Want to ride the old Madras highway
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    Want to ride the old Madras highway

    I am thinking of loading up my bike and go ride what little is left of the "old" Madras hiway. Have any of you done it? I know that it's not very long but would be a cool ride without any traffic.
    I will have to do some more research to see if it is even open for public access. For all I know there maybe fences across it and cannot even be ridden. Which would be to bad.

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    I've never checked that one out but I do have a recommendation for a ride a couple of hours further east: the Middle Fork Road on the Middle Fork of the John Day River. The road parallels the river for about 50 miles and gets very little traffic (2-4 cars an hour is what I experienced). The scenery is spectacular and the riding quite enjoyable, though you may want to wait a couple of months for it to warm up a bit.

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    Oh I hadn't even thought of that one. Thank you. Great idea.

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    It is one of Oregon's Scenic Bikeways, which is where I learned about it. In October I took a week and headed over there and fell in love with that road, as well as some other riding in that area - but the Middle Fork Road is the best in the area, by far (IMO).

    Look up Oregon Scenic Bikeways and you will find other good suggestions.

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    Ok, thank you I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80turbota View Post
    I am thinking of loading up my bike and go ride what little is left of the "old" Madras hiway. Have any of you done it? I know that it's not very long but would be a cool ride without any traffic.
    I will have to do some more research to see if it is even open for public access. For all I know there maybe fences across it and cannot even be ridden. Which would be to bad.
    never heard of it, but there are a large number of good roads out around Maupin (White River FAlls Loop), Madras, Bend, and LaPine...although they'll be most hospitable after March...
    Not banned yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bahueh View Post
    never heard of it, but there are a large number of good roads out around Maupin (White River FAlls Loop), Madras, Bend, and LaPine...although they'll be most hospitable after March...

    The 40 degree rain has cleared a lot of the roads around Bend ...

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    Right now I am just using my trainer to get ready for summer. I am looking into several rides. I know Madras has snow right now. I tried that as a kid and the results weren't good. I will wait till it warms up and then start making short trips for various rides.
    In the meantime I am rockin my Ridley in preparation. Riding to nowhere.

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