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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 …

Rowena Crest (US Route 30)

Out on the east end of the Historic Columbia River Highway, is one of the best side-roads in the Columbia River Gorge. A twisty little bit of narrow two-lane weighing in at just under 15 miles, this highway climbs up and down the side of Rowena Crest with a trio of 3 seperate sets of …

Old Highway 8 (off Washington State Route 14)

Ok, I’ll admit it. The twisty quotient on Washington Route 14 has a bit of a tendency to be less than stunning once you’re east of the Cascades. It definitely drops down to high-speed sweepers east of Stevenson, but this road might provide a wee bit of welcome diversion if you’re not in an all-fired …

Idaho State Route 5

If one were forced to describe Idaho roadways with but one word, there’s no better choice than ‘Solitude’. Having ridden down and around the “interesting” side of Lake Coeur d’Alene, I needed to get back over to the highway to find my way down to the Lewiston and then Rattlesnake Grades. Idaho Route 5 provided …

Old US 30 @ Emigrant Hill

Coming up out of LaGrande at Exit 248, you can still experience part of the Old US 30 highway before Interstate 84 was gouged out of the rocks of the Blue Mountains. The hills up here are very dry and rugged. The east end of the roadway comes up off the Interstate at 3400′ and …