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Wandering the Northwest - (16 Day Ride Report + Summary)
« on: October 02, 2015, 09:31:29 pm »
I decided to ride up to the Redmond WA area and visit some friends and family. This was a perfect opportunity to explore the Northwest on my relatively new C14.

It was an amazing trip with beautiful landscapes and exciting roads. 3783.7 miles of pure (well, mostly) enjoyment.

This is my report with a summary and stats at the end

With a little rearrangement of my intended dates - I was able to make the COG NW/SW Combined Rally on 9/11-9/13 the start of my trip...

« Last Edit: October 27, 2015, 07:56:54 pm by WANDRNG »

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 09:32:28 pm »
This little adventure started with a long, hot and rather boring ride up to Yreka, CA. All of us coming north were thrilled with the 108 degrees in Redding.

Upon arrival I let a lot of awesome people and immediately was immersed in ride and tech talk. Along with a lot of re-hydration efforts on everyones part (not sure all the liquids were chosen for the re-hydration properties though).

My C14 being relatively new (June 2015) and pretty much stock (the main important upgrade being a set of Pilot 4 GT's which I really like) I was quickly helped out with lists of what I needed to change for performance and appearance reasons. I saw the farkle $$ racking up as the pointing and explanations continued. Thanks to those contributing to mychange/upgrade list - you know who you are - I'm looking for a second job right now to get the credit level to take out the loans needed to start the farkling.

Friday continued on with plenty a revelry. Not sure exactly when it happened, but suddenly everything was quiet, the motorcycles were buttoned up for the night and riders went off to get some sleep for the next days adventures.


In the morning groups and riders headed in every direction - to Lassen, to Crater Lake, to ride 299 and 36 - and some even spent the day in rider fellowship at the motel.


My choice was to ride some of the smaller, less traveled roads as I've done 36, 299 and Lassen before. A couple of us took 3 to Elba and then sidelined off to Sawyer Bar Road. This was the first leg of a path that threaded it's way through the mountains between 3 and 96, and included several ascents and descents of the range and often following the upper reaches and tributaries of rivers like the Salmon.
The road was in pretty good shape and was mainly all relatively wide single lane through a beautiful mix of pines and leaves.








Fork of Salmon - about the midpoint of these small back roads - this is where the transition to Salmon River Rd (93), closely following the Salmon River and cliffs. All leading to Somes Bar and Hwy 96.





Then popped up on the 96 at where I ate a lunch of beef jerky, Doritios and a Gatorade from the little store.  Finished up the day with a brisk run up the 96 back to Yreka. A wonderful road in both condition and design that had almost no traffic on it. :great:


Finished up Saturday hanging out with a bunch of cool folks talking animatedly about their rides and adventures that day. Plenty of tech talk too. We gathered for awards, thanks and raffles. Followed by a face stuffing session at Casa Ramos. Then back to "re-hydration" and bullspeak sessions.
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By the time I drug my butt out of bed and went down for the "continental" breakfast, there were like 4 motorcycles left in the parking lot and no riders. The majority had blown out for home by 9am.  By the time I ate my muffin and was ready to gear up for some riding. There were two Concoursi left in the lot - my black 2015 and Barry of Montana's green 2015.  Neither of us was heading home or in a rush so... let's ride.

We started with a very spirited ride down the 96 to Willows Creek for a pretty darn good pizza there. 299 to the coast which included some fun with a couple of pretty fast late model, nice sounding Mustangs. Then up the coast to see the Redwoods.

Different but the same




Took 199 from Crescent City to Grant's Pass by default - and turned out to be a nice enjoyable road. At a fork in the 199, Barry broke off toward Grant's Pass and I back towards Yreka (poor planning on my part).

That rapped up the COG SW/NW Combined for us.

Thanks Barry for a great Sunday ride.

Got back to the motel in cool darkness, and spent the evening preping for the first day of my solo Northwest trip.

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2015, 09:41:57 pm »
Great write up and pics, I enjoyed meeting and chattin with ya in the Y brother!  :great: :beerchug:

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 03:07:22 am »
I figure it'll bore most folks but at least I can refer back to it for memories ;D So I'll continue on regardless.

It was cool to meet the mind behind the bodywork. You have as much character in person as online. I appreciate the tech talk and the tour of options - although I partly blame you for my expanded farkle list.

Hope to party and ride in the future. 


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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 02:22:52 pm »
I figure it'll bore most folks but at least I can refer back to it for memories ;D So I'll continue on regardless.

It was cool to meet the mind behind the bodywork. You have as much character in person as online. I appreciate the tech talk and the tour of options - although I partly blame you for my expanded farkle list.

Hope to party and ride in the future. 


 :)) :)) :))

No worries, I love spending other folks $ for them...  >:D

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2015, 02:32:20 pm »
Day 1 (solo) - Day 4 Total
Yreka, Ca to Springfield, OR via Crater Lake National Park
Recommended Food: Five Guys at Gateway in Springfield OR was pretty good.
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Gotta start by sayin' - Oregon is beautiful with some great roads!

Still at the COG rally motel, I headed for the free breakfast early. Uhmm, hey, it's kinda, cold, out here. Huh. - and that was a foreshadowing of days to come. A bit more foreshadowing for you readers - I brought a Mesh jacket and thin waterproof windbreaker for the 108 degree days at COG.

Started my first day on the slab heading north, just short of Shakespeareland, Ashland OR I abandoned the slab for more promising roads with numbers. The 273 rolled through some hills and ranches to get to the 66, also known as the Green Springs Hwy. Which, thank goodness, was nothing like a "Highway".

