My brother and I just got back from Rally in the Gorge 2012
- a 5-day bike rally on the Washington / Oregon border, along the Columbia River.
It started 10 years ago as the SportBike Northwest Rally and has since expanded to become four rallies at one event, including: Dual Sport Northwest, Sport Touring Northwest, and Maxi Scoot Northwest. Sound RIDER! Rally in the Gorge
On Wednesday and Thursday the weather was perfect - 75 and sunny during the day, dropping to low 60s at night. Friday got to about 100 degrees and Saturday got to 104 in some areas. We headed home Saturday afternoon, instead of staying through Sunday.
There was tent and RV camping at the fairgrounds, right along the water. The riding was fantastic! SO MANY amazing twisty mountain roads - we could have stayed a couple weeks and not ridden them all!!!!
Day 1 - we stayed in Washington and rode between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams to the foothills of Mt. Rainier. The route between Carson and Randle
is 80 miles, and about 70 of that is nearly constant twisties! We didn't get on the road until noon the first day so we rode up to Randle, had lunch, then rode the same route in the opposite direction.
Day 2 -we went into Oregon and did a corning clinic with former AMA pro Mike Sullivan at Rowena Loops
, and then did a ride around Mt. Hood.
Day 3 - we started in Washington and rode along the Klickitat Canyon and followed the Klickitat River, then crossed into Oregon and did a half-day loop through the mountains.
Day 4 - we played tourist and hit the scenic areas - We started out by going to the top of Larch Mountain where you can climb up to a lookout point where you can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson in one 180 degree view. We followed the Historic Route 30 past multiple waterfalls, before finishing at the most famous one Multnoma Falls
I can't wait to go back next year - there's no way to ride all the amazing roads in 1 week.
I left the camera in my wife's car, so all I had was the camera on my phone. Better photos next year!