June 21 2010 by Jason Fogelson
It's time for another motorcycle trip -- finally! It's been months since I've done any significant motorcycle travel, and I'm raring to go. I'm heading to Oregon, where I'll explore the central and northeastern corner of the state.
I haven't spent much time in Oregon, just passing through on the way to and from Washington, so I'm excited to be able to linger longer this time. The forecast this week calls for some rain, which is not a big surprise in late spring. I'm prepared for the weather. I'll be wearing my Harley-Davidson FXRG Leather Jacket and Leather and Textile Riding Pants. The leather is specially treated to be "water resistant," which isn't as ambitious as "water proof," but should be good enough. My FXRG Boots are also water resistant, and have proven to keep my feet dry in most riding conditions.
I'm flying in to Redmond Field, and starting my trip in Bend. I'll pick up an Electra Glide at Cascade Harley-Davidson (http://www.cascadeharley.com), and explore the area before settling in for the night at the Best Western Ponderosa Lodge in Sisters. Day Two will be the first real day of riding, as I'll head east to John Day and the Best Western John Day Inn. From there, it's north to Pendleton and the Best Western Pendleton Inn. Day Four promises to be a beauty, as I'll follow the river back east along the Washington/Oregon border to Cascade Locks and the Best Western Columbia River Inn. On Day Five, I'll complete the circle by riding south again, returning my trusty steed to the Harley dealer, and staying over at the Best Western Prineville Inn before flying on home the next morning.
This will be a very interesting trip. My longest riding day will probably be under 200 miles, which is on the short side for my usual journeys. That's because I intend to stop more than I usually do, and explore the scenery. I just bought a new camera (a Canon 7D) and a couple of new lenses, and I want to try my hand at some nature photography. I usually fall into the "here's my bike in front of this building" school of travel photo, so this will be a change. Oh, I'll still take some pictures of the bike, rest assured, as we will become fast friends. But I hope to return home with some record of the amazing scenery, and the memories that go along with the photos.
So, follow along, and enjoy the ride. I know I will.