It offered almost zero traffic through sweeps and twists that slowly climbed in elevation. Three straight days of awesome winding roads - yay. Only down side, I could see the dark clouds building and the temperature dropping - quickly. By the time I got to the 66's two thirds point, at about 4000 feet - I pulled over put on an extra shirt, the windbreaker of the the mesh and got out the winter gloves. The C14 outside temp read 43 damn degrees in the middle of the damn day at one point - and I'm in a Mesh. Burr.

Continued up the left side of Upper Klamath Lake heading for the National Park. I could feel the clouds and cold chasing me. This portion was a little more sedate riding but beautiful all the same.

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Reaching the southern gate for Crater Lake NP I was tricked into thinking the building there was the official visitor center. Had a meh meal at the restaurant there. Enter the NP drove 300 yards and came to the real visitor center - ooops, lesson learned. Visited and learned.

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Crater Lake and the NP are amazing. It was cold, windy, smokey, overcast and rainy - and it was still amazing.

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Not sure what it is about the place, but awe inspiring. Entered from the south did a full clockwise loop and continued around to leave via the north exit.

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Each overlook offered a new perspective on the lake and island. Made me want to stop at every single one.

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There was a power boat down on the lake - never would have guessed.

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They were working on the east rim drive and there were a couple of dirt & gravel spots, accompanied by flagmen. I don't mind riding dirt, but my poor Concours has neither an extended fender or radiator protector. Just made me a little nervous.

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I will come back on a day with sunshine for a different experience. And if you haven't visited Crater Lake - do.

I was lucky the north entrance was open for business as you could see the fires approaching the north roads and covering a wide area.

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I spent more time a CRLA than I thought I would (I mean, it's just a lake, right?) so I boogie right on down the road.

Once I was back off the 97 onto the 58, I was on another fabulous motorcycling road. Not many twists, but nothing but sweepers for mile after mile. Traffic was light, there were plenty of places to pass and the locals were awesome about letting me by. It even warmed up a bit.  Enjoyable riding!!

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I got to Lowell and Lookout Point Lake about sundown. Pulled off for a photo, warm up and some smartphone time. Turns out there is a CycleGear in Springfield.

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Got to the CycleGear after closing, but hey look, two doors down is a Super 8 and across the street is a Cabelas.



Major Roads: 5 to 66  to 140 to Westside Rd to 62 to Crater Lake to 138 to 97 to 58 back to 5

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« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 01:51:28 am by WANDRNG, Reason: small additions »

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2015, 02:33:10 pm »
Sweet post  :great: and yeah, Jay is a bad influence in more ways than one. :beerchug: Bun Cooler next year!
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2015, 09:24:11 pm »
Sweet post  :great: and yeah, Jay is a bad influence in more ways than one. :beerchug: Bun Cooler next year!

I think you're referring to Gumby... I'm the  O:-)

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2015, 01:00:07 am »
Sweet post  :great: and yeah, Jay is a bad influence in more ways than one. :beerchug: Bun Cooler next year!

I think you're referring to Gumby... I'm the  O:-)

Ahhh, IIRC,  the recommended farkles suggestion fest & committee had a couple of instigators (ZG - "you still haven't swapped that granny fender off there?" - & - Gumby "And while you're at it, do the rear fender elimination"  and plenty of "support personel"  backing you up on the full list.

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2015, 05:40:26 pm »
Day 2 (solo) - Day 5 Total
Springfield, OR to Sandy OR via some nice roads and some misadventures
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Route Map on Google Maps (Section 2)
 

Early start on day two. Had chores to do. First stop on leaving the Super 8, Cabela's for some log johns base layer pants and turtle fur. Next was CycleGear for glove liners and a inexpensive 3 season lined water "proof" riding jacket with CE armour. And... the nice young lady helped me pick the best cut for my look and body type.  At least no more wet and cold for me.

Jumped on to the Mackenzie Hwy (126) and headed east for another run of twists and sweeps in the Cascades. Oregon offered up another awesome road with the right surface and layout - lots of dashed lines and accommodating natives. Even though it was plenty beautiful I was having such a great ride I made no flower sniffing stops on this leg.

At Belknap springs I hung a right an switched to East 242 which becomes a portion of the Mackenzie Hwy that closes in the winter. The suggested speed limit dropped almost immediately and signs started talking about tourists and pedestrians. Hmmmm, maybe this isn't the best choice, but I continued on. I'm very glad I did.

Mackenzie Hwy 242 section had some of the most twisty roads of my trip as well as what is some of the most beautiful roadside scenery to be viewed. The tourist traffic was light so I ignored the posted suggested speed limit - but took the time to sniff and photograph some flowers, and rocks, and mountains, and of course, my C14.

It was like the Concours was camouflaged on this road. Click photos to enlarge
   

   

The peaks and lava flows from the Sisters
   

The Dee Wright Observatory - a giant pile of rocks, arrange to create a safe viewing point of the Sisters and other volcanos.
   

   

   


Playing hide and seek with the Concours 14
   

   

Popping out the east side of Mackenzie Hwy into Sisters OR, I looked for some food but nothing struck my fancy. Instead, continued on by switching to north bound Hwy 20 with a fairly fast transition to N Santiam Hwy (22). These were just continuations of the beautiful and fun roads Oregon had provided all along. I had planned to ride the 22 till almost Salem and head north, but...   at Detroit Lake I changed my mind.

Detroit Lake is a rather scenic bunch of water right off the 22 shoulder. As I was rushing past I saw the turn to Breitenbush Rd. I'd seen it on the maps but couldn't tell if it made it all the way though to "the other side" (Hwy 26 at Mt. Hood). SO I ignore the male stereotype to pull in to a little store and ask, "nah, it goes through. Little rough though." Aaaaa, what the hell.

