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Old 08-31-2010, 12:35 PM   #136
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Cool! I love that.
Feel free to correct or add any road/location info. I'm sure I'll be screwing that up.

The above goes for larryboy and Wachs, too
and xymotic, etc...

With Matt using the GPS, I never know where we are unless I see a sign and snap a shot.

HA! - Just catching up with your stupid RR - which is excellent! Wish I could've shown you the route from Lost Forest to Wagontire. Lots of zig zagging but super worth it.

Said it earlier but you guys are GOOD NUTTY!
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:02 PM   #137
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My buds and I got to ride a little with them last year on the TAT...

Hey Andrew - did I spell your name correctly on that check?

Seriously,
Thanks for including me, but it's all matt. I just hang on and take pictures.

We're probably slower this year with all the camping stuff and extra water.
I thought of you guys a lot when we were on the TAT 2.0

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Great job and pics so far!
Thanks, lionsroaar!
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Great that now we get to see you in the pictures, LW!
but what about you? I think you only had ONE photo of yourself in your whole report!
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Moto through Fleecer Ridge?! I'll subscribe on that alone...rode it on my mountain bike in 2008 and barely pulled it! Lava Mtn Trail had my seatpost down all the way as well. Have fun, the CDT is a great ride...
Hey moynistan - I even took some video going down Fleecer...
I hope you can hang in there 'til that part of the RR (maybe day 15 or 16?)...
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Wish I could've shown you the route from Lost Forest to Wagontire. Lots of zig zagging but super worth it.
That would have been great! We want to go back to OR - love the riding there. I need to check out your new RR, but I'm falling behind (and I can't get up)...


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Old 08-31-2010, 04:13 PM   #138
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Day 7 continued...


We don’t usually get to ride with anyone, so I’m always unprepared for the dust.




Still, it was a blast. [Wow, it's weird to see ourselves riding...]




More gates




More rocks




This section was like a walk in the park. Doesn't it look strange? or is it just me?
I felt like we weren't supposed to be riding on this grassy path.




Another gate. I love being wireless for Gate Master duties. Did I already mention that?




And then we’re in the trees. We saw a bunch of cows, but all my bovine photos turned out blurry.




Trayce showed us his road trip trick - he took a whole loaf of bread and pre-made it into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
So smart!




Snack time




P.S.
What the hell? Do these photos seem bigger than normal?
Okay, will try and fix that for the next installment...


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Old 08-31-2010, 06:26 PM   #139
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I got to get in on this one... OVER 7000 miles very NICE.

Congrats and I can't wait for more images and story.

Nice peanut gallery here too
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:44 PM   #140
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WooHoo! Cant wait to see the part where you guys are in my part of the country. although i think its been really weird to see the rest of the country look like, well my part of the country. BROWN!
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:06 PM   #141
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Another gate. I love being wireless for Gate Master duties. Did I already mention that?





My repair is holding up!! I put that stretch stick on that gate last year, I couldn't come close to opening it until I fixed it.




Pic size looks good to me.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:18 AM   #142
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I got to get in on this one... OVER 7000 miles very NICE.Congrats and I can't wait for more images and story.
Nice peanut gallery here too

Hi Notar_520 - thanks for stopping by!
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WooHoo! Cant wait to see the part where you guys are in my part of the country. although i think its been really weird to see the rest of the country look like, well my part of the country. BROWN!
Um, okay...
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My repair is holding up!! I put that stretch stick on that gate last year, I couldn't come close to opening it until I fixed it.
Good job! Haha, matt said, "What the hell? you guys take photos of anything. He has a photo of the stick, you have one of the gate...?"
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:40 AM   #143
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I remember this road on the picture above very well. I actually have a video of riding on the banks of this rut of a road.

Have you guys crossed this creek? (which should be just before the photo above).




I didn't cross it. I back tracked (I had to!) and found this other way across the creek (should also be just before the photo above)




One never knows the many variants on the route. Which is a good thing. But also makes me think I need to go back there and check this out better.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:42 AM   #144
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Day 7 continued...


Okay, well I seem to be the only one who notices/minds the occasional giant photo.
It's a pain in the ass to resize them so I hope you can just deal with it.


Back on the trail...





This section was really pretty.




And, fun. Matt and Trayce ride well together, so on occasion, they did the slightly staggered thing (mostly to avoid the dust).
Nothing too speedy - the OBCDR was (for us) all about relaxing and having fun.
I like to keep the vids short - this is just over 1 minute.









I enjoyed making that little video, but the camera did not. The lens kept sticking for the rest of the day.
This is the same crappy $150 point and shoot (canon Power Shot A560) that I used on the TAT last year
(and it’s been to Mexico/Baja at least 3 times).
I kinda wanted a dustproof, waterproof, crushproof camera for this trip - but we were already over budget. Maybe next time.


