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post #21 of 39 Old 01-30-2019, 07:44 PM
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Driveth thee to Newberg, OR! Then head west to Carlton on a nice, twisty road. Continue thru Carlton, heading west on NW Meadowlake Rd, which turns into Nestucca River Rd, which is an even nicer twisty road. Somewhere before Blaine, the pavement will end for a few miles. On my '96 Shadow 1100 A.C.E. it was sketchy and super slow going; on a Vstrom it'll be almost like pavement. :-) After the dirt ends, be prepared for several miles of one of the finest, smoothest, most hidden and amazing roads in all of Oregon! Keep going west on that till you get to Beaver (the pavement will have gotten pretty bad by then), then turn North and head to: Tillamook! I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Tillamook!

Visit the Tillamook Air Museum; one of a handfull of remaining Blimp Hangers in the USA.
Visit the Tillamook Ice Cream Factory!

From there, head west to the 101 and go either north to Astoria (already mentioned) or south to...San Diego. :-)

I'm also a fan of the Hood River Highway, Silver Creek Falls (amazing twisty road and beautiful scenery), and of course Multnomah Falls.

I lived in Newberg for 27 years. I absolutely hated the weather, but I always said: It doesn't matter which way you go from Newberg; every road is an amazing motorcycle road!
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had a good meal there. nice area
Yes, me too, down at the jetty. I lost my mobile phone there.

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Consider Hwy 36 in Northern California. It goes from 101 on the coast (at Fortuna) over the coastal range to Red Bluff in the Valley. See the sign in my Avatar. People come from all over the West to ride this hwy.
Have a great trip!
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California coast, Oregon coast, Washington coast are all nice areas. As mentioned Hwy 20 in Washington is a must see, it opens late May or early June once they plow out the 100 meters of snow. Amazing place to ride. Loop back into BC and ride down the old Hwy #1 through the 9 tunnels following the Fraser River, it starts out as a desert and goes into forest then comes out to Vancouver. Then you can circle up Hwy #99 past Whistler and keep going up to Duffey lake and keep on going to Jasper/Banff then head South to loop back around. Be sure to ride Hwy #40 East of Banff down to Crowsnest Pass, a nice quiet gravel road with great views.

Really there are just a million places to go and see in the West. So much variety.
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Get Google Maps/directions on your computer and type in the following:
Lolo, Mt
Lewiston, ID
Enterprise, OR
Hells Canyon Overlook
Challis, ID
Dubois, WY
Red Lodge, MT
Gardiner, MT
West Yellowstone, MT
Ennis, MT
Lolo, MT
Its a great loop and gives you a sample of just about everything.
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Forgive me if I missed it, but what is your timing (time of year & amount of time for ride) of this ride?
It could make a difference on recommendations.

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Vancouver to and through the Rockies and back
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The Duffy Loop: a long, but beautiful day. I often prefer to go North on the 99 to Lillooet, have lunch, and return the same way.

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drmonbowen,

I was curious where exactly Bowen Island is in BC, so I looked it up. Stupid question here, but I don't let that stop me; does it get to be a pain to have to take a ferry to leave the island? Or do you just get used to it? But I am jealous of all you Vancouver BC area folks. That is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. I'll be back to visit someday! Just... not next week, unfortunately.

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I was curious where exactly Bowen Island is in BC, so I looked it up. Stupid question here, but I don't let that stop me; does it get to be a pain to have to take a ferry to leave the island? Or do you just get used to it? But I am jealous of all you Vancouver BC area folks. That is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. I'll be back to visit someday! Just... not next week, unfortunately.
Hello A1st. The answer is both long and short. Short = yes. Long = well, it's been 26 years so I'm used to it and it is worth it.

We live in a very rural area (same size as Bermuda, but less than 4,000 full time residents) very close to a big city. The benefits are huge, but the cost (time and dollars) of coming and going are big. Bikes help, as we go to the front of the often overloaded ferry lineup. But to go to Vancouver and back is still at least 2.5 hours.

Come and see for yourself! We have room (another benefit of being here).
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