For our 50th Anniversary Celebration Rally, we have planned an epic, 8-day ride, through some of the most beautiful areas and nicest roads in the Pacific Northwest. We will visit some of the PNW’s prized scenic views, indulge in local cuisine and experience the best of our micro brews. While we have planned an epic adventure, we encourage you to find your own points of interest and plan a ride to suite your riding style and interest.
On day 1, we will start with a 2- or 3-hour class in Albany Oregon provided by Team Oregon. This will be a sample of the course they offer motorcycle police for their training. We will get to play on this course with input from their instructors until they kick us out. We will end our day in Roseburg Oregon at the Best Western Garden Villa Inn. After we get checked into the hotel and get checked in with the Rally organizers, we will head out to a local establishment for the evening’s meal and mayhem.
On day 2 we ride over the western most mountain range in Oregon to the beautiful Oregon Coast. We will head south and dip into the Redwoods of California. On the way back we will visit the Oregon Caves National Monument, one of Oregon little known gems. After settling back into the hotel and after getting checked in with the Rally organizers, we will head out for more local food and mayhem.
On day 3 we will ride East over the Cascade Mountain Range and south for a picturesque visit to the Crater Lake National Park. Upon leaving the park, we start our journey North to Bend Oregon via the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. An entire day can be spent riding through this area and seeing all there is to see.
There is an optional ride North on OR-97 whereby you can see some amazing views of lava flows and get an education on volcanos at the Newbery National Volcanic Monument. Also available is a unique view a lava flow atop the Paulina Peak. Be warned however, Paulina Peak is best suited for the adventure bikes or true diehards of a 2 wheeled challenge. Once checked in for the evening we will enjoy an evening that includes a microbrewery with “local flare”.
Day 4 includes one of my all-time favorite roads and one of the club’s favorite areas to camp. We will ride from Bend to Prineville to Mitchell to Fossil to Antelope and to Hood River. I can never get pass Mitchel without stopping at the General Store for an ice cream bar and a break on the front porch watching the locals to what those locals do.
You’ll then enjoy a fun ride up to Fossil for a picture in front of the Old School House and in front of the old Sheepherders Wagon. Hungry? There is a little deli in downtown Fossil that serve up some fine grub but then so does the café’.
While you might think you’ve seen the best this day has to offer, you’d be wrong. The road from Fossil to Antelope might just be my all-time favorite road. It’s both beautiful scenery, technical riding, and the road is in great condition. I believe it will surely become one of your favorite roads as well. From their it’s a smooth ride into Hood River whereby you’ll be treated to another evening of local flare and local brews.
Day 5 starts off with another one of my favorite roads. From Hood River we will head cross the Mighty Columbia River and east toward Lyle, Washington. We then head north on WA-142 where we once again, get to enjoy beautiful scenery, technical riding and the road is in great condition. Just when you think the fun is over, you’ll make a left and head to Glenwood, WA. Enjoy this picturesque road and don’t worry about stopping for pictures on the way up. You’ll be coming back down this road in a little while.
There is a little café’ in Glenwood that has never let me down. The general store and Post Office are a walk-through history and if the Black and White Shepperd is sitting in front of the General Store, please don’t park next to her. She isn’t a fan of motorbikes, but she loves bikers and she will brighten any picture.
From Glenwood you’ll ride back down the upper portion of the canyon and this is a good time to get your pictures. Once you leave the canyon, you’ll make a left and head east to begin your journey through central Washington. I’ve had some amazing times riding this road from Goldendale to Toppenish and onto Yakima and finally Leavenworth.
Leavenworth is described as Bavarian-styled village in the Cascade Mountains, of central Washington. Alpine-style buildings with restaurants serving German beer and food line Front Street. The Nutcracker Museum displays thousands of nutcrackers, some dating back centuries. On the Wenatchee River, Waterfront Park is a habitat for ospreys and eagles. The village is a gateway to nearby ski areas and wineries. How can this not be the perfect place to spend an evening with friends, fellow bikers and road worriers?
On day 6 we depart Leavenworth, head west and immediately start working our way through the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. We ride briefly through Everett Washington, up Mount Baker and North through Mount Baker National Forest. This day is all about the Southern, Western & Northern part of the Cascade Loop Scenic Drive. We will pass Silverton, Diablo Lake and end the day in Winthrop Washington.
Winthrop is like taking a step back into the Old West. Located in the magnificent Methow Valley, Winthrop is an old west town with wood boardwalks and western charm. Dare I say it’ll be another evening of local fare, adult drinks and biker camaraderie?
Day 7 has us heading north and into Canada. We will ride through Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and stay the evening in Kamloops. These communities claim to have built an area to encourage safe travel through the mountains, promote a healthy appreciation for Mother Nature, while cranking up the fun factor. I like the way that sounds. The name Kelowna derives from an Okanagan term for “Grizzle Bear”. Bears! This should be interesting.
The north and south Thompson rivers meet in Kamloops, where a desert-like interior boasts wide-open grasslands, sagebrush, ponderosa pine forests, sandstone canyons, and chiseled hoodoos. This area is marketed as the place to go to get rid of whatever ails you. According to my sources, Kamloops is one of Canada’s best kept secrets.
Let me try summarizing this day’s ride. We are riding through the mountains while appreciating mother nature, and we’re cranking up the fun factor. I can’t find it now but I’m certain I read something about chiseled bears, and it gets rid of whatever ails me. What could possibly go wrong?
On day 8 we start working our way south. We will ride along Trapp Lake, Napier Lake & Nicole Lake making to focus of today, lakes. We will cross back into Washington at the Sumas Crossing & head to Bellingham from there. The gal who helped with the reservations in Kamloops told me, “This route out of Canada will be the highlight of our trip”. She described great roads and drop-dead beautiful scenery. I can handle that.
We will end the day in Burlington for our final evening of festivities. Local flare, more brews, biker camaraderie and an evening of sharing all the experiences of the last 8 days. With a couple gay bars to choose from you should be able to party until your hearts content and close this Rally in style.
Registration opens on March 1st and closes on July 31st. There is a $35 registration fee payable. There is a limited number of spaces so to get start, contact Stan and he will send you a summary sheet with daily saddle times, daily miles, hotels prices, hotels to contact for reservations, and an estimate of what cost he anticipates. Stan can be reached by e-mailing him at Treasurer@BorderRiders.com.