I think some of these photos might be slightly out of order.
Matt told me, “Relax, you aren’t being graded on this thing...”
I hope not. I’d get an A in “enthusiasm” and an F in “shutting the f**k up”
Couldn't find a clip for that so you get the whole episode
Edit: Matt did the research - that line is at 16:12 (but it's funnier if you watch the whole thing).



More nice dirt




Everywhere we went on this trip, we saw beautiful wildflowers.
All of oregon smelled like old ladies




Trayce took these “sensitive-side” flower pics




I guess this isn’t a flower, but you know... lichen is close enough.




I never think to take those shots, probably because when matt and I are alone, we only stop to pee or eat. Or practice our ATGATT snow hiking.



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Old 09-01-2010, 07:51 AM   #145
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Have you guys crossed this creek? (which should be just before the photo above).
One never knows the many variants on the route. Which is a good thing. But also makes me think I need to go back there and check this out better.
Hi Cesar,
wow, to be honest, I'm not sure. We crossed many creeks, but I don't remember that specific spot.
Where's larryboy when you need him? out riding NV, of course!
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:33 PM   #146
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Cool video! I noticed at about the 1:00 minute mark you can hear a pretty loud noise. Was it a case of being ambushed by a large rock in the road?

That road looks like a lot of fun. Keep up the good work, and if you don't tell us they are out of order we wouldn't know. Until we retrace your route, but we understand it's not your fault. It's not your fault
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #147
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I noticed at about the 1:00 minute mark you can hear a pretty loud noise. Was it a case of being ambushed by a large rock in the road?
That road looks like a lot of fun. Keep up the good work, and if you don't tell us they are out of order we wouldn't know. Until we retrace your route, but we understand it's not your fault. It's not your fault
All right, Bronco! That's the spirit
heh, nice link.
And, yes, that was a big ol' rock that jumped up and hit us.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:41 PM   #148
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Day 7 continued....


Everything was so green and inviting




Look at this gorgeous meadow!




We stopped at the creepy Baby’s Grave.





I don’t know much about this landmark, except that it has brought inspiration to some .






Stopped for some photos on the way to Delintment Lake...








Delintment Lake. It was pretty gusty - people were fishing, but it seemed a little unpleasant with all that wind.
We had granola bars for lunch and Trayce kept pushing his gatorade on us...
(No means No, Trayce!)












At one point, we were riding close to Trayce (staggered), when an owl flew out of the trees.
It was huge! So neat to watch one fly just over our heads.
I wish I had been able to take a photo, but, man, they're fast.

I was just happy that Trayce saw it, too.


Obviously, we didn't see an Eagle Owl in Oregon, but this is pretty cool:









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Day 7 continued....


Augh. It’s hard to see with the shadows, but these roads were full of giant ruts.





That reminds me - quick digression (okay, not “quick,” but a digression):

When Matt rode some of the OBCDR in 2008, he ended up having some problems around this area - outside of Seneca.
Apparently one can fall into what Matt calls a “high speed trance” and get lulled into complacency by the fast, smooth roads.
Then, next thing you know - BAM!








Back in 2008, Matt was going too fast and when he went around the corner and found some giant, bike-eating ruts...it was too late.

They were deep, truck-track ruts with hard edges and that was it. He had a horrible high side and he and the bike both got trashed.
He remembers crawling around in the bushes, trying to pick up all the pieces (windscreen, mirrors, GPS mount, GPS, etc).

The worst part was the sub-frame bolts - one sheared completely and the other was bent.


He had completely toasted his right shoulder and I don’t even know how managed to move the bike (across a stream), and set up his tent with only one arm.
Here’s how they looked the next day:






Poor Matt.

So, when he told me that this was the area, I asked if he wanted me to take some photos of where he crashed.

He said, “Are you kidding?
What I want is for someone to point one of those flashy things at me so I forget the whole thing!”







I didn’t take too many rut pictures as a result.

But, I realize that our non-riding friends and family might not know exactly what I mean.
I fiddled with this photo a little, but the ruts still aren’t as rutty looking here as they are in person.
You get the idea.






Anyway, so after that, every time I saw those ruts I would get all freaked out.
“Uh oh. Big ruts!”

Which would just make Matt start singing (to the tune of this :
“I...like...big...RUTS and I cannot lie...”



Ahahaha. God. We have way too much fun when we ride.

I think it drove Trayce crazy sometimes - matt and I would be talking and laughing so hard we kept missing the turns.
Sorry Trayce!



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Old 09-02-2010, 07:26 AM   #150
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I just can't help myself, probably getting old but...

"MAKE BIG RUTS YOUR FAVORITE"!!

I'm sorry. but it made me laugh.
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