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Old 09-05-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour

Roger stopped by on his way home from Alaska. He kindly agreed to help me check the route for the Adventure Sidecar September 17~19, 2010 Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour I laid out about 130 mile round trip and it took us 7 hours, including stops. Here are a few photos:





















Countless Corners from Adventure Sidecar on Vimeo.





We stopped at Fairbanks to wire tamales to the headers





Fairbanks was a waypoint on the Oregon Trail. All that remains of Fairbanks is an abandoned pioneer schoolhouse and this monument





We headed up Moody Road for a picnic on the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River high above the Native American village of Celilo









We dropped back down off Moody road and continued our meander through the farmlands and ghost towns of Wasco County









Mt.Hood towered above the rolling wheatfields





Mt.Adams poking up behind a derelict one room school house





Mt.Hood from the schoolhouse coat room







Shades of the dustbowl: That brown smudge I am riding into is the 35mph winds lifting the topsoil off a freshly plowed wheat field







Place names and ghost towns of the Old West










We rolled into Rice, once a thriving community, now a few decaying wood grain silos and a pioneer cementary





I would have missed this old grave yard if Roger hadn't spotted it on the other side of a pasture behind the grain silo





The Rice family plot












A calvary officers grave









As the sun dropped in the West, we climbed over the ridge and headed home







We'd left just after noon and got home just before sunset. It was a great ride! The tour will be every bit as good!



September 17~19, 2010 Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour
Offered through Hood River Community Education
Fee $550
Sidecars, lodging and meals are not included.
Bring your own sidecar or rent one of ours.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:20 PM   #2
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Wow...great photos.


I love the look of those gravel tracks.......perfect Ural roads...or any combo,come to think of it.

Yer mate looks a bit daft virtually hanging off the seat on that tarmac right hander though.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Howdy Vernon, Roger,

Looks like you guys had a good ride, thanks for sharing it with us.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:45 PM   #4
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Wow...great photos.



Yer mate looks a bit daft virtually hanging off the seat on that tarmac right hander though.

Thanks for posting.

Klr ,long suspension travel ~ light sidecar with a high center of gravity ~ narrow track ~ speed into corner ?
Try it and get back to us
His mate ? Try Red

Brilliant photos




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Old 09-05-2010, 06:59 PM   #5
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Klr ,long suspension travel ~ light sidecar with a high center of gravity ~ narrow track ~ speed into corner ?
Try it and get back to us
His mate ? Try Red

Brilliant photos
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Howdy FR700,

Having dueled with Vernon and his KLR-hack for the last four years I can attest to his rig being able to go into a corner at speed.
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Old 09-05-2010, 07:55 PM   #6
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FYI. Traveling in your neck of the woods is on my bucket list! Thanks for the pics and taking us along on the ride. Almost feel as if I've been there.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:28 PM   #7
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Very amazing!! I am very jealous of your adventure. I am hoping to start mine one day.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:17 PM   #8
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:08 AM   #9
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Klr ,long suspension travel ~ light sidecar with a high center of gravity ~ narrow track ~ speed into corner ?

Hmmm.....that`d most likely be the reason then.


Shoulda been flying it round then.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:12 AM   #10
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Howdy FR700,

Having dueled with Vernon and his KLR-hack for the last four years I can attest to his rig being able to go into a corner at speed.
Do not doubt it .
Rider skill with that setup I suspect would play a very large role though .





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Old 09-06-2010, 09:57 AM   #11
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:28 AM   #12
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I ate a lot of dust, but it tasted good.

Thanks for the terrific hospitality, Vernon.

What a great place to ride!
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:01 PM   #13
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Marc showed up for the Advanced S/TEP Class and Eastern Columbia Gorge Mini Tour today. It rained a little bit tonight, so it shouldn't be too dusty when we go riding this weekend....

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What??!!

No dust??!!

Have fun fellas!
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:03 PM   #15
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WE finished up the Advanced S/TEP class portion of the weekend this morning. Despite the dire weather forecast, we never got rained on and it was actually quite warm...







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