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post #1 of 11 Old 07-13-2019, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Independence Day Road-Idaho to Northern California

So decided to take my first road trip on the Strom over 4th of July. Plan was to visit my cousin in Yreka, CA for some fishing and general 4th of July fun. Planned two days to do it, leaving my home in Meridian, ID on the 3rd after work and stopping in Burns, OR for the night. Then on to Yreka the next day. On the way, having fun in the Malheur River Canyon and seeing the sights of Eastern Oregon. On the way back, I took two days again, leaving on the 7th and stopping for the night in Lakeview, OR. Saw the geyser in Lakeview but no pics because I always forget to take pictures. Lessons learned were that I can only go for about an hour before my throttle hand starts going to sleep. Looking into grip buddies to relieve that. Also, I need some panniers. And I've got a few pics but not too many because I suck at taking them.
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Picture taking is an art form I've never mastered either. Was the trip on dirt roads or pavement? I've been through parts of that countryside. All on pavement.
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That's a great area to ride. We criss-crossed each other over the 4th. We left Bremerton WA the morning of the 4th and stayed in Bend OR that night with fireworks right in front of our motel on the top of a hill. Then to Reno, Lodi and some small town on the coast. Then home via the Evergreen museum of flight in McMinnville OR and back. You might want to try a Cramp Buster for your wrist. It slips on your grip and gives you a "lever" to operate the throttle with. At 75 years old, my wrists are still tired from the trip but I'd have been taking pain meds without the 'Buster.
Your photos are fine, and so are the fish! Congratulations on your first long trip on your Strom. May you have many more to come.
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Picture taking is an art form I've never mastered either. Was the trip on dirt roads or pavement? I've been through parts of that countryside. All on pavement.


I was all on pavement as well, unless you count dirt parking lots. Plenty of interesting side dirt and gravel side roads to take, just wasnít the plan this time since I wanted to make Yreka in time for a barbecue and fireworks.


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That's a great area to ride. We criss-crossed each other over the 4th. We left Bremerton WA the morning of the 4th and stayed in Bend OR that night with fireworks right in front of our motel on the top of a hill. Then to Reno, Lodi and some small town on the coast. Then home via the Evergreen museum of flight in McMinnville OR and back. You might want to try a Cramp Buster for your wrist. It slips on your grip and gives you a "lever" to operate the throttle with. At 75 years old, my wrists are still tired from the trip but I'd have been taking pain meds without the 'Buster.


I didnít go all the way to Bend, split off on 395 just west of Burns and went through Lakeview then Klamath Falls. Desert picture is a rest area between Burns and Lakeview. Desolate but pretty country. I would say for anyone whoís ride takes them through there, plan gas stops according. Next gas station after the junction of 395 and 20 is over 100 miles. Iíve done trips through there numerous times in cages though, so I filled up in Burns. Iíve heard of the Cramp Buster and may be asking further about it vs. a throttle lock. I am hoping first that grip puppies help quite a bit.


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"Desolate but pretty country."

That's an understatement. And it's YUGE! Yeah, bugger to find no gas at Denio. I gassed there and a buddy found gas at Fields. Fields claimed to have a more dependable supply than Denio. Those places are just remote to a city guy.

I have Cramp buster on both bikes, the narrow one and a Go Cruise Throttle lock. They both help.
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That area of Oregon south from Echo to Ukia, and southeast to the border is fantastic riding. Come to think of it most of Oregon is fantastic riding.
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Grip puppies are nice on the hands and mine are compatible with the Cramp Buster. The puppies don't solve the wrist problem though. The busters help that a LOT.
We went through K Falls too, doing a lap around my old high school (KUHS) , home of the fighting Pelicans.
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Grip puppies are nice on the hands and mine are compatible with the Cramp Buster. The puppies don't solve the wrist problem though. The busters help that a LOT.
We went through K Falls too, doing a lap around my old high school (KUHS) , home of the fighting Pelicans.


Donít really have a wrist issue, more hands cramping or going to sleep. I grew up in Cave Junction, about 150 miles west of K Falls, and I used to go over there for track meets.


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Nice Trip, through areas I've been through frequently.
OK, I've been through Lakeview many times,,,,,there's a Geyser ???
Where ? and, what, no pictures ? Now I'll have to plan a ride back over that way.
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