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Old 09-29-2010, 03:08 PM   #46
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Great bike

You have a great bike. I had 3 CXs back in the 1980s. I rode one to the Alps and Italy twice (from the UK) then had a sidecar on it and kept it 19 years until the frame cracked. Great roads too.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:31 PM   #47
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I had a CX same colour, my first new bike ever, was in 1979. Looks like you have great roads there. Love the pictures to.
Thanks a bunch deaninkl! seems like this was the first bike for many, including me! you must have some cool stuff round your neck of the woods, no?

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Now I want to ride up there... So I can ride!
Come on up steve, I'll show you around...

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You have a great bike. I had 3 CXs back in the 1980s. I rode one to the Alps and Italy twice (from the UK) then had a sidecar on it and kept it 19 years until the frame cracked. Great roads too.
Thank you too Phineas!, I can't believe the endurance these machines have demonstrated..I keep my fingers crossed....I guess the frame rusting out is what kills alot of these bikes

.....I will have the rest of "The Forbidden Fruit" up tonight.........
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:48 PM   #48
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F.F.L. part deux

...after getting back on SR14 heading west, I got another nice upriver train shot







at the same spot, looking downriver







there are a few signs, explaining what used to exist here, still does, just under 40ft of water






Celilo Village


































The Dalles





I feel a great sadness when I am up here. You see, there was much more to the falls than just Wyam, the horshoe shaped main cataract. There was a natural pump/filtration/temperature control system downstream for 12 miles, the vital organ of the Columbia. It looked like this: (the main falls are to the right, The Dalles is at the bend on the left)






this is what the bottom of "Lake Celilo" around the Great Falls Looks like now






a comparison













the Short narrows are on the other side of that island














Horsethief Bluff, the lake is what used to be "The Big Eddy", the spleen shaped thing in the center of the Lewis and Clark Map







see the bee?







Keep going past the Park entrance to Horsethief Lake, towards the river, and you will end up at where the Long Narrows are






There are also some astounding artifacts located down here, apparently 1000's of these Petroglyphs were covered up by the rising waters










































































Not sure why I was getting the bright light in the bottom right hand corner of those pics....






Another quick jaunt, and we're overlooking The Dalles Dam, where there are some signs explaining why inundating Celilo Falls was a good thing.





















Funny thing, there was already a canal IN operation around Celilo Falls....






















..Hope you enjoyed this little historical loop...........
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:28 AM   #49
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Outstanding!
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:32 AM   #50
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Outstanding!
Thanks RDA, wasn't sure if anyone would dig the "history lesson" format of that last Report...
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:41 PM   #51
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Thanks RDA, wasn't sure if anyone would dig the "history lesson" format of that last Report...
Thanks for sharing your ride. Glad you made it there, you told me it was coming up. It's been it while since I went and smelled all those roses. I generally just ride/drive right past it all, because I've been there before.

But that was a long time ago.

I need to spend some more time stopping, and a little less just riding next time I go through there
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:51 PM   #52
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Oh yeah....
I've ridden those Maryhill loops before on Dirty Orange.
As part of Sound Rider's Rally in the Gorge gig a few years back.
I need to do that again, too!

It very slow, really, just cause those corners are so long and sweet.
That'd be a real peg scraper on the old Shadow for sure.

I've watched very fast race cars struggle to get any speed at all before the next big corner.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:18 PM   #53
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Thanks for the bump Apple....I have another ride ready to go, just need smugggermuggers to cooperate, I also have a new ride for the "sunday files"....hope to see you again soon!

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Old 10-08-2010, 11:12 PM   #54
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Last weekend's ride....

....was good, bike was running pretty decent, considering I had pulled the left float bowl to clean some of the inevitable fines that get in there (CX's tank has some rust - another task this winter ) and the "custom" fuel line lends some stuff too, I'm sure. I knew the fb gasket was almost toast, and was risking benching the bike if it failed.....1st time was smooth as silk - on/off no problemo (had to pick a chunk off the gasket, so's it didn't find it's way into delicate areas) I was proud. Wasn't even leaking a little bit. Went to clean up my tools and lookey there.....my idle jet plug. Nothing to do but pull the fb off again...2nd time was comically tragic...but, in the end everything went back together - still, no leaks and I was able to get out for this ride:





-sidenote: I am uncertain about the correct name for the Falls, it comes up under "Sherars", "Shearers" and "Shears" when searched....in fact if you look at the very first map at the start of this thread, you will see in the middle of the driving directions "Shearers Bridge Rd", and in this map it's "Sherars Bridge Hwy"....












Mt. Hood






Mt. Adams






the canyon into Tygh Valley, you could see Mt. Jefferson but the light was not the best for photos this trip











the valley floor on Sherars Bridge Rd.
























descending to the Deschutes River











Deschutes
















Sherars (or Shearers or Shears) Falls






this road is just past the falls, where the route ends on the map..don't know why it's not shown, but I believe it goes for about 17 miles and dead-ends.

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I'll share this canyon soon... unbelievable







a mile or so down the gravel





















NOt the best spot to stop for a pic, but I couldn't help it






this was looming over me (literally)

















something, I'm sure...will have to investigate




After descending this hill, I decided to turn around, My fuel line was clogged somewhere, it was VERY hot and there is very little shade, I needed to stop and refresh myself and the bike.











