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Old 08-22-2012, 12:17 AM   #196
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Originally Posted by EdGear View Post
Brents347 - The PCQ route from Truckee north sounds pretty amazing from the ride report you linked in. It seemed to take them 4 days to get to Bend. Do you know ways around the trouble sections and dead ends they ran into?

I never read the whole report! So I don't know of the trouble spots or dead ends. I do know that I rode from Truckee to Old Station in one day (days 7 and 8 for them) and it wasn't that hard. There was one spot where we got 'lost' on some Sierra Pacific Industries land. We just couldn't make link the GPS route to the roads we were on. Eventually, using the GPS, we were wble to make things connect and ride on out. Maybe 30 minutes lost. We also rode it in June of 2011 and there was a TON of snow. We lost alot of time in the Gold Lake area. Maybe another 90 minutes or more. And also, as it gets later in the day you can always hop out to the road at one of the very many crossings and make up some miles.

The fires, now that may be another issue. Using the PCQ maps and fire maps from the internet, it looks like the section from Quincy to lake Almanor and the section of Hwy 89 through Lassen park could be in question.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:13 AM   #197
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Be ready for some hot dry weather in central Oregon. We are having one of worst summers as far as rain goes in sometime. Lots of dusty trails and roads. All we can do is hope some of the thunder storms drop a lot of rain and not much lightning. We have already had over a million acres burn here. Grim. Riding will still be fun, just dusty.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #198
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Originally Posted by brents347 View Post
For you Bay area/NorCal guys looking for a route up to Bend, check out the Pacific Crest Quest. I have ridden this from Yosemite to the Oregon border and it is a good, big bike friendly ride. Lots of dirt North of Truckee. Good 950 roads with some pavement that is mostly paved forest service type stuff.

Check it out here;

Last time we rode it, we went from Truckee to well above Lassen NP in one day (you have to slab on Hwy 89 through Lassen). We will do that again this time, stopping at Medicine Lake to camp and then heading on to Bend the next day.

From I-80/Truckee on up to Oregon is days 7,8,9 of the Quest.

I am thinking that we will be going up this way on Wed./Thurs. to arrive in Bend on Thurs. evening.
Hey! I've got a group coming up from SF, I was thinking of trying to get as far as the Klamath Falls area, but Medicine Lake looks like a good destination too.

Any interest in meeting up and ring up to Bend as a group on Thursday?


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Old 08-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #199
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:42 AM   #200
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Don't think I missed it from earlier in the thread - anyone riding out from Salt Lake City? Any interest joining up?

Could also meet in Idaho somewhere.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:12 PM   #201
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Damn! Folks are coming from all over!
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:59 PM   #202
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Do you need to sign up before the rally for test rides? Or can we do this once we get there
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:11 PM   #203
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #204
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My route to Bend

Day 1 Fernley NV to Lakeview OR

Day 2 Lakeview OR to Bend OR

I want to Leave out Wed morning arriving Thursday afternoon.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:47 PM   #205
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I'm planning on doing this but can't leave Reno before Thursday afternoon.
Probably slab it to Medicine Lake or Kalamath Thursday night.
May camp or motel

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Old 08-27-2012, 04:14 PM   #206
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Anyone riding from Spokane?

I'll be leaving Saturday or Sunday arriving at Hood River by Tuesday for the Great Apple Trail to Bend
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #207
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We can meet up. I need to figue out this camping thing.
You cats riding up from the LA area? I'm planning on heading out Wednesday morning, possibly Tuesday night to get some slab covered. I've gotta be back by Monday night, I can haul it home solo if thats too fast. Lemme know.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:49 PM   #208
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Fire Closures

There are several current and past fires in California, Oregon and Nevada that may get in the way of your route planning.

You can go to: click on incident and search by incident name if you know it, or by state.

A partial list of closures, check the areas you want to ride through. These block some of th eroutes I was looking into.

The "Reading" fire has closures of all off road north of Lassen Nat Park to Old Station

The "Chips" Fire has closures from the Sierra crest to Lake Almanor north of hwy 70.

The "Rush" Fire is in north east CA, east of 395 and may block routes coming from NV.
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:20 PM   #209
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I'll be leaving Saturday or Sunday arriving at Hood River by Tuesday for the Great Apple Trail to Bend
The LIST is getting bigger....
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Bend or Bust !!
Tuesday Night (Sept 11th) Backyard Tent Camping/BBQ/campfire on my 5 acres near Hood River,
and the Wed & Thur "Edge of Wilderness DIRT RIDE", and Forest "nowhere" tent camping Wed & Thur nights.
We are camping stealth, no showers, no frills, and no $, except for gas/food/booze.

We'll also be riding portions of the NW famous original 1854 "Barlow Road"
and Central Oregon's "Santiam Wagon Road" from the 1860's (google them, if you don't know)

The "IN" list........

1) Apple Jam
2) Grinns
3) CJRacer
4) mdfehrmann
5) Ladukebob
6) Cyclops Motorsports
7) Konflict Motorsports
8) hvman
9) cyborg
10) CharlieFox
11) Nut Clutch
12) moto-treks
13) idc22
14) jalal
15) Sapling
16) offworlder
17) Questor
18) Maxaccelleration
19) Bullskin
20) catalina38
21) mcnaughb
22) Airlock
23) Mud Bucket
24) MB's bud Claude
25) MB's bud Jack
26) MB's bud Mark

I'll PM you all with directions/address a couple of weeks before.
(let me know if I got syntax wrong on your screen names, so PMs will be easy for me)

I think this large group (and more!) will be manageable enough, I know my route well,
and will have tried & true actual GPS (GPX/Garmin) tracks.
I think we'll likely split into 5 or so groups, with a leader for each, keep the caravan (bikavan?) moving more efficiently.

We'll get to the KTM Rally Thursday Evening when Registration starts.
I have a VERY close-by forest dispersed campspot picked out, we can get back there early-ish Friday morning

Oh yeah.....

WetFest is the weekend before, and several of us plan to leave from Wenatchee on Sunday.
We'll take portions of the WABDR down to Hood River,
then get to my place early Tuesday evening for a relaxing BBQ and a campfire.
...Then We'll leave Wednesday morning for the dirty two-day trip to Bend
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:07 AM   #210
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Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to this years rally .
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