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Apr 2nd 2019, 08:47 PM   #16
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

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Originally Posted by bkuske
Day 1 - Easy day, PDX to Hood River and chill in town
Given a choice I go 26 around the south side of Mount Hood and then either zig left to 35 to get on FS-48 to Tygh Valley and then Maupin, or stay on 26 a little longer and go on 216 to Maupin. FS-48 is one of my favorite roads. It's starting to show a little wear in places but is mostly still excellent, and is like visiting three completely different parts of the country in the space of 35 miles. A good one to take your time over and really appreciate rather than belt through it at high speed. Plenty of places to spend the night in Maupin, though book ahead, it'll be rafting season.

Then take the Bakeoven Road (google maps doesn't want to show it to you so zoom WAY in) to Shaniko, and then that amazing little road down the hill to Antelope. Early on it features these tight banked downhill twisties, some of which you'll just want to leave the clutch lever in for, it's really fun: like playing pinball, where you're the ball.

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Heppner-Pendeleton VS Heppner-Ukiah? The latter seems it may be better.
Don't know about the first, but Heppner-Ukiah is very hard to improve on. It's enough spectacular road for anyone; it makes you want to turn right back around and take it again the other way.
Apr 2nd 2019, 09:19 PM   #17
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
My opinion would be:

Heppner-Ukiah.........then..........Ukiah-North Powder-Joseph!

One of my favorite roads is FS 52 out of Ukiah. Late July, it should be pretty clean.
Apr 3rd 2019, 07:35 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
Consider night in Heppner at the Northwestern Motel and RV Park. Breakfast across the street at Cornerstone Gallery and gift. Then take Willow Creek Road southeast out of Heppner. This road eventually turns into NF-053 and crosses 395. Lunch stop just after crossing 395 in Ukiah. This is only an hour of riding so don't eat a big breakfast, don't leave too early, and stop for lots of photos. Beautiful road so you will find it easy to stop and take photos.

After leisurely lunch at Ukiah Thicket Cafe and Bar make the Ukiah to Baker City ride. Head south out of Ukiah on Camas street. That will turn into NF-052 then NFD73 through Anthony Lakes Ski Area and then south on Anthony Lakes HWY and on into Baker. Stay at the Oregon Trail Motel, they are biker friendly and an easy walk to Barley Browns Brew pub for dinner.

Lots of great roads around Baker. Going Baker to Joseph you can loop through Medical Springs and Hot Lake - some nice views on that road and keeps you off of I-84.
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Apr 3rd 2019, 08:39 AM   #19
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

Keep in mind a lot of places out there are not open Sunday including gas stations.
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Apr 5th 2019, 08:35 AM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  With a grin on my face
The Blue Mountain Scenic byway from Condon to Baker City (by way of Fossil) has become an annual ride for me. Incredible variety of scenery, wildlife. Forest roads can be a little rough in spots, but I'm not riding quickly, so things are easily avoided.
Apr 5th 2019, 10:17 AM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

On a round trip there's no reason not to mix it up a little. On the way back from Baker City last year I was getting a little saddlesore and decided I wanted to make some time, and since I'm pretty familiar with the Fossil-Antelope-Shaniko route, I thought I'd try the speedy way and went Condon-Wasco by 206. And y'know what? Way more fun than it looks on the map. Yes, it's the big empty but plenty of curves and vistas and elevation changes and the pavement's great. It did however leave me stuck with a choice between I-84 and WA-14 home. 84's faster with better views but 14 just feels more like motorcycling and has a couple of stretches I never get tired of so that's how I went.
Apr 5th 2019, 12:30 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

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Keep in mind a lot of places out there are not open Sunday including gas stations.
Actually, self serve gas is now legal out in that area. In 2018 the law changed to allow self service gas in counties with a population of less than 40,000. One of the major reasons for changing the law was the issue of fuel not being available in the "off hours".

