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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.


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#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.

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


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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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#1003417 - 01/10/18 08:21 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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#1003429 - 01/10/18 11:14 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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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?

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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.


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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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#1003571 - 01/13/18 05:15 AM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Recently visited at the Hospital in Port Angeles and they mentioned that the subs can sometimes be seen transiting the Straight of Juan de Fuca just outside the hospital,presumably to or from their Pacific patrols.
Interesting little side benefit,if I decide to work there in future.

JR356

#1003572 - 01/13/18 06:18 AM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Another Oregon road that I always enjoy is the run up along the Umpqua River Hwy 138 from Roseburg to Diamond Lake. From there it is a short run to Crater Lake and you can then go down along the upper Rogue River, Hwy 62 (Crater Lake Hwy).


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#1003583 - 01/13/18 04:06 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: Bud]  
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Bud:

I know we have PM'd about this, but it may be of some use to other individuals.

There used to be a sticky in the FAQ section that I can't find any more, but I frequently use the America's Byways, Butler Maps or Motorcycle Roads Northwest resources to decide what I want to include. Then I ask for advice about suggestions to get from one "must ride" road to another.

But I have the advantage of living close by and I can go in September after the traffic has fallen off.

Mike


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#1003672 - 01/15/18 09:40 PM Re: PNW - Where would you go? [Re: szurszewski]  
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Photos posted are all favorite places Marina and I enjoy riding. Thanks for reminding me on reasons we live here!


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