Riding Around the Hood

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    <STRIKE>The roads should be clear enough to meet somewhere on 26. East always seems to be better this time of year.</STRIKE>
    <STRIKE>Meet at Govy, Huckleberry Inn? 9am?</STRIKE>
    <STRIKE>But I could meet more towards you side, too. Whadeveryawannado.</STRIKE>

    Edit: Govt. Camp for Monday is a bad weather idea. Will decide location later.

    I can't ride Saturday, Fishy, 'cause I'm riding Friday, Sunday, and Monday.
    I gotta spend some time wit Applewife
  2. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    S' ok. I am fresh outta pork chops anyway.



    i can ride with my camera... one of these days.
  3. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    Boring! MORE COW BELL

    OK, think it'll be icy though that early? I can be there but worry we may not find much outta snow territory. Have you any idea where to ride from there? John
  4. Apple Jam

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    Yeah, it likely will be:

    Government Camp:
    Monday

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    Hi 31 °F

    So, never mind the Govt. Camp meetup for Monday. That would be pushing our luck for sure, it would appear.
    I was just thinking of the ease for you coming from Boring.

    East just has less rain, and is warmer this time of year.
    On Monday's Forecast for mostly everything East of me says 45-50 degrees and "chance of rain",
    which usually just means a partly cloudy day with some misty sprinkles at most, out this way.

    I'll dream up a route very soon, and post it here, and open invite it.
    Are you into more gravel/dirt, more pavement and distance, or a good mix for the most fun?

    I could meet you downtown Hood River? 10am?
  5. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    Hood River is fine. And I would say for my money dirt and gravel. I will already be getting the pavement on way over there. :evil
  6. Apple Jam

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    I'll find us some dirt & gravel for Monday.
    I think I've got something in mind :deal.
  7. Apple Jam

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    Bump Quote for tomorrow's ride; Friday the 4th:


    and.....
    Monday's Ride. March 7th.
    This ride is going to be a little more gravel/dirt oriented, and while we're still heading a bit East to better our chances,
    we may still have to modify this ride on the fly, due to snow levels at higher elevations.

    The Goal; Washington Gravel:

    Lyle, Hwy 142 to the first Klickitat River Crossing
    Appleton, via Fisher Hill Rd (gravel)
    Klickitat, via Old Appleton Grade Rd (gravel)
    Wahkiakus, via Hwy 142 (Hwy for about 10 miles only)
    Centerville, via Schilling Rd. (Gravel)
    Dallesport, via Old Dalles Mountain Rd (gravel)

    From here, we'll head across the Columbia into The Dalles, then,
    Mosier, via 7-mile hill (paved to top of hill) to Dry Creek Rd (gravel)
    Back to Hood River, via Huskey Rd and Elder Rd (gravel to top, paved back down)

    Start 10am, downtown Hood River.
    Asrvivor is already in, anybody else?
  8. Craig McCurdy

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    Don't you go west from the Deschutes if your going to Petersburg? :huh Or is it the other East? :rofl

    Which way are you planning on riding home once your at Sherars falls?
  9. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    ...I will be able to join for this ride, what it really depends on is this: will my "Dual-Sorta" be able to handle all the gravel roads?



    Wait, I already know the answer....OF COURSE IT WILL!!! It's just a matter of you "fancy-bike" owning FF's being ok with me trailing behind....

    I could just meet ya'll in Lyle.....

    Let me know, oh, and what's the total mileage for this ride?

    One more thing - If any of you gorge locals are bored this Saturday night, my band will be rockin out at Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon.....9pm......

    :drums :super :beer :jose :ricky :clap
    (a smiley pictograph sequence of my weekend)
  10. Craig McCurdy

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    "Dual-Sorta", That's a good one! :clap I'm not in a rush to go anywhere so you would not be the only one at the back if I go along! :D
  11. TourPros

    TourPros Local wherever I go

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    Not to sound like the ultimate asshole here (although I am:evil) but are you saying firs off that there are bands around here and that they rock? This idea intrigues me so please tell me more.


    "One more thing - If any of you gorge locals are bored this Saturday night, my band will be rockin out at Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon.....9pm......"
  12. Apple Jam

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    Apparently.....West is the other East....or something....
    Uh yeah (oops). I was thinking of riding I-84 to Celilo to Moody, and the gravel back WEST to Petersburg.

    Riding home from Sherrars? We have to ride home? Can't we just keep riding forever?

    The way home, when left open ended (or ignored), is always decided by committee :D.
    In other words, "Duh, I dunno :scratch, I haven't thought about it"
    Really, everything, and every part of every ride, can and shall ALWAYS be decided by committee and/or idiots.
    Twist my arm, I'll go!
    I just wanna pick something initially that sounds like enough fun to get somebody excited about riding with me :clap. From there, I don't care :1drink.


    I'll presume you meant Monday's ride.....Sure, Lyle it is. 10:30 at the Convenience Store in Lyle, "Lyle Mercantile"?

    The Shadow with street tires has ridden all these roads before, except Appleton to Klickitat, and there is an easy pavement workaround for that.
    But that might have nothing to do with what we find on these roads....in early March. But I'll never mind waiting.
    I don't know total mileage, I just peeked at the Atlas, and never Googled or GPSed it. I'm thinking a 200 or less guess for Monday.
  13. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    @ Tourpros...PM sent

    AJ, yep you presumed correctly. 10:30 it is. Looking forward to it!

    "The way home, when left open ended (or ignored), is always decided by committee .
    In other words, "Duh, I dunno:scratch , I haven't thought about it"
    Really, everything, and every part of every ride, can and shall ALWAYS be decided by committee and/or idiots."


