We knew it was going to be a very hot day, so we decided to leave Orofino, Idaho early in the morning
Gigantic Steak dinner at Konkolville Hotel, Orofino, Idaho
I was with Ron & BlueKat, we shared our table with two Harley Riders. The air was cool as we headed west on Hwy12 the next morning, and looked at the rolling hills of the burnt landscape east of Lewiston. The first hour of our tour was an excellent twisty road which was the Northwest Passage Scenic Highway. Our plan was to head to Clarkston for fuel and a quick rest stop before heading south on Hwy 3/129.
Lewiston, Idaho (top of the Spiral Highway)
This travels through Rattlesnake Pass where you will see my previous post here .
I am trying post "never been seen before" photos. We have heard so much about this delightful road but it seemed monotonous for the first bit with pavement as far as your eyes could see, and straight as an arrow.
The temperatures were building up and it was only around 10am. There was no traffic so we decided to stop to rest our legs and snap a photo of a barn in the distance. We continue on our way and soon enough the terrain changes and we are starting to swelter in the building heat
Being photographers, as well as biker enthusiasts we stopped at most scenic outlooks, which were mostly gravel. BlueKat got a lot of practice on this trip and while she was a bit meek at first, she became a gravel champion. It was a challenging road with lots of curves and switchbacks
An hour or so down the road it must have been close to 100°f so we decided to stop for a beverage. Boggan's Oasis is about half way from Clarkston, WA to Enterprise, ORegon. In the matter of less than an hour we had travelled through 3 states.
We knew we had a long day of riding so we picked up the pace and headed straight for Enterprise, Oregon with no other stops and directly to the Mexican Restaurant where I had been to before, for lunch
El Bajio, Enterprise, OR
Don't let the outside fool you. They serve excellent food at moderate prices. It looks much better now with their new paint job. It was painted depression black the last time I saw it. Whenever I travel I like to have Mexican Food, and I nearly always order Enchiladas, either chicken or beef
I'm getting hungry just looking at this.
Blogging is about seeing the country and meeting friends. I have fond memories of this trip with my riding buddies; Ron & Bluekat. We spent nearly a week together travelling from southern Washington to Montana to meet Charlie6, then back to central Oregon.
The plans are in the works to meet again during July, 2012, we call it IMBC2012 being organized by Troubadour & Trobairitz (she is the brains). If you wish to join us please let Troubadour know. It will be the weekend of July 21, 2012. I have already "blocked" my vacation time and I plan to head further south after.
I have driven the Hell's Canyon Loop before ( links HERE and HERE . be sure to click the links for some photos.
Hell's Canyon is the deepest canyon gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon and 9 miles wide. more info HERE
time to check your calendars, book your vacation, and get your bike ready for a great weekend