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Jun 20th 2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

Chip Seal East of The Dalles

Here's a heads up for the locals. State Street (the road that turns into Eight Mile Rd.) has about 3 miles of gravel that ends at the junction of Fifteen Mile Road and Eight Mile Road.

It's ride-able, at reduced speeds, but it is kinda dusty and nasty, especially with car/truck traffic to stir up the dust.

(edited to add: I don't know when the gravel was dumped on the road, it could have been there for several days. Does anyone know? The warning signs say fresh oil and gravel, but I didn't encounter any oily stuff)

As a side note, out past Sherars Bridge, on the "Stairway to Heaven", there's been some work on the shoulder that left dirt and a little gravel on the pavement in a few places. It's not a big deal, but something to keep in mind if you're headed out that way.
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Edited by Rock Dodger on Jun 20th 2018 at 04:39 PM
Jun 23rd 2018, 08:35 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Columbia Gorge (Hood River/The Dalles)

  Yammer R1
Thanks RD.

A few of us were aware of the unholy chip-seal act on those roads. They even defiled Steele Rd. (dump road) so that's out for the time being plus a smattering of local city roads were hit.

Geezh!!
Jul 1st 2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
It's probably easier to list the roads that AREN'T chip sealed.....

The good news is that recent hot weather is setting up the tack coat, so it isn't as loose as before.

Was out in Sherman County this morning. The south end of Van Gilder Road is done except for painting, so you can stay off of 97. OR 206 is striped and done, but the surface is still pretty rough. Monkland, Hay Canyon and Pleasanton are good. McDermid Road above Fulton Canyon is a little gem.....
Jul 1st 2018, 02:43 PM   #4
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Originally Posted by Quixote
It's probably easier to list the roads that AREN'T chip sealed.....

The good news is that recent hot weather is setting up the tack coat, so it isn't as loose as before.

Was out in Sherman County this morning. The south end of Van Gilder Road is done except for painting, so you can stay off of 97. OR 206 is striped and done, but the surface is still pretty rough. Monkland, Hay Canyon and Pleasanton are good. McDermid Road above Fulton Canyon is a little gem.....
Thanks for the info, Quixote!

I need to get out a map and figure out where some of those roads are. I've likely ridden them, but don't know them by name.
Jul 1st 2018, 03:53 PM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Hey Dodger!

Those roads are pretty obscure; on our rides we've passed right by them on our way to Fossil, Ukiah, Sumpter, etc.

Although it sounds jaded (and it is), when you tire of riding the same old deserted twisty roads in our backyard, it's worth a shot to explore the county next door.

"Farm to Market" roads connect grain producers with the elevators, and those roads have to be paved to accommodate the big rigs hauling all that soft white wheat. For the other 48 weeks of the year, all that pavement just sits there, alone: no farmers, no tourists, nobody. It's a shame to let it go to waste like that.

Grab a map and study where those roads cut across the canyons and foothills. That's where you want to be. Close to home, challenging, deserted, and most important, different.

Go take the road less travelled. Next time you're at SMC I'll show you some.

Quixote
Jul 4th 2018, 03:07 PM   #6
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  Jul 2018
  The Dalles

  2011 Kawasaki ZX6R
Rowena Crest loop has a lot of Tar Snakes on there right now as well! Rode that a few days ago when it was hot and my front tire was slipping across them on every turn.
Jul 4th 2018, 04:29 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Columbia Gorge (Hood River/The Dalles)

  Yammer R1
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Rowena Crest loop has a lot of Tar Snakes on there right now as well! Rode that a few days ago when it was hot and my front tire was slipping across them on every turn.

Confirmed. Yes, the Rowena curves has a fresh set of tar snake repairs. Was sliding the bike around as well
Jul 6th 2018, 05:43 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
How bad are the snakes in the morning?
Jul 7th 2018, 10:43 AM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
"How bad are they in the morning?"

Not too bad, but this morning (7 July) you can't ride Rowena; the road is closed due to a fire.

Alternate route: take Sevenmile Hill and State Roads from The Dalles to Mosier.
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