Monday, May 9, 2011
Traveling on to the Third Checkpoint
Leaving Reno, the course goes for a short distance of interstate highway toward Donner Pass and then turns south and follows the western shore of Lake Tahoe south back into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and on through Sacramento to San Francisco. After giving everyone a sufficient dose of urban traffic, we will intersect CA 1 north in downtown San Francisco and follow it across the wonderful Golden Gate Bridge.
Coming off of the Golden Gate at its north end, we will continue up the California coast on CA 1 and enter Oregon where we will continue up the coast on OR 1. This will prove to be a long, tourist intense, route which goes along the rocky coast and through the historic California Redwood forests. Near the northern end of OR 1 we will go east to intersect the Columbia River at Portland. Crossing the river into Washington, we will ride east along the north shore of the river through the famous Columbia River Gorge, the epicenter of wind surfing in the United States.
Coming out of the Gorge, we will continue east through lower Idaho and into Montana, riding over the continental divide for the first of many times. Our route goes through the Bitterroot Mountains and crosses the divide at the Lolo Pass, One of America’s great mountain passes. One of many we will experience.
At the eastern end of the Lolo Pass we will come into Missoula, Montana and then, continuing east, pass by the south end of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area while traveling on to Great Falls, Montana and Big Sky Harley-Davidson, our third checkpoint.