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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Feb 2, 2015.
I want pictures if you put a Cooler with even a single Bear in the back of AJ's sag wagon..... It would liven up the party.
I ride a 500 exc and have ridden the north route several times. It is an easy return - really. Detroit to hwy 26 is mostly narrow, winding, smooth pavement -- in other words fun - on FS 46 and 42. From there it is a relatively short run on US 26 and 35 back to Parkdale. Less fun, but not bad. Bottom line, it can be done in less than three hours and it doesn't suck.
Take it from a guy that despises pavement on dirt bikes. And yes, I trailer to Parkdale to get started.
Thanks for your answers, guys!
The ride back from Detroit to Parkdale can be as easy as three hours on EMPTY forest pavement roads, some one-lane paved sweeties for miles. These are good paved roads, no shit. Mix it up with some faster dirt sections and still spend just half a day getting back to Parkdale. The CDR does a lot of NOT straight and narrow path, zig-zagging it's way through the forest. You can ride right through the middle pretty quickly without ever going over 55 mph.
If I wanted to get to Parkdale early, I'd bust the beautiful pavement from Detroit, part of which @oldmonkeybut had a part in paving, all the way to Hwy 26. 2-1/2 hours of sweet & easy no-stress twisty forest pavement. Even on an EXC.
Then,... I'd do Bennett Pass (again!) on the way back down the hill to Parkdale
And remodel the inside of the sag wagon!
We're planning to truck from Bend to Parkdale Thursday, for the Apple Jam North Ride (my other half will drive the truck back).
I've been looking at the OBDR route 3 / final CDR route. And pondering Sundays ride back to Bend via NF2047 from Detroit to Big Lake then Old Santiam Wagon Rd to Sisters, Sisters to Three Creeks, NF4606 home to Bend. Anyone familiar with this route? I haven't totalled the milage but it looks like 70-80mi?
I'm plan to ride part or all of that stretch from Bend to Detroit before the group ride in July.
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I have a map of what you described, the part from Big Lake on south. Or close to it. It might be on some early page of this thread. Or I can link you to it.
Edit: try page 27, post 539
That's the best way home from the Roaming Rally!
The three creeks route towards Bend is a very good bad road. On my list of favorites, and I felt fortunate to get to ride it all the way from Todd Lake last Summer! What's left of the Santiam Wagon Road is a sandy, whoopy, nasty,...and excellent bad road! Just don't take that right turn just to the East of the Wildrness on the old original Santiam Wagon Road. Your GPS will show it, but it don't go through anymore (yet!). I got stuck out there for a few hours a few years ago.
You will find these and more great bad roads on 97707's new South CDR, to be posted in approx. June this year.