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oregonlmd 11-14-2012 08:37 PM

All burnt up in SE Oregon
I'd been trying to do a 3-4 day ride in SE Oregon or NW California after finishing up my house rebuild in August & September and couldn't make anything happen. I finally committed to Nov 3-6 regardless of whether anyone else could make it. It was a solo trip.

I trailered the XR over to Bend from Corvallis Saturday morning and was going to stage from Bend, but part way there I decided to head on down to Christmas Valley (closer to Silver Lake really) and stage from my wife's uncle's little slice of heaven

BIke all gassed up, I rode over to the the turnoff to the Black Hills Botanical area directly south of Christmas Valley to start the ride, cutting over to Fandango

I decided to see how the Shinko 700 rear tire I'd bought for a NW California (mostly) road tour would work out over 800 miles of SE Oregon

Turning toward Fandango
Fandango down in the valley

I took the easy route, here's some vid. I finally got my Contour Roam helmet cam set up properly and this trip was its first successful outing

oregonlmd 11-14-2012 08:38 PM

I took Hogback into Plush for gas and had a yummy hamburger lunch

Then went over to the east side of Hart and Crump Lake to visit the glass house again

Then on toward the old wagon road

Entrance to the road
And rougher

Finally up on top. Pretty featureless

Comes out near Jacobs Reservoir
Here's some vid

Shirk Ranch down in the distance

Video of riding up to the grave marker an old guy showed me back in June, right near Shirk Ranch

oregonlmd 11-14-2012 08:39 PM

I went south around Shirk and over to Beatys Butte Rd, going north to the turnoff up West Gulch Rd that goes between Beatys and Mahogany buttes.
Pic up at the summit, looking east
Looking west
Looking north at Beatys

Vid up near the top of Beatys

The top

oregonlmd 11-14-2012 08:41 PM

I took the road down, planning on finding the spring coming out of the rocks. Wasn't too tough

After that I went back south along the east flank of Beatys and took the road going NE that comes out near Big Fish Fin on East Beatys Butte Rd. I was determined to find the road that the Benchmark atlas and the Harney County hunt unit maps show that take off that road to the SE.

After a ways down that road it was now the umpteenth time I'd not found that road, so I climbed a hill to the south, hoping to find the road from the ridge.
I went south once on top, following a cow or horse trail, and after a while it became clear it wasn't in that direction. It was now about 5:00PM and the sun was setting soon, so I made camp and prepared for a long boring night. A quick afternoon ride, 175 miles.
I should have brought a book to read. It was going to be a long night.

mtnpass 11-14-2012 09:01 PM

Thanks for bringing us along. I have a mistress and her name is Oregon. Show me more, please.

evanqueen 11-15-2012 04:36 AM

Thank you. Great pics.

Gaston Gagne 11-15-2012 04:41 AM


Patrick46 11-15-2012 05:36 AM

I'm seriously ready for some off-road Oregon!


hrothgarbike 11-15-2012 07:39 AM

i want to go next year.
Very nice indeed. :evil I want to see the glass house more than anything, but a few days out cruising in open country is always good. I have an account with money for a DR650 and I am looking, but Montana/Wyoming is a tough place to find your used bike. I think it can happen by next spring! Jason

Baja Ho 11-15-2012 11:47 AM

Thanks for posting this GREAT report, you Oregon guy's have it good. Solo riding can be great but the evenings a little slow. I like to sit back and soak in the subtle things that mother nature has given us. The 606 is my favorite rear tire so far but would like a few more miles out of it, are you dissapionted in the Shinko?

M.Medel 11-15-2012 03:40 PM

"Ohhh my God" ... these places like the show, "very lovely" ...

And your XR ... good bike

MasterMarine 11-15-2012 03:42 PM



killurtv 11-15-2012 05:17 PM

Great pictures!!! Thanks.:freaky

hrothgarbike 11-15-2012 08:13 PM

I have logged a bunch of singletrack miles on a Mefo Explorer. All on the WR. It is my favorite 50/50 tire. The 606 and Mt21 are my favorite street knobbies. I have a buddy that swears by the Pirelli Mt43 on the highway. I think that will be my next experiment.

nrspence 11-15-2012 11:47 PM

Love the high Oregon desert, gotta hit it up someday.

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