Planning a honeymoon ride in the PNW

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Glow Guy, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Glow Guy

    Glow Guy Adventurer

    Dec 19, 2008
    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.
  2. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

    Oct 18, 2010
    Portland...the newer one on the left side.
    Humpf - sounds like your married already :D
  3. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

    Aug 26, 2007
    Mt Hood mud flow

    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" :lol3
  4. Yakima

    Yakima DL 650

    Mar 28, 2010
    Central Washington State
    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?
    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.

  5. Friz Freleng

    Friz Freleng Religious zealot

    Jul 23, 2008
    North SF Bay Area
    I was raised in Portland so let me give you the short answer, at least for west of the Cascades:


    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.
  6. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

    Dec 1, 2005
    Rainville, Orygun, where moss is a road hazard.
    Lies, all lies, don' listen to him. :nono

  7. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

    Aug 13, 2007
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Generally speaking, the coast in the PNW, west of the Cascades, is soggy. I dated someone in Snohomish for a while, and one summer they had 122 days in a row of solid overcast and varying degrees of rain. Was really nice to come back to the dry side.
    Might want to factor that in your plans, and realize that if you get to Seattle or Portland and is gray and raining, it's normal. East of the Cascades we average 300-330 days of sunshine a year.

  8. BillMoore

    BillMoore Been here awhile

    Oct 21, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    That hasn't happened in the 18 years I've lived here... Winter yes, but not summer. We have definitely seen winters with that many consecutive cloudy/rainy days, but in the summer (counting summer as early July to mid/late September) it is rare to get more than 2-3 days of consecutive rain, and also rare to get a total of more than 10 rainy days in that 2 month period.

    But the other 10 months out of the year, yeah soggy is a pretty accurate description... :rofl
  9. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

    Dec 1, 2005
    Rainville, Orygun, where moss is a road hazard.
    Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    January 16, 2014:



    Just one of the many beautiful winter days I have spent at the coast over the years.

    You just never know.