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Sep 28, 2012 - Susanville, California

We discovered Susanville as we traveled south from Klamath Falls toward Reno on CA-139. Located in northeastern California at an elevation of about 4,200 feet along the Susan River, Susanville’s history began in the mid-1850s as a trading post along Noble’s Emigrant Trail. The town was named for Susan Roop, daughter of an early settler. Early industries included logging and mining. Population at last census was nearly 18,000 people. The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is a 25-mile long rail-trail that leads from Susanville west along...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Susanville CA

We woke up in front of the shop about 6:30 and had to get us fed, the dog walked and the bus all buttoned up for our 9:00 test drive. We left right at 9:00 and did the same trip we did yesterday over a variety of roads west of town in order to compare the ride after we spent all that money. The improvement in the handling is significant, but it still doesn’t ride like my F-150 does. I guess I will just have to lower my expectations and realize that at 35’ long and 13’ tall it is at the mercy of the wind and road surface more than most...

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Westbound Again

Aug 4, 2011 - Susanville, CA

Had a nice night in a quiet campground for a change. Last couple nights have been a little noisey. Went to the visitor center this morning at Lava Bed National Monument and got a map, directions to what we might like to see and our park pass. We drove around the "cave loop" and stopped at a few caves and checked the entrances. I poked my head in a little ways at a couple but didn't venture in without a flashlight and partner. Ann's claustrophobia made her a little less than enthused about going in. There are a bunch of caves and lava tubes...

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Oct 1, 2010 - Susanville, CA

We continued our trek south on I-5, came around a curve and started down the steep hillside to the beautiful farmland below. As you can see, we dropped quite a bit in a short period of time! We left the interstate in Mount Shasta and headed toward the Lassen National Forest area where we got a completely different viewpoint of Mount Shasta. Lovely, don't you think? Our route took us on Highway 89 then north and east on 299 to south on 139. At that point the road became quite interesting. You can read that to mean quite narrow with crumbly...

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Sep 6, 2010 - Susanville, California

Labour Day and barely a restaurant open. Alas, the Black Bear Diner was open, however it was full. Nonetheless, we waited for an hour to eat breakfast, before heading out. It was another beautiful ride! It was +27 C in Susanville. We rode 427 Km today.

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Aug 3, 2010 - Susanville, California

August 2, 2010 Susanville (formerly, Rooptown) is a city in and the county seat of Lassen County, California. Susanville is located on the Susan River in the south-central part of the county, at an elevation of 4186 feet . The population is about 13,541. Susanville, a former logging and mining town, is the site of the High Desert Prison, California . High Desert State Prison, a high-security facility, opened in 1995; the California Correctional Center, a minimum-medium security facility, opened in 1963. The prisons and their effects on the...

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Oct 11, 2009 - Susanville, CA

/// Sunday – October 11, 2009 Susanville, CA (Days End RV Park – Standish, CA) We got an early start this morning, departing the Seven Feathers RV Resort by 7:00 AM for our 300 mile haul south to Susanville, CA. I had unhooked some connections last night and was packed up, hitched-up and ready to leave. The haul south on I-5 was very pleasant. The Ford F-350 pulled the several mountain passes easily. I suspect that the cool early morning temperatures(36 degrees this morning) helped. // Once again we were able to gain access into the state...

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Sep 23, 2009 - Winding through N. Calif.

Wednesday 9/23 We were expecting a hot day – near 100 so it was mesh gear and light gloves. Back on Rt 299 east, it continued to be a great ride, lots of twisties, up and down the mountains, just beautiful. We stopped for lunch in Palo Cedro [just east of Redding]. This is in the top of Calif’s ‘Central Valley’. Man was it hot, see pics! We took Rt 44 up to Lassen Volcanic NP and it cooled a bit once we got back up to 2,000 feet and into the pine forest. At the park we had a long chat with the two rangers at the VC, Amy and Jeff. They used...

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Sep 23, 2009 - California dreamin...

Wednesday, Sept 23: Oh my! I did not set an alarm. We both slept like bricks (old and weathered) and woke up at 8:25 AM. We did have two more NPs on our do list for today, so we hurried to dress and pack up the bikes. A quick look at the weather was very interesting. 8:00 AM temp was 50 F, going to 99 F. Whatever will I wear? Layers, of course! My muscles were still stiff from all the twisties of the last few days, but the first two hours climbing and descending a few more mountains warmed those muscles right up as well as the rising...

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Aug 13, 2009 - We're Back at Our Stick House

We arrived safely back at our stick house. We are in somewhat of a daze after spending nearly three months in our “gated community” in Susanville. We went from a rural area of 7,000 to the busy San Francisco Bay Area. The house feels too big. We feel a big lost now. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog of our next adventure and plan.

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Aug 8, 2009 - We’re Heading Home Early

Well, we were scheduled to work until September 1st but the hosts that will be working after us wanted to start earlier. So, we will be leaving Susanville for our stick house on Tuesday, August 11th. We have lots of things to do when we go home, so leaving now comes at a good time. We took advantage of the very cool weather to take one last adventure in this area. We decided to take a trip to the southern-most corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park and do a hike to some of the geothermal areas there. This part of the park is about 50...

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Aug 3, 2009 - Another Kind of Racing

NASCAR racing. Horse racing. Greyhound racing. Snowmobile drag racing on grass. Wait, did I really mean snowmobile racing on grass, not snow? Yep. I never knew such an event existed until we attended the 21st annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues festival in Westwood. Along with two blues bands, the festival also featured snowmobile grass drags. The course was 300’ long with two racers at each run. The drag racing is broken down into several classes depending on the type of snowmobile and modifications made to it. I understand that some...

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