Sunday, June 12, 2011

Joe Lawry, the Passing of a Legend

Source: Rick Higgins/Cascade Trails

On June 8, 2011, Joe Lawry passed away. He was around 90 years old. He was a legend in the motorcycle trail riding group in the Hood River, Oregon area.  Joe started building and riding trails on the east side of the Hood River Valley around 1980. Around 1990, he started to help build trails on the west side (Post Canyon) with the hope of connecting the west side to the east side. Around 1995, most of the HR Valley had a single track trail from Post Canyon, across Middle Mountain and Pinemont Road, connecting into the Mosier Loop Trails that Joe had started. Today, the Hood River Valley Loop is part of the Master Plan for the Recreational Trails in Hood River County.  Joe was still helping to build trails about 6 years ago when he had a bad motorcycle accident coming down Kingsley Road at the end of a day. He loved riding and building trails for the local riders.  We plan to dedicate a future Staging Area on Fir Mountain in Joe’s name.  His ashes will be placed in a few special places up on the trails that meant so much to him. 
Please think of Joe the next time you ride the Hood River motorcycle trails. He loved to see riders up on the trails having a great time

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