Carlton to Beaver to 101

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Killacurb, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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    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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  2. Mr Dual Sport

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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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  3. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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    Good to know as I will be on the fz1!
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  4. Mr Dual Sport

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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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  5. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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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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  6. Chip Seal

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    Road report?
    Inquiring minds want to know about the road, please! :wink:
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  7. Almost There

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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.:eek1
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  8. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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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. :D
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  9. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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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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  10. Treewakr

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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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    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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  12. Scott_PDX

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    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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  13. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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    Good to know, might just come back home that way!
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  14. Mr Dual Sport

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    Yes! Bible Creek is way fun too!
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  15. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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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 :eek1

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  16. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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    Ha! Good to know. Now that I am older and have a sense of mortality I am a bit slower and much more cautious on newer roads. We plan on taking it easy and enjoying the view. If follow my buddy on his dakar it may take us a bit longer than planned anyway! :lol3
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  17. Mr Dual Sport

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    I always wanted to do that. Closed course would be great on that road!


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  18. Killacurb

    Killacurb Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all who gave advice! Great route to the coast! I will say my buddy on his 650 dakar kicked my ass on the gravel section between Carlton and Beaver but worked hard to keep up afterwards on paved roads. Great ride, wanted to do the bible loop home but had to come back early on 26 due plans previously made by partners wife, unbeknownst to us:tb. The only pucker moment was caused by a large patch of loose dirt in the middle of road right at the apex of a corner. Luckily the pr3 stood me up after a short slide. Good times, great ride, beautiful scenery. Q
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