So I headed up Breitenbush Rd for the likes of Breitenbush and Ripplebrook. And this is the spot where it became a little more adventurous. Narrow road. Canopied road. Overcast sky hidden by the tall pines and leafy trees. A chill in the air humid enough to feel wet without the actual rain. Kind a creepy and beautiful at the same time. 

This road wasn't up to the same surface quality of the previous "hwy's" but it was no gravel road either. It just kept twisting deeper and deeper ito the Cascades. And I missed the point where it become NF46 instead of Breitenbush Rd. At one point I passed a sign the said something like "Hwy 26 - 25 miles" and led up an offshoot road the was far closer to gravel than the one I was traveling. I blew past it thinking, "That's gonna come back on me". (I now think it was the fully paved NF140 to NF42 - foreshadowing here).

At a crumbling steel and concrete bridge over the Clackamas River
   

I continued following NF46 along a Clackamas River (creek) until I reached the Oak Grove Clackamas Fork River. There I made a right onto NF57 / Oak Grove Fork Rd. which was narrower, windier and wetter. I made my way deeper into the bowels of the Cascades, I hadn't seen another living soul in about an hour. No people. No vehicles. But I road merrily on my way.

The narrowing one lane roads
   

   

Around a bend I came to a fork in the road. NF57 which I planned on taking on to the 26 suddenly turned into Timothy Lake Rd, no big deal - except of course the big sign "Pavement Ends, Hwy 26 - 11 miles" and the the gravely, slightly muddy surface it continued on with up a steep hill. Now, if I was on my KLR, OR if I had an extended front fender and radiator guard on the C14 - I would have continued on. But it wasn't and I didn't.

So I tried the other fork, NF58. This one was still paved, and according to my exceptionally stupid useless Garmin GPS it would remain so and go all the way to the 26 - but then that's what the Garmin junk said abou the "proven not to be true" NF57.

Up the 58 I sped, well sped might be a bit of an overstatement. And it got narrower. And it got rougher. And it got wetter. And now, it was getting darker. My dayligt time was slowly ebbing away.  Hmmm. And then, the last straw was the sign, "Emergency Radio Channel 7, 2 Hour Lag from contact".  Ahhhh, what? I mean I can figure out what it means I guess but - why is this sign here. A little farther a sign reading something close too, "Commerical road users, emergency radio area".

OKay, GPS was confused, 1 paper map indicated paved roads that went through while the other said 1 didn't go through (the NF57 dirt road that had a sign that said it did) and one that didn't go through (that I was on and it was still paved).

It's getting dark. I'm in the middle of a getting creepy forest. I don't have a tent or shelter. The rain clouds are thickening and chasing me. I don't know if the roads go through and if they stay paved. I don't want to take the C14 on muddy rock strewn roads at frikin night. Only one choice left.

Retrace my path back down NF58, back down NF57 to the larger "I know it goes through paved" NF46 and continue north, away from my Hood River OR destination. The NF46 becomes the Clackamas Hwy (224) just a few miles past the NF46 / NF57 junction. (But Google Maps won't allow the route from Ripplebrook to Sandy - whatever)

Back on the 224, I pushed my limits on the road a bit as I wanted to get to civilization prior to full dark. I made Estcada OR at twilight and pushed on to Sandy, OR with the very last glows in the sky.

I spent the night in Sandy's one and only hotel - a fairly nice Best Western.

So it turns out the NF57 and NF58 were just interesting side adventures to my main ride. And I didn't quite make my intended destination of Hood River, OR on day 2.

   


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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report (Day 2 added)
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2015, 07:58:12 pm »
Day 3 (solo) - Day 6 Total
Sandy OR to Vancouver WA via Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge
Recommended Food: K&M Drive In - Camas WA - 3414 NE 3rd Camas WA 98607 -- Bacon & Bleu Burger, CrossCut Fries and a marvelous Milky Way Shake www.kmdrivein.com/

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Waited a bit to get started cause it was, of course, raining. It did get a little lighter before I rolled out of Sandy.

Hwy 26 east is what I've now come to think of as a standard Oregon hwy - curvy, tree-lined, wide-laned, smooth surfaced fun with nice natives. I rode through Mt. Hood Village, Rhododendron and Government Camp in the light rain, with mist and clouds - nad not even a peek of Mt. Hood's peak. Actually not even the base or the ski resorts.

Made it all the way to Hood River OR, without even a glimpse of this mountain I don't even have visual proof exists. I confess, I allowed this to put me in a moild funk.

I wandered around Hood River for a little bit. Seems like a nice place. Sun had come out  and the town and Columbia river glittered. But looking back south, M. Hood remained gidden in the clouds and rain that were once again chasing me.

Found a park. Had a snack. Looked over the steam paddle wheel boat. Viewed the Hood River Bridge. Then got underway for a trip over the very same bridge and it's metal grid roadbed. Wee.

   

And now I'm in Washington.

Turns out there doing road work on the WA side of the gorge along Lewis & Clark Hwy (SR14). So I had the pleasure of following a line of about 30 cars follwoing the center line painting vehicles - so no passing, no turn offs and the smell of paint. Moderate funk acheived.

Once the painter boys pulled off and let us all by, traffic cleared up really quick (not sure where they went, but hey...) With a little movement and an amazing beautiful river and view, things started picking up. To the south, the storm was creeping closer and Mt. Hood was still hiding.



I just settled down to enjoy the ride. It felt good. Enjoyed enough to even keep me from stopping for a few photos. Regret that. Kept looking for a small little food joint to get some lunch - saw one or two but they just didn't capture my attention. Just kept riding.



Finally rolled off the Columbia, out of the Gorge park areas and into Camas WA. Wandered around looking for some place to eat - wasn't gonna do fast food dang it.

Saw K&M Drivein www.kmdrivein.com/ and decided what the heck. And glad I did.

