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Old 08-21-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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Orange Oregon OBDR - Route 5

The Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route #5 has always delivered great ride reports. Our group of four Orange bloods hopes to see the wide open side of Oregon, so we have dialed in a launch point of Roseburg OR. From there we navigate 350 miles to the Southern point of the OBDR Route #5. At that point we will ride from South to North covering about 1000 miles of dirt. The route runs from border to border, so we finish up in Walla Walla, WA. All of the trail reports show clear sailing and the forest fires have calmed down, here we go!!

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Old 08-21-2014, 11:19 AM   #2
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I'm in!

I'll be reading, watching and riding this one right along with you!
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:06 PM   #3
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:02 PM   #4
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Laugh Riders

The rest of the riders have a ton of ADV riding experience, and the same trail pace! PVD is riding his Orange 990 with all the upgrades necessary for fun!



Lead Dog is the heart and soul of these ADV trips and he will be riding his pride and joy - 950 SE




Our third rider is Trailmachine - Mike, riding his fresh 990! Photos coming soon!!

Like a lot of ADV'ers I rode as a kid and had a lot of freedom to go wherever and whenever I wanted. My main machine was a 1974 Bultaco 250 Pursang that I had some great times on. Can't believe I sold it for $750 way back when




These days I wear a lot more safety gear, but still ride the same way



Due to some very bad timing I will not be riding my 640 ADV on this ride. She is in rough shape, and not trail ready. No amount of time and $$ could get her prepared. Below is one old shot of her for good measure



Test riding a newer machine for the next 1500 miles should determine if I continue to work on the 640, or trade her in...
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #5
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Trailmachine will be riding his newish 990Rrrrrrrrrrrrr.......

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Old 08-21-2014, 08:53 PM   #6
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Hoping my old silver 640 Adventure isn't jealous...

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Old 08-21-2014, 10:32 PM   #7
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640 is out???????

What happened to your tried and true steed? The 690 looks sweet! Have fun, wish I was going...the fruit is ripe and I am picking.....will join you guys when the market slows down.....drink a few cold guys for me and roost a few corners!
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:02 AM   #8
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Lots of Orange . What could possibly go wrong. I'm N!
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oooh! I like Route 5. and ORANGE.

I'm IN, too.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:16 PM   #10
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I'm in... even though there is a lot of, "cough" orange
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:15 PM   #11
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We left T Town for a road haul to Roseburg about 6 this morning.



We loaded the bike and headed up the trail about noon. The first section had lots of marbles, but the summit was smooth and fast dirt!!





The summit was about 5400'. While the temp in the valleys was 85, it cooled down up top, and the views were awesome!!






We finished the ride down along the ROGUE RIVER, and are staying at the Prospect Historic Hotel. It was built in 1889, and Teddy Roosevelt and Jack London stayed here while they hunted the area.

110 miles on dirt today.
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What happened to your tried and true steed? The 690 looks sweet! Have fun, wish I was going...the fruit is ripe and I am picking.....will join you guys when the market slows down.....drink a few cold guys for me and roost a few corners!
Through a combination of 32,000 miles, some electrical hiccups and a very busy home and business schedule, I got caught short! (My Poor Planning) The 640 will roll again soon, just not on this ride! I do kind of like this 690. It has a tight suspension, and the power pulls strong and steady from top to bottom!

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:42 AM   #13
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Again, this Prospect homestead was established in 1898 and is a cool place to check out when you are headed for Crater Lake. They have dinner specials every night, and offer several classic suites upstairs. Mentioned in an earlier post, Jack London and other notables have stayed here while hunting. So the room suites are named after those folks. (Roosevelt Suite, London Suite etc...)

The town name Prospect was based on the HOPE that the main Rail Line would come through this town, and continue to the Coast. From what I have read on the subject, a different rail route won out.





I forgot to mention that I jumped a fast moving black bear yesterday. I was on NFS 64 coming around a low creek bed, and there he was already moving quickly away from me. I first thought it was big dog, maybe with a hiker? But a half a second later I recognized the pure black flash of fur, and the long loping gallup of bear. Four strides later he blasted down off of the road bed into the thick brush. Safe!
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:47 PM   #14
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Premium Ethanol Free fuel in Prospect this morning for the bikes.



On the road to Crater Lake, hit some dirt on FS 60. Lead Dog jumped a lot of deer early in the morning. We had two scooters escort us to the top of the ridge, and probably should have had a speeding ticket (Thank you Ranger, for being cool)



The summit of Crater was packed, but worth the ride.





The Lake is 2000' feet deep and 6 miles across. It has only been filled by rain water and snow melt over the years. The Summit is at 7000'.





The 690 had a small radiator leak at the top of Crater, so we tore it apart and put it back together. We decided to ride to the nearest town and Stop the Leak, temporaily!

We blasted dirt and gravel for 100 miles over some high plateau's, 5500' through the Sycan Marsh area. Up to 6500', and it started to get brisk.





Lots of Red Dirt Roads...





As we came down Dairy Creek we ran into the BMW Oregon Women Riders. They were on their second annual women's only ride/campout. Each one of the members brought their own bottle of wine to share. One member brought some home made Blackberry 151 Proof that melted a hole in the dixie cups!



They had bikes ranging from 1997 to 2014, and their riding experiences had taken them further than I will ever go!!! What a great bunch of ladies, it was good to meet you all and good luck on your adventures!!





The temperature was made for riding motorcycles, but the Smokejumpers are not happy with the Hot Weather.





225 miles today.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:41 PM   #15
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We rode South out of Lakeview to the California border, then up into the hills to find the beginning of the OBDR.





Heading North you have to pay close attention to directions. You start out in an old Mining area, still active with claims. They have Hi Grade gold around here!









As soon as you hit the Oregon Border sign, headed North on the trail, you have to be ready to ride. We haven't read anything on Ride Reports about the challenge of this first section?





If you start this ride from the border and ride it North, this first section is a handful... 7 Miles of quad track is advanced riding for the big bikes. Large BMW's and intermediate riders route around, save the pain!

This section is rocky, and tricky for fully loaded machines!



Once you punch through the Rock Gardens, the riding is casual again as you head back towards Lakeview. Enjoy!
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