob; 08-10-2017 at 08:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B_B View Post
    Lovely! Except for the last one - sad to see.

    I went for a little run today too!







    Good thing you weren't paddling! Hehe. Which water is this? It's lovely. I bet the sound is enchanting.

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    Interesting country, all dry coniferous forest ? How much rainfall there Rob ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Interesting country, all dry coniferous forest ? How much rainfall there Rob ?

    Tons, actually. 41 inches, annually. The problem is, all the water goes rushing down he valleys. At the bottom of this hill, for example, is a rocky, raging torrent. Really, about 1700 tumbling feet over the cliff edge here.

    I am only a few miles from Yosemite in this picture, as the crow flies. Hehe.

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    Ummm, it was like this when I got it, I swear.

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    Okay, folks. I have consulted the maps, and I know now where my error was.

    Here's the funny part. I should have made a left at this fork, and I thought I wasn't. I actually said to myself, "Shoulda mad a left turn at Albuquerque", and kept on riding. Haha.
    I shoulda!

    I beg one thousand pardons, but the big trees must wait until the weekend is over. I blew my play day. Hehe.

    Actually, the day was as fine as any. A real adventure, eh? I think I really do need to get one of those video camera, so I can just look around while I ride. There is so much to see, and taking pictures does not come naturally to me. For one thing, I am terrible at it, and for another, I never take enough.

    Whatever. More to come. And soon, a real grand adventure. There might have to start being some selfies on the thread. Wait. What is it called if it's you and other people? Still a selfie?

    Anyway, tour logistics are being discussed, debated, and delineated. One day soon, I hope to,get really lost, and find some of y'all.

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    Here is one of the reinforced channels to conduct water downslope with the least erosion possible. The rain, or snowmelt, just runs downhill because there is so little actual soil. Almost all of this is DG with forest humus mixed in. It doesn't hold water well.
    This chute follows the old flume line. There was an elevated log flume above this canal. Parts of it still exist, and are on the adventure ride list.


    I don't know. Some big chunks of rock placed here to keep stuff from rolling over the edge I guess. I would estimate the tumble over that edge to be a 1500 foot drop, easily. Well, not drop. Steep tumble into a jagged river bed. Whee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B_B View Post
    My ears were still ringing from the bike! But if memory serves it does provide a nice roar
    Ear plugs.

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    Best thread in the Bilge by far. Keep it up gents.
    "Simple minds discuss people, Average minds discuss things, and Great minds discuss ideas".

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    Did I inspired this ride Rob?

    Proximity and beauty so close to home. Rubber side down and stay hydrated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianW View Post
    Best thread in the Bilge by far. Keep it up gents.
    I'm like Reno Williams, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    Did I inspired this ride Rob?

    Proximity and beauty so close to home. Rubber side down and stay hydrated!
    Well, I gotta find someplace exciting to take you when you come.

    The best part of the whole deal is, there is no real traffic all they way. Two lane roads and light, local traffic. Until the service roads start.

    Peace,
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