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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    Was that available in High Octane Premium?
    Or just 2%? :lol3


    Agreed, all around, with all your comments.

    That's why I prefer groups of two. I'll happily wait for one.
    It gets old waiting for several. And sometimes I'm the slow one, too.

    And I will also agree that at least someone in EVERY small buddy group must be fully prepared with Maps and GPS.
    In my opinion, GPS alone is insufficient for safety in the middle of nowhere.
  2. dvwalker

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    Apple, really enjoy your attitude. Guess I can say we're like minded in the persuit of riding where few others go or have gone.

    As you all ponder on the endless route options for this summer, here's a couple teaser vids I just finished from my OBDR and TAT ride last fall. I'd ride this route again in a heart beat.

    I have property off osborn cutoff rd near mosier so guess that kind of puts us in the same cherry hood

    OBDR and TAT: bend to thompson reservoir:
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    TAT thompson res to cinderville CA
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  3. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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  4. Apple Jam

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    Thanks for taking me on two days of your trip!

    That's what I'm signing up for, just what I saw in your vids.
    Roads barely travelled, towns long since vibrant, and lots and lots of forest in between :norton.

    You gave me my morning rush already, jacked up even :lol3, and I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet :*sip*

    Is that property "the house to be", your retirement plan?
    Yer gonna have to look me up when you come this way again, I know some great shortcuts from Parkdale to Mosier, LET'S RIDE!
  5. Maxacceleration

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    Nice vids dv.
    I think my Scrambler will be a big pig/slug out there.
    Sure would like to take it but my WR250 might be more appropriate.

    Anyone gonna drum up a pre-ride meet?
  6. Apple Jam

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    I am a little late posting this up; I finally found the micro sized USB cable this dang camera needs

    Last Friday, local inmate scottnt and I took off up the Klickitat River, and visited Goldendale, Roosevelt, Bickleton, & Mabton,
    to help break in his new GSA.
    I haven't been on East of Goldendale much, not until Walla Walla and Dayton,
    where I spent 3 wonderful months as a kid just out of the BIG shitty city of LA.
    So today, Bickleton and Roosevelt called me.


    I had indication that the 20% rain forecast was not going to be a problem.
    The Alpen Glow on the Hood at 6:50am was a very good sign :norton

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    If you ever go up the Klickitat River Canyon, you absolutely must stop at your first right, at the old Railroad Bridge, where Fisher Road crosses the river.
    Fisher Road is an excellent gravel travel all it's own, up to Appleton & Snowden, but not today.

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    That Railroad has been turned into a rails-to-trails and this ^^^ bridge is paved over for bicycles and hikers,
    if you don't have a throttle to twist :wink:.

    The Klickitat narrows up here into a deep fast chute that makes for perfect dipnet fishing for the Native Americans.
    White men don't get to fish here, until above the fishladders and falls, just upriver.
    If you catch this portion of the river at spawning time, you'll see a scene that looks like those old pictures of Salmon; crowded, bright pink, and plentiful.

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    It's one of my favorite rivers, the kind that makes you at least consider selling one of those bikes in the Garage that you don't use much anymore,
    take the money and go buy a driftboat and a fishing license :D.
  7. Apple Jam

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    The forest encroaches into the North end of Goldendale, and it's not very far North, before you reach the Yakima Nation.

    Stay out of the forest roads there, unless you are invited.
    I've got a $125 "reminder" from a different trip up that way to convince me :deal.

    We tooled around several of the roads just South of the reservation, most just seemed to go in a circle of squared off roads.
    Other roads ended for us at least, in a greasy, non graveled, slimy and puddle filled dead-end.
    It was an easy vote, to stop here and turn around, there was not much distance before the border of the res anyway.

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    East of Goldendale a bit is the Rock Creek Canyon, and it was suddenly decision time:
    This beautiful paved two lane to Bickleton.....
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    Or this very attractive gravel road at the bottom of this Canyon.
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    We were on Adventure bikes, dammit, so it wasn't a real hard decision at all;
    The pavement could wait for the return leg.
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  8. Apple Jam

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    This was a pretty, if barren canyon along Rock Creek. It was very peaceful, and pretty fast; the gravel was reasonably shallow.
    I think I'll have to come back here when the hills are green and yellow from Spring, full of rain-fed grass and Balsam Root Flowers.

    Around a couple dozen corners, and it was break-time for a Pay-Day bar and a pee.
    This Shooting Range graveyard of dead cars was just the spot.
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    A couple of Artsy Fartsy shots for ya....

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    I'd bet these cars would have some stories to tell, if they could talk.

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    While stopped here for 20 minutes, we saw like 6 cars and trucks go by.
    We thought we were alone out here.
  9. Apple Jam

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    Don't blink here, you'll miss the lunch stop.

