Chase the Snake, 2015
Chase the Snake is a lightly organised motorcycle ride around SE Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Riders from the area congregate in Pullman, WA on Friday night, spend Saturday enjoying the great motorcycle roads in the area before dinner at a farm. Sunday is for riding back home.
The snake in this case is the Snake River. The event started when one of the locals decided to try riding every crossing of the Snake River. Others thought it a grand idea, and the tradition has continued.
After 9/11, many of the crossings have been closed, as they are over dams. Nonetheless, the roads are great, the scenery excellent and the company sublime.
The first video covers the ride from Seattle, the second the the ride day itself, and the third is the ride home taking a liesurely 2 days on a longer route.
Three Ride Videos
Chase the Snake Day 1: ride Seattle to Pullman
Chase the Snake is named after the Snake River in SE Washington State, and forms part of the border between Idaho and Oregon and Washington. The route is mostly on back roads, showing the change of climate from the west side with its copious rain to the dry climate of Eastern Washington.
Chase the Snake Ride Day
The day for riding around south east Washington state, including Idaho and Oregon. Includes Wawawi Grade, Old Spiral Highway, Asotin Grade, Rattlesnake Grade, then to Enterprise, Oregon for fuel (bike and human) and return before heading to dinner at the farm.
Ride back to Seattle via Leavenworth
Sunday afternoon often has slow moving traffic crossing the Cascade Mountains, so I decided to spend the night at Leavenworth. So north from Pullman then west via Quincy to Leavenworth for the night, then up the Tumwater Canyon next morning, with very little traffic!