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Apr 5th 2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Did a Bit of Camping in Eastern Oregon last September (2015)

So we were hoping to get a few camping trips in last summer, but due to time constraints and conflicting schedules, we were only able to get one in. We considered making it a "Galenpalooza", but decided that since we wanted to do a longer trip (as well as issues with the previous forum), we would just keep it simple and not post it up. So, If you were hoping to join us for a Galenpalooza this past summer, my sincere apologies.

In that regards, we are already looking ahead to next summer for a possible Galenpalooza; maybe even with a Galen, but if so, it will probably be a cheap Chinese one ordered off ebay. Don't worry, we'll try to make sure it's at least organic and ISO 9000 certified. We only use the highest qualitey Galen's in the production of a Galenpalooza. But,.. I digress.

When deciding where to go on this trip, we settled on pretty much doing the route we did in 2014. John (cbrrider) wasn't able to make that outing, so he wanted to ride it this year. Since I had rode some of the area on my way to and from Arizona, I was itching to get back to the Rattlesnake Grade as well as a few other roads in the area.

Day 1 - PDX to Sumpter, OR (maplink)

We met up at the Airport Way S-Bux (PDX) bright and early, and had decided to head out through the Bull Run area to Zig Zag where we would get on HWY 26 for the trip around Mt. Hood. We then took HWY 35 North to FS-48/Wamic Rd, and then headed East to Tygh Valley. From there, we continued onto HWY 216 for a short run to the Deschutes River. Upon crossing the river, we took an immediate right on a paved BLM access road and took it all the way into Maupin, where we fueled up. After topping off, we headed out of town on Bakeoven Rd to Shaniko, and from there onto HWY 218 to Fossil and Lunch. After lunch, we headed East on HWY 19 until we reached Kimberly, then took HWY 402 to Long Creek where we topped off the bikes again. Afterwards, we headed North on HWY 395 until we reached County Rd 20, and then headed East to Bates (HWY 7). We then headed North to Sumpter, and set up camp at McCully Fork Campground. Which was soon followed by dinner in Sumpter and beer around the campfire.

HWY 218 between Shaniko and Antelope, OR

Quick Stop for Picts (same location).

Day 2 - Sumpter to Joseph, OR (maplink)

Woke up, packed up, and headed back into Sumpter for breakfast. After a hearty meal at the 'Scoop N-Steamer', we continued Eastward on HWY 7 until we reached HWY 245 (Dooley Mtn Rd.). We did a quick down and back via the twistiest section, and were amazed at how much of the vegetation had been burned out. Though it was a little heart breaking to see so much destruction, we did enjoy the benefit of being able to see through a lot of the corners that otherwise would have had greenery blocking the view. Also, we apparently just happened to hit the road shortly after it had been cleaned up, as there was very little gravel on it (compared to previous years).

Upon returning to HWY 7, we proceeded into Baker, and made our way to HWY 86. We then headed to Oxbow, and jumped onto the Brownlee-Oxbow HWY and headed South and East. We continued into Idaho on HWY 71 and stopped for fuel and snacks in Cambridge. After a short break, we backtracked to FS-39 (Hells Canyon Scenic Byway), and headed North. This was another one of the pleasant surprises of the trip, as the road construction project that had been underway for the past few years had just been completed. The entire section between HWY 86 and the Viewpoint access road, had brand new pristine pavement. With light traffic, we were able to get into a smooth quick rhythm as we made our way to the Scenic Viewpoint. After a short break at the Viewpoint, we continued north on FS-39, and soon encountered the end of our little Nirvana. Though the road wasn't horrible, we did start to encounter lots of pot holes and cracks. We spent a lot of time dodging the fuglies here, so not as quick or fun, but still very rideable with due caution. Upon reaching HWY 350, we headed West to Joseph, and got fuel and a few supplies. We then headed to Wallowa Lake and camped for the night on some private land. Dinner at the "Glacier Grill" (Wallowa Lake Resort) was followed by another evening of beer and conversation around the campfire.

HWY 245 (Dooley Mt. Rd) between HWY 7 and HWY 26 (Unity, OR)

HWY 245 a little farther North

A bit farther North of there along HWY 245

FS-39 North of HWY 86 (Halfway, OR)

Bob tapping his boot.

Yes,... They have finished the repaving project of the southern section

Break Time at the Hells Canyon Scenic Overlook

Looking out into Idaho from the overlook

Day 3 - Joseph to Ukiah, OR (maplink)

Had another bout of woke up and packed up; and after saying goodbye to or gracious hosts, headed to town for breakfast. We decided to head up to Enterprise and grab a bite to eat at the Red Rooster Cafe. Had a little bit of a wait for service, but that's what we get for going to a popular place on a Sunday Morning. Eventually, we were able to get back on the road and we headed North out of town on HWY 3 to hit the Rattle Snake Grade. After climbing up out of the grade, we stopped at Field's Spring WA State Park for a short break. We then turned around, and headed back down to Enterprise. We continued West on HWY 82 until we reached La Grande. After a short fuel and snack break, we dashed North up I-84 to HWY 244 and then West to Ukiah. We ended up camping just off of HWY 395 at Ukiah-Dale Forest State Campground, which is only a few miles from Ukiah, OR. We dined at "The Thicket", but then we had to head back to camp, and sit around a cold lonely little electric lantern, as there was a ban on fires in the State Parks at the time. However, the beer was cold, so at least we had symmetry.

Break Time at Field Springs WA State Park access road along WA HWY-129, Just North of the Rattle Snake grade.

Yep! Got to ride it again.

"Bob and John from the Rattle Snake Grade Morning Show"

Southern Grade (Rattlesnake Grade)

Ukiah Dale Campground along HWY 395 just south of the HWY 244 JCT (Ukiah, OR)

Yes! Bob had cell service!

Day 4 - Ukiah, OR to Vancouver, WA (maplink)

After breaking camp, we decided to grab some breakfast at "The Thicket". We then headed West out of town on FS-53 to Heppner, OR. After a short fuel stop, we continued Westward on HWY 206 through both Condon and Wasco, to Celilo, just off of I-84. We then made another quick sprint down I-84 to The Dalles, and crossed over into Washington taking SR-14 back into town.

Sorry, no picts this day. I meant to grab a few, but we were a little tired, and decided to focus instead on the journey home.
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Apr 5th 2016, 07:40 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Nice pic
Apr 5th 2016, 09:47 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Nice! Thanks for bringing back memories and some new stuff ...
Apr 7th 2016, 11:16 AM   #4
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  Mar 2016

  Weestrom, DR650
Cool trip report, man. I dig. I love riding in that part of the world. Some of that looks pretty familiar....

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Apr 7th 2016, 11:37 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Battle Ground

  1991 Honda CBR1000F
We do love our summer camping trips.
Apr 8th 2016, 06:29 AM   #6
 FeralRdr's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Originally Posted by orangeradish
Cool trip report, man. I dig. I love riding in that part of the world. Some of that looks pretty familiar....

Panoramic Shots FTMFW!

My previous little camera just didn't facilitate taking them. You have no idea how many times I've tried stitching shots together, only to be stymied by different zoom levels, crappy focus, or wonky lighting issues (as far as my limited photog skills can tell). Typically, I've been zooming out to capture what I want to get, but that tends to be hit or miss as I either end up loosing detail, or there is just too much to get at my widest zoom angle. I've upped my game a little with a newer travel camera that has a panoramic mode, so hopefully I can start snapping some for future ride reports.

Thanks for sharing.
Apr 8th 2016, 01:09 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016

  An XX, coupla ZX's, a -10, and now a 701.
Thumbs up

I was just through that particular stretch of road last week. While waiting for a buddy to catch up - I went up, down, and then back up that section.

It did not suck...

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