Reverend's Trip: Mexico To Canada
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Hooked
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Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:00 pm quote
So 7 days ago, after having one commercial and 6 episodes of a tv show fall through, I decided to go cross country on my scooter. It's been a dream of mine for the last 11 years, and I decided to use the loss of work (and $) to fulfill the dream.

I had the amazing Vespa Sherman(1000) Oaks service Turdsie. They really did a number on her, and she drives like she did when she was new. Thanks David and Linda, Drew, and Lonnie.

I was also able to borrow a lot of gear from friends. Linda loaned me her rack (hehehehe) and her rainsuit. Corinthian lent me he his throttle rocker. Drew loaned me some tools. Buglake loaned me some tools. And I am borrowing a tent and a stove.

Today was Day 1. 360 miles: Los Angeles to Tecate, Mexico back to Los Angeles. It was a beautiful day, and I had the pleasure of riding with Buglake from San Diego to Tecate where we met Oscar from The Vespa Club of Tijuana. We went to the brewery and had a beer for breakfast. We met up with Rex and some friends for lunch, and then I headed back to LA to pack up my gear.

Tomorrow, I will start continue heading North. For the most part, I will be taking the coast all the way up to Forks, WA. Then on to Seattle and Vancouver.

I haven't planned much, I just know that I will attempt to camp most of the time since it's free. I will be eating camping food and ramen noodles. And I will be hoping that all goes smoothly. My theory has always been that if you are going on a trip, plan. If you are going on a journey, don't. So I have a general idea of my timing and my path, but I open to anything and everything.

So now is where I ask you to chime in...for those of you familiar with the coast (San Fran to Vancouver): what are the absolute, must see or I will always regret it sites?

Also, if you are interested, I have a photoblog going of the trip at www.reverend.posterous.com

Thanks, guys!
The Host with the Toast
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Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:28 pm quote
Mexico YES
How was the boarder crossing on way back into USA when I went last year a man let us cross the line to the front. I had a blast in Mexico and am planning to go back next month for a ride. Please post pics.
Hooked
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Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:14 pm quote
Re: Mexico YES
175mws wrote:
How was the boarder crossing on way back into USA when I went last year a man let us cross the line to the front. I had a blast in Mexico and am planning to go back next month for a ride. Please post pics.
The border crossing at Tecate was a snap. We didn't have to stop on the way in, and we split lanes past about 12 cars, and got through in about 5 minutes.

Tons of pics are being uploaded through www.reverend.posterous.com You can see the location of each photo on a google map, so you can pretend you're with me.
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Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:41 pm quote
Go Reverend! I'm very excited for you and your adventure!
Petty Tyrant
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Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:57 pm quote
That's really awesome, Reverend. I wish I could do that ride.

And I want to encourage you to use the new post-by-email feature to post photos along the way. We'll happily follow along, living vicariously.

A group of us are riding up North (from SF) this weekend. I'm sure our paths aren't likely to cross, but some of the route is must-see. In particular, Hwy 1 North of Fort Bragg (between Fort Bragg and Legget) is a must-ride road. North of that, either 101 or Avenue of the Giants are equally awesome.

Happy trails, ride safe, enjoy the scenery.
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:00 am quote
Hi.....I have done part of that route,albeit in a rented auto,but have vowed to return and do the same route on a powered two wheeler.

I got the ferry from Vancouver Island to Port Angeles in Washington State,i then followed Highway 101 as much as i could,views of the coast in some spots were stunning<of course at some stages Highway 101 has been moved inland,i tried to hug the old coast road as much as possible,but in some places its disappeared completley.I went down through Washington State,Oregon and as far as Fort Bragg in California,then crossed to the middle of Cal,driving back up through the mountains back in to Oregon stopping at my friends in Ashlands Or,before making for Seattle and home to blighty.

Good luck and have fun

Steve
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:22 am quote
Jess, I actually just saw the new feature yesterday, so I will also email some pics to this thread, but for ease sake, they will all be at posterous.

I will try to stay on the 1/101 the entire way up, which I did in a car in the middle of the night 11 years ago. So at least this time, I will get to see it.
Petty Tyrant
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:26 am quote
reverend wrote:
Jess, I actually just saw the new feature yesterday, so I will also email some pics to this thread, but for ease sake, they will all be at posterous.
That's cool. Just bumping the thread with a photo here and there will remind people to check your blog.
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:38 am quote
Not to miss... Chuckanut Drive in NW Washington. Starts near Burlington and ends in Bellingham. There's a nice place to camp near the water (Larrabie State Park) and Bellingham is a college town a couple hours (or less on the interstate) from Vancouver.
Ossessionato
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:43 am quote
Awesome trip Rev. I'm jealous I'm not there. Enjoy the ride.
Hooked
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:57 am quote
Well, just think, you are a big part of why I feel comfortable doing this. I've seen you and a few others do high mileage trips, so thank you! I am just bringing a few less items, but I'm doing less miles.

