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Old 15-06-2015, 09:23 PM   #6
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Saturday morning we woke up and geared up in our bike gear, then called a taxi. Checked out of the hotel and went outside to wait for the taxi.
We had decided to decline the offered hard luggage for this trip and just strap our duffle bags on the back of the bikes. These are the same bags we pack in for the flight, so we know everything will fit.
As I picked up the first bag to walk it over to the taxi, I must have pivoted "just right" on my right leg, the bag went down and my leg gave way and I collapsed onto the ground right beside it. The taxi driver was a bit puzzled what was going on. I had a feeling of dread... was this the end of my holiday?
I got back up on my feet and into the taxi and we drove to the rental shop. I was wondering whether I would be able to walk more than a few metres before my leg might collapse again. When we got to the shop I took a few steps and my knee felt ok and I was walking ok, but my confidence was quite shot. I was concerned that it might collapse under load when I was stopped on the bike.

The bikes we had arranged were a matching pair of F700GS. Mine was about 3 years old with 44,000 miles on the clock. Jo's was newer, about 1 year old. Both were registered in Alaska, which is the base for MotoQuest.





You cannot underestimate the street cred which is instantly bestowed upon you when riding around the lower 48 states on Alaskan registered bikes. At least once per day we were approached by people saying "you're a long way from home" or "have you ridden all the way from Alaska?". They were normally a bit taken aback when we said we hadn't actually ever been to Alaska, but this was normally more than made up for when they found out we had actually come all the way from Australia.

In my planning for this ride, I'd strung together a list of things to see in various NorWestern states in the USA, and thinking back to previous trips I had decided upon an average of 350km riding per day. We wouldn't ride every day, and some day's we'd need to ride further to make it to a particular place, but my rough calculations over 29 days would make almost an even 10,000km, so this was the distance I was using when I was exploring different routes to take. My planning pretty much plotted a 10,000km route which would act as our starting point, but weather and road conditions would need to be considered.

I wanted to be back from our holiday before the US summer holidays started, so we had to be off the road by early June. This meant our start date would be the first week of May. I had checked climate data and confirmed that in the places we were going, on the dates we would be there, the night time temperatures would remain above 0 and daytime temperatures of at least 15C. The biggest variable was the winter. A long cold winter or a late cold snap could through our plans into disarray. Many of the placed we had planned to go were at high altitudes so the weather had a potential to disrupt things. During our summer i kept an eye on their winter. The NW states of USA were having an exceptionally warm winter. Snowfalls for the year were in some places less than 10% of the annual averages. There was a drought in Northern California. Not good for the ski industry or the farmers, but perfect for us.
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Old 15-06-2015, 10:15 PM   #7
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After loading up the bikes, we were off and running. I had a short day planned for our first day, up to Mt Hood and then down to Bend, only about 190 miles total.

There was plenty going on at Mt Hood. The car park was fairly full. There were plenty of snowboarders up there using the last remnants of snow near the carpark.



The Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood was used as the "Overlook Hotel" in Kubrick's movie "The Shining". In reality, they only ever used some helicopter views of the building in the movie when the car was driving up the road to the hotel. Even the shots of the car driving to the hotel were not shot there. The studio built a full scale replica of the front of the hotel at a studio in LA and filmed all outdoor scenes there. None of the indoor scenes were filmed at the Timberline Lodge either. Regardless, it's a movie I loved, and a place I wanted to see.

That night we stopped in Bend, Oregon. At a chemist I bought a knee brace which would offer some support and stopped hyperextension, and I had adopted a strict regimen of putting down my good leg first when I came to a stop.

Bend is on a river



and has a microbrewery or two. The least I could do was try some of the local hefeweisen.

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Old 16-06-2015, 10:41 AM   #8
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I'm sure in the long run that the difference in cost was only minor, if you move the decimal place to the left

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I had a feeling of dread... was this the end of my holiday?
NO!
Ever tried a knee-brace or something like that? At least to help along in situations like that....or when the knee gives way out in the sticks when trying to lift a bike back up etc

Never mind...just saw the reference in the next post
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Old 16-06-2015, 02:26 PM   #9
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The next morning my knee was sore, but I could still walk on it. I resolved to minimise walking for the time being and be very careful not to put any twisting force onto it. For the next week or so it would lock in place and feel like bone on bone grinding when trying to straighten it. I wore the brace on and off the bike for about 3 weeks. Eventually it improved so that by the end of the holiday it was pretty well as good as new.

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Bend to Alturas.

The morning started off with a straight run down a highway. Stopped for a break in a rest area. There was an RV here which had rear suspension failure, and an old bloke standing with a sign stating "Old, broke and ugly. Need RV suspension fixed. Have a quote from a repairer".

We continued on. Was hoping to run into Crater lake national park from the north, but the roads were still closed from the winter so we had to run further south and then double back to the southern entrance but Crater Lake was definitely worth the extra 50km.







From Crater lake we kept heading further south. There were a few small towns further down the road along where we wanted to go which each had a single motel, and one motel was not answering their phone and the other had rooms, but there was nowhere open to eat in town, so we went a bit out of our way to Alturas, which was a bigger town with a few different accommodation and food options. After a stroll through town we settled on an Italian restaurant. It was mothers day but they had a few tables free. The food there exceeded expectations and as usual we stuffed ourselves on their very generous portions.
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