Hoon on the loose ..... Jacqueline heads to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jacqueline L., Apr 19, 2007.

  1. demenshea

    demenshea 1% Angel 99% Hooligan

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    Hey Jacqueline, glad to see you again!! I am still following your adventure and enjoying your lovely photographs. Hope you enjoy your ride home...u still have a ways to go, though nothing compared to where you have been!, but still scenic travels!

    Thanks for taking us along!! :thumb
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  2. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    Being so close, I had to return to California for another look at those wonderful Redwoods…….

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    Before heading back into Oregon (the interior) and I about died when I hit the heat. I am so glad I had my mesh gear sent to me before I left Alaska…. But the heat was still hard for me to handle:huh .... more to see back in Oregon......
  3. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    I'll be calling you.... before I come by.
    I'm going to meet GWEN :wings
  4. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    Back in Oregon, I met up with another rider… he had been successful in talking me into going to the UN Rally (a BMW event) and I was going to ride across the country with him…. (if our riding styles could blend long enough to get us there).

    We found a great place for lunch…. “The Pink House” in Cottage Grove, OR….

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    The food was wonderful and the portions HUGE….

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    This is a “small” chef salad…. WOW!

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    I had to see the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area before I left this state (one more time)….. The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range, with the north canyon walls in Washington and the south canyon walls in Oregon. Spectacular!!!!!!!

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    Views from the Crown Point

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    and the Vista House

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  5. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    There are numerous Falls along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area…..

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    Multnomah Falls… originating from underground springs this Falls tumbles a total of 621-feet over two cataracts.. WOW

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  6. timk519

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    The Gorge is indeed an incredible trip. :thumb

    If you can get up to Hwy 5 & 20, head east on 20 and do the northern part of the Cascade loop, you'll see more incredible scenery.

    Thanks for sharing!
  7. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    We stopped along the Historic Columbia River Highway to enjoy the sunset…
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    Getting hungry it did not take us long to find a great place for dinner….. [​IMG]

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    I’d recommend it to everyone….. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    http://www.tadschicdump.com/photos.htm it alone would be worth the ride… but with the beauty of the roads and the landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area it’s a grand slam!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    It is nestled on the banks of the Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon and it’s only twenty miles east of Portland.

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    The outside walls are actually glass doors/windows that fold back and invite the outside in…..
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    We had to have the Chicken’n Dumplins…. wonderful… (and very filling).

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    I have never seen such large dumplins before [​IMG].
  8. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    More views of Oregon…
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    If you ever get to Enterprise, Oregon you must stop and spend the night with Jack & Judy Burgoyne

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    at The Historic Enterprise House Bed & Breakfast; www.enterprisehousebnb.com

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    We stumbled upon this lovely 1910 Victorian style home, once we met Jack & Judy and saw their gracefully decorated home (with old style charm), we had to stay.

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    Within walking distance is a Microbrewery with wonderful beer, local wines, wonderful food, and enjoyable customers where we enjoyed dinner……

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    Breakfast was a grand affair….. (almost to grand for the likes of two bikers)
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    A swing on the swing in the front yard…..

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    then it was down the road to Joseph and views of Hells Canyon.
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    On the way we came upon a real live cattle drive……
    Get’em up, move’em out, rawhide! WOW!!!!

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    It was an open range area, and they were rounding up the herd…..
    Two “Cowboys” and about five working dogs…….
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    headed right for us. We pulled over and stopped, I had shut off my bike and got off (to take pictures) when one of the “Cowboys” said he wanted us to keep coming. Back on the bike, we continued forwarded and the cattle started to scatter…. The “Cowboys” whistled and the dogs went to work rounding the herd back up.

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    WOW!!!!! I had never seen herding dogs at work, they were GREAT!!!!

    Hells Canyon was established by Congress Dec. 31, 1975, contains 215,000 acres of wilderness, and has three rivers which are designated “WILD and Scenic”; the Snake River, the Imnaha River, and the Rapid River.

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    Time to head north to Glacier National Park.....
  9. timk519

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  10. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    Idaho...
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    Some of the greenest hay I have ever seen…….

    On my trip I have seen a lot of bears but these are the first that I have been able to photograph.

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    Yes, Momma is looking right at me!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    A wonderful little town that should not be missed is Riggins, Idaho and Route 12, Lolo Pass.

