Wel gang, my buddy Dave was heading off to Vegas for a week trip and asked if I'd like to run diown to Idaho as he had another buddy going and coming pretty much straight back, so off we went. Left Friday moring from the truck border at 7:00 am. Very nice and unventfull no line up straight through and off we go. Down the I 5 through Burlington to Everett then we get into some serious nice riding. We cut over heading south east through leavenworth, winatchee and through Othello. While we're heading down this way needless to say the mercury is rising rapidly and by the time we got to Othello it was probably about 85-90 degrees. Along the way one of the guys needed gas and no one else did so Rob and I headed up a sort of side road which was a fantastic ess curved newly paved highway and at the top is a recreation area that Dave asked us to meet him at. We pull into a little dirt parking lot that turned out to be a little oasis in the middle of nowhere, SE Washington. (see the pictures). After a short stop we carried on with the plan being that our final destination would be Grangeville. Well we got past Lwiston Idaho and were heading for Grangeville and as we looked across a raging river there she stood... in all her glory... a Best Western Hotel with a patio over looking the river... and a beer store next door. Well the rest was history for that day.
Next morning get up bright eyed and bushy tailed and off we go up along the Idaho side of the border. Unfortunately I had a very long ride ahead so I didn't have much time for pictures so we carried on. One thing I have learned is that when travelling in the US if the sign says Slow to 50mph thats a suggestion, if it says slow to 45, thats a suggestion, if it says slow to 30 thats a strong suggetion and if it says slow to 25 you had better darn well slow down cause the corner coming up is really tight.
Anyway up we go throough Coeur De Alene and up to Sndpoint. This was absolutely breathtaking scenery and lots of beautifull quite newly paved roads with passing lanes every now and then. I now know what they mean by rolling hills, unbelievable.
Anyway it was eventually over to Winthrop for a break. Just before that I lost Rob as he headed for Kelowna (lucky sob) . A short burger in Winthrop and off I went to through the Cascades over to the I 5 and straight up to the place we call home. Burnaby Yeeaaah!
Left at 7 am and arrived in Burnaby at 12:30 am. Quite a journey but well worth the whole thing and funny how a ride to Kelowna doesn't seem that far now.