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Old 02-12-2014, 02:44 PM   #31
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...but there is also a component of just putting down miles on asphalt...
Daily distances: Everyone has a different level of tolerance, but my wife is about done for the day at 250 miles or sooner.

For myself, 350ish is a good day, but at around 400 miles the ride starts to turn from fun into work.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:10 PM   #32
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Daily distances: Everyone has a different level of tolerance, but my wife is about done for the day at 250 miles or sooner.

For myself, 350ish is a good day, but at around 400 miles the ride starts to turn from fun into work.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:52 PM   #33
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Oh and, nice flask.


I was wondering if anyone would ever notice that!
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #34
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That flask is waaay to small to be nice
I like the skull & crossbones though, it reminds when to,,...and when not to,...use it

(or at least when yer not sposed to.....)
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:47 PM   #35
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Gone are the days of sitting with an atlas, calculator and note pad. We got Google map. All hail Google map, a dreamers dream.

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...88cc97ef&msa=0

Day 1: Portland to Astoria, via Tillamook. Nice ride through the forest on OR 8; thence up the coast to Astoria. Nice ocean vistas along the way.

Astoria


Day2: Astoria to Seattle Several ways to do this, but a ride across the Puget Sound on a ferry cannot be missed. What can be missed is riding the slab in to Seattle. The ferry will give you a beautiful view of the skyline and dump you off right downtown. Try the Roosevelt Hotel.

Day3; Seattle to Republic via the North Cascade Highway. A can't miss, fer sure.


Day 4: Republic to Kalispell, MT. A great set off point for Glacier NP

Day 5: Through Glacier to say... Great Falls. MT. Wasn't so long ago that the maximum speed limit in MT was "reasonable and prudent".

Day 6: Great Falls to Jellystone. The highlight will be Beartooth Hwy (212)

Day 7: Kick around Jellystone and discuss how rude some people can be.

Day 8: Jellystone to Missoula. The Rihno, Stockmans and the Missoula Club come to mind. A great drinking town.

Day 9: Missoula to La Grande, includes US-12 and Rattlesnake Grade. I don't have an image for "WINDING ROAD NEXT 77 MILES" but got this for Rattlesnake


Day 10: LaGrande to Portland could be slabbed, but I wouldn't.

Give the wife the camera. It will give her a job to do and allow you operate the machine. Years ago before GPS, I had in mind a back mounted map envelope for the rider, so the passenger could do the navigating and keep her from nodding off. Develop some signals so if she needs or just wants to stop, you will know.
This route also assumes using motels.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:51 PM   #36
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When do the locals start riding?
Not sure about the others, but I started riding when I was 12



Seriously though as you can see the PNWet has a lot to offer and I believe most of the biggest/best highlights have been suggested.
So now it's time for you to do your homework and decide what you want to see and where you want to go.
Then we can pile on more stuff for you to see and do in that area

Oh, and congratulations
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:57 PM   #37
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Not sure about the others, but I started riding when I was 12



Seriously though as you can see the PNWet has a lot to offer and I believe most of the biggest/best highlights have been suggested.
So now it's time for you to do your homework and decide what you want to see and where you want to go.
Then we can pile on more stuff for you to see and do in that area

Oh, and congratulations
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:14 AM   #38
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Oh, and- ask the place yo are renting the bike from about helmet comms. Might be nice to ride along and talk, too.


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Old 02-13-2014, 07:15 AM   #39
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another option

If you are doing this in May or June in the PNW, here is another option.

My wife and I are from next door to the OP (in Alabama). 20 years ago when we got married, she was not a motorcycle rider yet. I decided that late May was too early in the season to reliably plan to introduce her to motorcycle riding in the PNW, as the snow potential was too high. So we planned our HM as follows:

Flew from ATL to Vancouver. Spend a day in Vancouver enjoying the sights and the great variety of food downtown (steam clock, docks, market, Chinatown). Then rented a convertible and drove up to Whistler. Perfect weather to have the top down and heater running full blast. Cool waterfalls and scenic stops along the way.

We spent several days hiking and mountain biking on a tandem MTB (we were experienced tandem riders and mountain bikers, but that was our first MTB tandem, what an adventure!) on the great trails at Whistler and then went up high to hit the ski slopes, pretty cool to be able to do this variety of things on the same day if you wanted to!

Then toured some of the rural areas of BC in the convertible, hitting cool places to eat and sightsee, while saving plenty of energy for other aspects of the HM. Stayed in great hotels and generally had a great time.

After introducing her to motorcycling trips in the southeast, going to great places like the Vanderbilt House in Ashville, and the BRP, and North GA, we did her first long motorcycle trip out west a couple of years after the HM.

