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post #1 of 16 Old 04-23-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Big Western Trip - Need Advice

I am looking at doing this trip the end of June. The trip out to the West Coast, I have nailed, as well as, the trip from SanFran to Colorado. Mainly my questions are focused on the ride from Portland to SanFran. It will be a quick trip....probably 2 days, so most of our viewing will be from the seat of the bike. But, does anyone have any suggestions for the route or sites we must see?

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 03:10 AM
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I would suggest a detour south of Bend, OR to see Crater Lake. Also, if there is any way you can sleep while you are riding between Reno, NV and Salt Lake City, UT, your mind will thank you after the ride.


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post #3 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 08:37 PM
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Are you saying you're doing this whole trip in about 6 days? Definitely not much time to smell the flowers.

What type of riding are you wanting? Twisties, Scenic, or miles are most important? Have you been to Oregon and seen some things that you don't need to see again, or is this your first time?

I'd be glad to help you with some Oregon routes, but it depends on how much time you have, how you like to ride and where you "have" to be or stop.

You've got yourself going down I-5 between Portland and Eugene. That's an absolutely boring, busy interstate. If you don't need to be in Portland, head through Bend from Prineville, along the Cascade Lakes highway, down to Crater Lake, then over to the coast. However if you want to ride the coast, the best section in Oregon is between Astoria and Florence...IMHO.

There's so much great riding.
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Only one question, CAN I GO, PLEASE
I actually have time off the end of May and first couple days of June. So I will be working the end of June.
It will be hot crossing the Desert then. I have one of those water vests. It's great in the heat. wicks water to keep you cool. I recomend it.
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You cannot beat U.S. Route 101 down the Oregon coast for scenery!!

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post #6 of 16 Old 04-27-2012, 03:05 PM
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all good advice.....but slow down, stop look talk enjoy
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-27-2012, 03:42 PM
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How many miles/hours do you like to cover in a day? Just riding the slab from PDX to SFO could be two days for some folks. If you haven't seen Crater Lake, you really ought to try to fit that in. It is one of the iconic sites for the state. Slab it down I5 to Eugene, pick up 58 east, 97 south, and 138 to the lake. Continue south out of the park and pick up 97 again by Klamath Falls. Ride it down to Weed then head north a little, off at 99 and pick up Stuart Springs Road (i'm just looking at a map for that one...looks like a fun road) and take it south to 3, to 36, to 101, maybe on to 1. That would be my first cut, though it will mean a long couple of days, again, depending on how far/long you like to ride.

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if you want a little gravel-fire roads look into the lost coast around fortuna ca.

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You really need to include the northern Oregon coast. Why are you going to Portland so that you can ride back down the I-5 corridor to Eugene? Do you need to go the Portland? Your planning on riding through 90% of the states traffic. If your not planning on seeing the northern coast, and you don't need to stop in Portland, Madcaps suggestion is good. Or you could continue on 26 to Prineville, 126 to Redmond and up over the cascades via 126 to Eugene. Then on to the coast.

I live south of Madcap in Redmond and either of us can give you good advice for things to see in central O. You need to swing in and see the Painted Hills off of 26 by Mitchell. Also Mitchell has a good burger joint called the Little Pine Cafe if your going through and hungry.

Crater Lake is spectacular, but the north entrance and most of the rim road might be still closed because of snow removal. Check first before re-routing to Crater Lake.

While on 26, make sure you gas up in John day and Ontorio, next pump is in Prineville. There is one hidden in Mitchell if you get off 26, across from the Little Pine Cafe.

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I can't offer much advice on this sort of trip because it is so against my nature. You will be spending chewing up massive amounts of arrow straight slab through faceless desert in what is likely to be 95 degree heat.

I will offer this tidbit, on the 950mi, 15hr final push from Ontario, OR to Co Springs, in the middle of the boring Snake River plain between Boise & SLC, you will pass over a barely noticeable narrow gorge (98 miles sw of Boise), next you will see the Tuttle exit. Take it, cruise 200m meters back to the west & you'll be at Malad gorge state park with its incredible view of the Devil's Wash Bowl. It will be a nice break in the monotony of this stretch.

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