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Old 11-05-2012, 08:57 AM   #676
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Day 50: 8/10/12 continued
Near Ukiah, OR to Cranes Crossing CG 222 miles













Again, mostly fast roads.







With the occasional scary sections of thick gravel.















We couldnít remember all the gas stops and didnít have a map,
so we topped off whenever we had the chance.

Unity, Oregon.







The market had changed hands since we were there last.
New sign, new name.






Old sign, old name (2010)
"we fax!"







There was a Harley couple outside the store. On his and her hogs.
The woman was wearing a tee shirt, some stretch jeans and some mule slides.
Mules are slip on shoes like this:






They were talking about how they had been in Idaho this morning.
Holy crap, you rode from Idaho in those?
In your freaking slippers?
It made me shudder.
Lady, when you crash, itís going to mucking hurt.









Ah, back in the dirt.







It was a friday night and there were lots of people camping just outside of Unity.







Most of the campgrounds were pretty full (and loud).







We decided to try and get further away from the herd.







By the time we got here, we werenít seeing anyone.
(actually, we stopped seeing people after the first or second photo)













I. like. big. ruts. and I cannot lie...

They certainly thin the crowds, if nothing else.






So, I kept feeling like the babyís grave was coming up, but it never did.
Maybe that was going to be the next day.



It was starting to get late.
We had done over 200 miles, so we started thinking about finding a camp spot.
It seemed like one of the river crossings was going to be coming up soon.



Sure enough, we started seeing signs for Cranes Crossing.
Thatís the usually the deeper of the two, right, larryboy?



Hey, thereís a Cranes Crossing campground?
Never noticed that before.
It was perfect.







It was just before the crossing, right on the banks of the river.






Oooh.
There was a lot of water and it was moving pretty fast, too.







At least we had a built in cooler for the learning juice!






Oh hai, weíre in our bathing suits (trying not to get swept away).






Cows had obviously been hanging out here - there were giant plops everywhere.
But, humanwise, we had it all to ourselves.
There was a creepy outhouse way up on the hill,
and a nice table.







Wow, again?
I didnít realize what a dinner rut we were in until I started uploading photos...















We hadnít heard anything about a fire ban, but we were careful.
The ground was pretty muddy. Everything around the fire ring was dirt or grass (green).
Afterwards, we drowned the embers with buckets of water.







Norm. taking it one day at a time...







Here we are, mapped on google...we're that green arrow.







Roughly where that A is.







That night, I put the camera on the starry night setting and stuck it outside the tent.
It didnít work very well. The max the Lumix can do is 60 sec.





Oh well. It did capture a little shooting star, though!

Anyway, a fancy camera would have already bitten the dust by now.
I canít have nice things.







Now that my grandfather is getting back to being his usual keen self,
I feel okay about using this one.








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Old 11-05-2012, 12:07 PM   #677
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Thumb Got my morning fix....

of the Wans RR. Still riding along and enjoying it. I need to start planning the OBDR. looks like a fun ride.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #678
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Crazy!

You are really ADVENTURE RIDERs !!!

Great RR, Videos and pics!

Thank you for sharing them with us!

Best greatings from Germany
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #679
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Great Post

Great section guys. I haven't been in any deep ruts, or loose sand...but i know i will make it my favorite.
Hope you are feeling better and glad to hear that grandpa is doing better too.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:00 PM   #680
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Great Ride Report. Your reports are fun and refreshing.

Glad that your Grandfather is doing better and that you are feeling better.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:41 PM   #681
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That cashew Mameshiba made me think of Harlan Pepper.

Can I post a link to the John and Ponch video in the "Thread of Awesome" down in the Basement?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:43 PM   #682
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Can I post a link to the John and Ponch video in the "Thread of Awesome" down in the Basement?
Ummm.
Thank you (I think... that's what your sig says, anyway.)
I'm sure you have good intentions...
but, I prefer that our shit stays out of the basement. Just as a general rule.


I'm sure you can understand why...
Sorry.

thanks for asking first, hobbes.






Thanks also - redog, motorradrudi, Rwelch, and Syntroxis!

You guys are the best! Thanks so much for the well wishes.
Grandad is doing great, he's out of the ICU and back to cracking jokes.



I'm working on a short post for tonight...

see you in a bit.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #683
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No problem. That is why I asked.

It definitely was a compliment. I LOVE that clip.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #684
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Sounds like you may have got your sense of humor from your Grandfather. Glad he is doing better.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #685
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I LOVE that clip.
Haha, we found the theme song online somewhere -
I can't find the exact one now, but there are a bunch out there...
You and your husband should make one of those videos!
They're fun.







Thanks, alcanrider!
Heh, that may or may not be true...
But, here's one of Grandad's favorite jokes
(he tells it slightly different [no Brit slang], but this version is close)













Day 51: 8/11/12
Cranes Crossing to Christmas Valley, OR 263 miles







Once again, the rushing river was the perfect white noise machine, and we slept great.

Started the day with coffee and donuts.







Oh, right.
The crossing.






North Fork
Malheur River







The GoPro was on the wrong setting for the first part of today.
So, no video - just screen shots.
Matt figured it out and fixed it for the second water crossing.








The river was pretty deep.
Well, deeper than it had been July 2010.







Stay loose, stay loose!















Whew. Made it!







Got a nice bike wash.








Looking back at the crossing.








Poor Matt. His feet got pretty wet.
We stopped so he could wring out his socks.






Even with my boots on the pegs, the water soaked about 3 inches of my cuffs.
But, my feet stayed dry.
Thanks, BigWanimal Honey.








These things did surprisingly well - I donít know if theyíre supposed to be waterproof.






