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I Suggest a short ride on the afternoon of Saturday, 2-26-2011, at 1:00 PM Pacific. We can meet in the car-side parking lot of the Northbound Rest Area, 1000 feet south of the I-5 Charbonneau exit (South of Portland below Wilsonville), and a quarter-mile south of Boone Bridge. I don't get to Oregon very often, can't ride here in Montana for another month or two, and am hankering take a trip. Even a very short one if that is all we can manage. I will be transporting my CX to Oregon in the back end of a big (& ugly) Chevy van.



Now, where to ride. I would say that would be weather permitting. With rain, I would suggest a short trip down Highway 99, and maybe catch a lunch at some agreed-upon place. Weather sunny and warm instead? An agreed-upon destination further down. Lunch at Dairy Queer in Stayton? I doubt it would be nice enough to go to Lincoln City, but my aim is to have fun as much as the weather will permit.



May I suggest you respond to this posting if you plan on attending? That way we will know about how many (and who) to expect. I also propose we plan upon eating somewhere afterwards. Something simple, cheap, and dutch.



Meeting location Geo-code: 45.271007, -122.775337



"First West Coast Ride of 2011"
 

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Sounds like something I can work into, weather permitting. I'd even hop it if it isn't terrible ugly out. I've never let a little rain bug me. Just as long as we keep warming up, I won't go if it's anywhere below 45.

I'll ponder the eating spots etc.

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By the way, why did you choose the Northbound side of the rest stop?? Might be easier to hit the country lanes from the Southbound side, and those of us here in the PDX area would have to pass that and turn around at the southern Aurora exit, then we would all have to go back north to Wilsonville to turn back around to head into the valleys lush lay. If Cliff is coming from the south, and if the guys in Keizer/Hubbard came it would only be the one turn around to meet at the rest area.

Just sayin'
 

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By the way, why did you choose the Northbound side of the rest stop?? Might be easier to hit the country lanes from the Southbound side, and those of us here in the PDX area would have to pass that and turn around at the southern Aurora exit, then we would all have to go back north to Wilsonville to turn back around to head into the valleys lush lay. If Cliff is coming from the south, and if the guys in Keizer/Hubbard came it would only be the one turn around to meet at the rest area.

Just sayin'

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Northbound is close to the Charbonneau exit and a decision to travel north -OR- south is immediately available. Southbound, you can only go south. There is no northbound option without going out of your way. If you want to go northbound from the southbound rest area, then you need to drive (ride) several miles down to Ehlen Road / Leathers-Shell / Popeyes to turn around to go northbound.



Where will I be coming from? I would presume from a Saturday Morning Family get-together in Gresham/Fairview. 84 west to 205 south to I-5 down to the Donald/Champoeg Ehlen Road exit, and then back up I-5 to the Charbonneau rest stop.
 

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Northbound is close to the Charbonneau exit and a decision to travel north -OR- south is immediately available. Southbound, you can only go south. There is no northbound option without going out of your way. If you want to go northbound from the southbound rest area, then you need to drive (ride) several miles down to Ehlen Road / Leathers-Shell / Popeyes to turn around to go northbound.



Where will I be coming from? I would presume from a Saturday Morning Family get-together in Gresham/Fairview. 84 west to 205 south to I-5 down to the Donald/Champoeg Ehlen Road exit, and then back up I-5 to the Charbonneau rest stop.


Cliff, This is your ride so don't hesitate to tell me to shove it if you don't like my suggestions. Hwy 99 from Oregon City down to Aurora is beautiful and follows the Willamette river on a much more scenic route. If the goal is a nice stroll down 99, then you would be cheating yourself of some of the best parts my missing that stretch if you take i5. From there, if you wanted to continue South we could go all the way through to Stayton or we could take the scenic route through Mt. Angel (home of the Oktoberfest and German Sausage) and Silver creek falls. Obviously, the weather is always a variable but it should be a fun ride either way.



As long as I can get the time off of work, I'll be there either way. The way I look at it, your our guest in our state and we'll show you whatever you want to see.





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I wish I could figure out how to draw the red lines on the route...
 

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Interestingly, I'm E-replying from work. I guess I have no life that I work every Sat PM here, those weekends I'm in Montana.



I'm wide open as to WHERE we ride. Since Oregon Weather can be a challenge, I would suggest not getting to grandious (complex) in pre-planning. We could find ourselves in ice / snow / hail and have to postpone the whole thing.



Where would I like to ride? 1:Short: 99 to Ehler, Westward back to Champoeg; go back to starting point point via Butteville road. (I used to host VW Bus Camping club WetWesties.com campouts at the RV loop @ Champoeg). 2:Longer: 99 south inland down south past Silver Creek Falls, then intersect with Highway 22, and eat at the Dairy Queen in Stayton; then back. Much better places to eat are in Mt. Angel. 3:Longest, and most unlikely: Lincoln city, then down to Rogue Brewery Pub near the Oregon Aquarium. But 3: in February is just not going to happen. I don't know why I mention it.



