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Old 08-30-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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Carlton to Beaver to 101

Riding with a buddy for a quick weekend moto getaway in a couple weeks. We are starting in Portland then down to Carlton, Beaver and on up to Manzanita for a cold one. Just wondering if anyone has been through there lately and what kind of shape the highway is in, specifically between Carlton and Beaver? I thought I had heard somewhere that there is a bit of gravel/dirt thru there and was just wondering what to expect?
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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It's been a few years since I've been through there, but I can say it's a fun twisty road! There's a couple mile section of gravel that you can easily ride a street bike on.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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Thanks!

Good to know as I will be on the fz1!
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:39 AM   #4
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That'll be a fun bike between Carlton and Beaver for the most part. I've seen plenty of Harleys do the gravel section, it's not too bad.
Just watch for sunken pavement in the corners of the paved sections!
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up on sunken road conditions! My buddy will be on his dakar, maybe I'll let him take point?!
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:24 AM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up on sunken road conditions! My buddy will be on his dakar, maybe I'll let him take point?!

Road report?
Inquiring minds want to know about the road, please!
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:01 AM   #7
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Stay off the edges. They get a nice slimy coating of moss that never seems to be dry. The gravel section isn't anything to worry about but it sneaks up on you so keep your eyes up. I hit it once two up at about 65mph when I wasn't paying attention.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:07 PM   #8
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I did this road a couple of weeks ago two-up on a 1987 Yamaha (ad)Venture-barge-Royale with cheese. And then a week later one-up from Willemina (bible creek). It's a damn fun road, no matter what you are driving. Just take the corners according to your skill and machine.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice, we will be going thru there the 20th. I'll give you all a road update soon afterwards.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:11 PM   #10
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If you're nervous about the gravel section, you can do the Bald Mtn./Bible Creek loop. It will only add about 20 to 30 minutes to your trip, is all paved, and loops back to Nestucca Rd.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:37 AM   #11
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Thought that was a heavy use road from the coast to Mac by the local vehicle traffic. The BLM even repaired pavement from the shooting pit up to the monument below McGuire reservoir.
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Thought that was a heavy use road from the coast to Mac by the local vehicle traffic. The BLM even repaired pavement from the shooting pit up to the monument below McGuire reservoir.
Where is this shooting pit you speak of? I know of the monument, and that lots of folks shoot up there, but not sure I know where this pit is. I love the Nestucca road. The forest roads to the north once you get on the other side of the past are a lot of fun to explore and Nestucca OHV is one of my favorites.
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If you're nervous about the gravel section, you can do the Bald Mtn./Bible Creek loop. It will only add about 20 to 30 minutes to your trip, is all paved, and loops back to Nestucca Rd.
Good to know, might just come back home that way!
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Good to know, might just come back home that way!
Yes! Bible Creek is way fun too!
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:13 AM   #15
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Bible creek is where they hold an auto hill climb every year. It has a couple of nice decreasing radius corners where you can really suck some seat vinyl up if your not paying attention

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