Saturday, July 17, 2021

Glacier Nat Park - Awesome Couples Ride 2021 part 2

And then we point our vehicles toward our homes!

On the way......

We make an enjoyable visit to the Saint Ignatious mission. The mission was built in  the early 1890s using local clay for the bricks and other material close by. 
The best part about the mission as far as I'm concerned are the Frescos in the chapel.
Circa 1893 the mission cook and handyman, Joseph Carignano an untrained painter created the 58 frescos in his spare time.

And about 14 miles further down the road we stop for another beautiful and peaceful visit at  the Ewam garden of a thousand Buddhas in Arlee Montana.
And yes, there actually are over 1000 Buddhas, I counted them. :)

 And then, one more sight-seeing stop at the National Historic Landmark "Travelers Rest" where Lewis and Clark stopped for a few days both going and returning.

Then on the road again for the final push home.
We arrived at our homes tired, but happy by mid afternoon. 

This was a super trip. 2005 miles total on some great roads, and awesome times!
It took 3 tries to get Beverly into Glacier NP, the other times we rode up to the park it closed on our way due to fires and/or smoke.

"It is better to travel well, than to arrive" - Buddha

Life is INDEED good!

Glacier Nat Park - Awesome Couples Ride 2021 part 1

The date for Our Awesome Couples Ride has arrived!
This year we will go to Glacier National Park. This will be our second attempt at Glacier (as a group) as we tried to go a few years ago but the fires were so bad we had to change our plans at the last moment and instead we went to Colorado and rode the Million Dollar Highway.
With the heat wave this year Bev decided to take our 4runner and follow the guys on the bikes. The other Ladies agreed and rode with her for a large part of the trip.

Back to this year; Our first stop is at the beautiful Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho.
The water level is a bit low but they are still a sight to behold.

After an overnight stay in Boise, we rode to Hell's Canyon and rode up to the visitors center, but sadly it is closed. That's ok, we were there for the ride, and not being able to buy a post card wasn't that big a deal.

We stopped in Joseph, Oregon for dinner then went to our motel in Enterprise, Oregon.
The next morning I was up early and walked out to see the beautiful sunrise only to get a bonus and saw these three bucks across the street at the courthouse.

We departed Enterprise via the SR3/SR129 and rode to Lewiston, Idaho where we traverse the "Old Spiral Highway". Which as mentioned in the previous post is where the race that inspired the song, "Hot Rod Lincoln" took place.

Then on to Sandpoint, Idaho where overnighted.  The night manager told me about a piece of the Berlin Wall that was nearby. Googling it I saw that it was only 15 miles away.

And this is it! It is a display in front of someone's house.

After seeing the Berlin wall, we rode toward Yaak, Montana where we rode the Yaak River road.

On our way there we ran into the owner of this outfit at a gas station. It is a beauty, eh?

The Yaak is a popular hangout for the Sasquatch.
Some of the Yeti's we saw were better dressed than others....

Ken ready to teach this one a lesson!

I didn't fare so well...

After the Yaak we ride on toward Eureka, Montana crossing the Koocanusa Bridge along the way.

Its a loooong bridge!

Then we stay for three nights in Big Fork, Montana.
One of the days there was spent going to Glacier NP. A bunch of us went in our car (hence the sandals) After the Park we did some shopping (and some  hamming it up for the camera)...

Glacier pix

An interesting sign on one of the roads we traveled

On the post Glacier NP shopping trip, Bev found this piece and had to have it! I agree.... it looks very good on our wall.

And that is part one, part two will be posted in a day or two..

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Cache Gathering 2021 - part 1

The annual Cache Rally/Gathering is here.

On my trip to Colorado a couple weeks ago, somehow my rear wheel suffered a break at a spoke attachment point. I kept forgetting to get a good pic, but if you look at the rear wheel in this pic you can see the broken spot at about the 6:00 position.

So I ordered a new outer rim and Steadman's in Tooele was able to finish lacing it in time so I could go on this ride.

The Cache rally will be held at Kamiah, Idaho this year. Kamiah (Camy-eye) is 577 miles from my home. I'll be on the freeway for 346 miles to Boise, then the roads will vastly improve!

So it was finally time to leave...And I did make it to Boise...almost. I stopped at the rest stop about 17 miles before town. The reason I stopped was to decide if I wanted to get a room in Boise or continue on. But as I searched for a room I was shocked to see they were going from $200 to 450 a pop!!

It turns out several events were going on in Boise that week and the town was packed! 
Town Packed = Prices Jacked!
But I wasn't going to spend that kind of money for a room. Even at the jacked up prices most of them were sold out anyway.

Sooooo..... I considered my options and decided I would just stay overnight at the rest stop. When it is time to sleep I'll don my rain gear to keep warm, and try to get some sleep. 

But then..... An hour or so later my phone went off with some weather alerts. 
Ohhh goodie...

One was a wind advisery (gusts to 60mph) the other was about a dust storm advisery.
And the wind DID BLOW!!
And the dust DID...ummm....DUST!

The traffic on the freeway was going somewhat slower due to the dust, and the trees were groaning because of the horrendous winds!
It was an interesting night.

My sleeping accommodations (the red bag was my pillow, the green duffle bag was my bed) and what I had for dinner (bagel and boiled egg). It's all good at least it was a cheap night.

