The Columbia Gorge...Exploring My Backyard

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mad Kaw Disease, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Most of the summer it is west to east up the Gorge, in winter when it gets real cold on the east side it tends to reverse and come flowing out from the east.

    The east wind was especially bad when I used to live in Troutdale at the western mouth of the Gorge...just to piss me off.
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  2. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Hope you left a few for us modern firearm guys...that's my hunting grounds as well.
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  3. dagwood

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    is yours the Stealth black 990 with heco bags? my boss' son saw you and thought it was me. tried to chase you down on his ...Harley.:lol3
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  4. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    I do remember seeing another 990...we are such a rare breed in these parts that I usually do remember when I see another. It was on that stretch between the bridge and 14 when I was leaning at a thirty degree angle into the side wind...wasn't it?

    We'll both have to hook up with Dagwood out there somewhere....someday.
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  5. dagwood

    dagwood Banned

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    cool. I'm in north Vantucky. off of saint johns.
    Ping me next time you're gonna head out there.
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  6. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Day two I decided to maximize Rule Two about new places and headed south from Tricities back across the border into <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>. I have been all around the south central desert from Prineville south and east, but I had never gone north and east into north central <st1:State><st1:place>Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>. I decided to head to Prineville through the John Day Fossil Beds and a bunch of towns I’d read about in touring cycle magazines.
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    I wondered as I headed down 730 if the keepers of John Wayne’s trademarks were aware the Duke was hawking groceries in Umatilla, or was it Irrigon?

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    Although scary, I knew these signs were because of the nerve gas being stored at the Umatilla Army Depot whose many bunker I had already passed. The theory is if the nerve gas gets out they will sound sirens and you need to run like hell down the routes marked by these signs to escape….right!!! Let me know how that works out for you out there folks!

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    The next sign I had never seen before and was a bit more of a concern….

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    Did I really want to go down a road with that name?
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    Turns out the road runs for miles along the fence of ….

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    So okay, I’m riding down the edge of a Navy bomb range on a BRIGHT ORANGE BIKE….I kept looking at the horizon to make sure Top Gun wasn’t taking a bead on me. It seemed like a great excuse to see how the Adventure handled triple digit speed…
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    I was in the middle of nowhere anyway…

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    Does it get any flatter and straighter?

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    Just when I was resigned to a morning of straight lining down to the horizon a sign of hope pops up……TWISTIES!

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    I dropped into the bottoms of a creek beds and ravines and was surprised by some really fun riding where I only expected boredom.

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    I think this silo and lonely house constitute the entire town of <st1:City><st1:place>Ruggs</st1:place></st1:City>, but the twisties continued…what lacked in scenery was more than made up by the blast riding the roads.

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    The ravine twisties gave way to National Forest twisties….

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    Then down out of the forest into some more great riding and the valleys carved by the <st1:place><st1:placeName>John Day</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>River</st1:placeType></st1:place>. I was totally jacked by the roads and totally spaced lunch ending up with a Diet Pepsi and Cherry Pie in Spray.

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    From Spray, it was right down along the river heading for the Painted Hills. I ran into a young couple on a new 1200 GS from up around Seattle who in the same manner I had decided to “head east” had decided themselves to just “head south.”

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    Eventually the first hints of the Painted Hills began to appear in the landscape.

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    After nearly a full day of great paved twisties, finally a few miles of gravel for the Adventure to get a little dusty…it likes that. The Painted hills were really cool, the pics just don’t do them justice.

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    Finally the run down to Prineville past Ochoco Reservoir to visit a good friend and excellent host known to this forum as Humunn of High Desert Adventures (insert shameless plug here--- highdesertadventures.net).

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    Next up Labor Day and some more volcanos...
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  7. airgord

    airgord What am I doing out here!

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    Man, I really miss the NW! Did you ride the 141 from 14 to Husum and BZ corners? Used to dirt ride with my pals up there near the Conboy lake game refuge, then over to Trout lake or Klickatat for a burger and beer(s).
    We used to meet at the Charburger at the Bridge of the Gods, sometimes Stevenson at Darlene's House of Waffles. Ah good times......

    Nice report, thanks for taking the time to put this up for us.
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  8. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    It is great dirt riding too, I run my KLR all over between Trout Lake and Glenwood...Draper Springs...Bird Creek and Island Camp areas.
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  9. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Not far away...just north of Van Mall. I got some GS riding buddies too if you can stand Beemer boys...:rofl
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  10. Loud Al

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  11. ronsolo

    ronsolo Hooplehead

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    Cool. I like it. Nice Bike too. :D

    Out there, Monument. Shaniko, Heppner, Condon... are some of the finest twisty bits around. I like it so much I went to Hood River twice this year.

    Also, ST.N (sport-touring.net) just had a little shindig in John Day a few weeks ago.

    Nice report.
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  12. Mad Kaw Disease

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    From what I understand there is a big Beemer gathering out there in June too. We ran into some people coming back when doing a desert ride further west around Christmas Valley.
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  13. ronsolo

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    Yes, in John Day. The only thing about the area is that there are many deer. It's crazy. They sometimes can be seen walking around in town.

    I want to go back over there though and so some more back road exploring. It's perfect terrain for our KTMs.
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  14. fallzboater

    fallzboater Kiss My Shiny Metal Ass

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    Definitely watch the deer, and the lower sun in the afternoons is an additional challenge. A Hood River riding buddy hit one heading west on Bakeoven Rd. east of Maupin on Saturday and is fairly busted up, as well as a possibly totalled 950. We hope he'll be home in another day or two.

    Also, beware of the new Elefant in The Gorge.

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  15. New Trick

    New Trick A guy that likes to ride

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    MKD, really enjoying the report. I just love riding in all those valleys of the John Day River. The North Fork has a great route between Monument and Hwy. 395. I think it's an old wagon road, kind of like a miniature Hells Canyon. It's perfect for your bike. Probably a good idea to do with a partner.

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  16. 1 Bored Clerk

    1 Bored Clerk Mama, I'm goin fast!

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    Yep, that was me. I picked a bad day to hijack my dads bike for a ride. That wind was freaking horrendous! Oh well, it was still way better than yard work. :D Enjoy your ride...I'll hook up with you guys next spring when I have my own 990.
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  17. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Dave,
    Sorry to hear about your buddy I wonder if it's anyone I know here in HR?

    Next time you're out in the the Mitchell area check out Twickenham it's kind of a cool place.

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  18. dagwood

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    jacked Dads 990? :poser
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  19. ronsolo

    ronsolo Hooplehead

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    Damn.

    OK anyone want to ride this next year with me? Cool.
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  20. jigdog

    jigdog Been here awhile

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    I would have ditched the bike and sailed my PrindleCat through those waves!
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