Retired Riders

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by rockyroad, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    RR, that sounds like a really cool thing to do. Might be nice to do it before the summer comes to the high country and everyone goes to the mountains. Besides, I guess the temps might be too hot in mid-summer. Cool or cold night, hot springs, gotta like it.

    I'm heading back east in May so will be out of the net from maybe the 10th to the end of the month at the moment.

    Late April? :ear
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  2. airheadbruce

    airheadbruce Uncle Dumbshit

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    Late April would work for me, but what are the Temps like then?
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  3. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    I check with the Hart Mountain Headquarters and the BLM office in Burns and see if I can get some info on this years snow pack over there. I will check elevations on the routes I picked. I know Hart Mountain claims to be open all year but it has to be at least 6 to 7 thousand feet up. I would favor early also.
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  4. 3horsepack

    3horsepack Adventurer

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    I have been thinking of a hot spring ride for quit awhile. Would love to get in on this one.:ear
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  5. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    If you want in then you are in, its open to all. If you have any ideas on where you would like to go or what you would like to see in that general area lets hear it. At this point this thing is as flexible as can be.
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  6. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    The average temp for April is high 57 low 29 and May is high 66 and low 36.
    Those numbers are for the Burns area.
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  7. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    I hope everyone is busy putting some exciting rides together for this summer. I have a three day hot spring ride pretty much worked out. Could make it four hot springs if you want to. I ran into a little trouble trying to use my Benchmarks and my Topo maps on the computer. They don't match up. I found some roads in Oregon that just stop at the border on my Oregon Topo and no road shows up on Nevada side of the border. I guess it just tells me my Topo's are not as through as I thought they were.
    I talked to the BLM office in Burns the other day about snow pack and levels over there and I learned nothing useful. They said call back just before I plan to come over for the ride.
    enjoy the ride
    see ya soon
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  8. Idarider

    Idarider R1200GS

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    :ear
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  9. Wallowa

    Wallowa Diver Down

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    I camped overnight at Willow Hot Springs last year...very disappointed in the "hot springs" ...not really hot and mud ooze bottom with turbid water..just me..you might enjoy it...did enjoy the morning and evening coyote songs...and, no Roy I did not stalk them!:wink:

    The ride [dirt/gravel] from Field to Hwy 95 on the Whithorse road is great one...lots of "wide open"
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  10. PSS

    PSS Been here awhile

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    1382 more days until I can hang it up! :puke1
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  11. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    Well the lots of wide open part sounded really good but I'm planning on taking Trout Creek Road south toward Nevada so I guess I won't get to experiance Whitehorse road either. The hot spring choices are few out their so I guess I'll have to make the best of it. Thanks for the heads up though. Maybe a few sips of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey might help make it better.
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  12. Wallowa

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    Trout Creek is on my short list next Fall...friend hunts there ever year and reminded me that a lot of that drainage and mountain range was burned last year...still will be a great ride..

    JD huh? Wondered considering your "ZigZag"..:D
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  13. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    Does anyone know how the snowmelt is progressing in SE Oregon. It is time for rubber to hit the road.

    Joe
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  14. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    Check out the Palouse riders thread and you will see some trip reports and pictures.
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  15. shortcutsmc

    shortcutsmc Been here awhile

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    Using mapsource I laid out a 1500 mile loop from Western WA over SR20 North at Mazama and East up near Canada and South towards Priest Lake and across I-90 down towards Grangeville then West over into OR and back through Eastern OR across the river at Hermiston up through Eastern Wa to Yakima and back across SR410 to Western WA. Mostly gravel, FS and County roads. Pavement when necessary to connect gravel. Motels, gas and meals at the end of each day (barring) breakdowns) "That's the reason to carry tent,bags etc, just in case" Didn't go last year because of all the closures in AUG due to fires. Not trying to infringe on the camper folks, just thought there might be some more old timers that want to sleep well and be ready for a full days ride the next day.:freaky
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  16. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    If you just invest what it would cost for two nights in a Motel in a nice 3 inch self inflating mattress you will sleep like a baby. That is of course provided the air mattress doesn't leak, we hope. I had one that leaked but I thought I had it covered cause I had a patch kit, but I couldn't find the leak.
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  17. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    Is it possible that I am the only retired rider in the whole Portland area ?
    Their has to be some lurkers in the area that haven't posted up yet.
    Lets go it's riding time.
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  18. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Lots of us.

    Like everything else in life, some ride thumpers, or big bikes for day use only. Others camp and ride local etc. Groups are just as clicky as facebook, and it's no fun if there's nothing in common. I've rode here since '82 and riders have either aged out of it, or had to raise their kids(quit riding)- you name it.

    Some cheap out of the sport. You can ride anything, but it's miserable without setup and maintenance. #1 reason the old timers quit, or ride ancient iron till they grind bone into bone.
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  19. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    That is a problem with all activities. There are guys that ride pavement, but it is harder to find guys who want to ride forest roads. Same thing with hunting. Most retired guys just want to sit in camp and talk about the old days. Old fishermen just want to fish the lakes.

    Look at the health of a lot of them and that explains it. Most are over weight and don't do anything to stay in shape. All they can physically do is sit around.
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  20. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    My family tells me that i'm living the life of a retired man, they also tell me that i should get a paying job again...cos i'm 20 years shy of retirement age, never was good at counting!! :huh :lol3
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