Green Machine

Thursday, March 10, 2005

First "photo op" stop. Seven Devils road south of Coos Bay. It's a beautiful day!

Same place. I should have corrected the exposure, but I'm not used to this camera yet.

Riding on Seven Devils Road. A 14 mile curvy stretch of hiway between Hwy 101 South of Coos Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. This area was clear cut about 10 years ago, and has been all replanted. We used to ride dirt bikes in this area a lot, but now the environmentalists won't let anyone on it. How's this for a CLEAR windshield?! (except for the one or two little bugs)

Using the new camera with one hand. I think I need to put a Vista Cruise on this thing before I leave on the trip!

Just dropped down into Foggy Charlie Town (Charleston)

Just a good picture spot!

The Green Machine in front of Davy Jones Locker.

This happens here every year. 3 days of almost around the clock music in 5 different locations. Bands and people come from all over. We usually try to make it to part of it. Last year we when to the Sunday morning Gospel Music performance, it was very good!

I was a little disappointed with the fog. It had been so beautiful and sunny on the way out here. Actually, as the crow flies, I'm about 4 miles from my house from this harbor. I rode a little over 30 miles to get here, that's the long way . Going home will be about 6 miles, and I'll hit sunshine about a mile inland from here.

A foggy harbor. Most of these are long pole trawlers, some are larger drag boats.

This is a popular place for the fisherman to eat breakfast.

One of the popular Charter Boat busineses. Their boats are commonly called "pukers"

Hmmm. Looks like time for a snack! The shrimp coctails used to be a buck, I hope they are as good as they used to be...............

My $1.95 lunch. Comes with crackers, but I didn't need the carbs . This is a pretty deep cup too, was very tasty! Note the Mustang table.

This is one of the large seafood processing plants in Charleston. They employ a lot of people year around. They are always changing the processing lines to accomodate whatever is in season.

This used to be a small open air fish stand. They have expanded a lot. There are tables inside now with a limited menu. Excellent chowder, sandwiches and seafood cocktails. The have a deli just full of different seafoods.

The largest grocery store in Charleston. Used to be the Post Office as well. Been there a long time.

This used to be the Red Barn Cafe. Years ago when I was in the Coast Guard, I ate here when ever I was in the area. They had wonderful breakfasts! Sometimes change isn't good :-( where the green grass is to the South, used to be Red's Tavern. A real bucket of blood. The loggers would come out and fight with the fisherman, it was always a fun place to go. It burned down several years ago.

"The Gang" ate here last week. Big fireplace inside, nautical stuff hanging all over, some beautiful paintings and photos too. Food was deeeelicious! The back is all glass, and there is a large deck that goes out to the South Sough for summer eating. There is a bar and pool table too, and they have live music on the weekends.

I had been riding in bright sunshine up until about 2 miles from the ocean. As soon as I dropped down into the harbor town, the fog was thick!

One of the many gift shops in the little seaport of Charleston.

A NoClassEak in the foggy morning!

This little fish stand has been in business for many years.

A fresh Dungeness Crab, right off the boat. The "Live tank" already had a hundred or so in it. Then will go from there to the steam cookers, then will be sold at Chuck's Seafood in Charleston.

Barrels of filleted remains from fish that has just been cleaned. The crab fisherman buy this stuff for bait.

Close up of the crab bait.

Fresh Sea Trout, right out of the water. Chuck's Seafood.

Hey Utemike! This is what it looks like during a foggy day. The restaurant we ate at in Chareston with "the gang"

This is the first picture I took with the new little camera, this is the wall paper on my computer. The picture was taken on New Year's Eve at Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It was hard to keep a bunch of "partying" VROC'ers from stepping on this stuff