Our return from Montana would take us a little farther south, toward Missoula, then westward into Idaho, Washington and Oregon. From Missoula we head up Lolo Pass. This is a pretty road with nice curves and speed limit designed more for sight-seeing than brisk riding. (50 mph - Really?)
|The sign I couldn't stop for.|
|This guy loved having his photo taken - posed for ever.|
|Swinging bridge that leads to a hiking trail|
|One more stop...|
The next day we set out for John Day, and a goal of riding a couple of great motorcycle roads.The first is the Spiral Highway in Clarkston Washington. Consider this road a public access track with elevation. Only about 10 miles long (go back and do it again!). This is some of the funnest riding to be had. Nice views from the top.
|Cool looking barn, but not as cool as the one we didn't stop for|
|Bobskoot riding Rattlesnake Grade|
Our final "real" riding day will take us back into Stevenson Washington where we'll spend one more night and see Bob off on his way towards Canada and home.I'm kind of jazzed about today. I've always wanted to see Picture Gorge. (Been there as a kid, but don't remember it.) We'll ride down highway 26 to hwy. 19, ride through picture Gorge then take hwy 207/206 into Condon for lunch.
|Photograph courtesy of Bob Leong|
Sunday we wake to the pitter patter of rain falling on the satellite dish just outside our room. The ride south will be wet. I will find out later that Bobskoot's ride north will be just as wet. Basically it dumped record amounts of rain all the way home. I can't complain. The rain (for the most part) held off with only a sprinkling here and there during our week. I'd say that's pretty good.
All in all this has been a spectacular journey. One I'll always remember fondly. We threw it together relatively quickly, and it came together without a hitch. That Going to the Sun highway opened on the last day we would be in the area, after plowing and unbelievable amount of snow is icing on the cake!