We took three weeks in August and rode the motorcycle from Birmingham out west along parts of the Pony Express route and the Oregon Trail. We visited places like Scottsbluff, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Cody, Yellowstone, Big Sky, Missoula, Polson (take the lake tour to see the Ospreys), the Going to the Sun Road, Alberta, Helena, SLC, Arches, Canyonlands, the Colorado Rockies, Silverton, Durango, Taos, Tucumcari, and back to Bama. Great trip!

Hope your HM and time travelling together will be as fun as ours has been.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:19 AM   #40
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.......Might be nice to ride along and talk, too.
Maybe,...since he'll be just recently married.......


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....I don't have an image for "WINDING ROAD NEXT 77 MILES"....
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Not that one ... your photo is at Lolo Summit
on the ID side. Am referring to the one a mile
east of Lowell, ID (Cougar Canyon Station).

Isn't there also a sign on 12 that says "No Gas Next 99 miles" or something close to that?


EDIT: I mixed them up:
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You Mean This one?






It was there last September.
Here's the thread:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573492
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:39 PM   #41
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Oh, and- ask the place yo are renting the bike from about helmet comms. Might be nice to ride along and talk, too.


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Good thought, but we are already up on that. We have the uclear bluetooth headsets. They work really well during gas breaks as I can pump gas, she can go inside, and we can keep talking. However, I'm not happy with their performance while on the road. I think the microphone setup doesn't provide for a clear communication above 45. But I haven't tried any other setup, so don't know how that compares to say a Cardo Scala.
We also have hand signals because she likes to play her ipod rather than have it on intercom.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:50 PM   #42
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We also have hand signals because she likes to play her ipod rather than have it on intercom.
Humpf - sounds like your married already
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I have a good friend who's Mom is......very annoying at best.
Blah, blah, blah....etc.
Great Lady, heart of gold & all that,... but wow.
Shut up already!!

His Mom & Dad ride their own Yamaha & Goldwing Trikes all over the US.
LOTS & LOTS of miles.
One day, we was all hanging out, and she says....
"Maybe we should get some of those intercoms"

You oughta seen the look of fear and desperation on his face as he struggled for a nicer way to say ....."Oh, fuck no"
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:02 PM   #44
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I lived in West Yellowstone awhile back. Make reservations. Soon if not last week.
I now live in central Washington. Grew up in Seattle. Skip Seattle.
Spend time in and around Portland go east through Oregon' white Mts or Wallowas or eastern WA into Idaho and Lolo pass.
In MT go south from Lolo and then NE toward Bozeman. Before Bzmn go SE at Ennis to W yellowstone.
Now you're at the park. Enjoy it because you made reservations, right?
Return?
Bozeman to Helena to the Flathead/Kalispell then west into Idaho to spokane. Or see Glacier park for a day or two. Then south southeast back to Portland.
Have fun. Beware of idiot drivers in Yellowstone. Elk and bison too.

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:11 PM   #45
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What is it like up there around May-June.When do the locals start riding?
I was raised in Portland so let me give you the short answer, at least for west of the Cascades:

Rain.

The long answer would be rain and mud punctuated by bleak shades of gray with corresponding despair followed by damp afternoons at Powell's bookstore scoping out women who invariably smell of musty wet wool because, frankly, it's too early in the day to start drinking beer.

Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit. In Portland it's never too early for beer.

The month of May can actually be drier than June, but that's sort of like saying the red numbers on a roulette wheel are more festive than the black ones. Both suck if you don't win, which you won't because Portland has a marine climate i.e. it's as wet as that ocean you'd swear was running down your neck.

Portland: 80 trillion gallons of water and nothing to do on a Friday night.

Okay, now I'm really carping. Actually, Portland can be a lot of fun. It has the most strip clubs (and I mean buck naked) per capita of any city in the US. You'll be on your honeymoon? Never mind. There are some great restaurants. PDX is Beer Central. Seriously. And then there's Powell's bookstore, the largest bookstore in the US. I personally don't see that last one as a bragging point but when in Rome....

If you don't mind riding in rain or adjusting your schedule on the fly to avoid the seemingly never-ending drizzle, you'll do fine. East of the Cascades is much drier. The Cascades themselves? Rain. Seattle has more rain as measured in inches but as measured by the length of time that it rains, Seattle is marginally better than Portland. By the same token, I think Seattle is a more interesting city than Portland, and Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains are a hell of a lot more breathtaking than the Willamette river and Mt. Tabor, but it's not as if you'll be choosing between Paris and Mogadishu, so either town will give you plenty to explore and look at. Just bring an umbrella.
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