To Maupin and Back with Suze Sunday, August 2, 2020
I took the Yamaja FZ09 for a long ride on mountain roads for the first time.
And, not about the bike, but about the trip and the company...
- the seat is hard and flat, reasonably comfortable, but my butt is sore
- the 900cc 3-cylinder engine is fantastic
- the suspension is soft and poorly damped, which works OK for around-town riding, but it bounces around too much in wavey corners. I need to do something about this. Probably new valving and thicker oil in the front and a whole new rear shock.
- August is awesome around Mt. Hood
- I really enjoyed Suze. Super interesting person and even more into bikes than I imagined possible.
Part 1: Mac to Maupin
137 miles of very pretty highways to Maupin
Part 2: Maupin to Estacada
A fabulous 104 miles on some of the most beautiful roads in the world. First head North to Tygh Valley, then West to Wamic. From Wamic National Forest NF-48 winds through the Mt. Hood wilderness area. A very short hop on Highway 26 before turning again onto NF-42. Then OMG! what a perfect, newly paved, single lane beauty of a road beside the Clackamas River. Then NF-4630, still awesome. Great camping in this area, especially on Lake Harriet. From Ripplebrook, highway 224 follows the Clackamas down the mountain all the way to Estacada. It was over way too quickly, even with a couple of hour-long breaks for rest and conversations along the way.
Part 3: Estacada back to Mac
59 miles back to Mac. After parting ways with Suze, I told Google Maps to avoid highways and get me to Canby for gas.