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As the title suggests, im looking for some advice from you all.

Im planning my first long range trip on my first Harley (2015 RGS). My plan is to leave from Edmonton Ab. Canada, travel to Vancouver island (gonna see my folks there) then (this is where the request for help comes in) head South to Seattle, East to Spokane, and make my back North across the border and home again. The distance is about 3100 Kms, and im looking forward to it immensely.

Where im looking for help is advice on where to stay, eat, visit etc on my route from those that are familiar with those areas.

Im also doing this trip solo. Kind of a bucket list thing.

Thanks in advance!!!

Russ
 

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Western Inn, in Lakewood (Tacoma) was $80US per night. Free WiFi. I stayed there on my way back from Sturgis. Solo run for me also. Cheap room, with basic Continental Breakfast. If you can get a ground floor room, you can park your bike right at your door. There's an Eagle Leather shop (HUGE shop; More helmets and leathers than I've ever seen in a single building) about 1/2 block away, a convenience store and a Dairy Queen (I think) right across the street. That's all the advice I've got.

Solo road trips are often the best. I rode from Rapid City, SD to Tacoma- a little over 900 miles in one stretch. Also on a '15 RGS. Only had to stop for gas, food, and piss breaks. Lots to see. I was trying to make time, so can't advise where to visit.
 

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As the title suggests, im looking for some advice from you all.

Im planning my first long range trip on my first Harley (2015 RGS). My plan is to leave from Edmonton Ab. Canada, travel to Vancouver island (gonna see my folks there) then (this is where the request for help comes in) head South to Seattle, East to Spokane, and make my back North across the border and home again. The distance is about 3100 Kms, and im looking forward to it immensely.

Where im looking for help is advice on where to stay, eat, visit etc on my route from those that are familiar with those areas.

Im also doing this trip solo. Kind of a bucket list thing.

Thanks in advance!!!

Russ
I would suggest before you go onto Vancouver Island that you do the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver. I came in from the Cache Creek area and went counter clockwise. Really enjoyed that beautiful Canadian road. I would make sure I rode off the interstates, north of Seattle and go east. If you have the chance, instead of Spokane, stay in Corte d' lane, Idaho at the Flamingo Motel, within walking distance of the historic restaurant/bar district. Actually, the Flamingo is one of my favorite old school 50's style motor inns I've ever stayed in. You could leave there and head north to Bonners Ferry and either choose take Highway 2 toward Glacier or continue north and cross over into Canada. Good luck.
 

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Western Inn, in Lakewood (Tacoma) was $80US per night. Free WiFi. I stayed there on my way back from Sturgis. Solo run for me also. Cheap room, with basic Continental Breakfast. If you can get a ground floor room, you can park your bike right at your door. There's an Eagle Leather shop (HUGE shop; More helmets and leathers than I've ever seen in a single building) about 1/2 block away, a convenience store and a Dairy Queen (I think) right across the street. That's all the advice I've got.

Solo road trips are often the best. I rode from Rapid City, SD to Tacoma- a little over 900 miles in one stretch. Also on a '15 RGS. Only had to stop for gas, food, and piss breaks. Lots to see. I was trying to make time, so can't advise where to visit.
Thanks pal!!!
 

