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Sep 1st 2019, 08:16 PM   #1
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Todayís ride

Went to Oregonís Larch mountain today,temps in the 80s so here we go. The usual freeway ride to Troutdale,I didnít write down directions so had to use my memory to find my way. Last time I was here was in the 70s. Went through Troutdale to the old highway and up to Corbett. Lots of people at the River today,no parking anywhere. Stopped at a roadside stop overlooking the gorge,canít remember the name but itís just west of Larch Mountain Road. Yep just the way I left it.Spent a lotta years back and forth on 84 so Iíve seen just about every way people can possibly get in a wreck. So turned on LMR and rode toward the top 17 miles. After 1/4 mile it became apparent there were a lot of bicycles on the road.80 to 100 strung out for miles. Little dicey getting around them at times. Halfway to the top I stopped and talked with a fellow that told me itís a yearly club function. So getting to the top I pulled into the lot and shut it off.Day use fee. A lady at the signboard said the ranger was just there and wouldnít be back for a while. She told me there was a hiking trail that went a mile or two to an overlook of the gorge. No thanks.Stayed for a bit,looked around a little,talked with some Idaho tourists and started my descent. I left the engine off and coasted for about 5 miles down. Kind of cool.All you hear is the tires and the wind. Probably ran around 40-45. Passed a lot of bicycles which were the ones I passed on the way up. Back through Corbett to troutdale I stopped at the mega truck stop cause they have a Subway shop. I parked in the lot with tourists,locals,and those wishing to travel if you could spare a dollar or two. Lunch done it was back to 84/I5 and home. A good weather day and a good ride. Time to find another place to go.
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