Columbia River Gorge Tour - Rain, Heat, Gale Force Winds, Snow - And Pat Benatar

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Hominid, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Red0ktober

    Red0ktober Adventurer

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    That Z-car is pretty sweet. I have a '83 Subaru GL wagon and a '90 Isuzu Trooper that I was thinking of combining with a 200HP GM minivan V6 that I have laying around. I have almost all the component parts, just not the time... story of my life!
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  2. jbcaddy

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    Wind, yup, I remember the wind in the gorge. still in the memory bank even tho it was years ago.
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  3. eastwa

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    Just happen to have a couple laying around - thanks for the idea.
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  4. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Head across the river and as you drive east through Bingen you'll see it parked on the right side of the road (14).
    It actually looks to be in pretty good shape - looks like someone put a lot of work into it.
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  5. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Yeah, hopefully the name on the side of the lock will give pause to any dirt bags, they'll give the bike a wide berth, and go looking for an easier target :wink:
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  6. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Yeah, those near death experiences are memorable :lol3

    I have a few moments from this ride that stick with me :eek1

    Heading north on 197 to The Dalles at about 70 I could feel the bike trying to skate out from underneath me.
    The gusts were at least 30 mph coming from the front and the left at about 45 degrees - do the vector math :wink:

    Good times :rofl
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  7. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I did that in Nevada. Wind from the side at a constant 30+, occasional gusts over 50. I'm doing 75, that should minimize the deflection due to my greater speed.

    Comes a point one is simply over-educated and lacking in experience.

    End result, shit just happens a lot quicker! :eek1
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  8. Red0ktober

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    Try riding a DR350 from Hood River to Portland sometime. Little breezy.

    I just took my Strom over the HR bridge on Sunday. It wanders around a bit if you try to keep it straight. I think it feels better if you gracefully weave side to side in the lane intentionally, that way you don't have to constantly correct for the pull of the decking and the wind.
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  9. Hominid

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    I actually considered weaving on that bridge, but was a little too freaked out by the wind :cry

    I'll need to try that on my next opportunity - I'd still avoid that bridge in the rain, though :shog
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  10. ArizonaRoadscout

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    I enjoyed your report and the terrific pictures. I'm planning a Sept trip looping from AZ to Montana then west to Wash and Oregon before turning south to ride HWY 1 to LA then back to Scottsdale AZ. I hope to be able to include your route in my trip.

    Thanks it looks like you had a great trip.
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  11. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

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    Great report and photos!

    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks the Hood River bridge is a little sketchy when crossing in the wind... :eek1

    My wife and I made the ride from the Stonehenge memorial to Hood River over the Memorial Day weekend and we really enjoyed WA14 instead of the mad dash on I-84.
    There is nothing quite like riding in the Gorge, thanks for sharing your trip! :beer
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  12. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    have a grea trip :clap

    The PNW is a beautiful corner of the world.
    Check the weather if you're coming in September :wink: :rofl
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  13. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Cheers,

    14 is the way to go - definitely.

    I would take the Hood River bridge again if necessary, but would more likely plan a route around it.
    I might try to take the swerving back and forth method as suggested earlier if faced with something similar.
    I don't think I would brave the HR bridge in the wind and the wet at the same time.


    Beersville sounds like just my kinda town :beer :lol3
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  14. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    yeah, i was conservative in estimating the winds, myself.
    there's no doubt in my mind that i was being subjected to combined forces well over 100mph at times.
    going faster just increases the force at the point of impact.
    it does increase the momentum of the total rider/bike package.
    what I found at the extremes was that the rider/bike connection was the weak link in the equation.
    the wind was almost pushing the bike out from underneath me - kinda fun, but kinda hairy at the same time.
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  15. 243Win

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    You need to try my SV down there in the wind. It simply does not care. Knifes right through it. I noted that in Nevada coming in from Lk Mead / Boulder City to Vegas. My DR was getting blown all over and the 800 Interceptor one lane over was steady as a rock. Not a wobble.

    We should take the DR's on a ride down to Hells Canyon. Hell's Canyon will be fine.

    Getting there,... Heh-heh, that's gonna be a different story.

    Looks like a nice ride, wish I'd have gone too. Would have shown ya a better campground down there and some of the brew pubs in Hood River I've frequented while kayaking the Klickitat. And the road up the Klick' for that matter.
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  16. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    I think the profile of the vstrom and my cargo setup makes it particularly sensitive to side winds.
    The high center of gravity, combined with the large cross section and relatively light weight work against it.

    I could see the SV650 performing better in those conditions.
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  17. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Nice report . Went that way a year ago , had a blast . Nice bike , BTW . Here is a picture I took over by Vantage that gives good perspective .[​IMG]
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  18. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Thanks Gramp,

    good to hear from another local vstrom rider - we're not far from each other.
    that photo does give some good perspective.

    checked out your ride reports - good stuff :thumb
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