We stayed the night in Crescent City, CA. The next day we continued north. We stopped in Port Orford for lunch and ate at a place called “The Crazy Norwegian”. Their Fish and Chips came recommended by a number of people. Now they are recommended by Jen and I as well. We stayed that night in Garibaldi, OR. About a quarter mile north of town is a really nice restaurant called Pirates Cove. We had fresh crab right off the boat. OMG it was fantastic. If you get to the coast you have to try it.
By now we are about a day behind the mental schedule I had in my head so we needed to take a few shortcuts. We took 101 into Olympia then caught I-5 to 18 then to I-90. Let us just say that traffic was scary. We’ll be nice and leave it at that. We took I-90 as far as Moses Lake that day.
I-90 the next day to Coeur d’Alene, ID. We stopped in the middle of some sort of Art Festival so it was a lot of fun. We made it as far as Lewiston that day. A lot of like-minded people in Lewiston.
Left Lewiston and it was already in the 80’s by the time we left so we were prepped for another hot day. Hwy 12 to Missoula where we had lunch then I-90 again to Butte, MT. We really didn’t expect Butte, MT to be hot but it was.
Took I-90 out of town in the morning then cut south on hwy 287. No real reason just seemed like a good idea. When we got into West Yellowstone we lucked into a room for the night so that we could base ourselves there and explore the park for the rest of the day. Spent that afternoon and the next morning exploring the west side of the Park. If you have never been to Yellowstone National Park don’t think that you can see the whole park in a couple of days. I would expect it to take a full week to properly explore it.
We went through the park one last time and kept going south through the Grand Tetons
Rolled all the way to Rock Springs that day. After a good night sleep we made the last 243 miles home.
We did 3613.5 miles in 12 days. That was an average 301 miles per day. I missed 3 receipts at fuel ups so I had to guess at the exact fuel I bought but a total of 84.337 gallons should be within two gallons. That makes an average mpg of 42.8. My worst single tank was interstate speeds and 31.11 mpg. My best tank was around 52 mpg. That was an average of 45 mph. We spent a total of around $3000 with everything, food, fuel, parks, water. So it cost about $250 per day. That was living large and eating 3 meals a day. No fast food. The oil change when I got home with 5 quarts of Amsoil and Victory oil filter came to $118.
In conclusion, the Vic performed flawlessly. The first 3 days the tire pressures fluctuated a few pounds up and down but it settled and held like a rock the rest of the trip. The fairing and hard lowers work much better for the cold than the heat. The stock seat has GOT to go though. Jen said she liked the passenger seat and love the heated seat when it was cold. The backrest was good. Her only wish was that the passenger footboards went lower. (And yes I have them in the bottom holes). The stock seat for some reason would restrict the blood flow to my right leg after about 20 miles and by the end of the day my leg was killing me. Towards the end of the ride I was having to stop every 100 miles or so just to get off and walk around. I learned on the last two days that if I would scoot my right cheek off the seat every 10 miles or so that my leg never got so terribly painful. Great trick to learn on the last two days.