|RAM Mount Camera Bag|
|Before & After - Corbin Mini BackRest|
|Wayne With Two good Feet!|
|On Time & Under Budget!|
Day 2 - July 27th, 2014
|Living The Dream...|
Melita, had some clean up crews and rebuilding going on. At our very first gas stop in Canada I had to play the “which plastic card is going to work” game. Finally gave up and gave them a nice new 20 dollar US bill and I got back some wonky plastic paper for change.
GPS, but eventually we made it.
Day 3 & 4 - July 28th & 29th, 2014
Bayer Back and Body was becoming my friend.
Jasper National Park. We hit a couple of construction spots along the way but not too bad of a wait and the scenery was good! We found a crystal clear lake that looked like a good point to take a break. Apparently it was only knee deep and people were walking all the way across it. Then it was more spectacular scenery until we eventually ran into Mount Robson Park. It was absolutely beautiful and a nice easy ride. Cruising through the park at about 50mph I got my best gas mileage of the trip… 48mpg.
Finally we got checked into a Super 8 and hit a grocery store to load up on bottled water. Got a kick out of the goofy shopping carts…
Day 5 - July 30th, 2014
Prince George to Prince Rupert. This was the day that had us most concerned about finding gas stations and what condition the roads would be in. Looking at google maps with satellite view it was really hard to determine what we’d be getting into. It looked like a wonderful route, a small winding road that follows along the Skeena River surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, but it was hard to tell what we were getting into. I probably could have done some online research to find out, but we were doing the route regardless so, let it be a surprise.
Burns Lake and we even found a Harley Dealer in the town of Smithers. Stopped in to look for a key chain but no luck. The cool thing was seeing the mountains off in the distance and working our way towards them. The closer we got, the better the view got. I want to say once we hit the town of Hazelton, that’s when the really good scenery started. After that it was 175 miles of beautiful country! The roads were good all the way. In fact the speed limit was 100kph or about 62mph.
Day 6, July 31st, 2014
Alaska. Instructions for the ferry said to show up at 7:00am and set sail at 10:00am. I think we got there around 7:15 and there was a short line. Waiting in line we ran into a retired guy who lived in Seattle and he gave us a great tip on how to avoid the main down town area. We got the maps out and he showed us how we could take a short ferry ride and then cruise around Seattle but still stay inland. He said there was nothing to see along the coast, just tree lines and fog. It was a good tip.
Iowa. We were standing around out on the deck talking to an older guy who said he had a Triumph back at home.
Harley! Nothing else! Huh! Then he does the air motorcycle thing with his hands and added some motorcycle sound effects! Turns out this guy was the cook. He told us the lunch special for the day was ribs and he was pretty damn proud of his ribs. When noon finally came we got right in line… and there’s our buddy the cook serving up lunch. He says, what you have? I say load me up with the ribs! And he says, Huh! You ride Harley, me take good care of you! And he did… big pile of ribs, brussel sprouts, big scoop of rice and cup of beans with sausage that was just to die for. I grabbed my tray and moved on. Wayne steps up and the cook says, what you have? Wayne says, I wasn’t going to order the ribs until I saw his tray, so I’ll have the same thing he had! And our Cook is like, Huh! You no ride Harley, you ride Victory… you don’t get what he got……… I give you more! So instead of a cup of beans Wayne gets a big soup bowl full! No fare! Turned out to be the best meal of the trip… for only $11.25!
bears and eagles! Kim told us someone she works with runs a food stand on the south end of the island called “Cod Fathers”. If nothing else, we had to go there just because of the name. But Wayne and I were pumped now! I had visions of a National Geographic moment with Salmon jumping up rocky falls and giant grizzly bears snatching them right out of midair… but it didn’t turn out quiet like that.
Day 7 - August 1st, 2014
Day 8 - August 2nd, 2014
Yellowhead Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert was an excellent road, light traffic, the right speed with a lot of big sweepers and stunning scenery! Since Wayne had to test out riding with his injured foot for the first time today… I guess this was the perfect road to do it on!
