2013 The Long and Winding Road to Oregon

There were some minor details to work out before we settled on our route and timeline, but this would be our grandest adventure yet! On the itinerary:

  • Vermont to north-central Pennsylvania on back roads and rural highways, then west on PA 6 to Oil City, PA
  • Interstate to west of Akron, OH, then US 6 and some other back roads to near South Bend, IN
  • Through Chicago early on a Saturday morning and up to southern Wisconsin to visit some human and canine friends
  • Rural Route 3 across northern Iowa and into Nebraska, where we’ll camp along the Niobrara River
  • Up into South Dakota, then west on 44 to the Badlands. Continue west to the Black Hills, then north and west to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming
  • Across northern Wyoming, then over Chief Joseph and Beartooth Passes into Montana
  • West to Missoula. From there we’ll either continue west on US 12 thru the Lolo Pass to Lewiston ID, then north thru Spokane to US 20…or we’ll continue northwest on 200 to US 2 near Sandpoint ID, then connect with US 20.
  • US 20 west thru the Northern Cascades. From there we’ll either take a ferry across the Puget Sound and ride around the Olympic Peninsula cutting back inland to Mt Rainier…or we’ll head south on Route 9, then cut over to Mt Rainier. Depends on the weather and how much time we have.
  • From Mt Rainier to the east side (Wild Side) of Mt St Helens, then back roads dropping into The Dalles OR from the north, following the Columbia River Gorge west to Hood River, then veering south past Mt Hood
  • Back roads down the spine of the Cascades in western Oregon to Crater Lake, then southwest to catch the giant redwoods near Crescent City CA
  • Up the southern Oregon coastline along scenic US 101 as far as Reedsport OR, then east to Corvallis and north to theBMW Rally in Salem OR.

Coming home, well — I haven’t gotten that far yet!

TRIP PREPARATIONS

THE PACKING EXPERIENCE

UNDERWAY AT LAST!

THE GREAT FLATNESS

THE BADLANDS

THE BLACK HILLS AND DEVIL’S TOWER

BEARTOOTH PASS

LOLO PASS, MT RAINIER, AND MT ST HELENS

AN UNPLANNED STOP IN EUGENE

THE PACIFIC OCEAN VIA CRATER LAKE AND THE REDWOODS

THE 41ST ANNUAL BMW MOA RALLY

SALEM TO BOISE: HOMEWARD BOUND

CROSSING IDAHO, WYOMING AND NEBRASKA

A BIG DAY: NEBRASKA TO OHIO

THE REST OF THE WAY HOME

 

5 Responses to 2013 The Long and Winding Road to Oregon

  1. Nancy and Harley says:

    Safe travels! We’re thinking about you from Texas!

  2. Greetings from the Olympic Peninsula in the PNW. We’re wondering if everything is OK and what adventures you’ve been up to? Always loved your posts, particularly those “lessons learned” and those so valuable tips/insights for hack-traveling with a dog. “Ripple” and I are still waiting to get our sidecar for our 1200GS before we “Pit The Road” full time. Best in all and drop us a line. E. H. and Ripple.

    • barleyadmin says:

      Thanks for the gentle nudge reminding me that I still have to write up the end of last year’s adventure! It will have to wait a bit longer, as the day after tomorrow Barley and I will be setting out on this year’s ride through the Amish Country of Ohio and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Barley loves the Great Lakes, with Superior his clear fave. Ride safe!

  3. T. S. says:

    When are we getting the next installment of Barley?

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