Our Motorcycle Travel Activities in 2013
Our motorcycle travel goal each year is to travel at least 5,000 miles (as
opposed to running errands by motorcycle, trips to the post office or
grocery store - which can often be the MOST challenging riding for me). We
also want to go on at least two camping trips. And I also like to get out of
the USA at least once, even if it's without my motorcycle.
But 2013 was a tough year for travel:
Altogether, it ate up almost all of our time. And while I did get to
Belgium, it was without a motorcycle - and was a horrible trip.
- we bought a house
- we had tons of things we had to do on the house
- we moved from one city to another
- family visited from overseas for six weeks
- my husband started the volunteer firefighting academy
- I actually had paid work this year
So, two-week trip, no weekend trips, no camping, no rallies in 2013. Big
But worst of all for us in 2013 was the death of Eric Haws, a legendary
motorcycle traveler and our very dear friend. He passed away May, due to
cancer. The loss of our dear friend and, of course, cancellation of his
Moto Man rally in Westfir, Oregon, put dark cloud over us all
miss Eric terribly.
We will always refer to 2013 as the Year We Didn't Really Travel by
Motorcycle. Ugh. In fact, I didn't ride even 1000 miles on my bike in 2013.
Some things we did get to do via motorcycle - all day
trips in Oregon:
I have a list of suggested motorcycle day
trips from Portland, Oregon. Many can be linked together to create
longer trips). If you know of any relatively easy gravel or dirt roads near
Portland (low traffic, no steep hills, packed gravel or packed dirt, if I
fall, I probably won't die), please contact me!
- Three times we went to Tillamook and back to Forest Grove on all day
trips. Two trips were through Yamhill and Carlton, then along
the Nestucca River in the Siuslaw National Forest. Another was Willamina
Creek Road, past Blackwell County Park, to SW Coast Creek Road to
Gilbert Greek Road which becomes Bible Creek Access Road as well, to
Upper Nestucca River Road. These are my favorite local roads for
motorcycle travel - scenic, twisty, and not a lot of traffic. Almost all
of it is paved.
- Forest Grove through Vernonia and
Birkenfeld to Jewell, Oregon, about 100 miles from Portland, and
from there, you have several options to either go back to Portland or to
go on to the coast. This is my favorite day trip via motorcycle in all
of Northern Oregon, East or West. Make it even longer and go all the way
to Astoria or Seaside, and can be combined with some other trips on this
- Three or four times on the twisties
to Vernonia & a week bit of gravel: Forest Grove to Vernonia
to Scappoose to North Plains & back to Forest Grove (Oregon) - 96
miles, including 16
miles of gravel. And sometimes just from North Plains to Scappoose
and back, so I could get practice on gravel and a nice lunch - this is a
terrific road if you need to practice on gravel.
- A ride in Tillamook State Forest in Oregon, from Cochran Road and the
town of Timber. It's a wonderful loop inside the forest - easy in terms
of road conditions, as long as it's dry and hasn't been raining too much
previously (packed gravel and dirt, very gentle inclines) but not in
terms of staying to the main gravel roads - things aren't marked very
well. There are OHV trails all around here, but we stayed off of them -
we don't have permits, because neither of us have the bikes for those
kinds of conditions, and I certainly don't have the abilities.
The theme in 2013 for motorcycle riding for me was: get more experience on
gravel. I was going for 100 miles. I'm not sure if I made it - but my
husband has said that my skills improved dramatically this year. So, while I
didn't get to do much travel, I did accomplish something. Yeah, me.
Things changed for the better after 2013:
In 2015, we went all the way to Yukon and back,
seeing a LOT of British Columbia.
In 2014, we
toured large parts of Utah, Nevada & Oregon.
Amazing trips, both of them!
Also see this list of my motorcycle travel dreams,
big and small!
And before 2013:
In 2012, our two-week trip was to Northern
and Southwestern Oregon (including the Alvord
Desert). In 2011, it was to Yellowstone
National Park (and large parts of Montana, Idaho and Oregon). In 2010,
we took two long trips, one to the
"Lost Coast" of California, and another to Canada
(Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay National
Parks) and Glacier
National Park. And in 2009, we moved from Germany to the USA, and
spent our time moving
- although that was also the year I spent a lot of time to get
my motorcycle license, learn to ride a motorcycle and my first motorcycle!
From February 2001 through 2008, all my travels were overseas, as I was living
the TravelAdvisor map of where I've been (not just by motorcycle).
Note that the green markers are where I want to go but haven't been yet.
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My other motorcycle resources:
Tips for Women: Getting Started as a
Motorcycle Rider (just to ride, not necessarily to travel as well)
For Women Who Travel By Motorcycle (or want to)
Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers:
Transportation and Accommodations Choices
Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers: Suggested
Books and Web Sites
From Oregon to the "Lost Coast" of Northern
California (Horizons Unlimited 2010 California meeting) - August
Oh, Canada...Two-Week Canada/USA Tour by
Motorcycles (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana,
Idaho) - September 2010
Oregon, Idaho, Yellowstone, &
More - June 2011
Lake, Oregon 2011 (photos only)
International trips by motorcycle
and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
England & Scotland, France,
(the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro,
Trips riding my own motorcycle
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(Glacier NP), Nevada,
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