Just back a few hours now from a 9 day trip around Washington and Oregon.
Friday - From approx Tacoma, WA to Wenatchee. Ahhh..the heat on the East Side of Snoqualmie was sooo needed. It has been the year without a summer on the West Side.
Saturday - Wenatchee to Metaline Falls via Hwy 2 to 395 to 20. Sloooow but nice scenery.
Sunday - Metaline Falls to Walla Walla, WA. Down 20 to 395 to 195 to 26 to 127 to 12. Wow!!!! I lived in that area for years and NEVER took that route South from Spokane... A MUST RIDE along with the Starbuck run in in the area.
Spent a 2nd day in the area running down the Gorge to Umatilla and around the twisties in the area. Sooooo warm and noooo traffic :D~
Tuesday - Walla Walla to Bend, OR - Ooooooo yeah baby!!! Hot weather, low traffic and SUN!!! The Columbia Gorge was crystal clear and the sky a brilliant (almost Cobalt, cloudless) BLUE!!! And WARMIES!!!!!
Wednesday - A 2nd day in Bend, OR down to Crater Lake, OR and back. This hwy (97) SUCKS!!! SUX0RS!!! SUCKS!!!
It's "law enforcement" infested (which is not the issue really). It's just a horribly depressing, craptacular stretch of highway that I first encountered in March of 2003 during a snow squall and have hated ever since. However, The ride up to Crater Lake more than made up for hwy 97's shortcomings. On a happy note, stopped by Wildhorse H-D in Bend and found a replacement for my 15 year old engineer boots. Happy Feet!!
Thursday - Bend, OR to Lincoln City, OR - Boooooo . This ride sucked. Sloooow azz people, motor homes, tail gating jerk .ff's. And it doesn't help that I HATE the beach
AND that would have to ride the same miserable 52 miles back OUT to I-5 on the way home. But hey..it's a ride
Friday - Down day. Foggy and cold on the Left Coast ;(
Saturday (today) - Lincoln City, OR to approx Tacoma, WA - Coooold on way out. Had sun in eyes heading East for more than an hour until hit I-5. Blasted up I-5 trying to avoid "get home-itis".
1) Do NOT, under ANY conditions, EVER AGAIN, take the Givi top trunk!!! NEVER!!! The down days without the top trunk were heaven. Riding with the top trunk on turned Red
into a wallowing PIG! Only for runs to grocery store from now on.
2) All that fit into top trunk I could have fit into a backpack bungied onto seat. All the real stuff fit under the seat. So take less or add another backpack. See #1.
3) Check tire pressure DAILY. The freaking wheels lost pressure like a mad fiend..have to find out why. The connie never needed air like this thing does. I suspect my valve stems.
All in all.. a fantastic vacation. The Wing got between 50 and 58 mpg depending on how slow it got. Riding without the top trunk reveals how much this bike cooks on the twisties.. It's a hooligans dream (as much as a hooligan rides a scooter)
Will upload some pics as soon as I develop the film. Yes, I develop my own B&W :D
Hope you all have a good summer vacation as well.