Click on *CURRENT RIDE* at the top to see a map of where we are.
ORCABDR is a painful acronym to suggest Justin and I are planning to ride off-road half of Oregon we haven’t finished yet, parts of Nevada, and a big chunk of California…sorta kinda. We were going to do the UTBDR, but because of a variety of reasons related to the perils of being a 40 Year Old Baccalaureate, we’re going somewhere else this year.
We have a colorful history including this most-excellent WABDR some years ago. Justin and I just find adventure riding to a new place in the world now a basic requisite as Renaissance Men….without being too fruity about it.
Strained acronym aside in broad strokes our plan is to ride for 11 days and see what the West Coast of the U.S. has to offer including Eatern Oregon, Northeast Nevada, and big chunk of California can offer to guys on laden down adventure bikes with mostly street rubber. While we’ll be riding off-road on forest service road–we’ll also be riding a fair number of twisty mountain two-laners. This trip is far less aggressive off-road than our previous Washington, Oregon, or Utah plans…but will highlight what I think is ignored by most as a phenomenal adventure riding paradise…..Kolli-forn-’ya.
Tuesday 7/30 Update: That all said as departure is less than two days away we see that one of the biggest attractions to the ride (Yosemite) is under threat wild fires. I’ll be monitoring Tuesday and Wednesday to consider route changes. While we could revert back to a Utah ride I’m also seeing the forecast is for rain in the western U.S. the next several weeks…less so in the Sierras.
Tentative Route (take with a BIG grain of salt…especially the last half)
There aren’t really 80+ points we’re going to stop and visit. Many of the points are purposely added to try and force the route to a remote forest service road or an interesting two-laner. We’ll be doing our best to avoid roads that start with “I-” and have more than one lane of travel in the same direction.
Green dots are points of interest we’d like to see. There are more than we’ll possibly have time or miles for…or ultimately want to given weather conditions (especially the hot Death Valley ones), but it’s better to aspire to a little too much than find ourselves board and bag the ride to head to Vegas.
Red dots represent locations of various motorcycle friendly friends that we’d like to ride with, visit, or give us a shower, meal, and bedroom to sleep in after roughing it in the woods for days on end.
Tentative Schedule (take with an even BIGGER grain of salt)
Thursday, Day 1 – Depart early Thursday, July 31st from Pasco. Cover a big chunk of Oregon including visiting the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, fueling up in Burns, and visiting Steen’s Mountain. Camp in the high-country there…or maybe go farther past Fields to the Nevada border and camp in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.
Friday, Day 2 – Back roads to Gerlach through the Summit Lake Indian Reservation, stop by Double Hole Hot Springs, take in the playa that hosted the world land speed record, Burning Man, and the IBA Memorial. Lunch and/or libation at Bruno’s in Gerlach. Check out back roads by Pyramid Lake, move on to Reno and either visit my buddy Reno John and/or Mr. Swetland (IBR finisher #5).
Saturday, Day 3 – Virginia City, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Markleeville, Topaz Lake (aka Rickey Lake), Bodie, and Mono Lake.
Sunday & Monday, Day 4-5 – Order and plans get very fuzzy in this area. Places of interest include Yosemite National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument, Bristlecone (oldest tree in the world), Mono Hot Springs, Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, Manzanar
Tuesday, Day 6 – Head west to the coast of California to Atascadero (hopefully be greeted by the head of the Candy Butt Association), semi-step relative in the San Luis Obispo area, San Miguel Mission, San Simeon, etc.
Wednesday, Day 7 – Monterey Aquarium, Laguna Seca Raceway, Bixby Bridge, Carmel, Santa Cruz.
Thursday, Day 8 – San Francisco, Napa, head to Mendocino National Forest
Friday, Day 9 – NorCal
Saturday, Day 10 – Southern Oregon, maybe make it to Sisters to Justin’s Uncle’s cabin
Sunday, Day 11 – Get back home
The Tools for the Job
Justin is on a 2013 BMW F800GS
A twin cylinder adventure bike, 85 hp, with big spoked rims and lots of active suspension goodies. It has 4.2 gallons of capacity with a spare 1 gallon Rotopax of fuel and 1 gallon of water. Huge hard bags make this bike a pack mule (I’ll see if I can slip some rocks in the bottom of them when Justin isn’t look) that’s also a wide-load when going down the road. Tires are Anakee II that are considered a 80% on road 20% off-road. Basic bike is 505 pounds unladen. With the aluminum tumors on the sides stuffed with stuff….it probably exceeds 600 pounds. (not his actual bike below)
I’m on a 2013 Husqvarna Strada 650
It’s a thumper single cylinder putting out 58 horsepower and I’ll purposely be running cast rims and Metzler Tourance EXP 90% on road and 10% off-road. The bike has a 3.7 gallon fuel tank and I have 1/2 gallon in several fuel bottles. I could run more fuel bottles, but I like to pack some liquid libation in two of them for the campfire. I’m running soft bags, a top case, and will be the one to get us into trouble first. Basic bike is 410 pounds and probably 75 pounds of gear.
Camping Supplies (aka ‘Camping Crutches for Pansy-Asses’)
We’ve done the one tent sans air mattress thing before and are maturing in our camping abilities and tastes. I want my own tent for 11 days so we’re each packing one. We’ve also suffered through air mattress failures and switched to lightweight cots. I’ll be trying a Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot that’s extra long and extra wide. Justin is trying the Helinox Cot One. I bought one of their ubercool tables earlier this year and will be taking it.
Also we’ve learned over the years that sitting on the ground after a long day of riding generally sucks. We both bought Kermit Chairs and will be setting our stainless steel cups of Pendelton Whisky in the optional cupholders as the sun sets.
I’ll also be packing my Canon 5D Mk III and spare fisheye lens to try and wrangle up some good photos of the adventure.
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