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I have lurked this place for a spell, just thought I would say hia.

This time of the year I am always jonesin a bit.

Looking for ride ideas WA, OR, NCali.
Found lots here.

Hell, doesn't matter either way, get on and go. Those roads always find me.

Tim in Kelowna.
 

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Looking for ride ideas WA, OR, NCali.
Found lots here.
Tim in Kelowna.
you're blessed up there Tim. so close to the Kootenays! so close to northeastern WA and Idaho! weekend range to the John Day country. cool roads in the Okanagan and Shuswap! gosh...
 

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you're blessed up there Tim. so close to the Kootenays! so close to northeastern WA and Idaho! weekend range to the John Day country. cool roads in the Okanagan and Shuswap! gosh...
No shortage of amazing roads for sure. A great spot to be here in the Okanagan.
I have been poring over three new DeLORME Atlas/ Gazetteers (WA-OR-CA). The NE part of OR looks amazing. (as you say the John Day area)
I have ridden through and around OR a few times and have not explored this part. That is going to change real soon.
BTW....the detail and scale on these atlases is outstanding. Great trip planning tool. The downside though is that these things are not light weight.....but they are
coming along anyway!
 

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I have been poring over three new DeLORME Atlas/ Gazetteers (WA-OR-CA). The NE part of OR looks amazing. (as you say the John Day area)
I have ridden through and around OR a few times and have not explored this part. That is going to change real soon.
I use the Benchmark atlases - about equivalent, I think. Online works for route planning, but atlases give you an overview that can't be matched.
I take mine along too. I cut a chunk of heavy cardboard 4" core for printer paper, and just roll the atlas up in it. Well protected...

You will not be disappointed by the John day country. It's quite fabulous. The number #1 highlight for most people is Shaniko to Fossil, which is off the charts good. However, the deeper you get into exploring the area, the more you uncover. My favorite is the Middle Fork of the John Day River, ridden east to west, from Hwy 26/7 to US395. Absolutely no one around, and it just gets tighter and more scenic the further you go, slowing dropping out of the forested plateau into a deep, grassy valley.

Check out these maps:
http://www.comeridewithus.net/Home_Page.php
They are available in all the tourist and motorcycle spots when you get to the area; I don't think you can order them online or anything, and they don't give much detail ( you can view PDFs online), but they definitely point you towards the right roads!

p.s. Dooley Mountain between Unity and Baker City is also off the chart...
 

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All great tips. Looked them up and made some notes, thanks doser.

For this general area, can you or someone else recommend a central town/motel/cold beer/campground (with showers) a person could day ride out of?
It looks like plenty to explore for at least a coupla days before moving on.
Sometimes it is nice to leave some some gear in 'camp' for a lighter day rip.... and cold ones to come home to.

I think the only reason I might have avoided this area in the past is the Deliverance Factor.

With this new Atlas...you can't throw a dart without seeing another potential 10 Twisty.
I love it that the Americans seem to pave even the most remote roads.
God Bless America.:)
 

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Good tip, thanks CanadianBird.
I have stolen a few ideas from their website, had a look at two of the books (not maps yet), but could not bring myself to spend the 60 bucks ea. A cheap bastard are I.
I will eventually buy a set I suppose. I do see the value for sure.
Just buy the maps. I never bring the books with me and hardly read the books any more.
Mnt St Helens, I think.
 

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For this general area, can you or someone else recommend a central town/motel/cold beer/campground (with showers) a person could day ride out of?
for central northeast Oregon, John Day is the 'major' town (altho it has population of under 2000!). I've stayed at Dreamer's Lodge http://www.dreamerslodge.com/ a couple times. basic but clean, inexpensive (maybe $60 per nite). food and drink can be had across the alley on the main street at the Outpost.

the other towns in this area are smaller, so accommodation choices are quite limited. there are a couple motels in Fossil; there are a couple places in Spray, which has a lovely location on the river. there's not even gas in Shaniko any more. you've gotta get out to Baker City to find a 'real' city...
 

