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Old 06-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally-A tale of two years

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In 2011 the organizers of the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally in Baker City Oregon mapped out an off pavement ride.
Since we had ridden most of the wonderful paved roads in the area, we decided to take the road less traveled.
From Baker to Richland where we hit the gravel highway called Snake River Road. My buddy took his RT.

By ratfink at 2012-06-14
I took my VStrom.

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We took some side roads:

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Back on Snake River road to Huntington, a once thriving Railroad town, Howell's
cafe is fantastic. There was also a gas station which we didn't need that year.

By ratfink at 2012-06-14
From Huntington we headed to Malheur reservior.
The road was mostly hardpan dirt, heavily rutted with talcum powder dust in the ruts.
Not bad on the Strom but a handful for the RT. Storm clouds were gathering and we
wanted out before the road turned to gumbo, so not many pics.

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We figured some hippies didn't make it all the way to the Ken Kesey shrine:

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We returned this year with a Husky 610 motard and a DRZ 400s to hit more side roads,
more pics, later:

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So, back to the scene of the crime:

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In Oregon the "Basic Rule" applies. Speed must be reasonable and prudent for prevailing
conditions. Evidently you're supposed to slow down when you're on a gravel road.

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Primitive Road?

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Gold Rush?

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Knobbly tires =little splash:

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Motard tires=big splash:

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Back for lunch at Howell's Cafe in Huntington, real ham & turkey with no air bubbles in it
and lots of chopped egg in the potato salad, just like Mom used to make:

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Back to town for the Bike show:

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And dinner at the Gieser Grand Hotel. Linen and crystal and handcrafted microwbrew in plastic cups:

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