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The OSC’s first “Do It Yourself” ride was a great success. Five riders participated, even thought it was held on a week day. As a DIY ride it provided the ease and flexibility of riding in pairs, but the camaraderie of a group ride.
Sunday night we talked over dinner and all five of us decided to ride through Hells Canyon all the way to the dam on Monday. Arden and Dallas were the early group out and Steve, Tony and Rick left the hotel a little after 8:00 AM.
We followed the route to the dam recommend by the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally website. It was a much better road than expected, good pavement all the way and fewer rocks on the road than the web postings would cause one to expect. The two groups met up at the dam and after a brief exchange we followed Arden’s recommend route for a return to the hotel by crossing Brownlee Dam (just south of the Hells Canyon area) and riding Idaho Hwy 71 to Cambridge Idaho. This was an excellent route with great views of Browlee Reservoir and lots of sweeping curves.
From Cambridge we took US 95 to Weiser and from Weiser the freeway back to the hotel. I would recommend this day’s route to anyone with average scooter skills.
Tuesday we hit the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. This 270 mile loop provided a variety scenic pleasures including following a river valley, a Hells Canyon overlook, some steep and winding mountain roads, and flat farm lands. There are lots of little towns and burgs along the way, so fuel and provisions were not a problem. You can pick up a map of the route searching the internet for Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. While a little more challenging than the first days ride it is good for a rider with average scooter skills.
Day three was direct track home through the Columbia Gorge. The ride was uneventful except 60 miles of challenging head winds that dropped our fuel mileage and demanded constant attention.
Other than pure riding pleasure, and there was plenty of that, what did we learn while on this ride? Steve used a cooling vest and credited it with keeping him comfortable in the 96 degree temperatures and we used a Cardo brand bike to bike intercom that added to the safety and camaraderie of the ride. Talking over a beer Banff, Alberta, Canada sounded like a great idea for a DYI ride for 2013.
We will defiantly see more OSC Do It Yourself (DIY) rides. Be sure to join us for all OSC rides and share your ideas for DIY rides.