Closer Up on the Route
International trips by motorcycle
and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
England & Scotland, France,
(the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro,
Trips riding my own motorcycle
Coast" and gold
(Glacier NP), Nevada,
(Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff &
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|| I'm not fond of the gorge on the Oregon
side, but I LOVE it on the Washington state side!
This is a 200 mile ride from Portland to the Stonehenge
replica in Maryhill, Washington and back. There are plenty
of places to eat lunch or just stop and enjoy the scenery
along the way. It's all paved.
And once you do this route, you can change it up and do
just half this route and then combine it with another trip
- like up to Mt. Adams, or down around Mt. Hood.
I highly recommend the Washington state side of the route
for new motorcycle riders.
This is the route, clockwise from Portland:
However you want to, get to WA-14 in Washington state,
from Vancouver, heading East. You stay on that road for
more than 90 miles, all the way to Maryhill. This doesn’t
really get scenic until after Camas and Washougal, but I
promise, it gets beautiful!
Head back West on WA-14 for about 60 miles and then cross
the Columbia River at the Bridge of the Gods (toll).
Take the ramp onto I-84/U.S. 30 W and continue on the
freeway for about 8 miles. Then take exit 35 toward
Historic Hwy/Ainsworth State Park. Merge onto E Historic
Columbia River Hwy.
This historic highway takes you by Horsetail Falls,
Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls and, of course, Vista
House. You will want to stop at some or all of those
places, but we warned: on a weekend, especially if it's
really pretty, the traffic around the falls and Vista
House will be thick, with people who don't know how to
drive looking for parking - and not seeing you at all.
After you enjoy Vista House, continue on the Crown Point
Hwy, through Corbett, and continuing on the Historic
Columbia River Hwy to Troutdale.
And, of course, you can do the route in the opposite
husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle
travelers, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and
side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, and affordable.
They are German-designed and made in the USA! All
in custom sizes.
This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)
400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 3⁄4" x 9 3⁄4"
x 7 3⁄4")
1.6 mm (1⁄16") thick aluminum
All top boxes and panniers:
- are completely welded, not glued or riveted
- have a lid with four loops to fasten more luggage &
lid is removable, for easy loading/unloading
- tie down hooks which can each be locked with a small
- gasket in the lid makes the boxes waterproof
- all attachment parts (loops, tie down hooks, screws) made
of stainless steel
- all corners and bends are rounded
- light weight - top box is only 2.3 kg (5 pounds)