I knew it was going to be a long day on the road but I still managed to pose for a few photos along the way
I was riding my new Kymco X500Ri Maxi-Scooter. This was the first one delivered into BC. At that time I also had a couple of other scooters at home, plus my Suzuki GS400s but I wanted to see how the scooter performed on the highway
When I reached Elbe I looked at my map and noticed that was the last place I could buy something to eat so I stopped for a hamburger. There were a few places to eat but I thought I would go where all the other bikes were parked. This proved to be a big mistake
I placed my order and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited . . . I noticed that all the other bikers had been waiting for a longer time than me and they still haven't received their orders either. I mean, it was just a simple hamburger and after an hour and a half I was really getting hungry
I should have gone across the street to the Hobo Inn where they had no line up and they served their meals in a dining car
Eventually I got underway and reached Morton where I fueled up at the Chevron
It is not a road to be traveled alone but I took my time and didn't take any chances. I also wanted to take NF99 to the back side of Mount St Helens but the road was closed due to a landslide, and it was closed
So of course I posed for another photo with my new Kymco X500Ri maxi-scoot
I arrived at Stevenson, WA just after 6pm. Soundrider took over the fair grounds and they set up their store inside where you could buy camping accessories
This was the first rally I had been to and I was anxious to meet the others from the Maxi-scooter forum.
I didn't know what to expect but they had scheduled workshops and BMW demo rides.
David Hough, the author (on the left) setting up his seminar session
I wasn't into camping back then but this is where you could park your bikes, under cover
and look what I found parked in the corner
This blue Beemer was David Hough's Hack which he has since sold. He now rides a Canam Spyder ( I believe ) . I had the pleasure to meet and have lunch with him during the rally
The field was to be full of tents by the next day as I arrived early. Stevenson, WA is in the Oregon gorge and beside the Columbia River which is on the other side of the train trestle
Here we are socializing and putting names to faces. The problem with forums is that most of us don't use our real names
The seats are filling up fast and we want to hear David Hough give his Traction and Sight lines seminar
and here he is in action giving his slide show presentation
Breakfasts and dinners were provided under the big tent. After breakfast on this day we went on a very long group ride to Bickleton, WA which is in the middle of nowhere
and here we are in front of the oldest tavern in Washington State. I know, don't drink and ride, but the Bluebird was closed that day and I really needed to find a washroom . . .