Don't miss Novak's in Albany, just South of Salem.
Don't miss Novak's in Albany, just South of Salem.
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'07 R1200RT (my favorite!); '12 Yamaha Super Tenere (El Gordo); '07 Suzuki DR650SE (!);
'59 R 26 (my first)
Another big thumbs up for Novak's! I never travel past Albany without a stop at Novak's. Excellent service with unique flavors is hard to beat. I am hardly a local, but it is one of those great stops always looked forward to.
2013 R1200 GSW
Riding is the art of throwing yourself at the ground and missing
just received the 2012 Salem Visitor Guide (a slick 67 page publication); with NOT a single reference to the
State fairgrounds!! Couple of nice city/area maps.... NO fairgrounds shown! Located "Fairgrounds Road" on the
map, it connects/joins 3 other streets...No fairgrounds shown! The STATE FAIRGROUNDS are ON...17th street?
Are they at the intersection? Never know by this RESOURCE guide. What am I complaining about....
I now have ALL the info on 23 (14 within 30 min of downtown) vineyards/cellars/winery's!! And the casino's.
My sister has lived in Salem for about 30 years (we're originally from Long Island). I rode out there from the east coast two summers ago, it was a great trip, and a great place to rest and recharge, as always. In addition to all the attractions already mentioned, for those so inclined, there's a lot of pretty good wine made in the area too.
Oh, and the folks at the local BMW shop are nice guys and very accommodating. I had been on the road around 5k miles by the time I got there and didn't have my service stand with me, so while I did fluid changes myself in my sister's yard, I called them for brake pads, and they took me right in and got me in & out in no time. IMG_0287.jpg
This is Salem Honda/BMW/ Ducati in Salem OR.
The coast of southern Oregon rocks. The ride from Reedsport into Elkton has awesome elk herds just standing around watching you drive-by. The Umpqua River is huge and remote in a very cool way. The roads through the Umpqua wine region going to the coast to Bandon, Florence and Coosbay are just very cool and beautiful riding experiences.
SoÔÇª In an effort to get to Salem and hang around the northwest Oregon Localities, don't forget the rest of the state and especially central and south Cascades and coastal Oregon.
... And don't forget the numerous paved timber roads designed for hauling logs from the mountains in and out of the coastal range and Cascades. These roads will take you everywhere and anywhere. Secluded lakes, Meadows, wild areas. Just have your GPS and enjoy.
Check out the road that goes from Glide to Sutherlin and Glide to Dorena lake.
Also the road that goes from Drain to King estate winery via territorial highway beautiful.
Check out McKenzie pass by OakRidge.
And Tiller hwy past Milo to Crater Lake.
Don't forget Highway 138 up along the North Umpqua,to diamond Lake. You can turn off and go down to Medford down the Rogue drainage which just is beautiful. Or you can do it backwards from Medford up to crater Lake and down 138 back into Roseburg before heading north.
And while we are at it, how about Burnt Mountain Road over in the coastal range near Reston and Tenmile. Beautiful.and the list goes on.
Did I mention the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland?
I live here, I ride a BMW, and I know.
Mule -- Thanks for that local info! Barley and I will enter the state on 26. From Bend we are doing secondary roads to Crater Lake. From there to the redwoods at Smith River in norcal, then up the coast and on to the rally. Your post gave me several alternatives. Much appreciated!
Pete, and Barley the Adventure Dog
'07 R1200GS for solo rides
'10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley
Try Saylor's Old Country Kitchen in Portland. They have steaks that range from about eight ounces to about 72 ounces. I've eaten there a few times. Good food.
10519 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97216
If you want a good burger, stop in at Pilot Butte Drive-In. Get some gravy for those fries, and a chocolate shake There is a cool viewpoint at the top of the hill, and the road up is paved.
Pine Tavern is a nice place, what with the tree growing out of the roof and all... For that matter it's hard to go wrong with any of the breweries there, of which there are several.
The old-mill district is situated along the Deschutes River. They've built up a cool shopping area from an old saw mill, with a 16-screen theatre. Good food there at Anthony's (national seafood chain, and I'm friends with the head chef ), or Greg's grill (beautiful building, tasty steaks, good prices).
Another trendy spot is the down-town area (Bond & Wall St's). Several blocks of shopping, cafe's, (NY Subs is tasty), and Drake park (which starts at the back patio of the Pine Tavern) is a beautiful park that also wanders along the river.
You can get an awesome breakfast at West Side Bakery, or the Breakfast Club, or if you prefer all-natural, go for Alpenglow.
I lived in that area for several years. It's a beautiful place; lots of diversity with the high desert to the east, and the mountains to the west.
There are two delightful detours by which you can bypass sections of Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon. Granted that I-5 from Redding to Cottage Grove is one of the nicest sections of interstate in the country, still it is pretty boring compared to the canyon roads and mountain passes that exist near the super slab. Directions for the following detour routes run from south to north and both depart from and return to Interstate 5.
At the north end of Medford the Freeway arcs to the west. In the town of Gold Hill take SamÔÇÖs Valley Hwy (234) to Shady Cove. You could take Hwy 62 from Medford, but that runs through a commercial light industrial neighborhood that is much less scenic than 234. In Shady Cove you pick up Hwy 62 and continue north. Unless you wish to continue on to Crater Lake (quite worthwhile) take a left at Tiller-Trail Hwy (227) and motor north all the way to Canyonville on Interstate 5. This route bypasses about 50 miles of freeway with about 70 miles of byway and it is a nice transect that runs from the arid Medford basin into the lush foothills of the Cascades.
For a shorter ÔÇ£long wayÔÇØ turn of the interstate just north of Grants Pass at Merlin Rd. Take that and go west. Continue on and the road name will become Galice Rd. It will carry you along the Rogue River through black rock canyons to and through the rafting drop off hamlet of Galice. Continue on and cross the river where the road becomes Lower Graves Creek Rd. Now you are talking twisties. You noodle along for a while and the road name changes again to Lower Wolf Creek Rd which runs you into the burg of Wolf Creek and your connection with I-5. You will have bypassed about 20 miles of interstate with about 40 miles of winding back roads.
Just any exit, you'll find GOLD in the NW, compared to slab running. The byways are countless, just need the time is all. Anything between I 5 and the coast is sure pleasant touring. The East, not much different, all quite great. The state(s) goes from high deserts in the East to lush forest, closer to the coast you get. CA.,Wash., and Ore...This rally will be in the lushy green part of the state, nice. Quite a large difference from Redmond, as the West dishes out a TON of diverse landscapes within short distances, East to West travel especially. Randy
I am an avid seafood lover and the coast up there offers a plenty! My favorite is Halibut and Chips and living near MontereyCA, know from here North, Halibut is caught "fresh". Nothing beats this, imo. Port Orford, Ore. has an old favorite I almost always stop at. "The Crazy Norwegian". I would love knowing MORE HOT SPOTS for the best seafood up there. Halibut is like the best steak I ever ate, so equal to my taste. Its great to see NEW posters here and bringing out your best to offer, in your state. Having travelled Oregon dozens of times and more, its always been a favorite destination for m/c travels, never grows old. HAS to be a "Top 10 State", maybe Top 5 for such, all NAmerica. Randy