Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
31Trip End Sep 2008
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We sit out on his front porch, enjoy the day, catch up with each other a little and I take advantage of his knowledge of local roads and motorcycles to discuss my route north. He has some recommendations and offers to ride with me.
We leave his home and go past Multnomah Falls on the I84. This has to be one of the most beautiful falls around. We cross the Columbia River into the state of Washington at the Bridge of the Gods and I watch a barge through the metal grating of the bridge as it navigates the Columbia
Frank and I part company at an overlook with a great view of Mt. St. Helens, the top of which is shrouded in clouds. He heads back home to Portland and I continue north enjoying being off the freeway as the bike does its ballet through dense forest and I try to keep a sharp eye out for deer; deadly animals when they leap in front of a motorcycle. It's dusk and this is prime time for deer to be out.
I'm a little apprehensive about finding a place to spend the night since it's Labor Day weekend and most campsites have been filled. I pull into a National Forest Service campground but make a quick U turn when I spot the "campground full" sign. I continue on through the town of Randle and just west of Randle I check out a campground a few miles south of Highway 12 - the Cowlitz Campground. They initially tell me they only have RV sites with hookups but after verifying I'll only be there one night and that I'm alone (not the advance party for a large group of motorcycles) I take their last open tent spot which is only available for the one night. It's an absolutely beautiful spot as you can see from the attached picture.