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I would suggest before you go onto Vancouver Island that you do the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver. I came in from the Cache Creek area and went counter clockwise. Really enjoyed that beautiful Canadian road. I would make sure I rode off the interstates, north of Seattle and go east. If you have the chance, instead of Spokane, stay in Corte d' lane, Idaho at the Flamingo Motel, within walking distance of the historic restaurant/bar district. Actually, the Flamingo is one of my favorite old school 50's style motor inns I've ever stayed in. You could leave there and head north to Bonners Ferry and either choose take Highway 2 toward Glacier or continue north and cross over into Canada. Good luck.
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A few suggestions on killer rides in Washington.
On the way to Seattle detour in Bellingham to Hwy 11 Chuckanut Drive , about a 1/2 hour or so detour amazing views from the cliffs overlooking Puget Sound.
Leaving Seattle take Hwy 2 east to Leavenworth.
Continue past Wenatchee take Hwy 97 north along the Columbia.
At Bridgeport cut off on Hwy 17 to Hwy 174 to Grand Coulee.
I stay at the Trails West Motel. Catch breakfast at Flo's Cafe.
Head back out of town on Hwy155 then take aright on Peter Dan Road.It take you up into the hills and comes out on Hwy21.
Turn left or north to Republic.
At Republic turn right/east on Hwy 20 to Kettle Falls.
Continue on 20/395 to Colville.
At Colville continue east on Hwy 20 to Sand Point,Id on Lake Pend Oreille. Amazing spot.
If you have time head east on Hwy 200 to Hwy 56 then head north.
Stop at the Halfway Bar for a burger. Yep it's halfway between Hwy 200 and Hwy 2.
Continue north turn left /west on Hwy 2 to Bonners Ferry,Id
Heading West from Seattle on Hwy 2 is a great ride through Stevens Pass . Coming down the pass to Leavenworth the highway runs along the Wenatchee River. Really nice ride.
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A few suggestions on killer rides in Washington.
On the way to Seattle detour in Bellingham to Hwy 11 Chuckanut Drive , about a 1/2 hour or so detour amazing views from the cliffs overlooking Puget Sound.
Leaving Seattle take Hwy 2 east to Leavenworth.
Continue past Wenatchee take Hwy 97 north along the Columbia.
At Bridgeport cut off on Hwy 17 to Hwy 174 to Grand Coulee.
I stay at the Trails West Motel. Catch breakfast at Flo's Cafe.
Head back out of town on Hwy155 then take aright on Peter Dan Road.It take you up into the hills and comes out on Hwy21.
Turn left or north to Republic.
At Republic turn right/east on Hwy 20 to Kettle Falls.
Continue on 20/395 to Colville.
At Colville continue east on Hwy 20 to Sand Point,Id on Lake Pend Oreille. Amazing spot.
If you have time head east on Hwy 200 to Hwy 56 then head north.
Stop at the Halfway Bar for a burger. Yep it's halfway between Hwy 200 and Hwy 2.
Continue north turn left /west on Hwy 2 to Bonners Ferry,Id
Heading West from Seattle on Hwy 2 is a great ride through Stevens Pass . Coming down the pass to Leavenworth the highway runs along the Wenatchee River. Really nice ride.
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Hwy 2 all the way to Kalispell, Mt. is a great ride. Did that one last year and really can't say enough about the beauty
 

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PS The K-2 Inn in Sandpoint ,Id is clean and Biker friendly . Talk to Sheldon the manager. Bike is parked right in front of room and someone is in office 24/7.
 

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Hwy 2 all the way to Kalispell, Mt. is a great ride. Did that one last year and really can't say enough about the beauty
Smarty, Next time around cut off Hwy 2 at Davenport the road goes down to Hwy 25 at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia Rivers. Then ride north to Kettle Falls along the Columbia River through the cool little village of Hunters. Outstanding views!
There is a great campground right on the river( Two Rivers Casino/Resort) or Lake Roosevelt as the Columbia is called here.
 

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A few suggestions on killer rides in Washington.
On the way to Seattle detour in Bellingham to Hwy 11 Chuckanut Drive , about a 1/2 hour or so detour amazing views from the cliffs overlooking Puget Sound.
Leaving Seattle take Hwy 2 east to Leavenworth.
Continue past Wenatchee take Hwy 97 north along the Columbia.
At Bridgeport cut off on Hwy 17 to Hwy 174 to Grand Coulee.
I stay at the Trails West Motel. Catch breakfast at Flo's Cafe.
Head back out of town on Hwy155 then take aright on Peter Dan Road.It take you up into the hills and comes out on Hwy21.
Turn left or north to Republic.
At Republic turn right/east on Hwy 20 to Kettle Falls.
Continue on 20/395 to Colville.
At Colville continue east on Hwy 20 to Sand Point,Id on Lake Pend Oreille. Amazing spot.
If you have time head east on Hwy 200 to Hwy 56 then head north.
Stop at the Halfway Bar for a burger. Yep it's halfway between Hwy 200 and Hwy 2.
Continue north turn left /west on Hwy 2 to Bonners Ferry,Id
Heading West from Seattle on Hwy 2 is a great ride through Stevens Pass . Coming down the pass to Leavenworth the highway runs along the Wenatchee River. Really nice ride.
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Thanks Woodman!!!!
 

