So, I have decided to make a continuing saga out of the many amazing rides I have discovered around the Columbia River Gorge. I am remaining (for now) within the 50 mile diameter area - "my playground" - described in my initial post: (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620864) There are so many great roads, this may take awhile - but I am having a blast and I love sharing this amazing area with y'all.... I will update regularly so keep checking back for new rides...... a little background: My Ride: 1978 Honda CX500 with 20,000 miles, local barn find, paid $550 The Rides: Over 5000 miles logged (and counting) all within a 50 mile diameter of my house, an 80/20 mix of Paved/Gravel back-roads. The loop below is a rough outline of my playground. "Upgrades": (in order) All fluids flushed/replaced; Inline fuel filter installed; New front tire; Black duct tape seat repair (2Xroll); New fork seals (wanted to add 20w to improve handling but was impatient and went with the 10w available, will upgrade eventually); New battery; Multiple carburetor cleanings; "Silhouette" windshield creatively mounted (detachable); New rear tire - Shinko E-705 Dual-Sport, one size up from stock; The "Pine Sol Surprise"tm; ATGATT?: Of course. without further ado........ Todays trip is probably one of the most "historic" rides in my playground - due to the road itself - the last little leg of the Old Columbia River Highway running between Mosier and The Dalles (aka The Rowena Loops) - it was designed not to exceed a maximum grade of 5% and curve radius of 200 feet, which apparently translates into some really freakin awesome motorcycle riding. The return leg on 7 Mile also has some ridiculous curves backed by epic views. Provisions: Gear: Bike: I keeed. Bike: The start of something beautiful........ Fall is almost here Rowena Crest from the bottom of the loops In the middle of the loops, was trying to capture all the turns visible from here, but couldn't Near the end of the loops, just below the crest From the crest...Fun stuff!! This corner is a blast! See the white picket fences that line sections of the loops? The gorge to the east The mouth of the Klickitat river and Lyle WA to the north I spy a new road over there to explore Salmon run is on! stupid fence...... Mt. Hood explodes into view just beyond this crest, but alas, I haven't yet taken any pictures when the weather was nice..... This is also an incredible view in nice weather, the high desert plateau's of Oregon just stretch into forever This is where my camera informed me it's memory was full.... Hope you enjoyed todays somewhat soggy trip!