|01-10-2011, 12:21 PM||#1|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Portland, Oregon
11 years, 4 kids and a great weekend
Note- This took place in August of 2010
We met 13 years ago from a mutual friend and after finally getting the chance to be together, we knew it was going to be forever. Soon enough, kids came and life takes over and before we knew it, 11 years had gone by.
Just recently, I got into street riding and picked up my Buell X1 but it was not so good for us to ride two up. I wanted to pick up a Ulysses and my supportive wife said "whatever you want" . I almost bought one on our family vacation to Yellowstone and rode it home. She wanted me to but it was a bit too expensive. Anyway, I did find one when we got home and promptly picked it up. It is great for the two of us to ride on. Powerful, outstanding handling, and room for luggage.
We decided to take a weekend to ourselves for our 11 year anniversery and conned our friend to watching the kids for the weekend. No reservations anywhere, just 3 full days and the bike.
Headed for the coast from Portland and ended up in Sisters on the last day. It was just what we needed.
We headed out towards Tillamook on the great Hwy 6, which wasn't as good with all of the slow cagers. A few twists of the throttle later and it was all clear. The one thing we couldn't outrun was the crazy headwind coming from the coast. We stopped a few miles from Tillamook to put on some more layers as it was getting cold!
We headed through Tillamook without stopping as it was just windy and busy. Went down Hwy 101 and finally beat the wind, if there was any it was a tailwind which was great.
Pretty easy drive down 101, with a great strech of twisties before Lincoln City brought us for a late lunch stop. Friday afternoon in Lincoln City can be a bit busy and we are not what you would call patient for people decided to go into Safeway grocery and grab a Starbucks and chinese food. Mmm orange chicken. Very yummy and just what we needed to warm up.
Back on the road with full tummies we decided to keep heading south towards Newport. Again, no big surprises to Newport and by this point it was around 5:00 and we decided to grab a hotel. A few were full so we decided on some chain hotel off of the strip. It had a jacuzzi but no view.
From our room:
Unloaded the gear and went downtown for some dinner and drinks at the local brewery. Lost a whole dollar at video poker! That's it, I am done gambling . Walked around the docks and watched the sea lions sleeping and snoring.
Up the next morning and kept heading south. It was pretty chilly but hoped it would warm up soon.
Stopped for a few pix
My wife doesn't like this pic, says she looks terrible but it's all I got. Sorry babe
Rolled into Waldport for some breakfast. Went over this cool bridge-
My wife waiting patiently for me to stop taking pix
My wifes breakfast
MINE!! The best breakfast burrito I have ever had. We also ate it for lunch it was so big!
Decided to head out Hwy 34
Hwy 34 is just amazing. We passed a few motor homes and we had the road all to ourselves. Enjoying the scenery and the twisty road, it was bliss. Stopped at this nice river to look around.
Had a little fishing shelter with a nice wood stove in it
Headed up the road a bit more and saw this nice old shed/barn.
Stopped to check out the GPS on time and just when we stopped, felt a bit on the back of my neck and naturally swatted at it and got stung by a bee! Kinda hurt. Oh well part of the fun.
Stopped outside of Eugene to get some gas and a snack. Ended up eating the rest of our burrito.
We turned towards Hwy 126 with intentions of going through Hwy 242 but would soon find out something different.
Apperently because of the current forest fires, Hwy 242 was closed . I had been looking forward to riding that hwy since we first turned west. I acutally considered going through for a bit but my wife talked some sense into me.
Us getting some snacks after learning about the closure from another rider.
So we needed to head towards Hwy 20 which I wasn't looking forward to. Too straight with too many cagers. Oh well.
So we continued on Hwy 126 towards 20 which was nice and stopped at Sahalie Falls which is a must see. It was super busy but it is easy to park a bike
Got back on the bike and headed towards Sisters. We have been through lots of times but have never stayed and were looking forward to it.
Sisters is a small town just outside of the popular outdoor town of Bend, Or that has a very western feel to it. Faux front buildings, jail board you can take a picture in
etc. We decided on a small cottage group to stay in and got the Honeymoon suite which was upstairs of another room. Not to bad, kinda grandma like but
it will do. We ditched the gear and rode into town for some awesome mexican food.
View from our room
We needed to head back on Sunday morning and noticed the forecast called for rain so we tried to get an early start. Got the gear loaded at 8:00am and just got
on the bike when the sky opened. Now neither of us has rain gear so we just accepted the fact we were going to get wet. About 15 minutes outside of Sisters
and I was already feelilng the water and cold and we have not even got to the pass yet.
Now I do not have any more pics from the trip as the rain then turned into a monsoon. As we gained elevation, the rain turned into a slushy snow. We were
sooo cold and wet at this time we just wanted a place to warm up. My boots were full of water and my leather jacket soaked.
I knew of a restaraunt over the pass we could go to but now it was just how long till we get there. Well finally we see salvation and pull in under a tree.
I grabbed my extra socks and shirts out of the luggage (which was perfectly dry, good job Buell) and we went inside. I sat by the door and poured the water
out from my boots and changed my socks. We grabbed a corner seat and layed out our gear to dry on chairs and put our gloves on the floor heating vents.
The owners were super cool about it.
It finally stopped raining and we drank as much coffed and ate as much as we could so we decided to hit the road. Pretty uneventful on the way home.
Pulled in, hugged the kids and felt refreshed. Ready for another amazing year with my wonderful wife.
|01-10-2011, 12:29 PM||#2|
4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10
Joined: Jul 2006
Great pics Nate
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|01-10-2011, 12:43 PM||#3|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Summerville, SC
Nice ride report. Congratulations on 11 years and the "new" Buell.
Come on over to Badweb (http://www.badweatherbikers.com) and check in at the "Big, Bad, & Dirty" Uly forum when you get a chance.
2007 Buell XB12X Ulysses
1983 Honda VT500FT Ascot
|01-10-2011, 12:59 PM||#4|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Portland, Oregon
Love my Buells
|01-10-2011, 01:03 PM||#5|
Legend - In my Mind
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Cumberland, MD Twisties Heaven in any direction
Great Ride Report, Beautiful Bride of 11years (congratulations), and very nice pics. I am looking forward to seeing more posts from you. Oh Yeah the Bike is Sweet!
Ride Faster to See More Quicker!
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