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35F in the morning, clear dry roads..... not another bike in sight. Cold air suits this bike. Much dense air, means more fuel, which leads to more power.... which leads to greater acceleration.

It was a little goosey, riding through the area the rider died last week. Not stressful; I've been through there so many times I am not likely to get caught out like he probably was. Just an unfortunate reminded of the frailty of life.

Afternoons are in the mid 50's. Roads are still spotless.

I'll enjoy the opportunity to ride for as long as it lasts.......

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I've been riding for about two weeks now. Yesterday was the coldest at about 33 degrees. I was a little unnerved by riding on roads that are covered in de-icer spray. Ride home was only maybe 2 degrees wamer, but the wind really picked up and was kicking the bike all over. That combined with gravel still on the roads makes it less than confidence inspiring.

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I've been riding for about two weeks now. Yesterday was the coldest at about 33 degrees. I was a little unnerved by riding on roads that are covered in de-icer spray. Ride home was only maybe 2 degrees wamer, but the wind really picked up and was kicking the bike all over. That combined with gravel still on the roads makes it less than confidence inspiring.
Anything along the Columbia river gorge can be really nasty, when the winds kick up. I recall about 12 years ago the local news had a cute red headed reporter-- she was probably about 100 lbs soaking wet, get blown off the steps of one of the observation sites in the gorge to the East of Portland. Peaks in the wind speed up there, hit 100 MPH.

My route to work used to be from the hills above the town of St. Helens, along hwy 30 through Scappoose, then into the hills to jump over to Hillsboro and Beaverton. Dealt with the wind and weather quite a lot back then...... still miss it immensely.

Gravel, sand, mud -- all of that makes you appreciate the good times, that much more.

In the words of Arlo Guthrie.... 'What good is a light, without a dark to stick it in?'

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Anything along the Columbia river gorge can be really nasty, when the winds kick up. I recall about 12 years ago the local news had a cute red headed reporter-- she was probably about 100 lbs soaking wet, get blown off the steps of one of the observation sites in the gorge to the East of Portland. Peaks in the wind speed up there, hit 100 MPH.



My route to work used to be from the hills above the town of St. Helens, along hwy 30 through Scappoose, then into the hills to jump over to Hillsboro and Beaverton. Dealt with the wind and weather quite a lot back then...... still miss it immensely.



Gravel, sand, mud -- all of that makes you appreciate the good times, that much more.



In the words of Arlo Guthrie.... 'What good is a light, without a dark to stick it in?'


I know all too well the Colombia river gorge. That 84 is sneaky for sure. Back when I had my 300 it was a nightmare getting on 84 out there I'm surprised you're riding it right now haha



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I know all too well the Colombia river gorge. That 84 is sneaky for sure. Back when I had my 300 it was a nightmare getting on 84 out there I'm surprised you're riding it right now haha



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I was on Skyline right on the edge of the ridge, no trees between me and the wind cutting out of the gorge, across town, and blasting up the west hills.
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Anything along the Columbia river gorge can be really nasty, when the winds kick up. I recall about 12 years ago the local news had a cute red headed reporter-- she was probably about 100 lbs soaking wet, get blown off the steps of one of the observation sites in the gorge to the East of Portland. Peaks in the wind speed up there, hit 100 MPH.

My route to work used to be from the hills above the town of St. Helens, along hwy 30 through Scappoose, then into the hills to jump over to Hillsboro and Beaverton. Dealt with the wind and weather quite a lot back then...... still miss it immensely.

Gravel, sand, mud -- all of that makes you appreciate the good times, that much more.

In the words of Arlo Guthrie.... 'What good is a light, without a dark to stick it in?'
Those were some of my old stomping grounds too! I miss the Pacific Northwest.
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Granted I did my time on the East Coast and used to ride in some similar conditions like it was summer.

But I'm such a bitch now. Weather's expected to be 65 cloudy with a slight chance of rain (although temps drop into the 50s in the canyons and even 40s in the higher elevations we briefly pass through) and I'm asking myself if I should ride. Hahahaha

Kind of more to do with the roads though. San Diego's got a ton of rain (snow in upper elevations) over the past month. Roads are shit right now. Lots of dudes crashing.
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Granted I did my time on the East Coast and used to ride in some similar conditions like it was summer.

But I'm such a bitch now. Weather's expected to be 65 cloudy with a slight chance of rain (although temps drop into the 50s in the canyons and even 40s in the higher elevations we briefly pass through) and I'm asking myself if I should ride. Hahahaha

Kind of more to do with the roads though. San Diego's got a ton of rain (snow in upper elevations) over the past month. Roads are shit right now. Lots of dudes crashing.
We lived in Escondido, then on Miramar between 1986 and 1990. I spent much of my spare time out towards Julian and Palomar. Used to ride out through Poway, and Ramona to get there.

Commuting in the winter months was painful when you dropped into the arroyos along I15 after dark..... the cold desert air flows through the lowest point to the sea.... that was often more than 20 degrees colder. Fookin COLD

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Now there's a place I need to visit Mind you, I went down "Shooting Butts Road" today. No joke, that is the actual name of the road.

Tomorrow it's "American Vehicle Day" down here in Kiwiland. I'm going to turn up on my Japanese bike for a laugh...
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Man I miss my heated gear(Gerbings). I have it, I just can't use it because of:

a)Doesn't fit under my leather jacket or mesh jacket. Both fit like gloves and I like it that way

b)Always felt like such a PITA to take it on and off with my regular jacket.

c)I've become a little "fluffy" since I used it two year ago. Rest assured I am hitting the stationary cycle and treadmill this off season.

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Now there's a place I need to visit Mind you, I went down "Shooting Butts Road" today. No joke, that is the actual name of the road.
Any pics of said sign?

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Damn, I was just in that part of country today again! But, no. Here's some art representing it though:

Print called ?Shooting Butts Road? by NZ Artist Matt Guild

The actual road according to Mr Google: https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/...!4d175.4628777

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