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Old 08-21-2011, 10:52 PM   #106
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We wind our way through Ukiah (Bad Gas in Ukiah which causes power loss in Johns Bike) and head toward Hepner.
Did the stripper pump your gas for you in Ukiah???
Her father wanted to kill me LOL.
Never talk about putting your gas money in daddys daughters g-string.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:39 PM   #107
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:40 AM   #108
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Did the stripper pump your gas for you in Ukiah???
Her father wanted to kill me LOL.
Never talk about putting your gas money in daddys daughters g-string.
Yes she did but she was 75 years old, think that's the youngest girl living in that town. Do not get gas there, I think dad is adding at least 20% water to fuel tanks.
Ernie I learned a couple years ago not to approach cattle at high speed, can't remember who taught me that. I think it was some guy on a scrambler that was almost scrambled.

Mark thanks for nice words about my family! It was a nice stop, after a long couple weeks in the woods. For those of you city folk I'll let you in on our meal at my brothers place. We hadn't been there 10 minutes when we walked around the side of the house and started chomping the perfectly ripe cherries right off the tree. Then we go inside (we shouldn't have because we stunk like woods people, or I did). Inside we are served chicken salad sandwiches that consisted of home grown chicken meat, homemade mayo and then a salad fresh from the garden with home made goat cheese on top. Again all natural. The only thing in the meal store-bought was the bread. I sometimes am truly impressed with my brother and his family, there are still people out there that live off the land. I talked with him later and asked what their grocery bill is a month, he says about 75 bucks. That is a family of 5, impressive. Should mention that everything tasted way better than store bought food also.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:40 AM   #109
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Day 3: Back in the Forest....

OBCDR Day #3

Ahhh. Back in the Forest again.



From Day #2's flat & boring "Two Ruts" in the sand:


To Day #3's rocky, steep & rutted Forest Roads again:


We were back into fun and challenging roads again.
Now, the desert sand was indeed challenging, without question.
But riding my Big Orange Pig,
and having just filled up my 12 gallon tanks in Christmas Valley before that big Great Sandy Desert section,
I was in worse shape than I needed to be.
It was so slow, 1st, 2nd gear, back to 1st, etc, etc, etc, et........forever,
That I could just not get enough speed to actually enjoy it.
It was all work, with no reward of Thrill, Excitement and Adrelaline.
It was just Fucking Boring, really

There is no "line" to carefully pick out and methodically follow through the sand,
for me, there was "just stay in the rut", and "just plow through it",
and try not to cross the front wheel and fall down.


The Forest dirt two-track & gravel roads are another story for me
This big powerful bike is kick-butt fun here,
even on the roughest of baby-head covered or loose shale covered roads, and the steepest of hills.

Ahhh, I say again. Hills. Trees and hills. Ahhh

Maxacceleration, expertly guiding his GS down a steeper-than-it-looks section of rutted two-track:




Jungle Man getting a bit of air on the road block at the end of the old two-track road we had just come down:



On THIS day,,,,
even though I hadn't filled up with gas in Riley like everyone else,
My Big Orange Pig, the "AJ Valdez", as Asrvivor coined it,
was the savior of the day

I was carrying a 1-1/2 litre Primus bottle of fuel specifically for the Desert Rat, s1marks.
His new TE-630 has a dinky little tank, and is not neccesarily very fuel efficient.
About 30-40 miles before Seneca, he needed that Primus fuel bottle.
Then, just 15-ish miles later, he ALSO needed Mad Max's 1 gallon Roto-Pax.

Then, 16 miles still before Seneca, Timbanditos (Mr. Lightening) was having more trouble with his bike.
It seemed that he had some fuel, but when it got low enough, it just couldn't get any into the carbs.
So, the AJ Valdez comes to the rescue.
We pulled my bashplate, then pulled a tank crossover hose off my Safari Aqualine Tanks,
and refilled Mad Max's 1 gallon Roto-Pax, and gave it to Timbanditos
It was enough to get him to Seneca, where he could drain his tank,
and clean the rubber peices of his old gas cap gasket out of his petcock.



At Seneca, we got some refreshments at the Bear Valley Store,




Then a few of us stopped into say "Hi" to the infamous JW Everett of the BearCat Lodge.
I really wanted to meet this FF. And the now-famous Bobcat.