Awesome service and a very tasty Bacon & Bleu burger with crosscut fries and my first taste of "fry sauce", something I haven't run across in CA or other places I've travelled. All excellent. It was so good I even broke down and got a Milky Way Shake for desert. Yum.

Funk pretty much gone.

Spent some time telling travel tails to several customers and employees. It was nice share the good parts of the trip so far with people interested. BUt every one told me, "total downpour is only an hour or less away, bundle up or maybe get off the roads - you don't want to be on our roads with rush hour drivers in a downpour". Huh.

I figured "meh" and headed out. I quickly found I was not impressed by the Oregon/Washington border rush hour drivers - factored in the warned about rain and figured all right - find a room and settle in for the night.

Without going into a long story about this - worst motel ever (well except maybe the place in Gallup NM with bed bugs I had to bail out of) - Vancouver WA Motel 6. Old, smelly, broken down. Had a customer laundry that took almost 1.5 hours to dry cloths for $2.50. Swear half the guest were full time residents, drinking and fighting out in the public areas. Cops drove through about once per hour trying to break up the drug dealing.

At least the two ladies working the desk were pleasant.

But it never rained. Not one drop.

This turned out to be the shortest day (and least miles) and the longest day all rolled in to one.

Funk was back, this was the first point in the trip I asked myself why are you out here doing this?

   

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - Ride Report (Day 3 added)
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2015, 06:43:56 pm »
Day 4 (solo) - Day 7 Total
Vancouver WA to Centralia WA via Mt. Saint Helens
Recommended Food: Sandy's Pizza - Toledo OR - 106 Kellogg Way, Toledo, WA 98591 -- Fresh ingredients, awesome sauce and great crust. www.sandyspizza.com

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And the funk continues. While there was no rain yesterday afternoon and evening while I hid in my room at the bottom of the barrell Motel 6, there was plenty the next morning. So I sat there in that crappy room waiting for the rain to get a little lighter. This went on for a couple of hours.

(My original plan was to take the 503 north out of Vancouver towards Lake Merwin and Yale Lake then east to NF25 where I would turn north till I reached NF99, the road to the Windy Ridge Observatory for Mt. Saint Helens National Monument, then circle around and go to the Johnston Ridge Observatory too.. I was told this was a pretty scenic and remote ride and provided a good view of Spirit Lake, Mt. St. Helens and the devastation area. I will come back for this road and view.)

The late start and amount of rain scared me off my intended route. I was told the road was pretty rough and might even be dirt in places, which would now definitely be mud. So not for me and the new Concours.

Instead, I rode up the 5 super slab to Castle Rock where I jumped off on to Spirit Lake Hwy (504) and headed east for Mt. St. Helens and the Johnston Ridge Observatory. I stopped a mile or two from the freeway at the Washington State Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center. They had a pretty interesting set of interactive exhibits and short movie worth watching.

Turns out there are like 5 visiting/learning/tree/native American centers for Mt. St. Helens along the length of Spirit Lake Hwy. I decided not to stop at them all.

The road was more sweeps lined by trees and vistas. The cold and rain certainly kept the traffic low too. I did enjoy the scenery.

Hey do you see Mt. St. Helens? Neither did I.


Upon reaching the Johnston Ridge Observatory I spent some more time looking at exhibits and watching informative movies, mainly cause you would only see the base of the volcano. No portion of the crater or caldera was ever visible while I was there. Kind of disappointing.




All the ranger walks were cancelled and ranger talks moved inside the visitor center - thanks rain.


The one weirdly bright spot for me, was Spirit Lake. You could only see it from this Observatory as a sliver of in the distance. And like the time I visited the Statue of Liberty and I expected it to be you know, ehh, interesting in a mild way - it actually had more of an impact than I expected. I remembered the event from my youth, the news coverage, the impact even worldwide. The stories of those caught and lost.



So once I had enough of not seeing Mt. St. Helens I took my souvenirs, packed up amd headed out the very same road I came in on. Still, the road was more sweeps lined by trees and vistas.

About 2/3 the way back on the 504, I switched to the 505 which lead me straight to the famous Toledo OR. Well, you may never heard of it, but it was a quaint little place with at least two good points that I know of; an interesting mural on one of the few large walls in town;




and Sandy's Pizza. Sandy's Pizza claimed to make their own sauce, dough from scratch and use mostly local fresh ingredients (not sure they could get peporoni from the local farmer but...) and it certainly tasted like they did. This tasty pizza helped get me back to thinking right and stop wit the gloomy Gus routine.



After a satisfying meal for the day, I slabbed it up to Centralia and settled in for a nice calm, early night.

I wanted to have a big day the next day.

   

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 4 - Mt. St. Helens added)
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2015, 08:54:21 pm »
 Gald you enjpoyed it even with the rain and that darned volcano that likes to hide in the clouds some days!
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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 4 - Mt. St. Helens added)
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2015, 07:41:02 pm »
Gald you enjpoyed it even with the rain and that darned volcano that likes to hide in the clouds some days!
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The ride was an amazing. The hardships and disappointments are just part of the fun. I discovered so much I want to come back and explore. I only got to touch the surface of the available adventures.

Your lucky being surrounded by beautiful places and fun roads. (even if sometimes you can't see them ;D)

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 4 - Mt. St. Helens added)
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2015, 07:47:00 pm »
Day 5 (solo) - Day 8 Total
Centralia WA to Redmond WA via Mt. Rainier National Park and Snoqualamie Falls
Recommended Food: Henry M Jackson Visitor Center - Mt. Rainier National Park, WA -- Anything they have or make that you can eat while gazing on the spectacle Paradise Lodge

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The weather was better and so was my attitude.

I actually got to see the peak of one of the volcanoes I came to see.


