3 Splendid days. Cut short by an oil leak, and the smell of BBQ for the 4th The way out of WA was at the SW tip. One of those bridges that go on forever. To this point, things were not looking good If you FF'rs are ever ready for a get together, I know a good spot. The Oregon Coast kicks ass, a must see. Surpisingly light traffic for around the 4th. But Cannon beach was a fookin zoo. Yuk! My company features "Tillamook Cheese" so by dropping by the birthplace of the cheese we buy, I can write this off as a business expense (photo proof!oser ) An Atraction just down the road from the "Worlds largest non-stick skillet" In my haste to get out of town, I was really pushing my laden KLR. I made a pass on a line of cars and semis heading out of WA going down a huge hill. It was fun till I looked down. Note Max Speed. God forbid I would have needed to brake.... I slowed wtf down after that... (It's vacation after all) The first night I camped in Oregon. In a camp ground. I had beer. Thats all I remember, oh, it did not rain. The entire ride was secondary roads and forest roads. I was tired of the heat, tired of wrasslin the laden bike. Felt good to sleep. I was "God Knows where" on a forest road in Oregon, and came to this rickety bridge. I stopped in the middle to take a pic, and realized with my horrible footing, I could tumble off this bridge in a split second. So this was the only pic I got WHat kind of force of nature does it take to cause this? That's 4' thick concrete bridge. I wonder what the river looked like on that day? My plan was to slab it down to CA, Redwoods, and then east to Utah, but I was blazing by some fantastic views, and said F**k it, I'm hangin'! I decded to head North through the Heart of the Cascades. I denied myself no road, no avenue. I must have taken 30-40 roads "to the end" Some of the Alpine Meadows were incredible. Sure wish i'd had someone there to so, Holy Shit, are you seeing this? That water so clean. It was a glacier just a little while ago. There was clumps of dirty snow, but I thought it would be too poser to take pics of such a site. Mount hood. The grey area in the forgroud is where a huge wash had gone through in the recent past. It was 1/4 wide of nothing but rock. Every bush, tree and blade of grass were gone all the way up to the mountian. Fresh kill. Second day of camping. Unsure of location, had much much more beer. No Pictures FYYFF The south side (Not blown up) Of St Helens. It's like 160 degree's in the shade again, I reiterate, FYYFF No pics of it, but on the second night, I woke up in my sleeping bag with both claves in full charley horse! OWWWWWWW! In my mad dash to get out of sleeping bag, and tiny one man tent to stand up, I even pulled a muscle in my neck! WTF! Dehydrated Much! Wow! Woke all my neighbor camper up with my cussin and yellin... Well it hurt! Hell I was afraid to go back to sleep (it was 2 am) it hurt so bad! How big was the explosion that was St Helens? Those are tree's in the water of that lake 27 years later! Hundreds of miles of forest gone. To this day, no tree's grow in the blast zone. Just shrub. I read that the first couple miles of land were scrubbed 2-3' deep, tree's were ground to dust. This is 10 miles from the blast Please realize this pic of the Valcanoe clearly shows where the mountain used to be. The sheer vastness of what happened is not really comprehensible. That is steam btw. I take the customary walk around the bike before I climb on, WTF? Oil! I check and it's a full quart (it holds 2.5) low. The wife calls. (We been feudin, she wants me to come home, she's making a 4th of july feast. BBQ< Fresh Made Breads, Corn on the Cob, Beer,...... Now some may say I high talied it home cause of the oil leak, and yet others will say it was for the BBQ, but only I know for sure With my new business opening soon, this will likely be my last ride report for a while. Good times.