The Bumblebee and the Vespa 2014

I think it's time for me to redefine what this new blog is about. In the past I've posted individual blogs for motorcycle/motor scooter rides to places like Alaska, Nova Scotia, Key West, Mexico, Canada, New York, etc. That's all well and good but it seems nowadays I'm dividing my rides into shorter ones comprised of two or more weeks each on different bikes. The total time and mileage is about the same, it's just split into multiple rides with a break somewhere in the middle.

The summer of 2014 serves as a good example of that wherein I rode south to Tombstone, AZ on my '92 BMW R100GS Bumblebee/Ural sidecar rig, (phew!) then returned home for a few days and set out again on my '07 Vespa 250ie motor scooter to visit Canada. That summer has gone and the seasons have changed as will the reports, some will be about shorter rides, some will be about maintenance, and maybe on occasion I'll post a photo or two just for interest. I may even introduce other bikes, a few of which are lurking under cover in the barn...

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jul 03 - Day 01 2015 Tour - Portland, OR

The first few days of a new tour always seem crazy, so many things going on, wondering what I forgot, will the bike croak because I overlooked something, etc.

On the road again...
Coos Bay water - fog's on its way in

Strange new building going up in one seems to know what it's going to be.
I followed the highway along the North Umpqua from Reedsport to Drain, then it was I-5 to Portland. Not a lot to say about the final ride to Portland, I managed to avoid a major traffic jam just north of Wilsonville by using the back roads into West Linn. I got lucky on that one as I used to live in the area and knew the shortcuts.

Easy ride today, I arrived at my friends Dale & Sally LaFollette early enough to go out to dinner. They took me to a great little pub in Willamette after which we headed back to their house. Tomorrow they're expecting 65-75 guests for the big 4th of July get-together so there's still lots to do.

My notebook PC overheated on the way in, so bad in fact it locked up and I was unable to post a report.

254 miles today, at least the bike ran fine.

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