Can You Really Go Home Again? (Part 1)

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by ORexpat, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. LittlePosum

    LittlePosum Scrappy Marsupial

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    There lots of desert ground to cover out here in Oregon. Great home coming ride report, welcome back! :clap Perfect riding weather too. I love this place. :clap
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  2. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Thanks, Denis. You don't do so badly yourself!! You and any of your bikes--the KLR, the KTM, and any 250 Yamaha you pick up would love this country. And there's lots of Harley guys too!

    I've still got to write up Sunday's return trip. The weather was fantastic--got to see all the Cascades--The Sisters again, Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Jefferson, Hood, St. Helens, and Adams. Rainier also close to home, but didn't take pictures in freeway traffic!

    Also have some more trips planned, including a Beemer rally in my home town in June. And one in the Sawtooths where I used to work for Outward Bound, back in the day.
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  3. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Thanks for the compliments, Doug. I grew up in a small town not far from Prineville and the Oregon desert was never far away. I never realized how amazing some arid places can be until I moved away. Not sure I'd like to live near Fort Rock or in Christmas Valley, but I love to visit and camp in those wide open spaces. There's something really special about deserts; Edward Abbey captured it well in Desert Solitaire.

    Yeah, Crack in the Ground is a funny name, especially with modern connotations . . . or a good dirty mind! But it's sure an apt description!
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  4. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    You guys afraid? Ha!

    But I sure was impressed by your riding. I'll hopefully get better at some of the jeep trails, but what I really want to improve is fast gravel riding . . . y'all were haulin' ass!
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  5. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Me too. All this in your backyard . . . although eastern Oregon knows how to do winter sometimes . . . Anyone who doesn't know the term "gumbo" just needs to ride in the desert after a rain or a snow melt . . . . :eek1

    I'll get back there . . . RockyRoad's been talking about southeastern Oregon . . . . :ear
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  6. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    That's a good place to practice. :D

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  7. Mr Dual Sport

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    There's some REALLY fast riding out that way!:evil:wink:
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  8. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Sunday morning. Easter.

    The night wasn’t as cold as Friday, no frost. Wake up, off to the head (old guy habit, sorry . . . ).

    Another stunning sunny day, not a cloud in the sky above the canyon. Perfect Easter morning. I could have been in church, maybe I should have been there. But I was camped by the Crooked River and glad of it. As fine a place to spend an Easter dawn as I’ve ever seen.

    Highlighting the hills to the north; you can see Oregon 27 just above the far treeline.

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    A different way to look at it. I need to explore black and white photography more. That's what I was into in college; why not go back to that, too?


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    Dawn touching the hills to the south.


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    Sun creeping down the rock wall opposite camp.


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    And the rising sun reaches the camp. Easter sunrise on the Crooked River. Halleluiah!

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    A lazy breakfast around the campfire gave a last chance to catch a whiff of juniper smoke before leaving for home.

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    Perhaps back to sleep?


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    Packing, I didn’t realize I’d shared my tent space; off to the sage with you, my out-of -focus friend!

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    After more ethanol-free gas in Prineville, I rode back north on US 97 and 197. No rain today, the mountains were out in all their splendor.


    Jefferson. I hope at least, I climbed it several times back in the dark ages of my college youth.

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    I couldn’t resist taking multiple shots with the LCC as I rode. Heading towards Madras.


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    Mt Hood

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    Mt St Helens is the stubby snow covered peak in the center that looks like it’s lost it’s top—because it has; the shoulder of Mt Adams is at the right edge. I’m not very good at 60 mph photography . . . .


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    Both SweetBird and I climbed St Helens years before it erupted. We were stationed at Whidbey Island when the erution happened. I was on an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean when I heard about it. SweetBird on the other hand actually heard it. Even closer to home, she knew a photographer in college who was on the mountain when it blew; he died.


    When I came back from cruise I drove to see my Mom in eastern Oregon and stopped near Yakima to collect some volcanic ash from the side of the road. I still have it; gray ash in a small jar on a bookshelf in remembrance of the people and the mountain.


    Instead of riding west on I-84 this time, I crossed the Columbia at The Dalles and turned left on Washington 14 which travels the north bank. Another road I’d never been on; two lane, small towns, incredible scenery.


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    Mt Hood again, from the northeast.


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    A rest stop along Washington 14 provided a chance to use the better camera. This sign talks a bit about the complicated geology that underlies the Gorge, central, and eastern Oregon and Washington.


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    Looking back east up the Columbia.


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    Looking west. There were many riders out for a day ride on this warm afternoon. She was on an F800ST, her boyfriend was on a Blackbird. We had a nice conversation. He'd owned mostly BMW's; his family was of German heritage and he talked about how he'd "broken the mold" by buying a Honda CBR1100XX.


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    And then . . . then, I just rode home. No more photos. Tired. Up I-5, over Tacoma Narrows bridge on 16, then 3 to Casa del Expat.

    About 1300 miles for the trip; 400 each way to camp and about 250 each day of riding in eastern Oregon. Wonderful weather, some fast and some challenging riding. Met some good people,


    It was a fine way to begin my re-acquaintance with home . . . . There will be more ride, more places that touch the past.
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  9. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Awesome, Dan!

    Thanks for sharing a slice of your beautiful space out there.
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  10. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    so Wayne know you stole Cato? :lol3

    Looks like a great trip D, don't know if any of that group is part of the Portland ADV crew, I met up with them for happy hour 2 yrs ago while there on business and top notch folks (like all us here :D), and where I first met the infamous Radioman.
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  11. MortimerSickle

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    You mean this bunch of losers? :freaky

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  12. Porcupine224

    Porcupine224 Been here awhile

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    Poor Dan,

    All of his childhood dreams shattered,

    nowhere to ride, I mean Nowhere!!!!

    and he has fallen in with another crowd of Losers.

    Obvioulsy the new start hasn't panned out.

    Poor Dan.

    You better keep sending these reports, (staged, I"m sure)

    This is a pitiful cry for attention.

    We better send a team out there to rescue you.

    Volunteers?
    Come on....Its for Dan!!!!

    Bravo
    Ed
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  13. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Methinks an entirely different crew here . . . and looks pretty interesting too.! :D

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  14. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Well, until y'all can come rescue me, I'll just have to keep ridin' around and looking hard for interesting things to see. :1drink



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  15. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Naw, one of Apple Jam and MustangShelly's dogs. Really sweet Goldens.

    Honest, Wayne, I didn't steal your dog . . . . but these two were sure nice to be around!
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  16. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    No problem; plus I'm willing to share . . . . :deal



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  17. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    You are correct, they (we) are definitely different. :D
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  18. Apple Jam

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    Lexie!! You sweet little slut!
    She'll take it wherever she can get it.

    Very nice to meet you, Dan :freaky
    But you can keep the Single Malt. Cheap whiskey ROCKS!!

    There was a big part of me that wanted to go with you all on the Big Bike Rides,
    but a bigger part that just wanted to be lazy with my wife and dogs on that fine weekend by that fine river.

    There's another killer high-speed gravel practice road very near the Wallowa Valley / Hells Canyon ADV event this coming June:
    Zumwalt Rd (pronounced by some of us as "ZOOOOMWALT Rd"

    There's nothing like going home again :wink:
    See you next year? Hauling ass on gravel this time.
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  19. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I've heard of that road.

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  20. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Looks nice!
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