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Old 01-02-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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A Gallivant To The GOOGLE PLACE

I'm bored, so I am going to do a ride report on a trip we took this past April 2010.
It actually started back in the late 90's when I rode to the Google Place on my DR350. I didn't get any pics then, so I wanted to go back and take some pics.
Fast forward to April 2009 and I posted up an overnight camping ride on MotoIdaho.com to do a loop through Juntura, OR. Heath and Jim rode out with me and we met up with the others later in the day at Juntura. I wanted to try and find the Google Place on the way there. Here it is on the map.



Heath and Jim on the way there.



We drop into the canyon and it is choked with willows. 10+ years later and it looks like it's going to be a challenge to find a way through.



About here is when Jim mumbled something like: "Ed, you said this was going to be a Level 3 ride, you didn't mention that the road was a creek choked with willows." Here he is looking for some cheese to go along with his "whine" I think.



Heath, on the other hand was enjoying the abuse. He's kinda funny like that. A masochist I guess.

MASOCHIST: gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, esp. the tendency to seek this form of gratification.

Here he is resting up for the final push.



So long story short, we got maybe 400 yards further than this and the creek bottom got too choked up with willows to get through. We followed a track up the side of the canyon a ways and then it dropped back down a cliff on a single track that was too narrow from big sagebrush to safely navigate with the panniers that Jim and I were packing.
So that does it for the preamble.

More later. The 2010 ride coming up.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:57 PM   #3
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Google Place, take 3. Bob and I loaded up his DRZ400 and my CRF450X and hit the road for a couple of days of riding and camping.

Here is camp for the weekend. This is the only tree for miles. I call it "Lonetree Camp". Notice my tent on the left with no rainfly. I decided to leave it off thinking it's not going to rain. When we got back my new down sleeping bag had a puddle of water on it. When we were off on our first ride I looked back towards camp and wondered if that small dark cloud was raining on our camp.



That's probably the cloud there on the left.



This is a pretty decent cabin. Rat-proof I think.





Nice view.





Beautiful little flower.

Hi LadyBug



This one's kinda cool too.





This one is kinda plain compared to the previous flowers.

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Neat rock formation.



This was near a reservoir. I imagine it's probably an antelope hunters blind. The road to this was miles of rock like the blind is built from. Rough.





What's left of someones house.





There were chunks of obsidian in the walls.



The view down the canyon from the ruins.



Some canyon shots.











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Look Out!!! A bike eating combine!!!







The Owyhee River is in the bottom of that canyon.



This cabin is probably one of the "furthest from pavement cabins" in the lower 48 states. I would love to own this place.









Mahogany Mountain.







Kinda looks like a peace pipe.



I'll try and finish this up later today or tomorrow. Google Place coming up.
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OH you my friend are a friffin TEASE. As Oliver would say:



You sure waited long enough to get this up
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On the way to the Google Place. This antelope acted like it was sick or maybe it got into someones grow operation.







And here it is, the infamous Google Place. This place should stay preserved pretty well because it's a bitch to get to.







Root cellar out back. The concrete walls were about 2 feet thick.



Pretty nice barn.







The view out back of the house.





That's it for this report. See ya out there.
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I dig that cabin. Is this it?
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I dig that cabin. Is this it?
That's the Google Place. How did you find that?
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Just a little deductive reasoning and map skills.
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It looks like a fun ride to me but why is it called "The Google Place?"
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Just a little deductive reasoning and map skills.
Yeah, I do that too. It's kind of a fun challenge.
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It looks like a fun ride to me but why is it called "The Google Place?"
I am pretty sure it's misspelled on that map. There is a bunch of writing on the interior walls that I didn't get any pictures of. Some of it had peoples names with Gugle as the last name. And I looked on a topo map I have and it's spelled Gugle. The map I showed on the first post was dated 1995 which is pre-Google as most of us know the word according to Wikipedia:


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Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California.[1]


So I don't know how the cartographer came up with Google on that map.
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It's amazing how the delicate little flowers survive out there, it's always fun seeing what nature has sprinkled the earth with for us to enjoy.




The rugged terrain in S. Idaho has such a beauty of it's own, there is so much to explore that people don't realize. Thanks for taking the time to share some of your backyard with the rest of us. Keep taking the time to enjoy the flowers along the way.
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