Barlow or Bust 2014: May 29th - June 1, 2014

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    After a couple recent PMs asking about our Barlow Rd camping trip,
    I figured I'd get around to posting this up :1drink
    Same rules as always......If you are reading this,....
    YOU are invited :freaky

    Barlow or Bust 2014: May 29th - June 1 (Thu-Sun), 2014

    If you don't know the history of the Barlow Road, then shame on you
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlow_Road

    If you don't know how AWESOME this OLD dirt road is to ride (the street-legal ride-able 41 mile section that's still left)...then more shame on you. Year 1 was 2012, when Scott_PDX, Jungle Man and I rode Barlow, and camped at a small, most excellent dispersed campspot right on Barlow at Boulder Creek. Year 2,.....we stepped it up a bit and made a general invite on the "Riding Around the Hood" thread, and gathered at Forest Creek CG, and 18 ADVers showed up, and we had GREAT weather and a most AWESOME weekend !! :clap Both of those Barlow camps took place on the weekend before the Black Dog Dual Sport event in Hood River, but, this year, we gotta pick two weeks before Black Dog, 'cause....well,...just because.

    I'm gonna be lazy and just quote last year's invite, which also links you to where we posted all the before and after shenanigans associated with almost every ADV campout. Squishy and I will likely show early Thursday, to get settled into the campspots, and y'all just come on up whenever you can. No reservations required, just come along, loaded for camping and fun. And put on some good lighting....the night-time Barlow rides proved to be the best part of the weekend :evil

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    We will provide plenty of drinking water for all, several campstoves, and many coolers full of ice, but that's about it. The rest is up to you, and we'll probly have a community effort for dinner/breakfasts, sorta like a potluck. Please leave the freeze dried stuff at home and bring real FOOD. It don't have to be fancy, just plentiful :deal

    Mort posted up these coordinates, but unfortunately, did not make the ride last year, we're all hoping he makes it up to us this year....

    Squishy got some pics of the camp entrance:

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  2. 12120

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    Oh Boy Oh BOy Oh BOY!!!!!!!:clap:clap:clap:D :freaky Better check the I want this day off thing at work.:1drink

    Chris
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  3. Apple Jam

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    Check those dates again, willya?
    I needed to change them for something very important.
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  4. pigpen

    pigpen Gone Riding

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    Damnit Jeff,
    Was all in for the 5-8 can't make the previous weekend .... Kid duty!
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  5. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    IN! Thanks for throwing this out there again Jeff. Last year was a lot of fun.

    Just be wary if somebody says the night ride will be slow and easy paced. :D

    That spot is one of my favorite campsites up on Mt Hood...right after AppleJam's Back Yard that is.

    I think moving it up an extra week takes some pressure off for those going to this and Black dog, so that's a good thing. Although sucks about your schedule though PigPen :cry .
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  6. pigpen

    pigpen Gone Riding

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    I just might bring my kid and hang out and party with you guys! Night riding sounds funnnnnnnnnnnnn!
    :lol3
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  7. Biped

    Biped NooB Again

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    I'm in.
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  8. Apple Jam

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    Dood, yer an Original Barlow or Bust Veteran !!
    It's probly ALL YOUR FAULT :norton

    Wha????
    Is my wife coming, too?

    :hide

    Night Ride was incredibly fun !!
    Ain' t no other idgits on this super bad road at night,
    ....except us idgits that LOVE super bad roads!!!:lol3

    You won't regret it.
    Well,...Wait,...lemme rephrase that....
    oh, never mind. If you regret it, you won't know 'til after :evil
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  9. 12120

    12120 Indenturedx5

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    This ^ again
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  10. Jungle Man

    Jungle Man frenzied adventurer

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    Hey, this sounds great!
    IN.... unless I have drill.
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  11. One Fat Roach

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    Mannnnn. Soo tempting. I had the smallest taste of barlow for AVR. I want moarrrrr
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  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Fixt. :D
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  13. Apple Jam

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    The nice thing about Barlow is that 35mph is FLYING and about as fast as it gets. I rarely make 3rd gear. Bambi's gonna hear Punkin's 7,500 rpm scream well before I get to her. Rev up, rev down.....Rev up, rev down....Rev up....AHHHHH....WATERBAR - BRAKES - AHHHHH - :p3rry.
    We don't see too many deer when running Barlow :deal
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  14. Off Road Ryder

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    Ahhh.. I think Ive seen you push past 3rd on barlow at least once..:lol3
    sounds like fun, don't know if I can make two trips down that way in two weeks.
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  15. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Beers, Bikes, & Bright Lights....what could go wrong. I'll give it a shot
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  16. Apple Jam

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    I hope you can, Jesse, you helped start all this with Scott two years ago! I still enjoy that creek crossing shot you got on my camera of me in the act of DUMPING it in Boulder Creek!

