Re: Any expedition in North West?
I hope you are happy, I blew my FIRST POST ever on you! I recently bought a 2007, have invested a bit on her since then, and have a trip in mind. I have already planned it out on GPS and maps. I dont want to give it all away but it will invlove Walla Walla overnight, jumping in point the next morning will be the start of the classic OBDR route into the Blue Mountains, down through Granite and Sumpter, and onto Seneca. The basic premise is to avoid the OBDR routes that will scrape/wash the paint off of the sides of your vehicle- and I know these first hand by travelling these routes on a GS1200 dualsport- so we jump off Route 5 of the OBDR at Seneca and hit route 4 to Bend. From Bend we go south on 97 to the beginning of route 6, do half of that westward but get off at I-5. Head south on 5 for a short jump-off onto Bear Camp Road- a classic! That will take us to Gold Beach where we do 101 until the dunes where we will spend a few hours exploring, and then onto Florence- and home on 101. If anyone were to do this all alone, they risk a few things- like either a medical or mechanical problem, and if there are only 2 people, and one has to "go for help"- well, that is a crisis that nobody wants. My route choices are very safe- do not include any crawling level 4 x 4 obstacles. Like I already said, this won't leave tree scrapes all over your rig either- which much of the OBDR could- but it IS a fabulous route with lots to see and do. I do not have an overland-equipped rig so we would spend a nite in a tent only if we have/want to, but there are hotel choices as well as gas along the route. I do have 5 gallon can on my rear bumper for fuel emergencies- I dont like to cavitate as I have a high pressure fuel pump and a supercharger that doesn't like to be lean.
All that being said, I was toying with the idea of making it more of a multi-rig event- so as to take away the anxiety of doing it with just my wife and I. We are thinking early July. Feels like a 5-6 day event? I guess I am just putting the stick in the anthill and seeing what comes out... Easybake