Maupin, Bakeoven, Shaniko Tomorrow, Friday the 28th

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Yeah, I saw that and thought it made our ride look pretty leisurely. But hey, we had gravel in the corners, we had knobbies, we had... hmm... uh... well OK, we're old- yeah, you too. :lol3
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  2. Crossthread

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    what the guy was riding? Did you notice that once he got rolling, he NEVER shifted outta 2nd gear?! And he kept up with the leader! And it sounded like his redline was somewhere north of about 90,000 rpm!:eek1


    DaWg! I wish I was thirty years younger...with better reflexes...and rich...and single...and liked eye-tallion bikes. :evil
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  3. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I sometimes think that good reflexes, and good sense are inversely proportional, and that over time the balance shifts form the former to the latter, to promote survival of those (me) who are no longer quick enough to make themselves lucky. :D
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  4. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    That's cool - winter riding - ! :clap
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  5. mtbdemon

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    How did I missed this thread-I still have my knobbies on (Prob will never take them off) but would be interested in th next ride that comes up.
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  6. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    It's looking like I will be heading over there tomorrow to repeat this, or a portion of it. Jeff, where we going?

    I'm not as tough at Mortimercycle so I'm not excited about going over the pass which will most likely be below freezing but dry in the morning. But we can figure it out.

    Paging Apple Jam.....
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  7. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Unless they have a very aggressive tread, they shouldn't be a problem. Of the six tires on our ride, only one was not a knobby, the rear on my bike.

    If it is truly dry, it shouldn't be bad with good gear. I have only heated grips, and I was comfortable at 35 degrees.

    Moisture is the problem. I was a little nervous with the icy patches above Rhododendron on the way over, and downright scared on the way back in the dark, not knowing whether I was on ice or wet.

    And then of course, there was the coating of ice-inhibitor goo to clean from my gear and every nook and cranny of my bike. :bluduh
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  8. Apple Jam

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    Well, I had a GREAT time last week,
    but I couldn't help feel like there was this big area in the center of what we rode all around last weekend was left unexplored.
    We ran out of daylight, and the Painted Hills National Monument got passed right by, in the interest of sanity and safety.
    It was a good call, but NOW I MUST RETURN !!

    I started looking at the maps again, and I saw Jumpoff Joe, Ashwood, Horse Heaven, Kitts, and Twickenham.
    So that's what I have in mind; riding straight to Madras on Hwy 26, then finding what there is to find from there.
    I see some secondary, maybe gravel - maybe paved, roads that look like they follow the John Day River.
    I want to find them

    You must be thinking about skiing still, instead of riding.
    This recent set of nice days in the middle of the week has got me jacked up on riding.

    So, get the mothballs off that 620A o' yers and join us, mtbdemon !
    Another inmate, Squishy, lives in Rhododendron, and he joined us last Thursday, seeing our posts just the night before.

    There was some white gook on our bikes, but it's still easier to clean than mud.

    So....tomorrow, February 10th, Meet in Government Camp, at Huckleberry's again at 9am, OK?


    MortimerSickle??
    Squishy??
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  9. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Easier maybe, but I wonder how much stayed hidden inside the works, and how corrosive it might be.

    Sorry, I'm out. I promised Mississickle a breach trip.

    I'm thinking it's a good idea to follow through. :D
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  10. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Sounds like fun and I wish I had time to join you. I've ridden Clarno to Ashwood and the Cherry Ranch via Horse Heaven Mine http://www.brian894x4.com/HorseHeavenMine.html when it was dry. You'll have fun if it's wet :evil That road looks like pure clay through that section. After Cherry Ranch you can ether take a left and head to twickenham or go straight to the Painted Hills.
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  11. Apple Jam

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    Dooo-ooo-ood !
    This is exactly just what I was looking for in Post #1 :norton.
    Somebody's RR on ADV linked that same site, and I could not find it later, or remember enough about it to search it.
    I was thinking it was around Bakeoven, but it was Ashwood!

    Hee-heeee. Thanks, Ladukabob!!

    Last week, we tried to ride from Clarno along the "Clarno Rd" following the John Day River.
    At the beginning of the dirt road just past Clarno, a sign said "road closed ahead" so we skipped it and kept going to Fossil.
    Is it still open?

