The Perfect Weekend Motorcycle Ride in Washington

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Located in the North Western part of the United States, Washington State is a popular destination for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride, and if you are looking for some great places to enjoy a good meal, keep reading.

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Anatone, Washington is home to Boggan’s Oasis, the ride to get there is somewhat boring until you make it to the Canyon, which is home to the famous Rattlesnake Grade. People who are heading out for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride like the fact that you can go down on one side while making your way back up the other, turn right around and do it all over again.

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Boggan’s Oasis is next to the Grande Ronde River at 61376 Highway 129 and has rooms for rent and a mom and pop shop with a diner. Bikers who are on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride always stop for the milkshakes, which are supposed to be the best in the state. Other menu items include Hearty Skillet Breakfasts, Biscuits and Gravy, Homemade Chili and Chicken Fried Steak.

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If you are planning a Weekend Motorcycle Ride to Mt. St. Helens View Point, you have to stop by the Cougar Bar and Grill in Cougar, WA. Located at 16849 Lewis Road there are some great winding roads that lead you down to Highway 13 right alongside the Columbia River. The Cougar Bar and Grill serves up traditional American food, such as Clam Strips and Fries, Potato Skins with Nacho Cheese and out of this world Onion Rings. The décor is classified as, “Super Vintage,” with a potbelly stove to complete the picture.

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Woodinville, WA is home to the Forecasters Public House with both inside and outside seating areas. Perfect for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride pit stop, the Forecasters Public House has a great atmosphere and is located right across the street from the Chateau St. Michel Winery.

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I couldn’t stop staring at the menu, not to mention the choice of great brews brought to you by REDHOOK. I think we would have to eat more than one meal at the pub, as I couldn’t take my eyes off the Beer Baked Mac and Cheese and the Sausage Platter. Featuring German Sausage, Hot Link, and a Redhook ESB Bratwurst served with a side of House made Blonde Ale Cheese Sauce; it was more than enough for a meal. Other choice items on the menu at the pub located at 14300 NE145th St. include the Blackened Salmon Sandwich and the Blackhook Braised Shepherds Pie .

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A Weekend Motorcycle Ride wouldn’t be complete without having a meal at Whidbey Pies and Café. Smack in the middle of the Whidbey run at 765 Wonn Road in Greenbank, WA you can grab a bowl of Seafood Chowder, a classic Reuben Sandwich, or a grown up Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

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However, the real reason people stop here on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride is for the pie. With choices such as Salted Caramel Apple, Triple Berry, and Rhubarb, you will have to take a walk before you head out for the rest of your Weekend Motorcycle Ride.

Next week, Travels with Harley is heading out to Virginia for some more great places to stop on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride.

Motorcycle Road Trip Eats

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This week we promised to share some Motorcycle Road Trip Eats from California, and if you have been following our blog for over two years now, yes, that’s right two years, you would know that we always keep our promises.

Some of the best places to eat if you are on a Motorcycle Road Trip are those little out of the way places that only other riders know about, and that is surely the case, especially in California.

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Located on Main Street in Locke, Ca and about 60 feet from the river’s edge, Al the Wop’s was originally a Chinese restaurant that was built back in 1915. When Al Adami came into town he was the only non-Chinese establishment in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. Al bought the building from Lee Bing and brought all kinds of surprises to the patrons including cutting off ties and throwing money on the ceiling. Known for Steak and Pasta, Al the Wop’s is still operating serving up awesome dishes like Steak and Peanut Butter and Stinkey Fries.

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The Bear Republic Brewing Company is where you will want to head if you are on a Motorcycle Road Trip and craving a good brew pub. Healdsburg, Ca is home to what some call the best brews in Northern California including its famous IPA, Racer X. The Republic Brewing Company is located in the heart of Sonoma County and serves up some great food including Brewer’s Mac and Cheese with Dungeness Crab.

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The famous Black and Blue Flamed Grilled Burger and Garlic fries are meant to be out of this world. Oh, and don’t forget to try the Wild Game Chili with Wild Boar, Venison and Antelope Chorizo.