Couple of interesting notes on this day. There were no mile markers along this road that I could see. I noticed two cops for the first time since we’d been in Canada and a road kill… we actually saw a dead black bear along the side of the road…
Day 9 - August 3rd, 2014
Bellingham the scenery becomes excellent! There was only one caveat, I wouldn't want to make this ride in bad weather.
Day 10 - August 4th, 2014
Oak Harbor, catch a short ferry and take 101 inland down to Olympia. He said it would only take an extra hour and he would have been right. Checking google maps now it only would have added 18 miles plus the ferry ride. He also told us it was better scenery inland because if you take the long route to the coast, all you’ll see is the tree line and fog.
Day 11 - August 5th, 2014
Enterprise Oregon to Asotin Washington. To be honest I didn’t know if we’d have the energy for any more scenery rides but we altered the route anyway. Turned out to be totally worth it! Getting out of Portland was a pain, but once we got clear of the city it smoothed out pretty nice. 84 runs right along the Hood River for a while which made for a very pleasant ride. If you wanted to, you could take the Historical Highway 30 alternate route that goes right down by the river. We tried to do that but I couldn’t find the right turn off and we were running late.
oil. It looked like I was getting some seepage and a few drops leaking. Wayne asked what I thought it might be and I said, my guess is it’s the head gasket, but whatever it is, I just hope it doesn’t let go before we hit Idaho…. The last state we had to check off our list. I wiped it up with a rag as much as possible so at the next stop I could tell if more oil was leaking. Fortunately no new oil appeared the rest of the trip. But I will have to get it checked out one of these days…
Whitman National Forest and Hells Canyon. Another beautiful scenic route, great road, relaxing ride. We pulled over at Joseph Canyon Viewpoint and took some pictures. Wayne mentioned before we started going again that we should probably pick up the pace. There was still a ways to go. So I’m thinking that’s it for the site seeing and it time to hit the road. Boy was I wrong, the best part was yet to come! Toward the end of the day we found the most awesome twisties starting at the border of Washington and Oregon. I tried to take some picture so you could get the idea but eventually I just put the camera down and had some fun! Wow, got my over loaded Harley to scrape a peg several times! It was pretty incredible… If you ever get the chance, take Sealtee’s advice and make this run, you will not be disappointed!
Day 12 - August 6th, 2014
Idaho! After that, I didn’t care if the Harley blew up or Wayne shipped his bike home and took a bus… Idaho was it, the last state on the list! Done and done! Thankfully neither of those things happened and we were in for another great day of riding! The highlight of the day was Clear Water National Forest. Miles and miles of winding black top along the beautiful Lochsa River. Every time we rounded a corner the view could have been a picture perfect post card. The funny thing was we were 75 miles into this twisting road / forest / river thing and then a sign comes up…. “Winding Road Next 99 Miles”. Wow, this was another great run that would have been worthy as a destination all by itself.
Montana border and pulled over to take some pictures and a break. We always like to take pictures of border signs. After we got enough snap shots we got back on the bikes and started to pull out of the parking area in formation like we’ve done a thousand time before. But this time something weird happened. The rear tire on Wayne’s bike just shot out from under him. It was like bam and down. Good feet or bad there was no stopping it. It was so weird because we couldn’t have been going more than a couple mph. A nice couple on an old Harley stopped and helped us get the bike upright. Nothing but the crash bars on the Victory touched the ground. They did their homework on the design, that’s for sure. After we got the bike up, we spotted a pretty good skid mark under the rear tire. Wayne said he might have been in 3rd gear and instead of stalling the motor the tire hit the slick tar and spun. Fortunately, no damage to bike or rider…
On into Montana we finally got clear of the forest and found the super slab again. Never thought I'd miss the interstate… At the Montana border I noticed my headlight was out so I found some shade and busted out the tool kit. Last year my headlight went out on the trip so I bought one for a replacement and one for a spare. Lucky I remembered to bring it along.
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