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Old 05-03-2014, 09:03 PM   #1
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buncha Oregon ferrys!

Riding around today, I happened to go past the vast new hospital complex, scoffed at the vast areas of green going to waste when those spaces could be open to community gardens,,or sumpthing useful,,,,anyhow,, I decided to see the back side of this Mega-monstrosity and maybe see how close I can ride to the river.

I doodled around the overspent sin against economy and discovered,,Ta ta da!!

Deadmond's ferry road,,which is a real road from historical aspects,,and it does indeed lead to the river where it dead ends,,due to the fact that Deadmond hasn't been there to drag a raft across the river since 1914 or so,,,

,so all this made me wonder,,and I googled the Oregon ferries of old.
Holy Crap!,,they were everywhere, and many bridges now exist where ferries once crossed the rivers. I was surprized to see how many,,even just up the river from Deadmand's ferry.
No link,, some cool history,,for example,,as a punk kid choker-setter I worked up the McKenzie,,then years after planted trees up there too,,always wondered why there was a town at Nimrod,,,,duh!,,because that's where the ferry was,,wanna cross the river?
Back when the rivers were wild-er.
all this talk about rivers and flowing waters,,,i gotta go,,,,
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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Cool stuff Peterman! Next up, stage routes!
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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Me and the TAR (Tuesday Adventure Riders) have been in a small planning phase of hitting all the still functioning ferries for a bit now. As of now we have the Buena Vista, Wheatland Ferry, Canby and finally the Wahkiakum County Ferry across the Columbia River. Most likely we will start from Vancouver and head straight south and hit the ferries as we aim north to finish at the Columbia river crossing. Sounds great to us

I just mapped the route from the start point at the Buena Vista Ferry and including some seriously scenic parts of the valley included added up to just under 200 miles for the route alone. That doesn't include getting to the start or leaving the finish on hiway 4 in Washington.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:26 AM   #4
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:24 AM   #5
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I've only ridden one ferry since coming up here to Oregon... the Wheatland Ferry, and that was I think about 18 mos ago or thereabouts. Was on my way back to Salem from Springfield. Had to hit ProCycle for some parts for my DR650.

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Old 05-04-2014, 08:30 PM   #6
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The Canby Ferry

Here is the Canby Ferry to add to your ride. I rode to the Wheatland Ferry but the water was too shallow so a back hoe on a small dredge was clearing a channel so the ferry was not operating that day.


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Old 05-05-2014, 06:43 AM   #7
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Just a few hundred feet NW of Glasgow, across the bay in Coos Bay-North Bend there was once a ferry arrival spot, as also the near underside of the south end of the McCollough Bridge was the other terminus for this ferry.

I know the road of which you speak of Peterman, as we often hauled out our innertubes there when finishing up our rafting down the Coast fork of the Willamette.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #8
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Or Ferry

The ferrys used to be closed on Monday and Tuesdays. Might want to check it out before heading to Wheatland or Buena Vista Crossings.
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