I've been wanting all summer to do this trip and of course I picked one of the hottest days of the year. But I survived the heat despite a side trip to check out Debi & her freinds' Supermoto efforts @ Pat's Acres in Canby first. Sadly, the heat chased away most competitors and it was practice only. So it was a late start getting to 224 and I was wondering if I'd make to Oakridge before dusk--the last time I rode the Aufderheide I hit a little Fawn and I hoped to not encounter it's Mother this trip. 224 and FS46 past Ripplebrook are in good shape, with a large stretch of recently new (2 years old perhaps?) pavement and one very small (10-15ft) stretch of gravel on the SB lane about 7 miles S of Ripplebrook. Very little rock fall was seen in the normal places. There currently is a flagger on the initial stretch of 224 about 6 miles out of Estacada, but it's a short delay. The Aufderheide also had little to no rockfall but does have a stretch of about 50 yards of dirt/gravel road about 10 miles (?) from Hwy 126 going S toward Oakridge. As usual what frost heaves exist are mostly in the last 16 miles to Westfir. Last night I had breathe in the acrid drifts of smoke from two separate Forest Fires in the last 20 miles to Westfir. The bigger fire is S of the other, several miles W of the Westfir area, and I took off early from Oakridge hoping they wouldn't close the road. However either the wind had died down or shifted to the west, as I encountered almost no smoke. So for now, it looks good for still riding it, but according to some folks I spoke with who had talked to FS officials, this fire is so remote and extremely steep there's little chance of containing it soon.