With a quick backtrack down the slab, I started today's adventure going east on Hwy 12 in glorious sunshine. It wasn't particularly warm but no rain and I cold SEE stuff. I even started seeing glimpses of Mt Rainier through the billions of WA trees. Although the peak was shrouded in clouds.

It was a nice ride along rivers and lake with some open areas before heading north at Morton WA on Hwy 7, which brought back the ticker forests. Upon hitting the National Park Hwy (706) I headed east towards the west entrance for Mt. Rainier NP.

There were tons of small a quaint motels and lodging along 706 both before and once in the national park. If I would have known there were so many options I would have optioned for night near Ashland than Centralia - just seemed, prettier and more adventurous. Mt. Rainier continued to tease me throug the trees, but still hidden in white puffiness.

I just enjoy the peaceful sedate ride through this beautiful park and scenery. Traffic was light and allowed be to enjoy the views around me without being rushed or surround by cages.

My first stop of the day was at the bridge over Nisqually River. There was a little bit of river, but mainly I was a giant boulder strewn scar down the mountain. It was pretty impressive. You could see the power of the flow by what it left behind.
Up the river and down the river




(I do regret not stopping for a bit at Longmire, but I did not know it's part in the Mt Rainier story until I reached Paradise)

I kept rolling on Paradise Rd till I reached Paradise itself and the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center. The open areas and meadows with their beautiful fall colors and flowers were inspiring. Mt. Rainier itself was shrouded in white cotton balls. The sun was out and it felt great to be alive.





The picture looks fake - but it's not


After spending a little time in the displays and exhibits offered I found my way to the food offerings. I chose a hot dog, slice of pizza, chips and a Gatorade. The selection was pretty small, and other than the items I chose, cold.

I took my little warm picnic and found a spot away from the lodge and center and most of the people. I gazed at the magnificent mountain while savoring the edibles. Best institutional hot dog and pizza slice ever. Nature can just make things better.

As I was finishing, the crown of clouds Mt. Rainier was wearing began to break, They blew off the Paradise side, flowing over the peak and leaving Mt. Rainier basking in the sun for all to see. Picture time. Get'em while you can. My photos don't remotely do the landmark justice.




After photos and souvenir shopping it was time to roll on down the scenic road. I continued on Paradise Rd until it became Stevens Canyon Rd. Which along the north side of the canyon offering vistas to the south, with rivers, falls and peaks. Stevens Canyon eventually starts heading north and finally t-bones Hwy 123.

Hwy 123 runs north in the NP and provides glimpses from the east of Mt. Rainier, and eventually dumps you on to Mather Memorial Parkway (410). The clouds were settling back again. But not far along is the junction back into the park for Sunrise Park Rd and  Sunrise Ridge. This is the place you go to see Mt. Rainier from the north.

Sunrise Park Rd is a little rougher, little narrower and a lot twistier. It runs along canyons mostly without vistas so I , ahh, added a bit more speed. (Not brilliant in a NP, but fun). The view from Sunrise was obscured by clouds, but offered some beautiful vistas of the mountain range to the east. It's boggling how far the mountains and trees extend in every direction.



Mt. Rainier Hidden in clouds
 

To the east of Sunrise


The end of photos signaled it was time to continue on. Mather Memorial Parkway (410) north & west. You could both see and feel "civilization" in the distance. Hooked a right on 169 and danced up the eastern edge of the metro areas till I reached the Auburn - Echo Lake Cutoff (18) heading for Snoqualmie Falls.

I arrived at Snoqualmie Falls just prior to sunset. I've been to the falls before, maybe 15 years ago. While the falls themselves haven't changed much, the "park" and "civilization" around it have. More and newer of everything. Not quite so, rustic, as I remember.



So i finished up by riding down the 202, through Fall City to my nights lodging in Redmond, WA - an Extended Stay right in the middle of Microsoft land.

Tomorrow the visits with friends and family started. (I won't subject you to those).


   

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 5 - Mt. Rainier & Snoqualmie added)
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2015, 12:12:44 am »
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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 5 - Mt. Rainier & Snoqualmie added)
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2015, 06:38:25 pm »
Day 9 (solo) - Day 12 Total
Redmond WA to Anacortes WA via Motoplex Lynnwood, the Sound and Orcas Island
Recommended Food: The best pre-made, waiting in the cooler sandwich I've ever had,  from Orcas Village Store at the Orcas Island landing - a generous amount of real Turkey and thick tasty bacon on good Marbled Rye. Orcas Village Store
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Three days of fun and food with friends and family, and now I'm back on the road.

For the last couple of days riding I kept getting wiffs of an odd smell from the Concours (pretty sure it wasn't me) that I hadn't noticed in the past. (picture me walking and kneeling around the bike, sniffing like a coke fiend with a cold) Couldn't really locate anything specific. Then on day 5, the front brakes started a little squeal.

Brakes looked good to me, plenty pad left and nothing I could see stuck in them. Left Cali with like 65% left (with 8K on them). Looked up the closest K dealer and headed over.

SHOUT OUT to Doug the service guy over at Motoplex in Lynnwood WA ([url=http://www.motoplex.net/]www.motoplex.net/[/url]). He listened to my story, venutred out side, rolled around the asphalt parking lot inspecting the brakes, front and rear. "They look good, but let me roll it in the shop and look closer. We can at least blow them off and see if it's just brake dust squeaking". Ten minutes later - I have my bike back with an all clear diagnosis. When I asked what I owed them, "Nothing, only took a few minutes and that's what I'm here for. Where you riding too?" And he proceeded to tell me about some awesome local rides I should hit if I had time. Another dealer that treated me right! Lynnwood Motoplex, 17900 Hwy 99, Lynwood WA.

Slabbed 5 to Hwy 20 on the path to Anacortes and the ferry terminal. Some nice views of the bays and straights from a fairly bring stretch of road.

