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Mount Shasta Adventure Tour Photo Gallery
We crossed the shallow but slippery Ash Creek, splashing through several times while our photog adjusted focus.
We take a trip around Mount Shasta with McClound Dual-Sport Adventures to see what makes Northern California so beautiful.
For three days we tested a trio of adventure touring bikes in Northern California, just a couple hours away from the MotoUSA headquarters in Medford, Oregon.
As we headed into the forest, a small road jump let us get some air under the tires of our lumbering beasts.
Mt. Shasta dominates Northern California, so we spent three days poking around the surrounding forests and towns.
Helli puts his personal BMW R1200GS to good use throwing roost at Jack Rabbit Flat.
We took the opportunity to chat with Mike at every opportunity and had him regale us with tales of his time as an Olympic athlete and world travels.
Obsidian flows provided unique views before we looped around and caught the afternoon light back at Castle Crags.
The backside of Castle Crags was particularly beautiful.
. Snaking pavement and versatile off-road routes showcased what this region has to offer.
Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 is a ripping machine with a superbike engine. It drips with sex appeal and couldn’t be better on the pavement.
Easy, scenic roads took precedence over gnarly, bike-thrashing trails, which matched the capacity of our street-oriented trio.
The Scott Bar road.
Walking into the beautiful modern craftsman-style home, we were greeted warmly by our hosts.
Because our group was so small, Mike and Mary hosted us at their home for a dinner of prime rib, yams, peas, rice, two green salads and rosemary bread followed by thick-crusted homemade pie.
As a professional test/stunt rider for BMW, Helli easily qualified as the most experienced big-bike rider in the group.
Ever seen those Dos Equis beer commercials with the “world’s most interesting man?” Mike is about as close to that character as you’ll find.
Taking time to stop and enjoy the river made our first day more enjoyable.
Grayback Road put the lean angles to test until we rendezvoused with the giant Sasquatch in Happy Camp.
Our crew dropped right down into Tennant where cold lemonade cleared our throats of dust.
We blazed back toward home with a quick stop at the impressive Middle Falls of the McCloud River.
We wanted some photos on top of Mt. Shasta with the late afternoon sun.
The sheer number of dirt and gravel forest access is stunning.
Ivan is the mascot at McCloud DSA.
The Triumph Tiger 1050 was the most street-oriented of our trio, but we managed to get it set up tolerably for off-road.
The Shasta area has an amazing amount of riding available, but we enjoyed the company as much as the scenery.
We finished our first day after almost 140 miles in the saddle.
McCloud Dual-Sport Adventures hosts five scheduled events each year, one per month from June through October, as part of the AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series.
Our track went from ridgeline vistas and a stop at a lookout to water crossings in the valleys below.
Lunch stops were arranged in advance with the McCloud DSA support crew.
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