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Old 02-07-2011, 05:15 AM   #31
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Some great pic's from a beautiful part of the country.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #32
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loved it.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:06 PM   #33
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Over 50 degrees today, so we took a 45 mile short-cut to our friends home that is five miles away to watch the Super Bowl.
Nice "short" cut.

Fir Mountain Rd?
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:48 PM   #34
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Up Neal Creek canyon to Bald Butte then east and down Fir Mountain Rd. Ran into a little snow up high but if you stayed at the power lines and no higher your good to go!
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:05 PM   #35
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Wow-what gorgeous scenery! Thanks for sharing. If not for Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters, sons, a daughter, grandkids, and GREAT grandkids (am I really that old ?) my lovely wife and I would love to live there. Glad to see you are making the most of a great thing! WOODSCHIP
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:37 PM   #36
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Thanks for sharing! Riding near this area on the Washington side this fall, on our way north, anyway. Hope to hit up the Oregon side before then. What a great state we live in!
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:46 PM   #37
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Great pics of beautiful country, and a good write-up too. Nicely done. Thanks for taking the time.
I am signed up for the Black Dog for the first time this year. I have heard nothing but great things about it. I'm psyched!
Keep on ridin' and postin'!
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:38 PM   #38
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Great pics of beautiful country, and a good write-up too. Nicely done. Thanks for taking the time.
I am signed up for the Black Dog for the first time this year. I have heard nothing but great things about it. I'm psyched!
Keep on ridin' and postin'!
See you at the Black Dog DS !
Last year was my first year of the 12 I've lived here, why'd it take me so long to "do the dog"?
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #39
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No snow, lots of snow!

This is what happens in about a four month period at 6000 ft.

If you want to see more snow photo's you can find them at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=642612


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Old 02-27-2011, 05:10 PM   #40
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WONDERLAND!
Thanks for putting your images up.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:43 AM   #41
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These pics deserve a better link trhan that, Craig...See: Cloud Cap Winter Pics

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This is what happens in about a four month period at 6000 ft.

If you want to see more snow photo's you can find them at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=642612
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #42
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With snow in the mountains we decided to go East and do a little exploring in Sherman County .

With a short stop in the town of Wasco, we were off to find some of the Oregon Trail.

The first thing you find out here are the wind farms!



We finally found McDonald Ferry Ln. which takes you down to where the Oregon Trail crossed the John Day river. When looking at the next few photos you can see the Oregon trail on the right side of the canyon as we made the descent toward the river.









Oregon Trail Monument at the bottom of the canyon.





With the river a little high fording it was out of the question so it was back out the way we came. Again, it's amazing to see the Oregon trail (on the left side of photo, below) and think about all the people that used this route to settle the Northwest and what they had to endure.



Stone marker on the Oregon Trail.

More wind farms, there are hundreds of them and they go on for miles! We kind of hope that they try and keep this confined to certain areas!

Heading South on Webfoot Rd. to Gosson Ln.

After taking Hay Canyon Rd. south we made it to Grass Valley and a late lunch. Jim & Carol the proprietors of the Grass Valley Country Market & Deli are great as well as the food! Sorry, no food photo's! We thought about it half way through devouring what was set in front of us!


Also, just a side note to our short stay in Grass Valley. We took a short detour out to see the new Oregon Raceway Park at Grass Valley. On our way out (it's about a mile East out of town) we passed two cars heading back into Grass Valley, when we got out to the raceway the gate was closed and no one was there which was just fine since we had not been out to see it. Before long both of the cars that we had passed on the way out showed up back at the gate. They had closed up early ( it was almost 5pm anyway) but they offered to open it back up and give us ( two lonely dual sport riders) a tour of the raceway!!! Wow, we politely declined the offer and said we would be back, we both were just a little blown away buy the offer and the generosity! So our hats are off to Grass Valley and the Oregon Raceway Park!!!
Check them out at http://www.oregonraceway.com/
Also very bike friendly, http://www.grassvalleycountrymarket.com

Now it's off to Sherars Falls on the Deschutes River.











Sherars Falls on the Deschutes.

Then it was off for a mad rush back to our starting point before darkness and cold. We almost made it! Ya have to slow way down when all the deer and cows start hanging out in the middle of the road at dusk!
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:24 AM   #43
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The only trees in sight for your whole ride are those very tall white spindly ones with only three branches



What did they do with all the trees out there?
Did those Oregon Trail Pioneers cut them all down?


Thanks for scouting that CM, I gotta see me some more of that authentic Old Oregon Trail stuff
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:54 AM   #44
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Where to ride? We really did not have any idea's so we headed East over some of our normal routes looking for anything warm and dry!





Heading East up the Old Dalles Rd. out of the Hood River valley.





Heading into the Dalles, OR down Seven mile hill Rd.





Ended up at Petersburg East of The Dalles to watch some of the Cherry Blossom bike race.



Then headed East again on McCoy Rd.



Back on a little more pave at Fairbanks.

Okay, this is where it get's fun again! A bunch of local ADV riders know this road and have posted photo's before but it's just so much fun! Freebridge Rd. heading to the Deschutes river.



Starting to drop into the Deschutes canyon.







Even a photo of me riding for once!















Made it to the river and time to get of the bikes.

Some one thought it was time for a nap in the sun! Oh ya, and no snakes on the tracks!!!



Also met some of the locals, that's the nice thing about motorcycle boots! This was just a friendly Bull snake, normally you find the one with rattles!





It was absolutely quiet except for the birds and the river making it hard to leave but it was 3:00pm and time to head for home. If you were wondering, the train only runs twice a day once up river and then back, usually!

One more stop for a photo at the Douglas Hollow school.

That's it for now, time to head west and home.

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Old 04-02-2011, 11:46 AM   #45
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Enjoyed the photos and the report Thanks for taking the time to post. You have a beautiful area
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