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Old 05-28-2008, 08:57 AM   #31
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...Work in some camping too - there's great camping all around Hood River. When Jodie and I were up there in July, we stayed at the Tucker County Park (541) 386-4477, about a 5-10 minute drive from the course range.
THAT is the kind of local info that helps - thanks.
We've made reservations for the Memaloose State Park nearby, for the June class.

In case anybody else is looking for camping info, the locations I found (in no particular order - to include proximity to the training site, since I ain't been there yet!):
Tucker County Park
Viento State Park
Memaloose State Park
Toll Bridge County Park
Ainsworth State Park
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:03 AM   #32
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THAT is the kind of local info that helps - thanks.
We've made reservations for the Memaloose State Park nearby, for the June class.

In case anybody else is looking for camping info, the locations I found (in no particular order - to include proximity to the training site, since I ain't been there yet!):
Tucker County Park
Viento State Park
Memaloose State Park
Toll Bridge County Park

Ainsworth State Park
On That list I would recommend Toll Bridge and Tucker Parks. They are nice, rural county parks, well kept and on the Hood River. Both are a short drive to class on secondary roads. Tucker Park is a little closer.

Veinto and Memaloose will require a hop on the freeway to get to class and, being on the freeway, may have some security issues(don't leave valuables unattended, even in your car). Viento and Memaloose are nice, even spectacular, right on the Columbia, and Memaloose has some interesting history(Memaloose is an Indian burial ground) and I would feel safe camping there but not leaving stuff unattended. Ainsworth is a pretty campground, but also near the freeway and requiring a freeway hop to get to town. There is a camp host and a trailhead at Ainsworth. I haven't visited Memaloose or Viento for a while, so I am not sure what may be there.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:10 AM   #33
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:00 AM   #34
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THAT is the kind of local info that helps - thanks.
My pleasure. Couple other things you might want to check out...

Dinner and pints at Full Sail Brewery (really, really good beer)
Fruit. HR grows a lot of fruit
Nip down to the riverside and watch the parasailers (I think that's the right word).

You can request info in the mail from the HR Chamber, and they have a lot of stuff online too:

Hood River County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center
http://hoodriver.org/HRCCC_CategoryT...tegoryINDX=504

When Jodie and I were there, she also spent a day just going around in the car, including to an alpaca farm. She had a great time - whereas Vernon spent the day running all our arses into the ground
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:21 AM   #35
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My pleasure. Couple other things you might want to check out...

Dinner and pints at Full Sail Brewery (really, really good beer)
Double Mountain and Big Horse are two more micro breweries in town and Elliot Glacier up in Parkdale is a very nice brewpub. There are several wineries with tasting rooms scattered around the valley as well.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:17 AM   #36
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Hola,

Does anyone know of sidecar classes offered in New Mexico, Arizona, anywhere else in the American Southwest?

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I've had a number of students come up from the SW to take our classes. I don't know if anyone is offering classes in your area. You can check here, but I know some of the info is out of date:
http://www.esc.org/step_national_schedule.php
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:00 PM   #37
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Classes start tomorrow!!! My friend, Gary, and I had to laugh because the school called to remind us - little did she know, we have been counting the days down for months!
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Only 7 students signed up for this class, so you guys will get a lot of instructor time and we shouldn't be at all rushed. Weather looks pretty good so far- I think it will be a good weekend!

Rose Festival is going on so be careful and allow a little extra time if you are coming through Portland.

June only has 4 students signed up so far. Pretty near private lessons! This would be a good class to sign up for-I should have some good stories from this years Black Dog
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:31 AM   #39
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...June only has 4 students signed up so far. Pretty near private lessons! This would be a good class to sign up for-I should have some good stories from this years Black Dog
Nifteh! Does that mean we'll get to try out more than one rig?
I'll ride my rig down, but am not planning to use it for the course - I'm looking to increase my experience and snuff any bad habits y'all catch me at.

See ya' then.
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Only 7 students signed up for this class, so you guys will get a lot of instructor time and we shouldn't be at all rushed. Weather looks pretty good so far- I think it will be a good weekend!

Rose Festival is going on so be careful and allow a little extra time if you are coming through Portland.

June only has 4 students signed up so far. Pretty near private lessons! This would be a good class to sign up for-I should have some good stories from this years Black Dog
Cool - we'll come up 205 so will miss most of the snarl. See ya later!
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Training was Awesome!

I am happy to report that the sidecar training from Adventure Sidecar in Mt. Hood, Oregon far, far exceeded expectations for fun!! Vernon and Monica did a great job of blending lessons, demos, and on-site training to provide students with useful "real world" skills needed to stay alive whilst piloting a hack.

The rigs (KLR 650s) were ideal for learning on, as they were very comfortable and forgiving - even the most conservative riders learned to fly the car (although some of us exhibited fewer balance/motor skills than others ).

Anyhow, as others have said, if you are interesting in finding out if sidecars are for you or not, attend this training. After three days of pure fun, I know I will have one as soon as possible!

Vernon will post pics of the training on this site when he gets a chance, so stay tuned!
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