PDX Off-Pavement Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by matloik, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    there's a gut at TT who went last weekend. 1000' is kinda the cutoff, but i'm okay with farting around on forest roads and whatever trails are lower elevation.

    what's the intel on sand lake? i wanna practice my dakar styleee one of these days. assuming a weekday is my best bet?
  2. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Err, rude!

    I'd be down with a trip to Sand Lake. I've never gone before due to the warnings of extreme drunken rednecks on the weekends and also the sand being really hard on bikes. I guess Cyril copes on the Dakar so I'll have to also :lol3. Is it just wheel/suspension bearings that take a beating?

    Is Florence a lot better?
  3. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    i know florence is bigger, but further away.
    i think if you ride for a day, and wash all the schmeg and salt off you'll be fine. "soaking in it" is probably what dooms bearings and chains. remarksman surely knows more deets.
    i've been to christmas valley dunes. that was fun.
  4. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    My recollection is that he'd been once and it was full of drunken rednecks and he'd not been again .... Brian?
  5. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Last time I went to Sand Lake, I had the whole place pretty much to myself.

    It was in the middle of summer, and not one motorcycle in sight, and... well... they hadn't yet invented quads.
  6. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    Florence is way better, bigger dunes and only about 1/2 hour further from PDX then Sand Lake. Sand is not good for chains and sprockets, but muddy silt is harder on bearings then sand.........just stay out of the salt water. And yeah, the soft sand will work your motor a bit harder.
    Far as drunken rednecks it's not as bad now that they have Prohibition in the dunes, but still...........there is NO shortage of stoopid at either place :evil

    Christmas Valley is way fun but a long drive.
  7. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    Believe it or not, despite it being just over a Cape from me I have never ridden there.

    You are required to have a flag and get a permit. Given the drunken antics that go on with quads and buggies there, I've never bothered to rig up a flag holder.

    It's pretty warm and sunny out here today -- another day like this and I expect a fair bit of melting should be happening on the coast side of the Coast Range, at least on south-facing slopes. Maybe Diamond Mill is a reasonable choice.
  8. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Thinking of trailering my new to me dirt bike (04 KTM 450 EXC) over to Jordan Creek in the TSF. I'm picking Jordan Creek as it's low and close to Tillamook (which has a forecast of 58 degrees on Sunday - WTF?). Thinking mostly forest roads if we can avoid the snow and maybe an easy trail or two. More of an easy shake down ride for me, excuse to get outside and maybe be a good opportuntiy for other noob riders to laugh at each other.

    This is my first ride on this bike so probably won't be a long ride, and although it's got a plate, it's not street legal so may be doing a loop(s) back to the truck to fill the puny tank (And maybe adjust a thing or two). Thinking of being out there around 10:00 or so. Willing to meet up for breakfast or meet you out there if anybody is interested. Can haul one more as well if you're on the way/near SW Portland.

    Will check PM's and this board before leaving.

    -= Scott
  9. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    I would be up for a sand Lake, dune someplace ride. Don't think I would invest in a paddle tire or anything, but might be fun to polish my tire a bit....
  10. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    Hmm, Sunday at Jordan sounds interesting, but later in the day would work better for me, like noon?

    Don't head over Hwy 6 today without checking tripcheck.com -- road is closed due to suspicious death investigation this morning: http://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/news/article_0b4f4c8a-624c-11e2-8d69-001a4bcf887a.html
  11. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Brian,

    Meeting there at Noon works for me. You have a place you like to meet-up, not that familiar with the area? Actual ORV area works for me, hopefully it's still open.

    -= Scott
  12. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    If you drive up Jordan Creek Road for about a mile, you cross a bridge (the first time you cross the creek on the gravel road), then just on the other side of the bridge are a couple camping sites and a large parking area on the left -- let's meet at the big parking area.
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    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Good deal

    Sent via my phone-expekt typing erors!
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    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    How'd it go Scott?
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    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Had fun. Ended up a late start as the roads sucked over the pass. The North Faces were cold and Icy, but the Southern Faces were great! I swear it was like spring time once we climbed out of the Wilson canyon. Snow was spotty up to about 1000-1200 feet or so. The snow spots are pretty icy though.

    We only road for a couple of hours, but the main goal for me was to try out that KTM. Lots of power! Gotta do some more practice on it, before feeling confident on trails. We did try a few trails, one had a bit too much blow down (needed a saw), the other kinda degraded into a giant steep rut. Managed not to drop it on the trails, but did drop the bike 3 times at a average MPH of probably 2...it's a tall bike. Think I may have to work on my running start/dismount technique or pick my stopping places better!

    Was great catching up with Remarksman, we'll have to do that again...in couple months...:)

    Sorry left my Camera at home, maybe Brian will have proof we actually made it out.
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    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    ice is fun

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  17. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    Met up with Scott on Sunday -- the weather was interesting. It was below 40 down by the river, but I swear it was over 50 at the top of the ridge above Keenig Creek C.G.

    Scott's new KTM looks fun!

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  18. crazybrit

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    No rage metal soundtrack and no guns. Complete double fail :D

    Great looking bike Scott, congrats :thumb Is that a headlight guard I see? You've followed behind Brian before I guess.
  19. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    if you can't appreciate the stylings of Sepultura, feel free to turn the sound off. also, technically it's "thrash"

    can't help you with the guns though. it's called a redneck duathlon. we knew you would appreciate rapid fire
  20. crazybrit

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    LOL. I did like the callout, thanks! I'd have appreciated the rapid fire more if he'd stuck with the sideways gangsta grip.

    I wish I'd not seen any of it until after we go the dunes.