Dallas to Oceanside Brit & Euro Ride

August 2004

Report by Colin Freestone

Saturday, August 21, 2004 saw this year's annual Dallas to Oceanside British & European Ride event.

Around 70 bikes assembled in the Town Square in Dallas, OR ready for the ride to the coast. Weather was pleasant enough in the Willamette Valley with morning temperatures around 70. Moto Guzzis, Triumphs, BMW's and Ducatis dominated the mix of machines with a sprinkle of one or two Japanese specials and Harleys. Of note were a white Royal Enfield of Indian provenance and two beautfully restored original Norton Commandos.

Some took  a direct route to the coast; most took the the twisties in the woods on the Willamina / Gilbert / Bible Creek Access Road from Willamina to Beaver. This route is all paved, unlike the Meadowlake Road which joins it from the east running out of Carlton, which has a 3 mile stretch of gravel. If only the remainder of the road down to Beaver were consistent with the outstanding surface and curves of the remade section. Well, get your kicks while you can and take it easy on the rough stuff...

After gassing up in Beaver, the author's group took the southerly route through Pacific City and then north to Oceanside for a few extra scenic miles and the opportunity to take a shot or two of our day by the sea.

In Oceanside, the tiny main street was jammed with noisy machinery and the eateries jammed with hungry bikers. A few spots of rain turned to a steady drizzle and finally the first real rain we've seen for months. It's easier to keep your spirits up when the company is good and the temperatures are clement. After lunch, we hit the road back to Portland where it dried up west of the Coast Range, but not for long. An hour or two after our return the freak weather made its way into the valley and looks set to continue into the east of the state.

'Singin' in the rain...'

Ride Photos & Parking Lot Gems   Top

Dallas Town Square - the storm gathers

The flight line at Cape Kiwanda

The 'strip' in Oceanside. Bikes line the street in the tiny seaside town