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Old 04-21-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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quick Columbia River Gorge ride report

This was with Kermit, another ADV scum.

Motorcycle: Columbia River Gorge Ride 4/19/2009

478 miles, 12.2 hours.

Ken and I went for a quick ride Sunday. The goal was to go out to Bickleton, but we couldn't resist adding in some other Interesting roads. We ended up on a handful of beautiful gravel roads, which was a blast.


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The first part of the day was dedicated to riding the Washington side of the river. We went out Highway 14, then turned onto the super-twisty SR141 to BZ Corner. This was Ken's favorite stretch- he pulled away from me quickly, and raved about how great it was later. The stretch from BZ Corner to Glenwood was curvier than I remembered- and climbed 1400 feet fairly quickly.


Mt. Adams


Ken and Mt. Adams

The next stretch included a couple more canyon runs, which are always fun. The light traffic made it very easy to have fun.


Ken's self-portrait


Ted, action shot


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Two bikes with Mt. Adams in the background


Ken and Mt. Adams

Next, we stopped in Bickleton to eat at the Bluebird Inn, which is about the only place with movement in the tiny settlement. The food was tasty.


Ted, chatting with another rider at the Bluebird Inn in Bickleton

The next plan was to run from Bickleton, through Dot, to Hwy14. The road turned out to be paved about halfway, running past a ton of wind turbines. It then turned into gravel and dropped down to the river. The gravel was nice, but the road was curvy and Ken wasn't used to the gravel.


Two bikes and a wind turbine


Ted with the wind turbines


Ted with the wind turbines


DL650 and the wind turbines


Ken on gravel


Panorama of a barn and wind turbines

Once we reached the Columbia, we crossed into Oregon at Biggs, then took some gravel along the river and climbed away from the river. We then linked some great paved roads with some decent gravel roads- great twisty fun!


Ken at the Columbia River


Riding across the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge


Ken on gravel


Panorama of the Columbia River at the Oregon Trunk Rail Bridge (Celilo Bridge)


Ted with the bikes, above the Columbia River


Ken's bike with the Fairbanks Schoolhouse


Ted with the Fairbanks Schoolhouse


Cool barn


Mt. Hood


Mt. Hood

Our next diversion was to take OR-216 across the Deschutes River. I've always seen the twisties on the east side of the river and wanted to run it. The curves were fun, though the narrow road and steep drops meant I was a little nervous about having too much fun. We then turned around, ran it in the other direction, then ran down to Maupin.


Ken on gravel


Ken on gravel


Deschutes River in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Fishing platforms are visible.

The final goal of the day was to take NF-48 from Tygh Valley to Highway 26. Unfortunately, we ran into snow and didn't make it all the way. We tried hunting around to get between NF48 and Highway 216, but we ran into snow there too. Oh well! So we turned around, rode out to The Dalles, had dinner, then rode home.


Ken at snow on NP48. FYYFF!


Ken at a snow/tree crossing.

The only curse of riding with two identical bikes is that we were getting very low on gas before we got to Troutdale. We were both concerned for the last 5-10 miles.

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Old 04-21-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
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Wow, I love old buildings. We have got to do that route. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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Great pics and ride report, I was up on my Uly chasing/riding with?? a group of Buell riders through a lot of curves down through Klickatat thinking the whole way that I wanted to be off exploring rather than trying to make sure the next corner was clear. I am jealous! More dirt less carving corners.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:39 PM   #4
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:42 PM   #5
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Nice loop..... thanks
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:14 PM   #6
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Next, we stopped in Bickleton to eat at the Bluebird Inn, which is about the only place with movement in the tiny settlement. The food was tasty.
I've always wondered about that place, I always eat across the road at the general store. It's the usual lunchtime stop on the way to CtS (the pass rocks!). Maybe I should broaden my horizons next time

Nice pics, thanks for posting them! Say hi to Ken for me.

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:37 AM   #7
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Hi Tony!

The first time I ever did Bickleton Road was on the way back from the Gather - '03? - and we caught up with you, Gustavo & Brian (?) in Goldendale (where you had stopped and ate lunch). That trip wasn't much fun, as the GL500 had an almost BALD rear tire! Since then I've done it on V-Stroms, a Goldwing and the Tuono.

The only place I've eaten in Bickleton is the Bluebird. The food is decent (not sure they do veggie though!) but you want to get there before or after the crowd on a nice day.

I though I was doing OK on the gravel, except for the corners. I still don't have the confidence to go into a gravel corner with much speed. Of course Ted then passed me (I was doing ~55, he was doing 70!) showing me that I'm still a gravel slacker. Bastard threw rocks at my new bike. Good thing I'd already pre-scratched it!

We had a fantastic day with fabulous weather. Thanks Ted for picking out such a nice route!
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I though I was doing OK on the gravel, except for the corners. I still don't have the confidence to go into a gravel corner with much speed. Of course Ted then passed me (I was doing ~55, he was doing 70!) showing me that I'm still a gravel slacker. Bastard threw rocks at my new bike. Good thing I'd already pre-scratched it!
70 is a little .. conservative. But we'll go with that
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:10 PM   #11
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Great report Tedder. I was up in the same area Saturday and Sunday. Stayed at The fishing shack in Trout Lake and rode arround Glenwood, up through the Klickitat canyon and back to The shack. Great day for a ride! I haven't been to Bickelton for years. I used to spend summers as a kid up there at the grandparents farm, good times, riding my uncle's honda 50, drinking beer in the barn and shootin gray diggers

Where's that one room school house located, I have a special photo assignment to get some pictures of those.
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I rode those loops last summer and the loop up by the wind farm was a cool find.

Thanks for a great post of a ride with no rain in the PacificNWet!
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Where's that one room school house located, I have a special photo assignment to get some pictures of those.
'twas at Fairbanks, Oregon.
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Where's that one room school house located, I have a special photo assignment to get some pictures of those.
There are a bunch of cool old schoolhouses out there, tho that one is in better repair than most. Get a county map, like a Pittman. It should show the townships reserved for schoolhouses-most of them are still there though they may be used for storing hay now.

This one is not far from Fairbanks, towards Endersby



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Looks like a great day of riding. Thanks for sharing.

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