Colorado ADVlogs Pacific Northwest Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mountainman13, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Mountainman13

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    Just some background, this trip had been over 6 months in planning and prep. We wanted to do a big motorcycle road trip shortly after starting to ride and this was the result. The planned route would take us from Colorado, through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and back to Colorado over about 2 weeks and over 3500 miles. We planned to pass through or very close to Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone, in between Mt Rainier and Mt Saint Helens, along the Pacific Coast Highway, through Crater Lake National Park, Lavabeds National Monument, and across the Loneliest Highway in America (Highway 50), through the salt flats in Utah and back home to Colorado.

    I rode my 2016 Triumph Scrambler, with T^2 my riding partner on her 2013 BMW G650GS. Our longest motorcycle trip before this was a long weekend in Moab with friends.

    Also, three weeks before the scheduled departure T^2's BMW suffered a blown radiator, and two weeks out my bike hand-grenaded an oil filter on the way to get my 6k mile service appointment. The day of our expected departure I ended up having to pick up the new radiator on my way through Denver to T^2 as finding and ordering a new radiator for the 650GS became its own little saga.

    Day One: Fort Collins, CO to Rawlins, WY

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    With day one basically just being about getting going, there wasn't much to say. Day two though would lead us up through the Wind River Indian Reservation and a surprise visit to the Sacagawea grave, a whole lot of antelope sightings, one encounter with a bee, Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone National Park, surprise encounters with Old Faithful, Buffalo, and a campsite just outside of Yellowstone which had to be seen to be believed.

    Every bit of this trip was off the interstates and until we hit Grand Tetons and Yellowstone we had ZERO traffic. We probably saw more bicyclists on the way to Yellowstone than cars. A few were on months long crossings of the US! Lunch in Lander, WY was amazing and if you have a chance to visit Lander Bar on your way through I would highly encourage it. This was one of the longest days in terms of mileage (almost 400) but probably the most rewarding with the views, the people, and the day itself.

    Day Two: Rawlins, WY to West Yellowstone, MT
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    Day three and it's on to Spokane, WA. This was the only part of the trip where we really had a time crunch. T^2 had her high school reunion to attend and we really needed to get all the way to Spokane today. This meant our longest day in terms of mileage (over 500 miles), and almost all of it spent on I-90. We did get to do a loop around Lake Coeur d'Alene which was incredible and met a lot of really nice people this day. I even ran into a friend from the CSU triathlon team at a gas station in St Regis!

    This was probably our least adventurous day and was just a slog to get where we needed to be. Still, it's not every day you get to ride through an area where the national KKK convention was held a few years ago...

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    Awesome. I love ride reports like this. As a film maker I understand the time that goes into this...cool camera work and great editing as well!
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    Not a travel day but instead got to go ride with T^2's uncle who took us around Newman Lake. If you're looking for twisties near Spokane, check it out. Pretty relaxed day, did this ride in the morning, rode around and saw Spokane for a bit, then it was back to get ready for T^2's high-school reunion and pack up for tomorrow. From here it's off to the coast!

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    Back on the road again, this time were headed out of Spokane for a memorial ride for T^2's father who passed away about two years ago. We went through Soap Lake, WA and out to the Wild Horses Monument in central WA with a group of people for that. Once that wrapped up it was up to us to get to Randle, WA (pretty much directly in between Mt Saint Helens and Mt Rainer). We went via Yakima Canyon which was as amazing to look at as it was hot. At times it felt like someone was aiming a hairdryer straight into my visor.

    From Yakima it was across wine country, up the mountains and through the traffic all the way to the very disappointing Cascade Peaks RV Campground... That was our scheduled camping location but we very quickly decided that was a no (we never actually stopped) and hit up a ranger station to find a true campsite. This eventually led us to Iron Creek Campground just south of Randle, WA by way of Endors first moon.

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    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Thanks for the miles and the smiles...love your senses of humor and the scenic commentary!
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    Thanks, we had a blast and the videos are better than any photo album we could do, the nice thing is we have the opportunity to share it with others.
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    Day Six and we wake on Endors first moon (but seriously this is near where they filmed the scenes for Star Wars) and head for southern Oregon. Along the way we are in and out of rainy weather, the BMW suffers the first casualty of the trip. This day ended up being a pretty long, cold slog through the rain but had some really amazing moments at the same time. The rain and fog got so bad by the end of the day that it killed both our phones (GPS), and the cameras. We ended up not being able to see the exit for our campsite and stayed about 25 miles further south in North Bend, OR.

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    We continue from the west coast across Oregon and head for Crater Lake National Park. Along the way we find some really big bugs, some amazing riding, annoying drivers, nice construction workers, and pine cones of unusual size. As we get into Crater Lake we discover the radiator fix on day one was not fully successful resulting in an unscheduled hour delay before we move on towards our campsite inside Lavabeds National Monument.

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    td63 Been here awhile

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    Good stuff! ...and I keep thinking our little (red)neck of the woods will grow out of its white supremacist reputation, but we keep earning it back.... Sigh.
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    Day 8 and we're headed for a little campsite in a town called Austin, NV. Unfortunately we never quite get there due to some unforeseen road and bike issues. If you ever get a chance to visit Pyramid Lake do it the right way and come in from the Reno side. It's incredibly beautiful and apparently there's some damn big fish wandering around down there.

    This will be the last update for a week or so, still working on new videos and been busy with life.

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    Day 9 and the only thing to do is see if we can get the BMW fixed and continue on. Somehow we got lucky and ended up a mile away from Sierra BMW of Reno who were incredibly helpful in getting the 650 back up and running. Along the way we ran into a group from Brazil riding up to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and a fellow ADVer riding the Pony Express trail on a GS650 twin.

    Eventually we arrived at the Bob Scott Campground just outside of Austin NV and got to enjoy the clear skies and beautiful stars before continuing on our journey.

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    Short post as the internet is down at the house so I'm having to do this by phone. We head out from Austin, NV to finish the loneliest highway in America and try to get to Nephi, UT before the Red Bull caffeine rush wears off.

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    Last official day of the trip as we had to split ways from here to get to our respective homes. HWY-191 North was kind of the diamond in the rough this day. Had no idea what to expect from it and it had the best views, smoothest asphalt, and nicest temperatures of the day and nearly the entire trip.

    It was a heck of a way to finish out the adventure and we're looking forward to another trip like it this next summer, but with much more off road. Since this trip I've traded the Triumph for a KTM 990 and we're looking to do the COBDR as well as a bunch of other short off road trips and training.

    Thanks to everyone who tuned in!

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