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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    Wheatfields, old Farms and older Buildings. That's all there is here for many miles of gravel Rd.

    Long since appreciated old cars

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    An original 60's Super Duty Ford; a real work truck.
    Now "Super Duty"s are just an ugly-grilled Contractor's Pickup Truck or for towing Harleys :lol3

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    The old train route heads West-ish after here towards Rice and Boyd, and then to it's end in Friend.
    Notice the windmills to power the pumps in the wells, to fill this old water tank for the last trainstop I'll see today.

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    I find myself wanting to stay on the East Deschutes Ridge gravel roads, exploring the old Farms and buildings here.

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    Mt. Hood would be just to the left in this view, on a clearer day,

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    Classic story here...
    "This old house is a POS, honey, why can't we get us one of them new fangled Double-Wides, like the Jones's up the road have"

    Just park it next to the old house, and yer done.

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    Next up: Sherrars Bridge and Falls......
  2. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Sherrars Falls and bridge has been covered before, It's an easy search with lots of info and history.
    So I'll just show y'all some pics...

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    Next section to ride is Sherrars Falls to Macks Canyon, on the 17 mile gravel road next to the Deschutes River.

    This is a great ride, next to a beautiful river, even if the gravel is just a bit deep. My gut tells me to stay below 60 on this loose stuff.

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    The train disappears into the hill after this bridge across the river, you only get a small glimpse of the tunnel

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    Then it pops out on the other side...

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    The end of this road is Mack's Canyon Recreation Area.
    You can see where the "losing side" train grade continues on here, but the road ends at this campground / boatlaunch

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    Back the way I came in, 17 miles. There is no other route.
    Back at Sherrars Falls, it's a 9 mile one-lane paved ride to Maupin.

    In Maupin, there is the Stonebridge Restaurant and Bar.
    Owned by Mark and Vicky, also Orange lovers, they BOTH have Orange 950S KTMs.

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    Classic question comees from this old guy, sitting on the porch, smoking....
    "A bit chilly out there tonight?" :lol3
    "Nope. Just Fun and Sweet Adventure"

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    Dinner time, and good conversation.
    KILLER Enchiladas and Pendleton's Whiskey.
    Do I have to go home?????

    Thanks for watching...
  3. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Hey AJ, do you and Z still have something planned Sunday?

    If so, how ambitious? I'm feeling kinda lazy. :D
  4. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Yeah Easy-Z's still coming my way. We're meeting downtown HR at 8:30am
    We were going to spectate the races in Eddieville, but they have been canceled.

    I hadn't planned anything else, I have a planned gravel ride scheduled Monday.
    So we'll refer to plan "B" for Sunday....

    You are welcome to come be committee, or one of us idiots.
    Do you know where the shop meeting point is in HR ?
  5. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Well, it's 8:18 and I just finished my coffee, so I'm thinkin' I might not make HR, or even the Plan B :D by 8:30.

    I'll be leaving here about 9-9:30 to come over there to see TourPros anyway, but unless you leave bread crumbs, I probably won't be able to hook up with you today.

    And no, I don't know where the shop is.
  6. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Since we have no plan for today except meeting here at 8:30, we might still end up getting together, then.
    Ladukebob is going to meet us here for a Pelican Case ownership transaction at 8:30,
    and then we'll just see what our small committee of idiots decides from there.
  7. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    This idiot will be prepping his bike for 2mrws ride, so, if you find yerself in my neck-o-the-woods, I might be able to meet/join for some form of ride...was planning on doing my regular loops, part of which you covered nicely in yesterdays ride.....
  8. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    We're in HR now, do you still have my phone # ?
    I have yours
  9. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    yep, got it, but when I called just now, a nice gentleman named Ken answered, and we chatted - apparently he has received more than a few calls for you, some sort of screw-up with ATT he was sayin...wanted me to pass the message along to you, so there you go....

    Sun is starting to shine in TD, I won't be ready to ride till noon...
  10. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    PM sent AJ....somethings still wrong with your phone.....
  11. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    Sweet ride and photography AJ. Very cool indeed.
    I'm finding time hard to come by to make it down your way.
    But hopefully before long.
    Keep after it.
  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Home safe, sound, warm, tank still with, and a shot of whisky in front of me. :D

    Good to see everyone. Thanks for a great ride. :ricky
  13. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    Love these roads, good for you, found some without snow.:clap


    I knew we were kindred spirits. I love old buildings and it breaks my heart they have been abandoned. It really bothers me when I see those lovely old schoolhouses used for storing farm equipment, but if their used for storage they usually have a good roof, Buildings go to he?? if they don't have good roofs.. I Dream of restoring one to use a home.
  14. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    Man did I need that. I'm practically glowing. It wasn't as cold as I expected, but I did get home and went straight in for a long, hot shower. I just got done with the token phone call to the folks. I think that shot of whiskey sounds like a great idea!

    Nice ride today guys. I'll get some pictures up here in a bit.
  15. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  16. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    Nice photo's :clap I had a soccer match to go to at noon, and I knew you guys would start posting great photo's so I took a photo of the ride I was on most of the day! :rofl But there was sun, so I can't complain...
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  17. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    someone stole your rollcage :lol3
  18. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    No, it's still on there! It just goes around the front, it's my engine crash protector :rofl and if you didn't notice, my ride is orange! all I need is a ADV sticker on it and I'm good to go :evil
  19. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    I feel downright human again. That was a great day!

    I had some responsibility today. I have a little paper cutout to carry around, it's for the Flat Stanley Project for my cousin's son in Michigan. With this and some other plans I have, I think he'll end up with the best pictures and the most interesting history. But I might not be completely objective on that. :wink:

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    At Celilo
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  20. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Stanley needs a samich..

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