My first RR! I live in Maryland and had an opportunity to fly to Portland OR for a few days. I did a 2.5 day 1100 mile guerrilla tour. One day in a cage (650 miles in Oregon) and 1.5 days on a bike (450 miles mostly in Washington). This RR will be about my mountain ride on the bike, but I'll throw in a few pix of the Oregon coast cuz you FFs need to see that too!! I rented a G650GS from http://www.bmwor.com/custompage2.asp?pg=rentals BMW of Western OR in Tigard. Andrew will set you up. A one day rental consists of the first day and until 5PM the second day... Pretty sweet. I decided to go with the suggestions of CrazyBrit here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=461915 . Thanks again CB and the others who responded. ADVrider.com riders are the BEST!!! Like my father before me.....I'm a geezer, and I have NEVER seen such beautiful scenery on such EXCELLENT MC roads! A serious treat for an ol peg scraper like me. My biggest problem was: How to do some throttle twisting and scenic touring at the same time. I managed to get mostly scenic touring done. The place is just too spectacular to concentrate entirely on the riding. Alot of low rpm 2nd and 3rd gear riding. Map of area: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/04maps/images/final-2008-VR_msh_nvm_10x13_web.jpg I was headed toward the mountains by 10:30 on Tuesday 7/29/09 By the end I had run the entire length of FS 90, 25 (2x) and 99 (2x). FS stands for Forest Service. Here we go........... The bike on FS90 with Swift reservoir background: BTW.... the new G didn't really stand up to my 05 F. It could be how the bike was set up, or maybe bad gas, but a twist of the throttle didn't mean instant on like my F. It was more of a delayed reaction thing which took me a bit to get used to. Otherwise, the bike felt just like mine. More from FS90: Into Gifford Pinchot National Forest on FS25: The sign I just passed said "ENTERING VOLCANIC HAZARD AREA"....This is too friking cool. Ohhhh the twisties...I pretty much owned the roads up here . FS25: My first view of Mt. St. Helens, FS25 continues: FS25 keeps on giving: Don't drift too far west.... you'll be airborne long enough to read a Darth Peach RR. In a day or 2, I'll take you up FS99 to Windy Ridge, then onto an attempt at Mt. Rainier, and to Mt. Adams. Thanks for going with me!