Unfortunately, he was not there this day, and I didn't get to meet the "legend".
And the Bobcat was apparently sleeping in a hiding spot in it's not-so-in-the-wild, very sad & tiny, CAGE he keeps this wild animal in.
So, I was foiled. No JW, and no Bobcat today.
If any of you ever go there, remember to keep yer riding boots on !!

Day 3; The River Crossings: to be continued.....
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:27 AM   #110
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We tried to get Jungleman to climb in the cage and see if the bobcat was really there, but alas he would not. So we settled for the cat like women that pulled up while we were resting. No really, she was very furry and had very long claws. I wouldn't have gotten in a cage with her.

The picture of Jesse doesn't do justice. Most of the jumps he was table topping and clearing a few of the other riders. We were just to slow, so easiest way to get around us "jump over".
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Day #3 contiued... The River Crossings.

Day #3 continued... The River Crossings.

This is what many of us were looking forward to on this trip.
I had done creek crossings many times, many with loose & rocky bottoms.
I have not yet fallen in one, but the worst of them have only been about a foot & a half deep.
The creek crossing in the Desert was likely the deepest I'd been accross,
but it was so smooth & sandy bottomed that it was a breeze

Coming out of Seneca, into the beautiful Bear Valley:


Next up is the first river crossing.
When we all got there, the first 6 of us got off our bikes to assess the situation.
We were a bit nervous, but it looked do-able.
Asrvivor, aka the River Queen, lives up to his new nickname,
pulls up to the river's edge and asks, "Whatr y'all stopping for?"



and then he proceeds to gun the throttle across his biggest river crossing to date also.
Fugger makes it look EASY PEASY:



No Problemo:



Mrmagoolin (Scout) gets across the slow and steady way,
and makes it look even EASIER.....:




Now, it's MY turn. I'm kinda jacked up.
I've been riding great today, feeling the road out well,
and am just generally feeling GREAT !!

I give Jungle Man my camera, so he can get some shots of me crossing.
He gets some great shots.

The adrenaline has been flowing all day, and I muster up a bit more,
take three deep breaths, and begin slowly across.
I know that I don't want to overdo this, but, I start out just a bit too slow.
And I feel a surprisingly huge amount of resistance from that deep water against the large frontal area of these bigass tanks:



I don't wanna bog in this river, I imagine it'd be hard to get started again.
So.....I HIT IT !!

Well now,....,
the combination of lots of forward resistance,
very slimy, smooth and loose rocks,
and 100 horsepower,....,
these elements combine to get the best of me,
and my tail slips out to the left,
which sends me hurtling.....
UPRIVER !!



Oh Shit. Oh Shit. Oh Shit.
Definitely, most definitely, a "Triple Oh Shit" moment.

How I didn't go down here,
I still do not know.
But I get'r stopped before I hit this river's headwaters,
and BREATH a big sigh of releif.
I'm still up. But, now what?.....



Asrvivor to the rescue (thanks, John !!)
He gets behind me while I slowly turn and ease into the throttle to get this beast pointed the right direction.
Then, with a shove, I go hurtling toward the safety of the other shore:



Yay !! I made it,...., kinda,..., but I DIDN'T GO DOWN.
In my book, that's makin' it

(mrmagoolin...........
I'm still looking forward to seeing that vid you got of me that I saw a preview of.....)



Coming down this long, steep two track trail-of-a-troad, deep down into the next canyon,
We find ourselves on an old troad that only quads and cows have been on recently,
and it is an absolute BLAST to ride!!
A rocky, dusty, gnarly, twisty, up & down bumpy, technical gem of a troad.
This is the BEST section of this OBCDR yet.
I'm feeling good and confident after that river crossing, and I'm hauling A$$ down this troad.
I have to stop many times due to catching up to the rider in front of me,
but I don't wanna ride this troad slow,
I wanna ROMP THIS GREAT TROAD !!!

By now, it's 7pm, and it's been a long, hot day, and I'm feeling pretty sweaty and stinky.
Suddenly, I mean really, really stinky.
I mean jeebus, can I really smell myself that bad????

