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I am heading out on Aug 25th to Northeast Oregon (John Day, the Dalles type area).

Looking for any favourite roads, restaurants, motels, bars etc.

I have looked up many fantastic rides reports here and found lots of info.

Thanks in advance.
 

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It's an excellent area, you'll really enjoy it and as you said there's lots if good info here on that area.

A lot of the roads are great for your GS.
 

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I'm just back from 4 days last week touring thru the area. Sounds like you've done your research, and you can't go wrong anywhere down there. I've done four trips down there now (or is it 5?) in the past 6 or 7 years, and I think most people would agree if I suggested that Antelope to Fossil is the finest ride in the area. My vote for number two is Dooley Mtn, SW of Baker City. And my 'personal favorite' is the Middle Fork of John Day, from 395 (just north of Long Creek) east to the 7/26 junction. I love the flow of the road and the way the surrounding terrain evolves... but be aware the surface is not perfect, there are some cattleguards in corners (not limited to just this road, btw), and there can be livestock about.

The other factor to keep in mind is that there are BIG fires burning right now, including one SW of Baker City, and a couple west of Madras. Road closures are a possibility. Stay in touch with the Oregon Dept of Transportation site: https://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp#
 

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thanks for the info doser, as long as the smoke is bearable I will head that direction. I might bas myself in The Dalles or something like that and ride loops or maybe not. There is no real plan other than the general area.
 

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for The Dalles, depending on your taste and budget, I stayed in the Oregon Motor Motel, right downtown. older and no pool, but clean and comfy with good wifi. $60 plus tax. the other downtown motel is The Dalles Inn ( with pool) - I price checked them, and a single is $99 per nite, but they should offer you $89. both are within walking distance of the downtown eateries. Clocktower Brews is right around the corner. Mama Janes (for bkfst) is about 5 blocks away.

there's some good but ignored riding right outside The Dalles. Sevenmile Hill Rd crosses the heights west of town and is delightful. Fifteen Mile Rd and Emerson Loop Rd and their connectors are SE of town and pass thru wonderful valleys and farms.

if you base in John Day (more central), some have stayed in the Best Western, with good reports. I like Dreamers Lodge, 'local' but clean and comfy. The Outpost is a good eatery, right across the lane.

on my recent trip, I was impressed by how clean and prosperous Heppner seemed to be, compared to many of the other 'past-best-before' little towns in this corner of the state.

Baker City is the 'big city', with lots of amenities and attractions, but it's busy in the summer, so check ahead for availability if you're thinking of overniting there. I've stayed in 3 places there, and prefer the Best Western, which is reasonably priced and has a good in-house restaurant and bar.

you'll have a great trip - just can't go wrong, pretty much anywhere you ride or stay.
 

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We just got back from doing something similar a few weeks ago. In The Dalles, can't recommend the Baldwin Saloon enough. Great room and really good food - order the prime rib, you won't regret it!
 
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