Our 26th annual trek to Boise, Idaho, to celebrate the Blue Knights Spud Run will kick off Wednesday,May 23, 2018 with a meet and greet at the combination Chevron/Starbucks, 4490 Central Way, Fairfield, 94534. If you're a repeat offender, er rider, you know that we leave this premise at exactly 0800 so arrive early.
As we did in 2003, 2010 and 2015, 2018 will see us routed through Lakeview, Oregon, approximately 115 miles longer than riding the Winnemucca, Nevada, route to Boise, but more scenic. Interstates 80, 505 and 5 will deliver us to the excellent M & M Ranch House restaurant, 645 Antelope Blvd., Red Bluff 96080 (530 527 1420) for a 1000hrs. breakfast. There's a Valero gas station next door.
Onward bound on I-5 N, we'll head east on Ca-299 @ Redding and stop for gas and a quick break at the Chevron in Alturas where we pick up US-395 N to the Best Western Skyline Motel, 414 N. G St., Lakeview,Or. 97630 (541 947 2194) arriving around 1600. There is a Chevron Station across the street and this day's trip from Fairfield will be 385-390 miles. I have reserved 15 rooms at "variable" Government rates of $100.00 to $115.00 ea. (depending on # of occupancy and type of beds desired) for May 23rd and all reservations are in the "Blue Knights Block". Rooms must be reserved by 23 April or they revert back to the general public! A word of caution: This "good and clean" 2 story hotel has 38 rooms total, a decent indoor pool, is 2 blocks from a very good homestyle Mexican restaurant and is probably the best place to rest your head in Lakeview. As in prior trips, It will also be sold out ahead of our arrival! Further cause for alarm? I will be extending an olive branch invitation to the Sacramento 1, Napa 5 and Monterey 22 Blue Knights Chapters in addition to other LEO's to join in on our northeasterly foray; it's conceivable we could rent the whole damn motel. Do not procrastinate lest you be sleeping with fleas on a park bench in the boonies!
Lakeview will be in our rearview mirrors Thursday May 24 at 0800 as we head north on US-395 to the Chevron Station, 617 N Hwy (US) 20, Hines, Or. 97738. Gaze across the street to the Apple Peddler Restaurant (541 573 2820) and that's where we'll be feeding our faces around 1000hrs. Here, I hope to hook-up with 3-4 Oregon chapter (former?) friends likewise heading to Boise. After breakfast, it's 2.5 hours to cover the 136 miles on US-20 to the Chevron @ 1218 SW 4th Ave., Ontario, Or. 97914. Change your chronometers ahead to Mountain Time.
A 50 mile sprint on I-84 & I-184 will complete our 325 mile day and have us at the Riverside Hotel, 2900Chinden Blvd., Boise, Id. 83714. (208 343 1871) around 1600 Mountain time. Make your reservations for May 24, 25 & 26 with c/o on the 27th at this years rates of $93.00 single king, $103.00 double queen.
If you're new to this excellent adventure, the Riverside is upscale (moreso after last year's remodel), has 2 onsite restaurants, one of which is outdoors at the bar adjacent to the pool and features local afternoon and evening music entertainment. For a change of pace, Joe's Crab Shack is within crawling distance 75 yards south on the "Riverwalk". The hotel is a HUGE 2 story facility; the interior facing rooms around the pool area feature outdoor patios with the caveat of evening music noise and farther to carry your luggage. Many of the 1st floor exterior rooms open out to the parking lot and your bike. Because of regional youth sports activity in the area, our 150 or so participants will be a fraction of the patrons there so my recommendation is book early.
Sunday, May 27 we'll meet out front by the lobby and at 0800 drop the hammer for home. Interstates 184 & 84, state route 55 & US 95 take us to westbound I-80 at Winnemucca. Gas stops are Jordan Valley, McDermitt (where we'll eat at the Say When Restaurant) and Winnemucca. Note that this year, I will not be staying overnight in Fernley, Nv. Duties for the Municipal Motorcycle Officers of California (MMOC) dictate that 3 of us head to Minden, Nv. for a couple days of work. Our usual No Tel Motel is the Super 8, 1350 W. Newlands Dr., Fernley (775 575 5555). Call the often confused staff and ask for Blue Knights or Government rates if you're staying there. Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day.
Closing out this book, weather is always a crap-shoot. Cold, hot, wet or dry, all possible in the same day due to the mountainous valleys and ridge routes we'll ride. AccuWeather will serve as a general guide, at best. As always, do a pre-trip inspection on your bike, including tire condition and pressure, battery condition and terminal integrity and gas up the night before each day's ride.
Send me an email if you're joining us on our diabolical CA7 adventure.
Dennis Brown, His Own Self at: email@example.com
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