Adventure This: Three Days in the Oregon Backcountry!

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  1. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Ten motorcycles and a two man chase crew descend on the tiny hamlet of Prineville for a three day, 450 mile off road adventure. Plan is to meander in a big loop and ride parts of the Millican and East Fort Rock trail system, see geological features like Hole in the Ground, Fort Rock, Crack in the Ground and the Paisley Caves, and find out who’s man enough to down a 30 oz steak and all the trimmings. Good times, new friends, adventure and some of the best off-road riding in the world!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    It’s Thursday night and we all meet for dinner and drinks.<o:p></o:p>
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    An international affair, visiting from the great white north is the Canadian team <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">Joe</st1:personName> on the left and Pat in the middle. The lone Yankee is Red on the right from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Carl</st1:personName>sborg</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">WA</st1:State></st1:place> on the Olympic Peninsula.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Team Roper (not the rodeo kind), a son-in-law, father, and son team. Aaron on the left flew in from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Denver</st1:place></st1:City>. Mick in the middle from <st1:City w:st="on">Vancouver</st1:City>, B.C. (by way of <st1:State w:st="on">Nevada</st1:State>) and his son <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Reno</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Chase truck extraordinaire <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> from <st1:City w:st="on">Vancouver</st1:City> <st1:State w:st="on">WA</st1:State> on the left and wild-man-undercover <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Portland</st1:place></st1:City> on the right.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName>, sweep rider from Prineville, on the right visiting with Red.<o:p></o:p>
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    And me, from Prineville, in a file photo from Baja.<o:p></o:p>
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    Hang on! More to follow…<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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  3. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    IN!!!:clap
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  4. old-school

    old-school Adventurer

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  5. GB

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    Thanks for the intro :thumb

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  6. monrcar

    monrcar Been here awhile

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    Saddle up!

    I see Dillon's still the send off... That looks like a rough and tumble bunch... they could've handled the shoe and a little Mo..

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  7. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    I couldn't reveal all the cards on their first trip to the high desert! :wink:
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  8. west250

    west250 Been here awhile

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    Was she supposed to be on the trip too? I would imagine that she would have to be the rabbit cause if she was the sweeper we'd all be going slow!:evil
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  9. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Don't you mean backwards?

    Saving her for next time you visit! :wink:
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  10. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    DAY 1 – Prineville to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    7 am we meet at the staging area with the goal of kickstands up at 8 am. Some of the guys are there and ready at 7:01. Some (not naming names <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> and <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName>) decided to take the scenic route to the staging area by way of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Redmond</st1:City></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s not-naming-names <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName>.<o:p></o:p>
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    And <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> warming up the 450X.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Joe</st1:personName> and Pat from the great white north. <st1:personName w:st="on">Joe</st1:personName> “Canadian Club” was the only one to earn a nickname on the trip which is unusual. Not exactly sure how he earned it but perhaps some of the other riders will chime in and provide that info.<o:p></o:p>
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    Getting ready…<o:p></o:p>
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    Lining up the bikes for a group pic.<o:p></o:p>
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    As you can see the soil is perrrrrrfect. It had rained HARD the last couple days and I was watching the forecast on an hourly basis. The rain did not let up until this morning as we drove to the staging area. But the weather broke and was warming up nicely. Couldn’t have asked for a better combination: nice tacky soil (no dust), clear skies and cool air.<o:p></o:p>
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    We have a little group huddle, ask for a blessing on the trip and we are off! <o:p></o:p>
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    Kickstands were up just after 8. At 8:30 we are 7 miles down the trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    More to follow…MUCH more!<o:p></o:p>
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  11. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Super great morning. Crisp clean air. No dust. Great riding group! Perfect conditions!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Up on top of a little power line hill. Waiting to catch some action shots.<o:p></o:p>
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    Pat from the GWN.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> getting a tad frisky.<o:p></o:p>
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    Good air shot of “Airon” with bro in law <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> right there to pick the pieces if necessary.<o:p></o:p>
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    Mick from <st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region> by way of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Reno</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Red from the Olympic <st1:place w:st="on">Peninsula</st1:place>…on the KLR…red, of course.<o:p></o:p>
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    And Bootleg <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> bringing up the rear.<o:p></o:p>
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    More to follow…uploading videos…<o:p></o:p>
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  12. KTM_Dave

    KTM_Dave n00b

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    This ride was tooo much fun! Can't wait till the Silver Lake pics!!
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  13. KTM_Dave

    KTM_Dave n00b

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    G- I'll send you a couple of vid's - I'm in the middle of editing. One of 'em is pretty funny....thot the helmet cam was off when I was taking a leak...!
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  14. Struc3

    Struc3 talk less, ride more

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    Pretty funny? I would have at least used a word like "impressive".

