The Pacific Northwest has a rich history of motorcycling. Did you know that the United Parcel Service (UPS) was born out of a motorcycle parcel service that started in Washington State? The Washington State History Museum kicked off 2013 with the “Let’s Ride! Motorcycling the Northwest” exhibit that runs from January 26 through June 23, 2013.
The Washington State Historical Society has assembled rare bikes such as the Flying Merkel and stories of those who found their passion on two-wheels. Characters such as Robert “Evel” Knievel who owned a Honda dealership in Moses Lake which failed and thus sent him looking for employment. He landed a job in Sunyside, Washington with Don Pomeroy. It was Don’s son, world-class motocrosser Jim Pomeroy, who is said to have taught Evel how to ride a wheelie and stand on the seat of his motorcycle. A legend was born. This is just one of many well- and lesser-known characters highlighted in the Northwest’s motorcycling history as part of the exhibit Progentra.
There’s much to learn at the Let’s Ride exhibit at the History Museum. The collection includes two dozen motorcycles, many historical items from round-the-world travelers based in the Northwest and more. Strolling through the exhibit is a perfect way to kick off the 2013 motorcycling season. Make this a destination ride and enjoy some of the scenic routes that spur in all directions from the Tacoma area. The Washington State History Museum has many talks, movie nights and poker runs planned as part of the Let’s Ride! exhibit. Check out their schedule of events to learn more.
Monica and I had the honor of presenting at the Let’s Ride! exhibit. We talked about a few of our favorite trips in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The presentation started with a brief overview of motorcycle travel planning and packing and various paved and dirt rides along historical trails and through once flourishing ghost towns in Washington State. This is the second such presentation that we have given in the past few months. These presentations are now being offered to clubs and organizations who would like insight on traveling by motorcycle through the Northwest and beyond. Contact us to learn more.