These two guys along with their buddy not in the pic watched out for me while I stayed at the rest stop.

Gene, Steven and Jacob are homeless and are regulars at this rest stop. They went out of their way to make certain I was aware of the weather advisories, shared their beer and even offered me a tarp to sleep under, which I declined, but in hindsight I wish I had taken them up on that offer.

I enjoyed their company and more importantly, their Christian fellowship!
Sleep was scarce so early in the morning I left the rest stop and picked up another US Best Road on my way to Kamiah.

Horseshoe Bend to Cascade, Idaho

When I reverse the screen on my phone I get this muddy picture.... my phone needs a new screen cover...

After some very scenic riding, I make it to Kamiah and ride to the KOA to meet with Don aka nvr2old (the organizer) and Len and his wife.

Don and I decide to ride to Elk City. 
What a beautiful ride! Where the road ends at Elk City there was this nice place to eat so we took advantage of that and got fish and chips.

Don underneath Headache rock.
If you're driving a box truck or an RV you'll want to be careful here.

When we got back in Kamiah the group chose a Mexican eatery to have dinner - we had good conversation and ...dinner.

I didn't get a group picture and as far as I know no one else did either.
Then on Friday everyone but me departed for their next destinations

I stayed another day and went on a solo ride.

Somewhere near Pierce I ran into this guy, he was very friendly and offered to have me go on his ride with him...  He insisted the road, while dirt, was very well maintained, I thanked him for the offer but   declined.

More in Part 2

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Cache Gathering 2021 part 2

Nooooo...... I didn't sell the Tenere. 
I met this guy the day before I left Kamiah. Jonny Lewis is a Screenwriter/Director currently working on an independent film titled "Waking up in Idaho"

Jonny has another film in the works called "Biker Babes" 
which is a comedy about moving on after a tragic loss.
For that reason he took an interest in what I was doing... making some adjustments on the bike.  We took a load off in the shade behind the Tenere and talked bikes for a good long while.

It was a pleasure meeting Jonny, and very interesting to get a tiny insight into the art of movie making.

Somewhere along the way I lost a cap that protects the backside of  one of my headlights. I was concerned about road grime and even worse, water getting into the headlight housing so I took some Gorilla tape and a baggy and made a temporary 'cap'... or as I called it my headlight condom.  
It apparently worked as it was still intact and there was no nasty stuff in the housing when I got home. 
I have two new caps ordered.
On Saturday I departed for Washington to pick up another of the US 15 Best
To get to Omak I go via the "Old Spiral Highway" north of Lewiston, Idaho.
Charlie Ryan wrote the song "Hot Rod Lincoln" after he and a friend raced up the Old Spiral Hwy, when they recorded the song they changed the name of the road to Grapevine hill.
Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen covered the song in 1972

After an overnight stay in Omak, I ride the Northern Cascades Scenic of the US 15 Best.
Omak to Concrete Wa.

Look close across the bridge and you can see the Tenere by the hwy sign.

Yes, I know...  my selfie skills are a work in progress.

And the other end of another super road.

Then I was on my way to Redmond, Oregon for a couple nights stay.
As I passed Maryhill, Washington I recognized that name (more than just the song) and knew there was something I wanted to see in Maryhill.
I pulled over and pondered it for a moment and then remembered that there is a Stonehenge replica in Maryhill!

So I broke out my smart phone and woke up Ms.Google and it turns out I was very close, only 4 miles away. I was even closer than that to the Maryhill Museum so I pulled in there and took a short gander at some of their interesting outdoor exhibits then it was off the see the Henge.

Looking down on the Columbia River and the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge from the Maryhill Museum

The Henge is a memorial to US Service members.

Then I rode to Eagle Crest near Redmond, Oregon to find my lodging. 

When I checked into the condo at Eagle Crest, I had to use the bathroom. I went in and opened the door to the bathroom and proceeded to go about my business by standing at the porcelain with my back to the door I had just opened. Since I was alone in the condo I had simply left the bathroom door wide open.

But as I was whizzing merrily away I hear the door CLICK SHUT behind me.....  Do you know how hard it is to concentrate on your aim when that happens???
After I had looked over my shoulder to make certain I was at least ALONE in the bathroom, I finished and went through the rest of the condo to make certain I was ALONE there as well. And I was.
The bathroom door? Well, if left open, it closes itself...every time.

I BLOCKED it open with a garbage can for the rest of my stay.

Since I was staying in Eagle Crest I was 678 miles from home. I didn't intend to ride all those miles in one day, but when I get homebound I have a hard time stopping - so it was about 9:00 pm when I rolled into our circle, tired but happy to be home!

The total distance of the trip was 2591 miles.

This was a nice ride, however it was not the best I've ever been on. My timing was perfect or maybe 'imperfect' for weather as there was a record breaking heat wave that I rode in for most of the trip.
In Seattle I was stuck in a stop and go traffic jam for close to 45 minutes in about 110 degree temps.
In Tacoma the temp was 113....and on and on.

Ohhh well, you take the good with the bad, the sweet with the sour and the hot with the cold and while it was not a perfect ride it was still a motorcycle ride!
...and that means;
Life is GOOD!