Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's Thursday, I must be in Portland

Sunset Beach

Well I'm more than half way through the winter tour and so far so good.  I have stayed in 5 hotels in the last three weeks between hotels and friends houses I will be staying in 6 more places before I see my home again.  I have been to Bend and Prineville, prior post.  Last week I was in Roseburg, Eugene, Albany, and Salem.  This week I have visited Coos Bay, Newport, Tillamook and now I'm in Portland.  Next week I'm headed to the east with stops in Baker City, Ontario, back to Pendleton, The Dalles and Gresham before returning home.
I have met some great people along the way and had some fun adventures.  Last week I rode Johnny 5 (my Kawasaki Concours that is in the process of becoming a naked street fighter bike) to Lane Community College. I strapped my catalog travel case to the back and down the road I went. This week I rode again to Coos Bay via the Smith River Road.  I then returned home, spent the night and packed up Tedward the Trooper for the trip.

My Escorts to Coos Bay
Taking a break at Smith River Falls
Smith River Falls
Smith River Falls

Room View at The Mill Casino Lodge
 On Tuesday morning, I headed out for the trip to Newport.  First stop was to take a picture of the light house at Yaquina Head.  An perfect winter day at the coast.  Made for a great stop and recruiting at Oregon Coast Community College and a leisurely drive up the coast to Tillamook.
 Not much to look at in Tillamook... except the Cheese Factory of course.  Several representatives from other university and I decided to start with appetisers and dessert at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.
Anyone up for Sqeeky Cheese?
Black Cherry Tillamook Ice Cream
 It is said that there are more cows than people in Tillamook County.  From the smell,  I would have to agree!
Room View from the Ashley Inn in Tillamook
 I spent Wednesday at Tillamook Bay Community College and then drove into Portland.
Aloft Hotel at Cascade Station PDX
 On the way into Portland, I heard the news that St. John's Honda was going out of business.  I made a stop to see if I could assist.  I left a little bit poorer but with some new gear for winter riding!

Can you see me now???


  1. Nice jacket, although I can always see you with that flashing light you have on both your bikes. ;)

  2. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday! Glad you got some two-wheel time in there.

    Shame about the local dealer going out of business, but nice you could get some gear out of the deal.