This was the last 'long' ride for the 2007 season.
During my ride to Laguna Seca in July (Here) I had issue with a tire replacement.
This costed me 2 good days of riding in Northern California, which I was really looking forward to with the HP.
So when a buddy told me that he was desperate to fill a week off at the end of September, I put work on hold, and took off again to get my Northern California fix.
We left on the Monday morning not too early.
Down I5 first and accross to Leavenworth for some classic German Sausage. A quick hope over the forest and into Ellensburg.
I guess the first really cool road started with the Yakima canyon.
It was just a perfect afternoon. Temperature, road surface, traffic, we had it all. In Yakima we then headed back west along US12. Stopping only for a quick look at Mount Rainier, as Darkness was approaching. We called it a night in Packwood WA.
The next day saw a disappointing start, as we found out that the back road to mount St. Helens were shutdown during the week, for repairs. It worked just as well, as I was in need of yet another tire. So we spent the day in Portland shopping for goodies (New camera lens) and finished by another exciting I5 ride to Eugene OR.
The next day we more than made up in terms of tiny twisty roads. I lead the way down some road I had discovered on my way to laguna.
So eastbound along the Mackenzie river, then south to Westfir, via that awesome forest road, which I have now rename the roller coaster.
Here is an interior view of the Westfir covered bridge with the new lens.
We then crossed the Umpqua forest on a really tiny road, which was recommended by the BMW of Eugene staff that morning. Turns out that most maps are not updated yet as the road as only been completed (read fully paved) less than 2 years ago.
Above the Umpqua forest (OR)
We called it a night for good reason at the Diamond lake resort.
The night and fuel reserve light flashing was enough to convince us to stop there.
A fairly early start the next day, made for an awesome opportunity. Having crater lake almost to ourselves.
Crater lake from the north east side.
I felt extremely privilege to see Crater Lake under a perfect sky. The visitor center was already closed for the season. The wood stick marking the roads were in place waiting for the winter snow falls. At each viewpoint there was no tourist to battle with. My kind of tourist season.
Here I was trying to spot any sign of life.
The obligatory bike shot on the east side.
We did took a break at the lodge before heading down to Medford.