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Jun 4th 2016, 06:43 PM   #16
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

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Hello Riders:

Did "the Fossil Run" today, and decided to do a little exploring. Sometimes I like to ride to Fossil and take OR 207 north from Spray to Hardman, and head back west through Condon. That makes for a nice loop with a lot of variety; the bad part has always been riding up OR 19 along the John Day; lots of RV's, driveways and congestion.

Today I took "Alder Creek Road" north from OR 19 at Muleshoe (that's about 22 miles from Fossil), and rode it to Winlock Road, headed east on Winlock to Kahler Basin Road to OR 207. It's all single lane asphalt of fairly good quality, and you can use it to avoid the congestion along OR 19.

Good Riding to You All,

Quixote
Jul 9th 2016, 02:56 PM   #17
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  Feb 2016
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OK, technically it's no longer spring, but I have some more goodies....

A couple of weeks ago I checked out FSR 21 that runs from US 26 west of Mt. Vernon up to Izee-Paulina Road
in the Maheur National Forest. It's one of those single-lane paved logging roads that see very little traffic. From US 26 take Fields Creek Road South and climb up Murderer's Creek about 25 miles. A real fun ride with lots of cambered turns. Watch for COWS.

As long as your in the neighborhood, try taking FSR 47, the "Izee-Burns Road" south to Burns. Yeah, there's a five mile stretch of gravel by the north half, but it's "good gravel" (yeah, I know, that's any oxymoron), and the rest of the single lane road is worth the dust. Again, watch for COWS.

Today we scouted Red Hill Road that starts in Parkdale, turns into FSR 16, and connects with FSR 18 on the way to Lolo Pass. It's another of those single-lane paved roads to nowhere. It (used to) make for a nice loop for street bikes from Parkdale to Lost Lake, but the past winter was not kind to the old road; it's an "enduro road" for right now.

Two five hundred yard sections of pavement have been removed; there's gravel there now. Some downed trees too, but you can get around them. Sure hope the Forest Service fixes that road; it makes for a nice ride on the very hot days.

Asking a favor: "Does anyone know if there is still a paved road to connect FSR 21 south of Oakridge to Sharp's Creek via FSR 2102 > FSR 5850 > FSR 22 and on to Steamboat?" I'll be scouting it in a couple of weeks in an effort to put together an all-pavement ride down the Cascade Crest from Portland/Hood River to Crater Lake and beyond. I'll report back what we find. Until then,

Thanks and Good Riding to You.

Quixote
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