Well, Imade itback home Thursday night. I had a great time! The ride was from Durango, CO up the Coastto The Columbia River and back.
The route was pretty much as planned:
DAY 1: Durango thru Monument Valley, Grand Canyon to Flagstaff.
DAY 2: Flagstaff up old rt.66 over hoover dam to Death Valley (camped at 196ft. below sea level)
DAY 3: Death Valley up the east side of the sierra's to Carson city.
DAY 4: Around Lake Tahoe then a scenic ride to Auburn, CA.
DAY 5: To the Pacific coast at Manchester, CA. Camped in the dunes.
DAY 6: Hwy 1 then 101 (with a side road thrown in) . Camped in Trinidad, CA
DAY 7: The Redwoods (avenue of the giants) up the Oregon coast to Waldport, OR.
DAY 8: More coast riding to Astoria, Oregon.
DAY 9: Rode to McMinnville, OR and saw the Spruce Goose (cool!). Rode over the Columbia River Bridge (our goal).
DAY 10: Columbia River east to the Hells Canyon area. Camped in Wallowa, OR.
DAY 11: Joseph road still snowed in, rode "the rattlesnake" to Lewiston, ID then followed the Salmon river south. Spent the night in Mountain home, ID.
DAY 12: COLD and wind. South to hwy. 50 (the lonliest road in america), then west into Utah. Snow. 594 miles that day.
DAY 13: Went to Arches Nat. Park then the Million Dollar Hwy. (more snow)home.
Miles ridden: 4365 total, longest day 594, shortest day270, Avg.per day335.
Fuel Costs: $466.34
Elevations: highest 11,018 above (red mt. pass) - lowest 196 below (death valley).
The coldest parts of the trip were the Nevada desert and the hottest was the Redwoods, who would of thunk it?
I really enjoyed riding roads 120 and 49 in Calif. and 3-129 in Oregon-Wash. and really recommend those to anyone planning a trip. I also needto take my girl up to the Nez Pierce area, that was absolutely beautiful and she would love it!
The bikes all did fine (2 Harleys and my Valkyrie), although those HD's were SLOW! No breakdowns, All 3 (carbed)ran well in the mountains but were perfect below sea level. The faster I went, the smoother the Valk was.
I got it up to 135 mph. at one point and it still had more left.
The only incidents to report were my digital camera quit working 2 days out so I had to shoot the trip with my 35mm. (12 rolls of film were used and now being developed). Also, while strapping my jacket on my bike in Waldport I had a Bungee cord snap up and take a hunk of skin off of the bridge of my nose. It could have been a lot worse than it was (I hate those things!).
All in all, I made some excellent memories with friends and had a great time but it's still nice to spend the night in my own bed.
I have been trying to get my woman to wash my bike and pack me some clean clothes so I can go again. She's not going for it (but I'm going to keep working on her).
I'll post some pics when I get them back.