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Old 02-11-2011, 07:43 AM   #16
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Oh YES. You really do want to find that road
I mean really kick ass, real adventure stuff .
70mph dirt roads for miles, and then 1st gear muddy rut manuevers for miles, and lots of in-between, for miles, and miles.
And NO PEOPLE for miles.

And definitely use Ladukabob's link (you quoted above) to the Horse Heaven Mines and Ghost towns, it will add some fun.

DO NOT go ride it when it is wet, or has been wet recently.
I picked a reasonably dry day, and it was big time rut city in many places from the ranch trucks going through all winter to feed their cattle.
There is no gravel there, and while mud can be fun, it will get a bit tiring after 70 miles of it.



Oh yes, I rode. And rode and rode.
It was just a bit colder for the start than last Thursday was, so I hung out in Government camp for an extra 1/2 hour,
and had an extra cup of coffee while the road thawed a bit.
The long road to Twickenham was really fun, and I WILL post a proper report.
I'm thinking of camping at Wildcat or Whistler Campground and exploring the area for a few days, probably need the weather to warm up a bit though. Would June be too early?
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:20 AM   #17
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I'm thinking of camping at Wildcat or Whistler Campground and exploring the area for a few days, probably need the weather to warm up a bit though. Would June be too early?
I sure wanted to stay overnight, and ride more the next day.
The only parts that were cold were from Parkdale to Warm Springs (8am - 10:30 am) and back that evening (5:30pm - 7:30pm).
From 10:30 to 5:30 it was reasonably warm (high 40s), very sunny and absolutely beautiful.
I'd say it was perfect, right now in February; no dust, very low mud, and plenty warm.
But this February is wierd. Camping overnight would have been cold, however.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:38 AM   #18
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I sure wanted to stay overnight, and ride more the next day.
The only parts that were cold were from Parkdale to Warm Springs (8am - 10:30 am) and back that evening (5:30pm - 7:30pm).
From 10:30 to 5:30 it was reasonably warm (high 40s), very sunny and absolutely beautiful.
I'd say it was perfect, right now in February; no dust, very low mud, and plenty warm.
But this February is wierd. Camping overnight would have been cold, however.

Hmmm, I get a week off from school the last week of March maybe this is just the adventure I need to clear my head of all the trials and tribulations of day to day life and get back to whats really important. I think I'll keep an eye on the weather. So anyone else up for an adventure between school terms?
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:07 AM   #19
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I dont care that you had a great ride with amazing scenery really I dont
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:19 AM   #20
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I'll just abandon the other thread in favor of this one. I was supposed to head out to the dry side with Apple Jam yesterday. Sunny and cold in the picturesque urban sprawl of the Tualatin Valley, but everything was different the other side of the tunnel. The farther I went on 84 the foggier and more bone chilling it got. Then heading up the hill from Wood Village toward 26 the fog started to freeze on my shield.

Yup, I admit it. I am a card-carrying, certified, died in the wool, unapologetic wimp when it comes to cold. And I don't have heated gear. So I stopped in Gresham to warm up and have some breakfast hoping the fog would magically lift and kick the temperature up 10 degrees. No such luck. I talked to Apple Jam who was in Gov't Camp who said he had to ride through a few miles of packed snow to get there. I ain't into that shit. Being that I'm also coming down with a cold I decided it would be best to stay warm for the day.

It was a nice ride in rush our traffic to Gresham for breakfast. But I was glad to get back to the still sunny and idyllic west side suburbs.


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Old 02-12-2011, 08:31 AM   #21
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Ashwood, here I come......

Get gas in Madras, bring extra food, and be prepared to spend the night if something happens.
You're not going to see anyone for the next 70 miles of dirt road

Find "B" street at the North end of Madras, head East, and just keep going.
It starts out on this freshly graded (I saw the grader that day) gravel road.
If you look back towards Madras, you see this:


The gravel ends pretty quickly, and the road becomes dirt. Good Dirt. No dust dirt, this time of year.
Keep going past the cattle ponds, and you see just a bit of painted hills



after about 10 miles of decent dirt road, you get to rutville.
You DO NOT want to ride this road in the mud, when it's been wet.

Fortunately, the rancher trucks that drive here in Winter are not shod with aggressive treads, and the ruts they leave are smooth bottomed, and fairly easy to follow when it dries up.
I went pretty slow for a long ways here, this big bike likes to fall over rather than climbing over the ruts


You'll follow this nasty rutted road for 5ish miles or so down the hill into Ashwood.
This sign shows mileage for the shortcuts back to civilization.
I went the long way, and stayed away from it all.
Ashwood today is a small community of 6 or so families, and this old church





Next up is Donnybrook......
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:45 AM   #22
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That looks fun, even with the ruts. Keep it coming I think this thread is going to give me some ideas
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:50 AM   #23
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you and me both LB... I was thinking this would be a nice little trip...

