Well, I’m planning another very short scooter trip. Maybe 600 miles and only three days. It’s hardly Scoot 66, but it’s got US routes and old alignments of roads. Railroads too! It’s very much a trip that I would take.
The First Leg (click to see the map)
This will take me out US 2 and over Stevens Pass. I’ve done this before, but very quickly and had no chance to explore it at all. I’ll stop in a few towns and trace some old, original alignments over the pass. There’s even an abandoned railroad tunnel to explore around!
I’ll follow Route 2 to Coulee City, again finding some original alignments and old stage roads to pass my time. I’m hoping that I can find a place to camp around Coulee City.
The Second Leg (click to see map)
North of Coulee is some really beautiful country and hopefully I’ll be able to check that out too with a quick trip to Steamboat Rock. From there, back down WA 155 to WA 17 south, which looks really lovely and, like the area around Steamboat Rock, is part of the Coulee Corridor. From there, it’s WA 26 (Old US 295/Vantage Highway).
I’ll hit WA 821 in Ellensburg, following Canyon Road, which is old US 97. It looks fun as it winds along the Yakima River and bypasses two abandoned tunnels.
Yakima will probably be my home for the night.
The Third Leg (again, click to see map)
From there, it’s Old Naches Highway, which looks fun and may be old US 12 (though I have no idea). After that, I could rejoin present US 12 or stay with WA 410 (formerly US 410) and head through Mt. Rainier National Park.
Either way, I’ll then skirt the metro area using old roads that used to be highways (including the Yellowstone Highway) before the city crept east, winding up back in Seattle the next day.
This will be done on the Vespa GTS250, Ruby, the same scooter I took on Scoot 66. I have no doubt that she’ll do fine. It’s not even 700 miles.
So anyway, those are the plans for one 3 day trip. Shouldn’t be too difficult to pull that off. The next trip to plan is heading west to the Pacific.