The CX500 "Sundays 'round the Gorge" files

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by el guapo nada, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    This weekend I hooked up with inmate Apple Jam, who grew up in The Dalles and we went on a little ride together. (sorry for the late posting A.J., I ran into "technical difficulties" of the sort we talked about) A.J is a wealth of knowledge on the local history, and I learned alot on our trip, he's also a heck of nice guy. Thanks for everything A.J.!:thumb

    I have taken the liberty of mapping out the route we took (still within the 50 mile diameter), and since I will probably have more Sunday rides like this, I have not given it a clever name, just a date. May I present:

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    We met here, and decided a general direction to go.
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    on top of the ridge
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    Mt Hood was engulfed in a front, which we would skirt, getting a little rain, and some brief hail
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    the 1st run down shack
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    the 2nd run down shack - about 50 yds off the road, A.J. knew where it was..
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    nice find Apple!
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    pretty soon the forest changed to this:
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    this view was incredible, the pic does no justice
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    my improvised wheel weights
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    Fret Creek
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    Jordan Creek Valley
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    Lunch Time...I had brought some left-over Chinese...A.J. wasn't letting that happen...he threw down! :thumb
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    Frickin' YUMMMM!!!!!
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    probably my favorite pic from this trip
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    Badger Creek
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    Bonney Crossing Campground
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    Fuel stop...Non-Ehtanol,Thank You! This is where Apple Jam gave me a sip of the Orange kool-aid. MMMMmmmm....:ricky
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    Brrrrrrr
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    In front of the Forest Service building in Dufur, where Apple Jam and I said our goodbyes....I hope this is the first of many rides with him.....Thanks again A.J! :clap
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    Thanks for joining, there will be more to come....check out the adventures with my CX thus far: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=622137 :D
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  2. WB-PDX

    WB-PDX Long timer

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    That new FS building in Dufur is frikkin' sweet.

    Classes up the whole damn town. :rofl
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  3. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    The question is, WB, : "Can you do for Dufur what Dufur can Do for You?" :lol3
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  4. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Did AJ forget to tell you to stop and enjoy the flowers? Where's the flowers guys? :flug OK you found lots of other things to stop and enjoy so I'll forgive you this time. :lol3

    This is close, almost flower like.
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    Keep enjoying your 50 mile loops - it's amazing what people can find in their own backyards.
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  5. K7MDL

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    Nice to see a CX500 still in service. Looks a lot smaller than I remember it being next to that Katoom.

    One ride on a CX500 in 1980 or so converted me to shaft drive for street, no more chain oil up my back (had a CL360 scrambler at the time, motor oil on the chain for lube back then). Bought a used Yamaha 750 Special shortly afterwards, then Yamaha XS1100, Yamaha Venture, and now Royal Star Venture.

    Good ride!
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  6. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    @ Ladybug......no, A.J. did not clue me into any flowers, it was more along the lines of old lumber, rocks, trees and beef. :huh The next ride I am posting in Daytrippin (sometime tonight) has some really cool flower shots though...now that I am aware, I will make sure to include at least 1 flower pic in my RR's, just for you. Thanks Ladybug...you should come join us sometime!:pynd

    @ K7MDL....yes, that orange beastie makes my CX look like a CT70! :lol3 and I have to concur on the shaft drive...it is so low maintenance, makes me never want a chain-drive again!
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  7. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Shoot, LB. Where were my manners? Next time, I promise. The wildflowers are pretty much done, so none stood out, but I'm betting we coulda found SOME......

    We did stop a lot, just to enjoy the ride and the scenery, and I know that's the main purpose.
    But waterfalls should kinda count, right???? They're awfully pretty at White River Falls SP
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  8. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    I've only got a couple to add. They're crappy cell phone pics, in comparison to el guapo nada's fine art......

    Funny how we get similar pics from the perspective that we each like most...
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    Only one wall left standing here
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    Should I wash it someday?? Naw! She likes it dirty
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    That Wamic Market road is really pretty short,
    but the pictures make it look like it goes on forever
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    DireWolf......where were you in 1975??
    Doing Pocket Knife Grafiiti on Skyline Rd. somewhere maybe??
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  9. Gootch

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    Digging the CX-500; it looks to be in very good shape. They are just about unkillable (I had one for 88,000 miles and hardly ever did any maintenance).

    Oh yeah, the other things shown in the picture look pretty good too. Nice ride.
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  10. JeffinTD

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    Hey, my neck of the woods! Cool.

    Lots of nice riding in the area.

    CX500- A way under rated motorcycle. Single crank 90 V twin is smooth as an electric motor, decent throttle response at idle and good power up to redline, you can tune it on your lunch hour, and with a little care they are known to roll over the odometer.

