I am hoping for a June ride
You just volunteered to be the ride leader/event organizer. haha. My preference is almost always the free campsites and any campsite would have to be able to accommodate our group size as it appears to be growing. I'll have to discuss this ride with my co-rider to see what dates are available for us.
I am hoping for a June ride
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I can tell you all this, that if we are thinking NE Oregon in the spring, then late May is about the earliest you can access much of the mountain areas. The lower elevations are ok, but depending upon snow pack and the simple fact that winter hits late up here anymore, the riding will be extremely limited until at least then. The biggest problem is many of the roads and trails will have large drifts that are difficult to navigate and some essentially impassable. So with that said, I would recommend Memorial weekend or later.
Another really cool place to look at is Morrow County ORV Park, I will attach a link. The cool thing about this place is that you can reserve a group site, they have some small cabins available as well and the bathrooms are just awesome! They have porcelain toilets, sinks and showers with instant hot water. The park is 9,000 acres, but what makes it really great is it is attached to the West End (Sunflower) riding area which is 92,000 acres. Lots of roads and trails to explore, and several fire towers that are (or used to be) open to go up and look around.
Morrow-Grant County Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park | Morrow County Parks
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Thanks for the info WHS. I'll have to look at the links you posted.
I'm with ejfranz for no earlier than June. For instance, last year we wanted to go to the Wallawa gathering (motorcycle gathering) and it was cold and rainy most of the time. We didn't go as the forecast was calling for a bunch of rain. They had the rally in early June 2017 (7-11) and this year it's 7-10. I think they do it this early to avoid Fathers day (17 June this year). I personally am fine with a ride on fathers day weekend cause that's what I like but I know it generally doesn't work that way so I'd say probably after fathers day weekend at this point but not ruling it out. Plus, I would really want to be there for more than just the weekend. Like any basically unorganized ride like our gatherings at Moab, people can come and go at their pleasure to fit their own schedules.
I really like the way this TW200 Forum is evolving so that many members are now getting together for group rides in various destinations.
Not too many years ago the idea of something like the Moab gathering of the clan, or the NorCal Group Rides was a rarity. Now we have seen gatherings in the Northwest, Quartzite and others. I remember watching a video years ago from Singapore or somewhere with thirty or so TWs touring around and it just looked so impressive.
Being able to meet and ride with folks we only knew over the internet somehow adds great value to the whole motorcycling experience. I would encourage others to meet up when possible, it really can be fun.
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I would agree with Admiral that either Father's Day weekend, June 14-17, or the following weekend would be best. Most, if not all, of the trails will be accessible by then and the fire season/restrictions hopefully will not have started yet.
Additional, the Wallowa Valley Adventure Jamboree is June 7-10. So, if those coming to our gathering had an interest in doing it, and enough vacation time, they could spend 10 days between the Enterprise and La Grande areas and do lots of amazing riding. There are definitely enough rides to occupy the time.
This is just a suggestion.
We still need to finish, or should I say start over, the Dug Bar Ride...during non or less Rattle Snake time.
We could add Dug Bar to the ride list for the event, but that would be a very long day starting from the proposed camping areas.
If you want it to be rattle snake free, then April on a non-rainy weekend would be ideal. It is low enough elevation in Imnaha that the snow should be gone by then, but the snakes not out too much yet.
I guess I'm smarter than I thunk I was...just challenged and passed the Oregon OHV class, the cards on its way. Looking forward to riding with everyone, fingers crossed that the dates work out.
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