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Sentinel Feb 28th 2017 09:33 AM

Route recommendations
 
So now that I have the Ultimate Touring Bike I need to plan a trip to break it in.
Seems like something heading south would be better for early season.
So - good fun roads, a nice place to stay, interesting things to see, and maybe some cool coffee spots to stop at on the way.

I bet someone has had such a trip.

Maps, anyone? :cool:

bcj Feb 28th 2017 10:07 AM

The coast is going to be a complete poo-show this spring with all the washouts.
Inland to the Sierras is going to be ick-ish for most of the same reasons.

Canada Park Pass?

Sentinel Feb 28th 2017 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bcj (Post 32124)
The coast is going to be a complete poo-show this spring with all the washouts.
Inland to the Sierras is going to be ick-ish for most of the same reasons.

Canada Park Pass?

I ordered mine online a couple of days ago.
I have the WA EDL for border crossing.
Maybe that's the answer.
What about US 20 and US 2 over toward the dam, into Montana, and out that way? I've never been out there?

jared p Feb 28th 2017 11:36 AM

how many days do you have, how many miles can you / do you want to cover in a day?

Sentinel Feb 28th 2017 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by jared p (Post 32131)
how many days do you have, how many miles can you / do you want to cover in a day?

I want to do an overnighter first. I don't know how far I want to ride in a day. I am thinking maybe 600 max. It's not a race. I'd like to stop for meals and interesting spots, but I don't like need to take a nap or anything. Not yet at least. I don't mind riding a bit after dinner, and I like to hit the road early.

I want to do a multi (4 or 5) day ride in June, and then maybe another in July or August.

Probably want to do at least one more overnighter in September before it starts to cool off again.

This year I want to use up my leave from work in the summer instead of taking Fridays off in the fall and winter just so I don't lose it.

Willow Feb 28th 2017 04:01 PM

Here's a couple routes to Spokane that I've enjoyed doing. Best time is summer when roads are pretty clear of debris :spin:

1st: https://goo.gl/maps/wgARmPL26ED2

2nd: https://goo.gl/maps/VEoffkqBrB62
You get a cool free ferry ride across the Columbia in this route.

Those are a couple off the top of my head that are close.

uhoh Feb 28th 2017 04:36 PM

I'd suggest a weeks vacation in first 3 weeks of May - riding towards southern half of Utah.
Late May to Sept 1 is vacation season with more crowds everywhere.

Where are you starting from?

elSueco Feb 28th 2017 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Willow (Post 32148)
Here's a couple routes to Spokane that I've enjoyed doing. Best time is summer when roads are pretty clear of debris :spin:

1st: https://goo.gl/maps/wgARmPL26ED2

2nd: https://goo.gl/maps/VEoffkqBrB62
You get a cool free ferry ride across the Columbia in this route.

Those are a couple off the top of my head that are close.

I like Option 1. The ferry is cool, but as I recall, the Colville reservation is pretty desolate. There's a neat little county campground on 21, north of Curlew I stayed at a couple years ago.

Sentinel Feb 28th 2017 06:43 PM

I thought about this on the map but don't know what the IRL route is like.

https://tinyurl.com/gnf2fhv

Arcane Feb 28th 2017 06:57 PM

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Gran...m0!1m0!1m0!3e0

A nice substitute for a small portion of your ride.

Arcane Feb 28th 2017 07:04 PM

And over on that other forum... there's the trip I did through some of that part of the world.

7/18 - 7/20 Bremerton-Leavenworth-Grand Coulee-Spokane-Newport-Colville-Winthrop-Oso-Bremerton | PNW Riders

elSueco Feb 28th 2017 07:29 PM

How about this? I hear great things about the Icefields parkway. And, after all, you have the parks pass:
https://goo.gl/maps/XU3sN43KpKm

Google might not be showing it, but the route should include Hwy 20 on the way back, with a nice stop at Diablo!

http://i.imgur.com/REnLY0A.png

elSueco Feb 28th 2017 07:51 PM

Google isn't letting me map it at the moment, since the roads are still closed, but here's a southern WA route I love, and is great for camping along the way:

Seattle to Mt. Rainier (White River Campground/Sunrise)
to St. Helen's (Windy Ridge)
down to Carson, through Northwoods
then to Goldendale via 141 and Glenwood
down to Maryhill Stonehenge
then, up 97, through Yakima, to take 410 back to the wet side.

chadams66 Feb 28th 2017 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sentinel (Post 32144)
I want to do an overnighter first. I don't know how far I want to ride in a day. I am thinking maybe 600 max. It's not a race. I'd like to stop for meals and interesting spots, but I don't like need to take a nap or anything. Not yet at least. I don't mind riding a bit after dinner, and I like to hit the road early.

I want to do a multi (4 or 5) day ride in June, and then maybe another in July or August.

Probably want to do at least one more overnighter in September before it starts to cool off again.

This year I want to use up my leave from work in the summer instead of taking Fridays off in the fall and winter just so I don't lose it.

I've done some early planning on a 3-5 day ride all over the southern Cascades for sometime around July...after a day on hwys. 20/126/242 into Sisters and then down to Crater Lake..day 2 looks something like this:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Diam...0!3e0?hl=en-US

from there it's head home or for the coast...Hwy. 96 in N.Cali is a road I'm looking to ride...

Sentinel Mar 4th 2017 08:27 AM

I am also thinking about going some places most folks go AWAY from in the summer rather than heading into the crowds. You know that whole middle part of the country? I've ridden mountains and canyons, along the coast, and through the high desert my whole life. Never been to Kansas or South Dakota or Nebraska or those kind of places. I bet there's lots of empty road. Also, AirBnB looks like a great way to sleep. They have bunkhouses for less than the cost of a campsite in many places.


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