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Old 06-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #136
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Yep, still Day 7:

Baker City is a quaint and historical little burg and today it sports a very attractive downtown corridor that is abuzz with activity.

Old Wikpedia Pic..


There is a downtown brew pub serving its own locally made concoction, unfortunately it was closed. However I had no problem relocating just down the street into a comfortable pub. No shortage of creature comforts here. I watch the city street action from the cool shade of my perch and relax thinking that I will soon ride this way again in late July. But today I am keeping my interlude short, and soon I am motoring north on OR 203 – Medical Springs Hwy watching the mountain range off to my west change colors in the lowering afternoon sun.
It is a beautiful May afternoon.

I have several hours of daylight left and less than an hour to ride to my planned campground. I am not in a hurry. This part of eastern Oregon is rural. The timber industry had its way with the hillsides and trees for decades, but that mostly ended in the 50’s or early 60’s. The regrowth is now gorgeous and the tiny towns that dot the landscape have interesting buildings and mature trees that came here as seeds in settlers pockets. Some of the towns have died, but others rekindled trade in other industries. Tourism mostly. Out of the corner of my eye I caught an “open” sign in a most unlikely place, a former milltown called Pondosa.
Then:


Now:


I couldn’t resist checking it out and I am glad I did. Here was living history. The old frame building, the only building I saw here, was and still is a general mercantile store. You can get a can of peaches or an ice cream bar or a pair of boots. The gentle older woman that runs the store is a local historian and has many interesting old photos, artifacts, and stories to go with them. The place is stuffed with a confusing inventory and is teetering on disarray, and when she is gone the place will probably be boarded up. With ice cream bar chocolate on my cheek I said goodbye and finished the days ride through the dense forest down to Catherine Creek State Park.



I have stopped at this park a time or two before, but only as a rest break along the way to some other destination. I have marveled at the setting of the trees, the canyon, and the rushing stream pushing hard on its way to the Grande Ronde. So I have made it a point to make this an overnight stopping place. It is a small park, but it has all the necessary amenities of water, picnic tables, fire rings and toilets.

Home sweet home! The fees are reasonable, and the friendly hosts have plenty of dry firewood available. With only a few other campers here it will be a peaceful evening. This will be my last nite out on this trip, the weather is warm and clear, so I have been saving the best for last, so-to-speak
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:57 PM   #137
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I am feeling a bit sentimental tonight and after a couple jiggers I jot the following in my trip journal:

5-16-2014 Catherine Creek State Park, Oregon: “I feel a sense of urgency at 54 years old. How many more years will I be able to see, do, and experience the feelings that I get when traveling the landscape independently as I am now? I wish that my dearest companions in life could feel the way I feel now as I am in bliss at this campground at sunset. The self-enrichment that I believe I experience through these travels is amazing to me. It is my hope that others around me can understand the self-satisfaction that results from the wanderlust experience. I hope it is not too selfish of me to need so badly the inward reflection on my life through this means. I just sat through a glorious sunset while eating a simple campsite meal and listening to the rumble of the nearby creek rushing to its next confluence. The campfire is just ignited and dusk is settling on the canyon. The cows downstream bray their song. Another amazing day is spent. I hope I have made the most of it as it will not come round again. It is my understanding that this is not a practice lifetime.” – J.W.
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:11 PM   #138
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viffer vaffer vuff

Took a little trip on the Viffer over the past weekend and met up with some friends and saw some sights.........

Guess where,


Saw this in Heppner:





Got up high on the hill..




Lots of fun to get away from this...


Cheers!
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:29 PM   #139
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:47 PM   #140
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Wicked

Tomorrow we are loading up the tents and the dual sports and heading up the North Fork of the Clearwater. ... Film at 11!
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:49 AM   #142
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Home turf. Thanks for the memories.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:52 AM   #143
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Well said and a great report! I'm only a few years older, but this was about the time I started to feed my need to stop "next year" excuses and just go. I wasted several years waiting on others and those same people (that I like very much and ride locally with all the time) are still making excuses.

Bottom line, when the window opens and you have time and opportunity don't wait for others as that window can shut at any time.

Safe travels and Cheers


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I am feeling a bit sentimental tonight and after a couple jiggers I jot the following in my trip journal:

5-16-2014 Catherine Creek State Park, Oregon: “I feel a sense of urgency at 54 years old. How many more years will I be able to see, do, and experience the feelings that I get when traveling the landscape independently as I am now? I wish that my dearest companions in life could feel the way I feel now as I am in bliss at this campground at sunset. The self-enrichment that I believe I experience through these travels is amazing to me. It is my hope that others around me can understand the self-satisfaction that results from the wanderlust experience. I hope it is not too selfish of me to need so badly the inward reflection on my life through this means. I just sat through a glorious sunset while eating a simple campsite meal and listening to the rumble of the nearby creek rushing to its next confluence. The campfire is just ignited and dusk is settling on the canyon. The cows downstream bray their song. Another amazing day is spent. I hope I have made the most of it as it will not come round again. It is my understanding that this is not a practice lifetime.” – J.W.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:17 PM   #144
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BobW..Thanks for the kind words, dont let the window slam on your fingers it will hurt!

More updates soon, but right now my ride awaits me!

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Soooo. Last Friday we drove up onto the N Fork of the Clearwater River so far in to where they have pump in daylight just to see!!
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we got loaded up in the truck and hauled in plenty of crap to last for a few days..


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We spent three days of bombing around the Clearwater NF, as well as over into Montana.

We had great weather and nice routes....






We got a lot of beautiful siights along the way






We checked out the State-Line trailhead at Hoodoo Summit.


Cruised on down to Superior MT for lunch.. important stuff.
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