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#1003417 - 01/10/18 08:21 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Steve Carr's house, Jan & Sharon's house, Dennis & Laney's house...


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#1003429 - 01/10/18 11:14 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Savannah, GA and Port Ludlow, ...
So many great places but I’ll add a few...in Port Angeles you should run up
Hurricane Ridge if it’s halfway clear; then over to Lake Crescent to kick around the lodge. Then over to Salt Creek Recreation Area which has great views and tide pools, also good for tent camping. I’d recommend taking the ferry out of Port Townsend then north on Whidbey Island to Deception Pass. Then east on the North Cascades Hwy. lots of options from there but as was stated Hwy 2 across upper Idaho is great. You will have great weather July-September and nice during the shoulder months. And avoid Portland/Seattle areas anywhere near peak traffic times.


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#1003433 - 01/11/18 12:37 AM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Thanks Jim,

Well things are shaping up for this adventure. Will spend a little over a week in Colorado riding with my riding buddy. Leaving the bike at my son's in Highlands Ranch. Heading back home with my buddy and his bike on the trailer. Then fly out to Denver, pickup the bike and gear and head to the UN. When the UN is over, head West spending about 3 weeks trying to see as much as I can during that time. I know it's not long enough and I will have to pick and choose, but that is always the case for me. Then ride back home to S. Illinois. So a total of around 5 weeks counting the UN.

Last big trip was to Nova Scotia in 15. Thought I wouldn't do another but it looks like I was wrong. thumbsup

Here is one place I want to be sure to return to for more good eats. Hama Hama Oyster Bar


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#1003474 - 01/11/18 06:02 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Bud:

If you are starting from South Dakota then I would head west to include Devil's Tower, WY and then on US212 to Crow Agency and the Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. From there either north to Billings (if you use Old US 87 you will see HUNDREDS of pronghorn) and then southeast to use US 212 through Red Lodge and on to the Beartooth. If you go south from Crow Agency through Ranchester, WY use US 14 and Alt 14 to Lovell and then the little side trip to Devils Canyon Overlook before either going on to Cody and the Chief Joseph or Red Lodge and the Beartooth.

Where to the next day?

Mike Cassidy


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#1003516 - 01/12/18 03:57 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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We are in Port Orchard, Wa, geographically 17 miles west of Seattle, by ferry. By road, it's more like 60 miles. Because of Puget Sound and the Cascades all but a handful of major roads in Washington travel north/south. Getting around Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia is not easy. We live on the Olympic Peninsula where roads have trees instead of sight lines. Any vistas or scenic views are 30 miles up a dirt road in a State or National Forest - which have fees to enter. Bottom line, expect average speeds around 45 mph with little to see until you get to your destination.

That said, U.S. 101 makes a nice loop around the Olympic Peninsula, the northern part of which: Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles and on west to the coast is worthwhile. The 350 mile loop is slow with lots of cool places to stop and visit. Try to catch sunset at one of the Pacific coast parks. Give it two or three days. With a little bit of planning Laney and I would like to travel along, but we are hampered in finding critter care.

Better motorcycle roads can be found in and around the Cascades. Mt Rainier Natl Park, Gifford Pinchot Natl Forest are next on my list of places to explore. The Wenatchee Valley, U.S. 2 and WA 20 are on the list. The Palouse (Moscow, Id), Walla Walla, and the roads along the Columbia River would be an incredible ride for you.

Weather is a crap shoot. Generally the rains stop after July 4th and start again in late September. The Olympic Peninsula is pretty busy in July and August. If you have rain gear, October can be the best riding. Spring: April and May, are my favorite as there is less foliage, so you can see more, and rivers are flowing at their highest.

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#1003517 - 01/12/18 04:15 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bill_Walker]  
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Originally Posted by Bill_Walker
Steve Carr's house, Jan & Sharon's house, Dennis & Laney's house...


Looks like I need to hire you to make my lodging accommodations.
wave grin


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#1003518 - 01/12/18 04:18 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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I guess this could be a Pied Piper tour of one rider??? grin


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#1003525 - 01/12/18 05:52 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Bud
Not a motorcycle road/route etc., but if you take a gamble on seeing a submarine, a quick jaunt on the roads (104 has a bridge over) around Hood canal might let you see your tax dollars at work.


Peter

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#1003531 - 01/12/18 07:38 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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#1003533 - 01/12/18 08:37 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Well that's cool! clap


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