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    St Louis to Portland OR and back

    I'm hoping to make a round trip from the St. Louis, Missouri area to Portland Oregon in 2012. It looks like I'll have to use some interstate highways, but I prefer not to. Route suggestions would be appreciated along with tips on coping with "interstates". I plan to use my 2004 R1150RT.

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    Hangered... but aimed out flyhi2cfar's Avatar
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    The Cincinnati Ohio riverfront (Ky side) & the Cape/Space Coast of Flordia.... when not out -- "travel'n"

    The Lewis & Clark Trail !

    I allowed appox 7 days in 03 for the trip out the MO River; just before the 200 year mark of their quest. The heritage routes are numbered 1804 & 1806 in EACH State along the river; and they are very nice. You have the capability to shorten the route, especially in ND & MT if you wish; I didn't. Many journey site to visit that are top notch. I made it to Seaside OR from St Joseph Mo without Interstate AT ALL! Whatever you do, ride the Columbia River into Portland!
    "Travel'in John" frequently on the 04R1150R

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    Kindly curmudgeon W7lej1's Avatar
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    Spokane Valley, WA
    You might enjoy some of the sections of a trip I took this past summer:

    1. US 34 west of Loveland, CO up and through Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park ("Trail Ridge Road")
    2. a dogleg north from Granby, CO through WY to Red Lodge, MT, and then:
    3. US 212 "Beartooth Hwy" along the MT/WY border;
    4. one of several routes through Yellowstone NP;
    5. another dogleg northwest through western MT to:
    6. Lolo. MT then US 12 ("Lewis & Clark route") to Lewiston, ID and if you wish, west to the Columbia River Gorge.

    Past that, WA state Hwy 14 (I think, double-check) parallels I-84 on the north side of the Columbia River through the Columbia Gorge all the way to the Portland area.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to PM me if you want more details. Enjoy the ride and the scenery!
    Last edited by w7lej1; 11-26-2011 at 06:05 PM. Reason: fixed a bad direction!
    Marty in Spokane Valley, WA

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    Registered User kthflieger's Avatar
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    Columbia river gorge, Oregon
    +1 on the route posted by W7leij1- and add to it a quick stop in Hood River in the gorge....great place to take a break by the river and watch all the kite surfers and have a great brew or cup of coffee.
    "Wer reitet so spaet durch nacht und wind -es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind" -- Goethe
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    '80 GL1100

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