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2016 Road Trip GPS Tour - May 16-20 2016

Washington State. It’s a stunning place. With eight different climatic zones, a ride from the southwest to the northeast means every day will be different.

And that’s what we’ll be doing on the 2016 Road Trip tour as we wind our way across tertiary backroads from Long Beach into Canada at Washington’s eastern most border entry point.

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The route will loosely follow the Columbia River and provide riders some stunning views along the way. The tour book will provide historical, geographic and geological references.

Day 1 riders will explore the back roads behind the Kelso/Longview area. In the afternoon a ride through the farm region east of Vancouver will take riders into the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

Day 2 takes riders along a number of backroads through the Gorge area and stops for lunch in an area known best for the community’s persistence in reintroducing and maintaining a healthy Bluebird population. The afternoon ride places riders in the desolation of the Horse Heaven hills, leading them across the Hanford Reach and reconnecting with the mighty Columbia by days end.

Day 3 explores a number of Coulees in the morning with a history lesson along where the Columbia once flowed, but flows no more. The afternoon includes a trek along the river through a small Indian reservation.

Day 4 finds our group entering into Canada as we prepare to seek out the headwaters of the Columbia River on todays. The afternoon takes us a cross what it lauded as the most fun road in Canada, hands down, before resting up for the final day’s ride.

Day 5 we travel to the shore of Columbia Lake for a festive final lunch and goodbyes. Suggested routes back to the US are included in the tour book.

Along the way riders will have multiple options each day for meals, all noted in the tour book they will receive when they check in for the tour Sunday night or Monday morning.

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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 when 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 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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