8th annual Barlow or Bust....WEEK !! - May 16-27, 2019

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    I've been kinda waitin for more Spring like weather before I posted our NW ADV's annual Barlow or Bust gig up, but Spring seems a long ways away from my place right now, so I need something Summer-like to lift my spirits. Barlow always lifts my spirits!!

    For those n00bs out there that don't know what the Barlow Road is, shame on you! Some of our ancestors came to Oregon on the old Barlow Road over 170 years ago. On wagons. Except their stuff was on the wagons, and the people usually just walked the several thousand miles to get here on the Oregon Trail. Yep, tough fuggers they was then. You can't even imagine the real adventures these people went through to get here! Once the Oregon Trail hit The Dalles, these early adventurers had a big choice: Floating the mighty (scary) Columbia River, or continue overland on the gnarly Barlow Toll Road. The Barlow Wagon Road was created in 1846 as a private venture toll road alternate to the previously normal, but dangerous and expensive, way of travelling by boat/raft on the mighty Columbia River to get to the fertile Willamette Valley. Those travelling overland were known to wave 'Barlow or Bust" signs like the gold rushers did. The name kinda stuck for us ADVers 170 years later.

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    But the BEST part about this old Barlow wagon road is...yep, that's right...we get to RIDE it today. There is an original 32 mile section of this old wagon road that is still ride/drive-able by fully street legal plated vehicles today. Dirtbikes and quads need not apply...although two great OHV areas are within 10-20 paved miles from camp for those that wanna ride OHV plateless. The rest of the Barlow Road has been mostly overcome by farms and lush forest many many decades ago, but the Barlow Road's deep scars still remain all through the forest, all the way to ZigZag, if you wanna find them.

    This old Barlow wagon road is still in really bad (GOOD!) original wagon road condition, and has really not been improved at all in 170 years, unless you call the water diversion bars built across the road 'improvements'. We call them jumps. Most 4 wheeled vehicles travel this dirt only road today at 5-10 miles an hour max because it's so bad, and there'es very few 4-wheeled rigs out there, so we 2-wheeled ADVers usually have this great old bad road completely to ourselves and it becomes our ADV racetrack for the weekend.

    Barlow Road quickly becomes most riders' FAVORITE dual-sport road for pure fun and skill building at reasonable speeds kept down by the skinny bad road with LOTSA turns and fun abrupt elevation changes. It's really pretty easy for anybody to ride on any bike, there's nothing overly steep or technical onnit, but it's the kinda great bad road that if you want more challenge, just go 5-10 mph faster. You can feel really FAST, going only 20-30 mph on this beauty of a great bad road.

    No shit, it's that cool to ride today.
    YOU should come and camp & ride with us!

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  2. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    The weekend before, all damn week also, and Memorial Day weekend through Monday!!

    Where:

    Forest Creek Campground

    Right Here.

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    Forest Creek Campground
    Campground GPS Coords: 45.17979 -121.52461
    I'm gonna show up Wednesday evening, just before dark.

    Rules: Anybody bringing a truck MUST bring LOTS of extra water, coolers and ice, and even food to share with those riders that have earned your help by riding into this event.

    This campground is primitive, seven sites total that we all share, right smack on pretty Cedar Creek, and a (usually) clean outhouse vault. $12/night + $5 extra vehicle fee. This small primitive CG is closer to stealth camping but it's easy to locate and get to, with a toilet for convenience. This is a NICE small campground is right on Cedar Creek and right on Barlow Rd.

    It is beautiful and quiet,...




    ...until we get there :happay
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  3. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    So this year, we're gonna spend the whole week here at Forest Creek CG. The 60 mile radius around camp is what all the pictures are all about, Barlow Road is just a piece of all this Dual Sport action, just a few miles outta camp in any direction!

    Past Barlow or Bust weekends...
    Some of us have been doing this for a long time now!!

    2012

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

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  4. IndianJoe

    IndianJoe Little Lebowski Achiever

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    Jonesing.
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  5. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    Good.
    My posts were effective.
    Welcome to Barlow!!!!

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    <p><a href="">690 on the Barlow</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/user6073316">Dan Kleinsmith</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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  6. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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  7. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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  8. tblume

    tblume Always Be Gambling

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    I am ready!








    For the snow here to melt, wonder when it's gonna be gone there...
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  9. brokeassloser

    brokeassloser I'll do it!!!

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    I’m gonna miss it this year. We’ll be out of town on other misadventures. Timing is everything I guess.
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  10. tdewitt

    tdewitt gas'n it

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    Looks like I am a bust this year as well.
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  11. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    I'm not doing anything the next weekend,...Memorial weekend...let's do it again the following Sat/Sun/Monday!!
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  12. brokeassloser

    brokeassloser I'll do it!!!

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    Woot! Barlow part two. The sequel.
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  13. unclehoot

    unclehoot Been here awhile

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    If enough will be there I'll come up the week after , I'm up for the fun of the group . You think We can get enough room for us F.F.'s on Memorial weekend ?? . So this will be the 25th - 27th right , same place as last year ? .
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    BobcatSig Single Track Beater

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    IN!!

    Let's get weird
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  15. DirtyTrails

    DirtyTrails Adventurer

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    It's on my calendar. Gonna try to make the Riley 290 followed by Barlow or Bust the following weekend. We'll see.
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  16. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    What are you, silly? IN!!!!

    (But it'll be getting there LATE Saturday til Mon/tues most likely)
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  17. Corradokid135

    Corradokid135 My KLR doesn't have a milk crate Supporter

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    I popped on for a monthly lurking & was happy to see this thread...…….IN! :freaky
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  18. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    Part two :nono Sequel? :nono
    ...again? :nono

    more like,...STILL :nod

    Uh, Sure, I guess I'll just stay there both weekends, and the whole week in between.

    I think this just became Barlow WEEK :wings

    Does all that ^^^ fit into your plans?
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  19. tblume

    tblume Always Be Gambling

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    I'll take vacation for this, if work load allows.
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  20. unclehoot

    unclehoot Been here awhile

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    OK A J , so You say You'll keep Me company for the week ? , then I'm in for the week also , at least We will have a couple spots for Memorial Weekend . Hope that enough show up for week , We should be able to get some good riding in , I don't know shit other than " the road " up there .
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