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I finished hwy 36 today. What a friggin wild ride. This road will humble you. Lots and lots of TIGHT curves and linked curves, and more curves. Think hana hwy on steroids. Basically 130 miles of motorcycle/rider workout. It was fun but exhausting as this road needs to be taken seriously, REALLY seriously. Scared myself a couple of times, as I mis judged the curves. Once, early into the road, I ended up in the on coming lane. Good thing there was no one coming the other direction. That got my attention and after that I slowed it way down. Some curves will bite you, as I learned early on, so you need to leave a bit of room speed wise while cornering. Some curves just keep going and going.. Full 180, 190 degree sweeping turns. I got some good vids of some sections, just gotta figure out how to get them up here. Very beautiful drive, but you pretty much need to be watching where your going for the most of it. So no sightseeing for me today. Will have to come back and do it at a much more leisurely pace.

Had a great lunch at the Mad river bridge. There is a converted RV there that is a road side diner. Great burger and garlic fries. :grin:
 

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It's in Cali off Red Bluff, go into town after coming down the mountain, find a big Draft Beer sign next to Tat shop.....crew there good people,
Logging Trucks do or used to run it waving the weeds more than you'd do. Most bikers
 

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Day 2. Got up early and was on the road by 7:30 am, as I knew I had a lot of road ahead of me today. Headed up hwy 101 out of arcata missed my turn and ended up in Brookings OR. Ran into rain here. It was cold and wet. Finally agreed to stop for some wet weather gear. Had to do a u turn and come back down the coast to find hwy 199 East. If you have never been on this hwy, I highly reccomend it. The first Western end of it, runs through some stunning large redwood forests, and ferns. Later in you join the river, which is equally spectacular. Drove to Cave Junction OR. Went up cave hwy, which is 17 miles of truly tortuous curves. Not much over second gear here, and all up hill. Tour of the caves was well worth it. Came back down and found happy camp road and headed south over the pass. Was not sure if it was clear of snow yet or not, but it was fine and a bit chilly up that high. This is also a mustride road. Gorgeous high alpine forest, lots of curves. Got to happy camp and head west through Somes bar, Orleans, hoopa then hwy 299, where I turned East. Made it as far as Weaverville at 9 pm before the bike started making rubbing sound on left turns only. Visually I found nothing amiss, but the rear brake disc was hot as hell, and I had not been using it for some time. Now considering to continue my trip with a broken bike, or detour to Redding Harley for a check up and losse at least a day of my trip. I also noted that my clutch attach hardware had come loose a bit, but I have the tools to fix that, with me. Just worried about that rubbing sound. Looking like rain later this week, so will probably stay here and prospect for gold some, then head to Redding. My friend I was going to visit up in Yreka, will have to wait I guess.:frown: that was a lot of riding today.. Whew!
 

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Day 3. Hooked up with a long lost (30 years) friend and went prospecting for the day. Got some nice color. My Prospecting stuff fits perfectly in the passenger area with some bungies. I was already worried about the noise coming from the bike, but when I read the weather forecast for today, I decided it might be time to bail out and come home. I had plans to drift on up into Etna and Yreka area to visit an old neighbor of mine who had moved up there a number of years ago. I was also tired of sleeping on hotel beds. My back was killing me. So I decided to bail out. I made it to Redding before I got into rain, and rain it did. Radar showed I was in a RED area. It was raining so hard, I could not even see my lane, kinda like riding by brail. I was worried about hitting a puddle and loosing the bike. Waited for some time under an overpass, getting blasted with dirty road water and wind rocked as every truck went by just 4 feet to my Left. (there were no convenient off ramps or covered gas stations around.) Finally decided to just go for it. While riding, there was lightening strikes around me, and I hoped none would find me. Bike coughed a few times as the air filter (cone type), was injesting water. Once I got clear of the rain, it was clear cool temps sailing down I-5 with the cruise set at 80. I was dry again by Orland. Bike is a total mess. I am planning on dropping it off at the shop today for a look see, once I find a ride home. They always clean the bikes before returning them, LOL let's hope they do it today. One interesting thing happened the day before. I was coming across on 299, kinda tired, so I was putting along at 65, some hippy beater van passed me, and flipped me off. Guess I was going too slow for them. F em'. Speed limit was 55. Of course I got up this morning and looked at the weather, and they degraded the forecast rain down to mostly cloudy and light rain. Oh well.. Hind sight. Overall great trip.
 

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Shoot, once you were in Brookings, you should have headed about 30 miles farther north to Gold Beach, OR, and followed the Rogue River east to Agness, OR. That will take you to NF-2308, which leads you to the start of Bear Camp Rd.

All of this is a twisty-turny 2 lane (sometimes 1 lane) mountain road that is a must ride. It will lead you back down through Galice, OR to Merlin, OR and into Grants Pass, OR.

That would have put you back on target for the rest of your ride, but it sounds like you had a great time with the route you took.

If you are ever planning another ride up that direction, I would try to work Bear Camp Road into it if possible. I rode it about 6-7 years ago an my old Vulcan VN2000. I would love to do it again on the Road Glide.

I'll see if I can dig out a few of the photos I took on that trip and post them.
 

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Actually, I think I misspoke about which road to take. I took NF-23, not NF-2308. They run roughly parallel to each other, but on different ridges. Both will get you to the same place though. They converge on Bear Camp Road about halfway through the route.

I do think NF-23 is considered to be a Forest Road, but it is a paved road. I cannot speak from experience about NF-2308. I did not take that route.

Here are a few pictures from the ride I took back in 2008. I was still riding that Vulcan VN2000 back then.









NF-23 is the solid red line and is also marked Bear Camp Road. NF-2308 is the dotted red line below it and will converge on Bear Camp Road about halfway through the route.



If you look at the top of the sign in the last photo, you will see that it tells you the route is 70 miles, but you should allow 3 - 4 hours to run it. It was a fun road, but do not take it unless you have time to relax and go sight seeing. :wink:
 
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