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Old 11-20-2012, 07:37 AM   #1
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Is it Desert or Dessert? All the same in Oregon!

Some old friends and some new friends descended on Central Oregon for a three day off road moto adventure. Here we are the night before where strangers become friends, swap stories and anticipate three days of adventure and disconnection from the “real” world.

Left to right: That’s Stacie and Billy, owners of Oregon Dual Sport Rentals (if you need to rent a dual sport motorcycle in Central Oregon, they are the ones to call), Erik and Todd from Salem (been riding with these guys for years) and James all the way from Brooklyn most recently, New Zealand originally and everywhere else in between!



James on left and that is Eric on the right. Eric made the trek here from Seattle area with five other of his buddies.



Around the table here’s James, Dale and Dave. Part of the Puget Sound connection, these guys all knew each other either as kids, through work or some other long time connection.



On the left is Bad Cowboy Dave then Don who will be driving the chase truck and Eric the ringleader and whom I quickly identified as “Jim Carrey” by his looks and mannerisms. Funny guy. Don and Jim go way back to college days when Eric was a bartender and Don was his boss.



Up next, Day 1 – Prineville to Diamond Lake, Oregon.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:25 AM   #4
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Day 1 – Getting Ready.

Friday morning we gather in the parking lot of the “base hotel”. Lots to do to get ready including loading the chase truck strapping down the trailer.



…and getting the KLR to start.



We did this several times!



With everyone in a good sweat already we drag it around the parking lot behind Eric’s 530 until we got it to fire. Bam, let’s ride!



Group shot before we roll…



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Old 11-21-2012, 07:41 AM   #5
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We head south out of town, about 13 miles on the pavement before hitting dirt. Conditions are dusty. Looking back at the contrails heading toward me.



Todd powering the 450X up the hill effortlessly.



James “the Kiwi on the Kawi” making it look easy.



Dale on a WR 250.



Dave on the KLR. He had the biggest bike on the trip but rode it like a 250, even without a back brake part of the time!



Eric B.



James on the tractor 650 Honda.



Eric P. got bogged down in the dry sugar sand…



But powered the mighty 530 KTM out in fine form.



Re grouping at the top of the hill in the morning sun.



Up next, Todd gets “rolled in the flour”…

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Looks like fun so far... I'm looking forward to the rest of the story!
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:18 AM   #7
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Looks like fun so far... I'm looking forward to the rest of the story!

Slow but sure!
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:19 AM   #8
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I usually try to blast out in front of everyone and find great spots to take pictures as the riders pass. This one location I had in mind was at a slight elevation that would show the rider plus the dust of all behind him.

I jump off the bike, grab the camera and focus in on the first dust plume.



But it’s not moving.

Radio call…Todd is down.

I hustle back to find him and his bike powder coated in the late summer high desert talc.



His bell was rung good. Bike mostly survived other than a trashed odometer. Erik was following Todd and said when he arrived Todd’s bike was completely turned around and upside down, setting on the seat and handle bars like when you serviced the chain on your bike as a kid. What are the odds of that?!

Todd wasn’t quite sure what happened but remembers his front wheel tracking up the bank of the trail before everything went sideways. He was okay but felt the pain for the next couple days.

Still heading south we ride up trail 15 which turns messy about here but has a great view looking back to the north. Here’s Kiwi James:





Todd still shaking out the dust.



Erik railing the 450.



Eric B. on the DRZ.



Eric P. on the 530.



James V on the 650 tractor.



Dave owning the mighty KLR.



Dale on the nimble WR 250.



And Bad Cowboy lifting the front wheel to avoid the nasty rocks.



Break time.



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Old 11-26-2012, 07:21 AM   #9
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I usually try to blast out in front of everyone and find great spots to take pictures as the riders pass. This one location I had in mind was at a slight elevation that would show the rider plus the dust of all behind him.

I jump off the bike, grab the camera and focus in on the first dust plume.



But it’s not moving.

Radio call…Todd is down.

I hustle back to find him and his bike powder coated in the late summer high desert talc.



His bell was rung good. Bike mostly survived other than a trashed odometer. Erik was following Todd and said when he arrived Todd’s bike was completely turned around and upside down, setting on the seat and handle bars like when you serviced the chain on your bike as a kid. What are the odds of that?!

Todd wasn’t quite sure what happened but remembers his front wheel tracking up the bank of the trail before everything went sideways. He was okay but felt the pain for the next couple days.

