The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    I've driven by these two places so many times on my way home (heading east) or going west to "The Valley", as it's known my side of the Cascades. Seems sorta surreal to see them on a RR written by a guy in NYC.:huh

    You guys put in some serious miles on this day, especially so considering you both have stock seats and ran nobby tires:eek1 . At least you got Blueberry fixed in time to salvage some of the planned routes. Good job!!!
  2. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    You're welcome. I'm pretty sure that you and David would've been at least as helpful to me if I were riding in your neck of the woods, probably even more so. Glad I could do the little I did. I really believe in the "reap what you sow" thing.:thumb
  3. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Wow, I'm caught up now. Great report, I enjoyed the sights and the commentary of the west through your eyes. Your routes are great and the report awesome.

    David
  4. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Thanks. Well, it looks great in HD. I've made my mind, and will get a vholdr.
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  5. GOT DIRT?

    GOT DIRT? Been here awhile

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    WOW, Great RR. I want to buy a copy of that book.
  6. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    New ADV member here. I have been reading this thread for about two weeks now, and love it. Its like a great book.....but with pictures, and about motorcycles..and riding....just does not get better than that.

    I am up to page 74...did I say book above..I meant novel. :D

    As many have said.....it's great that you take the time and share the way you( and many ADV members do). Its great for many of us, that would love to take these kind of trips, but can't for whatever reason, to live vicariously through you experiences.

    Post 1098........made me feel the need to reply now....
    That is a man thing....you want things to work like they are supposed to..and get pissed when they do not..ESPECIALLY when you really need them to. That, and wanting people do their jobs and do what they are supposed to. To say I am sympathetic to that line of thinking would be an understatement.

    Anyway..looking forward to getting to the end of this thread..but in no rush since almost every post has something cool going on. Rock on and ride safe.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Time to wake up! For some reason, LDF was not wanting to roll out of the sack. :brow Could have been the cold, could have been the wine... but I figured out a great way to extricate her from the warm sleeping bags... :evil

    I open the thermarest valve a crack, and let it slowly deflate while I make my escape.

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    :wave emerson... that was for you.
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    This was our last day in Oregon, and is the day we got back on track, started heading north again up the Cascade range, past Mt. Jefferson, crossing the Clackamas river, past Timothy Lake, Mount Hood, and eventually stopping at Hood River.

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    Not the earliest start of the trip. :dunno

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    at the same time, we should have plenty of time to get to Seattle over the next two days without rushing, even with re-routes and stopping for photos.
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    became dramatically warmer as we climbed out of the valley.

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    my routing was going well... we saw this sign, :patch

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    but fortunately the road I had chosen went through. :thumb
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a few more turns,

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    and we catch sight of this:

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    Mt. Jefferson, named by Lewis & Clark in 1806 after Pres. T. Jefferson who sponsored their expedition. It has 5 glaciers on it's slopes, and last erupted in 950AD. :gerg

    The peak rises about a mile above the surrounding terrain, and we're about 15 miles away at this point.

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  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    any further, I remembered to tell the story of why Humbug (aka: Humbert Humbert) Campground was so creepy. :arg<object width="640" height="360">

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    short version: early evening, single men in SUV's cruising around, taking a few slow laps around the camp road, not parking or staying... spank mags found in garbage can in the morning... :brow You do the math. :csm :puke2

    Cowboy camping is looking better and better all the time. :augie

    Honestly, the risk of a bear attack is probably HIGHER at a developed campground, 'cause the bears learn that that's where they can score easy food. But they're not the two-legged animals that scare me the most. :eek1

    And we PAY $12/night for the the opportunity to enjoy these risks??? Yeah, the picnic table is nice, and the toilets were clean, but if it weren't for the fact that the fire restrictions prohibited a camp fire anywhere but these campgrounds, it'd be a no-brainer. :dunno
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We rode along for awhile, before crossing it.

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    Then up another ridge,

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    where we got another nice view of Mt. Jefferson (here almost 25 miles away!):

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was Timothy Lake, (formerly Timothy Meadows)

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    The road was paved only right around and over the dam... then it was back onto the dirt and dust:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    is so massive, that no FS roads traverse it. The set-up out here in the Cascades is a bit different than in the Rockies. There, you have a range, with peaks and saddles (or passes). All the peaks are roughly the same height, and so are the passes. Passes that are traversed by dirt roads tend to be at higher elevations than the paved passes, but you get the picture.

    The Cascade range, consists of foothills generally at lower elevations, which are then punctuated by these massive volcanic peaks.