    Thats some funny shit right there....
  14. Apple Jam

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    That pictograph portrays a VERY fruitful weekend !!
    The only thing that you could add, that might make it better.?.....:dunno


    ......:viking......:lol3


    I'm pushing this weekend's wifey limits to the max already, and even though I'll likely be bored at home watching TV with wifey,
    that'd likely push me over the edge, or I'd be seein' ya at Everybody's !!
    Good Luck, have fun!
  15. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Yes, that would make for a very complete and satisfying weekend...one may hope!

    Understood x 1000.....gotta "pay" :shog if you wanna play....we have another show lined up for Double Mountain in April, and Waucoma Club in June, so there will be other opportunities to check us out.....
  16. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    You da man, that's how you roll & wees alike dat![​IMG]
  17. Apple Jam

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    This ride starts at the Lazy Lodge with TourPros:

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    TP and his XR (IT LIVES :clap) are not really into freeway riding,
    but there are not too many routes towards the East this time of year that are not covered in snow.
    So, snow it is.

    Up Old Dalles Rd. to Elder Rd, and along the ridge on top was fun,
    until the dreaded sign..."End Winter Maintenence"
    Oh Crap :eek1.

    I knew Hood River and Mosier's good ol' boys would have 4x4'd this route a few times by now, so we pressed on despite this........

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    After a couple of miles of REALLY hard work, I realize TourPros is a long ways ahead of me, and I'm ready for a bit of a break.
    Hey I recognize this spot....

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    Looks a bit different in white, instead of green, but does this spot look familiar, Max?

    In Mosier, we stop at the "no credit cards accepted" convenience store, and buy nothing with the cash we don't have on us....
    And Mosier's retired Mayor walks up and strikes up conversation with us, then offers to take our picture,
    with the "Mosier Totem Pole" in the backdrop

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    We take the gravel run "Dry Creek Rd" to the top of 7 Mile hill, then jump on the two-lane.
    At the crest, 1800' elevation, the View down into The Dalles is pretty sweet.
    Today's sky will not allow the best pics, but here it is anyway

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    next: Petersburg to Fairbanks.....
  18. TourPros

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    Thanks for the ride AJ !!! While i had a lot of fun while i could it became just too friggin cold for my summer night at best riding gear LOL...
  19. Apple Jam

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    TourPros left me at The Dalles, he had to get to Portland to pick up his 650L motor, in a HEATED cage.
    The top of the hill at 7 Mile was 27 degrees :vardy.

    I grew up in The Dalles, so I'd driven this road MANY times.
    I never knew it was the route of The Great Southern Railroad, 100 years ago. Very Cool.

    The old Petersburg Schoolhouse

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    All along this GREAT MOTORCYCLING two lane road, I see for the first time evidence of the Railroad Grade that once was.
    A cutout in a hill, that I do remember seeing before, remembered out of curiosity.
    Now, it makes sense....

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    At Fairbanks....

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    .....there is that ^^^^^ Schoolhouse, and this sculpture to the route of the Oregon Trail.
    The plaque on it says "Oregon Trail 1853"

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    The next train stop was Brookhouse, is this it?

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    Hard to tell.
    Next: Freebridge, the best section of this journey....
  20. Apple Jam

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    Freebridge was another Railroad stop,
    but it also marks the road towards the Deschutes that was the original Oregon Trail river crossing location and wagon route,
    as it climbed in and out of the deep Deschutes River Gorge.

    I remember seeing this curious building, here in the middle of nowhere before.
    It is the old trainstop, and knowing this now, I finally understand why it was built the way it was.
    But I've never really noticed the inconspicuous dirt road that followed some powerlines, opposite this building

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    Having the GPS here now, I find that this is the completely unmarked "Freebridge Rd"

    This is an OLD, OLD road. It is obvious that it has been dug out of the flatland and gently rolling hills it was built through.
    Dug out again, and again. And when it got muddy, it was dug out again.
    It has become a 6-7 deep scar through the landscape

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    You won't really want to do this road in the extreme wet or dry. It would be extremely muddy or extremely dusty. It'd be ridable, but.....
    There is no gravel, and the surface is several inches thick of sludge. Good enough for riding today, but I think that it's a narrow window.

    As I start to see the Deschutes River Gorge, I'm getting kind of excited about what I might find here.
    The grade down into the Gorge is pretty rough, steep, and very narrow.
    A real Jeep trail; You would'nt really want to take a Super Duty Ford on this road, but you could, really slowly.

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    The views are really nice

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    At the bottom, the current road stops short of the Railroad tracks that are still currently used.
    The East side had tracks too, started at the same time in 1909 by a competing company, and the first one wins.
    The West side tracks won, and the East side grade was abandoned.
    It is now a hiking and bicycling only trail through this section of the Deschutes River Gorge.

    Take the time, if you go down Freebridge Rd to the bottom of the Gorge,
    to walk across the tracks, all the way down to the river's edge.
    I almost skipped it, thinking there was nothing left of the last old "free" bridge across the river.
    It was named "Freebridge" after Wasco County purchased it in 1909, and stopped charging the toll that all previous travellers had to pay.

    Just to the South, out of sight of the end of the current road, are the old bridge foundations.
    This bridge was sabotaged in 1914, and was never rebuilt.
    For THIS BOY....This was cool shit, indeed.

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    I spent quite a while here, eating my sandwich, and pondering History.
    Imagine being in a frickin' WAGON doing this road instead of a KTM, with a motor???

    Back at the top, I ride out a short road to the bluff overlooking the Canyon.
    I see that I'm being watched from only 45 feet away.....

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    I don't think they get too many visitors here, they were NOT afraid.
    The view from the top of this bluff was nice.
    You can clearly see both RR grades on both sides of the river, as well as the Freebridge Road grade to the right, on the hillside.

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    Next up: Center Ridge Rd to Tygh Ridge......