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Old 05-09-2015, 07:15 PM   #1
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Poking around in NW Oregon

Pretty noob on this forum, and dual sports in general so don't expect much. Not even a little, really. Actually expect nothing.

A WR250R came to me at the end of February then I had to wait a while to get my endorsement and all that so I did not start the hard angry miles til the end of March.

Since then I've done a few little bitty day trips that amused me, and that's all that really matters. Ima gonna share the pics with you lot, that might amuse me too. Time will tell.

I'll catch you all up.

Flash back to Feb:
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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Before I was all legal on the road and as such, we (a few co-workers) went up to Browns camp and did some single track. I was too busy slowing the group down and swearing into my helmet to take many pics but here are a couple.

ps. I think I posted these somewhere else but that could be the methadone talking.

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Old 05-09-2015, 07:29 PM   #3
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Next ride was a road trip to get through some of the break in miles. I went with a buddy whose bike was as reliable as it is pretty. We did a loop around Washington County.

This is Oregon! Where's all the fookin trees!?
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It's ok to be missing a bit of wood when you have a hundred miles of this in front of you
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Between Scapoose and Vernowhere.
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A match made in hell.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:47 PM   #4
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Next ride was to Pacific City going out on Nestucca River road from Carlton.

This time I was with someone with an honest to goodness dual sport. The plan was to take it easy on the road then tear up and down every logging road we could find.
As it turns out, every logging road we could find had a shiny new gate across it. For every mile of forest there were approximately 400 yellow steel gates.
Maybe they just multiply in the wild like rabbits on a viagra farm.

Anyhow, Nestucca river, for your viewing pleasure. Notice the sparkling water, the lush greenery, and the moss that just doesn't give a damn.
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Sucsess! made it to the beach! Damn sidestands don't work so hot here.
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The job my guidance counselor recommended for me. One day.....
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Let's stop by Roger's camp and catch some trails, He says. OK, I says.
World's slowest trail rider, me. I barely outran my toenails growing.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:58 PM   #5
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Lets go back to the beach! Remember to take lots of pics!

About that last one..

Went through Banks, Vernonia, to Astoria, Ft Stevens, rode the beach to Gearhart and back, Hwy 30 back home. 270 miles sitting on Yamaha's Inquisition seat and I was ready to publicly answer any questions you have about my lurid personal life.

Oh, all the pics!

Your humble narrator. Many layers of clothings as I'm a wimp when it gets chilly. I felt like the Stay Puft Michelin Man. You know, from the movie. About a boy and his dog. Damn...forgot the name.
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Your humble narrator's chicken strips after a good drone on the highway.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:26 PM   #6
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This post brings us up to today and my post count one higher.

My goal was to find a back that would lead me up the Tualatin River to some falls, or maybe a route from Gaston to Browns Camp (Look it up already if'n you're not local. And you probably are not.)

As it turns out, the gates I mentioned a couple of posts up are amazingly fertile. They're like Kudzu!

I liked the patterns in Patton Valley.
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There is a whole lot of this.
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Always ends like this. Every Time. ALWAYS. !
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Hagg Lake. A precisely and expertly rendered replica of a careless snapshot.
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Happy bike!
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Not a waterfall so much.
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My cockpit. Cheap GPS from craigslist, outlet wired into the running lights. Mount made from spare GoPro stuff. $20 tank bag from Amazon. Works great.
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I like the tar snakes on this road.
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Apparently a mirror shot is a requirement?
Yamaha Marketing: "What shape should a mirror be? I don't know damn you!"
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Hey look! A tree! Gotta stop for that.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:31 PM   #7
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Good pics, great captions - looks like a fun bike.

Howdy from east of the Willamette.
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:54 AM   #8
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Gates galore!

It's a sad sight but the gates protect the stumps from stump jumpers. And the forest managers are shy and don't want anyone to see what a great job they have done.

And on the plus side it's is easy to catch a spotted owl for dinner now!

BtW hello from north of the Columbia river.

Head east young man the gates are green and brown on the right side of Oregun but a lot harder to find.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:08 AM   #9
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Howdy from P-Town.... I recognize some of those shots from the end of skyline 😋
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:58 PM   #10
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Ha! I love it!

I think there is a way through from Gaston to Browns, but you have to be a little flexible about the meaning of gates. I tried a couple of weeks ago but ran out of time and had to turn back just before the crest of Trask mtn.

Anyway, keep it coming. Good stuff.

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Old 05-11-2015, 08:11 PM   #11
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if you're looking for gravel, Lower Nehalem Rd/Foss Rd between 26 and Miami-Foley is essentially devoid of pavement.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:24 PM   #12
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Eh?

Hi Shipmates!

Thanks for the replies.

I was tempted to go around some gates, my heart said yes but my gastank said no. Gastank always wins. I'm going to keep trying though.

The fookin pic with the missing fookin trees was indeed taken at the end of Skyline, beginning of Rocky Point road.

My next wandering will either take me Hebo way or the bumpy area south of Willamina. I like it when the terrain lines get really close together. That excites me.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:33 PM   #13
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if you're looking for gravel, Lower Nehalem Rd/Foss Rd between 26 and Miami-Foley is essentially devoid of pavement.
Thanks.

I have a terrible weakness on gravel, figure I can use some immersive practice. I can ride like the wind, mind you, but only on an exceptionally calm day.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:15 PM   #14
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Nice pithy descriptions!

I'm local to you but don't have a "trail" bike unless you consider a 2006 Thruxton Cafe a trail bike. Anyhow good times, and the wx was good this weekend. I don't blame you for gettin' out there!

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Thanks.

I have a terrible weakness on gravel, figure I can use some immersive practice. I can ride like the wind, mind you, but only on an exceptionally calm day.
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:12 PM   #15
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For those who don't live here or have never been to Oregon I will show you a few pictures from around the neighborhood.

To those in this area, just hit your back button, you'll be bored looking at images on your screen that you can just as easily see out of your back window.

There are no bike pics as it was a PITA to get all the crap out, set up the lights, and get the extras into costume. You know what a motorcycle looks like anyhow.

A sidewalk
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Water fountain
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Drain from the water fountain above. My shutter seems to be sticking open so it made the water all blurry. Sorry about that.
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Damn cats. I guess they are OK, the state trained them to clean up after messy children.
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A shrubbery. This was cropped from a much larger picture containing 2 shrubberies. Moderation in all things.
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Street sign with only a few bullet holes. It is a blue state after all.
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