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Old 09-20-2010, 07:20 PM   #16
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Boy Tim, I just don't know where to start... First, GREAT pictures. Not sure what you had between your legs but I 'pray' it was a fish .
Next, I was thinking of suggesting that "we taught you alot" until you went 'ass over tea kettle' trying to see the guy behind you.
Geezz, that adventure would have likely took me a year and a half at my pace (13mph). To think, I was close to inviting myself.
Thanks so very much for thinking of us. That seemed like a REAL adventure. Fields burger/fuel stop must host some interesting folks. Thanks again, GREAT POST. Gerry
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:36 PM   #17
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Day 7

Day 7


We were winding down the ride and it felt like it, but we were getting good a packing up each morning. This morning things were very damp from the dew, but we were in a deep canyon so no use waiting for the sun to dry thing out. The plan for the day was put on some miles. Fast gravel and slab. Maybe end up at Ritter Hot Springs.


I was heading for the barn and as a result, forgot to take many pictures. Jonathan took some so most of these last two days are his.


First 20 miles still FS/logging roads until Medical Springs.





This hot spring was now privately owned and closed to the public. Telocaset gravel road to North Powder. Along the way we ran into a huge windmill farm. I didn't even know it was out here.








When we got to North Powder the only fuel was a cardlock station. What to do. GPS says Union is the closest gas, but it's back in a north-east direction. Baker sounds like a better option so we head that way. All slab, nothing special.


Fuel, water and candy bars in Baker. I call my wife and ask here to go online and get me a phone # for Ritter Hot Springs. Call them and they are closed for the season. Bummer. Next plan, catch lunch at Anthony Lakes ski area if they are open or Granite as a final option.


Once into the mountains the pavement is an awesome twisty for miles. Finally arrive at the summit, Anthony Lake and the ski area. I skied here when I was 16, good memories:











No food there so continue on to Granite for fuel for the bikes and us. Continued awesome road and beautiful views.


Cheese burgers and fries it is! Best burgers of the trip.





Next stop is the Fremont Powerhouse. At one time it powered a lot of the gold mining claims in the area.














Good gravel road to Dale, OR. Hunters everywhere. Short slab to the road along the North Fork of the John Day river. Another fantastic dirt road along an absolutely beautiful river. I know I'll be back here next summer for some riding. We ride along hoping to get close to Monument and find a camping spot. Finally found a good spot under some huge pines with just a gravel bar between us and the river. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of this camp spot. My bad.


It was a warm day and we arrived in time to spread the tents and bags out to dry in the sun. I decided that it would be a good day for a swim. Water at first felt cold but after getting in it was really nice. Floated on my back down stream, hiked back up and did it again. Nice.


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One more day to come.

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:23 PM   #18
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Day 8 - Home Sweet Home

Day 8


Sorry, very few pics, just my thoughts.


This day would take me into familiar territory, but I still wanted to see some areas that I hadn't been to yet.


Leaving camp our route was a little questionable. There was a Kiosk back up the hill about ½ mile that showed trails in the local area. Looked like the road along the river was going to run into private land. The maps indicated that we would have to go about 10 miles north before we could get on top of the hills to head west. Trail was extremely rocky/rutted two track. It was killing my shoulder. I had to stop and take another Aleve, which was all I had. The bike was handling things much better than I was. Man was I glad to get back to gravel. Seems my shoulder is more damaged than I thought. Took FS21 to the Umatilla West End OHV area. Looks like a lot of fun. Another “must do” on my list for the future.


I was now routing strictly via maps, taking anything that looked fun. When we hit County Rd. 207 we went straight across to another dirt road instead of south to Spray. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of the trip. Absolutely excellent two track, way fun. When it finally turned to asphalt, even that was a spectacular curvy down hill roller coaster ride into Spray.


I was carving up the slab when I noticed a crow along the edge of the road. He took off late and was having a hard time gaining altitude. I was about 20 feet away when I notice he has a mangled snake in his talons. Just as I get underneath him he drops it. Missed me by less than a foot. Almost stacked it up swerving to avoid being slimed by roadkill.


Spray for Gas
Parrish Creek road south to John Day Hwy. It was very fast gravel.


