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    Ride the Gorge

    HI ALL 2013 Rally Go'ers


    Does anyone have a GPX file for the "Ride the Gorge" ride?

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    Nice ride:)

    Been there several times over. Its a two sided affair, Washington and Oregon and both side have views to die for. Only 3 crossovers are the main concern. Biggs, Bridge of the Gods and Hood River. US30 on the Oregon side, NOT to be missed and a NICE LOOP is starting in Vancouver, Washington Eastbound on Hwy14 to "Bridge of the Gods" crossover and back West on US30 for all the "waterfalls". US30 parallels I84 real close. This covers most of the best of the Gorge. Further East is great too, if ya have the time. A lot of folks ride the Central Oregon N. to Mt.Hood and Hood River and travel West from there. If from Salem, take the above route thru Vancouver and East Hwy14 and loop back, VERY NICE ride. Randy

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    It is a great place to ride. But be aware and attentive, high winds are common. Pay attention to the weather forecast. They are not too big an issue riding along one side or the other but can be a huge issue crossing on the bridges. We once continued on east to find a friendlier bridge one very high wind day.
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    Roughly how far is the loop? Thinking of riding it when I'm up there, as well as see everything else under the sun!
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    Smile winds

    There is less wind on the washington side because there is more trees, to shelter you. Portland to bridge of the gods loop is about 70mile. Bridge of the gods to Hood River is about 60 miles. Hood River to The Dalles is about 45 miles.The Dalles to Briggs is about 45 miles. Born and lived here for almost 60 years.

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    Don't miss it:)

    This ride is so great, it SHOULD be on your bucket list for Salem Rally afternoon ride! I think the whole ride from Salem will take half a day or slightly more if you stop/ photo ops and Falls visitor center are taken in. The WIND Surfers LOVE this place, as Paul is dead right about windy gorge. You will see plenty of water rats, sailing on kites and boards. IF folks at the rally get wind(no pun) of this ride, it will be very popular and lots of BMWs up there. "The Bridge of the Gods" I just rode recently and its a $.50 toll bridge for bikes. So expensive, LOL. Randy

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    I'm assuming the wind picks up later in the day, that mornings are (relatively) calm?
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    Smile winds

    Time of day has no bearing on the wind speed.

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    +1 to Eugene, the Gorge develops wind as much from draining the entire Columbia River Basin as anything. That drainage area does not change thru the day. But mostly just a concern crossing the bridges as others have noted...

    But then I've had experience with the Washoe Zephyr between Reno and Carson City....seen semi trucks tipped over on that stretch of US395.

    Have a pleasant trip!
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    Multnomah Falls

    One should plan at least an hour "discovery time" if/when doing the loop. Very nice views from the top.

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    Dont miss this;

    Winds or no winds, do not miss this ride, its a GREAT one of the region. Anybody with any time on a bike knows wind and how to ride in it. This place no different than so many other locales with wind around the USA. The Gorge is so beautiful, not to be missed being so close. You a wind novice, just go slower, take your time and ride with a mentor leading. Randy

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    +1 to Polarbear...

    And I'll be in Hood River the afternoon of the 17th, after riding the back roads of Mt St Helens, perhaps see some of you all there!

    Cheers!
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    St.Helen's info:)

    The backside of this Volcano is the better views of the place and a GREAT ride getting there. I came in the backside via the C.River off Hwy14 and so on. Its a whole lot better ride and sights, less people too. Randy

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    Randy, by backside do you mean the east on 99, the Spirit Lake side? We'll be stopping there on our way down from Rainier to the Gorge.
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    East side:)

    Yes, I am not sure the route numbers, but find the only road due South of Rainier, Packwood,Washington on US12 and so on. Just a short ride West of Packwood, the road (turn)South to the East side of MT.St.Helens and on South to Columbia River is EXCEPTIONAL riding. The blow out side of the mountain is best viewed here and you get really close to it. The main visitor center is the West Entrance off Interstate 5, a long ride around to there. No road cuts through the Volcano site. I find the East best by far and the riding unreal great getting there. Coming out on Hwy14 at the Columbia River, go West to "Bridge of the Gods" cutoff and cross the C.River into Oregon and pick up US30 West along the river and ALL the waterfalls. This ride from Rainier to all I mentioned into Oregon is 5 STAR riding. Cannot tell ya enough good about it. I camped midway between the St.Helens and Hwy14 in the forest at a private campground. Very Peaceful and quiet. Bear alert!!! Camp clean, secure foods. Randy PS; I have nice pics, BUT cannot load 'em of late, here at this forum page. Unknown why?

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