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Old 01-24-2013, 07:34 AM   #31
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When do you think the weather will allow the first tour this year??
I've been shut out of two of the highest Wilderness edge passes in late July two years in a row, now.
I went back to both of them in mid-August,
and there was still snow in small piles on the sides here and there.
But, it forced me to find a just-East-of-the-Cascades route that bordered the East side of the Badger Creek Wilderness, and also Oregon's newest proposed Wilderness at Horse Heaven, just East of Madras.

I have ridden the Horse Heaven/Cherry Creek Ranch area heading down into the "Wild & Scenic" section of the John Day River in January and February on perfect riding conditions with no dust. I've also been snowed/mudded out of this same area in May, but rode it again in early June last year.

The moral of the story ^^^^.....
August through October for all sections of the true Cascade Discovery Route,
but I have great alternatives much earlier, that are a bit less forested.


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WOW, I just might have to take this in...I haven't looked but will there be another KTM Ralley this year in Bend?
The KTM Rally will be in Steamboat Springs, CO next year.
But, we can have our own Adventure Rally anytime you want
That 620 Adv of yours need some excersize?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:29 PM   #32
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Whoa....

It's been a MONTH !!!
Spring is almost here

Here's some pictures of where YOU want to be right now:






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Old 04-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #33
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I'm trying to plan a short little ride with my dad this summer. We've done little trips together before and we always have a blast. This sort of thing looks like it would be great, but I have questions.

How hard would you rate these routes? He doesn't have much experience off paved roads. Second, do you have a line on bike rentals that would be suitable? It doesn't look like the sort of thing he'd want to take a road kind down.

I'm trying to expand his motorcycling horizons a little.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:26 PM   #34
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I'm trying to plan a short little ride with my dad this summer. We've done little trips together before and we always have a blast. This sort of thing looks like it would be great, but I have questions.

How hard would you rate these routes? He doesn't have much experience off paved roads. Second, do you have a line on bike rentals that would be suitable? It doesn't look like the sort of thing he'd want to take a road kind down.

I'm trying to expand his motorcycling horizons a little.
The Cascade Discovery Route is NOT road-bike friendly,
and it was not really designed to accommodate n00bs on a brand new GS with Tourances or similar,
...without some experience and stamina, and hopefully, some knobbies .
An "Adventure Spirit" is definitely required to have fun on much of this Route.


About 20% of the Cascade Discovery Route is what I consider to be.....decidedly not n00b friendly; rocky and nasty even. It was designed to be kick-ass fun for mentally and physically prepared riders on bikes of all types and sizes, including most well-prepared Big Trailies. These are very old and never improved two-track rocky & rutted troads that you would never take any normal, unmodified 4-wheel drive or Sport-Utility on. Blinker-breaking stuff for those that try to ride it without positive authority.
The toughest sections may certainly be bypassed with alternates by some or all of the group.
And I like my groups to be small enough to make this easy to do.

Another 30-60% is definitely challenging for all riders. The percentage of this type of riding depends on your definition of challenging. As much old dirt-only two-track as possible, but doable by just about anyone that has decent experience on any bike, just maybe at a slower pace for those new to dirt (which is just fine).

Less than 20% is plain old gravel, with less than 3% on pavement.



A bike rental place near Bend, Oregon specializes in Dual Sport Rentals, and offers a variety of Dual Sport bikes from small to large:
http://www.oregondualsportrentalandadventures.com/Tours.html
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:31 AM   #35
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Email sent........I'm interested and have some time available!

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Old 08-27-2013, 02:02 PM   #36
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Dang we have a nice backyard, don't we?
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:30 PM   #37
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Dang we have a nice backyard, don't we?
Yup
That's why y'all must....."Ride Oregon First"

Some of you might need this Ride Report of our most recent Tour from last week of the "Cascade Discovery Route" to get you jacked up:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=918666

It's still being written as I post this, but it was EPIC !!

We still have 3rd week-October openings, and our weather is still AWESOME here.
The squiters are gone, the days are cooler,
....and the new tarp I had to buy after Olaf of Oregon's last report can protect us from any evening rain.

See you on the trail !!
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:50 AM   #38
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Mmmm, Beer?

So, what's the official policy on trading beer for these tours? I feel like that should have been outlined by now....
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