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Aug 6th 2021, 08:25 AM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

Lost Roads

Twenty years ago when I first moved into the area, some of my favorite rides were Cougar to Windy Ridge to Randal and back, plus Road 90 past Lower Falls and on to Trout Lake. These roads are almost un-rideable now due to lack of maintenance. This seems to be the case with Forest Service roads everywhere. I guess all the money is going to fighting fires or something. Shame.
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Aug 6th 2021, 08:47 AM   #2
DGA
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
Windy Ridge is usually a heavy snow fall away from creating ruts that will launch you out of the seat. I remember one ride where I was borrowing tools to remove preload from the shock and forks and adjusting rebound to nearly nothing, just to make it back into town without feeling I was beaten with a lead pipe... and that is when I was in good riding shape.
Aug 7th 2021, 06:45 AM   #3
 
  Jun 2021
  Vancouver

  06 FZ1S, 07 DRZ400SM, 07 TTR230
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Windy Ridge is usually a heavy snow fall away from creating ruts that will launch you out of the seat. I remember one ride where I was borrowing tools to remove preload from the shock and forks and adjusting rebound to nearly nothing, just to make it back into town without feeling I was beaten with a lead pipe... and that is when I was in good riding shape.
You aren't kidding. I drove that route the year before last, came down from Randle, then finished through Cougar. It was punishing, and it sounds like they aren't any better now. I won't touch it on a bike... well maybe the DRZ but that's a long ride on the 2x4 seat....

Real shame. The jaunt up NF99 to Windy Ridge is one of my favorite roads for scenery.
Aug 7th 2021, 02:46 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

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Just road 25 from Randal to Carson a few weeks ago. Been a few years, and it was getting bad back in the day. It's so bad now with gravel sections, pot holes, etc. Very disappointing! Wind River is still spectacular, be a sad day when that goes bottoms up.......

Just got back from a road trip, and Eastern OR still has great roads. Did not disappoint!
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Aug 9th 2021, 06:07 AM   #5
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
Did the loop from Wasco, Condon, Fossil, Spray, Mitchell, the dirt road from outside Mitchell to Antelope. It's 2 track and only 2 water crossings, gorgeous country, zero traffic.
Not quite 300 end to end from Goldendale.
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