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Old 06-30-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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Went on two rides, back to back in the past couple weeks or so.


This one is the first 6 days with some Washington friends starting in Fields, OR.


We all trucked our machines and stashed the rigs with permission of the gracious owners.
Started out the day with a healthy breakfast, new tires, fresh bikes and cool temperatures headed for Jarbidge, NV.







We saw some country for sure!

















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Old 06-30-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #3
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:52 PM   #5
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Left to right - Myself (XR650R 6.5 gal tank), Jeremy LeBreton (Husky 650 Terra), Ken (KTM 690 w/ Rotopax aux.), Jim (XR650R 6.5 gal tank), Colin (KTM 525 EXC 6+ gal tank), Tyler (XR650R 4.5 gal tank), Tony (XR650R 6.5 gal tank)






MotoZ Tractionator on my XRR. Gonna give this thing a workout and see if it’ll do both trips.





Rode a few miles of pavement south from Fields to the dirt up into the mountains. The weather is forecast to be warm later in the week but today is pleasingly cool and we make good time until I look back and no dust.


Tony’s XR sounds like it has an exhaust leak but is running fine so we continue to roast dusty tracks upward. (more about that later)





Much of this territory we’ve ridden prior but it has been several years since I’ve done it this direction.





It’s dusty but there’s a breeze.






All of these fellas are fast. They mostly work in the city and still ride a lot, this is a major get-away for all of us and no throttle is spared.






We come up over a rise and stop to chat with a friendly OSP officer enjoying the sub-alpine desert morning before continuing higher.







Always a treat to see flowing water in the mountains along this OR/NV border country. It’s early for us to be seeing these conditions but Nevada didn’t recieve snow like they used to this past winter. This should allow us to take the highest routes to Jarbidge and not worry too much about the water that we will be crossing getting there and back. Plus, a good friend helped us with routing info so we had a plan with some alternatives. I’d never ridden with Tyler or Tony and didn’t know what to expect - Jeremy I have ridden with but not a multi-day unsupported thumper trip. Jim, Colin, Ken and I have several thousand miles together out here and are a tight crew.



Tony -




I took a wrong turn but it was time for a break and everyone is fine with that as we are all getting used to the new luggage and riding with 20+ pounds in fresh tires. A little skatey but we let a little air out and things settle down.










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Old 07-01-2014, 12:48 PM   #13
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Thanks for the positives!

Back on track, we’re headed to McDermitt for fuel and perhaps lunch. Everyone is getting used to the bikes with gear on and we’re moving pretty quick now.





Nice and cool up here in the mountains of eastern Oregon.





Jeremy’s never been to this part of Oregon and his Husky is a very civilized bike for this trip. It was involved in a fairly major crash earlier in the year at ‘Taste of Dakar’ down in Pahrump, NV. He was up late prior to the ride installing a custom Yamaha fork and triple clamp set up - Yamaha front wheel, brake, etc..





Kenny on his well-equiped 690 was not having to navigate - YET!




Easy ride into McD for a break in the shady grass with Jim and Colin.




Tony went for the soft serve. His XRR is still leaking exhaust but no one wants to take that tank off to investigate and it doesn’t seem to be hurting anything.



Tractionator is working great for me so far.




Jim brought some maps, we looked at them and figured we would sort out the ride to Owyhee River as we went along.




I kinda fumbled the departure from McD but we got onto the correct road that took us upwards and out of the desert slowly.




The cows are down near the water as the grass up high is already drying up so we are all reminded that there’s always the possibility of a cow/calf lurking in the sage right next to the road.




Some high clouds creeped across the sky from the west but it didn’t look like much and kept the temperatures comfortable. This ranch was a lonely place, no one around and a fairly steep ramp to exit the interesting valley.

Jim-




Kenny charging the slope. Doesn’t look like much and really isn’t but it was loose and rocky.



Ken got a bad stone re-direct into the sage.




Tyler is a great rider and picked up this XRR for the trip. He was planning on using that one gallon can on the back there as aux fuel but as you can see, the lid popped off somewhere. I was riding behind him and could smell the gas wondering who or what was leaking.





Jeremy coming up







Colin -




Rugged canyon on top.




Ken and Colin brought GPS units and we had a vague idea of what we wanted to route towards plus some borrowed info and recent knowledge of the conditions.





We grumbled along the rocky top country towards the breaks of the Owyhee canyon when it came into view.





These guys ride through water all the time and never seem intimidated by it in the least. I’ve had some ‘aqua experiences’ and am always a bit cautious. Tyler just rolled down there and hit it like nothing.





Cow and pig




Jim and Tony come down to size up the river.




Jim about to enter the ‘deep’ part.




Kenny hits it like a boss

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Old 07-01-2014, 12:53 PM   #14
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