Decided to take another detour and instead of heading west on Hwy 26 headed east for a few miles to FS12 then to trail 2630 which we were going to take all the way to Walton Lake. This is a part of the OBCDR. Really fun trail with every kind of surface, rocky, dirt, gravel, rutted, rooted, puddled. Just when you think you're doing some awesome adventure on some obscure trail what is around the corner... a yellow mini school bus. How did that get here? Wow, way to deflate my ego.


I took a side road intending to check out a lookout, but evidently went too far as Jonathan then Mark didn't see my turn. I saw them blast by. Guess the lookout would wait another day. Turned around and raced them to Walton lake.


Finally hit the slab at the ranger station and rode it in to Prineville. Time for lunch. We were such celebrities that they arranged a police escort for us.





While catching another hamburger, Stroup, from Benddualsport.com drove up. He'd recognized our bikes and had been following our SPOT link the whole trip.


From there we parted ways. It was slab for me back to Madras. I was blasting along thinking about the trip. I was a few miles from home when I thought, I can't end the trip on slab.


Jumped off the highway onto familiar dirt roads in the area. Crest a hill and see a herd of antelope:








That's more like it.


And home sweet home.


Final stats:





And final elevations, mellower than most the other days:





Took a pic of my odometer. I bought this bike in May with 2450 miles on it. Looks like were off to a good start on making this a used motorcycle.





Thanks for reading, it's been fun posting.


Total miles on the un-edited GPS track 1359 miles.


Tomorrow, I see the Orthopedic specialist


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Old 09-20-2010, 09:22 PM   #19
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Great report, I hope you heal up well.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:41 PM   #20
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Nice loop. Thanks for the report with all the pics.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:56 PM   #21
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Tim,
Nice meeting Mark, Jonathan and yourself at willow hot springs. Enjoyed your excellent RR and pics!!! You guys certainly had a great adventure and made some life long memories. I'm sure that bottomless poof dust at the eastern end of trout cr rd will be up there on the old memory retention list.

The rain following our departure from willow cr kind of turned the next two days into a survival event for us. We made it about 15 miles west of shirk ranch before being forced for our safety (dark, rain, lightning, grease) to make camp at an old rancher hut filled with mice crap. Another good memory!!! The discussed water hole over south boundary was definitely deep but was nice to finally release some of the cake mud.

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Old 09-21-2010, 01:31 AM   #22
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Nice ride thanks!
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:05 AM   #23
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Great report, great ride...
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:57 AM   #24
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Very much enjoyed your story. Damn, do I need to get a dirt bike.
Hope you heal up back to new.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:35 PM   #25
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Tim,

Great ride report. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-21-2010, 03:38 PM   #26
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Very nice RR thanks for bringing back memories. That section of Trout Mtn rd and the poof dust is NASTY!

and the coming up out of the canyon well something one must experience.



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Old 09-21-2010, 07:11 PM   #28
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Thanks everyone for the positive comments. Putting together a RR is more work than most people know.

I just got back from the shoulder Doc in Bend. After xrays and an exam, no torn ligaments or tendons.

Just muscle damage, so physical therapy and no surgery

IdahoSam: I watched your videos of the ride out of Three Forks. Awesome. It's always much tougher than it looks in pics or on videos.

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Old 09-22-2010, 04:34 PM   #29
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Thanks everyone for the positive comments. Putting together a RR is more work than most people know.

I just got back from the shoulder Doc in Bend. After xrays and an exam, no torn ligaments or tendons.

Just muscle damage, so physical therapy and no surgery

IdahoSam: I watched your videos of the ride out of Three Forks. Awesome. It's always much tougher than it looks in pics or on videos.

Tim

Excellent news on the shoulder! And an excellent report, too

I know exactly what you mean about ride reports being time-consuming. It seems as though the report is harder to complete than the ride sometimes!
I know, as it just took me several days to get my own Oregon/Nevada ride report done


Thanks for the photos, and I hope you and your riding buddy heal up quickly and completely




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Old 09-22-2010, 08:00 PM   #30
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Thanks for putting together the RR Tim...I think you covered it.

I had a great time, with some awesome people!

Looking forward to the next ride

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