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E-Bum 08-03-2010 06:13 PM

The North America Africa Twin Summit 2010- Eastern Oregon Edition
 
July 26th, 2010 saw a momentous week, as the North American contingent of Africa Twins gathered in Eugene, OR for a week of touring central and eastern Oregon.

The chief organizer, master bobcat trainer and involuntary (but fearless...:D) leader was G-Funk. But seriously, this thread would not exist without the gracious planning of this guy, so we start with a big thanks to G-Funk.

If you are too lazy to go through the thread ;), just watch the summary/montage:



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Anyway, Sunday began with GSPD750 arriving at our house from Alberta, Canada. Here he is abusing our Belgian hospitality:
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On Monday morning, the plan was to rendezvous with the guys already in Eugene (G-Funk, Ladder106 and son, wrryder, Jim Rowley, TooTallJeff, Menasco Pirate) after meeting coyotetrips (our resident German ATer) in Canby.

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BelgianWaffles, coyotetrips, alainmax

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Meeting up at the Chateau LeFunk

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From there it was through the McKenzie pass to Sisters, Oregon. With some pretty viewpoints along the way. G-Funk had reiterated the fact that this ride would be 'simple enough, with easy wide gravel roads', since if any of us dropped our bikes (except for BelgianWaffle's TransAlp and TooTallJeff's F800GS), we'd be screwed for finding cheap plastics. This road was perfect. So far so good.

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Then it was onto the Dee Wright Observatory at the base of the Three Sisters, in the middle of an old lava flow.

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It took a short hour before arriving in Sisters Oregon, where we tanked up and got ready to do 30 offroad miles to camp at lake Billy Chinook. 30 dusty, miles with dirt road peppered with silt beds. For those of us in the rear of the pack, the dust was so thick, it was impossible to see more than a few feet in front. Few pictures were taken by me while we were riding because I couldn't take my camera out in the dust... Here is what WAS taken...

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After Jim Rowley, Menasco Pirate and TooTallJeff forged far far ahead and braved the infamous 'oh fuck' creek crossing.... they realized that they took a wrong turn... and so it was back through the 'oh fuck' creek crossing, which by then had turned into the 'damnit' creek crossing.

The rest of us made our way through the scenic canyons to lake Billy Chinook and to camp.

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Camp was made....

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...and Menasco Pirate generously returned BelgianWaffle's nail that he had lost along the way :D.

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The sun set on the cliffs...

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The ADV salute was given out...


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The bikes went to sleep...

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Beers were relieved of their contents...

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And the first day of NAATS 2010 came to satisfying close...



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Day 2 tomorrow.




BusyWeb 08-03-2010 07:44 PM

:clap

coyotetrips 08-03-2010 08:20 PM

Great shots, Kevin! :lurk

A-Wind 08-03-2010 09:30 PM

Loved it :thumb
Let's see some more...

Sideoff 08-03-2010 10:25 PM

Awesome! I didn't know there were that many in the entire US!

Mario Shi 08-03-2010 10:31 PM

:thumb

locorider 08-04-2010 01:40 AM

There are more, but this group is a sample of what might come in the future!! Great pics! Now it looks more organized!

E-Bum 08-04-2010 07:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by locorider
There are more, but this group is a sample of what might come in the future!! Great pics! Now it looks more organized!

Haha yes, of course we don't want to forget locorider and Mario Shi, who couldn't make it, but were riding with us and fending off bobcat attacks with us in spirit.

Santa 08-04-2010 08:33 AM

Sounds like you guys had quite the adventure.
Let the storytelling begin...

locorider 08-04-2010 12:24 PM

Ok ok ok ok now you are scaring me...the other day I think I saw a cat jumping in my house.....na...cant be!:lol3 I was dreaming...if not the dogs would have gone crazy!!!:hide


Now, leave work early and start posting...I started vacation today and ended up at the office....need to get outta here asap!!!!!

Bring the pics soon!


Quote:

Originally Posted by E-Bum
Haha yes, of course we don't want to forget locorider and Mario Shi, who couldn't make it, but were riding with us and fending off bobcat attacks with us in spirit.


E-Bum 08-04-2010 05:10 PM

Day 2- Lake Billy Chinook to Scotts Camp
 
The crew awoke to wispy clouds and comfortable weather. Everyone had been watching the skies for the reported scattered thunderstorms. From our poor vantage point, we saw perfect riding weather.

The plan for the day was to take highway 26 to Prineville, tank up and then hit the dirt to find the remote forest camp called Scotts Camp in the Ochoco National Forest.

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TooTallJeff, who truly is too tall.

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Back up through the canyons...

26 was rather uneventful, except for the soccer moms in their SUVs barreling down the highway. They got a pretty unique sight, with 12 beasts rolling through Prineville all loaded up.

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Gasing up in Prineville before getting a bite to eat.

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We stopped at the Tastee Treet diner in Prineville, which had great burgers.

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At the local Safeway, beer and other necessities were procured. Cougars (not the animal) were out hunting today and their prey seemed to always be coyotetrips as they picked up the sound of his curious (to Prinevillians I guess) German accent.

Unfortunately I was too slow to catch the predator in action. However, I did catch the helpless prey awkwardly collecting himself after the encounter.

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That's the last time he parks away from the main group...

Anyway... it was off to Scott's Camp.. Jim Rowley, TooTallJeff and Belgian Waffles opted for another gravel/dirt route, but would meet us at the camp.

As for us, we were on our way.

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Relieved of camera duties for the moment...

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The young ones were on hand to aid the old ones with their fancy shmancy technology.

The ride toward Scott's Camp was beautiful, filled with alpine meadows, gravel and dirt mixed with some paved twisties.

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Take note of those innocently distant clouds over there.... *shakes fist*


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We got to camp! Primitive toilet and all. Can't complain though, as it was one of the cleanest toilets I've ever seen.

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Shenanigans then commenced...


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As well as the wrenching...


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A few showers swung by and distant rolling thunder teased us, but the clouds cleared up as darkness fell, giving us all false hope.

We were entertained by stories and a high power laser pointer, courtesy of GSPD750. I guess he thought we would all be bringing our cats... turns out I may be part cat because I couldn't stop playing with the thing...

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Some long exposure shots were ruined by the moon...

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"My bike is freaking tron." -wrryder

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And the night fizzed down as we all went to sleep in the peace and quiet that can only be found when you're in the middle of fucking nowhere. Glorious.


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Those nonsensical stories of thunderstorms were laughed away and we would be comfortable and dry. Or so we thought.

Day 3 tomorrow.

locorider 08-05-2010 03:55 AM

Awesome! Great pics and camaraderie! We should do that either in Caleifornia or Colorado! :evil

GB 08-05-2010 05:25 AM

Looks great... now if only Honda would re-introduce a new version of the AT... :thumb

ArthDuro 08-05-2010 05:50 AM

Now that there is a good looking bunch of bikes.
with the exception of that gray one from Bavaria (who invited that guy?)hehe

mega cool shots, you've got a great eye E-Bum

thanks for posting this

now back to my XRV dreams

E-Bum 08-05-2010 01:06 PM

Thanks for the comments. Day 3 will be up a little later in the evening today.


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