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. 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!