Tonight, I'll be in Morro Bay if any of you live there and want to go for a ride, just send me a PM!
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:08 am quote
Dude this totally should be in the rides reports!

hope you have fun. Sounds like it'll be a fun trip!!!
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:53 am quote
TheO.Z. wrote:
Dude this totally should be in the rides reports!

hope you have fun. Sounds like it'll be a fun trip!!!
I put this in ride reports yesterday but the mod's should probably blow up that thread I started if this one is stickin right here.

Rev be safe and have fun, your bike is certainly 100% ready for this and the check ride to Mex and back was brilliant. I will text you once in a while and you know the note to "check on Tursdie" is on our wall.

We will see you at the party and will be checking your blog daily.

We love ya buddy.

David
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:41 am quote
Encouragement and best of luck to you Reverend !!!

We will all enjoy the pictures!!
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:47 am quote
It's good to see that someone is using my rack.....

Love ya! Ride safe and we'll see you soon.
Hooked
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:53 am quote
Gooo Revvvv!!!
I'm jealous of anyone that gets a chance to do something like this. Make the most of it by making any memory you can. You are living my dream!

PS...weren't you that tall dude at the Vespa Thousand Oaks dealer about a year ago that helped me by an S150? I distinctly remember someone that looked like you talking to my old man and explaining to him the resale value and amazing things that go along with owning a Vespa...hmm. Well double thanks to you!
Ossessionato
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:43 am quote
That is soooo flippin' cool!

Me and Zee want to go on ANY long trip. Gotta step up like you did!
Hooked
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:53 am quote
Re: Reverend's Trip: Mexico To Canada
reverend wrote:
So 7 days ago, after having one commercial and 6 episodes of a tv show fall through, I decided to go cross country on my scooter. It's been a dream of mine for the last 11 years, and I decided to use the loss of work (and $) to fulfill the dream.

I had the amazing Vespa Sherman(1000) Oaks service Turdsie. They really did a number on her, and she drives like she did when she was new. Thanks David and Linda, Drew, and Lonnie.

I was also able to borrow a lot of gear from friends. Linda loaned me her rack (hehehehe) and her rainsuit. Corinthian lent me he his throttle rocker. Drew loaned me some tools. Buglake loaned me some tools. And I am borrowing a tent and a stove.

Today was Day 1. 360 miles: Los Angeles to Tecate, Mexico back to Los Angeles. It was a beautiful day, and I had the pleasure of riding with Buglake from San Diego to Tecate where we met Oscar from The Vespa Club of Tijuana. We went to the brewery and had a beer for breakfast. We met up with Rex and some friends for lunch, and then I headed back to LA to pack up my gear.

Tomorrow, I will start continue heading North. For the most part, I will be taking the coast all the way up to Forks, WA. Then on to Seattle and Vancouver.

I haven't planned much, I just know that I will attempt to camp most of the time since it's free. I will be eating camping food and ramen noodles. And I will be hoping that all goes smoothly. My theory has always been that if you are going on a trip, plan. If you are going on a journey, don't. So I have a general idea of my timing and my path, but I open to anything and everything.

So now is where I ask you to chime in...for those of you familiar with the coast (San Fran to Vancouver): what are the absolute, must see or I will always regret it sites?

Also, if you are interested, I have a photoblog going of the trip at www.reverend.posterous.com

Thanks, guys!
Good luck man that sounds so rad.
Are you riding the GTS or the ET?
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:20 am quote
Rev, pop this in your head when you get bored. See you in Tahoe!!!

"Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down..."

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Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:21 am quote
Sounds like a great ride. Just be careful when you get to Forks, WA. Lot's of Vampires in the area.
Hooked
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:44 am quote
No question, I'm jealous. Definitely keep up the postings so we can ride vicariously with you. Sorry about your job, but you're living now!
Ossessionato
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:38 pm quote
Be sure to stop at P Town Scooters in Portland and say "Hi" to Patrick and the gang. They have a photo on their showroom wall of Turdsie's twin, named Thunderturd.

sorry about the glare
Hooked
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:43 pm quote
Definitely need pics and a ride report!
Hooked
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Ossessionato
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:29 pm quote
Whoa! Talk about scale. Nice picture, Rev.
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:06 pm quote
Re: Gooo Revvvv!!!
Go, Rev, Go.

I was wondering if you were going to goto Mexico then come right back up to LA. We should have had a party! (Next time.)
kcphelan wrote:
PS...weren't you that tall dude at the Vespa Thousand Oaks dealer about a year ago that helped me by an S150? I distinctly remember someone that looked like you talking to my old man and explaining to him the resale value and amazing things that go along with owning a Vespa...hmm. Well double thanks to you!
Betcha that was Drew.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:58 pm quote
reverend wrote:



TURDSIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very nice Colin, very very nice.

