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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by FotoTEX, Nov 12, 2008.
You can tell it to me. I'm not a great threat, I live waaay too far.
There's certainly a few good roads in WA and OR, just not good enough for a top ten list. Rattlesnake Grade might be worthy though.
Excellent and well appreciated work. I was surprised there were no Ohio listings. It will make me travel even more.
Previous poster DUCK may not be aware of recent work to straighten the rattlesnake grade. It is now a six-lane highway built to interstate standards. Sorry to disappoint all of you that may have wanted to ride it. We'll look for some other roads and post them though.
Fully aware that I'll attract attention to this area, I still find it amazing that there's little mention of central Oregon as far as street roads. We riders in B.C. take regular week rides usually using John Day as a base. State 218 from Fossil to Clarno, 207 from Mitchel to the Service Creek Lodge at state 19, State 19 from,,,well really from Fossil all the way to John Day, 395 from Dayville to Ukiah. Really, you could spend a whole week out there playing and not ride a road twice. From The Dalles, to Enterprise, Baker City to Sweet Home, it's a motorcycle version of Disneyland.
Yeah, the John Day area is a huge playground for 2 wheels. I actually like the stretch of 218 between Antelope and Shaniko. If you are on 218, it is worth going all the way to Shaniko. Pretty much any road out there is great. 19, 207, 218, 402, 395, you just can't go wrong. Since pretty much every road in the area has to either follow a creek, or go up and down the canyon walls, they are all good.
Plenty of good stuff on the west side of the state too. 53, 62, 224/22, 242, 126, even 20 is a good ride once you get past sweethome if you heading east. Pick a route between 2 places that aren't big cities, and you usually will find a good road. That isn't even touching on some of the smaller roads in the gorge, that you can just go play on, ride 15-20 miles up and back down, and go to the next one.
The east end also has some great stuff, the hells canyon / wallowa area is amazing.
Yeah, I got tricked into it by those sneaky Canadians! They baited me by talking about John Day. Crap, I think I just let everyone in our fair state down by giving out a few places to ride.
Ignore what I said, our state sucks, nothing to see here, move along.
... And it rain 360 days a year.
That it does, and those other 5 days it is only "Partly Sunny"
Actually, only three days are "partly sunny," the other two are "partly cloudy."
And you can generally count on the 5th of July to be one of those days.
I don't know why everyone is complaining-- Oregon is empty, it's too far away, nobody ever goes there, you'll have it all to yourself, etc., etc.
When people ruin a secret road* out here on the East Coast, however... that calls for the death penalty. :ddog
* Fully knowing there ARE NO secret roads out here anymore
Oregon Hwy US Hwy 101 between New Port and Florance.
Utah Alpine loop
Oregon McKenzie Pass
North Carolina, Boone west
Idaho, Idaho City Moores pass
Washington, Mt St Helen
Alaska, Top of the World Hwy Dawson to Tok
Oregon, old Hwy 30 in the Columbia River Gorge
Oregon, the old Sitka stage road Winston to Myrtle Point
Texas, Big Bend national and state park
Texa,s Bandera the Texas hill country
Besides the BlueRidge Parkway, I would have to say rte 100 in Vermont. I read that in the fall its is amazing with all the scenery changing. I have only driven it in winter in my truck and it was still amazing.
This is a pedal site but the maps and info are good. A great day trip in the fall there is something for everyone. Highly recomended.
Has anyone removed Natchez Trace Parkway from the Top 10 list yet? It's OK, but not worthy of a Top 10. Maybe, for historical reasons only, a top 10. As a motorcycle road, BOOORRRRIINNNNGGG!!!!!
Awsome thread! So many roads, so little time. A couple of my standouts aside from some of the obvious ones already posted.
Hwy. 89 from the Grand Tetons to Bear Lake in Ut.
14 Alt. from Sheridan to Lovell, Wy.
Rt. 9 from Washington, Ut. through Zion NP.
Rt. 1 through coastal Me.
Last but not least, I was lucky enough to catch the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia in peak fall color. Absolutely breathtaking!
I completely agree. I haven't ridden it in TN yet though.