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thetourist 11-30-2009 08:13 PM

A Two-fer...North Cascades Hwy,WA to Lost Coast,CA
 
I headed west across the Palouse farmlands. It was a lovely warm and breezy
summer day. I'm in a hurry so no pics. Out into the Columbia Basin and the breeze turns to real wind and the temp climbs considerably.

It feels like I'm riding thru a hair dryer at 100 mph. Head buffeting and my sinuses hurt from the heat and low humidity.

My goal is a slide show, etc, by Lois Pryce and Austin Vince, in Monroe WA.
Of course I start late and am trying to make up time. At Vantage I veer right and head to George then to Wenatchee where I make a wrong turn and wind up downtown at rush hour. Some construction slows traffic and a loss of power messes up the lights and turns off the gas station.

Back on the main road I find gas and as I head up the valley the winds subside.

I barely slow for the tourist trap of Leavenworth and press the low speed limits to Stevens Pass. Fog slows me to 10mph and the cold is enough that I put on my Hippo Hands and wind breaker.

I arrive a bit late and Lois is already speaking.

Lois Pryce...Lois on the Loose.
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Lois is an attractive sassy lass and will make a lovely grandma some day.:evil


Austin Vince...Mondo Enduro
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Austin is a serious character with a lot of energy, and the two of them put on a good casual informative show. Mostly trying to encourage others to take the big step for a long cycle trip.

After meeting them, I wander around in the dark looking for a cheap motel.

Next morning I head up I-5, after a heart attack breakfast at Nadine's in Smokey Point.

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I dead reckon NE and there was a lot of wandering. I think I went thru both Concrete and Darrington. How did I do that?

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I did a bit of flower smelling.

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This old school bldg is still in use. Tafton Elementary. A caretaker said it is an historical bldg.


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I finally clear the traffic.

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Old #6 has a bit of a starboard list.

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and a superheater
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I like these steel bridges.
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thetourist 11-30-2009 09:09 PM

Finally into the North Cascades Nat Park.

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Perfect weather and some nice twisty bits, but the speedlimit is low. Still, a nice ride.


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thetourist 11-30-2009 11:59 PM

Out of the forest and into the heat of The Basin once again. I flip a coin and head north on 97. It's time for a cookie run.

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The border was fairly busy.


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It is getting late as I head up the hill in Osoyoos.




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looking back on Osoyoos, the lake and the town.


I did a stealth camp in someones access road. No fire, no tent. Just as well, I was up half the night with an upset stomach. Bad road food.


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this was staring at me when I woke up.



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The morning view.


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these were all over the top of the hill. Some were a little creepy.


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There were two of these observatory type domes out here. I assume one of them is the B&B.

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Nice road.

East on hwy 3 into cattle country

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Ladybug0048 12-01-2009 01:09 AM

When you were up there on Regal Ridge did you see the Sasquatch? Last time I was past it he was carrying a 1/2 case of Bud :lol3

Looking forward to the rest of the report. :lurk

Thorne 12-01-2009 03:15 AM

:lurk.............

thetourist 12-01-2009 08:25 AM

No Squatch siteings. My snoring scared them all away. This was early Sept.

liv2rydktms 12-01-2009 08:34 AM

Yeehaw!
 
I've been waitin for this.:clap More please.:shog

thetourist 12-01-2009 09:45 AM

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Greenwood is a colorful little town with lots of nice bldgs.


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Town Hall, if I remember correctly


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the Post Office.



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At the edge of town was this oddity. Where did the dirt go? Was there a railway thru it or over it? Hmmm

I could have crossed the border here, but I haven't found my cookies yet. Lemon Crunch, a store brand, and I can't remember the store name.

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It looks a bit stormy in the mountains.


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An interesting road below the bridge, but the impending weather keeps me going forward.

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BC has such good riding. Good roads. Low traffic. Great scenery.

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A few junctions and decisions later I find myself in Nelson,BC. This is one of my favorite destinations. A laid back town with lots of small shops set up for walking around. I take a break for a cup of tea at this place up on the hill. The young waitress was friendly and easy to look at. I plopped into a comfy overstuffed chair and started to read "Lois on the Loose". The chair won and I started to head bob. More decisions. Take a nap, and make a spectacle of myself or get back on the bike.

Down at the gas station the pump wont take my card. The scanner inside won't take my card. I relinquish a $20 US and get bad conversion rates:eek1

An Atm down the street won't take my card. Hmmm. This puts a crick in my trip.

I've let myself get low on cash. $10 us and about $12 canadian. 300 mi from home. Time to head south for home in a direct line.

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Kootenay Pass. The highest pass in BC.

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At Creston I top off the gas using my Canadian money. Since no one will take Canadian when I cross the border, I spend it on cookies. Not the cookies I was looking for, but a nice cheesecake crunchy cookie. Mmmm.


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The Porthill Crossing Post Office.

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Back in the USA and the light is great.


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Watch out for those north Idaho turkeys.