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Smarty, Next time around cut off Hwy 2 at Davenport the road goes down to Hwy 25 at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia Rivers. Then ride north to Kettle Falls along the Columbia River through the cool little village of Hunters. Outstanding views!
There is a great campground right on the river( Two Rivers Casino/Resort) or Lake Roosevelt as the Columbia is called here.
Thanks for the info Woodman. always looking for another road for sure!
 

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Thats what im looking for!!
Another thing, between Bonners Ferry and Kalispell, there are two towns you go thru (can't remember the names) one town, every street corner has an old bicycle painted pastel colors, tires, wheels and all with a handle bar mounted basket full of flowers was really cool and then the other little town some artist had made huge bronze eagles (probably 25'-30' across on 30' high metal poles thru out the town. A total surprise that you wouldn't expect in such a small town. I love finding little things like this out on trips.
 

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Another thing, between Bonners Ferry and Kalispell, there are two towns you go thru (can't remember the names) one town, every street corner has an old bicycle painted pastel colors, tires, wheels and all with a handle bar mounted basket full of flowers was really cool and then the other little town some artist had made huge bronze eagles (probably 25'-30' across on 30' high metal poles thru out the town. A total surprise that you wouldn't expect in such a small town. I love finding little things like this out on trips.[/QUOTE]

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When you are leaving Vancouver Island, I would recomend taking the Wash. State ferry from Sidney BC. to Anacortes, Wa. It is cheaper than the BC ferry and is a very scenic tip through the San Juans. Then blast up the North Cascades hwy toward Wenatchee, staying the night in Winthrop. It is a great little town, extremely biker friendly. Have a good trip.
 

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Don't be in too big a hurry to leave the Island after visiting family. The three best rides in Canada (my opinion) are all on the island and make great trips:

1. Hwy 28 from Campbell River to Gold River - great road condition, tonnes of curves going through the lakes, trees and cliffs with only one straight stretch (about 1km long) in an hour and a half ride. Several turns have the don't go faster than 30km/h signs and the best part is there is limited shoulder on each side of the road so there is virtually no place for the RCMP to set up a speed trap. Couple great spots to eat in Gold River before turning back. This road was made for motorcycles (whether on purpose or by circumstance).

2. Hwy 4 from Parksville to Uclulet/Tofino - Decent road condition, tonnes of curves and some of the best scenery on the planet leading to one of the best beaches in the world. I'd recommend planning the day so that you stay in Tofino or Uclulet over night (lots of camping and hotels there) and make sure to hit the Fish Taco stand right in front of long beach. They are 100% the best fish tacos I've ever had while living on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the continent.

3. Hwys 14/18 from Duncan to Victoria - Awesome road circling the southwest corner of the Island running through Lake Cowichan, Shirley's Bay, Sooke and coming back in to Victoria just south of the Malahat pass. Great scenery on the entire trip including the final 40kms or so right along the shore of the Juan de Fuca straight. Make sure to stop for lunch at the café along the road between Jordan River and Shirley's Bay and make sure to fuel up before starting on whichever end you start at (Duncan or Sooke) as there isn't any fuel in between.
 

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Thanks for all the info, its fantastic. Ive decided to modify my plans a little and stay North of the border. The Canadian dollar being what it is....So, thanks again for all the info, another reason why I love this site and biker community!!!


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