Sasquatch Dual Sport Adventure GPS Tour 2016 The Ultimate Pacific Northwest Adventure Ride! June 13-17 2016 Click here to register now UPDATE: The start point has changed to The Best Western, Woodland WA @ 9 a.m. Well, finally we’re having a wet year and that may well mean we don’t have to hassle with all those pesky fires. But just to be sure we don’t, we set the dates for this year’s Sasquatch in mid-June, rather than July. So perhaps you’ll get a little workout here and there helping each other get through a few patches of snow. All the better! For this year’s 5-day frolic through the Pacific Northwest, we created a route that loosely follows the Columbia River from southwestern Washington State, to the river’s headwaters in Canada. Along the way we’ve got some dandy roads, plenty of geological history and some nice towns to stay in each night. Our first day, Monday 6/13, departs the Seaside town of Long Beach. Come a day or two early if you want to ride your motorcycle up and down the beach. In the morning we’ll be exploring in the hills above the river on the Washington side. In the afternoon we’ll be entering into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area via one of two routes. We have a low route planned if the higher elevations are still fraught with snow. A high elevation route is planned otherwise. The day ends with a romp alongside an ancient lava bed. Tuesday we’ll be exploring sections of an old highway that has long since been put to rest. But sections of it, both paved and gravel remain today and it offers several stunning views down to the river. Then it’s up into the high desert of Washington State to the land of three cities and an evening on the waterfront of the Columbia River. Wednesday is a bit of a geology lesson as we trace the original course of the Columbia River, long before the Missoula floods changed it’s course. Along the way we’ll ride through a nature reserve, perhaps spot a sand crane or two and blast through a Coulee or two before we head north toward the area made famous in the TV series, Twin Peaks so long ago. Thursday we cross the border into Canada and take on what some call one of the most dangerous roads in the world. But for you, what’s the big deal about riding down a 16% grade in the middle of summer? Alternate routes are available for the faint-of-heart. And finally, Friday we will make our way to the headwaters of the Columbia River, Lake Columbia. It’s sure to be an awesome 5 days of riding and you’ll arrive back home with a pocket full of stories about your adventure. We hope you can join us. About the Sasquatch Dual Sport Adventure Tour In 2006 Sound RIDER! created the Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour. What began as a 1 day fun run down the Olympic Peninsula has blossomed into a five day dual sport and adventure tour through the Northwest. Each year the tour covers terrain through the Pacific Northwest. Past tours have traversed the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon, explored the Oregon Coastal ranges, journeyed across the solace of the Columbia River Basin and dug into the best Idaho has to offer. The tour route changes each year. Wherever the tour goes, riders are certain to see places they've never seen and ride roads they've never been on before. The tour is held in the summer to ensure all roadways are open and not blocked by snow. This is the Pacific Northwest after all, where snow has been known to block scenic passes all the way into early July. Each year the route is pre-ridden to insure all roads are passable. The routes are crafted with a mix of paved and gravel roads. There are no single track or two track sections per se and are designed to provide riders an enjoyable experience without harsh terrains, making these tours a great ride for both intermediate as well as seasoned dual sport and adventure riders alike. Dual sport and Adventure bikes of all sizes from 250 to 1,300 cc's or higher can join in. All bikes must be street legal. Riders should have more than 1,000 off-pavement riding miles under their belt. Having taken some off-pavement training such as the MSF Dirt bike curriculum, or adventure rider training is helpful as well. Riders are encouraged to ride in small groups of six or less, with at least 30-60 seconds of space between one another to reduce dust inhalation and allow for the ride to be much more enjoyable for all. Morning legs last about 3-4 hours each. Lunch stops always include gas nearby and are typically in places with several eatery choices. Afternoon legs are typically 3-5 hours ending in the evenings suggested lodging location which always includes fuel and dining options. Camping and motels are be available along the route each night and are noted in the itinerary you receive after you sign up. Space is limited, so the sooner you sign up, the sooner you will get the kind of accommodations you desire. Once registered, riders are sent an itinerary of each day's locations and suggested accommodations that includes hotels, motels, bed & breakfast and camping facilities along the route. Each rider can then determine their preferred accommodations and proceed to book directly from there, which keeps an individual's costs low, or allows them to go wild by staying at more upscale locations along the way. Or perhaps a mix? Included in the price of registration, riders will receive a full tour book upon arrival at the start point which includes ride notes and maps for each segment of the tour. GPX routes will be downloaded to your GPS unit during initial check-in. While the tour is in progress, the guides keep a close eye on road conditions ahead and will re-route an upcoming section in the event such is needed due to fire or other closures. When possible, riders are provided with the updated GPS route during such a point during the tour. In addition, riders are allowed to store up to 40 liters of gear (about one medium sized tail pack or pannier) in our tour truck. Pickup and drop off locations are noted in the tour book. Also noted in the tour book are restaurants and grocery options throughout each day. We also include a central evening locale for each night where riders can converge to tell large stories and small lies about their day's adventures. The routes are designed with fuel stops available at least every 125 miles if not more often, so you will not need to be concerned about this issue. The price to ride on this tour is a mere $175 when paid in advance (meals & accommodations are paid separately by you). Those who wish to register on-site the night before or day of will pay a walk-up rate of $199. Cartage is limited to the first 50 riders who register. The event goes on Rain or Shine. There are no refunds. Click here to register now Interested in previous year's Sasquatch Routes. Click here to check out our self-guided tour Book & GPS selections.