seattle, wa to reno, nv route help!!

Discussion in 'Americas' started by coolhandduke, May 2, 2012.

  1. coolhandduke

    coolhandduke n00b

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  2. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Down the coast to Eureka, across on 299 (awesome road), mebbe Lassen and on down to Tahoe.

    Most of the route I see on your map looks like slab, I-90, I84 (snooze, been there), etc. Oh, and wind, you're gonna get a lot of wind on that route.

    Thinking you can get a lot more creative on this route. Good Luck.

    And from your profile, I see you are 27, not enough gray hair for Reno :D, go to South Lake Tahoe. Then run back and forth over the pass from North Lk Tahoe over to Virginia City.
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  3. Trayvessio

    Trayvessio Super Strom Trooper

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    Ride down to the coast to Fortuna or so, then head east. Or blast down I-5 from Seattle to Portland, and then pick up 101 for a while. Or head down the coast even farther and go through Napa. As posted above, there are lot's of options for a 2000 mile round trip from Seattle to Reno. I personally find Google Maps really helpful for figuring out routes - keep using it!
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  4. Hoologan

    Hoologan Been here awhile

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    I see you're going through hells canyon. Great choice! Besides your eastern Oregon/Idaho section, I would personally take less highway.
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  5. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Hwy 95 is a bit of a drone, south of Boise, but the interstate to Reno is worse.

    South from Mountain Home, ID is a much better ride. Thru Duck Valley and all the way to Eureka, NV. This is a scenic and more ambling road. Hills and valleys, sagebrush cattle lands.

    West on hwy 50 is more interesting than the interstate, even if it is quite straight. Interesting towns and some elevation changes.

    There is a truck route, south of Weiser, that bypasses a bunch of hwy 95 stop and go. hwy2 or 200, something like that. Use it to get to 78 east to Bruneau then south.

    431 - 341 was a good ride, near Reno.
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  6. LetItRoll

    LetItRoll ForwardAholic

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    From Ontario you can go west to crane then south through diamond valley cutoff (lava flow) then south to FrenchGlen and Fields, all very low traffic twisty backroads, then either out to winnemucca, or over to Cedarville and down to Gerlach, south to nixon and there is a back paved road West out of there that brings you right in at the Nugget in Sparks.
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  7. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I agree with Letitroll. Nicer way to get to Reno from Southeast Oregon is south of Burns down through the Steens Mtns on 205 through Frenchglen and Fields and cutting west on 140 at Denio over to Adel and south on twentymile road (county 3 14) and left at Coleman Valley Rd which turns into County Rd 34 when it crosses into Nevada and passes through Gerlach and the Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man festival) and takes you down to Sparks/Reno. Beautiful remote area of the country. Only gas will be at Denio, Adel and Gerlach through that area.



    Best,
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  8. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    The river canyon road from Ellensburg to Selah is nice if you havent ridden it before.....Also a great mirco brewery in Enterprise Or... Terminal Gravity, it is worth a look. :freaky
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  9. cycletlh

    cycletlh Slower than yesterday!

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    What are you riding? How many days?

    We have done this before and will be riding to Reno again this summer. With out answers to your questions I am going to suggest from Seattle that you take the back way around Mt. Ranier and St. Helens to Stevenson. Then around Mt. Hood to Bend, Klamath Falls, Lava Beds, Lassen Volcanic Park, and 89 to just before Truckee and east to Reno. Area N. and S. of K Falls is a bit boring but the rest is good.

    For the return cut over to the 101 and bring the coast up to Crescent City, 199 to Grants Pass, SE a short distance on I-5 to 234 to 62 Crater Lake Hwy to Crater Lake. There was a nice place to stay in Shady Cove. Choose your own route from there.

    Plug that into Mapquest and see what you get then let us know.
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  10. coolhandduke

    coolhandduke n00b

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    thank you all for the suggestions.
    I will be riding a yamaha fz1 and my buddy will be on a triumph sprint. We decided to take out hells canyon because it is a little out of the way.
    Here is the current plan for one way:
    http://goo.gl/maps/ElPe

    and the other way:
    http://goo.gl/maps/TAKh

    The second route will take less time so we can blast back if we start to run out of time.

    Still open to suggestion.
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  11. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    As I recall, FS25 out of Randle is dirt. Mebbe more fun than you were looking for on a FZ1 and a Sprint?
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  12. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    Highway 89 in California is a good choice it's one of my favorite routes going north or south.
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  13. coolhandduke

    coolhandduke n00b

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    I will have to double double check but i think it is paved. Were you on it recently?
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  14. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Looking on mapquest and google maps, looks like I got it confused with FS23. 25 does indeed look paved, my bad.
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  15. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    looks like a great trip, please post up a RR when done! I hope to get to Mt St Helens this summer too!

    Cheers!
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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    ^^This^^
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  17. TimidTrail

    TimidTrail Adventurer

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    Speaking of Lava Beds, is this the route you've done cycleth? It looks like it would be some fun but not sure about road conditions. Google street view goes along most of it. It depicts a narrow paved road.

    http://goo.gl/maps/RPlM
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