Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Northwest Motorcycle Trip

  1. #1
    Registered User burnszilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    2,394

    Northwest Motorcycle Trip

    I rode 2600 miles in 4 days.
    Day 1: Los Gatos, CA to Portland, OR
    Day 2: Portland, OR to Winthrop, WA
    Day 3: Winthrop, WA to Enterprise, OR
    Day 4: Enterprise, OR to Los Gatos, CA (920 miles)

    See All Trip Photos Here

    Jimi and I.


    Middle of Washington.


    454 Big Block Trike, Colfax, WA.


    Rattlesnake Pass, OR.


    Bad way to start the day. Trying to get thru Hell's Canyon. Looks like Hell froze over. After riding over/thru 5 long patches of 2ft of snow I turned around. I was tired and sweaty.


    Hwy 395, OR.
    Stephen Burns - 2007 R1200GS
    BMW MOA Lifetime Member
    www.burnsmoto.com

  2. #2
    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    State of Confusion
    Posts
    7,799
    Very Coool. Rock on Jimi!
    -=Brad

    It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride

  3. #3
    Ambassador at Large Jim Shaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Hinckley, OH and Ann Arbor, MI USA
    Posts
    236

    Power touring, I'd say

    Thanks for the tour. Nice pics on your website.

    Jim
    Basic Truth: 'Nobody doesn't like a K75.'

  4. #4
    Registered User Bob_M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Portland Oregon
    Posts
    1,772

    Very awesome

    Thanks for sharing

  5. #5
    rabid reader dbrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Santa Cruz CA
    Posts
    1,763
    I enjoyed the pics of your trip. It's a nice part of the world riding-wise, and my friend from Hillsboro OR and I will be riding up there towards the end of May, which motivates me to ask: on what road did you run into snow?

    We're thinking about Lewiston -> Enterprise -> Joseph -> Halfway, with the last part on Forest Service road 39 which runs north-to-south along the west side of Hells Canyon. I really liked that road when I was last there fall 03. It'd be considerably less attractive if it were snowy.
    David Brick
    Santa Cruz CA
    2007 R1200R

  6. #6
    Registered User burnszilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    2,394
    The snowy road was Wallowa Mountain Rd. The snow appeared at 5400 feet elevation at the first summit. The second summit was at 6000 ft! After I turned around I stopped at the Shell Station in Enterprise, the old guy there told me I could have drove up to Inmaha and turned down a gravel road which would have taken me down to a gravel road which ran along the river at lower elevation with no snow. I had already wasted 2 hours pushin' my bike thru snow and just wanted to get home. If I had a GPS or some detailed maps I would have done it. Also a GS would have helped too.
    Stephen Burns - 2007 R1200GS
    BMW MOA Lifetime Member
    www.burnsmoto.com

  7. #7
    look out!!! Visian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    ATL/WNC
    Posts
    8,526
    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla
    The snowy road was Wallowa Mountain Rd. The snow appeared at 5400 feet elevation at the first summit. The second summit was at 6000 ft! After I turned around I stopped at the Shell Station in Enterprise, the old guy there told me I could have drove up to Inmaha and turned down a gravel road which would have taken me down to a gravel road which ran along the river at lower elevation with no snow.
    See... I told you that gravel is not necessarily a bad thing. FWIW, that road heading down to the river is *bumpy*

    Just got finished talking with a friend who did a 4-Corners tour the same time you were out riding. He got caught in snow and ice, too.

    Honestly, I am sorta embarrassed for pointing you at a snowy road... I actually thought about that but thought there'd be no way the roads would still be covered at this time of year.

    Please do try that road the next time you're out that way... you surely won't forget it.

    Ian
    Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
    ________________________________________________
    '67 Trail 90 || '86 R80 G/SPD+ || '00 1150 GS || '06 HP2e

  8. #8
    looking for a coal mine knary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    pdx
    Posts
    5,878
    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick
    I enjoyed the pics of your trip. It's a nice part of the world riding-wise, and my friend from Hillsboro OR and I will be riding up there towards the end of May, which motivates me to ask: on what road did you run into snow?

    We're thinking about Lewiston -> Enterprise -> Joseph -> Halfway, with the last part on Forest Service road 39 which runs north-to-south along the west side of Hells Canyon. I really liked that road when I was last there fall 03. It'd be considerably less attractive if it were snowy.
    It should be fine by then.

  9. #9
    SNC1923
    Guest

    Thanks!

    Cool ride report; your selection of photos are really what road trips are about. Thanks for the vicarious ride.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •