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Old 03-05-2011, 10:58 AM   #197
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March 4th, Hood River to The Dalles, the hard way

This ride starts at the Lazy Lodge with TourPros:

TP and his XR (IT LIVES ) are not really into freeway riding,
but there are not too many routes towards the East this time of year that are not covered in snow.
So, snow it is.

Up Old Dalles Rd. to Elder Rd, and along the ridge on top was fun,
until the dreaded sign..."End Winter Maintenence"
Oh Crap .

I knew Hood River and Mosier's good ol' boys would have 4x4'd this route a few times by now, so we pressed on despite this........

After a couple of miles of REALLY hard work, I realize TourPros is a long ways ahead of me, and I'm ready for a bit of a break.
Hey I recognize this spot....

Looks a bit different in white, instead of green, but does this spot look familiar, Max?

Originally Posted by Maxacceleration View Post
In Mosier, we stop at the "no credit cards accepted" convenience store, and buy nothing with the cash we don't have on us....
And Mosier's retired Mayor walks up and strikes up conversation with us, then offers to take our picture,
with the "Mosier Totem Pole" in the backdrop

We take the gravel run "Dry Creek Rd" to the top of 7 Mile hill, then jump on the two-lane.
At the crest, 1800' elevation, the View down into The Dalles is pretty sweet.
Today's sky will not allow the best pics, but here it is anyway

next: Petersburg to Fairbanks.....
"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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