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    In the next vid, I have no idea what I was yammering on about... :scratch We got our first glimpse of Mt. Hood in the first 20 seconds, and then the rest is me trying to chase down LDF, and catch another view of the peak, neither of which happens in the next 2 minutes, and is entirely skip-able.<object width="640" height="360">

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    All this explanation is in order to excuse ourselves of what we did next to get around Mt. Hood... pavement. :photog

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    there's just no other way around it ('cept hiking)... we had to do the same thing later getting past Mt. Rainier in WA.

    Mt. Hood: (I had to correct the exposure on this one) It simply dominates the horizon.

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    sufficiently west of the peak, we started making our way north and found ourselves on the Barlow Road... I had to take a photo, 'cause we've got our own wpBarlow out here on the east coast, and I thought he'd get a kick out of the photo. :wink:

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    Now that I've read a bit more about the Barlow Road's history, I'm even more glad I snapped that shot.

    Between Barlow road, and Lolo pass, we were really traveling in the footsteps of early explorers and pioneers. :D

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    Slowly, clouds started to form around the peak, and as we wound our way past Mt. Hood, it became more and more obscured from view:

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    Back in the day, Lolo pass was rough ..."It was also possible to drive livestock over Lolo Pass on the north side of Mount Hood, but that trail was too rugged for vehicles and so unsuitable for wagons."

    It's still no superhighway:

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    It's mostly a power-line road, mostly graded, with a few tough spots.

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we could have taken Lolo Pass road directly into Hood River, we were going to try to take a more remote and dirtier route that would cut north to Wahtum Lake, right between the closed-off Portland watershed area, and the northern part of Mt. Hood National Forest, and then mosey north-east into town.

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    not much traffic, but that sign didn't look promising. :dunno
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was a single-lane paved track, winding it's way up around blind-corner after blind corner...

    Next thing I hear over the squawk-box is "TRUCK, TRUCK!!!" and I see a huge dump truck barrelling around the curve. :yikes

    I squeeze over to the right, and it passes by me. It didn't seem as if he even bothered to apply his brakes. :loco<object width="640" height="360">

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    Once our pulses returned to normal, we saw that we were getting into some higher elevations, with nice views, but Mt. Hood was now completely under the clouds. :doh

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    When we got to Wahtum Lake, where I thought the real dirt section would begin, we found out that the roads that appeared on the GPS maps had all been turned into hiking trails. This seems to be a common theme for N.F. roads around out-doorsy towns with a high percentage of non-local college-graduated folks living there... same thing in Flagstaff. I'm sure y'all can come up with other examples.

    We stopped at the trail head to have a snack, and de-fleece, check the maps for a re-route, and another dumptruck flew by:
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    Gotta be careful up here. :deal
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we headed down to Hood River. Nice views along the way. Avalanches?:

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    as we got closer, we passed through some pear orchards,

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    The Columbia River:

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    Our destination, Brian's Pour House:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It was only about 3pm. I had promised someone that if we passed though Hood River that we would stop by Brian's Pour House, and give my regards to Brian. I knew that the connection was an important one, and since we were passing through Hood River, I wanted to complete the loop. :1drink

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    We got our photos in front of the restaurant, and headed in to grab a bite with plans to ride a couple more hours and camp somewhere in WA.

    Well, they were closed until 5pm, :cry so we sat out on their front deck,

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    broke out the maps, and figured out what we'd do.

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    :augie

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    (http://www.brianspourhouse.com/menu.html) :deal

    and we decided that we wanted to stay for a proper dinner.

    There was a quaint little hotel stumbling-distance next door, the Oak Street Hotel, built in 1909, and recently renovated. :wink:

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    A plan was starting to come together. We still had about 300 miles of trail to ride before we got to Seattle. The last 30 miles or so was paved. If we could turn in a big day tomorrow (thursday), that would leave us a half-day of riding on friday to finish. There was a potential bail-out that would cut out a bunch of dirt within about 100 miles of Seattle, so if we had a flat tire, or were otherwise delayed we could still make it in time to check in to our motel, and get the bikes stored before our flight back to NYC on Saturday evening.

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    Hood River seemed like a neat town, so we decided to indulge in a nice hotel room, a nice meal, a hot shower, and check the place out. :freaky

    Since we were staying, and had just snacked, we decided to silicone the case-guard on Blueberry's stator-side case, take a walk, pick up a bottle of wine and some appetizers, chill out, have a late dinner, meet Brian and give our regards, and get an early start in the morning for a long day of riding.<object width="640" height="360">

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    Like LDF said... it was like a little vacation from our adventure. :webers