Day 0 – Portland to Long Beach on a 2020 BMW 1250 GS – MotoCamping Ride

Departing Ontario California soon on a one way flight to Portland Oregon. And since few people including all my family rarely read my blog it’ll come as a complete surprise to them when I suddenly show up.

Looking forward to at least a peak at the new grandkid from a Covid safe distance, of course.

Air Miles travelled – 1,050? – Air temperature expected mid to high 70’s.

Me flying

$$ Spent 0 – Free use of air miles. Thank you Helpful Honda. (inside joke) Yes I plan on flying for the first time since let’s see – our Japan trip, (to walk the Kumano Koda) was cancelled, Portugal, (to walk the Camino Portuguese was cancelled) Seattle trips (to visit two new grandkids) was cancelled in 2020 on account of Covid 19.

Me riding through Portland Wierd and Seattle Wierd.

The following are just rough thoughts on the planning of this ride as I have not yet departed.

MotoCamping Carry-On luggage

Yes, I am now planning for a week of unplanned MotoCamping.

This trip morphed from a planned ride with my bike Bro’s Motocamping friends to Capitola California.

But then just like that an email suddenly changes my trajectory. Motoquest Long Beach was requesting my help in rescuing their tour bikes from the grips of anarchists now holding the bikes hostage.

I know that there will be many things missed, forgotten, or otherwise in my writings but, at the end of the day this ride is for muah.

If you wish to follow along then take everything I say with a grain of salt.

One story each day is all I’ll promise from the start of my ride.

This essay of sorts is also meant as a reminder of this week (for me) for future years to come and possibly for others an inspiration to go do your own ride.

PS: If you want all the juicy details and a full breadth of the emotions I had during this trip, take your own trip!

Find a buddy or go it alone. Just figure out what you need to do to make it happen and go!

In the immortal wise words of Shia LaBeouf, “

JUST DO IT.

Portland Oregon Wierd – the land of ………

Tacoma Washington Wierd? ………

Seattle Washington Wierd………..

One of my first planned stops:

THE BOWPICKER. Astoria, Oregon What better place to get fish-and-chips than on a fishing boat? Even if it’s high and dry on a boat across from the Columbia River Maritime Museum. You climb a set of stairs alongside the boat, order from the cabin (your choice of three or five perfectly fried pieces of beer-battered albacore tuna on steak fries), pay (cash only), and fish out a can of soda or bottle of water from a cooler; 503-791-2942, bowpicker.com

I also plan on riding U.S. Route 101 as it runs along the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles, California to Tumwater, Washington. M

Within the state of Washington, US 101 connects cities on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and encircles the Olympic Peninsula around the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park

So many options so little time: Washington’s 25 Scenic Byways

  1. Cape Flattery  – Cape Flattery occupies America’s northernmost point, and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful spots on the Makah Indian Reservation.
  2. Cascade Loop – National Geographic Traveler describes the Cascade Loop as “one of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives.”
  3. Cascade Valleys – This route along SR-202 follows the Snoqualmie River and was once a primary Native American footpath between Puget Sound and Snoqualmie Pass.
  4. Chinook Pass – Dominated by majestic Mt. Rainier at every turn, this All American Road traces the historic Naches Trail trading route between Enumclaw and Naches.
  5. Chuckanut Drive – This unforgettable name marks an even more unforgettable 21 miles of winding seaside road presenting spectacular views, state parks, great hiking trails and some of the best oysters in the state.
  6. Columbia River Gorge – Known as Lewis and Clark’s gateway to the Pacific, the 80-mile long abyss features stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, lavish vineyards and over 40 million years of history.
  7. Coulee Corridor – The 150-mile byway connecting Othello and the Grand Coulee is home to thousands of wildlife species, museums, five state parks and a national recreational area.
  8. International Selkirk Loop – Marvel at the awesome beauty around every corner of the International Selkirt Loop, a 450 km/280-mile scenic drive encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia.
  9. Lewis and Clark Trail – Travelers can retrace the steps of two famous explorers, Lewis & Clark, on their quest for the Pacific along the magnificent Columbia River, along the Lewis and Clark Trail scenic byway.
  10. Mt. Baker – While you’re ascending an active volcano you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery ranging from dense rainforests and spectacular waterfalls to the rugged peaks of the North Cascades.
  11. Mountains to Sound Greenway – Stretching along Interstate-90 from Seattle and the Puget Sound to the high desert of central Washington is one of the most spectacular journeys in the Pacific Northwest.
  12. North Cascades – Arguably one of the most scenic routes in the United States, Highway 20’s ascent from the remote high desert of the Methow Valley brings the craggy peaks of the North Cascades into sharper view.
  13. North Pend Oreille – Covering the northeast corner of the state, the byway brings travelers through a land of remote mountain ranges, bootlegger’s caves and 2000-year old cedars.
  14. Okanogan – Through a region of rolling hills and prairies, thick forests and granite canyons, the Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway follows the Native American’s Cariboo Trail.
  15. Pacific Coast – This 360-mile route along the dramatic Washington State coastline features the longest natural beach in the United States, the best place to storm watch and rain forests with record-sized trees.
  16. Palouse – Mount up in your modern covered wagon and see an ocean of green rolling hills in the Palouse.
  17. Pend Oreille Valley – The Pend Oreille (say Ponderay) Valley Scenic Byway travels from Newport, Washington north on Hwy 20 to Tiger. The roadway follows the Pend Oreille River as it flows north to Canada and then turns west to join the Columbia River.
  18. San Juan Ferry – The spectacular San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is Washington’s newest byway, and is unique as the only state byway including a marine highway.
  19. Sherman Pass – Sherman Pass is one of the lesser-known byways, but also one of the most rewarding. At 5,575 feet, it’s the highest maintained pass in the state, boasting stunning panoramic views of pristine wilderness.
  20. Stevens Pass Greenway – Regarding diversity of landscape, culture and history, Stevens Pass Greenway is one of the richest byways in Washington.
  21. Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway  – Lined by jagged cliffs and the magnificent cedar forests of Olympic National Park, the highway offers the traveler peek-a-boo views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada’s Vancouver Island.
  22. Whidbey Island Scenic Isleway – The Whidbey Island Scenic Isleway is painted with lovely seaside towns, famous Penn-cove mussels, art galleries and deluxe accommodations.
  23. White Pass – Known as the gateway to recreation in the South Cascades, the route winds through the forests of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Mt. Rainier National Park, and the White Pass Ski Area, before ascending to the basalt rock landscape east of the Mountains.
  24. Yakama – Much of the byway crosses the Yakama Indian Reservation whose members have lived in harmony with these lands for thousands of years.
  25. Yakima Canyon – Yakima Canyon Road is not only an efficient alternative to Interstate-82 between Yakima and Ellensburg, but also a remarkably more scenic one.

So much for day zero from the comforts of my home. At least I’m all packed for now but, I just thought of something? Damn. I’m on a motorcycle and this is expensive luggage and the airlines are gonna charge me for luggage.

Plan B. Carry on and leave the tent and cooking gear. NOW YOU SEE why at least a little planning is important?

Ralph

(Thanks Kevin for letting me use your meme)