RIDER! presents the
Café to Café Grand Tour 2013
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
Cafe to Cafe is an annual grand tour
of 15 restaurants in the Northwest. The restaurants, a.k.a. "targets"
change each year. Riders are provided a list of the 15 restaurants and
may ride to each of the targets 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.
completing the entire list of 15 locations are awarded a special
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 Cafe Veloce in
Kirkland, Washington. You'll send your bonus point receipts to us in
September through the US Mail.
Included in the list of 15 restaurants
are details about nearby roads and scenery worth a ride and/or look
while the rider is 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 Cafe to Cafe 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, such as the Dam Tour.
Above: Frank Leonard, #11023, hopped
the ski lift up Crystal Mountain to nail this target during the 2011
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.
2013 marks the 5th anniversary of our Cafe to
Cafe grand Tour. Each year we provide players 15 target cafe's to visit
and score points at. In the 5 years of running the event we have never
repeated a location and don't intend to this year. Sometimes locations
may vanish following the tour year as we've seen with The Viewpoint Inn,
the Good River and several others.
We're always on the lookout for a place with good
food, an interesting story to tell and a great location near a great
motorcycle road. In each description of the cafes we tell you what those
roads are. This year provides just that with no less than 15 locations
and if you want to play the bonus points that could be up to 21 total.
More on that in a moment.
With the demise of the Dam Tour, we know a lot of
riders are chomping at the bit to hit the road and play in another Grand
Tour in the Northwest. We hear ya. In fact, the start date this year is
March 1st, one month earlier than usual as a salute to past participants
of the Dam Tour.
Above - The Roast Crown
Breast of Chicken served up at target #10
on the 2011 tour was a favorite among the players.
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.
Several locations, although accessible by
paved road, are seemingly out of the way. One holds the world's oldest
Brunswick pool table, while another is near one of the largest and most
interesting collections of calculators in the world. We love the weird
location would be happy to serve you a hamburger or a sandwich, but if
you want to try something different you can also get bison, deer, elk
and other exotic meats for your burger or steak instead, depending on
what is on hand that day.
Did you know many people sign up for the Cafe to
Cafe grand tour just to get the list of locations because they know we
know our way around good food and fun roads. They may not complete all
the targets or attend the awards event in October, but you can bet
they've enjoyed it just as much as the die-hard players do.
We found a restaurant chain with no less than 7
waterfront locations. You can visit one to score the needed point, or
you can visit 2 or more and start earning bonus points right away! The
food here is fantastic and there are plenty of twisties between
locations to keep you busy. We have an award for the rider(s) who garner
the most bonus points.
A young arsonist burned one of this year's
locations down several years back, but the place has risen from the
ashes and boasts a really delicious menu and interior.
By the way, you can walk into ANY location with
your riding gear on. No need to shed your outer layers. After all,
you're the one buying, they're not paying you to come in.
Some locations are near happening summer events
including the BMW MOA rally in Salem, The Hell's Canyon Rally, The Rally
in the Gorge, Road Trip Oregon and the Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour. We've
noted the applicable events under their corresponding listing so you can
hit the targets based on other travel plans.
Is your passport current? We routinely have one
or two locations in British Columbia.
How about lunch with a horse arena view. Saddle
up cause we know where to go.
There are no locations in Seattle, Portland,
Spokane, Boise or any other stateside major metropolitan area this year.
Enjoy the ride!
Hats are advised at one cafe. Bring your own or
wear one of theirs!
One location was featured in an eerie
television series some years back. But not to worry, you won't have to
do the kind of funny dancing they did then.
The 2013 Cafe to Cafe Grand Tour. Ride to Eat,
Eat to Ride and so much more!
CLICK HERE to order your registration package now!
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
Take advantage of these discounts
while you're at these locations. You must present your Cafe to
Cafe card at time of service:
Cafe #7 - Enjoy a free
appetizer when you
order two entrees, or take 20% off your check (minus alcohol). A really nice
Cafe #9 - All the desserts at this cafe are homemade
and you can enjoy one at no charge when you order an entree.
Cafe #10 - Enjoy 10% off
your check (alcohol not included) when you flash your card. Nice deal!
Cafe #11 - Enjoy 20% off your check (not including alcohol)
when you flash your card. Really nice deal!
Cafe #13 -
This cafe is offering their signature bread pudding at no charge
when you flash your number card. The ladies make a really nice
bread pudding here.
More to come...
NEWS & UPDATES
- 10/7/13 - The final standings have been posted. It was great to see so many of you Saturday at the Awards dinner. We'll do it again in 201! Click here to see the final standings.
- 7/2/13 - Hopefully you’re out enjoying this partly sunny weekend and snagging a few cafes while you’re at it. He did what he said he’d do. Norm Haugen
took a day up in Canada and nailed all 7 of the #15 locations (6
were bonus points). You can do the same!
- 6/1/13 Nelda at #14 has an
alternate routing tip for you and she’ll share it with you when you
get there. Frank Leonard, #13013, is eating his way through each
location as a vegetarian and doing quite well finding some tasty
meat alternatives. The photos he sent back from #5 and #6 look
- 5/10/13 - Just added another cafe discount. Check
out #9 on the right
- 5/01/13 - We have surpassed the number of
registered riders from last year. It's only May so encourage a few
others to jump in and play.
- 4/10/13 - We stopped by #13 the other day.
There are for sale signs on the building, but it is still in business so take
advantage of their generous discount when you go. Be sure to check hours ahead
of time so you don't miss out.
- 3/29/13 - The phone number for #13 ends with 8132, (not
- 3/21/13 - We just added another cafe
discount to the right! The discounts are quickly overtaking the price of
- 2/25/13 - Just a reminder,
several cafe's will not be open when you receive your package due to
seasonal closures. Be sure to call and make sure each will be open
before you ride.
- We got our first discount in today
from one of the 15 cafe's on the tour. You can read about discounts
to the right. There will be more offered shortly.
- 2/21/13 - The card packets are made up and
will ship to all who have pre-registered on 2/27.
"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 - 2009 Cafe to
Cafe participant #9029