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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-29-2017, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Four guys, three Victorys, one Yamaha Stratoliner, six days and 1450 miles. The original plan was to ride Lolo Pass, labeled as one of the ten best motorcycle roads in the US, but you know what they say about best laid plans, don't you?
I won't bore you with a blow-by-blow, I'll just give you some highlights and lowlights.
First the lowlights: Construction! And most of it on one of the most scenic roads; White Pass, east of I-5 on Hwy.12. Lots of one lane sections, scored up pavement, waits, and slow pilot cars due to long and heavy spring rains that washed out road and caused huge slides. But the views up there are what makes the NW so beautiful. Heat - every day got into the 90s and my comfort zone's high is 75. Shoulda kept the shorty windshield on.
Highlights: Lots and lots of twisty and scenic roads, especially in Hells Canyon on the Oregon / Idaho border. Hells Canyon is the deepest in the US and the road hugs its convoluted walls with the Snake River flowing alongside.
We passed on Lolo Pass because of fires up there that could have the road closed any time. And people were saying that the smoke was pretty bad at times. There are so many fires in the NW that every day we saw smoke, sometimes riding through it. But hey, it beats having to deal with wind, rain and floods.
Sorry, not a lot of photos of the beautiful scenery as Fearless Leader is one of those high miler Iron Butt types and only stops for gas. Nice guy, but I won't be signing up for multi-day rides with him again.
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Lucky dog! Looks beautiful!

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Sounds like a good time. I have a riding buddy like that also he seems determined to get the ride over with as quickly as possible.

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Reminds me of the time @PaiN took me to the Kancamagus Highway in NH. Slow RVs and 1/4-mile stretches of dirt and gravel every 2 miles. What a PaiN!
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Sounds like a good time. I have a riding buddy like that also he seems determined to get the ride over with as quickly as possible.
Which is just the opposite of the way I like to ride - I'm more a "social" rider who enjoys meeting folks and learning their stories along the way. No reservations made days ahead, maybe a few hours and some days may be less than 150 miles. I consider it motorcycling even when the bike is on the side stand. Its gotta be low pressure to be fun.
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Did you happen to run into Sasquatch?...I didn't see any mention of this in the highlights...
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No Sasquatch,but there were a bunch of Canadian Victory & H-D riders at a motel we were at one night and partied hardy.

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No Sasquatch,but there were a bunch of Canadian Victory & H-D riders at a motel we were at one night and partied hardy.
Ah...close enough.....eh hehehe
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Sounds like a great time! That is awesome!

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You sound like me Ric. For years and years I did too many daily miles and often regretted it. Now I like to take my time.. I have a riding buddy who when he travels NEVER gets on the highway. Sets his destination in the GPS to avoid highways and off he goes. Have you ever made it up to the Oyster Run north of Seattle? It is coming up in a few weeks.
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