    Yeah, but that's when you're ON my ass.
    In the daytime, in good conditions.

    At night, shadows flying, 3rd gear is a bit harder to hit on this big Adventure. But even my dual HIDs don't come close to lighting up most of Wasco County like that fookin hooligan Cyclops dood's bike :D

    It's two weeks from Black Dog.
    You can do it!!!

    Those WABDR guys have set up an excellent route down this way.....
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    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    On my calendar!

    What kinda riding you planning? Need to chose the right weapon....
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  18. Apple Jam

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    Missed you back at the tail end of page one, there....
    Welcome !!! :norton
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  19. Apple Jam

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    Barlow Road itself is old two-track dirt-only Wagon Road.
    Like some of the Western sections of the Santiam Wagon Road that you can only hike on today. There's 41 miles of Barlow left that is legal to ride, with LOTS of standard gravel, tougher dirt, and PERFECT one-lane paved Forest Roads all around it. It's absolutely Big Bike friendly, with only 2-3 sections that some might get goose bumps on (Gas ON!!). Conversely, nobody on a small bike gets bored with Barlow.

    I've run it with n00bs on 650 V-Stroms, and they are just limited to making fewer mistakes than a DRZ or 250 blasting easily over the rocky sections. I've led sixteen guys on KTM 950/990s through it (with wide-ranging abilities) on the way to a KTM Rally. Nowhere is it too steep, there's just a couple of spots coming out of creek valleys that add ruts & rocks for some excitement on the way up. Many might suggest it's more fun on a smaller bike, but that's hard for me to believe, as it is an absolute HOOT on my bigass 990 :deal

    Barlow is as fast or as slow as you want it to be.
    You wanna have more fun or need more excitement, or thrive for something more technical?
    Simple. Go faster. You'll have a BLAST !!

    Wanna make it through with a brand new GS12 that you don't wanna scratch, maybe even on stock DS Anakees?
    Simple. Go slower. You'll STILL have a BLAST !!


    It's got plenty of curves, rocks, ruts, puddles and waterbars to force speeds down and keep the ride reasonably safe. When it's wet, you simply must go slower, when it's dry, it's absolute heaven,...on ANY bike. Even sidecar rigs love this road. It's just barely wide enough to give 4x4s lots of redneck pinstripes, and while any stock SUV can run it, but cages rarely do run the Southeast end at all. It's not really fun for them. Barlow is heaven sent for Dual Sport Bikes. No Quads or dirtbikes; you must be street legal, but blinkers won't be needed (headlight...YES! for safety).


    So.....to answer your question, there truly is no wrong weapon.
    Ride the big ADV bike if you wanna be comfy, trailer a 250-650 if you wanna ride hard.

    The trick, and the magic of riding it,....is to DANCE with this old road.
    This road LOVES to dance :norton
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  20. Apple Jam

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    Wanna bring a dirtbike or Quad? Two BIG OHV areas are just 10-15 miles away. Wanna bring a Harley or Crotch Rocket? Sweet empty paved Forest Roads are all around us. Wanna bring a truck/trailer? Fine, we'll pack 'em in, and share campspots. Oh yeah, bring firewood if you can.

    Wanna ride all the way there and travel light? You can skip the beer/booze on your trip, make camp, and then just ride the 18 paved miles to Wamic's Liquor Store / General store (Beer) / Gas Station with E-free premium. But bring some food, though, as Wamic's store is limited to true camping basics, or just eat at the Restaurant/Pub.

    We'll cover you for drinking water and cooking stoves/pans etc.
    Liver and Onions will be served on Thursday night for those into that :yum
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