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If you enjoy seafood, you have to stop at Bill and Carols Sea Shanty on your next Motorcycle Road Trip. Bill and Carols Sea Shanty is on Highway 1 in Cayucos, CA and is a local favorite. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bill and Carols Sea Shanty is a great place to watch the sunset over the ocean.

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Everything on the menu sounds delicious including Calamari Strips and Thresher Shark. If Jim and I stopped in for breakfast I would definitely have to try the Crab Hash, tomato and Scrambled Eggs that comes served on an English Muffin topped with cheese. If it was for lunch, the charbroiled fish sandwich would be my choice.

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With so many great places to eat on a Motorcycle Road Trip it was tough to narrow it down to one more for this weeks blog, but after much research I decided to go with the one that I would most want to head to.

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The Deer Lodge in Ojai, California is a Motorcycle Road Trip destination for sure. With deer horns everywhere and a rustic feel, the Deer Lodge has been around since 1932 and is located on the Maricopa Highway.

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With such an incredible menu, that serves both lunch and dinner, you will want to have an appetizer, entrée, and of course dessert. For dinner I would start with the Grilled South Carolina Quail followed by the Pan Roasted Day Boat Scallops. For dessert? Well, I must say it would be tough, but I would have to go for the Butterscotch Pudding.

Next week we’re heading to Wyoming for some more Motorcycle Road Trip Eats.

Food for Thought on a Harley Davidson Road Trip

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If you follow our blog, you will know that when we go for a Harley Davidson Road Trip, the first thing that is usually on my mind is food, sometimes even more so than lodging, but that is something to consider as well. Jim and I have stayed in our fair share of less than appealing hotels, even those that get five star reviews; however, we will talk more about that in a future blog.

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When Jim and I take a Harley Davidson Road Trip, but don’t have a lot of time, we like to explore our own state of Missouri, and let me tell you, there are plenty of great eateries that cater to riders.

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Baylee Jo’s BBQ in Ironton, MO can handle lots of bikers on a Harley Davidson Road Trip. Situated at 1315 N. Highway 21, it’s got a large patio outside that has live music and can cater to big groups. The menu items are homemade and include everything from jalapeno poppers and onion petals to ribs, frog legs, and seafood platters. The menu is huge!

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The Bayou Bar and Grill is literally out in the middle of nowhere, but is a great destination if you are on a Harley Davidson Road Trip. The Cajun eatery is located in Pocahontas, MO and serves up everything from authentic catfish or chicken po’boy sandwiches to homemade gumbo and gator tail. Located at 6611 County Road this is a must stop if you are heading out on a Harley Davidson Road Trip, especially if you like live music.

The Lewis CafeThe Lewis Café is somewhat of a landmark here in the Midwest and has been doing its thing since 1938. The beef is all locally raised and the portions are huge, but be warned, you really need to save room for some homemade pie. The Lewis Café is perfect for biker groups on a Harley Davidson Day Trip with a huge parking lot right across the street at 145 Main St, St. Clair.

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The menu has some great food including the famous biscuits and gravy and chicken and dumplings. The daily specials are yummy as well with liver and onions on Mondays, a personal favorite, and ham hocks on Wednesdays.

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With so many great places to eat when you venture out on a Harley Davidson Road Trip I’m going to have to share more next week when we head out to California, my old stomping ground.

Must Try Harley Davidson Day Trips

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It’s getting hot and that means Harley Davidson day trips close to home. Jim and I like to get away for a few hours, and often turn our Harley Davidson day trips into weekend getaways.

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Washington State has some incredible Harley Davidson day trips that offer endless scenery and breathtaking views. Some of the great Harley Davidson day trips that you will find in Washington include the Green Valley Taco Run.

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A short 22 miles long, this great example of Harley Davidson day trips starts from Auburn, WA ending in Cumberland WA. You’ll travel through farmland before climbing up to Black Diamond. After you cross the Gorge Bridge, you will get some fantastic views of waterfalls along the  Green River.

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I don’t know if I would make it the entire 22 miles without stopping, as there are tons of fruit stands and even a slaughterhouse, which is supposed to have the most incredible elk jerky on the planet, apparently you can spot a few elk on the route as well. Travels with Harley

However, the best stop is at the end where you will find the Cumberland City Hall Saloon. It’s quite a popular out of the way spot with lots of riders who love the place, especially during the summer for beer and tacos.