I will finish exploring this another day






Finally found some shade back up at the falls, right off the road. I stopped and ate lunch.






reason for shade























My lunchtime views




















I had monkeyed around with the fuel line, and dislodged the blockage (I knew it was above the filter - due to my hemostat petcock) so that was good, and as I was leaving the "bite" started and these fisherman starting hooking fish






The Falls again
















heading back up





A panoramic collage






just starting to head up out of Tygh Valley
















spotted this shack and had to stop























was gonna go in for a look-see, but the flooring looked questionable





























The first (or last) elev. sign on Dufur Gap Rd.




Hood and Adams






2nd





3rd






right at the beginning of Boyd Loop Rd.











gravel pit rest stop









And then I was "out" of film...

Adios! Until the next ride!
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:13 AM   #55
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The pics keep getting better and better!
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:28 AM   #56
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another from last weekend

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The pics keep getting better and better!
Thank you steve....hope you like the photos in this ride as well, which I took last Sunday - up a road I had seen on one of my earlier rides. What an awesome morning this was.....






off to "up there somewhere"





wind was really howling this morning, the bottom of the bike kept getting shoved to the right by the vicious crosswinds here.






the gravel became quite large - slow going on the CX with a worn front street tire, it was ok though, it set a nice relaxed pace for the morning. At least I had gotten out of the severe wind











Warning: There are multiple Big Mountain shots in this ride, partially because they kind of dominate the views, and part because I was fiddlin' with my camera, trying to figure out how to best capture these kind of pics















Evidence of how fierce and regular the wind is around here, all the trees in this gully grow leaning to the east






I came around a corner, and thought I was riding through someones farm, but there was absolutley nobody there....I was in a ghost-farm.








much to my surprise I had stumbled upon a state park - The Dalles Mountain Ranch




































whoever had lived here had quite the view!






There was a graveyard of old farm machines
















I thought MY tires were bad....








































































there was a small graveyard as well
















































I could have spent alot more time there, but it's close, so I will take my time to explore. Getting back on the road, I had to stop almost immediately and capture this cool little pond












about halfway up the hill I'd guess, rain was dumping around Mt. Hood. Mt. Jefferson is visible in the far distance











Iv'e only seen these green gullies from a distance, they dot the Klickitat Mts, breaking up the brown monotony






3/4's to the top





















The Columbia; this was an amazing vista, no justice done here












you know you're at the top when you see this to the south






and this to the north (Mt. Adams and Mt. Ranier)






Ranier






Adams






Jefferson






Hood






I had been seeing hawks all morning, and wanted to attempt a shot, I finally saw one perched on a line pole...I stopped, got my camera out - the bird was getting a little perturbed and started screeching and moving, and I was able to snap this as he (she?) was lifting off (I was thrilled about this pic! )






the view coming down the south side was just so cool, I had to take a few more pics






sun was fully up on Rainer now











traffic jam!











Hood and Horsthief Butte riding back on SR14 to The Dalles, fought headwinds the whole time






This picture made me think of The Beatles, R.I.P John...



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Old 10-10-2010, 09:26 AM   #57
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I've been following along for a few days and I'm hooked. Riding an old bike (or car) turns even a normal ride into an adventure, makes it that much more exciting. Not to mention the beautiful scenery you're surrounded by.

I have a NightHawk 450cc that I ride on the weekends (my first bike) but the scenery around here (within 50 mi radius that I follow) isn't ADV material exactly :) The only major complaint I have about my bike is that the brakes are so-so and the going up steep grades cracking the throttle open doesn't make a difference. However, on the flats zinging to 7k rpm the bike takes off like a bat. Not bad for a 28yo bike.

Before each ride I do wonder how I'll get home should something breaks on the bike
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:40 AM   #58
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You're on a roll, guapo.

Thanks for taking the time to document your rides for us.

I'm a local, and I've ridden some of these roads, but it's pissing down today. I had a CX back in the day too, an '81 'Deluxe' in petrol blue. Wish I still 'ad 'er!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:30 PM   #59
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Loving the chance to ride along. IMHO you live right smack dab in the center of Heaven.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:07 PM   #60
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Mucho Gracias Amigos......

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I've been following along for a few days and I'm hooked. Riding an old bike (or car) turns even a normal ride into an adventure, makes it that much more exciting. Not to mention the beautiful scenery you're surrounded by.

I have a NightHawk 450cc that I ride on the weekends (my first bike) but the scenery around here (within 50 mi radius that I follow) isn't ADV material exactly :) The only major complaint I have about my bike is that the brakes are so-so and the going up steep grades cracking the throttle open doesn't make a difference. However, on the flats zinging to 7k rpm the bike takes off like a bat. Not bad for a 28yo bike.

Before each ride I do wonder how I'll get home should something breaks on the bike
Thanks Russell, nice to know there's other "backyard vintage adventurer's" out there, and yes, riding these bikes is done with a certain amount of uncertainty.....but, I have only been stranded once, and it was how I learned my bike runs better with fuel than without I try to carry everything I might need for simple emergencies, and I look at it as opportunities to enhance my "preparedness" factor
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You're on a roll, guapo.

Thanks for taking the time to document your rides for us.

I'm a local, and I've ridden some of these roads, but it's pissing down today. I had a CX back in the day too, an '81 'Deluxe' in petrol blue. Wish I still 'ad 'er!!
My pleasure taranaki, thank YOU for taking the time to check out my rides.......Yet another regretful ex-CX owner...hmmm....I am thinking I will attempt to forgo this potential regret, and hold on to the CX for awhile.... Local eh? PM if you would like to ride sometime.....
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Loving the chance to ride along. IMHO you live right smack dab in the center of Heaven.
Nice to have you along CptAtt! I really do share your opinion, I LOVE it here Sounds like you'll be going to the Wallowa campout next year...me too!! looking forward to it...it will be my first ADV campout...see you there!
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