British Columbia to Utah – 3,115 Miles in 7 Days on an Indian Scout 60

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    May 25th marked the end of my 1st year riding street. That morning I woke up 1300 miles from home in Glenns Ferry, ID, gearing up for the final 2-day sprint back to BC on what I referred to in May 2017 as my dream bike, a 2018 Indian Scout 60. My father introduced me to the Indian Scout last year after reading about it in an issue of American Iron, I was immediately smitten. The Scout to me represented the perfect bridge between my passion for both classic Americana and modern technology, it was exactly what I wanted in a motorcycle and the Scout 60 brought it just barely within reach financially. I told my father that night that I’d have one within a year, he laughed. January 1st 2018 I paid for it in cash and brought it home, that week I told him and all of my friends and colleagues that I’d ride it to the canyons of Utah and back within a year, they laughed. May 23rd 2018 I glanced over at my mirrors while cruising along the desert canyon highways of Glen Canyon, UT and saw my father tailing me on an Indian Scout 60 of his own, I laughed.

    British Columbia to Utah – 3,115 Miles in 7 Days on a Scout 60

    The Plan:
    My original plan was a solo trip through WA, OR, ID, UT, and MT to explore, photograph, and document ghost towns, historical ruins, and any other run-down buildings along the way, sleeping on stranger’s couches each night (easier to arrange and safer to do than you’d think in the world of 2018). This is something I’ve been doing in British Columbia for several years. I planned the route about 2 months ago and haven’t shut up about it since. In the meantime, my father grew more interested in the idea of joining me but didn’t have a suitable bike for the long haul. He tried out my Scout 60 once, immediately fell in love with it, and bought one of his own 2 weeks later in the same color, same year, and same package. Coming from a lifetime of riding rigid frame choppers almost exclusively the Scout was comfortable enough for him to decide that he would join me under the condition that we stay in motels on his dime, no couches. Sounds good to me! Leading up to May the route transformed into more of a take-it-as-you-go tour through Utah than a precise hop between ghost towns and ruins.

    The Bikes:
    - 2018 Scout 60, ~7500 miles, Michelin Commander II’s, Barnett Clutch Cable, PVCX Fuel Moto stock tune, drilled stock pipes w/ CAT intact, stock air box, seat, handlebars, no windshield.

    - 2018 Scout 60, ~600 miles, stock Kendas, stock ECU, Paughco goose cut straight pipes, stock air box, stock seat, mini-apes, old leather saddlebags, National Cycles luggage rack, no windshield.

    The Route:
    ~3115 mile round trip from Chilliwack, BC to several national parks and scenic routes in WA, OR, ID, NV, and UT.

    Day 1 - 805 km: Chilliwack, BC > Bellingham, WA > Seattle, WA > Olympia, WA > Portland, OR > Hood River, OR > Hermiston, OR

    Day 2 - 830 km: Hermiston, OR > La Grande, OR > Baker City, OR > Ontario, OR > Nampa, ID > Twin Falls, ID > Jackpot, NV > Wells, NV > Wendover, UT

    Day 3 - 600 km: Wendover, UT > Bonneville Salt Flats, UT > Salt Lake City, UT > Soldier Summit, UT > Price, UT > Green River, UT > San Rafael Swell, UT

    Day 4 - 600 km: Green River, UT > Dead Horse / Canyonlands / Arches National Park, UT > Moab, UT > Monticello, UT > Blanding, UT > Glen Canyon, UT > Hanksville, UT

    Day 5 - 850 km: Hanksville, UT > Capitol Reef National Park, UT > Fruita, UT > Torrey, UT > Loa, UT > Scipio, UT > Payson, UT > Salt Lake City, UT > Ogden, UT > Snowville, UT > Bliss, ID > Glenns Ferry, ID

    Day 6 - 700 km: Glenns Ferry, ID > Mountain Home, ID > Nampa, ID > Baker City, ID > La Grande, OR > Pendleton, OR > Umatilla, OR > Paterson, WA > Roosevelt, WA > Maryhill, WA > The Dalles, OR

    Day 7 - 625 km: The Dalles, OR > Biggs Junction, OR > Goldendale, WA > Yakima, WA > Snowqualmie Pass, WA > Seattle, WA > Bellingham, WA > Chilliwack River Valley, BC

    Approximate Map (excluding several detours):

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    Ride Review & Trip Report:
    We averaged 400 to 500 miles in 12 or 13 hours a day with plenty of gas stops, rest stops, and long breakfasts. Absolutely zero mechanical issues along the way. No hard starts or dead batteries, no oil leaks or coolant leaks, no punctured tires, no losing the rear-end in the rain, no overheating, no unfortunate encounters with wildlife or Memorial Day drivers (is there a difference?). Both of us found the mostly stock bikes sufficiently comfortable to ride all day for 7 days straight due to the frequency of fuel stops and photo stops allowing for stretching and relaxing. We found that stretching while riding and shifting our posture, leg, and foot position frequently easily allowed us to ride in 100 - 120 mile sprints (depending on availability of gas stations). Both of us woke up feeling well and ready to ride on Day 7. Honestly, I was quite surprised considering my father is going on 54 and fairly beat up from a lifetime working as a heavy duty mechanic, he too was surprised to make it through the entire trip with energy to spare.