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    This sign almost says it all! [​IMG]

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    Montana

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    The first stop is the BMW Dealer …. Big Sky BMW in Missoula …. Called ahead the week before to order the frame bolt that is broken on my bike. Actually requested and paid for express shipment on the bolt and was told it would be there the afternoon I arrived….. NO BOLT!!!!!! The Parts Department had messed up the order and the bolt was not there. The Service Department thought they might be able to do something for me still, but soon realized they could not. On a scale of 1 to 10; I give the Parts Department a 1 and the Service Department an 8 for an over-all total of 4.5 [​IMG]. (as of today the bolt is still broken, and is scheduled to be replaced tomorrow in Lynchburg, VA).

    Montana was hot so I wore my mesh gear…. By the time the sun started going down it got cold….. not wanting to mess around with trying to get my mesh jacket secure on the bike I just put my regular riding jacket right over my mesh jacket…. I felt like a quarterback with all the padding…… [​IMG]

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  12. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    Glacier National Park…..

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    the first International Peace Park (between Canada and the US) and one of the most ecologically diverse parts of the Rocky Mountain West. The Park represents a vision of a world in which peoples set aside their differences and work together in the interest of all life. This Park (scared place) is a living embodiment of hope. It was here (in the West) that I realized there were/are so many more different Tribes of Indiana then I knew.

    Tom I got the stamp and so did someone else……
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    So many people had told me about Going-to-the-Sun Road;
    A beautiful road for riding … but there seemed to be no place that the road was not at some angle and was a challenge for me when I stopped, which made it a little nerve wrecking [​IMG] (not to mention I felt like I was going to be pushed over by someone [​IMG]….not on purpose….. I did make my point and was given more room [​IMG].)

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    We stopped at a parking area to take a few pictures and explore.

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    We spotted this mother Mountain Goat and her kid high on this mountain.

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    The Mountain Goat’s hooves are well adapted to this rocky habitat. Their hooves have a sharp outer rim and a rubbery sole that provides excellent traction on steep, smooth surfaces. Not to mention their solid legs and bodies… look like pure muscle to me.

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    We walked back to the parking lot to find….

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    another Momma…. and

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    her kid……
    CUTE!! BEAUTIFUL!! SOLID!! WOW!!

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    It appeared something (soda maybe) had been poured on the ground under Richard’s bike.

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    It was amazing to watch Momma just step up on that wall…… [​IMG]..

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    I love her eyes!!!! BEAUTIFUL!

    Next more of Glacier……………
  13. cricket

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    one nice report keep it coming.:clap
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    Jawdropper Ca y'est, On y go!

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    Thank you so much for all the time and care you put into these posts...Top of the list for sure!
  15. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    The goats are licking up spilled anti-freeze...it's frustrating to see that, because it's poisonous. Every time I go over that pass, I see this and try to shoo them away.







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    These have been fantastic pictures, Jaqueline. :thumb And a great story.
  16. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    That REALLY bothers me to hear that and to realize you VERY WELL may be right :huh . Had I known that or even thought that, I would have run them off. At the time we thought it was water leaking from the camelback sitting on the bike. I can only hope that was not enough to do them harm. I wonder what can be done to stop this from continuing ....... I may have a new mission in life!
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    I think they usually don't get enough to kill them, because the puddles are usually too small, but it can't be doing them any good. I know it's what they are drinking, because I've seen them drinking from some of the larger puddles. It seems cars get heated up getting to the top of the pass and then puke out a little antifreeze when they park. I don't know what to do other than chase them off if possible.

    Why is it that every time we let wild animals become tame in some way, it seems it ends up bad for them?:cry
  18. Jacqueline L.

    Jacqueline L. Been here awhile

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    We stopped at a Visitor Center to sit and eat the sandwiches we brought with us and to enjoy the views……

    If one prefers you can park your car and enjoy the sights of the Park from one of these neat looking buses….

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    Notice the people in this bus with your heads out the roof………

    They are taking pictures of this BIG BEAUTIFUL fellow………………………

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    I need to go back!
  19. RicH2

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    Antifreeze and pets has long been a problem. Dogs & cats love the stuff, and but a few ounces might kill them. I should think the goats couldn't get enough after it's soaked into the asphalt; unless they're hanging around all day doing that....which they probably are !

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  20. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Lovely lovely photos.

    There seems a slightly different air about them. Almost a bit more civilized or domestic. Different than just a month ago. Still, looking like a very wonderful journey.

    Please give Gwen a big hug (if it doesn't hurt her too much) and wish her well for me. :D

    Here's to continued great times, Mark H.