Riding Around the Hood

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

  1. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Wow, a guy gets all preoccupied with a new job and look what happens! I just got caught up, and it's great to see all the adventures my fellow gorgians have been having...I was especially tickled to see some photos of Suicide Grade - the water crossing at the bottom was my very first solo water crossing, how neat to see pictures of it!

    I rode the 450X I had at the time, not the CX500.

    SInce I was alone, and didn't carry a camera at that time, (or wear any armor beyond helmet, mxboots and gloves for that matter :loco), I don't have any pics. But I'm pretty sure it looked just like this:

    :nod

    just like that.......I remember the creekbed being very "lumpy" with babyheads, and that if I fell it would probably suck, but I managed to cross both directions without mishap. It was the end of Mill Creek Rd, which turns into Upper MIll Creek Rd (a very similar and fun 4WD road about another 10 miles beyond the start of Suicide Grade) that finally taught me the foolishness of not wearing adequate protection....a lesson well and gratefully learned.

    Did you Take em up Hedges Grade as well AJ?

    It's kinda neat to take a break from the forum (not intentional by any means) and come back and catch up with the local riders and their reports, makes me want to get me a more capable bike ASAP so I can go with y'all on trips like that, kinda reinvigorated what got me interested in ADV in the first place...Thanks to all for sharing!
  2. matloik

    matloik kludge

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    Ten4. See you in the morn.

  3. Mustangshelly

    Mustangshelly Adventurer...hardly

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    Now worries here! I already have the "sweep up" spot reserved :wink: You will have to fight me for it, if you want to be last in line.
  4. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    I'M SPECTIN A RR :ddog
  5. Loud Al

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  6. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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  7. JamesAndrew

    JamesAndrew Adventurer

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    If that is the case, I hope you don't have to pick me up to many times. LOL:ricky I am getting pack up a ready to head up the hill. See you soon.
  8. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    What a surprise......:norton


    No rain, yet :freaky
  9. JamesAndrew

    JamesAndrew Adventurer

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    I am sorry I missed the ride. I left in plenty of time, getting into Sandy the bike was acting a little squirly, I realized that I had a low rear tire. Put air in lasted about 3 miles. Headed back to Oregon City to get it changed (stopping at every gas station for a (4-Quarter) air fill. The tire had a pinched tube, ( I presume when I reasently had a new tire installed. Got a new tube installed and head back to the mountain. I didn't get to Bennet Pass Snow Park until just after noon. I didn't see anyone so I headed a little way out Bennet Pass Road. I was pretty nasty weather so I presume the ride was moved somewhere drier.

    I headed down to Parkdale, dried out a little, then ran up to Lost Lake (back in the rain again) over Lolo Pass and back to Oregon City. I guess I still had a little adventure but not the one that was planned. I hope I can attend the next ride, armed with an air pump, replacment tube, tire irons ect. :wave

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  10. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  11. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    It was really much nicer weather on the East side of the hill. We stayed dry & mostly sunny all day.
    Tygh Valley was actually sunny & warm T-Shirt weather, where we stopped for snacks & gas,
    and it sure was fun getting there and back along Jordan Creek.

    Somebody actually spent some time on the creek croosing, removing the big rocks,
    so it was smooth bottomed, and low water.
    Good,... and bad (less excitement and less chance for ADV camera fun !!)

    We hope you can attend the next ride, too, and I'm glad to hear you made something of the day, anyway :norton
  12. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Loud Al:
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    Fuzzy shot of NoPo:
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    No Zoom shot of martinmenace:
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    Sorry I missed you crossing it, Dale :cry
    I got no other pics today at all, I'm hoping Loud Al will step up here, he snapped a few :deal
  13. matloik

    matloik kludge

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    Thanks for leading the ride, AJ. Your encyclopedic knowledge of all them back roads and routes sure comes in handy. We appreciate it.

    Susi and I got back to Little John at about 4, with a big ol' nail stuck in my rear tire. No field repair needed, luckilly.
  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Sounds familiar.

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    I'm still wondering what the payback is going to be. :uhoh
  15. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Two good stories of "Got away with it !!"



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    Sorry I did not get yer OC joke, Mort, I was PUI. I actually thought you were serious at the time.
    Shoot, I shoulda known better, eh?
    Today,..... I read it again,,,and, well,... I coulda thought of a muuuuch better response :deal
  16. Used2BeFast2

    Used2BeFast2 Chupacabra Rider

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    A couple a hundred more of those and that bike's ready for winter!
  17. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    AJ: I took a little ride out of Madras today on your "favorite road". I know it's not "Around the Hood" exactly, but thought I'd post a couple pics (sorry I forgot the camera so had to use my android phone):

    The Route:

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    Fall colors along Trout Creek:

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    View from the Ochoco's ( See it's not all red cinder gravel, ice and guardrails) :hide

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    John Day River:

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    Cherry Creek Ranch Area

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    Old barn on Cherry Creek Ranch. I was told by an old guy that used to run sheep on the ranch that until the metal roof was put on, there were no metal fastenings of any type on the barn.

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    Pushed it a little too late as there were deer starting to show up everywhere, but caught a nice sunset:


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    Today's Stats:

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    The weather was perfect and the roads are in awesome condition.
  18. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Excellent figure-eight loop, MadChap :clap. 153 miles, perfect for a nice long day trip out there :1drink


    That was just my favorite road, then, in February when I rode it.
    But, I finally just had to start calling them all..... "one of my favorites"

    I finally got to ride Trout Creek to Ashwood, in mid-September. What a hoot !! Something like 6-8 small creek crossings?? I lost count :D.
    Then I re-rode East to Cherry Creek through Donnybrook and Horse Heaven. Sweet, again.
    I found the road North to old Bagwan-ville on Muddy Ranch Rd this time, just about a mile West of the Cherry Creek homestead and shop/barn complex. That was rough and dusty excellence. I grew up in Wasco County, and was in High School during the Bagwan's reign, and this was my first trip over to see the Muddy Ranch. It has changed a little bit since the "Young Life" group has been fixing it up a bit lately.

    Yep,.... still on the list of favorites. ALL of 'em. I like the beautiful mix of plenty of Junipers and plenty of wide open canyons & hills. And, of course, I REALLY like the "see no people" thing out there. A great route for a solo therapy ride :norton

    But, I still have not ridden from Cherry Creek down through Painted Hills (never yet even seen the Painted Hills Nat Monument :huh), last February, I cut East to Twickenham. Nor have I ridden Donnybrook North towards Antelope, nor Ashwood North towards Willowdale. Unfinished business :deal.

    The subject came up on our Saturday ride, how the roads and weather there, will likely stay good for a month longer than the roads and weather around here,.....So, I think I've got to get another ride in over that way......

    I'll make sure you know when, MadChap. I'd like to ride it with you.
    Slow Joe,...are you listening ????
  19. Slow Joe

    Slow Joe Been here awhile

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    I'm in, but I do have to warn you that the clay out there can make the Abbott slip clay look NICE. :eek1 It just sticks to your tires and builds up. Packs up between the front tire and forks. Riding with a front tire that doesn't turn can get old in a hurry. Was out riding powerlines the other day thinking about a loop for you guys. I have some pretty good ideas, nice dual sport roads a little bit of technical stuff, you name it. :evil

    SLOW Joe
  20. Slow Joe

    Slow Joe Been here awhile

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    I won't take you anywhere a crappy rider on a stock KLR can't go.

    SLOW Joe