CX500 vs. The Gorge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by el guapo nada, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    ...I had made a goal earlier this year that I would ride 6000 miles in my first season of riding on the road. After injuring my back in late August, I thought I wouldn't make it. Thanks to starting this thread, and starting to learn to "take it easy" :(: I ticked off mile 6000 yesterday :D It was also one, if not the funnest ride of the year...simply because my wife joined me...:thumb ...I was very impressed, as the first "attempt" it started raining. Hard. We seemed to be riding directly into the storm, so.... I made our way back home, I did not have rain pants on, and figured "great, now she's probably traumatized and won't go out again", but, much to my surprise and delight...she had fun! Rain and all....might be the homemade sissy bar I made just for this, but it seemed she really, truly enjoyed herself!!:augie After getting dry and donning rain-gear, we headed back out.......



    a new addition...not so pretty, but oh so free.....

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    :clap :clap :clap Yay! I made it to the East Coast and back.....(in mileage).......:clap :clap :clap

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    and it was that much sweeter thanks to....

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    we were going to get some chinese food downtown, and I couldn't help but stop and get some pics


    One of the many murals downtown

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    Iv'e been told this is the oldest building in The Dalles, but I don't know for sure....

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    did I mention the murals here?? these are all at one intersection downtown

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    That was a fantastic Sunday....and I want to thank my wife for sharing it with me.......:rogue
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  2. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    And once again, thanks for sharing with us.

    There's a town west of Edmonton (Stony Plain, Alberta) that's done that. The whole downtown center is murals on most buildings which depict their history.
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  3. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    My pleasure....One of these days I'm going to do a "Historical Downtown The Dalles" (that's what they call it) ride. Glad your still checking this thread out! :nod



    I went for a little evening cruise last night, really wasn't planning on anything, but I took the camera along, good thing as the setting sun was breathtaking....I decided on the fly to do a little loop I like, and realized I hadn't shown this ride yet...the first and last part, I've covered in earlier rides (The Dump Run and 15 Mile Loop), but the little middle chunk (5 Mile) is a very cool road that I ride regularly.

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    I stopped here because there was a little chunk of rainbow just above the hill on the right, it doesn't appear here, but I was able to get a blurry close up..

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    I stopped here, because the scene quite literally stunned me

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    hard to capture it, 'specially looking right into the sun...

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    Right at the turn-off to PLeasant Ridge Rd., the next couple miles are gravel....

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    if you look close, you can see the little sliver of moon

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    please excuse the similiar pics, I just couldn't stop taking pictures, the light was so interesting,....

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    one of my favorite photo spots

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    walk down the road a bit, and this pops into view to the north

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  4. RussellH

    RussellH Been here awhile

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    More! :lurk
    Love the vintage ride reports :nod
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  5. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Thanks!:clap Cool....glad your enjoying it Russell....I have one more ride that I was able to pull off before the sog and greyness settled in.....will be posting it up soon....
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  6. Shawn595

    Shawn595 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic ride report!

    Love the pictures of the CX500 with the landscape in the background. Thanks for posting.

    -Shawn
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  7. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    Funny....I am thinking about getting something like this for Maggie. It was really kinda chilly riding today, and a windshield seems like just the ticket for this winter. I like the "engineered" mounts using hole straps! :rofl

    Enjoying the reports, and I want to get back to Oregon and ride out in your area sometime. The last time I did any thing on 2 wheels in Oregon was in '87, on a bicycle, down and up the Willamette Valley, from Portland down to Silver Falls State Park one week, and from Astoria back to Portland after cycling from Wenatchee to Seattle/Tacoma/Fort Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River.

    If you know the make and model of that shield, let us know. It looks like the ones I have been looking at online and it's fits around the nacelle just fine.
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  8. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    @ Shawn - My pleasure....Thank YOU for checking it out1

    @ RAGBrian - the make of the windshield (as far as I can tell) is Silhouette (it came with the bike when I bought it, hence the "custom" mounts), must be a rather old company as not very much comes up when searched...I actually have "customized" mine some more - cut about a foot and a half off the top - I didn't like 1: the feeling of the bike pushing the windshield and 2: I had a horrible time seeing through it if it was too dark; too bright; or wet. The way it is now still shields my hands,my torso and my legs, and if need be (at higher speeds) I can lean over the gas-tank for full coverage. Good luck in finding one! If I run across one, I'll let you know...and if you make it to OR, and are gonna be in my neck of the woods, let me know...we'll go for a :ricky :super
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  9. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Only the fat-finned trouser trout. :lol3
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