The important thing is, the TP stayed dry!
It was wrapped in a plastic bag, luckily.







I wish I could remember what he was laughing about!







We had fun that day. The riding was getting better...





























And, prettier.






You had a bug on you...but, itís gone now.

Land of the Lost has been stuck in my head (I watched part of it when I was sick).









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Old 11-05-2012, 11:32 PM   #686
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There was a Harley couple outside the store. On his and her hogs.
The woman was wearing a tee shirt, some stretch jeans and some mule slides.


Mule slides!?!. I have never been a fan of Harley riders serious lack of apparel, but mule slides? How do you properly shift and not lose your shoes?

Glad your grandfather is better. Love the joke.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:26 AM   #687
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They probably have the heel/toe shifter....

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There was a Harley couple outside the store. On his and her hogs.
The woman was wearing a tee shirt, some stretch jeans and some mule slides.


Mule slides!?!. I have never been a fan of Harley riders serious lack of apparel, but mule slides? How do you properly shift and not lose your shoes?

Glad your grandfather is better. Love the joke.
either way...
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:52 AM   #688
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Yup, Crane is wide and not very deep, Malheur is the deep one and the baby is buried south of Seneca.
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Hi jadedillusion, redog.


Yeah, I don't really get the Harley outfits, either.
Actually, the Mule-shod woman thought I was insane for wearing so much gear.

"Aren't you hot?"



and then when I said I don't mind being hot, I'd rather have protection for crashes...

She said, wide-eyed, "You guys crash??"

Um. Yeah. All the time.


She said, "Honey, if he crashes all the time I don't think you should ride with him any more!!"



Haha. We're from two different worlds, lady.
Two completely different worlds...







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Yup, Crane is wide and not very deep, Malheur is the deep one and the baby is buried south of Seneca.
Huh. I think Crane was deeper for us, unless I have them confused.

Well, I'll just post what I have and let you guys figure it out.









Day 51: 8/11/12 continued
Cranes Crossing to Christmas Valley, OR 263 miles







Right about here, I remembered that I wanted to try and leave a safety cone back at Cranes Crossing.
Gah! Totally forgot.
Oh well. I donít think there was a good place anyway.
Maybe at the Malheur Ford.







Also, I forgot to show you this friendly bug.
He lives back the Cranes Crossing campground.
Hello, Grasshopper
















Ok, back to the trail...
Blocked road. There was an easy go around.




























This definitely isnít right.
Dammit, Norm.








But Matt realized that he was zoomed out too far.
It looked like we were on track, but we were just slightly off.
We had turned too early.







Back the way we came.







Thereís the right road...







It was a little less interesting.















So, these white butterflies were everywhere in the Malheur Forest.
It was crazy. At first we thought it was ash floating through the air...
They kept landing on us, so Matt thought it would be funny to get one for a salute.
We wasted a bunch of time on it, at a number of different stops.







I have at least a dozen of these pics, so hereís another one.
FYYFF!





I did a little reading about these butterflies -
This is the Pine Butterfly Neophasia menapia



Apparently theyíve been having a population explosion in the area (for the last 3 years),
but after this little burst, they will probably disappear for another 20-30 years.


Theyíre found in the Pacific Northwest and are an aggressive defoliator.
I think the OPB link said they ate needles off 250,000 acres of trees.
It didnít sound like the butterflies themselves harm the trees,
but they do leave the trees vulnerable to other pests and disease.


Hereís a little video about Pine Butterflies in the Malheur Forest,
from Oregon Public Broadcasting.







I guess we were lucky to see them during the ďsnowstorm in augustĒ phase.
It sounds like itís a pretty rare event.

More butterfly info here.





Here we are, at the second crossing.
Malheur Ford.







Some of you might remember our rare bigfoot sighting from the summer of stupid.






Or, the great Nipple-out of 2010.







I had considered leaving a safety cone here, but there were too many campers.
There were tents and some trailers around and people hanging out.
I wanted this cone to go to an ADV inmate, so the Malheur Ford was out.


Some of you might notice that the rocks on the left were new.
Maybe to make it deeper for swimming or fishing?
I couldnít really tell.






Short video of our crossing.
I left it a little long, so you can see more of the river and the road...
it's still only about a minute.





This crossing was no sweat.
Well, other than turning to the right instead of the left...




















We skipped a couple of the other lookouts on the OBDR, but Frazier is hard to miss.














It seemed like a great place to leave the safety cone.






I know I mentioned this stuff earlier, but all thatís buried now.




So, get to the lookout and find the picnic table.
Sit where Matt is and look over there ------>







Itís pretty hard to miss those dead trees/stumps.







The one you want is pretty tall. Six or 7 feet high.
Cone bundle is up there on top (in a ziplock bag, with a rock for a weight).







Hmmm. Maybe even taller than that.
The shorties are going to need help reaching!




Sorry, I didnít realize this one was so height-ist.

Jump! Jump! Jump!





I havenít heard anything about this cone, so I think itís still out there.
Probably too late now.
I assume itís lost to the forest now.
Most likely shredded up in a squirrelís nest or something.




A couple more trail pics...













And, Iíll leave you guys here.





I know it's best to avoid politics on ADV,
but I thought this cartoon was funny...










I always vote, though. Haven't missed an election yet.





Hope you (American) guys exercised your right, too.


OK, that's it - that's all we'll say about politics here...










have some scary kewpies instead.





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Old 11-07-2012, 02:46 PM   #690
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Better late than never!

I know I'm late to the party with this RR, but I just caught up in one sitting!

This is one of the most engaging and well written RRs ever! I look forward to the rest.
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