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2017 Road Trip GPS Tour: May 15-19

Idaho/Eastern Oregon Extravaganza

Some years back we took a nice tour through Eastern Oregon and Idaho. We rode a lot of back roads and got familiar with what a stunning area of the Pacific Northwest this was to ride in.

When the planning came up for this year’s tour, it was apparent we’d been away from this area too long and it was time to return. Never one to repeat a route in its entirety, we simply added in some new places, took out some of the previous roads, added in a few nice museums and bingo – we’re off!

It should be noted, there are historic stops each day, several being museums. They are optional just as the places we eat. In fact, we’ll provide you with several recommended food locations for each meal just as we do with accommodation.

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Monday 5/15 - The tour kicks off Sunday night, May 14th with early check-in on the beautiful Lake Couer d’ Alene and some of the best prime rib we’ve ever tasted. Monday morning we’ll get anyone else checked in and head for St. Marie where you can opt to enjoy Mexican food with a view. In the afternoon, we’ll head to a town full of history that goes back to mining and as far forward as being the last stand for a major U.S. highway. Then we’re back into Couer d’ Alene for some nice Italian food that evening  is you’re so inclined.

Tuesday 5/16 – We’re heading south through the Palouse region on a series of main and not-so-main roads. Our lunch time destination is an awesome little twisty down to the Snake River. In the afternoon, we’re on our way to check out a cool collection of business machines in the middle of nowhere and then into McCall for the evening.

Wednesday 5/17 – Today we'll tour around and up to the Hells Canyon overlook, then hit a small town museum. The afternoon takes us along some sweet backroads into Pendelton for the evening.

Thursday 5/18 – If you’ve ever heard the stories about how awesome the roads are through Eastern Oregon, you going to get a taste of the best today as we work out way west. Today’s interpretive break occurs in an area well known for its unique geology. At days end you’ll be able to soak in a modern-day pool setting fed by an ancient hot pool. Stay in the area hotel, or sleep in a tee-pee!

Friday 5/19 - it’s the final day as we ramble north to our final museum and a stunning view across the Columbia River Gorge. The final lunch location is delicious!

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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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