When I got to the terminal and got in line to pay up for a trip to an island, turns out I timed it perfectly... wrong. To late to make the non-international ferry I could see in the terminal by 5 minutes and 2.5 hours early for the next one. Nice job Keith!! I just handed over my money and figured I'd find something to do.

So there were two cars that were already waiting for my Shaw, Orcas, San Juan Ferry (whatever dudes) but the ferry pay booth lady said, "Go around to the left and park you bike infront of the cars in lane 12." Ahhh, okay. Seems motorcycles get to go to the head of the line (even though there wasn't much of a line, but that would change).


2 hours and some foot wandering behind me, we rolled onto the big boat. The Shaw folks got to go before me, but I was first for Orcas! Felt important.

Nice ferry lady showed me where I should park. And then she walked away. "Uhmm..", "Yes Sir", "Don't we strap it down or something" - I get a laugh (snicker really and that wave you get when some one is brushing you off because your silly) "Just leave it in gear on on the kick stand and it'll be fine sir". And she continues on smiling and shaking her head.  Ahhhh, okay.


The views from the ferry were beautiful. The lunch was... non-existent. Opposite of all the advertising and info I was given, only food on ye ol' car carryin' boat were vending machines. Appears that on Tuesdays after 2pm - no food for you. Orange Crush and Red Licorice for lunch - mmm.


First stop Shaws Island.


Orcas Island, my stop, was second. As you approach the landing it all seems quite picturesque with the white buildings and tiny harbor. First vehicle off the boat. Mr important again.


My original intent was to find a place to stay on Orcas Island and bail in the morning. But... that meant I had the choice of being in line for the ferry by 6:15am or waiting for a later boat that got me to the "mainland" about 1:30pm. Neither really worked for me, so it looked like a 3 hour tour of Orcas to see the sights and be back at the Orcas terminal by 7pm for the trip back at night.

Heading out Orcas Village on Orcas Rd (I thinking I'll be typing Orcas al lot) I quickly noticed that the island topography was going to be more diverse than I expected. Large meadows, lakes, farms, crops and other "normal" stuff abounded. All pretty as a picture though. Took a quick non-stopping tour of Eastsound and the quaint waterline businesses. I headed south when I hit Olga Rd.

My first try for lodging was going to be Rosario Resort (before I changed my plans) so I decided I at least wanted to see it. So I did. In very pretty place at the end of very pretty road on a very pretty island. I wandered the ground s for a few minutes. Found a nice bush down near the waterline out of site from the building windows (and possible cameras) to make myself more comfortable. And headed back for Olga, the path to the southern tip of the eastern section of Orcas.


I really wanted to ride to the top of Mt.Constitution in Moran State Park to see the view from the mountain portion of Orcas. But alas, time was tight and I only had enough minutes to get down to Obstruction Island or to the top of the mountain. I'd seen more mountains on this trip so far, so opted for the water experience.

Got down to the end of Obstruction Pass Rd. saw some pretty island coastline scenery and then hightailed it back for the ferry terminal,  while watching REALLY carefully for the deer as they were tiny, in big bunches and everywhere.




Making it back to the terminal (and front off the line, still don't know why they let motorcycles infront of everybody, but hey, awesome) alive, undamaged, no deer blood and with 15 minutes to spare, I quickly hunted around for some lunch/dinner/only meal of the day. Everything was closed, except the Orcas Village Store right there at the terminal.




The scanned the little market and didn't really find anything to make or box of something to eat. So I grabbed a pre-made sandwich from the cooler that all small markets and convenience stores have, some chips, a strawberry Fanta and splurged on a homemadeish brownie thing. Yay, another fancy meal. Packed it up to eat on the ferry ride back to solid land.



BEST FREAKIN' PRE-MADE SANDWICH EEEVVVVVEEEEERRRRRR! I'm sitting their upwrapping the sandwich as I realize what I really bought - fresh marbled rye bread with real turkey carved right off an actual bird and gobs of it. Huge thick strips of bacon, smokey and sweet. Perfect amount of a couple of kinds of lettuce and just the right amount onf condiments (I pulled off the beautiful fresh tomatos cause... yuk). People actually walked by oogleing my sandwich as I guarded it from the hungry hordes (since the ferry still only offered vending machine fare). BEST DAMN PRE-MADE, SARAN WRAPPED, OUT OF A CONVENIENCE STORE COOLER, SANDWICH EEEVVVVVEEEEERRRRRR!
Orcas Village Store and there is a sandwich section on the site.



Got off the boat. Almost got killed by a deer and then a lady veering out of the oncoming lane right at me when ithe same deer startled her on her lane. Found a hotel in Anacortes and packed it in for the night.


   

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 9 - ferry & Orcas Island added)
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2015, 10:39:42 pm »
Day 10 (solo) - Day 13 Total
Anacortes WA to Forks WA via ferries and Olympic National Park
Recommended Food: Staring down Mt. Olympus (among others) from Hurricane Ridge  while eating freshly made chicken tenders and fries, with an extravagant fudge and caramel candy desert. Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center


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Up early as I wanted to get a lot of miles in today while seeing Olympic National Park.

Started with a run from Fidalgo Island to  Whidbey Island and beyond on Hwy 20. Another scenic and diverse road, farms to forest. Deception Pass State Park is split between the southern tip of Fidalgo and the northern tip of Whidbey right along the, you guessed it, Deception Pass Straight. It all seems so very remote and hidden with the big span of bridge between the two.






My first indication of a naval base (Naval Air Station Widbey Island) was the fighters suddenly flying over Deception, followed by various heavys. Kinda weird, in a state forest park to suddenly hear a building roar and the military topping the trees. Area locals probably find it pretty mundane.


