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post #1 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Remote Eastern Washington State has many twisties: this one heads to the Snake River from Kahlotus
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 11:27 AM
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If you want to ride in desolate places I'd suggest a satellite phone.
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I think he was implying that being out of cell service is a good thing for the mind and soul.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-20-2019, 12:26 PM
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Remote Eastern Washington State has many twisties: this one heads to the Snake River from Kahlotus
I had no idea Washington state had any topography like that, even in the East. My wife has been to the NW part, so of course, I had the wet/evergreen thing in mind. And about half my riding is done where there's no cell signal, so I can relate. It's nice to break the tether for awhile.

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I had no idea Washington state had any topography like that, even in the East. My wife has been to the NW part, so of course, I had the wet/evergreen thing in mind. And about half my riding is done where there's no cell signal, so I can relate. It's nice to break the tether for awhile.
Yeah, pretty much the eastern half of Oregon and Washington (east of the Cascade Mountains) are like that....very arid and widely varied terrain.
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261 is a fun road too if you haven't been on it yet.
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A satellite two-way texting with GPS could save one's bacon. They can be purchased or even rented if one doesn't go off cell grid except for one-off trips. I'd like to have one that could be tied into an air vest - triggered if the air vest deploys in an accident and I don't respond and turn it off within a few minutes, for example. Some cars have emergency automatic accident notifications, but I haven't seen it for motorcycles.

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261 is a fun road too if you haven't been on it yet.
261 is a great road until you end up behind the traffic that stacks up going out to Palouse Falls. There are alot of other good roads on the north and the south side of the snake river that are worth riding also. Lower Monumental road that is off of Lyons ferry road and then Harvey Shaw road into Walla Walla is worth a ride.
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"I had no idea Washington state had any topography like that, even in the East"
E WA is nothing like W WA! Furthermore, E WA is at least 3 times as large as the area W of the Cascades, same for OR. If you like twisties, you will like E WA and E OR!


"A satellite two-way texting with GPS could save one's bacon"
True, but my soul has been tied to a cell phone for so long that I'm fine with intermittent freedom!


"261 is a great road until you end up behind the traffic that stacks up going out to Palouse Falls"
Ever since Palouse Falls became WA States' official Falls, traffic has increased A LOT, but with a 1600 GTL, passing it is usually not a problem. The N Cascades Hiway is also very beautiful, but there are so many people on that road that it makes no difference if you can pass them or not....
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Remote Eastern Washington State has many twisties: this one heads to the Snake River from Kahlotus
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I had no idea Washington state had any topography like that, even in the East. My wife has been to the NW part, so of course, I had the wet/evergreen thing in mind. And about half my riding is done where there's no cell signal, so I can relate. It's nice to break the tether for awhile.
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Yeah, pretty much the eastern half of Oregon and Washington (east of the Cascade Mountains) are like that....very arid and widely varied terrain.
Glacial Lake Missoula created most of that topography. Pretty neat story, actually.

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