2nd Annual Eastern Oregon May Tour

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by pHelix, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    Four days and three nights of riding and camping fun, May 18 thu 21. Here's the planned route.

    What I have in mind (subject to whimsy):

    • Friday, May 18: Depart Springtucky at a "reasonable" time in the AM. That would be after breakfast and/or hangover cures.:freakyStop in Lakeview for fuel and provisions, then head to Hart Mountain hot Springs for the night.
    • Saturday: Ride to Fields for lunch, tool around on the Alvord playa :wink:, spend the night at Whitehorse Hot Springs.
    • Sunday: Ride to Jordan Valley for fuel and lunch, then north to Leslie Gulch. Stay at the campgground at the mouth of Leslie Gulch or at Succor Creek.
    • Monday, skedaddle home. :norton
    Any and all are welcome. Plan on bringing some firewood if you can. More details as they become available...
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  2. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #94

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    I got the time off - IN!:clap

    Prolly ride my own race Friday and hook up with y'all in Lakeview or at the Blue Sky Hotel (bonus points for those that know where that is):deal
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  3. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    In for Friday Saturday Sunday with me heading to Crystal Crane on Saturday via the Fields-Steens loop . :clap
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  4. Superpacman13

    Superpacman13 Been here awhile

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    This looks mostly paved, is that the case?
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  5. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    @ 40 miles of the best gravel ever coming out of Hart Mountain plus N of Fields to the Steens is groomed gravel.
    Here's coming out of Hart Mountain. Woohoo what a great ride!. :clap
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  6. pHelix

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    Mostly paved, yes, but three 50+ mile stretches of good gravel.:deal
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  7. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    I know where it's ashes are...:huh
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  8. Superpacman13

    Superpacman13 Been here awhile

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    I am not sure if my bike can keep up with the big bimmers. What say you all?
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  9. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    Easy-Z kept up with us just fine on his Wee Strom last year. RideAbout mentioned the possibility of joining us on his KLR. It's up to you... :D
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  10. oldmonkeybut

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    Depends.........:D

    Was that you on the Motarded KTM on 19th and Jefferson this afternoon? If you knew what we were doing under the street you wouldn't have been setting there :eek1
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    Superpacman13 Been here awhile

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    Ah, something tells me I don't want to know. To be fair it didn't look like you guys were under the street. So,yes that was me.
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    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    We had just located a mismarked gas line with the excavator. We were waiting for the gas company when you went by.
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  13. peterman

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    I might ride ahead and just wait for yous there,,ain't a more lovely place on the planet,,well, there are some in Idaho,,but ,,HELL YEAH!

    [edit] to include derogatory comments regarding the mosquito swarms at certain bubbling, heated water, natural "slow cook your eggs if you take them swimming with you" venues.

    I don't know what to say,,,
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  14. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    So far, my experience of eastern oregon in May has been relatively mosquito-free. At any rate, I haven't seen any big enough to carry you off... ...yet.:eek1

    :lol3
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  15. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    A really good idea for those who plan to attend -if you have no regular access to firewood-is to buy a bundle NOW and bring it with you. We had a feck of a time finding it in Lakeview last year...
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  16. oremike

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    The offer I made last year still stands, you all are welcome to grab an arm load or two of firewood on your way out of town.
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    linkweewee tantum quantum

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  18. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    I'll see what I can do to join on some of this. No promises. :cry

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  19. elk311

    elk311 Been here awhile

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    I'd love to go, must get permission from the boss (a.k.a. Wife) :evil

    What are the max distances between fuel stops? I just rejetted along with exhaust and airbox upgrades so I'm still figuring out what my range is but I was at 200-230 before.

    Looks like amazing country and I was just checking that area last night with my Gazetteer.
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  20. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    I can't say for sure. 200 miles would be where my comfort zone is. I know I can go further on a tank, but I've never worked it out exactly. Take a close look at the route linked in my first post. That should give you an idea.

    You can see more pictures from last year's tour here.
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