The Dalles, Oregon Shamrock Tour®: Exploring the Columbia River Gorge Area

Jul 17, 2017 View Comments by

The Columbia River Gorge’s breathtaking vistas owe its heritage to a series of geological cataclysms during the last ice age. A huge 2,000-foot-deep glacial lake had formed over present day Missoula, MT. The ice dam, impounding the glacial melt, gave way, sending a massive torrent of destruction down the Columbia River. Geologists believe the ice […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Jun 03, 2017 View Comments by

McKenzie Highway (State Route 242) started out in the 1870s as a wagon toll road, which wound its way through massive lava flows. The road was widened in 1920, graded and surfaced between 1920 and 1924, and became an Oregon State Highway in 1925. The first recorded crossing of the pass was in April 1859 […]

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City Escape: Portland, Oregon

Mar 24, 2017 View Comments by

Fuel up at See See Motor Coffee in northeast Portland and head west through the Coast Range to explore Oregon’s logging heritage and see where Lewis and Clark spent a soggy winter in 1805-06. The city of Astoria thrives as a port and tourist destination, and winding roads along the Columbia River feed endless smiles […]

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Lane Splitting Bills Introduced in Washington, Oregon, and Montana

Feb 07, 2017 View Comments by

California’s lane splitting bill went into effect January 1. Now, lane splitting bills have been introduced in Washington, Oregon, and Montana, and the AMA is urging motorcyclists in those states to take action. Read the AMA’s lane splitting position statement here. Motorcycle Legal Foundation compiled a good resource of what exactly lane splitting is, and the laws in each […]

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Shamrock Tour® – Ashland, Oregon

Sep 18, 2016 View Comments by

On November 27, 1941, travelers on US Highway 99 south of Yreka, Caifornia were astonished to find a band of men blocking the road and waving hunting rifles. They handed out a Proclamation of Independence, which informed one and all that the State of Jefferson was in “patriotic rebellion against the States of California and […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Sep 12, 2015 View Comments by

A Pacific Northwest Ride to Remember – This series of state and U.S. routes in California and Oregon take riders through a dramatic Pacific Northwest landscape, punctuated with towering volcanic peaks. Riders will see the result of massive geologic forces, which have been actively shaping the West since ancient times. Scenery: Dramatic volcanic landscape, sparkling […]

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Tour of the Week: Shamrock Tour – Eugene, Oregon

Jan 30, 2015 View Comments by

Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Eugene, OR Shamrock Tour  comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Sep/Oct ’05 issue.

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The Pacific Northwest Coast Volcano Tour

Dec 14, 2014 View Comments by

The country’s upper left-hand corner is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting geography anywhere in the world. Frank Covucci Motorcycle Tours is planning an expedition to take in this stunning area by motorcycle. The tour will take place August 11-21, 2015 and will travel through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. The route […]

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Tour of the Week: Northeast Oregon

Dec 12, 2014 View Comments by

Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Northeast Oregon Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Mar/Apr 2004 issue.

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Trans America Trail: Not Just Any Port in the Storm . . . Port Orford!

Oct 23, 2014 View Comments by

Even though Big Windy spoiled our vision of rolling out of the woods into an unsuspecting sleepy little seaside community, with our dirty bikes and even dirtier selves as locals watched gape-mouthed and amazed, we are still determined to get to Port Orford, OR, tonight. It is just under two hours due north on the […]

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Trans America Trail: The Wrath of Big Windy!

Oct 16, 2014 View Comments by

Good morning Shady Cove! This appears to be it . . . the last official day of the TAT. By tonight we should arrive in Port Orford. I make a cup of coffee and walk down to the Rogue River and call the Castaway By The Sea to confirm our reservation for later tonight. A […]

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Trans America Trail: Craters and Underground Rivers

Sep 25, 2014 View Comments by

Waking up on an empty stomach leaves both Luke and I seriously ready for breakfast. The fact that the recommended Dinner Bell Café is “way on the other side of town” according to some locals does not deter us from gearing up and making the trip. Four minutes and one mile later we are seated […]

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Trans America Trail: Denio Junction Goat Gouda!

Sep 18, 2014 View Comments by

We awake to a wonderful breakfast at The Griddle; a culinary treat complete with a sassy waitress who will perk you up even more than the coffee. We fuel up knowing that today’s goal is somewhere in Oregon. According to the TAT maps, there’s fuel in Denio, about 100 miles away, but we play it […]

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American Road Trip: 30 Facts About Mount St. Helens

Aug 27, 2014 View Comments by

Sarah and I took the opportunity to ride along the Spirit Lake Highway to view Mount St. Helens. On the way we passed the visitor center. So we decided to stop, pay $5 each, and have a quick look, which ended up being a two-hour stay. Besides the artifacts, newspaper clippings, and geology lessons, they […]

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MotoQuest Offering Indian Chief Rentals

Mar 14, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re thinking about buying a new bike, but the dealer won’t let you test ride it, renting one is always a good option. If the bike you’ve been considering happens to be one of the new Indians, and you’re on the West Coast, MotoQuest has you covered. They’ve got all three models to choose […]

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