Epic Ride 2011: The Great Northwest

I’m sitting here this morning with a cup of hot coffee, listening to Fair to Midland, and planning the trip of the year that I like to call Epic Ride. I’ve taken a multi-day motorcycle trip to someplace I’ve never been before each year for the past 5 years or so. This year, I’m heading to our northern neighbor; Canada.

My route will start here in good ol’ hot-as-heck Fresno and head north on 99. I’ll jog west on the 580, cut through the east bay and pick up 101 heading north through wine country.

My first stop will be Arcata, CA., a cool little town on the coast in northern California.  I like to have my longest leg of the trip be the first one. I will be exhausted at the end of the first day and I’m already looking forward to a bowl of clam chowder and a cold beer.

From there I will continue up the Oregon coast and stop in Newport, OR. Not sure what is in Newport, but mileage wise it’s right where I want to stop. So I’ll wing it there and see what trouble I can get into.

After leaving Newport, I’ll cut inland back over to I5 and make a beeline for Bothell, WA., which is east of Seattle. My wife’s sister and her husband live there and we’ll be staying there, visiting and enjoying the surrounding area for a week.

I’m taking one day of that week though and heading to Canada. I plan on crossing the border and heading to a little village called Harrison Hot Springs. It’s about 3 hours north of Bothell so it will make for a great ride and leave plenty of time to mess around. I’ll come back the next afternoon and visit some more before heading home.

The ride home will be as fast as possible, straight down I5. We’ll probably spend the night in Medford, OR which is about the halfway point. That’s going to be two LONG days of riding, but as usual with these trips, there’s never enough time.

So I’m super stoked. I wish I had another biker going with me, but it’s hard to schedule vacations like this with other people.

Stay tuned for photos and notes from the road!