Except for the necessary section of I-5, there are some great riding roads on the trip. Once you get to Christmas Valley, Oregon, the ride is becomes just the quickest way to get to Burns, OR. Scenery doesn't change much on that last stretch, but it's nice open dry country. This was planned out as an alternate way to get from the Redding, CA area to the John Day, OR area on the Hippo's Tour ride.
This is one of my favorites loops. You start in the Columbia River Gorge and end in the Gorge. It is amazing how quickly the scenery changes, since you move quickly through the climatic shift from Western Washington to Eastern Washington. The Gorge makes this possible without actually crossing over the Cascade Mountain Range, since the Gorge simply cuts right through them. You also get some of the changes going from the near-sea-level Columbia River at the bottom of the Gorge up through the hills to a large plateau of farms and ranches that have a dead-on view of Mt. Adams. When you get up there, you feel like you're in a completely different part of the Country, maybe Montana. Then it's on to the dry side of the State down switch-backs into and back out of the beautiful Klickitat River Canyon. From there you ride across an arid plain, then wind back down to the Klickitat River following it all the way back to the Columbia River Gorge. This route has all the twists and turns you can ask for, nice long straights, and beautiful scenery. But the most amazing part is the variation; it's like you've travelled a full day in less than three hours.
This is a ride put together by a group--primarily--from the Vancouver, WA area. We wanted a bit of everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer: Pacific Coast, big rivers, little rivers, canyons, plenty of lakes, great twisting mountain roads, arrid plains with great vistas and long sweeping turns, and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We also wanted minimal freeway riding and no big cities. It is a four day trip, with a daily average of 350 miles, providing flexibility for side trips. It also takes you through areas allowing for, both, camping and lodging.