Before the next river crossing, the BIG river crossing ...
we all stop to BEAM about how GREAT the troad we just came down was,
and someone asks, "Did you see that dead cow in the road?"
"No", I answer, "What dead cow?"
"You didn't SMELL IT?" they all chime back in unison.....
"No, I thought that was ME that smelled like that"




We take a short break to look at the long river crossing here,
and decide if we should camp in this awesome location next to this beautiful river,
Or just GO FOR IT tonight.

"Whatever you guys decide, is good with me"
By now, I gotta take a serious *break*, and head into the outhouse that was here.
and I disappear for quite a while to take care o' bidness

When I get out, the decision had been made to cross tonight.
In case anybody dumped it, the logic went,
we could work on their bike tonight to get the carbs drained, rather than take the time in the morning.
Fair enough.
When I finally get to the river, all had crossed except Timbandidtos,
who was patiently waiting for me to get out of that outhouse




This river crossing seemed to last forever, but I hit it just right,
and feathered that clutch to keep my revs up so I wouldn't bog,
and just enough clutch to keep my torque level down.
Nailed It. Felt like veteran river crosser.

Due to my,,,....delay,,,
I only get one pic of this river crossing of Timbanditos, the last one to cross.
He hits it right also, and we all get successfully across:




Still jacked up with confidence and adrenaline,
we ride another awesome 5 miles or so,
until we find that perfect roadside camp. Horseshoe Spring, I think?
Anyway, fresh spring water, a small, well watered but dry, pretty grassy field,
and we're ready for camp. Finally:




This is the day that the OBCDR is about for me.
It really had it all.
Sweet smooth and very, very, very fast gravel sections,
Nasty, rocky, baby-head covered uphill and downhill,
Rutty, twisty,......,.......,

Well, I think you get the idea.
This was A GOOD DAY
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We tried to get Jungleman to climb in the cage and see if the bobcat was really there, but alas he would not. So we settled for the cat like women that pulled up while we were resting. No really, she was very furry and had very long claws. I wouldn't have gotten in a cage with her.

The picture of Jesse doesn't do justice. Most of the jumps he was table topping and clearing a few of the other riders. We were just to slow, so easiest way to get around us "jump over".
I'm tellin ya,
Having asrvivor's good sense of humor on this ride was awesome.
Looking forward to many more rides with you, my friend.

But no more gay tent jokes, m'kay?
My wife was beginning to wonder about me being out so long wit yas
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I'm tellin ya,
Having asrvivor's good sense of humor on this ride was awesome.
Looking forward to many more rides with you, my friend.

But no more gay tent jokes, m'kay?
My wife was beginning to wonder about me being out so long wit yas
OK, You know we were beginning to wonder about you being in the outhouse for such a long time.
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OBCDR: Day # 4 and Day #5

The morning of Day #4 starts out really, really good.
Apparently it had rained just a bit over the next section of dirt-only road through a big burn area.
This kept the dust down, and the fun factor way, way up.
Burnt River Road. Nice, nice, ride.
My riding confidence level was really quite high; I'm learning so much, so fast, with day after day of riding.



I am feeling really good and railing every road we ride this morning.
Fast baby-head covered dirt roads, deep and/or loose gravel,
it didn't matter:
I fly through them all like a Baja 1000 racer on TV, (not really, of course, but that's how I felt this morning).
On the deep shale covered, loose & sloppy, twisty roads,
I beging to drift sideways into and before each corner, so I can power out straight at the other end of the apex.

Mad Max is feeling it, too......



I ride hard, very hard, fast-as-I-can, all morning. Then, our very short foodbreak comes a bit late today, like after 1:30.
Mrmagoolin is on a schedule to get this OBCDR done in 5 days, and wants to ride on to get to "Four Corners" area by the end of the day.
I snack a can of pears, and some jerky, and on we go.
Just after this break,
I ding my front rim quite seriously on a shadowed sharp root, on a fast section of dirt road.
I get off my bike to insect it, and wobble off my bike, just a bit woozy feeling. Hmmm.
It looks nasty. Big, Big F'n Ding. If this was a tubless tire, my ride would be done.
But, it held air, and I rode on.


Now,......I had a serious case of the "runs" the last half of the day yesterday (Day 3),
then I had played so very hard, burning up all the roads, all this morning.
Apparently, I had used up more energy than I had available.
My riding was beginning to change now, and not because of my dinged rim.
Noticeably now, the "little things" were making me gasp, skeered like, and I was slowing down. Really slowing down.
I felt my confidence going away first,
and I suddenly could not do any of the sideways drifts, and goosey accellerations that I was getting so good at.

