OBCDR ride next summer

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by jcloer1, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. jcloer1

    jcloer1 Been here awhile

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    Well...I suppose that depends mostly on the rider and the tires, but have you looked at Apple Jams ride report for the Cascade Discovery route? That might give you a good feel for what we're hoping to be up against.

    That being said...Labor Day is the weekend I've proposed for the trip so far. That is what will work best for me, but I haven't heard if it will work for Apple Jam. At least one other has said that Labor Day works for him, but I know it is a busy weekend for folks. I'm hoping that with this much notice, we can get people on board for a big adventure! :)
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  2. Rick

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    People do it on big GS1200's, I would imagine a VStrom could do it also. I did a ride last year with some ADVer's here on Mt. Hood and was quite surprised at how well one guy did on his VStrom. I was on a 250 so it was cake for me, but he got through some touch sections that I just knew was going to destroy him and his bike. I don't think the OBDR has any real bad sections. Worst case, he can go around them.
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  3. Apple Jam

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    Sorry, I haven't checked in here all week.
    Labor Day Weekend is bad for me, I have Sound Rider's 'Rally in the Gorge' to attend at Hood River County Fairgrounds. It's dates are listed as the August 28th - Sept 1. My wife and I have 2+ weeks off mid-August for a big trip. I need to check those dates again.

    The CDR route actually leaves from Hood River, but PDXers can easily come towards the Hood on Abbott Road, leaving out of Estacada. It's a great Wilderness-edge ride to start the trip. You can pick up the CDR there, or head towards Hood River for the best parts of the CDR, including Barlow Rd. If I get to go with you or not, I'll give you tracks as soon as I organize them.
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  4. Apple Jam

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    As far as which bike is suitable...that's up to the rider. Sections that are tough for bigger bikes are hard because they are difficult to ride slowly on these bikes. They don't 'tractor' slowly up hills like many 250s, they must storm through sections to carry enough momentum to make it. All bikes would make all sections with a committed rider.

    It's easy to ride with others that are not in hurry to get somewhere, it's harder when someone has too much 'schedule'. I tend not to overplan or schedule, and let each day fold itself out as it may. I ride fast, but I'm never in a hurry. I'm on vacation when I ride, so no stress is allowed.
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    So, early happy 40th B/D Rick K. I have done the whole thang, it can be a real sweet ride if the weather cooperates.

    Some things to consider: AJ's advice on sched, speed and so-on is gold. We have both learned it the hard way, you don't have to. We took a week to do it, the layover day in the Blues was worth it.

    I did it with a support vehicle that took all food, BBQ, campo gear, beer and gas to a fwd campground. That was totally worth my fraction of the RV gas to do so because I got to ride an unladen bike, just water, power bars and spare tube. Which is another important point:

    If you ride an unladen bike, not only is it way more fun/safer, but your risk of pinch flats goes way way down. Pinch flats are probably the #1 ride-killer for large groups of laden bikes going places they haven't been before, wastes a lot of time, unless you are careful to pick scenic spots to have a flat. In my experience, that happens only one out of five.

    Ride it south to north, sun will be behind you, way easier to see.

    The southern end and northern end are really good, don't blow those off.

    Southern end has a section that goes to 2nd highest road in the state, just east of Lakeview.

    The northern end has a section in the middle Walla Walla River canyon that is so narrow, exposed and scary I will not do it again; you have to ride that!:lol3
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  6. jcloer1

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    Well...I figured Labor Day might be tough. We're still in the early stages of planning though and now is the time to throw out some dates that work for folks.

    I think I can work any of the first three weekends in September. I still vote for leaving on Wednesday morning and taking our time to do either the Cascade route (likely a one way trip for us noobs so we aren't in a hurry), or some combination of OBDR routes that we could make a casual 3-5 days out of.

    If it turns out my wife can't (or doesn't want to) go, then I could likely do mid August as well, but I can't plan on that just yet.
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  7. KillerD

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    taking five days off is a pretty tall order for me...but... I'm potentially in for this. Would be my first OBCDR trip but I'm decently confident off road and I have a 3 gallon draft system that mounts to my KLR so that's got to count for some thing. I'll keep an eye on the thread but august would definitely work the best for me.
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  8. PBRider

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    This sounds fun. I am keeping a close eye on your selected dates. I really w any to het out this summer to do part of the OBCDR.
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  9. Righty65

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    I will not pick vacation time at work until March. Then I'll know if I can go.

    I ride at a medium speed on my KLR 250 and I have Anakee 3 tires (80/20) so I am not going to keep up with the orange KTM beasts :)

    Any riders who want a more relaxed pace and who know the route please pm me.

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    Welcome to all those who are considering it! Woot!!! I'm hoping to make this a big, relaxed, just plain old good time! What better way to celebrate another year older?! ;)

    I don't plan on being a speed demon either. I'm game for pushing my skills and adding some thrills, but all in all...I'm in it for being outside and enjoying the views.

    I'm still open to most of September, but as mentioned...the days going into Labor Day weekend are my first choice. That may mean one of the standard OBDR routes though as it sounds like Apple Jam can't make that weekend happen for leading a trip on the Cascade route...
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    "It's easy to ride with others that are not in hurry to get somewhere, it's harder when someone has too much 'schedule'. I tend not to overplan or schedule, and let each day fold itself out as it may. I ride fast, but I'm never in a hurry. I'm on vacation when I ride, so no stress is allowed."

    :clap
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  12. mikulad13

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    Subscribed... I'm interested in tagging along!
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    I vote for August 27th going into Labor Day weekend as required for the chosen ride. Once we agree on dates we can decide which route to take (in case the Cascade Route seems overwhelming to any of us).

    Any who are seriously considering joining us, please vote on dates within the next week or two so we can all have adequate time to request time off and prepare for the trip.

    Thanks! I can't freakin' wait!:freaky
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  14. KillerD

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    Any time in august that doesn't dip into September is best for me.

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    jcloer1 Been here awhile

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    So...just to clarify...the weekend I voted for works for you or no? I expect to be home by Sept 1st...
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    Back by the first is perfect.

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    jcloer1 Been here awhile

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    Ok. Thanks for the quick replies. Do you have any opinions on which route to do? I'm currently thinking either the Cascade route (AJ's) or start off in Sisters on Route 4 and do a loop that goes south on 5 and comes back around in whatever path we can do in our time frame...
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    Unfortunately I can't help there as this'll be (dare I say it) my virgin OBDR voyage. I've got a little pub in Corvallis though and am down to donate some beer for a planning meeting.

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    Ditto that on the virgin voyage. Likely to be the case for several of us. A pub?! Nice! I might have to head down that way sometime in the not too distant future to look at some old small bikes anyway. My wife has never ridden before, so before dropping a chunk of change on a modern dual sport for her, I think I'll pick her up an oldie. If she likes it, then a modern bike will just be easier and more comfortable for her to ride when we pull the trigger on it. :)
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    Oh shit, if one of the riders owns a pub I might be interested in getting in on this one! :1drink
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