SDG
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:13 am quote
Fabulous pic - keep posting!
Hooked
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:10 am quote
Well the tv in my hotel room taught me what the crazy little white things in
the air near Lompoc were and what that crazy cloud was as well. Apparently
there is a huge fire!

turdsie's brother!!! I love it and I will try to remember to swing by!

Yes, that was me at 1000 oaks pretending I was a salesman talking with your
Dad. You loving your choice?

I did forget to thank qtsreign for catsitting for me!!! One more reason I
can do this trip.

Day 3 is about to start!

Www.reverend.posterous.com
Hooked
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:27 am quote
Go Rev go. Do what I wish but will never do.

Paul
Hooked
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:05 am quote
You went through Lompoc & Guadalupe? Those are some weird little towns. Crazy seeing beach front farming.
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:37 pm quote
It gets really windy on the 1 after Big Sur and again at point Ano Nuevo (near SF).

I loved the ride from San Simeon to Carmel the most. Enjoy the great views.

Ride Safe

Manny
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:47 pm quote
Yup, that stretch of Hwy 1 was about the best ride I've ever done. Stunning!
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:09 pm quote
Like what Jess said...take 101 over the Golden Gate and follow up a few miles to the Hwy 1 Stinson Beach exit. Take 1 all the way to Leggit (consider a side trip around Pt. Reyes national seashore). Check out the drive thru tree in Leggit. Up 101 and take the exit for Avenue of the Giants instead of staying on 101. Follow 101 all the way to Forks WA.

Places to stop:

Enjoy a lunch in Gold Beach...maybe take a ride on the Mail Boats on the Rogue River

Go sandboarding or dune buggy riding at Oregon Dunes

Walk out to Haceta Head Lighthouse (north of Florence)

Visit the Oregon Aquarium in Newport

Go whale watching or just have lunch in Depot Bay

When you get to Pacific City look for a sign "Three Capes Tour" and take it as a side tour off 101. VERY pretty.

In Tillamook, visit the air museum and then the cheese factory (north end of town on th east side of 101). Blow off the cheese and have killer ice cream instead.

In Astoria, visit Fort Clatup National Monument, and the Astoria Column. Be sure to have lunch at some dive on main street.

If you travels take you inland to Portland...be sure to let us know and we'll arrange a ride around P-Town, Mt. Hood, Mt St. Helens, the Columbia Gorge etc.

In Washington...Do some clamming along Walapa Bay (be careful about the tides!)

Check out the dump of a town Kurt Cobain (lead singer of Nirvana) came from at Aberdeen. You might have a better understanding as to why he killed himself after visiting...bleak!

North of there you are pretty much in a conifer canyon...no views of the coast at all...even though the map makes it look like you will.

Take a side trip to the Hoh Rain Forest just before Forks. You might also consider a side trip to the NE tip of the Olympic Peninsula...pretty.

Follow 101 to Port Angeles. Crescent Lake just before town is very pretty.

You could do a day trip on the ferry to Victoria, Canada. That would kind of put an exclamation mark on your south to north trip. Lots of things to do and see there.

In Port Angeles, look for the signs for Hurricane Ridge and go up up up to the vista point.

It sounds like a great trip. If you need more info, please post or PM.
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Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:15 pm quote
Wow, thanks so much
pdxscoot<http>.
When I have some time at a real computer, I will start looking all of this
stuff up!! Made it safely to San Francisco, and I look forward to seeing
some of you at the rally tomorrow in Tahoe!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:54 am quote
reverend wrote:
Wow, thanks so much
pdxscoot<http>.
When I have some time at a real computer, I will start looking all of this
stuff up!! Made it safely to San Francisco, and I look forward to seeing
some of you at the rally tomorrow in Tahoe!
Good to hear Colin. Keep well rested, well nourished and keep the pictures coming.

Best,
SDG
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Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:18 pm quote
hey REV while you were outside you missed a great show you should have come around to the other side.

sakatoon to border 030 (Small).jpg
waiting for the lights to go out

Hooked
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Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:30 pm quote
Wow, this is really exciting and interesting. Being a right coaster...I am experiencing the sites without all the travel from east to west! Amazing story and keep it coming....
Hooked
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Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:50 pm quote
Day 5:322 miles
Just found my campground right next to ClearLake. Going to set up tent, buy
a beer, cook dinner, and either shower or jump in the lake!



Hooked
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Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:05 pm quote
Oregon coast
So I am fighting the urge to fly past all the scenery just because it's the
perfect day for speeding on the 101.



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