Thursday, August 4, 2011

Oregonians & Californian Pashnits Get Together

This was a last minute trip for me even though it had been planned on the Pashnit forum for quite some time.  Due to budget constraints I had planned on missing this ride but when my better half said she thought I should go well, who am I to argue?
  Captain John and I  met up with Ken and Geno at the IHOP in Bako and after a hearty breakfast we slabbed it up to Williams where we stayed at the Ramada Inn.  The next morning it was off to meet up with Hwy 36 for the ride to the coast.
  Here we have the obligatory photo of the famous sign with John next to it.

Riding in scorching heat means soaking the helmet for relief and here we have Geno doing that along with Ken.

Here’s me practicing my over the shoulder shot to see what happens and a front view of highway 36.

No trip is complete with out being stopped by construction!  Ken is waiting patiently with the rest of us.

We figured that they were bringing the big logs down the hill and the smaller logs up the hill.

Some of highway 36 reminded us of Rossi’s driveway or highway 229.

Who knew there is a shoe tree on highway 36?

More over the shoulder shots looking back at John and Ken.

A look back again and then we have that there river that flows next to 36.

Here is the initial meet and greet.
This is a bad group of photos taken inside the restaurant.  For some reason this camera doesn’t like taking photos inside.  I think I need a new camera because it can’t possibly be the operator.

We met up at the station before heading north on highway 1.
Here is BMWLloyd with a real camera!
I’ve heard it said that Californians aren’t welcome in Oregon but this here sign and our Oregon Pashnits proved that rumor false.
Looking back on the group again.
In our honor they had prepared a parade to greet us in Gold Beach.
Ken and John chatting during the parade.
To disperse the crowd after the parade they dispatched this here Messerschmitt to strafe the parade route.
Rolling up the coast for a visit to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.
Parking at the lighthouse in a strong wind.
Ken and John posing in front of the lighthouse where they say that they lose 8 panes of glass every year due to the wind that can reach in excess of 120 MPH.
John, Ken, Geno and I enjoying lunch in Coos Bay.
Port Orford is one of my favorite places along the Oregon coast.

Heading back to Crescent City.
The group shot out front of the Curly Lodge.
Captain John looking happy in the saddle.
Ken and Geno bringing up the rear.
Last shot of Clear Lake along Hwy 20 on the way back home.  This has got to be the smelliest lake I have ever smelled!

   In closing out this ride report I’d just like to say what a pleasure it was meeting all of the Pashnits from up north.  This forum has a way of bringing the best folks together.  My only regret is that we couldn’t spend more time riding together and getting acquainted.  We can always look forward to next time!