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    At the mid-point, the ride drops off the ridgeline to the right (we were just atop it), and drops down to switch to the next ridgeline over.



    Seems there's some sort of gap. Here the ridgeline is so narrow, they had to flatten the top, just to get enough room to put a road across it to make it over to the next ridgeline.


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    And then, it just continues. More of this. On, and on. Off through the forest. Not a soul around.




    Alan just enjoying the ride

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    Stumbled onto my money shot.



    (Btw, I gotta mention that Tobin Seat. First big ride on it. Me likey. More info on that Tobin Seat.)


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    It's all about the view you see, as you might have figured out by now. Imagine if I could give you a view that stretches off to the Pacific Ocean on one side 30 miles away, and off to the Marble Mountains & Trinity Alps on the other side.

    You wanted epic, youíll get epic on a Pashnit Tour.

    Jeff getting that 'epic' feeling

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    More of that view



    The Busa

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    Photo by Alan

    At another point along this road, we stopped and couldn't see over the low rise to the right of our motorcycles. Call it a hunch you might say. Walk on up there, and angels began to sing Handelís Messiah. 'Hallelujahs!!' began to ring out and the view stretched off in a thrilling panorama that spanned from complete left to right.

    Btw, how to get a photo like the one below?

    The trick is with these fancy-schmancy digital cameras for the layman is to point the camera at the sky, and get a light reading. You do this by pushing the button half way down, and if the camera is on the auto setting, it will take a light reading and display it. In this case, it's 1/1250 which means the shutter will open & close in 1/1250th of a second. Basically pretty quick. Reason being this is a pretty sunny day, and I'm shooting into the sun. But I want to photograph the distant hills, and I need a quick shutter speed to do that. (This doesn't always work, but it does in for this type of shot.)

    So I hold the shutter down half way, and make sure it says 1/1250th of a second, and shoot the picture. As a result, even though it's a bright sunny day, the foreground is dark, and the distant hills actually show up. Otherwise the camera will do the opposite, taking the light reading for the sunny day- in turn the hills blend into the hazy view.

    In order to make the Panoramic Picture look consistent, I take the next picture to the right and make sure to set the shutter speed at the same speed - 1/1250th of a second. I take the 6-7 photos that make up this pic, and then glue them together with PhotoStitch (the program that came with my Canon G5 camera). In this way, I'm able to see the distant hills.

    Otherwise, the lighting (in real life) changes throughout the range of the photo due to the position of the sun above changing as the camera takes each photo. The camera is a lot smarter than you are and will adjust the exposure automatically if don't make sure the shutter speed is the same on all 6-7 pics.

    Lastly, I use the PhotoStitch program to glue everything together, then resize it to 400 pixels tall. This makes it easier to see and pan left to right. It also reduces the file size dramatically.

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    You wanted epic. We give you epic.

    Scroll for Panarama --->

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    The BMW ready to ride


    After all those mountain views, Forest Rd 1, called South Fork Mountain Road on the southern half (over to the South Fork Mountain Summit on Hwy 36) splits, and if you stay to the right (southbound), instead of making over to the summit, the ride instead drops down to Mad River to Highway 36.

    View from the south end of Forest Rd 1. Hwy 36 is in that valley there.

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    In Dinsmore, we ran into a group of riders from Oregon on ZX-12's. To give you an idea of what a small world this is, they knew who I was (I'd never met them or seen them before), but not only that, knew the person I bought my Hayabusa from. Amazingly small.



    One of the fellas also sells these. They replace the mirrors, and blend in with handy blind-spot mirrors. Didn't get his name, but know how to get these- let me know!


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    Our arrival in Fortuna also brought the arrival of a local. Hugh, (aka 'Hugh' on the Pashnit Motorcycle Forum) had offered to host a BBQ for our little group. Always nice to mingle with the locals and take a step back from restaurant food. Let's just say the man can cook a good slab of steak!

    And that jeep - all original and Hugh is only the second owner.



    Hugh's Harley


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