Little farther down the island I caught the Fort Casey to Port Townsend ferry. Had a little better timing this time. Paid me fee, got in the assigned line just as the very last car was puling on to the ferry. Never even stopped until I was in my place on the ferry. But behind everybody this time.

I do enjoy the ferry crossings, but they sure slow down progress.


Port Townsend seemed a pretty little place, at least down by the shoreline. But I headed right out, circling the southern tip of Discovery Bay with it's views through the trees of calm blue water. Migrating from Hwy 20 to Olympic Hwy (101) at the city of Discovery Bay. Rode pas the tip of Seqim Bay too.

It's a bummer to have to bypass so many little places and side trips I would like to partake of on the way (Dungeness, Hwy 112, Shipwreck Point, Neah BAy, etc.) but there is only so much time I can spend each day. Unfortunately I do need to get closer to home with each passing day now.

At Port Angeles,  I veered off for Olympic National Park on Hurricane Ridge Rd. After a quick stop at the visitor center I continued on for the Hurricane Lodge, said to be a great place to view the expanse of Olympic NP and Mt. Olympus. It is.

It starts with a wonderfully twisty and vegetation shrouded ride that then breaks out on to the windy and open Hurricane ridge. There are evening passing areas. The vistas are spectacular.

The expanse, the number of visible peaks, the gorges and canyons, falls and rivers - staggering. The hugeness is impressive all in itself.




This raven and I squared off. Every time I would walk away from the Concours he would take flight and try an land on my seat. I think he wanted to check out the yellow bag over the GPS. But I wasn't gonna leave him to destroy my seat and scratch my bike the little pecker head. He finally gave up an sailed away - no flapping needed in the wind.


I enjoyed an oil-boiled lunch of Chicken Tenders and Fries from the visitor center while sitting in the wind and slight rain at an outdoor picnic table all by myself while gazing upon the splendor of Mt. Olympus and like 30 other peaks. (Everyone else huddled behind windows inside) These are some of my favorite meals, the surroundings making the comfort food staples even better. I topped it off with a ridiculously extravagant dark chocolate caramel candy brownie thing. Couldn't get both in focus.




I walked a few paths, one leading to the "other" side of the ridge where you can look back where I came from and see Port Angeles, Vancouver Island, Victoria BC, San Juan Island, Hurricane Hill, Strait of Juan del Fuca and more. Quite the astounding view.
 



After spending way to long at Hurricane I'm know running way behind the schedule I hoped  to keep. I wanted to make the rain forests at either Hoh or Quinalt yet today.

With that intention still in mind I set out at a brisk pace, blowing right past many things I would have enjoyed enjoying. Skipping photo ops too. One I am specifically disappointed to have skipped was Lake Crescent along the northern border of the National Park. I regret no stop and no pics. I was certainly beautiful as I rode by.

The real disappointment came when I was getting dark and I was still at least 1 hour from the nearest rain forest (Hoh). As I was hoping to SEE the rain forest and not just stumble blindingly through it on a dark and stormy night (would have been cool if it was Haloween), I decided I might as well wrap it up for the day in Forks WA as it was the last "real" town for awhile.

Turns out, I found out, that Forks is the place the filmed (at least portions of) that sappy vampire / werewolf saga thing called "Twilight". Didn't see it, didn't really care. But Forks thinks it's pretty impressive and important. Unfortunately for me, all the Twilight themed rooms were taken in my motel (eye roll goes here).



   

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 10 - Olympic National Park added)
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2015, 11:43:13 pm »
You have GOT to send these into the Concourier!  :great: :beerchug:
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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 10 - Olympic National Park added)
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2015, 06:17:36 am »
 Great RR'S!

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 10 - Olympic National Park added)
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2015, 09:35:29 am »
Good thing you do not have a girl on the back of your bike, you would of had to stop and do this. I had never heard of Forks prior to this day either.  :-[


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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 10 - Olympic National Park added)
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2015, 09:58:11 pm »
You have GOT to send these into the Concourier!  :great: :beerchug:

Nice compliment. Thanks. If there is something here up the the quality standards needed. Is there a gallery section in the Concourier? (I haven't received my first one yet - too newbie)

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Thanks.  I figured most would be bored with it by now, so it's mostly for me (to help my memory), but it's awesome if a few of you are enjoying it too.

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 10 - Olympic National Park added)
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2015, 10:05:55 pm »
As I was riding solo - I got to do a more macho photo just down the road a bit - at the Timber Museum also in Forks ;D



Good thing you do not have a girl on the back of your bike, you would of had to stop and do this. I had never heard of Forks prior to this day either.  :-[



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« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2015, 07:08:40 am »
Thanks.  I figured most would be bored with it by now, so it's mostly for me (to help my memory), but it's awesome if a few of you are enjoying it too.
Nope, thanks for posting so we could ride along with you. :great:

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Re: Wandering the Northwest - (Day 10 - Olympic National Park added)
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2015, 08:43:58 pm »
Day 11 (solo) - Day 14 Total
Forks WA to Netarts OR via Ruby Beach, Quinault Rain Forest, WA & OR Coast
Recommended Food: Slater's Diner - Raymond WA 124 7th Street, Raymond WA 98577 Stuffed Sandwich Fries Incredible Hulk Soda (7-Up & lime) and Gooey Butter Cake http://www.slatersdiner.com/
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Wanted to leave early, but waited a bit for the rain to stop. A familiar theme. But by waiting an extra hour I managed to not be rained on for the entire day. Kind of ironic as this was the day I was going to visit the rain forest.

As I rode south out of the twilight zone of "Twilight" land (Forks) I came across the Forks Timber Museum. Small but interesting. If you visti Forks and aren't somekind of Twilight groupie, the Timber Museum is worth at least a few minutes of your time.


