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Day 6 (July 29, 2013). The trip that Adrián and I planned has the shape of an inverted triangle with Los Angeles (Claremont) in one corner, Mt. Hood in another, and Yellowstone in the third corner.  Today we completed the first leg of the trip by reaching the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. This morning we started from Limberlost Campground after coffee. It was a beautiful, clear, and chilly morning. We rode north on highway OR 126 and stopped at the Sahalie Falls on the McKenzie River. We then took route OR 22 following  the North Santiam River all the way to the cute little town of Detroit, OR. At one of the resting breaks, I took my fly fishing rod  to try my luck at several slow flowing sections of the Santiam. After approximately 45 minutes without a single bite, I packed my stuff and we got back on the road. In Detroit we had lunch at Korner Post, a motorcycle friendly restaurant with walls covered with antiques (read old stuff here). From Detroit we took two paved forest service roads—NF 46 (Breitenbush Road) and NF 42 (Oregon Skyline Road)—to reach OR 26 near Mt. Hood. I don’t know if these two National Forest roads are considered Scenic Byways but if they are not they should. We decided to camp at Frog Lake Campground a few miles south of Mt. Hood. We had stayed there before and liked it. We set up camp first and then rode, with empty bikes, to Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. In the way back to camp we stopped at the town of Government Camp to get some beer to celebrate the completion of the first leg of our trip. For dinner we had greasy hot dogs and a prosciutto-mozzarella roll. Before going to sleep we took several walks around the campground to get the hot dogs down. So far the trip has been amazing so we plan to continue towards Yellowstone.