Oregon in Feb: Near certainty of precip.



I'm from Seaside, Oregon originally. Spent the majority of my life in the Portland Metro area. Ex-wife in South Salem. Son & his wife & family are in Keizer. Relatives in and about Portland.
 

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For what it's worth, I truly tried to duplicate the map for John (wootersen) and couldn't post it.



In regards to where we go, I have a limit, as I have a Custom, so have to plan fuel to 100 max before stops. Second, this is only a few weeks away, and we won't have a lot of daylight if we meet at 1pm......sun sets around 5 to 6 these days. Johns idea was a good one, and if we are all coming from the north, then meeting at the southbound rest area just south of Wilsonville makes the most sense to me. I don't expect any coast trip or mountain trip. Just nice old good god country.



Get in a three or so hour ride loop, hit a nice finish (oh, dutch, sorry) diner and call it a great day with great CX buddies.
 

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This site does not support pasting [ctrl]-[V] of pictures. Text only. You can only imbed LINKS to pictures placed onto another site. That's why you couldn't post the picture I believe. The picture needs to be posted somewhere else, record its URL, and then embed a hyperlink to that picture.



-I'm not closed to switching to the southbound rest area. Lets get concensus on route first. I think everyone will like your Mt. Angel suggestion, which makes the Southbound rest area preferred.

-Lunch dutch. Unless someone arrives on a Harley. Then we can have them spring for lunch for everyone.

-Acknowledged about the Custom & distance limit. I will probably be bringing my custom as I won't have the gas tank finished for the 79 Deluxe by then. My Custom goes 87 miles before I have to switch to the reserve fuel. I've had to switch to reserve MANY times. So rest & gas stops at least 50-75 miles apart will be a MUST for me.

-Yes, short notice. But we are not going to be riding far.

-I think an inland route to Mt Angel sounds the most fun.

-I also think that above all, participants need to be prepared for Rain.

-I'm looking forward to meeting you guys and gals.

-We can assign "leader" and "sweeper" later. Each will need to have a cell phone to announce emergencies or problems. Also, she complained, but I've asked the ex-wife if she would mind following us in the van to accommodate break-downs. I'll probably have to bribe her with a dinner at Red Lobster or something. The Van has a non-slip ramp, block-and-tackle for loading, & can accommodate most bikes if the windshield is removed or lowered. My rear-view mirrors on the CX500 get konked when going through the back door.

-I also suggest we call this the "First West Coast Ride of 2011." Not catchy or rhyme, but likely the first Forum organized ride of the year.

-I've asked Charles to add us to the Calendar. It will make the first calendar entry for this new site.




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HAHAHAHA
Tell the ex we would be glad to have her to dinner on OUR dutch. At Red Lobster. Or this



Welcome to the FIRST WEST COAST RIDE OF 2011



p.s. I'm thinking my rampsbaby may get jealous cuz she doesn't have a bike yet....hmmm maybe a tag team thing here.

 

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This site does not support pasting [ctrl]-[V] of pictures. Text only. You can only imbed LINKS to pictures placed onto another site. That's why you couldn't post the picture I believe. The picture needs to be posted somewhere else, record its URL, and then embed a hyperlink to that picture.



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What do you mean no pictures???





I sure do wish I could get my wife's son to join you guys riding. He lives in Portland and his bike is the one on the left in the photo. Click on the thumbnail for a better look at it.
 

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That would be really cool if he could, Dave.



I think what Cliff was saying is before, John was trying to copy over a map, and I don't know how to paste that here. I don't think you can save those to Photobucket either, since it's not a jpeg format. I'm sure there is a way, but I'm not that swift with that stuff.
 

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You don't understand. Q:What do I mean when I say you cannot post pictures on this site? A:This site is text only. The picture example you posted above is not an embedded picture. It is a text-only hyperlink to a Photobucket picture. The picture itself is not found on this site. The picture appears in the message window above alright, but it is not resident on the CX500forum.com. It is only the link to Photobucket appears. The Picture does not reside on this site.



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Yes, 45 is pretty cold. This particular Motorcycle of mine has a Fairing. It is the first time I've owned a bike with a Fairing. Wow, what a huge benefit. If I'm going fast enough, it can be hailing hard and I don't feel a thing. Given hard hail and the fairing, all I need to do is crouch down a bit and stay relatively dry and warm. And then we come to red lights where I have to stop..... Then is when I start getting cold and wet!



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Ex-wife or not misses the point. The notion that we will have a recovery vehicle bringing up the rear to accommodate break-downs, will add a level safety to this ride.
My thinking is safety. The Red Lobster bribe is secondary.
 

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I think we can have a really nice couple of hours of Motorcycle riding. Not far. Not expensive. A couple of weeks of advanced notice. Hopefully the weather won't be too bad. No matter which point of the compass we aim, the Oregon scenery is always nice. And we can wind it up with a late lunch. This is going to be great. Don't you guys think so? I'm looking forward to it.
 
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