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2018 Road Trip GPS Tour: May 21-25

Wierd Oregon

Presented by State Farm Insurance: Chris Gibbens, agent

Some years back we took a nice tour through Oregon. 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!

There is some weird stuff in Oregon. So the theme this year is "Weird Oregon." Each day we'll be checking out some of thew unique oddities the state has to offer. Of course getting to each one means plenty of awesome scenery and plenty of grand corners to flow through.

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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Highlights of the 2018 Road Trip GPS Tour

Funny how you don't see Oregon appear on a lot of national best-places-to-ride. And that's okay with us. The less traffic on the road, the better. To break up each day, we'll have a stop or two to examine what a weird Oregon this can be. Imagine, sweet roads, cool towns and the weird. Follow along as we cover the highlights of this year's trip.

Sunday 5/20 - Arrive early Sunday afternoon, check in at the suggested accommodation and soak in the one-of-a-kind hot pools here. Swim Suit required of course. We'll have early check-in in "The Doctors office" and enjoy dinner in a wrought-iron cocoon. You see - it's already getting weird.

Monday 5/21 - Time to blow this mill town and trek over the Cascades. As seasoned road trippers know, we use tertiary routes whenever possible. The mornings trek will feature a small ferry crossing and backroads route into a silver town. More backroads lead us another lumber outpost with a lake view for lunch. In the afternoon we cross a fiery section of the Cascades range and tumble into a one-of-a-kind rock garden, think the Watts Towers on steroids. The evening finds us dining in the downtown district of Bend, Oregon.

Tuesday 5/22 - Eons ago, the Great Basin, think Salt Lake, stretched all the way into Oregon. We're going to find the marker for the NW boundary. After that we'll skip the crowds at Crater Lake and instead wind our way into Southern Oregon with a view of the highest peak in Oregon's southern hemisphere. Then we visit with the brother of a famous lumber jack, explore a house of mystery and amble into Grants Pass for a relaxing evening on the Rogue River.

Wednesday 5/23 - Some riders romanticize the idea of riding the Oregon Coast. It is a beautiful place, and all the better if you know where the fun nook-and-cranny roads are. We do and that's one of the reason's you're here. But there are also prehistoric animals around here somewhere and we'll check in on them to be sure they got through the brutal winter we've had. Then it's north to Coos Bay for a good night's rest.

Thursday 5/24 - You need more side routes? We've got em. We'll roll up the coast, explore a few scenic areas and when the day ends we'll be away from the crowds in a quaint little seaside town.

Friday 5/25 - If all you navigated with was a paper map, you'd miss a number of roads we'll be exploring today. But that's why you're here, to find these little gems. There's plenty to be had as we head north for our farewell photo opp in front of an iconic tower high above the Columbia River. The afternoon provides a sweet route back to our starting point of Forest Grove.

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 Oregon 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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