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Old 10-02-2009, 09:16 PM   #1
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Three Corners Of Idaho-Oregon-Nevada 2009

High desert in the fall on thumpers. It doesn't get much better than this. After last years ride that I planned: 700 miles in two days Three Forks-Trout Mtns and the Steens
I wanted to get into Nevada and explore some of the mountains that I've always looked at to the south while riding in the desert of Idaho/Oregon. I always look down at those mountains and think: "There has got to be some great riding and scenery down there". This was the year I would make it finally. Now I'm already planning next years ride to get even further into Nevada.

The beginning. There were originally 7 people planning on going with me. A few days before the ride that number was down to 4. I got to the meeting place and Kent on a KLR650 was the only one to show up. Bob on a DRZ400S was taking a different route to the first nights camp.

Kent and my DR650 in Succor Creek Canyon.



We rode dirt most of the way to Jordan Valley. Gassed up and headed for the North Fork of the Owyhee River. Sunset just before we dropped into the canyon.



The campground at the North Fork Crossing.



Got out of camp about 8:30 Friday morning September 25th. A lot of nothing out there, I love it!! I'm a desert rat, I can't help myself.



We were headed south over Juniper Mountain towards the East Fork of the Owyhee River. A bit dusty. 85 to 90 degrees forecast for the weekend. Not a cloud in the sky for the whole ride.



More wide open spaces.



Here comes Kent.



Followed by Bob.



And here comes the East Fork canyon.





Last time I was out here was about 10 years ago on a XR400R. I remember the descent being kinda nasty and the return ascent being even nastier. This time we were on fully loaded dualsports. At least we won't have to go back up right? Well, that is dependent on making the Owyhee River Ford. Here is Bob pondering the descent.



Part of the descent.



More to come.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting! Looks like a great ride. I go by that area when I go to visit relatives in SW Idaho, but alway in a car. Planning to take my bike next time, but don't think I will be venturing off the highway much...but one of these days I will.

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Old 10-03-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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We made it down to the river at Crutcher Crossing. There used to be a cabin here. It burned down a few years back in a range fire.





Look at that blue sky.





Where is the ford? Not here.







Here is the ford.



I made it to the other side.



As I was waiting for Kent and Bob, a few fighter jets from Mountain Home Air Force Base started play fighting over the canyon. It was very impressive being down in that deep canyon with the sound echoing off the rock walls.
In this photo you can see one of the flares they were shooting.



And here is a video of it. You can't see the planes, but if you turn your volume way up you get the effect.

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:33 PM   #5
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Okay, the air show is over. Here comes Kent and Bob to ford the river. No problem as it was less than a foot deep.

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Old 10-03-2009, 10:55 PM   #7
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Oh yeah. Great stuff.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:04 PM   #8
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Cool trip you had there. Do you by chance have a scanned map, or GPS tracks for that one? I'd like to make that loop next year.

Thx!

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Cool trip you had there. Do you by chance have a scanned map, or GPS tracks for that one? I'd like to make that loop next year.

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Sorry, I don't use a GPS. I have lots of maps, but none that shows it all in one shot.
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Thanks for the great ride report. I grew up in John Day but never got very far south by east . . . . Excellent photos. Would love to spend some time out that way.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:06 PM   #11
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The perfect RR for a cold winter day, thanks for posting!!!
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:27 PM   #12
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Great RR, thanks for sharing.
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Somehow I do not think I saw this report before. Thanks for dragging it up.

It looks like that section between McDermitt and the Star Valley Ranch is on one of the routes I made up for this year's trip. How was the crossing at the ranch? That section looks pretty cool.
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