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  15. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    One of my favorite places is on top of the Cinder Cone. There’s a spectacular view of the Cascades and 7 peaks including Bachelor, Broken Top, the Three Sisters, Washington and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">Jeff</st1:personName>erson. Here’s the fun trail to the top.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    This is where we came from.<o:p></o:p>
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    This is a fun trail. A little steeper and rockier than it looks but isn’t that always the case?<o:p></o:p>
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    A couple short vids…<o:p></o:p>
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    Pat and <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName><o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>…and Red’s crash! Red was okay but it took awhile to right the beastly KLR! :eek1 <o:p></o:p>
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    Red had crafted a nif<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> tool holder out of PVC pipe that was strategically placed on the lower frame right in front of the skid plate. While cleaning up the carnage from his get off we found out that lava rock really is harder than plastic and his tools were scattered somewhere earlier on the Cinder Cone rock fest trail. Fortunately we will be back in the general area in a few days and will see if we can recover his tools. <o:p></o:p>
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    Once we all got to the top we didn’t spend much time taking pictures. Here’s one from a prior trip.<o:p></o:p>
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  16. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Continuing south we roll off the Cinder Cone. Conditions are epic! :clap <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Following the power line trail over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Pine</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    After dropping down off of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Pine</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeType></st1:place> we continue south through the pucker brush for a few miles until we climb into the East Fort Rock OHV trail system. Super fun twis<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> trails, tacky soil and cool temps!<o:p></o:p>
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    One of the Canadian guys offered around moose jerky (of course). I was skeptical but it was gooooood! Red and <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> liked too.<o:p></o:p>
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    We continue south through East Fort Rock. Great mix of twis<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> trails and logging roads. Heading toward Hole in the Ground and lunch in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Getting closer to Hole in the Ground the terrain begins to turn more desert like as we reach the edge of the pines. The camera doesn’t do it justice but the bark on the pine trees almost appears illuminated by the sun. Something else to see!<o:p></o:p>
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  17. west250

    west250 Been here awhile

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    Great pics Greg! The trails through this OHV park made me giggle like a little girl (tee hee hee!) =]
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  18. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Hole in the Ground is a volcanic “marr” crater that sits on the edge of what used to be a massive ocean. One of the interesting aspects is that it sits within only a few miles of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName>, a similar crater, yet <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> was created in the ancient ocean. Pics of that soon.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Hole in the Ground and a short panoramic video.<o:p></o:p>
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    Just for fun Pat and <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> take a run up the hill, the hard way out. Firm moist soil made the climb doable.<o:p></o:p>
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    We exit the crater and head east toward <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>. Here are a couple pics looking east from on top of Hole in the Ground.<o:p></o:p>
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    The chase truck meets up with us a few miles away from Hole in the Ground. <o:p></o:p>
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    A few miles later we are at the base of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>. Quite a structure created about the same time as Hole in the Ground but in the middle of an ocean. Favorite pic spot.<o:p></o:p>
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    We motor on in to the Fort Rock Pub. They have one of the best home made hamburgers you will find.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next: <st1:placeName w:st="on">Derrick</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Cave</st1:placeName>, <st1:placeName w:st="on">Green</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeType> and a cruise on into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>…<o:p></o:p>
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  19. XPLORZ

    XPLORZ Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    312
    Location:
    Battle Ground, WA
    :thumb Great report!


    :lurk Waitin for more...........
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  20. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,147
    Location:
    Sunny Central Oregon
    Time to get moving after lunch…some of us, including me, would be in nap mode soon if we sat too long!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Leaving <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> we ventured north a ways on fun old two track that follows the edge of Devil’s Garden. Making a stop at Derrick’s Cave and <st1:placeName w:st="on">Green</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeType> before heading into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> for the night. Feels like <st1:personName w:st="on">John</st1:personName> Wayne could be around any corner.<o:p></o:p>
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    While waiting for the riders to regroup I spot this in the distance.<o:p></o:p>
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    Closer view.<o:p></o:p>
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    An old lava tube obviously but had enough time waiting there to wonder where it went and how many people over the years have explored it and maybe even used it for shelter.<o:p></o:p>
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    Continuing on toward Derrick’s Cave. Love these old roads!<o:p></o:p>
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    Rolling into Derrick’s Cave.<o:p></o:p>
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    One of the small caves in the area. My first visit I was disappointed as I thought this was Derrick’s Cave.<o:p></o:p>
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    While the rest of us looked at it (tiredly) <st1:personName w:st="on">Joe</st1:personName> enthusiastically climbed in.<o:p></o:p>
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    This is Derrick’s Cave.<o:p></o:p>
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    And the other side. <st1:personName w:st="on">Joe</st1:personName> exploring the civil defense bunker.<o:p></o:p>
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    Looking down into Derrick’s Cave.<o:p></o:p>
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    And back out at the guys.<o:p></o:p>
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    Interesting conversations with Mick, a geologist, about land formation, time and all that sort of thing that forces your mind to stretch beyond here and now.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next, Green Mountain and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>…<o:p></o:p>
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