First Nice Trip of the Year La Grande, Heppner, Fossil, The Dalles Oregon

Hwy 395 isn't overly technical, but there are some amazing views. Snow capped hills in the distance make for a nice backdrop.

Hwy 395 isn't overly technical, but there are some amazing views. Snow capped hills in the distance make for a nice backdrop.

 

Introduction

Found some nice weather so decided to hop on the road. Went down to Beaverton as a staging location and headed toward the eastern edge of Oregon.

Route

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Day 1 - Beaverton to La Grande

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Day 2 - La Grande to Heppner


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Day 3 - Heppner to The Dalles

A train fire on Hwy 84 stopped my day early in The Dalles

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Photo Gallery

Beginning of Hwy 206 off I-84 in Northern Oregon

Finally off Hwy I-84 onto Hwy 206 for a couple days of country and back road scratching.

Waiting on a construction zone heading east on Hwy 206 a few miles off I-84. Mountains in the distance a little hard to see under the overcast sky

Waiting on a construction zone heading east on Hwy 206 a few miles off I-84. Mountains in the distance a little hard to see under the overcast sky

Hwy 244 in Oregon

Just east of Hwy 395 on Hwy 244 about 1/4 mile from Ukiah, Oregon. This road heads to La Grande over a mountain pass (few thousand feet). Lots of cattle crossings, corers and no cars!

Morning in La Grande, ready for a day spent up and down the hills (few thousand foot peaks) rivers, corners and amazing scenery.

Morning in La Grande, ready for a day spent up and down the hills (few thousand foot peaks) rivers, corners and amazing scenery.

Grande Ronde River Road

Take 244 from La Grande back toward Ukiah, but turn off on the Grande Ronde River Road and you won't regret it. Another amazing road in Eastern Oregon.

Grand Ronde River

Grand Ronde River

Sumpter, Oregon. Gas, Coffee and Restrooms.

Sumpter Oregon has just about nothing, but is a seriously cool place to stop for gas, coffee and a comfort break. Today was chilly enough in the hills I was wearing winter gloves and all the clothes I brought.

Hwy 245, the snake, mini dragon in Oregon

Hwy 245 is the areas "snake". TONS of corners you're heading up or down the mountain side....but a year ago this place burned as evidenced by the blackened trees and scortched earth.

Along Hwy 26 making my way West toward John Day. Some great rock formations pop up here and there.

Along Hwy 26 making my way West toward John Day. Some great rock formations pop up here and there.

Rock features along Hwy 26 in Oregon near John Day reminds me of some long lost weathered castle

Rock features along Hwy 26 in Oregon near John Day reminds me of some long lost weathered castle

Rock features along Hwy 26 in Oregon near John Day

Rock features along Hwy 26 in Oregon near John Day

Unity Oregon. Gas station and store is about it.

Popped down to Unity for Gas and a break before continuing on toward John Day

Hwy 395 isn't overly technical, but there are some amazing views. Snow capped hills in the distance make for a nice backdrop.

Hwy 395 isn't overly technical, but there are some amazing views. Snow capped hills in the distance make for a nice backdrop.

Prairie City is a cool little spot along the road just before you reach John Day along Hwy 26

Prairie City is a cool little spot along the road just before you reach John Day along Hwy 26

Shortly after I got to Heppner these two bikes arrived. Two guys from Seattle with the same idea in mind.

Shortly after I got to Heppner these two bikes arrived. Two guys from Seattle with the same idea in mind.

My stop for the night in Heppner Oregon had a surprise. Off the main road by a couple of blocks this courthouse was built in 1902. Pretty old for these parts.

My stop for the night in Heppner Oregon had a surprise. Off the main road by a couple of blocks this courthouse was built in 1902. Pretty old for these parts.

Hwy 206 leaving Heppner Oregon

Leaving Heppner along Hwy 206. Sun and Blue sky are back and the road is just like this for a very long time.

Blue sky, sunshine and great roads. Hwy 206 out of Heppner Oregon

Blue sky, sunshine and great roads. Hwy 206 out of Heppner Oregon

Girds Creek off Hwy 207

Just past Spray along Hwy 19, turn south (left) on Hwy 207 then look for Girds Creek road. It's got a ton of curves, views like this and will drop you back off on Hwy 19 just east of Fossil

Fossil Oregon

Fossil Oregon so it must be a break at the restaurant/bar. Today's special was some kind of chicken wrap....so tasty.

Hwy 218 Heading West-ish from Fossil. Mountains in the distance beg for your attention.

Hwy 218 Heading West-ish from Fossil. Mountains in the distance beg for your attention.

Heading to Maupin from Shaniko take Bakeoven Road instead of the one all the cars take. Quiet and at times you get to see 4 mountain peaks at once....my lens isn't wide enough.

Heading to Maupin from Shaniko take Bakeoven Road instead of the one all the cars take. Quiet and at times you get to see 4 mountain peaks at once....my lens isn't wide enough.

Dufur Oregon has some great people.

A train fire on I-84 forced me to decide a different route....19 miles later I was at the side of the road with a rear flat tire....got rescued by a good Samaritan. She trailered my bike the 20 miles to the shop, fed me and gave me a place to stay for the night!

Bottle art outside catching the light

Bottle art outside catching the light outside the window at my new favorite person from Dufur, Oregon's home

Fun Country Powerports in The Dalles Oregon.

Fun Country met us after hours (a couple hours) to open up and take my bike it. The got me a new rear tire and the next morning I was ready to go.

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