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Old 03-23-2011, 02:54 AM   #162
Apple Jam
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Sunday on the Crooked River....

Oremike and I get up, just after first light again,
and we drink some coffee and wait for the others to arise.
Then we wait some more. stirring noises, yet? Nope. A little longer.
About 10:30am, the others roll out of their tents, then we all eat a good community breakfast and talk about where to ride today.

Little Bear Creek Rd turned out to be an out-and-back,
where the seasonally closed Roberts Rd shot us down at the end of a four mile run.
It's OK, it was fun and fast

We circle further down South to Bear Creek Rd, a bit wider dirt road.
Where is the gravel around here? Dirt only by now, these roads are sweet.

Here's the OTHER end of that closed Roberts Rd,
by a farmhouse out here in nowhereville....with a Tennis Court :

I'm betting these roads get awefully dusty later in the Summer...
Fortunately, this was not a problem in March

I didn't get many more pictures for the next 40 miles or so,
I was busy having good fun, and there actually wasn't much around us to get pictures of....
Farmland, then more farmland, then some more.

We try to go North into the forest but are foiled by plenty of snow, before we even hit the Forest Boundary.
The dirt road got greasy for about 10 miles, to offer up some good skill-building exercises.
When we hit one-wide-lane-pavement out the East end of this section of Ochoco Forest,
we see some strip mines just before we ride up a shallow canyon out to the Pualina Hwy.

This old building at the end of our fun road by the Paulina Hwy,
would have some stories to tell, no doubt.

More campfire tonight, cheeseburgers and Johnsonvilles,
more whiskey, and a little warmer night yet.
"got no problem with keeping truly roadless areas as wild....
On the other hand, if it has been logged or mined and roads already exist,,
...then that land should be open for public use" (peterman)
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