Still heading south we ride up trail 15 which turns messy about here but has a great view looking back to the north. Here’s Kiwi James:





Todd still shaking out the dust.



Erik railing the 450.



Eric B. on the DRZ.



Eric P. on the 530.



James V on the 650 tractor.



Dave owning the mighty KLR.



Dale on the nimble WR 250.



And Bad Cowboy lifting the front wheel to avoid the nasty rocks.



Break time.



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Old 11-26-2012, 08:25 PM   #10
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Up at the top of trail 15 we roll over to 10 then 70 then the posse gathers for a run up to the top of the cinder cone.



Up at the top some friends in low places…





The Three Sisters.



We drop down to the bottom of the cone and continue south. Here we break near Highway 20.



Then cross the pavement for a little high speed action.



I zoom ahead through the Kotzman Basin to a favorite picture taking spot. Here’s looking back.





The long desert run terminates here with a little turn to the right then up a slight grade to a cross road. Not overly technical by any stretch but more riders have trouble here than I think should. Maybe it is because I am standing here with a camera waiting for trouble?!

Kiwi James rolling easy.



And bogging down in the silt.



Eric making it look easy.



Dave getting the KLR sideways in style.



Eric P on the approach.



Bogs in the silt…





But pulls out easily!



All on the cross road now with big volcanic outcropping behind us.



And the trees of East Fort Rock ahead of us in the distance.



Up next, East Fort Rock, East Lake and Hole in the Ground…
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #11
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We continue south into the East Fort Rock OHV area, one of my favorite places to ride. Not much time for pics as we roll through a bunch of twisty, nicely bermed out wide track with elevation changes…kind of like a Disneyland ride!

Here’s a pic in between trails on our way to East Lake.



And Dale arriving to flag me on.



Getting closer to the crater (East Lake). Notice the ground covered in pumice pebbles.



Here’s Todd artisticly framed nicely by pine branches.



A few miles later we arrive at East Lake for a break and fuel.





From Wikipedia:
East Lake is one of the twin lakes that occupy part of the Newberry Crater or caldera in Central Oregon, United States. It is located in the Deschutes National Forest near the city of La Pine. The caldera was formed over 500,000 years ago from volcanic eruptions.



Everyone’s getting comfortable…



Time to go before lethargy takes over.

Up next, a blast south to Hole in the Ground.
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Heading south toward HITG. Fast, flowing riding.



But dusty!



Intersection stop to not lose they rider behind me.



Todd.



These old logging roads are just a blast to ride. You see a lot of this early in the year…not so much in September.



Dusty trail vids!











We arrive at HITG. Don in the chase truck waiting with fuel and lunch. Nice!





Here’s a panoramic video of Hole in the Ground. Awesome place!



Usually we ride down into the Hole but the FS had closed the trail for some reason or another – assuming fire danger.

From here it is further south and west into the Cascades. Next stop, Diamond Lake Hotel.

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With full stomachs and tanks we say goodbye to Don for the afternoon. From here most of trail/road is fast and dusty and bordered by trees on both sides. No breeze so the moon dust hangs. The group spreads out to allow it to settle. I’ll see only the rider behind me from now on at intersections.





Crossing over the railroad tracks as we near the small town of Crescent.



Quick pit stop in Crescent for fuel then we blast SW toward Windigo Pass. I don’t get down here often but when I get the chance I look forward to the ride up to Windigo. It is an old forest logging road that is not maintained well which makes it a lot of fun on motorcycles at speed.

But this time was different. Disappointingly the road was nicely graded, very nicely graded…and done recently. In fact, it was so recent that we crossed paths with several huge graders finishing their work for the day followed by low clearance passenger cars which I had never seen on the road before. Bummer.

But making the best of it I peel off on a not well accessible snowmobile trail that takes us straight into Diamond Lake. It is rough and unmaintained, partially making up for the super highway we just rode over Windigo.



We drop into Diamond Lake.



And share partial truths about the day’s ride over some liquid medication.





While we burned a few of these.



And finally settled into the pub for dinner. Great place.



And then promptly collapse in bed after a long ride day.

Day 1: Prineville to Diamond Lake, 180 miles.

Up tomorrow morning we’ll head south into the Prospect OHV area and ride some great tight and twisty mountain trails. Stay tuned…


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Yah, me too. As I write it I'm riding it all over again!
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