The final push after a good nights rest everyone was up early and enjoyed a good breakfast at the Hotel before heading out. Again clear and cool we made our way up the side of Flathead Lake and through the Maris Pass on the way home. Some stopped at East Glacier for lunch while others headed home the front group had some bike troubles at the border but with shared knowledge were able to get it running again and on its way. I think some enjoyed being back on flatland but for me the last three hours of the ride was hard to endure after a weekend of fantastic scenery and great curves. But it was good to get home and rest after traveling over 1300 km. It was a true joy sharing this ride with everyone and enjoying their company on this ride.
Day four and time to head towards home we had a short day traveling back across the LOLO pass this time with cool/clear sunny weather. Stopping at the pass for a photo op. Lunch was again at the LOLO Peak Brewery since we enjoyed so much on the first time. We got into Polson early where we enjoyed the Hotels pool and spa and spent some time on the patio at the Mackenzie Pizza Company. All I can say about the third picture is what happens in Polson stays in Polson. We got such a good deal at the Hotel you could say it was a crime. Everyone hit the sack early after a long weekend of riding and getting ready for the final push home.
hay Three started with rain so time was spent at coffee sharing fellowship with the people at the rally. The system blew over and we got the bikes ready and rode the scenic highway towards Lewiston first stopping at a Casino to get out of an oncoming thunder shower after having lunch and donating some money to the great spirit the sun came out and we continued into Lewiston where we rode the old spiral highway up and down stopping at the top to take pictures afterwards. We then Headed back to Kamiah for a great BBQ supper at the rally. Again our group did very well taking home lots of door prizes and 50/50 money. The Idaho group do a great job hosting as always.
Day two and another 600 km day ahead. We rode south of Great Falls and down the Recreation Road along the Missouri River then across to the 200 and down to Lincoln for a stop at the High Country Jerky Factory before getting to Missoula. We did the impossible and got nine bikes through the city without losing anybody once arriving in LOLO we had lunch at the LOLO Peaks Brewery which had great food and we missed a thunder shower while having lunch.
We geared up and headed over the LOLO pass which is 99 miles of winding road. Once reaching the summit Idaho welcomed us with a hail/sleet/rain mix on the way down which we broke out of shortly afterward but was a reminder of what can happen on a long ride. We got into Kamiah and then the rain closed in for the night and into the next morning.
Why is everyone so happy because the weather forecast was wrong. Though cooler temperatures we had a good ride down through Chief Mountain on our way to Great Falls for the night. We skirted some major thunder showers but made it to Great Falls unscathed. The evening was spent with food and fellowship lasting into the evening. There were some sore butts as we put in some good miles to get a good start on the trip.
Packing the bike we are off to Idaho tomorrow to the State Rally. Weather is iffy but we have gear for anything MN can throw at us short of snow. Looking forward to putting on some miles Chief Mountain , Old Hwy 91, LOLO Pass all on the itinerary, Time to wear some tread off the side of the tire and round out that prairie flat spot. Pictures and commentary to follow in the upcoming days.
Back to the beach was the order of the day. with beautiful weather and again some great coastal road riding we had a fantastic day. We climbed a massive sand dune and then ran back down my aches and pains will be very evident tomorrow. Beer and food on the patio just off the beach made it a complete day.
Off to ocean we went forecast was iffy but we took the chance and it paid off. We rode some fantastic motorcycle roads with sweeping curves amongst coastal forests. Of course all the tourist towns were busy but we had no problem stopping at the viewpoints. Coming back we stopped at a little café in Alsea which had what? Fresh berry pies OMG!! we ran late but arrived with a fulfilled feeling with so many miles of fantastic riding. Looks like its back to the coast tomorrow with some new rides in the mix.
S we made to the rally in Salem with a few delays thanks to Air Canada but were here. We went on our first ride today through the Willamette Valley which was great we have broken cloud and showers normal costal weather. Over a hundred people in attendance and having a good time.
After a good day off doing laundry and cleaning the bike I made my way down to the campground doing a scenic mountain ride along the way . Ended up having to a bit of non paved mountain road navigating but it was a very scenic and nice ride. After getting to the rally we went into town and enjoyed their museum which was very well received by everyone. Afterwards we rode down to out of the way tavern for lunch and then back to the campground for some great fellowship. Biker stew was the order for supper made by our host Irene who has done a great job with the rally. I said my goodbyes as I have to go to Portland tomorrow to pick up Steph.
