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Old 06-07-2013, 01:25 PM   #16
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Welcome to British Columbia

not sure of your route but north up Hwy 6 is one of our best. Goes up alongside Kootenay Lake and then you can take the free ferry from Crawford bay to Balfour

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:58 PM   #17
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Great Trip! I love Northwest Montana, especially Flathead Lake. Too bad you didn't go up East side of the lake from Polson. It would have led you through Bigfork where the Swan and Flathead Rivers converge. One of my favorites.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:28 PM   #18
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Thank You for all the positive comments.

"bESS" I would like to get back up in BC with more time and a little later in the season next time. Hwy 6 for sure.

"MKJ" Thanks for the info, I guess I'll have an excuse to go back now.

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:20 PM   #19
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So I roll up to the U.S. border station and the guy asks me if I've had any medical procedures done recently? I am confused about this question but answer "no". He asks a few more standard questions and I'm still wondering about the medical question. He then tells me I set off a preliminary Radiation Detector, and they needed to have me and my bike around back for another inspection. I do as he says and a guy comes out with a geiger counter and sweeps me and then my bike. No quick clicking sound. So they give me my passport and away I go. This is where I forgot to get a pic of Washington State sign.
Later when I get home and tell this story to a friend, he jokes that its because we live in Southern Utah, (downwind of the nuclear test range) and we all glow in the dark.

This is the road into WA. Another great ride.

South of Evans, WA. I found this campground.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:57 PM   #20
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Day 5

April 27th

The next morning continuing down hwy 25, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake.

Hwy 25 was another awesome road! I had planned to go see Grand Coulee Dam. Then decided against it. If I wanted to see a Dam, I could google it. I was here to ride excellent backroads. I looked at the map and picked out the smallest solid black line that crossed an area shaded in green. I crossed the Lake and took 395 north to Boulder Creek Rd? turnoff to Curlew. Very scenic road.


The road went through a small town called Chesaw. It was an old picturesque western town on a barren, windy plain. It looked straight out of the 1800's except for the paved road and automobiles. There were several old structures along side the road.


The road emerged in Oroville, WA. There were apple orchards everywhere, and they were in bloom.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #21
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Day 5 continued

At Oroville I took 97 south to Hwy 20 west.
Hwy 20 did not disappoint. I was cruising along enjoying another beautiful day on a great road when I came up behind a slow car. I followed her for a mile or so waiting for a place to pass, when a Highway Patrol came up behind me. I decided it was getting too crowded for me, so at the top of the mountain I pulled off at Loup Loup summit for a break. The road went about a 1/4 mile to a gate. I walked around for a bit and found these.

Unopened with rusty caps and faded labels. Someone put them in a snowbank last fall to chill, and forgot them?
Continuing on I rode through this town. Try saying that like a straight man.

Then through the town of Winthrop. It was packed with people and cars. It looked like an old western town. Very popular place for tourists on a Saturday. Too crowded, so I didn't stop for pictures.
Farther down the road I saw this Warning:

I would have turned off my A/C, but I don't have a radiator!

Hwy 20 got more and more scenic as it went into North Cascades National Park.

Still a few inches of snow on top.

Awesome Road! I will definitely be back, I fell in Lust with Washington during day 5-6.

First it started misting, then it started raining. I barely noticed I was so captivated by the scenery.

The road went across this narrow metal bridge. I parked and walked back onto the bridge.

Looking left:


Looking down:


Looking right:


The road continued down. In some places the moss covered trees actually formed a canopy above the road. I tried to get a picture showing it, but this is as close as I could get.


After two days camping and not charging my camera, it was dead this morning, so all todays pic's were taken with my iphone.
By this time, I was soaking wet, so I got a room in Concrete, WA. to dry out and charge the camera.

Dinner at Annie's Pizza next door was excellent, very nice people.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:02 PM   #22
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Day 6

Concrete, WA - Astoria, OR

I continued on hwy 20 over to the ocean. There was a heavy mist in the air, but a lot of motorcyclists were out enjoying their Sunday.
Deception Pass State Park


My first ferry experience. Coupeville - Port Townsend, WA


Took Hwy 101 around the Olympic Peninsula. Beautiful area.


Looking across bay at Astoria, OR.


Astoria, OR.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:33 PM   #23
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Day 7

April 29th
Astoria, OR - Bullards Beach State Park, OR.

