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Jul 8th 2019, 01:11 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
Return to Baker City - 2019

Return to Baker City - 2019

Last May we had a warm and sunny Spring Ride to Kamiah, ID to kick off the 2019 riding season and this year's sunny Fall ride will again be to Baker City, Oregon on Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15, which is the second weekend after the Labor Day weekend...and should give everyone an additional week to recover from the holiday weekend.

For those unfamiliar with the Baker City ride, Baker City is one of our favorite riding destinations. It is a historic town in east central Oregon and pretty easy to get to from the Tri-Cities, one option is to get on the freeway and follow the signs south, another option is to take the long way through the mountains on some of the best motorcycling roads in the Northwest.

There are several "long" ways to get to Baker City, most are about 220-250 miles and will take 5-7 hours depending on speed and stops. Our hosts at Baker City will again be the Oregon Trail Motel located at 211 Bridge Street. It is an older but very biker friendly motel and a short walking distance to downtown. We have group rates of $43.52 for a room with one bed, $59.84 for a room with 2 beds. These rates include taxes and a small breakfast and are the same rates as last year. You are responsible for making (and canceling) your reservation, just call the Oregon Trail at 541-523-5844 or 888-523-5882 and tell them you are part of "Steve's Ride". If the person taking the reservation doesn't know about Steve's Ride continue making the reservation and you will get the group rate when you check in.

I will lead a small group for anyone wanting to do a group ride and will leave the Clearwater Starbucks' parking lot at 9:00 AM on September 13. Please post in this thread if you are interested in participating in this ride and if you are interested in riding with my group on September 13. Those with schedule conflicts that can't make the Friday ride are welcome to join the group on Saturday in Baker City.

It should be noted that the fire season has not yet begun and many have opted to skip this ride in previous years because of health concerns about potential smoke but for whatever reason, smoke has never been a health or safety issue and the last 2 years we had totally clear skies the entire weekend. Hopefully, we will enjoy those clear skies again this year.

See you in Baker City....Ride Safe.
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Jul 8th 2019, 02:32 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
the beemer needs a new front tire..if she's not ready the Versys will be...looking forward to another great ride...
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Jul 8th 2019, 02:48 PM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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the beemer needs a new front tire..if she's not ready the Versys will be...looking forward to another great ride...
Thanks for reminder you posted in another thread...Iíve been pretty busy the last month and forgotten how close we were to our September ride.
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Jul 10th 2019, 08:09 AM   #4
 
  Jun 2017
  Vancouver, BC

  2011 Triumph Sprint GT
Woot! This year I was able to book the time off (no one else on my team has booked those dates). Just made my reservation at the palatial Oregon Trail Motel. See you all in Baker City!
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Jul 11th 2019, 11:01 AM   #5
 
  Aug 2017
  Castlegar BC

Might have to do this ride. It’s been awhile !

Pencil me in Steve.
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Edited by bzanetti on Jul 11th 2019 at 11:05 AM
Jul 11th 2019, 12:41 PM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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Originally Posted by bzanetti
Might have to do this ride. Itís been awhile !

Pencil me in Steve.
It has been a while....since you have been in Baker City....or I have been in Castlegar....hope you can make it!
Jul 11th 2019, 08:07 PM   #7
 
  Jun 2017
  Vancouver, BC

  2011 Triumph Sprint GT
Hope you can make it Bubba
Jul 13th 2019, 03:41 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Plan to be there.

T'is great that some of the big-name-long-distance-riders (... posts above) will be there; guessing I might need to get new tires mounted?
Jul 13th 2019, 04:34 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
And for those looking at this favorite ride, these're (like that word?) some of the scenes and people who have been there ...

One of the routes to get to Baker ...


Stopping to drink from the spring ...


couple of buddies


on request the barmaid made Julie the smallest moijito ever


One of the riders said he had never done a track day with his bike BTW ...


Back 4 yrs ago the whole NW was wild fire smokey


can't seem to find the photo of the motel I was looking for, oh well.
Motel has an outdoor heated pool so bring a suit in case weather is extra warm.
Room rate includes basic breakfast at cafe next door, which is nice.
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Edited by uhoh on Jul 13th 2019 at 04:37 PM
Jul 14th 2019, 09:13 AM   #10
 
  Jun 2017
  Vancouver, BC

  2011 Triumph Sprint GT
I remember that smokey day on the Snake River. Fun ride. Horrible air.
Jul 17th 2019, 09:32 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Eastern Oregon

  16 Honda Africa Twin, 09 Hayabusa, and 08 DR650
I made my reservation while stayed there at the Oregon Trail for the Hells Canyon Rally.
See you all there.
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