    Blow off work with us & go tomorrow, it's gonna be sunny and sweet :wink:
    Easy-Z's on a 'Strom.....
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  12. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Glad I could help! I have a meeting scheduled in the big city tomorrow or I would tag along. That's a great ride. And I love Twickenham, I'd move over there if I was single.
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  13. Rainshadow

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    That road down through Cherry Creek Ranch is extra special. The "pure clay" is a lot of mine tailings that the county decided to help themselves to in an effort to smooth the road out after a few folks like me spent a mess of time and money putting it into pretty covered piles. Unfortunately, there's only one kind of mine in that area and it's not Gold. Any ADVers (other that the High Desert Chapter) ever heard of Cinnabar....no not Cinnabon...and double no not the Cinnabar Bar in Prineville. Give you a hint, if you're old enough, you and Frank Zappa used to really like playing with the processed form...leading the pack on dusty days keeps you from acting like a Mad Hatter later on.

    If you do head over through Cherry Creek Ranch via Horse Heaven, keep on the main road. They've had a really serious problem with poachers hammering the Mule Deer and Elk and are very aggressive about confronting folks that are off the county road. Everything about as far as you can see from the county road is private property. The ranches in that area are measured in square miles (Cherry Creek Ranch is 65,000+ acres and it's half the size of others in the area)

    Another alternative route instead of Bakeoven is to follow the Deschutes River access road 8 miles downstream from Maupin along the river past Shears Falls. Once you hit Rt 216 (the road that comes down from Tygh Valley) turn right and head downriver towards Grass Valley. About a mile down the road you can take a dirt side trip 17 miles down the Deschutes access road, but it's a down and back trip along the old railroad grade. Make sure your rubber is good or you'll shred a tire on the basalt. Go past the access road and 216 gets very twisty for a while with great views, little traffic and no guard rails so ignore the view. Think Evel jumping the Snake if you miss a turn...

    From Grass Valley it'd be about 30 miles back to Shaniko or you could head farther north to Wasco, where you'd get to see about a gagillion new windmills that have sprouted in the last couple of years. Get on 206 (aka Cottonwood Road) and take that all the way back to Condon where you'd pick up Rt 19 to Fossil and the twistys of Rt 218 back to Shaniko.

    Crap, I need to hurry up and find a bike so that I can play too....

    Rainshadow
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  14. MortimerSickle

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  15. Easy-Z

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    Leaving the Tron going into the teeth of the morning rush ( the tunnel being the mouth) to get to GC by 9am. Who's with me?
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  16. Apple Jam

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    I'm with you Easy-Z. Well, in spirit. Good luck with that traffic shit.
    It's 24 degrees here now, yesterday's work commute was 22 degrees in to work at 8am, and 28 degrees when I got home at 7pm.
    It ain't traffic, but it still kinda sucks. I sure do like those new warm riding pants.

    I tried last night to get TourPros to go with us,
    but he thinks that XR is a dirt bike, and that it does not like long pavement stints.

    I mean, heck, he just mounted the license plate,
    you'd think he'd want to celebrate that with a nice pavement ride on the way to the mining country.

    I'll be at Govy!
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  17. Easy-Z

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    Gearing up. Might be a little after 9 but not much.
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  18. Crossthread

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    Pass the popcorn Mort... Thanks.
    Drink? Okay, here ya go... :beer

    :lurk
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  19. Crossthread

    Crossthread Maker of Sharp Stuff

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    I just posted, but I had a thought, painful as it was since I'm not used to that happening very often:


    Hey Johnny Drunkard, can we get this thread merged with AJ's 'Riding around the Hood' thread, pleeze??

    Sorry AJ, but I'm getting whiplash jumping back and forth between 'em and I don't wanna spill my beer.:D
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  20. Maxacceleration

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    You all have it made.
    A fine bunch of roads and sights to see.
    Historic hwy 30 is great. Crooked river & some fun orv areas 'round there too.
    207 from Service Creek to Mitchell. The Twickenham road next to it.
    From Hood River to Dufur by dirt. AJ you listening? :*sip*
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