Drove by the goonies house but was unable to get a picture from the road, so I went up to the Astoria Column.

inside looking up


View from top. Bridge connecting WA and OR.

"they all look like ants from here" my bike is there in the middle.


Took a little detour through Seaside, OR.


Hwy 101. Pacific Ocean.


Finally found a place to ride on the beach! put that check on my bucket list.



Wind might blow here a little.


One of many bridges riding the coast.

Lighthouse on Otter Crest Loop?
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:13 PM   #24
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Day 8

April 30th
Bullards Beach State Park, OR. - Whiskeytown Lake, CA

Lighthouse outside the campground

Took another side road to Cape Blanco to see another lighthouse.
Hughes House was on the way.



Another Hwy 101 Pic


Crossed into CA.


Big tree pic.


This fortune was on the ground nearby.

Whoa.. not mine... put that right back where I found it!

I stopped in Trinidad for fuel, the wind was blowing hard! I fueled and went in for a snack. When I came back out a couple of construction workers were watching my bike in amusement as the wind rocked it back and forth on the center stand. One of them said "That is one bad ass..." (I thought he was going to say bike.) "..wind" then his buddy still watching my bike says, "looks like someone put a quarter in it"
I continued south, the wind didn't let up and the hwy turned into a four lane freeway. By the time I got to Eureka I had had enough of wind and traffic, I turned around and headed back to the first squiggly line on the map. Hwy 229 East.

Much better road.

With great scenery.


229 was awesome. If I had had two more weeks, I would have tried to ride all the roads back and forth through the Cascades.
Found a little campground on Whiskeytown Lake.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:00 PM   #25
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Day 9

May 1st
Whiskeytown Lake, CA - Truckee, CA

Rode into Redding and out on hwy 299. Saw this in my rearview mirror.

Mt. Shasta, I'm assuming.

corner of 299 and 139. I'd seen a few of these, but unsure what they are used for. Mad Max cage fighting.


I wanted to go through Lassen Volcanic Park. but the road was still closed for the season.

Hwy 139 south to Eagle Lake. It has such a greenish tint that when you first see it, you think the valley floor is covered in old faded astro turf.


Rode down hwy 36 to hwy 89 to Truckee, hoping for a cheap room. Yelp had me thinking $100.+ a night. I rode through old Truckee but didn't see anything. I asked the girl at a Shell where I fueled and she suggested the Truckee Motel. I rode back. It was right in the middle of old Truckee.

Old but fixed up very nicely. I walked into the lobby and thought for sure it was out of my price range. Wrong! $69/night for the cheapest room(off season and weeknight) my room was "European style". No TV, no toilet, no shower. just bed and sink. Felt like I was in an old western movie. There were four private bathrooms on my floor for showering, ect. I liked it and would come back. Walking distance for all the shops, bars, cafes. And breakfast was included
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:00 AM   #26
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Nice trip. Happy to be on board before re-entry into the vortex. Southwest Utards all have that special glow . . .
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:29 AM   #27
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Again, a pic beautiful trip. I think the Mad Max cage may be a burning cage for sawdust from a lumber mill.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:52 AM   #28
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Day 10

May 2nd
Truckee, CA- Yosemite, CA

Lake Tahoe







I followed the hwy around the west side of the lake to hwy 207 to 88 to 89 to 4.
I had been across 88 before so Hwy 4. 108, and 120 were on my to do list.

Hwy 4

a lake close to the top

For several miles over the top of the mountain, the road was narrow with no center line.


on the west side of the mountain was a cool lake with a rock island in the middle


rode down to Angels Camp and crossed over hwy 4 to 49 to hwy 120


Hwy 120


Yosemite.


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Old 06-17-2013, 09:55 PM   #29
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You are definitely hitting some nice roads on your trip. I'm looking at some of your pictures & thinking "Wow, I've been on that road"! Recalling some of the places & your statements of the area reminded me of mine.

Enjoy your trip. It's always fun to head out & ride new roads. Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:03 PM   #30
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Day 11

May 3rd
Yosemite, CA - June Lake, CA

Hwy 120 was still closed past Yosemite so it was back down to hwy 49 then over to Hwy 108 (another great road)

SONORA PASS


Then off to Bodie





Mono Lake

Hwy 120 west of 395



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