Highway 50, "The Loneliest Road in America." My wife and I this summer rode from Washington State to Lake Tahoe, and then took Highway 50 across Nevada, Utah, Colorado. Kansas, Missouri..... only left it somewhere near St. Louis..... I think that's somewhere near Monarch Pass. Wonderful road, wonderful ride.....That doesn't look like the Columbia River gorge but shares some of its characteristics. Where is that Jack?
I've been over a lot of passes on a lot of bikes, Beartooth, White Pass, Chinook, South Pass, Togwotee, Susten, Firka, Grimsel, Oberalp, Sella, Stelvio...... but Monarch Pass, elevation 11,312 feet (3,448 m), in Colorado..... Monarch ranks right up there, folks, right up there!Don't mean to brag about my true home where my blood bleeds blue and orange, but Colorado is where Route 50 starts getting gorgeous!
MONI, you need to relax and look around. The US is like visiting maybe 30 European countries, so saying you have ridden all of the right places in the US is a big accomplishment. I have spent some time in the French and Swiss alps along with drives through parts of Lichtenstein, Belgium, Northern Italy, the bavarian part of Germany and Austria. What I saw there was much like I saw in and around the rockies except that I was the only one who spoke english. I am somewhat fluent in French and can get by in German so I enjoy my time there. If you really want to experience Europe, it is not as expensive as you might think. So far I have been there 3 times for maybe $1500 per person each time, including a vehicle rental and air fare. No I did not rent a bike but I bet the costs would have been close. European car rentals are anything but cheap.Thus far Beartooth is my favorite of all of the ones in the U.S. that we have been over. There are still a few that we have yet to ride over. I'll probably never make it to any outside the states though.