Had a chance to take a four day trip and went for it. Not sure if I will be able to do any more multiday trips this seasons so if this is my only one then I better go now!!! Glad I did. I forgot what an amazing place Oregon is to ride. Last year on my Yellowstone trip it seemed like every state I went through was competing to see who could do the most road construction. Not sure which state won but motorcyclists were the winners for sure. I could not believe just how much smooth, race track pavement there was to ride. Even small one lane roads through remote mountains were paved. Oregon has so much amazing scenery.
Day 1 - 680kms
The ride started out WET and stayed wet until we were close to Leavenworth. It was frustrating especially since the road from Arlington > Granite Falls > Roesiger Lake is excellent. Highway 2 to Leavenworth is somewhat forgettable. Pretty bland. Lunch in Leavenworth was good. It was dry. I broke my own rule of no-beer-with-lunch and had one anyway because they had the Deschutes Brewery (great!) summer twilight ale. This is a fantastic beer. This trip is going to be filled with fantastic brews! After lunch we did the hill climb up to Ellensburg. This is a fantastic road going South. Fast sweepers going up hill is great. All the cops on this highway were already busy with other cars so it was ideal. When we arrived at Yakima Canyon Road is was being paved so not much of a road surface to really push it on. Big thanks to unknown rider for the head tap. He saved us from a ticket there. The road through Klickitat made up for the canyon road. Lots of fun through there! When we arrived in Hood River we dropped out stuff and went to the HorseFeathers pub for some great craft beer. Hood River is a GREAT place to stop for the night.
20min contsruction wait... but as soon as we got to the front of the line we moved! win!
You don't make friends with Salad! You don't make friends with Salad!
So good... one of the best beers of the trip
After ride brews at the HorseFeathers Brewery. Great spot.
Maybe too good of a place...