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2019 Road Trip GPS Tour: May 12-17

Vancouver Island

Presented by State Farm Insurance: Chris Gibbens, agent

Vancouver Island. Not the most talked about motorcycle destination, but when done right, it’s as good a place as any to visit north of the border. On this years’ tour, you’ll enjoy some stunning roads worth every mile of riding, scenic coastal stretches, and some destination locations that are sure to please. Overnights are in mid-size towns that provide nice accommodation and food options without breaking the bank.

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Highlights of the 2019 Road Trip GPS Tour

Sunday 5/12 - Arrive on the island at your leisure. Dinner and advance check-in/GPS pre-load will be available at 5 p.m. PST. The restaurant and suggested accommodations are located west of Victoria to keep you out of the hustle and bustle Monday morning.

Monday 5/13 - Today is a loop ride out to the coast. Riding counter clockwise you'll enjoy desolate backroads as you make your way to the water for a lunch break. Then it's down the coast and along some scenic and twisty roads in search of the world's finest almond pastry, eventually returning to last nights accommodation for one more night in town. Nice, you didn't have to pack up your overnight gear today.

Tuesday 5/14 - We're rolling northwest to the center of the island taking every backroad known to mankind to reach our destination. While everyone else is duking it out on the mainline, we're soaking in the sights and miles of beautiful roads. And there's that creepy graveyard… The afternoon provides riders a chance to ride to the highest place you can ride a motorcycle on Vancouver Island. Good news, the final destination today is our base for the next three nights. So, the next couple of mornings there's no need to pack your overnight gear.

Wednesday 5/15 - We're on our way out to another destination on the west coast, but to get there we'll have to work our way through some fun corners. And since we're leaving after rush hour, we don't anticipate much in the way of other vehicles. Lunch is in a seaside town (you get to pick between two today) and then it's back in the way you came.

Thursday 5/16 - Pack a lunch today as you ride out to a sleep seaside port that offers a lot in the way of riding, but little in the way of food options. Enjoy a lazy lunch in the park along the waterfront as you scan for seals, heron, otters and otherwise. Then return the way you came for more stories and lies to share at our final dinner.

Friday 5/17 - It's time to pack your gear and select from two options to get back to the mainland. Will you ferry over to the Sunshine Coast or head south to the big town? Then again, you could extend your trip a few days and spend a leisurely weekend exploring Victoria. It's entirely up to you.

We'd make a note here that these tours include a lot of twisty roads. If you'd rather ride straight roads all day, roads with numbers and not names, there are folding maps waiting for you at AAA. But if you want to explore the places we go in a way that can't be done with folding maps and you treasure the idea of dancing with your motorcycle through countless corners all day - the Road Trip GPS Tour is for you!

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About Sound RIDER! Road Trip GPS Tours

Sound RIDER! has been leading GPS tours through the Pacific Northwest since 2005.

Each tour is designed to take riders through new places they may not have been and provide the best roads through each area, each day. Background of places visited throughout the day is provided in the tour book.

Tour books and GPS uploads are provided during check-in at the designated location where the tour begins. Often we provide early check-in the evening before as well.

Riders may opt to follow a guide, or stretch out and relax using their GPS unit to lead them to all the important stops. Riders are encouraged to travel at their own pace.

Above: A starter salad at the R+D Kitchen in Napa Valley. One of several high end restaurants we visited during the 2015 tour route.

Typical days are 200-350 miles depending on see-and-do attractions and distance between each day’s destinations. From time to time, we provide a loop day where riders begin and end in the same location. These days are typically shorter distances and won’t involve checking in or out of your hotel/motel or other accommodation.

Tours run Monday through Friday, providing two weekend days of travel time to and from the start and end points if you live locally in the Pacific Northwest. If you live further out, it may be possible to rent a bike within one or two days of the start destination.

Tours are limited to a maximum of 40 riders. The sooner you register, the sooner you ensure your spot on the tour.

Once you’ve registered for the tour, you’ll be sent an itinerary recommending each day’s accommodations which you will then book directly. There is no travel agent or middleman in between. Options typically include motels, hotels, camp sites when possible and B&Bs where appropriate. Riders may book beyond the suggested listings.

A designated location is available each evening where riders can gather to share stories from the day and discuss the following day’s highlights, We note these in the itinerary so you can book at, or near the location if you so desire. These are nice times to make new friends and find others to pair up with during the tour.

A GPS and the skills to use it are obviously necessary to ride these tours. Use our handy GPS Tips & Tricks article to be sure you and your GPS are ready to go. If you’re not sure how to manage routing in your GPS, don’t attempt a trial-by-fire scenario thinking we can teach it all to you the night before the ride. Read the tips link and get yourself up to speed.

Riders of all makes, models and types of street legal motorcycles are welcome to register and ride the tour. BMW, Harley-Davidson, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Honda, Piaggio, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and more. We love ‘em all!

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For a look at previous tours, CLICK HERE.

If you have questions, feel free to call us at 206-650-9102.

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