Stonehenge to Oklahoma - Our Gorge Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by 650x, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. 650x

    650x Long timer

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    Katy and I needed a weekend get-a-way so Friday afternoon we hopped on the wees and burned up the slab to Biggs where we spent the night. Didn't take any pictures on the way down as we were trying to beat nightfall.

    The view from our room the next morning.

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    Cross the river.

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    Take the old highway up to Stonehenge.

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    Through Maryhill.

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    You can see Mt. Hood in the distance. Will see a lot more of it today.

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    Katy spots this "road" we have to check out. It leads us here.

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    Link for Sam Hill history: http://pavementinteractive.org/index.php?title=Sam_Hill



    Who says wees can't do singletrack. Katy riding back out to the old Highway.

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    Back on the highway heading west. Good view of Mt. Hood

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    Ride through the town of Lyle.

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    Stop in Bingen/White Salmon to look for the house Katy's father once lived in as a child. Found it.

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    Nearby Broughton Mill site.

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    One other thing we wanted to see on this trip was the old log flume that was used to transport logs to this old sawmill. Katys great uncle was once a flume tender and kept the logs moving down the flume. You are suppose to be able to see the flume near the "Tunnels."

    Approaching Tunnel #3.

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    You can barely see part of the old flume near Tunnel #3.

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    Katys trademark; A deer picture.

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    Look for a hot springs on this road. Never find the hot springs, but the road was fun.

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    One of many bikers we pass. The weather was great and the bikers were out.

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    Pass through the town of Mill A.

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    Then through the much larger town of Willard.

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    Stop for a little break at Oklahoma.

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    We then plan to try to make it to Trout Lake.

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    7 miles later and with a lot of climbing in elevation to do, we decide it may be time to turn around. Street tires suck in snow.

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    On the way back towards the river, I see a road on the GPS that looks like it might take us close to the log flume. It did.

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    Some instructions written on the wall of one of the old shacks on what to do in the case of a log jam.

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    Back along the river.

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    We then head towards Gleenwood.

    Sign near Husum.

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    Water Fall in BZ Corner.

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    Bikes passing through BZ Corner while we were at the falls.

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    The road from BZ Corner to Glenwood is a very fun and winding road. Also offers lots of views of Mt. Adams.

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    Glenwood

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    From Glenwood, we head towards Goldendale. That road is also a very fun to ride and winding road.

    A few miles from Glenwood, there is a viewpoint off the highway that offers a great view of the Klickitat river valley and Mt. Adams.

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    Back on the highway, one of many bikes we passed on this road.

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    Was having so much fun in the winding sections I really didn't want to stop for many pictures, but this one shows a little of the road.

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    Once we reach highway 142, instead of going on the Goldendale, we turn back towards Lyle. This section of highway is also very winding and fun to ride. Saw this building along the highway. No idea what it was.

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    Warm Springs near the mystery building.

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    Saw lots of these cement pillars along the highway. Note the tree growing around the board behind this cement pillar.

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    Reach the town of Klickitat

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    Old mill near Klickitat. It is not possible to get very near this old mill.

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    leaving Klickitat, we see a fun looking highway marked as going to Appleton. We take it. It was a fun road.

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    The pavement ends a mile or two before we get to Appleton. No problem, we are on the wees.

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    The road we took out of Appleton was also dirt for the first few miles.

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    We then hit pavement all the way back to the Columbia River.

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    We rent a room in the old Bingen School.

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    The rooms even come with a blackboard so you can leave your mark.

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    End of part 1. Stay tuned for part 2. :wink:
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  2. WB-PDX

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    Love the log flume! So cool!
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  3. liv2rydktms

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  4. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I took the 'shortcut' thru Appleton to Klickitat and Goldendale the last time I went across to Portland. That is a fun road. I remember a sign said Old hwy 8 or 7 or 4. :lol3

    I will look for the flume next time.
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  5. Ladybug0048

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    Since Steep doesn't have an Avatar I vote that he uses this one.

