*Cancelled, but good to read for your own trip idea's.*
Hello all. Last year I organized a trip around Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Here's a link to that thread. I'm ready to go again, and am leaving Sunday May 22 at around 8 am at the Blaine border crossing.
My plan is to ride Windy Ridge, then hunker down in Oregon for the night. If any of you care to spend the night and rehash the ride we can split hotel costs. In the morning you can retrace your steps and head home, or just go straight up I-5.
I'll be continuing on down to California for a week or so to the Napa Valley area. Sweet roads, beautiful scenery and a great little cafe in Fort Bragg await.
I'll be riding at a conservative pace on the main roads, once we're into the nice stuff everyone should ride at the pace they're comfortable with.
Your bike should be in good running order, with tires minimally at 50% tread left. Last year someone's front tire went bald half way down the volcano and he did a bit of gardening.
I don't mind if this is your first long trip or if you're a fairly new rider (2-3 years experience). Check your ego at the door on this ride though please. Any stupid stuff (same lane passing, wheelies on main roads, bad attitiude etc) and you'll be asked to ride on your own.
Keep in mind if you're a newer rider, I've had both newbs and veteran riders who over estimate their ability to ride twisties come on this trip. In one case a newb went home with no bike since the volcano ate it. In another case I had to double a fellow veteran 8 hours on the back of my bike with a broken scapula, clavical and arm and a bruised lung to boot. This road can bite hard since it's lengthy, and your ability to concentrate wanes the longer you ride.
That's all for now, I'll post a couple pics later.
EDIT: You'll need proper ID to cross the border. Call to make sure your ID will do if you don't have a passport.