I came around the corner and these guys were 10ft deep and clear across the road. Edge to edge, and they didn't move. I came to a stop and got out the camera. A car came by and divided the flock. This pic is only half of them.

I hit reserve just before home. I still had some change in my pocket, too.:lol3

So, a bit of drama that turned out OK. It seems the bank issued me a new replacement card (with different numbers) and canceled the old one. My old one was still in good shape and I hadn't put the new one in my wallet. Doh!



Next up is my trip, a couple weeks later, from north Idaho thru Oregon to the Lost Coast, CA. Thru the Wallowas, John Day, Mt Lassen Park, Redwoods Park, Hwy 36.

GB 12-01-2009 09:57 AM

Great ride, thanks for the report and pics :thumb

GhostRunner 12-01-2009 05:44 PM

Very good so far...Waiting patiently for more.

Mick

WeeBee 12-01-2009 06:14 PM

Nice pics and RR, Dick - next time I'm in Idaho we'll have to meet & compare our twin Transalps :thumb

I spent way too little time in North Cascades NP in July of 2008 as I rode across WA State from east to west on Hwy 20 - can't wait to ride that beautiful stretch of road again but in less of a hurry next time!

Crystal Falls off Hwy 20 west of Colville, WA
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Living the Good Life - Colville, WA
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North Cascades N.P. near Washington Pass
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Waterfall somewhere before Ross Lake in North Cascades NP
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Attack of the Killer Rabbits at the Skagit River Resort/Clark's Cabins - Rockport, WA
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Ladybug0048 12-01-2009 07:53 PM

I'm waiting for more but not patiently. :lol3

Come on Dick, on with the story and pictures. :lurk

You know patients isn't one of Rocky's virtues and she's watching this one too. :D

thetourist 12-02-2009 12:06 AM

I have to make a living, you know. I worked till midnight today. Big Bucks today. :clap

That is a mighty shiny TA. Mine is a bit more "rugged". :lol3

thetourist 12-02-2009 12:56 AM

Things work out so that a couple weeks after North Cascades Park I have an opportunity to take another trip. Horizons Unlimited is having a get together in the Lost Coast area and I've not ridden in north California.

I had a bad experience in CA some years ago and just avoided the state. A couple years ago I came up the east side of the Sierras and changed my mind. I've been back a couple of times since. I just stay away from those cities and freeways.

I've labeled a few "good" roads and have a plan. :lol3

I'm gone by noon. South on 95 to Lewiston.

The Spiral Hwy, or to the locals it is the Old Lewiston Grade.
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Across the Red Wolf Bridge, thru Asotin and south on WA 129. This is a nice ride but no pics. I was moving right along.

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I did stop for a PO pic.


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Rattlesnake Grade. If you enter this canyon slow there is a spot that looks remarkably like the famous Batopilas canyon.

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Lunch at the bottom of Rattlesnake. A good destination eatery. Real ice cream milk shake.

Fueled up I hit the OR side of Rattlesnake.


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It is kind of dry on the way to Enterprise, which is a gas and go.

East on 82.

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Lostine


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Lots of interesting old bldgs in these little farm town.

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The sun is getting low and I keep my eyes open for deer.

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Elgin

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Imbler

I shortcut past La Grande onto I-84 and head to Baker City. It was dark as I enter Baker City and decide to use a motel.

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Just a block from my motel.

thetourist 12-02-2009 02:10 AM

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Some nice bldgs in Baker. This is like a skyscraper in the towns I frequent.

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Geiser Grand. I learned, after the fact, that there is a tour. Next time.

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Nice house, on the way south out of town on hwy 7

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Nice ranch. When I was very small, my parents worked on ranches in this area. That was a lo-o-o-ng time ago.

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John Day Post Office.

Less than a mile away is the Canyon City PO
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Seneca OR.

I stopped at the Seneca Lodge for a cool drink and saw the Bobcat. He looked a bit lonely. The pics seem to have disappeared.

Shortly thereafter things get hot, dry and barren.

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both directions on a low hill.

I take refuge from the glare.

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I sat here a couple hours. I had an eye get dry then turned super sensitive to the light.

I taped up my visor. I was driving straight into the glare. Even when the sun got low it was intense.

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A really smelly lake. Sulphurous.

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Sedimentary.

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A sign said these cliffs were a 1000ft high. A 1000ft of sediments. :eek1

It turned dark shortly after here. I grabbed some supper in Lakeview and headed out of town. (south on 395). 30 mph repeating my night mantra. "Watch for deer. Watch for deer. Is that a deer? Watch for deer."

Near the CA border I find a wide spot and set up my tent. There are creepy crawlies out here so I like the tent instead of a tarp. I leave the fly off so I can see the Milky Way directly overhead north/south with my tent. Sometime in the night I awaken and the Milky Way has shifted and runs diagonal. Some coyotes are making a lot of noise. I listen about 5minutes and am sound asleep, again.



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