quick Columbia River Gorge ride report

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by tedder, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. tedder

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    Motorcycle: Columbia River Gorge Ride 4/19/2009

    478 miles, 12.2 hours.

    Ken and I went for a quick ride Sunday. The goal was to go out to Bickleton, but we couldn't resist adding in some other Interesting roads. We ended up on a handful of beautiful gravel roads, which was a blast.

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    The first part of the day was dedicated to riding the Washington side of the river. We went out Highway 14, then turned onto the super-twisty <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSH_8D_(WA)">SR141</a> to BZ Corner. This was Ken's favorite stretch- he pulled away from me quickly, and raved about how great it was later. The stretch from <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=bz+corner,+wa+to+N46+01.108+W121+17.527&ie=UTF8&hl=en&z=11">BZ Corner to Glenwood</a> was curvier than I remembered- and climbed 1400 feet fairly quickly.

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    Mt. Adams

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    Ken and Mt. Adams

    The next stretch included a couple more canyon runs, which are always fun. The light traffic made it very easy to have fun.

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    Ken's self-portrait

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    Ted, action shot

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    Ted

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    Two bikes with Mt. Adams in the background

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    Ken and Mt. Adams

    Next, we stopped in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bickleton,_Washington">Bickleton</a> to eat at the <a href="http://bickleton.org/bluebird_inn.htm">Bluebird Inn</a>, which is about the only place with movement in the tiny settlement. The food was tasty.

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    Ted, chatting with another rider at the Bluebird Inn in Bickleton

    The next plan was to run <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bickleton,+wa+to:+dot,+wa+to:+sundale,+wa&sll=45.815401,-120.375137&sspn=0.222535,0.617981&ie=UTF8&z=10">from Bickleton, through Dot, to Hwy14</a>. The road turned out to be paved about halfway, running past a ton of wind turbines. It then turned into gravel and dropped down to the river. The gravel was nice, but the road was curvy and Ken wasn't used to the gravel.

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    Two bikes and a wind turbine

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    Ted with the wind turbines

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    Ted with the wind turbines

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    DL650 and the wind turbines

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    Ken on gravel

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    Panorama of a barn and wind turbines

    Once we reached the Columbia, we crossed into Oregon at Biggs, then took some gravel along the river and climbed away from the river. We then linked some great paved roads with some decent gravel roads- great twisty fun!

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    Ken at the Columbia River

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    Riding across the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge

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    Ken on gravel

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    Panorama of the Columbia River at the Oregon Trunk Rail Bridge (Celilo Bridge)

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    Ted with the bikes, above the Columbia River

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    Ken's bike with the Fairbanks Schoolhouse

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    Ted with the Fairbanks Schoolhouse

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    Cool barn

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    Mt. Hood

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    Mt. Hood

    Our next diversion was to take <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Route_216">OR-216</a> across the Deschutes River. I've always seen the twisties on the east side of the river and wanted to run it. The curves were fun, though the narrow road and steep drops meant I was a little nervous about having too much fun. We then turned around, ran it in the other direction, then ran down to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maupin,_Oregon">Maupin</a>.

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    Ken on gravel

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    Ken on gravel

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    Deschutes River in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Fishing platforms are visible.

    The final goal of the day was to take <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=tygh+valley,+or&daddr=45.186876,-121.426392+to:N45+09.406+W121+39.009&hl=en&geocode=%3B%3BFZ8JsQIdGsS_-A&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=10&via=1&sll=45.17618,-121.38577&sspn=0.322365,0.85556&ie=UTF8&z=10">NF-48 from Tygh Valley to Highway 26</a>. Unfortunately, we ran into snow and didn't make it all the way. We tried hunting around to get between NF48 and Highway 216, but we ran into snow there too. Oh well! So we turned around, rode out to The Dalles, had dinner, then rode home.

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    Ken at snow on NP48. FYYFF!

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    Ken at a snow/tree crossing.

    The only curse of riding with two identical bikes is that we were getting very low on gas before we got to Troutdale. We were both concerned for the last 5-10 miles.
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  2. liv2rydktms

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    Wow, I love old buildings. We have got to do that route. Thanks for all the info.:shog
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  3. nwforester

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    Great pics and ride report, I was up on my Uly chasing/riding with?? a group of Buell riders through a lot of curves down through Klickatat thinking the whole way that I wanted to be off exploring rather than trying to make sure the next corner was clear. I am jealous! More dirt less carving corners.
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  4. DireWolf

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  5. gunnr

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    Nice loop.....:thumb thanks
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  6. crazybrit

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    I've always wondered about that place, I always eat across the road at the general store. It's the usual lunchtime stop on the way to CtS (the pass rocks!). Maybe I should broaden my horizons next time :lol3

    Nice pics, thanks for posting them! Say hi to Ken for me.
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  7. DreadPirateKermit

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    Hi Tony!

