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Old 07-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #31
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Thumb HR Bridge

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The bridge from White Salmon to Hood River is an adventure.
A very long grated deck that on it's own is perfectly negotiable, if a little unnerving.
The side gusts are what make this bridge attention grabbing.
This area is famous for the windsurfing and I'm hit by late afternoon gusts of at least 20-30 mph while trying to track the grate.
Great fun - who needs caffeine?
Great report and photos!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks the Hood River bridge is a little sketchy when crossing in the wind...

My wife and I made the ride from the Stonehenge memorial to Hood River over the Memorial Day weekend and we really enjoyed WA14 instead of the mad dash on I-84.
There is nothing quite like riding in the Gorge, thanks for sharing your trip!
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:32 PM   #32
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September in the PNW

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I enjoyed your report and the terrific pictures. I'm planning a Sept trip looping from AZ to Montana then west to Wash and Oregon before turning south to ride HWY 1 to LA then back to Scottsdale AZ. I hope to be able to include your route in my trip.

Thanks it looks like you had a great trip.
have a grea trip

The PNW is a beautiful corner of the world.
Check the weather if you're coming in September
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #33
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Great report and photos!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks the Hood River bridge is a little sketchy when crossing in the wind...

My wife and I made the ride from the Stonehenge memorial to Hood River over the Memorial Day weekend and we really enjoyed WA14 instead of the mad dash on I-84.
There is nothing quite like riding in the Gorge, thanks for sharing your trip!
Cheers,

14 is the way to go - definitely.

I would take the Hood River bridge again if necessary, but would more likely plan a route around it.
I might try to take the swerving back and forth method as suggested earlier if faced with something similar.
I don't think I would brave the HR bridge in the wind and the wet at the same time.


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Old 07-09-2012, 06:55 PM   #34
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facing the wind

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Yeah, I did that in Nevada. Wind from the side at a constant 30+, occasional gusts over 50. I'm doing 75, that should minimize the deflection due to my greater speed.

Comes a point one is simply over-educated and lacking in experience.

End result, shit just happens a lot quicker!

yeah, i was conservative in estimating the winds, myself.
there's no doubt in my mind that i was being subjected to combined forces well over 100mph at times.
going faster just increases the force at the point of impact.
it does increase the momentum of the total rider/bike package.
what I found at the extremes was that the rider/bike connection was the weak link in the equation.
the wind was almost pushing the bike out from underneath me - kinda fun, but kinda hairy at the same time.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #35
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You need to try my SV down there in the wind. It simply does not care. Knifes right through it. I noted that in Nevada coming in from Lk Mead / Boulder City to Vegas. My DR was getting blown all over and the 800 Interceptor one lane over was steady as a rock. Not a wobble.

We should take the DR's on a ride down to Hells Canyon. Hell's Canyon will be fine.

Getting there,... Heh-heh, that's gonna be a different story.

Looks like a nice ride, wish I'd have gone too. Would have shown ya a better campground down there and some of the brew pubs in Hood River I've frequented while kayaking the Klickitat. And the road up the Klick' for that matter.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:21 PM   #36
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Side Winds and Bike Profiles

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You need to try my SV down there in the wind. It simply does not care. Knifes right through it. I noted that in Nevada coming in from Lk Mead / Boulder City to Vegas. My DR was getting blown all over and the 800 Interceptor one lane over was steady as a rock. Not a wobble.

We should take the DR's on a ride down to Hells Canyon. Hell's Canyon will be fine.

Getting there,... Heh-heh, that's gonna be a different story.

Looks like a nice ride, wish I'd have gone too. Would have shown ya a better campground down there and some of the brew pubs in Hood River I've frequented while kayaking the Klickitat. And the road up the Klick' for that matter.
I think the profile of the vstrom and my cargo setup makes it particularly sensitive to side winds.
The high center of gravity, combined with the large cross section and relatively light weight work against it.

I could see the SV650 performing better in those conditions.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:53 AM   #37
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Nice report . Went that way a year ago , had a blast . Nice bike , BTW . Here is a picture I took over by Vantage that gives good perspective .
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #38
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Nice report . Went that way a year ago , had a blast . Nice bike , BTW . Here is a picture I took over by Vantage that gives good perspective .
Thanks Gramp,

good to hear from another local vstrom rider - we're not far from each other.
that photo does give some good perspective.

checked out your ride reports - good stuff
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