The weather here in Southern Oregon is getting nice again so we thought it would be a good time to have a look in our backyard for things to see and do by motorcycle. So let’s travel Oregon by motorcycle.
Near the California border:
Coming over the I-5 northbound one of the first towns you come to is Ashland, Oregon. Ashland is a funky college town with a lot of variety. It’s also a very pretty town with a gorgeous park (Lithia Park) and a Shakespeare festival that runs from about February through October. It’s a nice town to stop in if you have been riding for a while, especially coming over the Siskiyou summit (which according to ODOT is one of the worse stretches of the I-5.)
Moving on past Ashland the next significant town is Medford. It’s a good place to stock up on supplies as they have quite a few stores and there are some motorcycle places too, should you need some gear.
Take exit 55 to Grants Pass if you want to get to the coast quick. It only takes about two hours and you are at one of the most beautiful coastlines around. The town of Brookings has many pull outs for pictures and a lot of easily accessible beaches. One beach we really love is Lone Ranch beach (even the name is great). With so many nice beaches, if you are going to the coast, do a little research here: traveloregon.com.
If you stay on the I-5 and head for Roseburg and hit highway 138 you will be rewarded with loads of waterfalls to see. There are the more popular ones like Toketee falls but there are also some hidden gems too. It’s best just to take your time on the road and enjoy the scenery. Do be prepared, though, that some of the parking lots can be congested when the weather is nice. It’s also a good idea to check out the BLM brochure before you go: www.blm.gov. Their brochure has conveniently listed the trail difficulty along with the distance and a map of the waterfall locations.
This is just a quick tour of our home state. If you do decide to tour the great state of Oregon on your motorcycle, throw a Throttle Rocker on your bike for extra comfort.