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Portland to Ogden ,,,which highways.

Old 06-25-08, 02:46 PM
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Portland to Ogden ,,,which highways.

I'm actually starting in Olympia Washington but need advice on routes from Portland to Ontario and on into Idaho. The Columbia River Hwy (30) is good as far as Pendleton. From there it is ride I84 or various and intermittent frontage roads. I'm not afraid to ride some Interstate shoulder but it is damn loud and annoying. I'll do it for good reason.. Highway 30 wanders around a bit also. I could take 26 and cross the state or 395 out of Pendleton and connect up with 26. I'm looking for the best route through Oregon and Idaho. Any Help? I haven't driven the smaller highways so your input is very welcome.
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Have you thought about contacting bike clubs? You know P-town is a large bike friendly city w/clubs. Boise isn't (I live here), but maybe there's someone in one of the bike groups who has done your route. Also contact bike shops. Aas for the noise, would ear inserts help any? Also, there's a very steep climb around Baker City that can get foggy, so be careful. If you need more info on the Boise area, let me know. travelinhobo@yahoo
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My current thought is to ride along the columbia to Arlington than head south through Condon down to 26 and then head west through Dayville, John Day, Unity, Ontario and than Boise. Idaho has a lot of side roads that connect the dots pretty well. Riding down to Snowville there is a parallel hwy. (81?) and dont know if there is much service on that road.
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Actually, the Columbia River Route - US 30 - is overlaid at points by I-84, requiring you to ride on the interstate - safe, legal in Oregon, but not the greatest. There's WA 14 on the north side of the river with state parks at convenient intervals, but it has much more traffic than it used to have. OR 224 southeast out of Portland to Timothy Lake is wonderful. (Make sure to take the old road out of Estacada past the dam) From Timothy Lake you cut over the Cascades to US 26 - actually a little lower than the pass on US 26.

As for Boise, there is no good paved road southeast except for riding I-84 - bleah. If you are doing this in mid summer, then the Snake River Plains can be VERY hot. One option from Ontario is to continue due east thru Emmett, Garden Valley, and Stanley - then head southeast thru Ketchum, Shoshone, and Rupert. Otherwise, I'd head due south from Ontario on OR 201 to Homedale - then take ID 78 thru Murphy to Glenns Ferry (HOT).

In southeastern Idaho, ID 37, ID 38, and ID 36 are nice from American Falls to Weston. Or you can take ID 77/81 south from Burley to the Utah line, continue on UT 42 just over the border, then zig back into Idaho to Holbrook and ID 38 per above. These roads are all very, very lightly travelled.

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