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    Waiting patiently for the rest of the story. :clap
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  6. Mr. Vintage

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    Yet another cool Steep & Rocky ride! You guys rock. :thumb

    I think I read somewhere that the old building outside Klickitat was a bottling plant of some sort...
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  7. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    Spent one fall doing a project at the mill in Klikitat and rode that country. Lovely area and I like the log flume. The old building in your picture IIRC is the ice house. From the boiler like apparatus inside I had assumed it was an ammonia refrigerant type, but I couldn't confirm that. Pencil pushers won't let you spend money to build a building that attractive or durable now days. dd
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  8. DoktorT

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    I think half at least of the 65k I put on my R90S back in the 80's was in the Gorge, Yakima Co. to Portland and back many many times. My kind of country. Don't forget to check out the Maryhill Museum next time. Just a coupla miles from Stonehenge.

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  9. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    Not whinning, just saying....Believe it or not, to me (and maybe for others not in your neck of the woods), like many other ride reports, it's frustrating to read Stonehenge/Mt Hood/Oklahoma/town names listed without states, etc.....

    Yes...yes....eventually one figures something isn't right.....just saying.....
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  10. Idahosam

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    OOOHHHH you guys a killing me:becca is it already that time again?? what the @#$% How DARE you have fun :D

    Looks like someplace I'd like to ride with the Tigger and Mrs TaterHead.

    Thanks alot Steep and Rocky:ddog I'm oozing with envy.
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  11. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    Would you have read any of it if it the title Was Maryhill, WA to Pendleton OR? intriguing titles are just good journalism.

    Great local RR. I've been through BZ corner a few times and never new there were falls there.
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  12. liv2rydktms

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    The ride report was posted in the region where those places "Stonehenge/Mt Hood/Oklahoma/" are located. I really don't understand your concern. The ride report was not in the ADVrider report section. Seriously states and countries shouldn't require identification in a regional RR.

    Nice to see someone from your state enjoying our area ride reports. If you're ever out this way we would share tracks, or we'd love to show you around the great PNW.:rofl
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  13. liv2rydktms

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    Actually the falls are located just after the bridge as your leaving Husum headed to BZ corner. There were Kayakers pulling out just above the falls while we were there. Some of them had kayaked over the falls but claimed they were "Chewed up and spit out". Sorry about the confusion. :huh
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  14. MortimerSickle

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    Another great report, I wish we could have some kind of pre-subscription so to not miss any. :thumb
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  15. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report..:clap It brings back memories of fighting forest fire early 90's and getting caught in the Klickitat Canyon area trapped by the fire. Will never forget watching the planes dropping retardant over our heads. I have always wanted to go back so that area. Thanks for the pictures and drawing on the chalkboard! :lol3

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  16. liv2rydktms

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    Steep is still at work.:ace I thought I'd surprise him by finishing this RR.:getiton

    We prepared and ate our breakfast in the community kitchen at the school.:dg


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    We're loving life, right now.:raabia

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    I really wanted to try to find Wind river hot springs. Found where we should have been able to take a 1/2 mile hike to it, but the area was posted no Parking or Trespassing. We turn around and head to Carson. Rode under this power line getting back up from the Wind River.

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    Next stop Carson Hot Springs Spa. Carson Hot Springs does not have a pool. There are Men and Ladies bathhouses. Wraps and massages are available following your soak.

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    We're not here to soak we are hoping to find the Shipherd falls trail behind the old St Martins. Hotel. Yeehaw! We see it. :wink:

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    See this.:eek1

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    Lots of intertesting things to enjoy while making our way to the Falls.

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    Found some flowers for Ladybug!:flug

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    See the suspension bridge: Knew we wouldn't be able to cross it.

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    Hike on past to get pictures of the Falls.

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    Head back to the old St. Matins Hotel.

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    Noticed the gate to the Golf Course was closed on the way down. Asked permission to crawl under it to get pictures of the St. Martin Family Cemetery.

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    Isadore St. Martins Headstone.

