This is a place where I post thoughts and information about riding again after all these years and the KLR 650 that I have for that purpose.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Tahoe to Sagehen

I had a three day meeting in the sierras north of Truckee last week and decided I could take the KLR as long as I traveled light. A fresh oil change & filter, servicing the battery with water and an overnight trickle charge, airing the tires and I was ready to go. With a cabin to stay in, I only needed my sleeping bag, several days of clothes and a few goodies to explore the outdoors with. The ride I took up highway 50 was relaxed on a Tuesday with light traffic. Lake Tahoe was still busy though in the middle of post fire summer tourist season. I rolled slowly along highway 89 and the west side of the lake enjoying the view. I took a nice long lunch break at a Forest Service campground along the Truckee river and cooled in the shade. I wasn't in a hurry and only needed to be there by 4 for the talks I wanted to hear on the first day. After several passes, i realized that I couldn't remember where to turnoff for the field station and had to ask for help. Then to my surprise, while dealing with the combination lock on the gate, my loaded bike decided to roll over and play dead. The result left me minus my left side mirror.
After a full day of meetings in camp, I rolled back out packed for dinner at my friends outside of Truckee. A great evening of catching up over a couple of bottles of wine and fine food outside readied me for the last day at Sagehen. We broke a little early which was good for my long, one mirror ride home. Gassing up in Truckee, i charged down interstate 80 trying to stay to the left as much as possible. The ride got hotter with every 1000 foot drop in elevation and I sucked down most of my quart of water at a rest stop before the final push home. Some lane splitting in Roseville and just tolerating what turned out to be 102 degree heat finished off this three day 312 mile ride with the KLR doing fine, with/without a mirror. All in all, it was a great late summer ride that left me thinking I should have found a way to do more longer rides up there. Highway 89 would have taken me over Mt. Lassen without much more effort. No complaints, just a good, fun excuse for a ride.
I've got my stock mirror on for now as I get ready to order another one.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A well traveled GS passed through town this week, destination unknown.

Briefly Seen in front of the local REI

Besides the stickers from Oaxaca Mexico, this well ridden GS had an Oregon plate and Alaska license trim as well as a thick layer of road bugs and other road grime. I'm glad someone is getting some serious riding in and regret that I didn't catch up with the rider to find out which direction they were headed?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Accidents Happen!

Drive as defensively as you can and know that might not be enough. Not much more to say but watch and remember.

A public service reminder


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What Next?

Well, I've finished disk two of the Long Way Round and while it was a highly supported trip, it still stuck with me as a fun & at times wild ride. I've got a little more of Horizons Unlimited's The Achievable Dream to finish and I'm deep into Ted Simon's The Return of Jupiter's Travels CD. What I need to do, if figure out where I should go for help getting a set of new tires, chain and sprocket on my KLR and give the bike a good check over so that I can get back on the road for some longer trips. Is this the year I finally get back to baja? Hard to say now. There are trips up north I'd like to do too, maybe all the way to BC for the summer Horizon's gathering. So far, I'm just staying close to home exploring some back levees and practicing some slow, off road riding. Better than nothing and there are lots of things going on that are competing for my time.

More soon.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Little New Year Ride
I took a short but fun ride to kick off the new year right. The sun was out and the sky was deep blue with views far in all directions. I retraced some new tracks along the causeway which is mostly still dry and parked for a long walk in the woods at one point. Later, I practiced fast stops and slow turns near home. Anything to stay outside just a little longer on such a nice day.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Could this happen to you....? 

A mysterious man wakes up on the side of the road, injured and confused, the morning after a motorcycle crash - but where will he end up when he can't find his way home?

Morning Fall / Moving Pictures Short Film Contest Submission

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Mittens from Santa (Ellie)

I got a pair of very warm riding gloves for xmas that are supposed to keep their grip whether wet or dry. They even have a little thumb squeegee that will absolutely come in handy. I've already retired that beat up old pair that I've been using for too long. Now if I can just shake this cold and get out on the road again before the year is over...

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