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Old 02-21-2011, 04:27 PM   #127
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Goldendale to........ a sweet change of plans

The forest encroaches into the North end of Goldendale, and it's not very far North, before you reach the Yakima Nation.

Stay out of the forest roads there, unless you are invited.
I've got a $125 "reminder" from a different trip up that way to convince me .

We tooled around several of the roads just South of the reservation, most just seemed to go in a circle of squared off roads.
Other roads ended for us at least, in a greasy, non graveled, slimy and puddle filled dead-end.
It was an easy vote, to stop here and turn around, there was not much distance before the border of the res anyway.

East of Goldendale a bit is the Rock Creek Canyon, and it was suddenly decision time:
This beautiful paved two lane to Bickleton.....

Or this very attractive gravel road at the bottom of this Canyon.

We were on Adventure bikes, dammit, so it wasn't a real hard decision at all;
The pavement could wait for the return leg.
"got no problem with keeping truly roadless areas as wild....
On the other hand, if it has been logged or mined and roads already exist,,
...then that land should be open for public use" (peterman)
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