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After doing some research, I found quite a few Harley Davidson day trips in Kansas and since it’s just one state over from our home in Missouri, we may attempt one or more of these Harley Davidson day trips in our neighboring state. Millions of years ago, Kansas was an inland sea that is now loaded with limestone and fossils.

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The Kansas historic Route 66 is 13.2 miles that begins on the Missouri and Kansas state line just west of Joplin in Missouri. Route 66 does not disappoint with plenty of scenery along the way including an original part of the famous Route 66 that includes the last remaining Marsh Arch Bridge. A stop at the 75-year-old Nelson’s Old Riverton Store, which is one of the oldest and most authentic in the country, is a must.

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Harley Davidson day trips are never complete, but that is especially the case if you head down to Texas. The Lone Star state is full of Harley Davidson day trips that are perfect for beginners and advanced riders.

The 21-mile Paris, Texas to Caddo National Grassland starts at Scotties Restaurant in Paris, where you can grab breakfast, before heading out to enjoy the beautiful scenery that includes grasslands and forests.

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Although it’s mostly picnic spots along the route at Coffee Mill Lake and Crockett Lake, you’re not far from Bonham where you can fuel up and have a good meal. Personally, I like the look of Muddbones Burgers and can’t wait to try the Old School Burger.

Next weeks Harley Davidson Road Trips? Alaska!

Planning the Perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip

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Summer is nearly here and that means planning the perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip. Jim and I are hoping to get away for a few days to enjoy the warmer weather, and of course, an awesome Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Some of the best places to ride on a Harley Davidson Road Trip are often the best-kept secrets, but Jim and I promise, if we find a hidden Harley Davidson Road Trip gem, it won’t be a secret for long.

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Before you go on a Harley Davidson Road Trip it is a good idea to do some research on the web. We like MotorcycleRoads.com as it offers maps, routes, and scenic Harley Davidson Road Trip suggestions.

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Another great resource for a Harley Davidson Road Trip is OpenRoadJourney.com. Here you will find motorcycle routes, advice from other riders and interesting articles. OpenRoadJourney.com even has a list of motorcycle events. If you are planning an overseas Harley Davidson Road Trip, you can’t go past EdelweissBike.com. The high-class motorcycle touring company has everything you need for the perfect overseas Harley Davidson road trip.

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SundayMorningRides.com is a great site that features submissions from registered users who like to share their own Harley Davidson Road Trip. The site has maps and even QR codes that help you access the site from you mobile device.

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Everything is bigger and better in Texas including a Harley Davidson Road Trip. I checked out some of the routes on the OpenRoadJourney.com site and have added quite a few to our Harley Davidson Road Trip list. Texas offers rider’s national forests, antique hot spots, well kept camping site secrets and historic sites. One of the first to catch my eye is the NW San Antonio to Fredericksburg, TX Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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The 175-mile Harley Davidson Road Trip offers lake, farmland and mountain views. Settled in 1846 by a German immigrant, Fredericksburg certainly holds on to its roots and is truly the shopping capital of the Texas Hill community with all kinds of different stores that you can enjoy during your Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Fredericksburg is loaded with eateries that certainly have my thoughts drifting towards a good meal. One place that I want to enjoy is called the Farm Haus Bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. Some of the items on the brunch menu include Eggs Hemmingway, Roasted Almond Belgian Waffles, and Farm Haus Quiche. They even have cottages on the property where you can stay after a long Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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While you are in Fredericksburg, you have to try an authentic German restaurant. Personally, I like the sounds of Altdorf Biergarten, which is located on West Main Street. This classic beer garden restaurant serves up authentic schnitzel and sausage dinners that come with red cabbage, sauerkraut and sweet and sour potatoes.

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Fredericksburg is also home to the National Museum of the Pacific War. Located on Main Street you can enjoy 34,000 square feet of allied and Japanese aircraft, guns, tanks and other large war artifacts that were used during the Pacific War.

Start planning the perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip and don’t forget to check out next week’s blog where we will share a few more secret places to head for a Harley Davidson Road Trip.