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Oregon State Route 53

Everyone that’s persevered sufficiently to read much of my writing knows that I’ve got a thing for old roads. New roads are fun and they’re fast, but they don’t satisfy me unless they have a bit of history behind them. This one doesn’t sound spectacular, but it’s a great little road that usually gets you …

Quincy-Mayger Loop

Northwestern Oregon is a treasure trove of fantastic motorcycle roads. Many of the roads are very mountainous in nature with lots of fir trees and log trucks. This one, on the river side of US30 is a bit different. This one runs through a still hilly but far more agricultural and bucolic settings than the …

Scappoose-Vernonia Highway

This road is one of the favorites of the local Portland riders. Rather easy to tell really, since I saw a half-dozen riders on this road in 10 minutes and that was more than I’d seen in the previous 3 hours. This road starts up at the top near the quasi-hamlet of Pittsburg and comes …

Oregon Route 214

Oregon Route 214 may not be the sportbike-haven that you get in the mountains on side of the Willamette Valley, but there’s enough curves to go around and plenty to see and do along this highway. In Mount Angel, you can visit a Germanic-style Benedictine monastery and stop for comestibles at the Mt. Angel Brewing …

Oregon Route 540 ‘Cape Arago Highway’

Out along the Oregon Coast, on the tidewater side of US101, the intrepid motorcyclist can find the Cape Arago Highway. This highly scenic roadway begins at the west end of Newmark Avenue in Charleston, Oregon at Empire Boulevard and follows the edge of Coos Bay out to the South Slough Bridge after which 7 Devils …