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Old 04-17-2011, 08:52 PM   #361
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I found this http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=323

I guess I'll plan on being at the AJ shop at 9am.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:24 PM   #362
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BUMP for tomorrows ride...
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There it is, then.
Next Monday's ride. April 18th.

Meet Downtown Hood River 9am (PM for details)

Sherman County, John Day River, and more to the East. On the Shadow.
There is some history there, that I must see.
Sorry to keep y'all waiting....I was awefully busy today, enjoying a beautiful sunny Spring Sunday in Parkdale.
We took the dogs for a looooong walk under the powerlines up by the downhill side of Surveyor's ridge off FS17.
And Sunday night is Taco Night at the Miller place, so I didn't get a chance to check in until now

I'm not really concerned exactly what time we actually get going. We'll get there.
I'll ride to my office downtown sometime before 9am, I suppose I'll meet Ladukebob there.

I told el guapo nada that we'd be in The Dalles around 9:30 -10am,
I told him I'd call/text when I was close to TD to arrange the actual meeting time/place there.

TourPros, you gonna climb abourd that Craig McCurdy Bus to the Deschutes with your 600R,
or you still got some wiring left to do on it?

Craig, call 541 three8six thirteen92 in the morning, and we'll figure out what to do.
Chances are we won't get to the Deschutes until about 10 earliest, or likely 10:30

Glad to hear you could all make it, it's gonna be a great day out east
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:30 PM   #363
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Sure go riding without me as usual. I see how you all are. You know Craig I will just eat all your pears. Yeah thats what I will do.
Those pears aren't even blossoms yet, so good luck with that
You best get those beasts rolling for first of the month, you're scheduled to be host !
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:05 AM   #364
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Deschutes or ???

This coming Sat the wife and I are headed toward Ochoco for a couple nights, to camp in our van, with trailered bikes in tow. We were thinking of stopping somewhere along 97 or 197 and unload the bikes for a 2-3 hour ride, perhaps to the Deschutes River. Got a specific recommendation for a good place to leave van + trailer, and route to ride from there?

Also, hey AJ, got those Ochoco tracks from that campout a month or so ago? I'll PM ya.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:00 PM   #365
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Okay guys, Photo's are up on day trippin in "Rides out the Backdoor" And I'll put a few up here for ya AJ Had a great time today!!!









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Old 04-19-2011, 06:58 AM   #366
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Thanks for the ride everyone! And Craig, thanks for the tour. Pretty cool to follow along the actual Oregon Trail. I'll try to get some photos posted this evening. Maybe next time someone with a big truck and trailer will remember to bring a cooler and refreshments
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:40 AM   #367
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a great time today!!!

Great shot! I bet you had fun.
Like most, i'm prepping the bikes for the riding season ahead (now that this rain is OUTTA HERE!!), & hoping to catch some of you on these day trips soon.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:09 AM   #368
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What's this "Riding season ahead" stuff??? We've already done one oil change this year!

Hold it, is there a riding season?
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:01 PM   #369
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I forgot my camera on this ride, so you'll have to put up with my crappy 'Droid Photos.

Yesterday's ride took us to Sherman County, with just a glimpse of the Deschutes from the East side on Gordon Ridge Rd

That view ^^^ was about 2ish miles South of the Freebridge site that we visited last month from the Wasco County side.


The sky was looking pretty promising. 20% chance of precip was not gonna happen today....



After riding across Sherman County, passing like, maybe 3 trees along the way, we get to Starvation Lane, that took us towards the John Day River.

I stopped on Starvation Lane, prompted by my first sighting of the John Day River near the top of the canyon,
right when the the road changed from plain packed dirt, and the deep gravel had just begun:



I just had to requote this picture:
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As I came past where Craig & Crash were stopped,
the gravel was deep enough and soft enough that I felt the need to concentrate while riding the "cruiser tire" shod Shadow down that road....
I did not notice that view ^^^^ of that curvy old switchback road that Craig took a pic of. Very Nice.


I got a shot looking back up that road, but mainly to catch the loneliness of this old International PU


The bottom of Starvation Ln ended in a river ford at "Mary's Crossing", If I remember the name right.
It was a good place for a lunch break


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Old 04-19-2011, 03:12 PM   #370
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That looks like fun. When are you guys going out again?
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:14 PM   #371
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Oh Snap!! I just had one of the best rides ever!!! Guy's, the weather in Oregon now is terrific!!! I'm at a Starbucks now for a fill up and then back on the pony for some more speed in the dirt! Report back later. The Hood is Good...
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:21 PM   #372
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Looks a good time was had by all with some nice roads and great scenery but where's the flowers?
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:25 PM   #373
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Coming back up from the John Day River Canyon we passed "Drinkard Rd".
It was just begging for a pic of that road sign




Along the way to MacDonald Ferry Crossing, we pass an old trail marker. A VERY old trail marker, by Americans' standards.
It had been knocked down and broken by a road grader in the 1970's,
then placed in this fenced zone by a historical group.

We all noticed how free of graffitti things like this are out here in the middle of nowhere.



The MacDonald Ferry did not get built until 1858.
Being a toll ferry, many still forded the river, rather that pay the fee.
Until that time, the wagons, people, and livestock on the Oregon Trail had no choice but to ford the river,
somewhere very near this plaque

That ^^^^ was also where I failed to hang my helmet on my mirror or sissy seatback,
and it was blown to the dust by this county's CONSTANT East wind.
Shit. Visor broken and scratched, it was time for duct tape !!
As if that helmet wasn't fugly enough before


On the way home, via Rufus, we pass this old graveyard.
I'm guessing that when these folks were buried here,
few imagined all these wind turbines that populate the landscape today.


There are certainly THOUSANDS of them out here.
I knew there were hundreds and hundreds,
but today I realized there must be easily several thousand of these towering white bat-killers out here.
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:33 PM   #374
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That looks like fun. When are you guys going out again?
Dunno..........This Friday's looking really nice
You're off this Friday, eh?
Is you hand ready to ride?

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Oh Snap!! I just had one of the best rides ever!!! Guy's, the weather in Oregon now is terrific!!! I'm at a Starbucks now for a fill up and then back on the pony for some more speed in the dirt! Report back later. The Hood is Good...
You mean, one of the best rides ever, on that OLD bike.
After your trip, when you get yer new steed,
you're gonna forget all about that old bike for a while....



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Looks a good time was had by all with some nice roads and great scenery but where's the flowers?
Uh, LB? This is Sherman County in April.
There is ONLY wheat growing here, and nothing else,
until the Balsam Root start in.
Soon, though, very, very soon.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:55 PM   #375
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What's up for this weekend??

What are you planning for this weekend. We may try to join up.
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