I previously blogged about how miserable, weather wise the rally was this year. And Steve & Eric Folkestad tapped out.
Meaning they surrendered to the weather and the public outcry and decided to move the date of the annual event.
It’s a smart move given the weather over the last 3 years has prevented this rally from achieving its full potential. The new dates for the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally are now July 12-15, 2013. Mark your calendar because the Devil’s Tail with hundreds of curves, blue sky and t-shirt warm temps will be a spectacular view.
Speaking of the Devil’s Tail — it can easily lull you into a catatonic state-of-mind during the 20+ miles of curves and may let your attention drift off the road. Don’t let it!
And speaking of attention span, during this years rally around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday June 9th, at milepost 17, on the Idaho Power Road leading to Hell’s Canyon Dam one person was killed and another injured after the two motorcyclists collided. I was talking with a person (name withheld) later in the day about the accident… as their group was the first to come up on the accident and it looked like a sport bike failed to stay in his lane and traveled left of the double yellow center line, where it collided with the other motorcycle. Life Flight was called in, but John S. McCree, 68, of Port Orchard, Washington later died from his injuries. According to law enforcement reports it didn’t appear that weather or alcohol was a factor in this crash. This same group also came up on a sport bike accident a couple hours later on that same road.
The above motorcycle accident along with the one on Highway 7 which occurred just 11 days earlier make this one of the deadliest starts to the “summer” riding season for the Baker City area. My thoughts and prayers are with the McCree, Mohrland, and the Currey families.
Photos taken by author