Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour

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  1. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Roger stopped by on his way home from Alaska. He kindly agreed to help me check the route for the Adventure Sidecar September 17~19, 2010 Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour I laid out about 130 mile round trip and it took us 7 hours, including stops. Here are a few photos:

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    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14743004" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/14743004">Countless Corners</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user371939">Adventure Sidecar</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    We stopped at Fairbanks to wire tamales to the headers

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    Fairbanks was a waypoint on the Oregon Trail. All that remains of Fairbanks is an abandoned pioneer schoolhouse and this monument

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    We headed up Moody Road for a picnic on the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River high above the Native American village of Celilo

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    We dropped back down off Moody road and continued our meander through the farmlands and ghost towns of Wasco County

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    Mt.Hood towered above the rolling wheatfields

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    Mt.Adams poking up behind a derelict one room school house

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    Mt.Hood from the schoolhouse coat room

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    Shades of the dustbowl: That brown smudge I am riding into is the 35mph winds lifting the topsoil off a freshly plowed wheat field

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    Place names and ghost towns of the Old West
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    We rolled into Rice, once a thriving community, now a few decaying wood grain silos and a pioneer cementary

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    I would have missed this old grave yard if Roger hadn't spotted it on the other side of a pasture behind the grain silo

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    The Rice family plot

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    A calvary officers grave

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    As the sun dropped in the West, we climbed over the ridge and headed home

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    We'd left just after noon and got home just before sunset. It was a great ride! The tour will be every bit as good!

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    September 17~19, 2010 Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour
    Offered through Hood River Community Education
    Fee $550
    Sidecars, lodging and meals are not included.
    Bring your own sidecar or rent one of ours.
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  2. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Wow...great photos. :clap


    I love the look of those gravel tracks.......perfect Ural roads...or any combo,come to think of it.

    Yer mate looks a bit daft virtually hanging off the seat on that tarmac right hander though.

    Thanks for posting. :freaky
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  3. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Vernon, Roger,

    Looks like you guys had a good ride, thanks for sharing it with us. :deal
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  4. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®

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    Klr ,long suspension travel ~ light sidecar with a high center of gravity ~ narrow track ~ speed into corner ?
    Try it and get back to us :thumb
    His mate ? Try Red :thumb

    Brilliant photos :thumb




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  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy FR700,

    Having dueled with Vernon and his KLR-hack for the last four years I can attest to his rig being able to go into a corner at speed. :deal
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  6. kamakaziozzy

    kamakaziozzy 3rd Wheel Adventurer

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    FYI. Traveling in your neck of the woods is on my bucket list! Thanks for the pics and taking us along on the ride. Almost feel as if I've been there.
    Later
    Kamakaziozzy:clap
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  7. sh1bby69

    sh1bby69 Been here awhile

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    Very amazing!! I am very jealous of your adventure. I am hoping to start mine one day.
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  8. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Nice! :clap
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  9. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Hmmm.....that`d most likely be the reason then. :evil


    Shoulda been flying it round then. :rofl
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  10. FR700

    FR700 Heckler ™©®

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    Do not doubt it .
    Rider skill with that setup I suspect would play a very large role though .





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  11. Rev Wade

    Rev Wade Spiritual Director

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    I wanna go!
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  12. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    I ate a lot of dust, but it tasted good.

    Thanks for the terrific hospitality, Vernon.

    What a great place to ride!
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  13. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Marc showed up for the Advanced S/TEP Class and Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour today. It rained a little bit tonight, so it shouldn't be too dusty when we go riding this weekend....

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  14. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    What??!!

    No dust??!!

    Have fun fellas!
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  15. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    WE finished up the Advanced S/TEP class portion of the weekend this morning. Despite the dire weather forecast, we never got rained on and it was actually quite warm...

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  16. RedMenace

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  17. RedMenace

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    Don't let the hat fool you-Marc passed the Advanced S/TEP class with flying colors!

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  18. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    We did some riding after lunch. Marc wanted to get his Ural dirty so we went looking for mud

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    Monica riding sweep

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    We stopped at the Lunch Counter for a snack before calling it a day

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    Tomorrow we are looking forward to a full day of riding!
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  19. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Looks like a bunch of fun!
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  20. kamakaziozzy

    kamakaziozzy 3rd Wheel Adventurer

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    Thanks RedMenace for the photos and videos. :clap Your terrain rocks out west. Your threads helped my decision on the Dauntless Enduro purchase. It's in the mail, should be here in Indiana between Thursday -Monday. I can't wait.
    Later
    Kamakaziozzy
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