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Old 09-28-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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A little Hood River Adventure

Hey all.

So here was the plan....
Finnish wiring up my DS kit on my XR 400 and hit the ride in Vancouver on Sunday. Got part done Friday and all was good. Sat I messed up all progress from Fri and the bike wouldn't even start. Crap.
Fiddled with it most of the day and into the night with no luck. Sunday morning comes around and I get up early and head to the gas station around
5;30 to fool around some more without waking up the family.
Finally get it going again but still no signals or horn. I was SUPER pumped to ride but not wanting to hit much street without the proper setup. The weather sucked here in the valley and looked worse in Vancouver. After watching the sunrise over the Mt it seemed the East side was calling to me so I decided on a solo day on the dry side of the Mt. Stick to the dirt roads and trails around Pine Mt and explore as much as I could.

Ended up having a great day logging in around 110 miles, most all dirt road and singletrack with just a little pavement on the 44.

Here are some pics from the day.

The sunrise that lead me to the east side


First stop, High Prairie










After hitting Bennet Pass and Badger Lake area, I headed back to Pine Mt and took a little break up on the ridge. Ended up falling asleep for a while but woke up refreshed and ready for some single track!







Hit miles and miles of this after my little nap. So much great stuff up there. Made it almost to the Dallas before heading back



And whats a ride on the east side without a stop at the best burger place ever





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Old 09-28-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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Cool

Looks like you had a great time. You sure you were in Hood River ?
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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Really nice photo's. Thanks for the report.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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Looks like a fun ride on some nice trails, but wheres the picture of the burger?
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:46 AM   #5
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Its in Cascade Locks.
The "East Wind Drive In" i think its called.
HUGE ice cream cones and killer burgers. Perfect place to stop on the way home after a good ride.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:41 PM   #6
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Super job with those pictures. thanks for the report
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:28 AM   #7
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Oh my doG, I love that Bennet Pass Road around Badger Wilderness.

A friend and I riding right up near there on our way to Friend & Tygh Valley Sunday. We went past the East entrance to Bennet Pass Rd. and kept going SE. We escaped all the wet, and had a sweet ride.

I'm glad you did too. Easy to do up by Mt. Hood.

The East Wind ROCKS! Must try the Strawberry/Banana Shakes
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:39 AM   #8
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+1 on the Great Pics!!!

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Super job with those pictures. thanks for the report
No Joke! And we get to see them for free! dd
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:23 AM   #9
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Oh my doG, I love that Bennet Pass Road around Badger Wilderness.

A friend and I riding right up near there on our way to Friend & Tygh Valley Sunday. We went past the East entrance to Bennet Pass Rd. and kept going SE. We escaped all the wet, and had a sweet ride.

I'm glad you did too. Easy to do up by Mt. Hood.

The East Wind ROCKS! Must try the Strawberry/Banana Shakes

Were you on Bennet Pass Road at all?
I saw fresh tracks from a bike but never saw anyone the whole day.

The dirt road that heads east from High Prairie is AWESOME. I could rides a few 100 miles of that stuff. Bummer its only a few miles though. I did it twice
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Really nice shots man - glad to see you're back on the bike and shooting!
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:32 AM   #11
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Were you on Bennet Pass Road at all?
I saw fresh tracks from a bike but never saw anyone the whole day.

The dirt road that heads east from High Prairie is AWESOME. I could rides a few 100 miles of that stuff. Bummer its only a few miles though. I did it twice
We did not do Bennet Pass Rd that day, my riding partner was on old CX500 Honda Road bike. Easy Gravel and Pavement all day for us Sunday.
Here's the RR my riding partner did on our Sunday ride

We went past the very East Entrance to the Bennet Pass Rd on the sweeeet one lane paver called Cold Springs Rd. They still call the road you liked so much Bennet Pass Rd as it goes East of the High Prairie, bordering the North edge of Badger Creek Wilderness (FS4420 here).



Was this beeeauuutiful picture taken just before the West Exit to Bennet Pass Rd (FS3550 here) just before you got to the "Terrible Traverse"? That's where the road is carved out of sheer cliff face, and drops off to an astounding steep cliff view to the North, just a few miles before the exit near Mt. Hood Meadows ski area.
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I LOVE those rough roads all around the border, and into, Badger Wilderness. I absolutely must do the whole gnarly circle around that Wilderness again and again. The last part of this RR shows some of Bennet Pass Rd.
Next time you want to go there, PM me. I just need an excuse, it's always calling.

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Old 09-29-2010, 04:30 PM   #12
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Looks like a fun ride!

Hood River has a nice off road riding park off of Post Canyon these days, too.

The single track there is a bit much for my adventure class bike, but would be a blast with your rig.

Here's a little Ride Rattlehead and I did not too long ago.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=609787

Thinking of riding somewhere tomorrow, if anyone is interested.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:35 PM   #13
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BTW, the Baldwin Saloon on Court Street in The Dalles is my fav place for an excellent burger. YMMV.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:36 PM   #14
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Nice report and pics..........it's about time for me to get back up that way.
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