Mountains and Lakes
Canada became a “someday” destination in 2013, my first summer of riding. After five summers of prowling the Western United States, I decided that “someday” had better become “now” because I’m not getting younger. As it happened, Canada made this particular ride perhaps the most well-balanced, in terms of scenery, of my summer tours thus far. After riding through miles of Oregon’s lonely high mountain desert, meandering through lush Willamette Valley farmland, enjoying the Oregon and Washington coastal terrain, and skirting rain forests on Washington’s peninsula, I crossed our northern border ready for a few days of imposing mountains and lakes that stretch on…and on…and on! Canada and Idaho, here I come. Please join me.
I love riding the scenic Palouse and do so every chance I get. This shot was taken a few miles east of Colfax, on Hwy 272, and what it captures is typical of the rolling hills that change colors throughout the summer months, and the well-maintained, sparsely-traveled, curvy highways in this area. A rider's paradise!