Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:49 pm

A long 400 mile/7 hour drive down but safely here now. The weather was all over the place including some sprinkles. The sun was out and very warm when we got here but now the wind has come up and it is overcast and cooled off. Good and idiot drivers so be careful.

The area is filling up fast for those who will be riding over the 4th.

Saw a lot of officers in both WA and OR so again, be careful.

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Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:12 am

A heavy fog settled in after the storm finally passed but it is finally starting to lift. The wind go so bad last night that the water in the toilet would rise and fall with the wind gusts :roll: . Even the bats were loathe to get out and fly last night.

Very quiet now but the fireworks have now started.

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Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:34 pm

It is really windy out on the dunes; flying sand everywhere. The camping spaces currently look to be pretty full and while they might get somewhat empty during the week it is expected to fill up for the 4th pretty fast.

Not sure what the weather outlook is going to be for the rest of the week or weekend.

Also check what the current virus are rules too.

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Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:12 pm

It has been a wild couple of days. Rain and wind but now is has more or less settled down to sun with some sprinkle types of clouds coming in.

Seeing a LOT of broken stuff also. Saw a new to him) rail toast a new clutch disc. to a point you could use if for a narrow cut circular saw blade. Saw a wrongly installed throw out bearing bend the forks in the pressure plate. I advise carrying a tow rope even in motorcycles.

The crowd is thinning out but the area is getting ready for the holiday crown next weekend. Whoof!

Lee

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Leatherneck » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:48 pm

No fun unless there is some carnage.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Dougstr » Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:20 am

There is always carnage on the ODNRA. When I patrolled out there, I did a lot more responding to crashes than actual enforcement. That is one good thing about UTV's taking over. Talking to the guys that are working out there now there seem to be less crashes.

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Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:45 am

Dougstr wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:20 am
There is always carnage on the ODNRA. When I patrolled out there, I did a lot more responding to crashes than actual enforcement. That is one good thing about UTV's taking over. Talking to the guys that are working out there now there seem to be less crashes.
That is amazing! From what I am seeing and hearing things have gotten worse. The SXS's, especially the turbo units, seem to go full out even on the narrow access trails to the ocean beach. The last time out (not this year as I have some fixing to do) I was heading north towards Spinreel but in the wide spot closer to Saunders Lake when I topped the full width hill and there was almost a solid line of toys, spread from one side of the open area, going almost full speed. Some of the access places (where people are not to go full speed) have people going full speed up and down them. Seen the results a couple of times including (years ago) a girl almost getting killed when hit by a quad coming out of the trail at full speed. Two rails that I know of had the front end bent up by quads coming down the trails lickity-split.

The rail guys aren't much better. Along with the turbo SXSs the over powered rails can't seem to keep their rigs under the/safe speed limit either. Where we are we can hear a lot of what is going on.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:49 am

It's supposed to get nice today. Yesterday was wind and a set of thin low clouds dropping a heavy load of fine rain in the AM.

Verrrrrry quiet on the dunes now that the last bunch of people have gone home but the next bunch should start showing up at any time now. Had some wind that may have smoothed the sand out some but from what I was hearing the dunes are pretty chewed up.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Dougstr » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:54 am

Well, my patrol time was in the 90s. So it's relative I suppose. Definitely a lot of folks crammed tightly together.

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Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:47 pm

Dougstr wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:54 am
Well, my patrol time was in the 90s. So it's relative I suppose. Definitely a lot of folks crammed tightly together.
Its funny, I was talking to another guy who used to ride around here. His father got hurt when hit by a quad; I forget the whole story but he got into a recent incident where one guy was killed and I don't remember if the other guy was also. The one guy jumped off a dune then came back when the other guy jumped and landed on him.

The build up for the 4th is starting to form now.

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Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:16 pm

Blue sky, warm most of the day but cooler towards the evening... but not too cool breeze. Soft fluffy low clouds that sprint across the sky then disappear or bump into another one then they brake apart then sometimes disappear.

Supposed to be warmer tomorrow.

A lot of the camping sites are still open but are filling up.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:56 pm

One of the guys in our group had my Pilot out on dunes today. Got hit by a RZR but the damage was limited to both front tie-rods being bent. Used up my last two spares so now it is time to go looking to see if I can find any.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:06 pm

Just heard that there was a bad contact sport at Hauser. One person flown north to Portland (I think).

Craziness out there by the sounds we are hearing.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Leatherneck » Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:58 pm

Friggen land maggots. People just jump in and drive, no clue what or how they are doing it.

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Re: Report from the southern Oregon Dunes

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:01 pm

It was sprinkling this am when we left the dunes for our 400 mile, 7 hour drive. Only stopped once for fuel and 2 potty stops. I... am... pooped! :roll:

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