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Northwestern States Trip

Northwestern Motorcycle Ride – 2009

Out of all the motorcycle rides I have taken over the years, this was one of my favorites. The ride up to Mt St Helens, the drive down the beautiful Oregon Coast, and then through the Northern California Giant Redwoods, made this trip one of beauty and enjoyment. This will be one motorcycle ride that I’ll do again.

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Posted by Brad Stone - February 2, 2011 at 9:34 PM

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Riding through the Northwest

 

Two years ago, my group took an unbelievable motorcycle trip through the beautiful Northwest. Believe it or not, we had no rain. From Salt Lake City, we traveled up through Idaho, across Oregon to the west coast. The Oregon coastline was spectacular. We then dropped down into the Northern California Redwoods. We then cut across Northern California to Lake Tahoo. From there we got onto Hwy 51, known as the loneliest highway in the United States. You can follow our motorcycle trip blog here: Northwestern States Motorcycle Trip This motorcycle trip was just perfect.

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Posted by Brad Stone - January 26, 2011 at 10:53 PM

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Highlights of our Trip

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Posted by Brad Stone - October 8, 2009 at 8:32 AM

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Northwest Trip – Aug 2009 Video

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Posted by Brad Stone - October 7, 2009 at 2:59 PM

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Our Last Day – Home at Last

Home at last. We drove a little over 2,500 miles in 7 days. We made 35 gas stops, drank 254 gallons of water, gave the “two finger” wave (a biker’s secret signal to other bikers) 1,254 times, push started two motorcycles, fixed one flat tire, repaired one gas starved motorcycle, put up and took down our tents 6 times, saw Bigfoot twice (Once in the woods, and once using one of the RV Park bathrooms) and relived all of the adventures of “Wild Hogs.” Now we’ll dream able next year’s trip.
We ran into this homeless gal

Our tour through the Lehman Caves in Nevada

More of the Cave

And more…

Our last night stay, was at a Baptist Church/RV Park

At the Baptist Church, we could have spiritual sanctuary, use the rest room and shower, sometimes all at the same time. We cleansed our inner soul, as well as our outer soul.

Our camp spot for the night. This was actually our last option. We did receive an offer from Peter, the bar owner, where we had dinner. He said we could camp in his gravel parking lot. So, we chose the Baptist Church. They even had hot showers.

The spelling was not the best in Austin, Nevada. Butt, Iam knot one two critasize pipol fer there spilling.

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 26, 2009 at 9:34 PM

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Day 5 & 6 – Redwoods, Volcanos and Heat

Reflections of a Biker in the Nevada Desert

Stuck in Traffic outside of Reno, Tahoo

Adam in a Tree, along the Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Trial

Driving along the “Loneliest Hwy” Nevada, Hwy 50

Mike standing tall among the Redwoods

Driving through the Redwoods, California

Having fun at the Lassen National Park Gate

Traveling through the forest

Adam, the stud muffin…or so he thinks.

Lassen Volcano National Park

Shadows of a biker

Grinding it through the desert

Our favorite stop

Top of the World

One of 53 Construction stops

The Giant Redwoods

Giants among Giants

Biker filler

A dead battery…guess whose bike?

The young guys helping an old guy

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 25, 2009 at 10:52 PM

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Day Four – Oregon Coast/Northern California









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Posted by Brad Stone - August 23, 2009 at 10:52 PM

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Day Three – Made it to the Oregon Coast!

It was a beautiful morning as we road from Cougar, Washington to Mt St. Helens. Having seen pictures, and remembering the eruption of the volcano in 1980, it was breath-taking to view the actual scene.
Our ride was through a lot of twists and turns, climbing in elevation to reach Windy Ridge, overlooking Mt St Helens and Spirit Lake. We had some mechanical problems with one of the bikes, but soon got it fixed and continued on our way.
We then set out for the Oregon Coast. It was an awesome sight to see the “painting like” coast.
We had a difficult time finding a place to camp, as for some reason the entire population of Oregon decided to camp out on the coast for the weekend. After checking half a dozen places we finally pulled into a place around 9:00 PM and paid $20 to put up our tents in a field.
Tomorrow we’ll continue down the Oregon coast and hopefully into the Redwoods of Northern California.
(Sorry, the pictures are not in any particular order…and I’m too tired to rearrange them, so you’ll have to determine where you think the pictures are taken.)









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Posted by Brad Stone - August 22, 2009 at 11:06 PM

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Day Two Adventures












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Posted by Brad Stone - August 21, 2009 at 8:47 PM

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Day One – Aug 20th

We were up and early this morning to start off on our journey. The temperature was cool and crisp as we headed north on I-15.
Our first gas stop was Snowville, Utah.

after leaving Snowville, Brant felt something strange, a feeling that caused his heart to come up out of his throat. His bike pulled to one side and then the other. He wasn’t quite sure what was the problem, but he knew that something was not right. He quickly came to the realization that his back tire had gone immediately flat and he was now trying to safely pull his bike to the side of the road.
After spending countless hours trying to get a tow truck out to haul his bike into Burley, Idaho, some 60 miles away, he finally found a good ‘ol Idaho boy that would do it for $250. Brant swallowed hard, and told him to come out.
In the meantime Pete was in contact with some in-laws in Burley that were willing to come out and get us, so Brant called off the tow truck, and we waited for the in-laws to come rescue us.

spending 4 hot (100 degrees) hours at the side of the road, we were on our way to a Motorcycle shop in Burley to repair the flat.
One side note: Since Brant’s bike was temporarily out of commission, Brant and Jared became very close friends, sharing Jared’s bike.
After the tire repair and a “Carl’s Jr” burger, we were on our way. We went as far as Ontario, Oregon (425 miles) and are staying a the Neat Retreat RV park. We all had hot showers (Actually mostly cold) and are snuggled into our tents for the night.
Tomorrow, on to Mount Saint Helens.

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 20, 2009 at 10:19 PM

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