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Old 03-23-2011, 03:20 AM   #163
Apple Jam
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Monday on the Crooked River.....

Shoot. Time to go home

We're out of there just after 11am, but I'm gonna ride the loooong way home.
In hindsight, it turns out to be a poor decision, but I had good fun for a while.
I wanted to see the Wildcat Campground that was our initial destination, and see what we missed.

Hey, the gate is open this week....

Riding past the campground, I run into snow pretty quickly,
but I've got a loop in my mind, so I press on through it.

When it becomes obvious after crossing 4 patches of this white stuff that the roads will just keep going up in elevation,
which surely means plenty more snow, I give up and turn back.

Stein's Pillar was cool, named after the same Steen as the famous Mountain Range,
it just got misspelled enough that the incorrect name stuck.

We picked a better campsite for us for the weekend, for sure, there was no riding around here.
Just 11 miles out to the campground from Hwy 26, and then back out on the very same Mill Creek Rd I rode in on.

Here is where I decide to go to the Painted Hills NM, instead of the better way towards home.
I've moto'd this Hwy 26 Pass twice so far this year, last month, in FEBRUARY !!
Should be OK now, right??
Well, it was nasty slick on the East side of the Ochoco Pass with this creamy/greasy mix of sand and melt-juice off-line,
with wet pavement left over in two thin tracks only.

I was in a hurry, and I lost track of reality, but I still get to tell the story, anyway.
Thanks for listening ADVers.....I had a good time out there last weekend
"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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