1047 mi of Oregon Desert, hot springs, sand, gravel and rocks
It started out cold and windy but the weather predicted was to be warmer and typically fall-like in the high desert of central and eastern Oregon. The published routes available travelling border to border are great and the stories we’ve read describing dead-ends, unmarked tracks, faulty GPS information and general backcountry adventure are very inspiring but we have our own routes and enjoy the familiarity of the tracks without all the map study time. Even though we’ve ridden some of this country for years, it’s always different and always rejuvenating to return. There was sand, rocks, water crossings, some more rocks, 95 mph dirt roads, rocky step-ups, a few short pavement sections, lots of ranch gates, rocks, cattle guards, deep-rutted silt beds, really rocky downhills, large, embedded rocks with loose rocks on top followed by smaller rocks and eventually perfectly smooth desert gravel - with some rocks layin’ around. 3 bikes were fresh and ready to see the sights one last time before the winter sets in, brand new Husky TE610, fairly new KTM 950 S and my 640 with about 11k on it. I had been out this way back in June and wanted to push a bit further east instead of south into Nevada to see some new country. On the advice of IdahoeJoe and Daisy, we decided to use the Owyhee River as our target destination. The maps all suck and none of us are into the GPS thing (yet), but we have the trusty binoculars, know where the big roads are, have some ideas from Joe and our own experiences to guide us through some unbelievable situations. The other fellas will be posting their shots and daily interpretations in the next few days.
wachs screwed with this post 09-27-2006 at 10:21 AM