Piglet's lose again...Walla Walla to Troy, OR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by teamchaos, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. teamchaos

    teamchaos That should work!!

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    I could feel Piglet's hard cold stare each morning when I walked through the garage to my pickup. I knew she was disappointed we didn't go for a ride last weekend but I was just too busy. I couldn't bear to look at her during the week but on Thursday evening I let her know we would go for a ride Friday morning. I had taken the day off work and my prior commitments were canceled. :freaky



    I knew Piglet was excited when I awoke and she was already in the driveway packing for the trip. I haven't been wearing my backpack due to my broken collar bone. Because of this, I find different places to carry all my necessities. The collar bone will need to be surgically repaired this fall after the riding season, of course. :D

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    Before leaving town we needed to stop for gas and get some cash.

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    By 6:00 a.m we were on the road. I decided to go up Mill Creek. Piglet had yet to get in the mountains this way and she liked the scenery.

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    After a couple hours of riding, Piglet and I needed to decide where we were going. After a a short discussion, we both decided on Troy, OR. I looked at the GPS and figured out our route. Piglet had never been to Troy but had heard great things about the small little town. She new it was located on the Grande Rhonde River and home of some wonderful fishing,

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    Along the way we past beautiful scenery. Signs pointing us in the right direction were plentiful. Even Piglet couldn't get lost on the way.

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  2. teamchaos

    teamchaos That should work!!

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    Dropping down into the valley, we get our first glimpse of Troy.

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    Troy has a gas pump, restaurant and Shilo Inn. The sign on the door says they don't open until 12:00 and it was only 10:30. Piglet wanted to go see more country and didn't want to sit around until the store opened. I thought it would be nice to go lay by the river but when Piglet started up and headed out of town, I thought I better catch a ride.

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    Piglet was getting low on gas and I needed lunch so we decided to ride into Elgin, OR. Another town new to Piglet.

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    The road turned from gravel to pavement about 8 miles outside of town.

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    While Piglet was getting gas, I ran in and grabbed a pizza pocket. There was a little park in the middle of town where I ate and Piglet took a short nap.

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    After lunch we back tracked and decided to stop by Jubilee Lake.

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    At this point in the day Piglet needed to make a decision. We either could ride to Target Meadows and drop down in to the South Fork of the Walla Walla River by taking the Burnt Cabin Trail or take Lincoln Mtn Road down. Piglet and I both wanted to stop by and see grandma at the cabin and the fastest way to get there was Burnt Cabin. There was recently a lot of work done on Burnt Cabin and the switch backs. Personally I think they ruined the trail but I don't remember anybody asking me. It use to take skill to ride the trail, now pretty much anybody could do it. At least that's what I told Piglet before we took off.





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    Burnt Cabin Trail

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    On my two stroke a slip of the clutch and a burst of gas would have me over this log with ease. Doing this with Piglet got me a front tire that didn't even think about leaving the ground. I knew the trail was clear a week ago but we had some wind and I was concerned this may not be the last log we may come across. After Piglet got all the tree bark picked out of her tires, we decided to get turned around and try a different way. It was getting late and I didn't want to be spending the night.

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    We stopped at the Tolgate Store for some water. The guy who runs the store is friendly and there was a couple people inside playing music. After a brief break, we decided to take Lincoln Mtn down to see grandma.

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    The Chalet. It use to be a restaurant and bar. Now a private residence.

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    Lincoln Mountain Road

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    Grandma always has a cold beer waiting when she sees me. After a cold one and a call to my wife letting her know I was alive, I headed home.

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    Powerline is a gravel road that takes me in to Walla Walla and about 5 miles from home. Total miles for the day = 256.






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  3. PSS

    PSS Been here awhile

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    Nice ride !! Thanks for the photos of you and Piglet!:D
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  4. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    Nice Ride report! I'm glad piglet got to stretch her legs and take a nap. Glad piglet took you along for the ride.:clap



    I agree and told the FS so, in hopes they don't ruin the rest of those trails. After all, those are/were the only technical trails left in Eastern Oregon.:becca
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  5. dhally

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    Nice report :) I've lifted an XR400 over many logs on the WW River trails. I bet Piglet isn't any easier to lift...

    +2 on the ruination of Burnt Cabin Trail. Although if the qwads don't tear it up it will revert to single track in a few years.
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  6. greatnortoni

    greatnortoni Been here awhile

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    Keep up the good work - really enjoy seeing pics of the local area!
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  7. Mooserack

    Mooserack Adventurer

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    Excellent report, looks like fun.
    How did you get you get piglet license in Wa state?
    I have been trying to get mine licensed; no joy.
    Pat
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  8. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Hey, that was a great ride!:clap
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  9. Dekay

    Dekay Adventurer

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    I would like to do more exploring in that area. A few of us are going over to Troy from the Tuchanon Area in late August. I have always wanted to do that and explore that area. Thanks for the report, gets the blood flowing!:clap
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  10. teamchaos

    teamchaos That should work!!

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    Hey Mooserack.

    Mine was already licensed when I purchased it. It is a 2002 and the title doesn't say anything about offroad use only. Sorry I can't be much help. I do however have my personal political views on the matter. :lol3
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  11. richard.bessey

    richard.bessey Hard Rider

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    As always, another great ride report.

    I didn't hear about the work on burnt cabin trail, how good/bad is it?

    Last time I was up that trail, I was terribly exhausted after hauling the bikes over countless trees, my brother and I gave up less then a mile from the top.
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  12. teamchaos

    teamchaos That should work!!

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    They widened the trail and switch backs. They also went in and cleaned up the rock slide at the bottom of the trail. In a couple years you won't even know they were there. :clap


    I ride with friends who clear the trails up there starting in the early spring. You'll know it is us by the backpack, chainsaw, CRF250x, couple KTMs, DRZ400 and usually a RM 250 two stroke:D . Unfortunately I haven't been able to help much this year because of my broken collar bone.
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  13. magoolin

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    Nice ride report! I enjoyed your photos and story.:deal
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  14. GB

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    Great ride, report and pics :thumb
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  15. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    The broken collar bone, and "Hold My Beer, and Watch This" are not connected are they?

    Good Ride Report, thank you...
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  16. brinboise

    brinboise Been here awhile

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    Great ride report, excellent photos. I'm heading there this fall. :D
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  17. teamchaos

    teamchaos That should work!!

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    If you have any questions on the area, let me know.
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