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    St Martins History.
    [SIZE=+1]The Carson Mineral Hot Springs[/SIZE] (Carson, WA)
    There are several natural hot springs in the Columbia River gorge. Native Americans used them in prehistoric time for therapeutic purposes. When pioneers began to settle in the gorge, many chose lands on or near the hot springs. After a few years, several resorts were constructed. During the Great Depression many of the hot springs were covered or drowned under the reservoirs constructed as part of the public works projects.
    One of the few remaining resorts is the Carson Mineral Hot Springs, also known as the Hotel St. Martin, in Carson, Washington. The three story hotel was built 1899 by 57 year old Isadore St. Martin as his retirement business. St. Martin had led an active life up to that point. At the age of 13 he had volunteered as a scout in the Indian Wars of 1855 and 1856. He had also been a guide for miners in the various gold, silver and copper rushes in the Cascade Mountains.
    In 1910 St. Martin had a disagreement with "Old Man" Robert Brown about the health benefits of the hot springs. The two men had been arguing about the subject for years. This time the disagreement ended in tragedy. St. Martin grabbed Brown by the shirt collar and force marched him off the property. While he was doing this Brown accidentally stabbed St. Martin. Whether he had been cutting an apple or whittling a piece of wood, no on remembered, but Brown had been holding a pen knife in his hand while he argued with St. Martin. As St. Martin was marching him off the property, Brown had flailed his arms around and accidentally stabbed St. Martin in the chest.
    St Martin walked into the hotel where he collapsed. He was carried up to the third floor where he and his wife had their apartment; and died a few minutes later. Mrs. St. Martin was devastated by the death of her husband and did not survive him for very long. It is her ghost, or that of an old time maid who continues "help" the living house keeping staff.
    Some of the staff have had glimpses of an elderly lady, moving about the second story rooms and hallway at the front of the hotel. When the follow her to investigate, the woman has vanished. She is sometimes seen in the first floor lobby. People have heard the sound of footsteps at night, walking along the third floor. This is unusual, since the third floor is no longer used and is kept blocked off. :confused




    After the cemetery we ride through Carson proper.


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    That's Steep chasing after me since I went the wrong way. I had figured it out and was headed back.:dunno

    We ride through Carson back to Highway 14. See the flume again!


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    Pass another rider on our way to Snowden


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    Steep spots Snowden. I'll have to turn around. Not much there but the school that is now someone's home.


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    Nice of the folks to have a sign just for us.:lol3


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    Take the Snowden cut off road / Acme road.


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    Close to the Snowden Road and Acme road interesection is the Brook Mountain School. You will have to go find it yourself. We don't want to spoil all your fun.:nod


    Ride highway 14, cross the Columbia See these riders riding up the hill from Umatilla. Highway 730.



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    Ride quickly past TRCI. Just Kidding.



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    We stopped so Steep could check his voice mail: Just in case they were experiencing technical difficulties. No voice mails.:clap All is well.


    Past Warehouse Beach Rec. Area. Quads are out there playing.


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    Took Cold Springs Highway the rest of the way home.


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    Steep walked in just as I'm typing this ending sentence. Great weekend. :rayof:clap:wings











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  17. MortimerSickle

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  18. dhally

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    Once again, very interesting ride report!:clap I went from Goose Lake to Wind River one year in June and there were still snow drifts on top. Very good 2 track road over the top in the summer.

    My dad used to live in Klickitat. These are carbon dioxide wells or springs. There was a dry ice plant near Klickitat and the carbon dioxide was gathered at these structures. He had a job driving the dry ice truck for a while. Was the warm springs carbonated?:freaky

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  19. Ladybug0048

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    Nice ride and you found flowers :flug

    I love the bits of history you include in your reports.
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  20. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    Thanks.... I lived in Seattle several years and have friends in Portland. I love the area. I run across a lot of RR with town or geographic names given without state names, as if everyone who'll read the report lives in the area. No big deal. Just me. It was funny that I had to review the report here to understand how the guy got from Mt Hood to the state of Oklahoma so fast.

    If a fella like me in Alabama wants to ride a bike in oregon (for example) next time i visit my friends in Portland, this is the best place in the world to get first hand info.
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