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Hi Tim......I have been using Westbank for my base for rides in the summer and also intrested in rides south of the border...been some good group rides posted on the ride thread last year which I missed due to work but hope to get one in this year....keep tabs on the ride thread and you may get some experienced company along for the ride.....

Dan in Langley
 

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Hi Tim......I have been using Westbank for my base for rides in the summer and also intrested in rides south of the border...been some good group rides posted on the ride thread last year which I missed due to work but hope to get one in this year....keep tabs on the ride thread and you may get some experienced company along for the ride.....

Dan in Langley
I was keeping that in mind Dan. I will watch for anybody heading the same way around the same time I am able to go.
 

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for central northeast Oregon, John Day is the 'major' town (altho it has population of under 2000!). I've stayed at Dreamer's Lodge http://www.dreamerslodge.com/ a couple times. basic but clean, inexpensive (maybe $60 per nite). food and drink can be had across the alley on the main street at the Outpost.

the other towns in this area are smaller, so accommodation choices are quite limited. there are a couple motels in Fossil; there are a couple places in Spray, which has a lovely location on the river. there's not even gas in Shaniko any more. you've gotta get out to Baker City to find a 'real' city...
Even more excellent information. Thanks CB!
I like the look of the DH map. I have done that Mt. St. Helens run. It's a Peach.

It was quite a while ago, the tarmac was virgin and the weather was 10 I recall. I also remember it was the first time hearing a Speed Triple at full twat. I was stopped admiring the view and listened to this guy tearing up that road. I met him at the top of the hill. Nothing sounds like a triple. Like music.
 

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king of the hill, in my own mind.
almost there.
don't forget to smell the flowers
great road as those who have been there know. Very comfy on a tubby BlackBird. I loved that little road trip.
 

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Ha! Familiar imagery.
Are those Top Box Panniers on your Bird?
Never seen that before. Very clever. Lots of dry storage.

Did the Blackbird come with a fork brace?
You bike is beautifully equipped. Lucky lad.

Met a guy on the road a couple of years ago that had a BB....he loved it. Could not stop ranting. LOL.
(I think his was black or really dark blue)
 

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I ordered the side bags and top box when I bought the bike. Lots of room for two up or even solo. Fork brace came from Pashnit. It does work. Yes, it is a beautiful bike, 200, 990 kms😄. I love it and I think it's great used bike value. Cheers
 

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So I am doing a little research into just exactly where there will be possible fuel stops in Eastern Oregon. I found this little tidbit this morning....

One other thing to worry about is gas down there. While Heppner seems to have the only commercially-franchised gas station in North-Central Oregon, there’s no other fuel on the road and difficult to find in much of the region. Make sure you know when your gas stops are going to be open when you go through, and I recommend calling ahead a couple weeks before you leave to be sure that the place has fuel or is even still in business. I’ve heard that a lot of mom & pop gas stations have folded this summer due to low tourism.

I am wondering if I can take advantage of the collective experience on this forum. Perhaps someone has already created such a list? ...or know where one might exist?

I may be riding this area alone the first time I go, running out of fuel in the middle of nofrickenwhere is inconvenient at best.
Fuel should not be issue, but just eliminating that stress of , "shit I hope there is a gas station in that next town...." would be nice.

I am stoked to explore this area as it is only a days ride away for me.
 

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Hi there Tim, greetings from a recent transplant from Vancouver to Kelowna. However my bike it still in YVR, hoping to get it up here within the next couple weeks. I see so many bikes out now, and the weather is perfect, and I can't wait to get out and explore the Okanagan back-roads and into the Kootenays.

I was also too cheap to get the Destination books, but I eventually broke down and got the WA one with the map, and someone gave me the BC one. They have been indispensable, especially when the majority of roads are out of cell service, its like having a bit of google in your tank bag.

Be safe out there!
 

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May help ease the mind if your on a solo trip....
HA! You were reading my mind.
I have carried extra fuel before, but in an awkward 1 gallon jug.
I was about to slip into the interwebs to see what's new and handy......and there you go. Old school fuel bottles...perfect. I had not thought of that. The holder thing is nifty as well. Thanks filterwrench!

I might even have an old backpacking fuel bottle around here somewhere.
 
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