Olympic National Park is fairly unique in that portions of it are separated away from the main body. The largest section is the most well known and contains Mt. Olympus and the mountain ranges plus both the HOH and Quinault rain forests and all are surrounded by the Olympic National Forest. But there are sections, thin slivers actually, that run along the WA coastline from Ozette to Kalaloch and are not connected via national park or forest land to the main body. These coastline stretches include some very famous spots like Ruby Beach.

Ruby Beach was my first stop of the day. When some one says to me, "Washington coastline", Ruby Bach is the picture I conjur in my head. Tall pine trees all the way to the sandy beach. Crashing waves and surf pounding cliffs and rocks strewn with the white trails left by eaons of seabirds roosting. The beaches littered with driftwood some nearly entire intact trees. This is Ruby Beach.




Next stop, a moderate rain forest within the Olympic NP. I finally decided on the more southern Quinault as it was closer to the park boundary and less of drive off the 101 to get to the rain foresty part. I HAVE to make some distance southward today, so the Quinault choice made sense.

I found the North Shore Rd. turnoff just before Quinault Lake and rode along it's picturesque shoreline as I headed for the rain forest. I stopped at the Ranger Station/Center it was closed. Zero cars and zero people. It appeared I had the rain forest to myself.

I rode. I hiked. I took pictures.










Suddenly, much sooner than I expected, the road turned to gravely dirt (with a nice slick mud sheen on the top). I had expected crappy pavement for another few miles so I could get to the bridge that would allow me to ride the South Shore Rd. back.  But again the lack of radiator guard, fender extender and chickeness to ride my 700 lber plus fat, out-of-shape rider and overstuffed luggage,  on the slick wettish dirt led me to turn around and miss the upper portion of the rain forest area. I suck.






I really liked the rain forest. I wish I could have stayed longer. I wish I would have visited Hoh and Quinault (the rangers said they are very different with Ho being wetter and mossier and Quinault being more ferny and oaky). I wish my legs were longer so I was more comfortable duck walking the Concours on crappy slick roads when needed.

Back on Hwy 101, I blazed south. Enjoying the good roads with lots of sweepers and plenty of places to pass folks who aren't in a rush (not that I was, I just prefer my vehicles traveling a little speedier than some).

At Aberdeen WA, an interesting little river town, I crossed over the Chehalis River. I decided I wanted to see more coast, so rather than continuing on south on 101 I veered west on Hwy 105. This gave me some beautiful vistas of Chehalis Bay and then the Pacific Coast with a final loop back to Hwy 101 along the northern edge of  Willapa Bay. Lots of  wildlife areas and marshs teaming with birds.

As I passed through Raymond WA I decided it was time for chow. I stumbled across Slater's Diner right on the 101. Let's give it a shot. It was a kitchy little diner decorated with pop culture artifacts from the diner eras. Maps, records, playbills, tons of photos. True soda Shoppe drinks named after people like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. I ordered an Incredible Hulk - 7Up & Lime - which was very tasty (this was one of those days I was bummed about giving up sodas/caffeine 10 years ago - really wanted a James Dean- Dr. Pepper and Vanilla).  I ate a fantastic "Stuffed" sandwich - Canadian bacon, turkey, pastrami, roast beef, cheese all stuffed in to their signature baked pocket bread along with a hearty helping of crisscut fries. Nom nom nom. And I finally topped it off with their Gooey Butter Cake - oh good lord was that rich, and tasty.
Slater's Diner gets a thumbs up from me.
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And back on the road, Hwy 101 to be specific, heading due south as fast as I thought I could get away with. Enjoying the smooth asphalt, long sweeps and relatively light traffic. Crossed the big ole long and tall bridge at Astoria OR over the Columbia River. See ya Washington you've been fun and pretty.

Southbound 101 offered many more glimpses of beautiful bays and the Pacific Ocean.

As the day was ending I passed through Tillamook. Huh. Tillamook Cheese. I thought Tillamook cheese was from Wisconsin or someplace like that. I looked around Tillamook for a place to stay. Nothing seemed right.

Finally I decided I wanted to stay on the coast, not inland. Figured the price would go up, but what the heck. I should get to spend one night really on the coast. I wested it on the 131, which took me to Netarts OR. I headed north from there and passed into Oceanside which turned out to only be residences. While there I saw a sign for Cape Mears Lighthouse - yea, I should visit at least one lighthouse on the coastline trip! SO I did. Rode into the state park as the sun was getting close to setting. Pulled into the lot with one other car. Hustled down the trail and suddenly I see... the light. Just kind of sitting their at the end of the walkway. "That's it. I came this extra way for that." But I got closer and there was another trail down the hill a bit to where the light house tower started. Okay - now that's a light house (still a small one, but a real light house).
My first look.

Views from the Cape Mears Lighthouse


As the sun finally set, I pulled out of the Cape Mears State Park, back south through Oceanside and as I passed through tiny little Netarts I saw a couple of small Inns with vacancy signs. I had planned to make Pacific City for Lodging, but that was before the Cape Mears side trip.

I wound out at the Tenimoore Inn.
Surprisingly affordable for a place along the top of the shoreline cliff. The service was excellent and helpful. I had a nice room, with a good bed, sporting a private balcony overlooking the the cliff, beach and ocean. The roar of the waves filled my room. I even was able to park the Concours right outside my fron door. I walked up 50 yards to the little market, bought a few things for a light dinner. I spent the evening on my balcony, eating my morsels, drinking a little Scotch, browsing on the fast, free wifi and then sitting in the dark evening listening to the waves crash on the rocks below. I slept well. Perfect.

From my balcony

A few more from the next morning


Terimore Lodging By the Sea  Netarts, OR - 5105 Crab Ave W, Tillamook, OR 97141 http://www.terimoremotel.com/


   

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