    Did I see Apple Jam's bike over at the River Tap?
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  11. Ladybug0048

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    I might just take you up on that idea. :D


    Good recovery AJ. :lol3
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  12. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Thank's Gootch! Like Iv'e said before - I hope my CX lives up to it's long-lived reputation......

    Hey Neighbor! Yeah, we are lucky to have all this great stuff in our backyard...:thumb I do believe Apple visited TD, but that very morning I saw a 990 just like his before I went to meet up with him so....?? Wanna go for a ride sometime?

    @ A.J. - Thanks for the compliment, as I explained, I just kind of point and shoot, I guess it does come out kinda Art-Like, doesn't it? :lol3

    And this is for LB...an excerpt from my latest RR (will be posting 2nd half tonight)
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  13. JeffinTD

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    Yeah, I think the KTM I saw had the big bandaged ADV rider thing on the tank, now that I think about it...

    Currently I'm off Tue, Wed, Thurs- and thinking of maybe a short ride tomorrow, if you or anyone else is interested...
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  14. Apple Jam

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    :nod That was Dirty Orange outside and me inside.
    The end to a good day, met up there with and old buddy who graduated TDHS with me waaaaay back in '82.

    I'd love to help you exersize your GS "Adventure" :ricky
    No weekdays off, normally.....

    But they are easy to plan for with the right incentives :D
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  15. erg59

    erg59 DoesThisKTMmakeMeLookFat?

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    great pics you guys.I need to get back down there and explore. I see you stopped in Wamic,was there any lawn mower races going on?:rofl
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  16. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    LOL, no, not this time.
    The track was WELL worn, though, so I'm sure the Wamicians had a great summer:freaky .
    Grass grows slow there without lots of water, so they might as well race those Garage Queens !!

    The next time we ride there, erg, our Orange cousins will get a chance to sniff each others' tails, I promise.
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  17. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Well, shoot! Unfortunately I work Tue - Fri, and I don't get home till dark these days..I'll shoot you a PM Jeff, and hopefully we'll be able to coordinate something....
    Hope your'e out there riding now...what a beutiful day it is!:ricky :clap
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    Good job, you're quick on the update. Soon, way too soon it's going to be pretty colorful fall foliage rather than pretty colorful flowers..... I won't even mention what comes after that. :lol3

    Keep the pics coming.
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  19. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    ...I had noticed this road on one of my rides, and decided to go check it out last Sunday, what an awesome idea that was....:D

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    off to "up there somewhere"

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    wind was really howling this morning, the bottom of the bike kept getting shoved to the right by the vicious crosswinds here.

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    the gravel became quite large - slow going on the CX with a worn front street tire, it was ok though, it set a nice relaxed pace for the morning. At least I had gotten out of the severe wind :thumb

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    Warning: There are multiple Big Mountain shots in this ride, partially because they kind of dominate the views, and part because I was fiddlin' with my camera, trying to figure out how to best capture these kind of pics

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    Evidence of how fierce and regular the wind is around here, all the trees in this gully grow leaning to the east

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    I came around a corner, and thought I was riding through someones farm, but there was absolutley nobody there....I was in a ghost-farm.

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    much to my surprise I had stumbled upon a state park - The Dalles Mountain Ranch

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    whoever had lived here had quite the view!

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    There was a graveyard of old farm machines

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    I thought MY tires were bad....

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    there was a small graveyard as well

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    I could have spent alot more time there, but it's close, so I will take my time to explore. Getting back on the road, I had to stop almost immediately and capture this cool little pond




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    about halfway up the hill I'd guess, rain was dumping around Mt. Hood. Mt. Jefferson is visible in the far distance

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    Iv'e only seen these green gullies from a distance, they dot the Klickitat Mts, breaking up the brown monotony

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    3/4's to the top

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    The Columbia; this was an amazing vista, no justice done here

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    you know you're at the top when you see this to the south

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    and this to the north (Mt. Adams and Mt. Ranier)

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    Ranier

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    Adams

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    Jefferson

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    Hood

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    I had been seeing hawks all morning, and wanted to attempt a shot, I finally saw one perched on a line pole...I stopped, got my camera out - the bird was getting a little perturbed and started screeching and moving, and I was able to snap this as he (she?) was lifting off (I was thrilled about this pic! :D )

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    the view coming down the south side was just so cool, I had to take a few more pics

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    sun was fully up on Rainer now

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    traffic jam!

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    Hood and Horsthief Butte riding back on SR14 to The Dalles, fought headwinds the whole time

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    This picture made me think of The Beatles, R.I.P John...

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    :wave
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  20. JeffinTD

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    Dalles Mountain Road, always a fun ride.

    Nice photos.
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