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    The lady in the EMPTY M&T's Bar & Grill, said they talk about the burgers "all around here".
    Not much to talk about in Roosevelt apparently.
    They hit the spot, but right here is about all I'll ever talk about them ever again :lol3

    Above Roosevelt, on the road North to Bickleton is a great view spot.
    Pictures don't do this spot justice.
    I took several, but they all looked boring. Truth is the view was of NOTHING. For miles and miles and miles.
    Just windmills and nothing as far as you can see.

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    From here, we pretty much hauled ass on the empty and very cold hilltop to Bickleton, and then a quick fuel run to Mabton.
    On that road, my bright Orange bike was seen quickly approaching somebody's rear view mirror, while he was cruising along at about 55mph.
    Instead of passing, I got to match big speeds for a bit with a newer Shelby Mustang, showing off what third and fourth gear can do :evil.

    We got to come back down that windy pavement that you saw back in this RR, back to Goldendale, then Hwy 97, to 14, to The Dalles,
    and the end of our journey for the day.

    See you next week!
  10. MortimerSickle

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    Looks like a good ride.

    I hope it's not too late for Rocky to call off the hit.
  11. Apple Jam

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    Now I kept seeing several posts of admiration for capabilities of that Scrambler on the Hell's Canyon Thread last year.

    And I'm looking forward to your GREAT photos that include that pretty Green Machine.

    Bring it. I need someone else with a big bike to laugh at me once in a while when I deserve it and fall.
    And then help me pick it back up.


    In other news: My "commute" to work today was a little slick....

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    I really love your weekly adventures Thank you so much for sharing!!! :shog
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    And, I'll say it again. :D

  15. dvwalker

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    AJ, PM sent for March weekend day ride from Mosier. Would be nice to tap into what you've found for connectors between hood river valley and ketchum flats area south of mosier.

    nice ride pics!
  16. Apple Jam

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    Thanks, I'm having a blast doing it.
    I had to work most of yesterday, and it looked like it would be the best day of the week for riding.
    It looks like I'm going to have to be a bit innovative for this week's ride, according to the forecast...


    This was a pic of my 6 mile long dirt road morning commute to work yesterday morning. At 22 degrees.
    Only the dark corners still had snow in them. Nothing psycho about this dirt/rocky gravel road in the snow, just slow going fun.
    It's not anything like the white knuckle night ride on Hwy 35 & 26...

    This old road now feeds about 4 houses that sit in a hole of the forest, up in the middle of nowhere off Paul Bartlow Rd. that junctions from this, the old Kingsley Reservoir Rd.
    The residents keep the tree fall off the road for the most part, and keep it open for me all year.

    Is that "bloomin' ", as in "like a spring flower"?

    I grew up from 4th grade on in the Mill Creek Valley (out of The Dalles) at the end of the pavement, below the upper Ketchum flats area. I know it well.
    I used to "borrow" Daddy's Chevy P/U when was 15 & 16, drive it up to Ketchum Rd from Mill Creek, and cruise all over up there.
    Since I got this Dual Sport bike 3-1/2 years ago, I've been able to re-explore a lot of good childhood memories and places.
    And I rode the Black Dog last year where the pit run section was at the very upper end of Ketchum Rd, near FS17 from the HR Valley side

    As long as that weekend isn't March 17th - 19th, I'm good.
  17. dvwalker

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    Didn't realize that BIG pit run section from blackdog was actually on ketchum rd. Thanks for pointing that out. I marked it ugly rocky road on my gps track. I recall just trying to stay on two wheels during that section. That's located right at the northeast edge of the Mt Hood NF boundary. Cool area.

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    Buddy of mine and I did a ride last summer trying to go from troutlake to rimrock lake via the east side of Adams. We did it but not before realizing we were on indian land and needed to get the hell off of it before we got caught. No performance awards but lots of stinkeye. Pretty country.
  19. scottnt

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    Jeff,
    nice riding with you on Friday, I'm looking forward to doing it again soon. I'm stuck working for the next couple of days. Looks like the weather is going to be crap anyway:puke1. Let me know when you want to hit the trail again! :clap
  20. Apple Jam

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    I was wondering why I was getting funny looks by the very few passers by that day.
    Then when I got to the Reservation Guard Station on the other side by White Swan, I found out the hard way.
    It was last year in about May, maybe.

    The sign at this end of the Yakima Nation, from "Mt. Adams Hwy" by Glenwood, says only:
    "No Acahol
    No Praphernalia
    No Marijuana"

    It DID NOT SAY "Stay out White Boy"
    Got some crappy cell phone pics from that trip anyway,
    I figure I can post them, since I paid the $125 fine....

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    These were from the Fire Lookout at Signal Peak

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    It was ALMOST worth it, it was a GREAT ride....