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.
Impressions: And, not about the bike, but about the trip and the company...

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.