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Old 08-15-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Portland to Eugene Backroad/Scenic Route?

Thinking about heading down to Eugene (for the Downtown Celebration)

from NE PDX next Friday on the XR650 - looking for route suggestions that will get me off of I5 South.

Planning to make a day of it, so throw out any and all ideas - I've got two sets of wheels - (one with knobbies, the other with Distancia's) so can slab it, or if there are off-road options, i could run the knobbies...

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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There are probably better routes, but the way I'd go would be:
HWY 242 down through Estacada to Detroit. At Detroit go east on HWY 22 a few miles to Blowout Rd/NF-10 and go south. There's a little bit of gravel on this one...maybe 5-10 miles Follow that down to Quartville Rd. There are a couple intersections on NF-10, but if you follow the beaten path it'll come out at Quartzville. Take Quartzville past Green Peter and Foster reservoirs to HWY 20 & go west into Sweet Home. Take HWY 228/Sweet Home-Halsey Rd (left at the last light in Sweet Home) to Brush Creek Rd and go south. It'll turn into Marcola Rd. and dump you out right at the east end of Springfield.
Not a lot of dirt, but LOTS of twisties!

Side note: if you do this on the weekend, be careful when you get near the lakes. The drunken stupidity level can be absurdly high.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #4
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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or,,for more gravel,,go a bit farther up from detroit, cross the 11 and take the 1161or 1164 to the 2047 to just below tombstone pass @ sheep creek road, go east & uphill a ways,,and take the 15 road to blue river, down past wolf rock, the largest monolith in the state.
at blue river, take a left and head up to the Aufderheide the 19 road, ride that to westfir and decide on north shore gravel or south shore asphalt riding west into eugene.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:36 PM   #6
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I-5 is full of challenges, crazy fast single track along with some fast straight aways you will be blown away.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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I-5 is full of challenges, crazy fast single track along with some fast straight aways you will be blown away.
read the OP,,he ain't onna Hi-yo-abuse-a,,
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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or,,for more gravel,,go a bit farther up from detroit, cross the 11 and take the 1161or 1164 to the 2047 to just below tombstone pass @ sheep creek road, go east & uphill a ways,,and take the 15 road to blue river, down past wolf rock, the largest monolith in the state.
at blue river, take a left and head up to the Aufderheide the 19 road, ride that to westfir and decide on north shore gravel or south shore asphalt riding west into eugene.

I bet this is a much more interesting route than what I suggested.
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or,,for more gravel,,go a bit farther up from detroit, cross the 11 and take the 1161or 1164 to the 2047 to just below tombstone pass......
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I bet this is a much more interesting route than what I suggested.
2049 is justa slightly longer version of 2047 going on the other side of Little North Santiam River. Kinda boring basic gravel (no better (or rougher ) choice through there) ....with good river scenery
but, then, don't miss the old and steep 825 road.
It takes off South, righ at the BIG & wide intersection at the South end of 2047 and 2049, and is the BEST rough and dirty route down to Hwy 20.

It's not marked on maps very accurately, but the little green road # sign is there at that big & wide Southern intersection of 2047 & 2049. I found this kick-ass road last year on the way down to Oldmonkeybut's 50th gig. Steep and dirty, it s a must-do
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Lap Traffic (RIP) introduced me to the roads up there,,we used to meet up in the woods somewhere for a ride,
you ride to here from your end, and I''ll meet you there by the bridge near the waterfall,,,not at the 7-11 on the corner,,

first time physically met him when he said,,"meet you at Wolf Rock at noon".
great guy,,happy soul and warm spirit,, thanks for the good rides Wes.!
what was this thread about?
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Same thing they're all about: Good times & great people!
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Same thing they're all about: Good times & great people!
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:50 AM   #13
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Thanks for the route suggestions. Messing around in Google maps, i come up with a ~200 mile route starting from Estacada - which looks like the last time I can get fuel until Eugene. That is just above the range limit I have on the XR. (I'll plan to carry a few extra gallons).

If I tack on the southern loop (from blue river to Oakridge via West Fir on Road 19, then to Eugene, it adds another 70 miles to trip (and first gas stop would be Oakridge (~230 miles from Estacada).

Am I correct in assuming there are no gas options as I cross Highways 20 and 22?

Routes look something like this:

http://goo.gl/maps/fD25R

Longer loop:

http://goo.gl/maps/xQSNP

Another thing... I currently do not have a GPS, can you guys tell me how well these roads are marked/signed out there? Everyting looks just fine from the aerial, but I know what looks like little shrubs are actually tall trees... and chances of getting turned around out there is pretty high.. seems like if I keep heading south, I;ll end up crossing 22, 20, 126, or 58 eventually... (long as I dont run out of fuel,,,). (or, maybe it's just time to invest in a GPS unit...) ..
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:17 AM   #14
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There is reliable gas in Detroit. Likely 100 bikes would fill there on any Summer weekend day. Regular and Super, but don't know if E-free yet....was E-10 last Summer.

The roads are probly better marked around the Willamette NF better than most forests I've seen, but spend $9 and get the "Detroit Ranger District" map. It's plastisized for water resistance and toughness, and after this trip.....you WILL use it again, because you'll be hooked. Beautiful area

GPS ......AND maps....... Not one or the other.....You want both.
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The gas station in Detroit is open until 10 PM.
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