I love riding out in northeastern Washington. There is a wonderful network of fine roads and funky, attractive communities east of the Okanagan and north of the flatlands down by Spokane. this is country best enjoyed over 3 or 4 days, but the recent superb early may sunshine lured me out for 'exploration' on a simple Saturday - Sunday trip.
Winthrop is the jumping off spot. I had lots of time and wanted to explore, so I rode the West and East Chewuch Rds just north of town, both of which are pleasant little diversions.
I then poked up Patterson Lake Road, which eventually climbs to the amazingly located (and undoubtedly astonishingly expensive) Sun Mountain Lodge.
Next to tick off was the Eastside Rd from Winthrop to Twisp, which is a decent alternative to the highway; then I rode out Twisp River Road to the end of the pavement (maybe 45kms). This is really nice in the first half, then gets pretty 'plain' thru the forest.
I rode the Twisp-Carlton sideroad (nice) and highway down to Pateros, then Old Hwy 97 from Brewster to Okanagan (not really worthwhile, except to get off the 'main' route).
After refuelling in Omak, I set my sights on Republic for the night. The fast run out SR155 to Nespelem is always exhilarating; Cache Creek Rd remains a favorite of mine, even (as always in early season) when care must be maintained to keep from dumping it off the road because of the remaining skim of winter sand; and the run up Hwy 21 to Republic gets better and better the further north you go.
The Northern Inn and the saloon on main street looked after my feed and sleep needs, as usual.
map of day 1: