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Apr 9th 2017, 04:05 PM   #1
 no splat matt's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  With a grin on my face
TomTom Route of misery?

I recently picked up a TomTom Rider. It's a 2006 model but it's brand new. When planning a route from Beaverton to Enterprise via Fossil, from a map generated on Tyre, it has me going on past the Ripplebrook Ranger station (NF46) to NF57, NF58, and then NF42 to Warm Springs Hwy (HW26) about 25 miles north of Warm Springs. From what I can tell on Google maps, none of the NF roads mentioned are fully paved.
Anyone ride these roads?
As an aside, any TomTom Rider user out there have any luck at creating a route on Tyre, and then transferring it to the TomTom with all the way points intact? I can only transfers routes over as an itinerary, then TomTom generates a route (which if the above route indicates, I just blew a few hundred bucks).
Apr 10th 2017, 12:10 PM   #2
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

My information is a little dated for some of that area, but if Tyre routed you like this: HWY 224/FS-46 => FS-57/58/42 => HWY 26,

Then that route is indeed paved (or at least it was 71/2 years ago). I last rode that complete route in 2009, and back then FS-57 from Ripplebrook up to the turn off to FS-58 was a fun little 2 lane road in great shape. At the FS-57/58 Rd Jct, 57 turned into a single track gravel road. The pavement continued on FS-58 which was also single track, but was generally wide enough to still accommodate two lane travel. FS-58 does eventually turn back into a two lane marked road, but not until somewhere up to the NW of the Timothy Lake area.

Back then most of the route was a nice ride, with occasional sections of debris or minor pavement damage (both easily avoided). Unfortunately, last summer I road 58 from 42 to Little Crater Lake Campground, and the pavement was in pretty bad shape. Additionally, I was told about a year or two ago, that both FS-57 and the rest of FS-58 have also gotten pretty beat up with major pot holes, cracks in the pavement, frost heaves, and major dips, with one in particular being reported as more of a sinkhole that caught a Harley rider unawares and got him stuck pretty bad.

A better alternative would be to take FS-42 from HWY 224/46 up to HWY 26. This is the route that many of us take through that area. I rode it last summer and the pavement was still in very good shape. The only down side to that route, is that most of the road south of the Timothy Lake area is a narrow single track. The good news is that it is paved and there are plenty of pullouts. Also, with the exception of a few blind corners, visibility is generally pretty good in the single track area. Meaning, you can often times see far enough ahead that you can move at a comfortable speed. As you approach the Vicinity of Timothy Lake, the road becomes a marked two lane road.
Apr 10th 2017, 01:10 PM   #3
 chadams66's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
NF-42 is the bomb...I've been up it a few times and love it every time...riding up 224 past Ripplebrook is well worth it too...early in the season 42 is likely to have some moss on the road once you leave 224..but I haven't found it to be a big problem...there can also be trees that have fallen across the road so keep your eyes open...I've run into (not literally) cars and trucks coming from the other direction on the single track section..but there wasn't any problems there either...going up there is one split in the road..you stay left and it is marked by a light blue 42 on the road way...
Apr 10th 2017, 04:17 PM   #4
 no splat matt's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  With a grin on my face
thanks FeralRdr and Chadams66. I'm happy to hear NF42 is paved the entire way. Looks like that'll be the road I take. Now I'm leery about the routes my Tomtom generates in areas I'm unfamiliar with. Guess I'll inspect each route via Google Maps and look for potential trouble spots. Can't say I'm too impressed with my Tomtom.
Apr 10th 2017, 04:36 PM   #5
 Cougar's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
You might want to confirm that there is no snow on any of the roads if you're going soon. In early June 2008 we intended to ride some of those roads so I called the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and asked if the roads were clear and they said "yes, we just plowed them this morning." We took a different route.
Apr 10th 2017, 06:27 PM   #6
 no splat matt's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  With a grin on my face
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cougar
You might want to confirm that there is no snow on any of the roads if you're going soon.
I appreciate that. I'm going to head out late July or early August en route to Lolo pass, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming before slabbing it back to Beaverton.
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