    While nearly the entire route was enjoyable to some extent, Highway 95 and 24 through Fry Canyon, Hite, Glen Canyon, Hanksville, Capitol Reef, and Torrey in Utah was without a doubt my favorite ride of the week. It’s like taking Dead Horse, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks, removing all of the tourist traffic and cops, raising the speed limit to highway speeds, and then routing the massive Colorado River right through the middle of it. I couldn’t dream up a landscape that exaggerated. You can look at all of the pictures you want online before going but what they don’t show is that it’s like that in every direction for miles upon miles. It has to be one of the most incredible playgrounds for motorcycles in the entirety of North America, endless twistys and several hours straight of unbelievably scenic riding. The national parks were absolutely worth visiting as well, but in terms of ride quality, the isolation and higher speed limits of remote central Utah allow for a much more exciting riding environment.

    I also really enjoyed the San Rafael Swell along I-70 in Utah, Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, ID, the Columbia River Gorge between Portland and Hermiston, OR, the strange world of West Wendover, NV and Wendover, UT, bombing down the highway along the Bonneville Salt Flats, the incredibly scenic and unusually green canyons along Highway 6 between Salt Lake City and Price, UT, the strange half ghost town vibes of Green River, UT, the hilarious number of people legally driving plated side-by-sides on public roads in Moab, the jolly folks living and working in Hanksville, UT (especially Duke’s Slickrock Grill), Deadman Pass along I-84 in Oregon, the massive tree farms in Boardman, OR, the Oregon Trail Café & Bar in Glenns Ferry, ID, sprinting through scattered thunderstorms on our way through Jackpot and Wells, NV, the MUCH higher number of classic cars still being driven, and the countless characters we met at gas stations and restaurants along the way.

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    That is epic @EPOCH6 , nice one! Green with envy here in NZ.
     
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    Wonderful write-up, and great photos! I'm curious what you took along for gear, how you carried it, etc. All of the pics of your bikes only show saddlebags on the one bike.
     
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    Beautiful! :)
     
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    Great write up and pictures. You make it hard to ride into work tomorrow. Now I want to take off and do something like that right now. Glad you were able to get that done safely and with no significant problems.
     
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    Great write up Epoch, no way I could ride that far,.....Burtland isn't long enough!:p
     
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    We travel pretty lightly. I had a backpack stuffed with first aid supplies, ID/documents, emergency tools, ear plugs, clothes, pit stick, Tylenol, and a toothbrush. I also have a small swingarm bag that holds my insurance, a throttle/brake lock, and a bottle of water or fuel. My father had the two saddlebags and the fork bag seen above stuffed with pretty much the same things. With his intention to stay in motels every night there was no need to haul camping gear and we just bring enough cash to eat wherever we stay.
     
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    What a great story and wonderful pics. Thanks for taking us along.
     
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    Just circle it a few times. :p:D I bet you can make 7 days of it.
     
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    I used to live down at Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell, so I know exactly what you mean! Another of my favorite areas is south of Grand Junction, CO through the canyons on CO 141. Pretty much anything between here and there is good too. ;)
     
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    What beautiful memories you will have later in life of you and your dad taking such a trip. To most people this would be a trip of a lifetime.
     
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    You are quite right and there is a way to do it. It has been done but not by me and now you made me think of it, it could be a good project for when I am up on two wheels again,............all I need do is follow the coastal route which is more than long enough. And here is an extract from good old Wiki to show ya!:p

    :)New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres (9,300 mi) of coastline making it the 9th longest in the world. The coastline borders the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The northern and southernmost points of the coastline on the two main islands are Surville Cliffs and Slope Point respectively.:eek:o_O

    There! See! Very do-able:cool::p:D:), now I have a goal to get better real quick, quit my job, win mega bucks on Lotto, pack Stephanie off to Sicily, Italy and the Comino Trail in Spain, book my tickets for the US, presend my Scout to one of you lot and then do another 9300 miles round America. So easy to do if you say if fast!:rolleyes:,.......whew! ,........I'm out f breath!
    Alpal
     
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    Wow!
    Beautiful!
    Totally euphoric!
    Thank you so very much for sharing this fantastic story of your travels!
     
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    That would be the @Alpal Hoka Hey!
     

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