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|Le Grand Tour of the USA|
|Author: jean (Show all albums)|
my wife and me have decided to take a big break and discover this big country with our sidecar .
The rig is : 2011 HD Road King with a 1971 Watsonian Palma sidecar .
our trip started on June 10 , 2012 and we plan to end it by August 20th , 2012 .
on July 2nd , we left Crescent City only after having viewed the real and active port : so nice to see fishermen vessels . The weather was really foggy and moist to fully enjoy the ride along the cost but ...that is biking life , isn't it!
The Best Western of Crescent City posted a " No Vacancy " sign right after we checked in .. another piece of luck for us that day .
I could not resist taking this picture of our rig next to a Sequoia tree !!
on our way to California , we stopped at the Red Wood National Park Visitor Center , and few times before arriving in Crescent City , CA .
It took almost 5 hours on a parking lot , with rain in between , but around 3.00pm , we were ready to go . Here is the winning team !!!!
Bill with Russell in action at the back of the mobile shop !
In fact , 2 of the 3 attachments bolts were broken . Russell had to drill ... tap ... etc.. to secure back the anchor with all new bolts . I knew from day one that a front bracket was needed : it was time to do it .Russell called Bill , a welder , who came on the spot and made the bracket . Here we are all starting to device the bracket using a 3/4"threaded rod .
We stopped in the parking lot of the Illinois Valley Building Supply , pulled out the bag box and started dismantling the foot rest when a couple passing by offered assistance : Russell Klaiss , owner of the Mobile Mechanic , was getting out of the hardware store with his wife Roberta and he offered to assist me . BIG LUCK indeed ...
at some point of driving this very curly road , I heard a break-like noise and felt an impact under my right foot rest . I stopped and noted that a bolt head is missing at the front anchor device of the sidecar to the bike . The next 8 miles have been done slowly as to reach Cave Junction without further damage .
on Saturday June 30th , we had an early breakfast in the period styled breakfast room of the lodge , entertained with "old " Rock'n Roll tunes , prior to load the rig with our bags and get ready for the carousel-like road swinging down to Cave Junction .
The dining room is almost the same today as it was , back in 1934 , when the hotel was built . during our diner , we enjoyed a nicely chilled bottle of an Oregon sparkling wine as if we knew we needed this comfort for what would happen to us the very next day !
The Chateau at the Oregon Caves is an historic place that reminded us of the Mohonk estate in the Catskills Mountains in NY State , although in a smaller scale and of a different intent . Located in the National Park , next to the entrance to the Caves , we had made a reservation to spend the night there for our 31st wedding Anniversary !