The rainy season is now here. While I hate this time of the year the most (no dry riding, no snow), viewing pics of rides and remembering is not a bad way to spend days like that.
I thought I'd want to share my biggest ride of 2008, which I left here on 9/30.
Nothing really exciting on my first day, I couldn't get up early. I left here a bit before lunch time, took I-5 to save time. Stayed in Beaverton, OR (west suburb of Portland).
I had some nice pastries and bought a turkey sandwitch from Whole Foods Market for lunch, knowing I'll be out of nowhere around lunch time today. I was happy that they were only a few min. ride away from my hotel.
I went through Portland suburbs and headed to Estacada. Took SR224 to the end which becomes a forest road, continued to Detroit. That road is twisty in some part, remotness is great. Then took SR22 to east, found a picnik table in Idanha, I pulled over for lunch time. Then I continued SR22, brifly took US20 west, then took SR126 south. I don't have much memories anymore on those roads, I didn't think they were bad, but not too outstanding either. Then I took another forest road from Rainbow, passing by Cougar Dam. There were some sand on the road, but that road had a lots of twisties along the lake created by the dam. After lots of twisties, I took a side road with a sign says 'Oakridge'.
I was already hungry so I had some burgers, salad, etc at McD there. It was still 3pm ish, so I decided to continue. I took SR58 east, the road was rather boring. It then marged with US97. I decided to spend a night at a small town with nothing but gas stations.
The motel's owner in Chemult was a South Asian, he said he used to live in Surrey. I asked him how's the life in out-of-nowhere Oregon. He said he's fed up with high property tax, he'd rather go back to Surrey. Many of motels in USA (in Canada, too?) are run by South Asians. I often ask them why so. They say running motels is a round-clock business, nobody but South Asian can do that kind of work. I wish they opened up more Indian restaurants, so it'll give me more choices on food when I'm on the road.
Chemult does have Subway, but not much else. I didn't feel like subs, I just had some hot dogs, then called it a day.
I never imagined US97 is heavy with traffic, the trucks were passing by through out the night. I was able to sleep because I was tired, but it was pretty noisy at the roadside motel.