About Larry

I live in Bandon on the southern Oregon coast and I've been riding for a long, long time, years, decades. We won't go there kiddies but believe me, it's been awhile. During that time I've done most of my riding on the road with occasional off-road forays, most of which were intentional. Some weren't. Until just a couple of years ago I'd never ridden a hack - that's sidecar to those who aren't familiar with the lingo. I figure riding a hack up Alaska's infamous Haul road all the way to Deadhorse should top off my torture tank for quite awhile.

About Mac

Mac hails from Robins, Iowa and has been riding bikes longer than most people have been around. He managed to torture his old BMW past the 100,000 mile mark and presently rides a Yamaha FJR. His newest ride, a 2008 Ural Patrol is waiting on the dealer's highest shelf until the flood waters recede after which they'll assemble it and turn it over to him. The fact that he's heading to Alaska for his first journey on a new rig should tell you all you need to know about him...

Friday, July 4, 2008

Day 1 - July 1 Bandon to Beverly Beach

This morning was cool & a bit on the drizzly side when I left, not at all like our usual first of July weather. Hoping it wasn't shades of things to come I set out, loaded to the gizzard with more stuff than I'd probably need for an African safari. Mac wouldn't be leaving Iowa for a few more days so I have plenty of time to meander and take photos. I figured if I made 150 miles per day that would be more than enough to make our rendevous in Bellingham, WA on the 14th.

Leaving Bandon I shot some pics of the marsh lands and Bullards bridge on the north end of town, then left highway 101 at the Charleston cuttoff to ride the twisty backroad. This isn't a heck of a lot of fun on a hack, at least not like riding the Ducati but it's away from the traffic and very scenic. I reached Charleston mid-morning and stopped at Chuck's Seafood where I often go to buy fresh fish. There I picked up a couple of small cans of smoked salmon for Mac, then toured around the dock area taking pics of the local fleet.

Back on 101 I headed to Reedsport, Florence and the Oregon Dunes National Park where thousands of quads and dune buggies gather every year. Passing through Newport I decided to stop for the day at Beverly Beach State Park. The last time I camped there was years ago but nothing has changed, it's still one of the best campgrounds around. I scored a nice clean tent site for $17 and settled in for my first manly meal of Top Ramen sloshed down with a nice warm G&T. Yummy. There were around 1000 little kids in the area, most of them in the tent site next to mine. Yippee...