Oregon is too much fun
May 29, 2010 at 12:44 am #4010eonParticipant
Headed down the NW tip of Oregon last weekend. The roads down there are amazing. Will definitely be back, hopefully when it is a little warmer and drier.May 29, 2010 at 5:57 am #26813gitchy42Participant
Looks like you were having a great time out there; the roads out on the coast are great, there are only 3 that are really ‘boring’; 26, 30 and 20, even 101 is a great drive, for the most part…too bad you were on the wet side though. I was in The Dalles camping all last weekend, and other than a couple of 5 min drizzles on Sunday it was dry the whole time. Unfortunately, camping meant Truck and not bike….
When it starts getting nicer I will definitely be heading out towards the coast, and up into the cascades…though out on the coast there are fewer LARGE animals to worry about. I’ve never taken 53, I’ve always taken HWY 26 or 6 across and gone north/south to Manzanita/Nehalem. Looks like a great road, thanks for the intro, I’ll probably be hitting it sometime this summer!May 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm #26818eonParticipant
Have to confess there were some farm houses and straight sections on the southern end so it wasn’t all like I showed in the video, but still lots of fun though. I was on 26 for a brief stretch and it felt like an interstate in comparison, didn’t like it much. But then it was north on 103, 202 and 47 into Clatskanie, all of which were excellent roads. Then it was back roads in WA all the way to Olympia before slabbing back to Seattle. I think I did about 240 miles of country roads that day.
I had planned on doing a tour of Oregon in a couple of weeks but have had to cancel. Definitely on my to-do list though. Are you in Portland? The area around the Dalles looks amazing. Another place on my ever expanding list of places to go.May 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm #26829gitchy42Participant
Can’t expect it to be all good, but mostly is good enough You’re right, Hwy 26 feels a lot like freeway, there are a few interesting miles as it goes over Mt Hood, but that’s pretty much it.
240mi of back roads is a hell of a day! Too bad it ended with so much time on the slab, I really don’t like I-5 after Olympia, too many cars. But then, from the Couv to Olympia is too much straight…..oh well. At leas you got alot of good riding in.
Sorry to hear that you had to cancel your Oregon Tour. I am in Portland. The gorge is a great place to go, though on the Oregon side it’s I-84 most of the way out, but where the freeway diverges from the old Highway 30 route, taking the old highway is a great ride or drive. One guy that I work with likes heading out SR-14 on the Washington side, says it gets interesting after Camas.May 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm #26836owlieParticipant
That was beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
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