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  • Day38

    The end

    September 30 in the United States

    After 9000 miles and 35 days our trip has come to an end. The Aussies flag on our bikes has lost a few stars.
    It's been a great once in a life time trip and we didn't manage to kill each other even though we had easy access to guns haha.
    The Yamaha FJR 1300 bikes were great for the trip and performed great on all the windy roads we travelled.
    Added a last photo of us in civies

  • Day5

    Paulina, Oregon

    August 28 in the United States

    Great little town, stopped for a cold water, ended up having a light beer with the store manager Chiara and couple other locals and Chiara showed us her guns
    What a great day with wonderful windy roads with steep decents

  • Day2

    Portland night 2

    August 25 in the United States

    Kev couldn't find his glasses that were hanging off his shirt.
    Photo of craft brewery we were at.
    Kev ordered this dark beer that tasted like crap
    Craft Beer was something we struggled with for the entire trip
    More on this later

  • Day5

    John day

    August 28 in the United States

    Stopped for the night at John day
    Lovely chicken salad for dinner
    Fitted our Aussie flags to the bikes
    Kev got cheeky with a big guy in the carpark and was giving him plenty of stick. We didnt tell Kev he was a UFC fighter, luckily he liked Kevs cheeky aussie banter.

  • Day37


    September 29 in the United States

    Kev the squeezer had a fall while performing a u-turn
    Only going at walking pace and not sure what happened. Hurt his back and wrist, we decided to try and get back to Bend in case it got worse. Kev was in quite a bit of pain for the next few hours. I also fell off earlier in the day while pulling off the road at walking pace. There was a bigger drop from bitumen to gravel than I figured, luckily no injuries
    Turns out that the X-ray back in Australia would find that Kev broke his wrist.
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  • Day19

    Portland, Fairview, OR

    July 3 in the United States

    Astoria was a great place and we enjoyed our meal at one of the boutique breweries that dot the state of Oregon the one we ate at was the Bouy.
    Departing Astoria at 7.30am we headed toward Portland with our destination being Cascade Corporation, corporate headquarters for my work. We were greeted by Tod Finney, Tom Logan who shared the duties of doing a plant tour. Noela now knows that I do not just come here to party. Steve Keller bought lunch in the Cascade Café where we were joined and made to feel especially welcome by Andy, Anderson Susan Wright and David Nakamura. A big thank you to you all for a great tour and lunch. Thankyou also to Joe Gallivan for the invitation to your home.
    A visit to Paradise Harley followed and these guys were unbelievably welcoming. The day was rounded out with the girls visiting some shops, when we returned they did not have one shopping bag. Laundry day today and then dinner.
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  • Day20

    4th of July, Portland OR

    July 4 in the United States

    The 4th of July is a special day here in the USA, a public holiday set aside to commemorate and celebrate its independence from the commonwealth.
    We decided to use the quieter roads to explore the Columbia River Gorge. We started out by visiting one of our Cascade contacts Joe and his wife Kelly. We were made to feel very welcome but we were also very jealous of there little piece of country outside Portland.
    From there we took the 84 out along the Columbia River to Bridal Veil, Multnomah Falls and the Cascade Locks. Again, the scenery and history is amazing with Multnomah being the 2nd highest continuous waterfall in the USA. It is still recovering after a bush fire that was started by illegal means in 2017.
    We had lunch at Cascade Locks and watched the old paddle wheeler head out on a tour. Just a little too late for us to join it. All along this stretch the local native Americans have fishing platforms where they net Salmon coming upstream. The Bonneville Dam stretches across the river just below the locks and has been designed with a central sluice that allows salmon upstream access.
    We crossed over the river here, a unique experience given that the bridge is open mesh on the roadway, so you can see straight through to the river below. On the northern side we visited Skamania and the Skamania Lodge where I had the privilege to stay during a sales meeting earlier in my time with Cascade. It has a massive lodge, golf course and a very high price tag.
    We stopped opposite the dam and we noticed that there were some men building a new fishing platform. Whilst the structures look crude they are very strong. I was able to talk to them about how it was constructed. These men were Yakima tribe who have fished these waters for many years and whilst the building materials have changed they maintain old traditions.
    During the day we passed many parks with the locals set up for their 4th July picnics, very very serious picnics with all manner of lounges barbeques and marquees.
    Our route back to the motel took us along the Northern side of the river final picking up the road into Portland from Seattle. The sound of fireworks can be heard right across the city. Its now 8.45 PM and still light so the fireworks will not get underway for another hour yet. Carl and Paola have ventured into the city we have decided to sit that one out.
    Portland city and some shop browsing tomorrow.
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  • Day21

    Downtown, Portland OR

    July 5 in the United States

    Portland is a beautiful city and we spent today cramming as much in as possible. The public transport here is brilliant, we jumped onto the Tri-met Maxrail at 8.00am for 5$ a head ride all day for 24 hours. With a quick stop and a coffee at Pioneer Square we boarded the max rail again and wnt up to Washington Park the home of Portland Zoo, the Japanese Garden, International Rose garden, Vietnam Vets memorial, a memorial to the Holocaust Victims and more.
    I was first taken to the Rose garden in 1994 and have always wanted to come back. From the terminus of the Maxrail there is a free shuttle every 15 minutes that runs through Washington Park. We got off the shuttle at the Rose garden, the rose fragrance is amazing and there are literally thousands of roses planted here. The oldest being a rose bush grown from a cutting from a plant 1000 years old.
    From here we went our separate ways with Carl and Paola going to the Vietnam Memorial and the Zoo and us walking the streets and taking in Portland downtown. Noela picked up some good bargains. We really enjoyed all of the different parts of the city including some of the weird ssites like the blue guy below. Reports from Carl and Paola are that the zoo is fantastic, and Carl got to appease his bear appetite again.
    We regrouped at the motel at 4.30 and visited the Columbia river adjacent to the airport where there is a whole community living in houseboats on the river. Portland is truly a wonderful place but for now we are packed and ready for our gypsy train to move on. Tomorrow we move on to visit Mt Hood and Sisters Oregon and some very special friends.
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  • Day5

    Got all the bikes

    August 28 in the United States

    We now have three bikes and are leaving bend to start day 1 of the ride

  • Day33

    Waiting in Bend

    September 25 in the United States

    Haircuts and lunch while we wait for our bikes to have replacement tyres fitted
    Also a short stroll to the river

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