Well tried some reverse phycology and went to a rain forest today and nope it didn't work it rained. Broken weather so enjoyed some sun as I rode to Olympia National Park and around the peninsula. I got my seafood fix at the Crabhouse in Port Angeles before going to Whitby Island on my way to my stop for the night. Washington Rally starts tomorrow takin a day off riding 2500km under my belt time for a break and clean up the bike and do some laundry.
Riding to Yakima today the sun was out and I could see MT Rainer as clear as a bell. Rode the Yakima canyon road which was great and could not wait to get to the park. Well that lasted till I found myself in the clouds and near zero visibility and that was the rest of the day. Riding through the park was still nice once you got to the lower elevations.
Oh yeah and it was only 6 degrees glad I brought all my gear!
First two days of riding and some new friends and great experiences. Chief Mountain and Logan's Pass never disappoints the weather was not perfect but the scenery was still stunning. A good day of rising put in Spokane.
The next morning it was off to Moses Lake for the UMCI breakfast and another great day of riding with some of the members what a great start to my trip.
After breaking off from the group it was off to new lands and roads not explored the original goal was the four corners then up to Cortez but after talking to some of the locals and making good time a detour for a Navajo Taco and tour of monument valley was in order. I was greeted with a nice ride from Brian head to Page with great views. The road over to Kayenta was marked as scenic but nothing too spectacular. But the road North from Kayenta back into Utah is a must see. Tomorrow its up into the Colorado Rockies and the Million Dollar Highway.
So it was our rest day at the cabin before everyone starting to head home. Time was taken to do laundry, check and clean the bikes and to just have a day off with no schedule. Plans were made for the home trip with some of the girls returning to Vegas and taking in a show before flying out Saturday. Others planning stops and checking weather. I am heading to Colorado to check out the mountains as the weather seems to be good and should be able to ride the passes.
No disappoints today the weather was great the scenery was unreal and we found homemade pie and ice cream. We have been blessed the whole trip good weather, good friends and good food. Bryce was as I had remembered and everyone is having a hard time to pick what impressed them most on the trip. Some carried on past Bryce over the Hogback to Boulder and no one regretted taking the extra time it took.
So lots of talk around the cabin how can anything top yesterdays ride and scenery. WRONG!! As we rode in from the East into Zion once again your surrounded by jaw dropping views. It is almost surreal and hard to describe you can look at all the pictures you want but until your standing in the middle of this natural wonder you cant say you have seen it. Two days of enjoying Mother Natures Glory has made this such a wonderful trip. So again will tomorrow be worth seeing I cant wait to show them.
It never fails to amaze the first site of the Grand Canyon. For a lot of the riders this was their virgin trip to the canyon and being able to share it with them was very gratifying. We all got up early so we could spend more time at the canyon but it never seems enough with the breathtaking views at every viewpoint. Alas we had to move on as we were off to Brian Head again we were blessed with good weather and scenery along the way. The temp went from 30 to 10 as we made our way up the mountain and we had to navigate the last bit in the dark. We found our cabin and after few nervous moments getting the bikes up to the cabin we were at our new home for the next four days.
We did get our kicks on 66 starting at Mr D's Diner in Kingman with fresh made Root Beer and Burgers. Then we took the road from Kingman to Williams on the old route meeting lots of other riders. We stayed in William's which was loaded with restaurants and gift shops celebrating Route 66. Tomorrow its off to the Grand Canyon and up to the cabin in Utah.
After a good night in Vegas waking up to streets blocked due to a body being found on a street beside our Hotel we headed out to Hoover Dam the day again was in the 34-36 Degree range so some of the favorite activities were staying were there was air conditioning but we made our way out on to the dam and the new bridge to take some pictures then it was off to Kingman for lunch.
What a ride at least when it came to Temperature left at 9 degrees and drove into 37 Degrees when we hit Arizona and Nevada. We made a great shot through Salt Lake, you got to love HOV lanes. Glad we stayed North as traffic the night before was bad we talked to another traveler and it took hours to get through.
We stayed downtown on Freemont Street so we could just walk and enjoy the area. After gathering everybody we went for supper we noticed two things that have changed about Vegas one is there is no cheap food and secondly the diversity of the people downtown has changed to say it in the nicest way possible. But with a open mind and will to enjoy it was still a lot of fun.
Tomorrow it off to the Hoover Dam and beyond with a nice short day and good friends. OH and why no pictures well we all know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!!