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PeteN95 Apr 3rd 2016 10:09 PM

Funny thing happened at the end of the road...
So my buddy Doug and I went for a ride Sat up I-90 looking for some fire roads to play on. We didn't find any without gates by the tome we got to North Bend, so we headed up the Middle Fork road behind Kens Truck Town. It follows the river Northeast for 10 miles or so with some strange new paved sections intermixed with potholed dirt road and ends at the trail head for the Taylor River hiking trail.

We got to the end, which had a couple washouts, so there were only 2 or 3 4x4 trucks and a DS bike parked there. We checked the trail map for a minute and started to head back. We didn't even get off the bikes, so maybe 2 minutes max. As we started back down, maybe 100 yards, we came up on this!

For a second, I thought I had taken a wrong turn, but there were no other ways out? This rather large tree had fallen across the road while we were turning around! You can see the trucks parked behind us, no idea if they are still there? It was a pretty good size tree, about 2' in diameter. It was pretty dead, but there was no wind at all? Here I am standing on the root ball, which was fairly large.

We felt pretty lucky, but a guy came walking up who was in a truck we passed just before the end and he said the tree fell about 50ft in front of his truck as he was driving up the road!?! :eek: I told him to buy a lottery ticket. We dragged Doug's 690 and my XR650R under the end of the tree and headed home. It was a kind of weird end to a fairly mild ride!

Wyckedan Apr 3rd 2016 10:41 PM

A tree that size makes a pretty decent racket coming down. You shoulda heard it at least? Lucky you weren't caught under it, that'll kill ya in a second

JohnK Apr 4th 2016 03:59 AM

Wow! Hope someone in the truck had a chainsaw.

drexsetter Apr 4th 2016 07:06 AM

That's crazy! I know Forrest Service has crews to clear downed trees but im not sure how to get ahold of them...

bcj Apr 4th 2016 07:09 AM

If you didn't hear it:

a) It didn't fall
b) You weren't there.


Bald Guy Apr 4th 2016 07:13 AM


Originally Posted by bcj (Post 11043)
If you didn't hear it:

a) It didn't fall
b) You weren't there.


Perhaps we have been asking the wrong question all along.


DGA Apr 4th 2016 07:25 AM guys were lucky. Looking at that marshy ground and them pine trees not having much of a deep root structure, those trees might start to fall like dominoes once a few go.

S1KRR Apr 4th 2016 07:54 AM

Wow, lucky timing on everyone's part. I've ridden that section of road many times, too bad so many other roads in that area have been gated over the past 5 or so years.

koorbloh Apr 4th 2016 08:16 AM

pete, I'm bummed out that you didn't jump it.

sunofnun Apr 4th 2016 10:27 AM



Your doing it wrong..

Willow Apr 4th 2016 11:21 AM

Are you sure it wasn't suppose to be an ambush from the local indians, angry you were up on their land? :eek:

JohnnyM Apr 4th 2016 11:32 AM

Maybe the guy in the truck felled the tree to try and keep you there for...uh...reasons. Maybe the other DS and truck were past..."guests" of his?

Did you miss the sound of the tree falling over the noise of the banjos?

mjn Apr 4th 2016 11:56 AM

Holy smoke... I'd say that's a bit too close for comfort!

PeteN95 Apr 4th 2016 06:46 PM


Originally Posted by koorbloh (Post 11051)
pete, I'm bummed out that you didn't jump it.

I seriously considered it, but the lowest part of the tree was to the far right and it was angled that way too, and the edge of the road dropped off rather steeply, making sliding off a bad thing. So I took the easy way out. I don't think we ever turned the bikes off and we were wearing helmets and ear plugs, so it might have made a bunch of noise, but I never heard anything?

Rock Dodger Apr 4th 2016 07:57 PM

It might be a good idea to carry a Ronco Pocket Chainsaw on your adventure rides! :D

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