I begin to recognize that I am not "ON" anymore today.
So I slow down and just ride easy.
Max flies past. Hell, even Timbanditos (Mr. Lightening) goes past me

Behind me still is the Desert Rat and the River Queen, who is running sweep.
s1marks catches me on what should be an easy hill, and holds back and stops & waits.
I was gonna wave him past, but he waits behind.
After a few more miles, we get to what should be an easy "green circle" Quad Trail, and I decide that I need a break. NOW.
I don't feel good. Not good at all.
Asrvivor waits with me while s1marks rides ahead to tell the others that we'll meet up with them in Sumpter, our next gas stop.

Asrvivor graciously slabs it with me to Sumpter, we get fuel for the bikes, and more importantly, fuel for me.
As we sit at a picnic table, cooking up a hot meal and relaxing a bit,
the rest of the crew rides in from the OHV section they just finished,
and also eats their first proper lunch of the day, sometime after 3pm.



OK. I'm done riding the OBCDR today.
I'm at this point where I'm not riding well at all,
and it's obvious to me that it's not really safe to me,
or fair to others, for me to continue at my suddenly quite slowed pace.
Timbanditos and Asrvivor are also a bit overdone with our hectic and late-to-camp pace,
and they decide to slab it with me past Granite to Four Corners Sno-Park, and get to camping at a reasonable time.

Sumpter and Granite are Gold Mining towns from the first part of the last century.
Signs of this are all around; piles of rocks as far as you can see,
and abandoned mines from the day:




These are awesome Forest Paved Roads, past some of the most beautiful country yet:



Some pioneer had a log cabin here in this meadow.
Nice spot.





We made really good time on these series of roads that make up the OBCDR.
Especially good time considering that there are seven of us riding it together.
This big group added lots to the fun, but it added a whole lot of time to the ride.
I am on a "Vacation", and this is just the beginning of 19 DAYS of my vacation.

By, now, I'm really pretty proud of myself for riding my Big Orange Pig as well as I have,
and VERY proud of the fact that my only fall so far on this OBCDR was when I was showing off my apparent IN-ability to do a gravel powerslide
after the Great Sandy Desert section, just before Riley.

But, I was here to have fun camping and relaxing, also.
I was looking just as forward to the dispersed wilderness "stealth" camping thing,
as I was looking forward to the great riding experience through so much beautiful and scenic country.
But some of our large group had schedules to meet,
and were determined to get this thing ridden, in it's whole, in the five days they had available.

I had no such agenda;
and had certainly already proven to myself that I could do this on something beyond a thumper.
The next day 5 was going to be just like the others, too long.
And I was no longer in the mood.

Enterprise or BUST!!!!
The next day, after s1marks and mrmagoolin head off towards their very admirable goal,
Maxacceleration and Timbanditos head towards Pendleton. They have priorities at home.
Asrvivor, Jungle Man and myself head out towards LaGrande, and I get the only picture I took this day:



We haul ass on the highways to get our first REAL breakfast in LaGrande,
then make big time passing every car, truck, bicyclist, and big rig in our sights on our way to camp in Enterprise.


We get to the Log House RV and Camping Park around 2pm,
relax, shower, do some laundry, pour beverages, and relax some more.
THIS is ALSO the vacation I was up for.


Thanks for the experience guys, I appreciate the companionship.
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Great ride! Brought back great memories from my rides on the obdr in 2008. Took my GSA

Looks like you had a. Great ride and bonded! Very cool and just what adv riding is about!

Thanks for sharing!
Yea.. good times



Man the water sure seems higher than when we crossed it.

Yea Jeff, I bet you had a handfull a couple of times on that Austrian Blitzkrig Panzer or in your case all terrain refueling tanker

Ernie, that sure was a shiny 650 in the beginning; so, did you ever ponder the Triumph may have been better? Also something you may want to consider is getting some fork socks for the 650... this appears to be a common occurrence

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Yea.. good times



Man the water sure seems higher than when we crossed it.
Radioman ROCKS the second river crossing on the big GSA
It looks like he got a bit sideways and close to spilling it, like I did on the first crossing,
I could even hear a dis-believer in the "watching crowd" loudly say "DONE",
and then, Radioman pulls through and completes it !!

