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Old 07-20-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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Riding central Oregon FS roads

Jim and I got out for three days of riding and camping in the great Oregon high desert! Taking it easy, Jim had his little KLR250 loaded! I'm riding my KLX450R. We covered over 300 miles of incredible country.

Here is a look at the ride and conditions... more pics follow..



Riding east of Bend we cruise up the back side of East Lake via Fort Rock and grab lunch.


After lunch we decide to cool off in one of the ice caves - no ice found!



Outback Jim at Fort Rock - Where the hell is the pavement?


Stopping in town for supplies - mostly water and beer..


And out to the Fremont National Forest to setup camp..




Ran into two other adventure riders, Ralph and Tony from up Canada way. Out for a five day adventure ride. Ralph posts on ADVRIDER as Redpillar - so check out his stuff.
Couple GREAT guys - we shared some beer we picked up back in town.


Ralph and Tony went for a dip while Jim and I headed by out for dinner.


COWBOY DINNER TREE! A great place for some Steak or Chicken... cause that's all that's on the menu!


Jim with his whole chicken..


And me with my little steak...


Back at camp, a giant moon highlighted the conversations with Ralph and Tony before ending day one...
more to follow....

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Old 07-21-2011, 09:05 AM   #2
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Holy cow. (no pun intended) Thats a BIG steak.

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Old 07-21-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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Yep one big steak!


If you get out Silver Lake way - make reservations, bring cash, and have dinner at the Cowboy Dinner Tree. They only have two items on the menu, but that means they can do it right!

Speaking of Silver Lake - we stopped in at Dean and Carrol's cafe for breakfast. Great hospitality. I don't care what you ride, or how you get there. But if you pass thru these little town's you really need to stop and pick up some stuff, gas, or food. Most of Silver Lake is for sale.. and if we don't take advantage of the hospitality these wonderful places will be gone.



That's Carrol's little 1/4 mile drag race car. Silver Lake is only 1/4 mile long - straight road. Carrol says she don't need anything else. Full race ready! Here is a pic from a previous trip. A must stop on any Silver Lake visit!



Rolling out into the Fremont Forest after breakfast.



Loaded! This trip would have been nearly impossible if not for the Giant Loop MoJavi bag on the KLX450R - It's really a dirt bike and the Giant Loop bag fit perfectly.


Natuarl sites along the way:




Up top for some awesom views!





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Old 07-21-2011, 10:22 AM   #4
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That looks freaking awesome! Seems like so much to explore and experience. Chicken and steak looked amazzzziiiiiiiiing!
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:03 AM   #5
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Sunset out

Down out of the Fremont Forest, camp setup, Jim and I ride over to Paisley Caves archeology did.
Seems the professional diggers figured out our ancestors were pooping in the caves 13000 years ago, and it's pretty exciting!
You can read about it here:
http://pages.uoregon.edu/ftrock/pais...escription.php

Jim at the base of the caves. They sit just above the dry lake bed - which itself is about 4200ft elevation.


We ran into Terry, one of the diggers and caretaker. Terry was awesome! Took the time to show us around. Explained a lot of what was going on, and the tedious nature of the work. Have to say I was impressed.


Turns out National Geographic magazine folks had just left the site earlier.. Terry was photographed and may show up in an upcoming edition.


Great talk about the geology, the lakes and things that were... then we head back down.


Another view below: That's Paisley Caves just across the lake, lower left, as viewed from 7200 ft a couple hours earlier...


Into town, for a beer and bite to eat! Again - here is another small town and a store up for sale. Stop in, have a beer. Keep these places open!


Some damn good food, nice people, and cold beer!


Good ride Jim! Glad you got over to the desert side, and...
Sending a shout out to our friends over at High Desert Adventures... I was a bonified couch potato, till I rode with those fools. They are out on a 750 mile journey right now!
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:16 PM   #6
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Nice Dave!
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:58 PM   #7
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Hey Guys!! It was great meeting you as well!! Looks like you guys really had a great time. I really appreciated the local knowledge. We also appreciated the beers. We made the whole loop (about 1200 miles) and had a really good time doing it. I will get going on the trip report next week while I am on holidays. Got some good stories to tell....






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Old 08-11-2011, 04:27 AM   #8
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terrific thread
great pictures
looks like you had a terrific time
thanks for sharing with us
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:12 PM   #9
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Really good loooking terrain to ride through. Looks like you had a good couple of days. Thanks for taking the time to do the RR.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:25 PM   #10
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Into town, for a beer and bite to eat! Again - here is another small town and a store up for sale. Stop in, have a beer. Keep these places open!


Cheers to that!
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:38 PM   #11
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Thanks for the Hospitality

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Holy cow. (no pun intended) Thats a BIG steak.

It is not every day you can ride into the middle of nowhere and be treated to a beer and a steak dinner - thanks Dave! I was so envious when you and Jim departed for the Dinner Tree. I enjoyed your leftover steak immensely. I never knew steak could taste so good served in a plastic bag. I hope we meet up again, steak's on me next time.
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