I needed an excuse to ride a long ride. Yes. NEEDED. So, when several ADVers riding the Oregon BackCountry Discovery Route's Route 3 wanted to find a cool way to get home from the center of Oregon, I figured that was just the excuse I needed to take a week in the forest. I started the ride from the North end of Oregon with two others, SuperD on his WR250X with some knobby Shinkos, and pigpen on his XR650R with the tires he talked me into last year, Dunlop's 908RRs. I had run the 908RR rear tire twice, but after several front flats, he convinced me to try the 908RR front, despite it's pavement and high speed compromises. Oh yeah!! I've burned through two of 'em since we rode last September, now on my third, fresh for this ride. They fookin spoiled me with more front traction and stiff sidewalls; I have not had a front flat since, and have learned to trust pushing that front of my heavy 990 into corners like never before. Me likey lots But enough of that.....On to the report !! We decided to meet up at the Skyway Bar & Grill just West of ZigZag, Oregon. SuperD and I got there about 1pm on that Sunday, even knowing pigpen would be late, as he had just returned from Colorado with his son the night before. Two hard ciders, a great Club sammich,.......and an hour long nap in the trees outside later, pigpen arrives, loaded and ready to ride!! We head up past Mt Hood to Frog Lake, where our dirty journey begins It's getting late to get started, so after about two hours of riding, we get close to Frying Pan Lake, on a very old an unused section of the old Abbott Road. This section of old road road is fast dirt-only Dual Sport Heaven, I tell ya !!! It's Whiskey-Thirty now, and time to camp We found an excellent dispersed cowboy camp next to Frying Pan Lake, that looked like it had been camped in for 80+ years, but not overused or abused Whiskey poured over ice, tents set up and homegrown beef fajitas started (in that order ) ...and we see our first vehicle since we hit the dirt. An old Scout II comes by revving high in granny gear, but not before having some high RPM fun of some sort just a 1/8 mile ahead on the road we would see tomorrow morning. Hmmmm. I wonder what that's about? A walk down to the lake after dinner, drink #2 in hand, and we spend a good time down there enjoying the evening without the mosqies this late in the year. Nice first night. What a gorgeous natural forest lake More...... .