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Old 02-12-2011, 08:56 AM   #24
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Hmmm, I get a week off from school the last week of March maybe this is just the adventure I need to clear my head of all the trials and tribulations of day to day life and get back to whats really important. I think I'll keep an eye on the weather. So anyone else up for an adventure between school terms?
Duh...OK. I'd do this trek again in a heartbeat.
You're getting it figured out, this is what's really important for me.
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I talked to Apple Jam who was in Gov't Camp who said he had to ride through a few miles of packed snow to get there. I ain't into that shit.
That is scary shit, but easier and more predictable to do than greasy mud, actually.
Mud squishes and pushes your front tire around; it's rather unpredictable.
On packed snow, you just go freaky 25-35 mph slow at 2,000rpm, and don't give you bike ANY input. No steering, leaning only, and no gas; just lug that bitch. When the front tire gets a bit of understeer and slips, just let the bike stay upright and lean a bit into the slip.
Try your hardest to keep a loose grip on the bars (that part is hardest), and go slow enough that falling won't hurt as much !!
And then clench up fookin' tight

That said, mud is not nearly as freaking scary as riding that packed icy crap on top of hard pavement.
I felt like a stoopid dork to be out on that road, but I made it OK.
Fortunately, there was NO traffic on Hwy 35 at 8am, so nobody was on my ass.
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The dirt between Ashwood and Donnybrook is an awesome and fast (60-70mph easy), smooth and non dusty sweet dirt road with not a speck of gravel to fuck it up. I expect by Summer, though, that the dust would be thick. But in February, it was packed tight and clean.
I didn't get any pictures until Donnybrook, that road was that good.

Don't expect much from Donnybrook, all that's left is the schoolhouse, with somebody's "this generation" home right next to it.




Into the next gully past here, I started to notice the old dead Junipers were all dead and fallen down, all fallen in the same direction, like they were BLOWN down, all at the same time....



It was kind of bizarre, and this went on for several miles.
Uprooted from shallow roots, and all blown down the same direction.
There's a story there that I'd like to ask some old-timer about someday over a beer

The road is great through this stretch, fun and twisty, as I get to my first of three creek crossings.
This creek was small, and still a little frozen on the edges, but easy




After a few more miles, I stop to look back at the sweet road I just rode....

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Old 02-12-2011, 09:28 AM   #26
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All the old mining areas up to here were all hidden behind Rancher's gates and clearly posted "No Trespassing".
You can see a few piles of dirt & rock here and there, but no cool mining stuff.

At Horse Heaven, you can see old mine structures for the first time.
Still well posted, but there is plenty to see from the road.





Here, there are huge piles, and plenty of evidence of strip mining up the hill.
It's going to take a long time for the earth to recover from this.
But nobody's lived here for a long ime, so nobody cares .





Next up is Cherry Creek Ranch.
Right after I have some breakfast
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Duh...OK. I'd do this trek again in a heartbeat.
You're getting it figured out, this is what's really important for me.
This is my new drug, except that I get to remember this stuff for the rest of my life

Me to my friend I'm 22 years clean, riding motorcycles and adventuring like this is what keeps me wanting to stay that way.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:08 AM   #28
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YES! Places I've never been. Places I wanna see!












Backroad junkie here...need more input. Hiya AJ!
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:16 AM   #29
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Nice ride report and pics! I am in on the next one (work permitting)
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Cherry Creek Ranch

As I cruise along these roads, I'm basically in the middle of nowhere.
I come around a corner and see this big, new and colorful, 8x6 foot sign.
I think, WTF? a billboard, really? Out here?

Well, almost:

Cherry Creek Ranch
DO NOT leave the road for the next 6-1/2 miles
this ranch is regularly patrolled
Violators will be Prostituted


or something like that....

It's not like it was ugly up until now, but the scenery started getting nicer and nicer.
Greener, more trees, and more hills, valleys, cliffs, and general ruggedness



In the valley of this ^^^^^ picture, I come to my third creek crossing.
This one's a little bigger, but smooth bottomed, and no problem for KaTy M.
I got my boots wet here, though....



This Ranch is beautiful. Well fenced, well trimmed and irrigated.
If I ever won the lottery, and wanted to leave society and become a Hermit Rancher, this just might be the place



Right out of a episode of "Bonanza".
Without the bad guys .

The cows have it pretty good here:



I still haven't seen any people since I left Madras.......

I could live here .
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