I’m talking about the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally in Baker City, Oregon.
The king of the curve! And it all happens on July 12-15th.
The U.S. Government named Hells Canyon a national wilderness area which protects the canyon into the future, but the real essence of the area is in its native American past. It’s home to the Nez Perce and for hundreds of years the area belong to a proud people. Today their spirit lives on as you ride in the area.
I’ve been to the Hells Canyon a number of times and it seems like I uncover more motorcycle riding treasures on each trip. There is fantastic scenery, friendly people and wonderful roads. I have not, but many riders have ridden all of the motorcycle rally routes and yet they still return looking for more.
The Little Dragon (188 corners in 14 miles) demands it, but all the roads require that you bring your “A” game, because the challenging twisty roads offer up a great experience to those who conquer them.
The best news is that the rally was pushed out a month or so last year after having a couple years of questionable weather. Hey, I like rain as much as the next guy, but standing around the tent heaters was the last straw for me and I for one am thankful they moved the date to a timeframe when you can count on the weather being awesome.
It will be nice to walk around in shorts in downtown Baker City and check out main street, the Corner Brick, The Geiser Saloon and old town cafes. I hope to see you there.
Photo courtesy of HCMR