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.