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#1003357 - 01/09/18 01:39 PM PNW - Where would you go?  
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Looking for recommendations on "must ride" roads in the PNW (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana) If I go I would plan on spending three weeks there. Another few days out and back makes it a month trip. Will be taking a tent and camping most of the time. Also recommendations about best time of year to go. Open to all suggestions. Thanks.


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#1003362 - 01/09/18 02:33 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Well, for WA I'd normally suggest the San Juans for moto camping, but I believe you've already done that with an even more appropriate vehicle.

The driveway to our current home is a pretty nice, though short, road, so you should check that out for sure - severs camping spots in the yard if you insist on being outside. wink

Apart from that - let's see:

WA -
Roads in the park around Rainier, and the back way from the gorge to/around St. Helens, Highway 2 across the top of the state, which also leads to the best part of Idaho, 101 is the classic loop around the Olympic Pennisula (which is the prettiest part of the state), and there are
Probably some nice things in the east too. Oh, and WA has the better side of the riding the Columbia Gorge.

OR -
101 along the coast has some good bits but it's more scenic ocean road than a great moto road, though if you turn east at Beaver you get to ride my favorite bit of road in Oregon: Nestucca River Road. The Aufderhide Parkway is amazing up the Cascades with Oakridge/Westfir at the southern end - though I understand it was partially closed by a recent rockslide and may not be open for awhile.


...going to have to finish this later - time to get the boy ready for school...

Ok - where were we? Oregon- right:

In the southwest you've got the Rogue Valley with some good roads parallel to I5 between the interstate and Crater Lake, and the bike moving east you can ride theoufh John Day, the Painted Desert and the Blue Mountains on your way to Joseph, the Wallowa Mointains and Hells Canyon.

From there you've got a great road up the Idaho side of the border and lots of pretty roads and trees around St. Maries Idaho.

I'll come back and fix my terrible spelling and add some real highway numbers and such. My phone is not cooperating this morning!

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#1003369 - 01/09/18 06:00 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Oregon links:

Blue Mountain Scenic Byway (central)
http://www.motorcycleroads.com/75/474/Oregon/Blue-Mountain-Scenic-Byway.html#sthash.TZx47vOS.dpbs

Aufderheide Parkway (likely still closed at least partially this summer): (western)
http://visitmckenzieriver.com/oregon/item/aufderheide-scenic-highway-highway-19/
[Linked Image]

John Day (central)
http://roadsnw.com/rnw/146


McKenzie Pass - forgot to mention this one, but it links to Aufderheide (western)
http://www.oregon.com/attractions/mckenzie-pass-santiam-pass-scenic-byway
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Wallowa Mountain - north east corner of OR - links to Hells Canyon in ID
http://www.motorcycleroads.us/roads/or_wml.html


...and I totally forgot to mention, Historic Highway 30 just out of Portland along the Columbia Gorge - it's where they keep that falls (Multnomah) that is on all the Oregon postcards, and my understanding is that it was the first planned scenic highway in the US - that is to say, it was the built just to be pretty.

[Linked Image]


Nestucca (western/coastal) - great meat producer at the east end of the road in Carlton -
[Linked Image]
...there is a short section of gravel in the middle, and you've got to watch out for the pedal bikes, but I know it can be ridden handily on an RT and a Honda VTX, so your R should have no trouble!


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#1003372 - 01/09/18 06:58 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Thanks, they all look great.


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#1003373 - 01/09/18 07:10 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Originally Posted by Bud
Thanks, they all look great.

Well yeah - you didn't ask for our crappy roads! (We've got lots of those too - I assure you!)

I'll try to get some links for WA and Idaho this afternoon/evening smile


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#1003385 - 01/10/18 12:09 AM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Hwy 37 along Lake Koocanusa. 70mph limit, sweeper madness along a very looong lake. The problem is, you might have to turn around at the northern end and do it in reverse. A good problem.
Nearby is Hwy 200 from Noxon down toward Missoula. Pretty area, pretty lakes and river, nice calm ride.
Hwy 93 from Missoula into Idaho. The part south of Darby and north of Salmon is pretty special. Open and fast in MT, tight and slower in ID on the downhill side. Pretty open country if you turn East at the summit to go off toward the Big Hole Natl Battlfield site and off into high country open range MT. Lunch a little past Big Hole in Wisdom. Problem is, that route takes you out to I15.
You can throw Hwy 12 Lolo Pass into this. But, be prepared for a long ride. It is not short.


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#1003389 - 01/10/18 02:13 AM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Thanks for the recommendations.


95% of an RT.

I haven't had too many Beemers, I just don't have enough time.
#1003392 - 01/10/18 05:35 AM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Agree with all above.
I spent 35 plus years in Oregon(born there)and the PNW and will be retiring to the Olympic peninsula in a few years.
Oregon and Washington are still part of my yearly riding routes and most of my riding crew still resides in Eugene.

JR356

#1003407 - 01/10/18 03:43 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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#1003408 - 01/10/18 03:59 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Living the Dream]  
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Originally Posted by Living the Dream
Data's House, is the place I'd visit wink


So much Goonies stuff in the area!


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