Border to Border loop - July 2009
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Ossessionato
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Location: So Cal
Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:47 pm quote

If I was as smart as Bagel, I'd figure out a way to align these three.

North along the west coast - Mexico (just barely), California, Oregon, Washington and Canada (Vancouver Island) - then east through Washington, Idaho and Montana, then south through Wyoming, back into Idaho, Utah, tiny bits of Arizona and Nevada and finally back to California. Whew! That was about 5,200 miles of fun.

Maps
Part 1 – gorgeous coastline of the west - from home to Tijuana, Baja, Mexico up through California and Oregon to Cannon Beach, OR
http://tiny.cc/Ucu6A

part 2 – coastal redwoods and other lovely forested areas with lots of lakes, rivers and streams - Cannon Beach, OR through WA to Victoria , BC, Canada back to WA, through Idaho and Montana to West Yellowstone, MT
http://tiny.cc/jOazd

part 3 – mountains, lakes and rivers as well as canyons and deserts, all spectacular - Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Mojave National Preserve and all the way home
http://tiny.cc/Qtpkc


Some of the sights along the way:

Murals at P Town Scooters in Portland, Oregon. Big thanks to Patrick and the gang for fixing me up with a new set of tires! (Make sure you bring them good coffee and croissants if you stop by... and tell them I said "Hi!")


Portland’s own VooDoo Donuts delivery vehicle (no kidding)


Lunch stop in Cannon Beach, OR


rest stop in the Hoh rainforest, WA


one little Vespa and one big BMW amongst the tall trees of Olympic National Park, WA


Scooters Vancouver Island Style scooter club let us tag along on their Sunday ride - Victoria, BC, Canada


A ride around the southern part of Vancouver Island


We were on a logging road, so following a logging truck for a while was kind of expected (still Vancouver Island, BC, Canada).


Deception Pass monument and bridge, WA


Highway 20 runs east – west through the entire state of Washington. Its beauty is really and truly stunning. It’s also my favorite road on this trip. Here are three of the pics (none of which do it justice):
Diablo Lake overlook - Hwy 20


streams cutting through a verdant valley near Rainey Pass - Hwy 20


there’s still snow on the ground near Silver Star Mountain - Hwy 20


Crossed the continental divide a bunch of times –
on Hwy 12 overlooking Helena, MT . . .


. . . with an unwelcome hitchhiker on Elk Park Pass near Butte, MT


. . . and several times in Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park entrance and a very sweet Italian family


Lupine blooming along the roadside


Firehole or Madison River (don’t remember which one )


Lower Geyser Basin


waiting for Old Faithful


Here it is


Ephedra Spring - Impressive to see wildflowers blooming in such an inhospitable environment


Bison were more common than I expected. And they were WAY bigger than my little scooter


Picnic after the rain


Hayden Valley and Yellowstone River


Yellowstone River rapids


Upper Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point (complete with actual artists)


Jackson Lake


Grand Teton glacier


Jackson overlook from Teton Pass / Yellowstone Hwy


I went from Jackson, WY to Idaho Falls, ID and stopped at the Vespa dealer for an oil change and attempt to repair an oil leak. There was a coop with guinea hens behind the shop. I wish I hadn’t run down the battery in my camera – would have loved to take a pic for Jess.

Idaho


Afternoon rain in Utah


Utah windmills


Dixie National Forest


Bryce Canyon National Park


Rainbow Point - Bryce Canyon


Can you see the poodle in Poodle Rock?


Vistas from some of the many Bryce Canyon turn-outs



Zion National Park


Zion Hwy 9


Zion Kolob Terrace


Kolob Terrace toward Virgin


The bad news is it was 118 F in St. George, Utah. The good news is they have an In-N-Out Burger (YAY!)


Valley of Fire State Park



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Last edited by ks7877 on Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:03 pm; edited 2 times in total
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Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:08 pm quote
Sweeeet. Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward the the rest.
Petty Tyrant
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Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:41 pm quote
Awesome ride! You're seriously making the rest of us look like a bunch of homebodies, though...

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Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:46 am quote
Wonderful, hope you enjoyed your taste of Canada!
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Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:28 pm quote
That's a seriously long trek! The hubby and I have been up and down the Oregon coast, around the Olympic Peninsula, and have ferried up to Vancouver Island, B.C., and the San Juan Islands, WA. Gorgeous scenery everywhere! Deception Pass is breathtakingly beautiful, and that bridge is awesome! Here we are, at the top of the bridge, admiring the view:

We hiked around down below the bridge. I don't know why, but this sign just struck me as humorous.
Hooked
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:18 pm quote
Great trip! All these long rides are making me itch for the open road myself.
Ossessionato
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:11 pm quote
Awesome pics Karen! Thanks for posting them. You make me very jealous!
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:17 pm quote
Dang girl!

Sounds like fun
Ossessionato
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Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:22 pm quote
OnePrairiePiston wrote:
I am looking forward the the rest.
Finally got more of the pics posted.
jess wrote:
You're seriously making the rest of us look like a bunch of homebodies, though...
As if (are the kids these days even saying that?!)
Benito wrote:
hope you enjoyed your taste of Canada
love, Love, LOVED it!
Kermit wrote:
The hubby and I have been up and down the Oregon coast, around the Olympic Peninsula, and have ferried up to Vancouver Island, B.C., and the San Juan Islands, WA. Gorgeous scenery everywhere!
It really was more beautiful than I imagined it would be. Looking forward to your ride reports, too.
sonnyboy wrote:
All these long rides are making me itch for the open road myself.
How about this week-end? There's a great rally in Santa Barbara. See you there?
crackhead wrote:
You make me very jealous!
Sure, but you got to go to the Tahoe rally. Sorry I missed you and Mrs. crackhead
TheO.Z. wrote:
Sounds like fun
TONS O FUN!!!
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Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:44 pm quote
Great pics, Karen. You've really become a rider's rider. How many miles on your GTS now?
Gobshite Shiva
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Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:42 am quote
just beautiful
Hooked
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Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:57 pm quote
how did you like the panniers? What brand? Attach securely? Feel like it slowed you down any?

thanks
Molto Verboso
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Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:15 pm quote
I'm in awe!
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