That doesn't mean that all gas stations out in those counties will have a self service pump yet, but many do now have them.
Apr 5th 2019, 01:22 PM   #23
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

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Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Actually, self serve gas is now legal out in that area. In 2018 the law changed to allow self service gas in counties with a population of less than 40,000. One of the major reasons for changing the law was the issue of fuel not being available in the "off hours".

That doesn't mean that all gas stations out in those counties will have a self service pump yet, but many do now have them.
Gas station in Dufur was very closed on a Sunday in September. No card payment options at the old style pumps.

Condon has fuel Sunday.

Maupin no longer has premium but they were open Sunday.

Kind of hit and miss. Lot of old fuel pumps out there that don't have card readers.
Apr 7th 2019, 07:41 AM   #24
 Halbie's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2018 Kawasaki Z900RS
Help Planning an Eastern Oregon road trip?



Hereís the overview of a 7-day trip I did in 2016. I have the daily routes broken down separately. Ignore all the pin numbersó I had to drop a bunch in to force the routing software (InRoute) to take certain roads. Let me know if youíd like the routing for any of this.

*** there is one big mistake that I need to fix. We went from Halfway to Imnaha by the road through the Hells Canyon overlooks (NFS 39 mentioned above). Then from Imnaha down to Joseph and the to Enterprise. This overview shows a completely incorrect route for that day, as if we went west through LaGrande on 84. Thatís not what we did.

Itís an embarrassment of riches out there. Heppner-Ukiah is amazing. I also loved Ukiah through Anthony Lakes Resort to Baker City (always call it Baker only if you donít want to be a complete noob out there).

But, again, itís hard to go wrong out there. Be on the lookout for chip seal and maybe check odot site for scheduled road work like that.

I was on a 2013 Honda CB500x with full luggage.


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Edited by Halbie on Apr 7th 2019 at 08:06 AM
Apr 7th 2019, 07:48 AM   #25
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  Apr 2019
  Swisshome

  Nunya
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Actually, self serve gas is now legal out in that area. In 2018 the law changed to allow self service gas in counties with a population of less than 40,000. One of the major reasons for changing the law was the issue of fuel not being available in the "off hours".

That doesn't mean that all gas stations out in those counties will have a self service pump yet, but many do now have them.
When I'm on my bike, gas stations always just hand me the pump anyways.

Is there anyone out there that actually believes full service gas stations are necessary, or beneficial in any way?
Apr 7th 2019, 08:10 AM   #26
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  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2018 Kawasaki Z900RS
Help Planning an Eastern Oregon road trip?

As suggested above

1. Definitely get the Butler Map for Oregon. After the last three summers, Iím down to just 2 or 3 of the gold routes left to do.

2. Research fuel in advance. Itís very sparse in some of these areas.


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Apr 7th 2019, 01:47 PM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
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Originally Posted by bkuske
Thanks everyone! I'm planning to go sometime this summer, probably late July. After looking at routes I am thinking of giving myself 12 days total.

Start date. Fire season starts in the dry part of the NW in mid-late July.
You seem to have timing flexibility, so consider starting earlier, like June or the week right after July 4.


Gas won't be a problem with your relaxed 150-175 miles per day plan, you will fill up whenever and make it.
In super small towns check that motel has A/C in the rooms.

Hope you take photos of riding, scenery or fishing and post them up.
Apr 7th 2019, 02:13 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

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Originally Posted by JayFree
Is there anyone out there that actually believes full service gas stations are necessary, or beneficial in any way?
I'm not real big on those completely unattended stations that they have in some states. The ones with the big red button and the sign saying what to do if the place is on fire. Making the consumer responsible for safety and emergency response is taking it a bit too far.

If the Oregon law involved bringing free air back to the islands and requiring the attendant to offer to check and top you up for free it'd move me a little in the direction of being favor of it. I wonder how much it's added to fuel wastage and carbon debt over the last few decades that it's a goddamn pain in the ass to check your tire pressure even if you want to and there's no way in hell grandma's ever going to do it at all.
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