Last week I quickly put together a 5 day trip mostly in Oregon. I say I put together the trip, but it was really Lee (elevation) who put together the route for me and I just made adjustments along the way when things didn't go as planned. All of the roads that he suggested were awesome and well worth it. I can only imagine that the ones I had to skip were just as good.
Here's the entire route that I wound up completing. I had to make a few changes because of the weather as the initial plan was to go through Tonasket, Republic, Kettle Falls on my way to Spokane, but a late start to the day combined with the snow/rain I dealt with meant I took the safe alternative and cut through Coulee Dam. Day 2 went by without any changes. Day 3 was supposed to be right through from Enterprise to Halfway, over to Baker City, then down through Unity, Seneca, Paulina. Flood damage caused the closing of Forest road 39 so I had to go back up through La Grande and because I decided to go 40 miles down Rd 39 anyways, I didn't really have the time to do the full route so I took the shorter path along Hwy 26, but that meant I could check out the Painted Hills outside Mitchell. Day 4 had me meet another closed road. Hwy 242 was closed because there was still snow over the pass, but this wasn't a big detour. Day 5 was initially supposed to be through Mt Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests, but I'd had enough of snow and closed roads so I decided to save those for another trip since I knew that Forest Rd 25 past Mt St. Helens was closed and I wasn't in the mood to do a partial trip there.
Day 1: Home to Spokane, WA in 625km
The trip started with the normal North Cascades route across Washington, but I had the added joy of riding through snow over the pass. It then cleared up to perfect sunshine in Winthrop before snowing on me again and having to ride through slush between Twisp and Okanogan (I think that's where it was snowing)
The highway through to Coulee Dam is alright and the dam itself is pretty cool.
Day 2: Spokane, WA to Enterprise, OR in 442km
Hwy 97 on the east side of Coeur D'Alene Lake was an awesome road that I would love to do again when it isn't raining. There's this one left hand corner that overlooks the lake near the beginning that I wish I stopped at to take some pictures, but I was having too much fun. Hwy 3, 6, and 95 leading down to Lewiston were also good.
The Old Spiral Hwy was really cool to see, but once again it was wet.
Hwy 129 that turns into Hwy 3 once you cross into Oregon was also awesome. Great road and amazing scenery.
And a random one of the bike at the motel. It looks surprisingly clean after riding through lots of rain.