Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 32




Finally, after 2 days of getting my ride back in order; I'm off early heading for Mt. Hood National Forest. The ride is easy down Rt. 35 and the scenery is refreshing after sitting in a Harley dealership for two days. I get multiple majestic views of the mountain and continue south toward Madras, OR.

At the intersection of Rt-35 and Rt-216, just North of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, the road is blocked by State Police; they say that there are forest fires further South and to take the Rt-216 detour. All the other cars in front bear left onto the detour, as do I. About 4 miles down the road, my GPS finds me a short cut to where I was heading. I go thru a camping area, and follow some gravel roads, and sure enough I am back on a highway toward Madras. At first I though nothing of it, there was no traffic, no other observations. THEN, I concluded that since I was the ONLY motor vehicle travelling (other than the occasional fire brigade truck), I circumvented the entry to the restricted road. So, I took pics along the way AND got to Madras before anyone else.

Further south I saw Newberry National Volcanic Monument. I rode to the dead end at East Lake to see what opportunities would be good for the night. I elected to head back out to a campsite at a lower altitude, as it was going to get cold in the night. I ended up at a very nice campsite at Paulina Lake. From here I can see some of the other area features tomorrow.

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Distance:
    Today = 220 miles,
    Total   = 7,543 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 7-Hours, 55-Min,
    Total   = 9-Days, 17-Hours, 19-Min
Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon, not so much a mountain as an active volcano, and the crown jewel of the Columbia River Gorge. It’s one of the loftiest mountains in the nation at 11,240 feet.
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1,067,043 acres. In 2010, Mount Hood National Forest was honored with its own quarter under the America the Beautiful Quarters program. Old-growth Douglas Fir in the Forest covers 345,300 acres.
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It's sometimes a lonely, lovely road we travel.
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This was my first really nice view of Mt. Hood.
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After I got back on Rt. 26 in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, things started to heat up a little.
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Even the wild horses were fleeing.
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Some places the fire had already passed...
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Some places were still heating up.
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As I got to the Warm Springs town I thought it was almost over...
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Then I saw a hill still on fire...
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It was not at all threatening to me, but
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I was the only one on the road. And the fire was spreading.
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Past Warm Springs, life got lovely (and cooler) again.
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50,000 acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. During the Apollo program, parts of the volcano that resemble the Moon's surface were used to train the astronauts.
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This is a view of East Lake in the Newberry Volcanic Monument.
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The highest point within the monument is the summit Paulina Peak 7,985 ft. I needed a place to set up camp, and this was my choice as the sun was setting soon.
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Another day ends at a pleasant campsite. Goodnight!
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