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Sound RIDER! presents the

Café to Café Grand Tour 2016

Ride to Eat – Eat to Ride

Do you enjoy long rides on scenic roads and great food along the way? If so, you’re gonna love the Café to Café Grand Tour!

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The Cafe to Cafe is an annual grand tour of 15 restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. The restaurants, a.k.a. "targets" change each year. Riders are provided a list of the 15 restaurants and may ride to each one anytime they like between March 1st and September 30th (spring & summer). Once there, all that's needed is a photo of the rider with their bike and signage in the background identifying the location. You'll email your photos in as per the guidelines in your registration package.

Those completing the entire list of 15 locations are awarded a special, customized certificate to certify their bragging rights. Dining at the locations earn riders bonus points toward special prizes that are passed out during the annual awards banquet held each October at Café Veloce in Kirkland, Washington. You'll send your bonus point receipts to us in September through the US Mail.

Photos above and below: Ride it solo, or enjoy it two-up with your partner.

Included in the list of 15 restaurants are details about nearby roads and scenery worth a ride and/or look while riding in the area. While not necessary, these tips make the ride that much more worthwhile.

ANYONE with a street legal motorcycle, motorcycle endorsement and insurance specific to their bike (required by Oregon and Idaho state law) can participate in the Café to Café Grand Tour. Over the years hundreds of individuals have participated. Many do it solo, but the event can make for good competition internally among members within riding clubs that enjoy high mileage adventure and fun road games. The tour is also a favorite with riders participating in other grand tours at the same time.

To play, simply register online using the link below. Once your registration is received you will be sent a number card via US Mail and the list of this year's restaurants. If you're participating in other Sound RIDER! events this year, these locations are noted by event so you can hit them while on the route. Always be sure to read the updates below before each ride as they change often.

About the 2016 Tour

As always, the food is good along the way, fabulous in most cases, and the riding can't be beat. Here's a few highlights from this year's tour.

The tour this year visits three states and one Canadian province. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia all have featured locations.

  • Passport Readiness: One of the locations is located on BC’s Sunshine Coast, while another is nestled in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Eye Candy: One location has a motorcycle museum attached to it. But it’s not that place we found in Eureka last summer…
  • Bring your appetite (and wallet). Several locations have James Beard Award-winning chefs.
  • Eat well: Several cafés this year are family owned and use locally grown organic ingredients.
  • Did someone say BBQ: Of course we put a bar-b-que location on the route.
  • Andele!: We find Mexican restaurants in the craziest places…
  • Andele! on the run: We find taco trucks in the craziest places!
  • History: A waterfront location on this year’s tour has roots that go all the way back to 1932!
  • Monkey Business: Enjoy some of the best food in the Pacific Northwest at this restaurant that uses a monkey in its logo.
  • Bonus reversed: Out of synch with year’s past, we put the bonus location in Idaho.
  • It’s all new: One of this year’s locations is located in a community that didn’t even exist a decade ago.
  • Look hard: Once you park your bike, you’ll have to look hard to find this location. Tip—walk down the boat ramp, it’s right on the river – matey.

The Café to Café Grand Tour. Ride to Eat, Eat to Ride and so much more!

CLICK HERE to order your registration package now!

"Great places that I wouldn't have gone to on my own." - Doug Ellett #10068

"Where do you find out about these fantastic places? The food is awesome and the roads are great!" - Brian Lipscy #10055

"No better reason to ride!" - James Kingsley #14066


2016 NEWS & UPDATES

  • 5/12 - The standings as of 5/12 have been posted. We've got a few riders closing in on being done already. But it's not a race so don't feel you need to catch them. There is no award for first to complete. Click here for the standings.
  • 4/18 - It appears #8 is still closed for winter. Take your picture out front and if you want a receipt dine anywhere else in town until further notice. That includes the gas station.
  • 3/7 - If you ordered your card before the 3/1 start date and have not yet recieved it, send an email to cafetocafe@soundrider.com to let us know so we can send you out a replacement.
  • 1/16 - We have setup an event page link from our Facebook homepage. To share it with your riding friends, you can access it directly at https://www.facebook.com/events/203065683363487/
  • 1/15 - We are getting the packets ready with locations and playing cards. If you pre-registered, yours will ship 2/27.

2016 DISCOUNTS!

  • #5 is offering a free beverage with your meal purchase, courtesy of owners Brad & Amy
  • #7 is offering a free non-alcoholic beverage or bakery item (excluding cinnamon rolls) with your meal purchase, courtesy of Arianna and B.G.
  • #12 is taking $5 off your bill when you buy an entree. But here's the catch - owners Jennifer and Robert request you take a picture of yourself with their stuffed puffin bird.
  • #14 is going to slip you a free coffee with your meal purchase, courtesy of owner Robin
"Thanks for putting this on. I have been on lots of these types of photo tours in the past but this is the first one that my wife has been excited about accompanying me on. We won't likely make it to all of them but we'll sure have fun getting to the ones we can."

Tim Watts - Café to Café participant #9029


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