Day 5 on Two Wheels
Redding, CA to Chiloquin, OR - 204 miles
We began the day with a stop at Redding H-D to purchase 50 cents worth of coolant for $11.95. Needed just a bit to top-off the reservoir. I was going to chat-up a service advisor regarding Dusty’s recent heat problems, but none were to be found...
Our big dilemma was which route to take back to Chiloquin, the slab or the backroads. The slab takes us up some scenic canyons on the cooler, west side of the finger of the Cascades. Go too far north and we get into the smoke from the Milepost 97 fire. The backroads take us on the west side of the Cascades, a drier, warmer, and less interesting ride. It also takes us through part of the Modoc National Forest, where there is a fire burning, and right through a sagebrush fire near Tulelake. We opted for the slab (Waypoints 29-30).
The routing took us through Mount Shasta City which provided a nice view of the west face of Mount Shasta.
We took the opportunity to have lunch at the Black Bear Diner. It was a great meal, but when I went to wash up, I got a little confused. Do I stand up or sit down. Leave the seat up or down?
On the way out of town, Liz was able to catch a view of the north face of Mount Shasta.
We’ll spend Wednesday doing laundry and loading the SUV and trailer for the return trip. First stop will be Lake Tahoe for a day ride through old Gold Rush towns.