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Yea Jeff, I bet you had a handfull a couple of times on that Austrian Blitzkrig Panzer or in your case all terrain refueling tanker
A "handfull", that I could handle. Even if just barely a few times...

What I didn't handle well, was my completely rotten toes from long days wearing very sweaty waterproof boots.
They ended up staying all soggy from my own sweat all day long, and the space between my toes ended up looking like red caviar
I'm just now getting that mess cleared up.

Then the hot crotch rubbing rash got to me by the end of day 4,
and well,..., like I said, I was no longer in the mood at a certain point

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Ernie, that sure was a shiny 650 in the beginning; so, did you ever ponder the Triumph may have been better? Also something you may want to consider is getting some fork socks for the 650... this appears to be a common occurrence
I don't know how different Max's new-type F650GS Twin is from those earlier GSs,
but I ran a five day off-pavement ride last year with a guy on a mid-2000s GS650 single who's forks looked just like those after just 2 days.

Ernie did say his Triumph would have come home from this ride in several buckets, had he tried it.
His F650GS just rubbed it's low bottom a few times, and it came home grinning
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Radioman ROCKS the second river crossing on the big GSA
It looks like he got a bit sideways and close to spilling it, like I did on the first crossing,
I could even hear a dis-believer in the "watching crowd" loudly say "DONE",
and then, Radioman pulls through and completes it !!


A "handfull", that I could handle. Even if just barely a few times...

What I didn't handle well, was my completely rotten toes from long days wearing very sweaty waterproof boots.
They ended up staying all soggy from my own sweat all day long, and the space between my toes ended up looking like red caviar
I'm just now getting that mess cleared up.

Then the hot crotch rubbing rash got to me by the end of day 4,
and well,..., like I said, I was no longer in the mood at a certain point



I don't know how different Max's new-type F650GS Twin is from those earlier GSs,
but I ran a five day off-pavement ride last year with a guy on a mid-2000s GS650 single who's forks looked just like those after just 2 days.

Ernie did say his Triumph would have come home from this ride in several buckets, had he tried it.
His F650GS just rubbed it's low bottom a few times, and it came home grinning
Sorry about that Jeff wrong river crossing; well since you guys aren't providing any video for your water crossing I envision it looking kinda like this one








As for your Toe's Ewwwwwww didn't you have a spare pair of socks? Well as for the crotch rash thing I think we've all been there done that


Hey I seriously need to talk to you about the WBDR I am starting to put that together, have you ridden this?
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Sorry about that Jeff wrong river crossing; well since you guys aren't providing any video for your water crossing I envision it looking kinda like this one








As for your Toe's Ewwwwwww didn't you have a spare pair of socks? Well as for the crotch rash thing I think we've all been there done that


Hey I seriously need to talk to you about the WBDR I am starting to put that together, have you ridden this?
Now, THAT video of R-Man looked EXACTLY like my first crossing.
He detoured upriver and stopped cold, just like me, and at the same place, too.
And yes, our water crossing was noticably deeper.

I waited for asrvivor's support, before I rode it out, however....


I have not done the official WABDR.
It's still on my list, but to do with just one other rider, or better yet maybe; even solo.
I did do Sound Rider's 2009 "Sasquatch" group ride, which was similar in concept;
Oregon border to Canada border, but on different roads.
It was likely easier for n00bs than some of the pictures of WABDR I'm seeing,
and Sasquatch was definitely easier than the section we rode out of Mission Ridge to Liberty.
T'was still Awesome riding and Scenery through Central Washington, tho.

For the next 10 days after we did this OBCDR,
we just found our own way through North Idaho and Central Washington,
and cruised around any/every dirt road we could find, with few schedules or goals at the end of our days.
And it was perfect.
As soon as I finish the RR in my Sig line, you'll get to see where we went next.

About my rotten toes, I just didn't notice until it was too late
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:36 PM   #119
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About my rotten toes, I just didn't notice until it was too late [/QUOTE]







We DID!
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We DID!
With all of us packed in that one tent like spooned-up sardines at night ,
You had to notice
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