    The first time I ever did Bickleton Road was on the way back from the Gather - '03? - and we caught up with you, Gustavo & Brian (?) in Goldendale (where you had stopped and ate lunch). That trip wasn't much fun, as the GL500 had an almost BALD rear tire! Since then I've done it on V-Stroms, a Goldwing and the Tuono.

    The only place I've eaten in Bickleton is the Bluebird. The food is decent (not sure they do veggie though!) but you want to get there before or after the crowd on a nice day. :dood

    I though I was doing OK on the gravel, except for the corners. I still don't have the confidence to go into a gravel corner with much speed. Of course Ted then passed me (I was doing ~55, he was doing 70!) showing me that I'm still a gravel slacker. Bastard threw rocks at my new bike. Good thing I'd already pre-scratched it! :lol3

    We had a fantastic day with fabulous weather. Thanks Ted for picking out such a nice route!
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  8. tedder

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    70 is a little .. conservative. But we'll go with that :D
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  9. mrazekan

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    Did this work?
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  10. tedder

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    Yep- what did you do? Just replace the a href with a URL?
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  11. oldbeatupguy

    oldbeatupguy Been here awhile

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    Great report Tedder. I was up in the same area Saturday and Sunday. Stayed at The fishing shack in Trout Lake and rode arround Glenwood, up through the Klickitat canyon and back to The shack. Great day for a ride! I haven't been to Bickelton for years. I used to spend summers as a kid up there at the grandparents farm, good times, riding my uncle's honda 50, drinking beer in the barn and shootin gray diggers:kumbaya

    Where's that one room school house located, I have a special photo assignment to get some pictures of those.
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  12. Timmer

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    I rode those loops last summer and the loop up by the wind farm was a cool find.

    Thanks for a great post of a ride with no rain in the PacificNWet!
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  13. tedder

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    'twas at Fairbanks, Oregon.
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  14. RedMenace

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    There are a bunch of cool old schoolhouses out there, tho that one is in better repair than most. Get a county map, like a Pittman. It should show the townships reserved for schoolhouses-most of them are still there though they may be used for storing hay now.

    This one is not far from Fairbanks, towards Endersby

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  15. Thumpercrazee

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    Looks like a great day of riding. Thanks for sharing.

    TC:D
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  16. oldbeatupguy

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    Thanks Tedder and Vernon, Looks like I need to start planning an old school house loop. I remember seeing an old 1 room school house in Cleveland Wa just west of Bickelton, does anyone know if that one's still standing ?

    sorry for the thread jack
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  17. Camas

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    no problem Tim. :lol3

    Nice ride report! Thanks Tedder
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  18. oldbeatupguy

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    :bluduh So much for my super secret cover :patch
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  19. mrazekan

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    No Dude, you had a couple of spaces after the 'http://' and before the actual address. I just took the spaces out, then copied the "paste html in website" code from google.

    I was down in that the weekend before last. NoPoChicken ZombieStomp and I did the carson to mitchel view point the same day you all were out there!

    The weekend before last I had a frisbee tourney in Bend. My friends kept telling me about how it only takes 3 hrs to get there. I kept telling them it takes 6 hrs if you do it right! I went through the dalles, to condon, fossil, antelope, and the finally to sisters.

    Somewhere along the straight section between Moro and Monkland (between the two dots in the upper right):

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    I'm cruising along on glass smooth blacktop at about 80. I'm just in awe at how beautiful the day is. The windfarms are just INCREDIBLE! I come up to a crest in the road. As soon as I get over the rise, I see that the paved road ends 150 feet in front of me! I get on the brakes HARD and let them go just as I float onto the loose gravel. This is on a fully loaded toger with a pilot road on the rear and a trail attack on the front. I must have hit the gravel doing 60 to 70! Things were a bit squirly. I gently apply rear brake then a little fron brake. Finally get it down to a comfortable 45.

    Luckily the gravel road continued straight for a while. Didn't keep me from putting a neew crease in my seat though :D.

    Thanks for sharing! I'll try to get some pictures up.
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  20. XB12R

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    Is the road to Fairbanks paved? I'm going there tomorrow, I have a GS but my partner is on a FJR. Thanks
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