Eastern Oregon Tour V3.0

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by pHelix, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Good stuff Scott.
    Looks like you guys had a great time. Even if the weather was a little wet. That's just Oregon ridding. :thumb
  2. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    We went to Seneca this weekend. Forking balls cold, 34F and fog over Ukiah... then it pissed rain on us all the way home sunday but at least it didn't snow! Looks like you guys had a great ride despite the weather.

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  3. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    Welcome to springtime in Oregon.......How were the Oysters?
  4. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    Excellent! It rained a little and the line got a lot shorter as all the "wild hogs" burned rubber to safety lol.
  5. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    A week late, but here it is...

    It took me a while to wrap my head around the concept of doing such a long trip on a DRZ. I was prepared for it to be an ordeal. Far from it – the little bike performed amazingly well and it was surprisingly comfortable. Unfortunately, with all the weight on the back, the light front end made it a bit squirrely at times.

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    For Kris, this was a bit of a shakedown cruise for his new-to-him KLR. We definitely discovered some issues…

    We got a bit of a late start Thursday morning and I missed a turn on the way to Camp Sherman, so we were late getting to Madras. Although the ride had been through showers all the way up the McKenzie, it was dry and warm in Madras. Off came the rain gear. Big mistake. On the way up towards Ashwood, we hit what we thought would be a brief shower. Turned out to be a steady rain. The road had turned to a mud that, while it stuck fast to everything – boots, tires, chains, etc – it was slippery as snot. Wish I'd taken a picture of the way the mud built up on Kris' bike, bogging him down in the process, but with the rain and mud, few pictures were taken...

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    Riding in it was like riding on a skating rink on good dual sport tires. For Kris on more street-oriented tires, which were closer to balding than we thought, it was a nightmare. Poor guy dropped it three times and did some damage in the process. He also nearly burned out his clutch. We tried heading towards Prineville, but that road was worse than the Ashwood road. We finally threw in the towel and headed back to Madras where we took a motel room to dry out and regroup.

    Friday, we decided to make up for lost time and stuck mainly to pavement. We jammed out 26 to Prineville where we hopped on the Prineville-Izee Road. What a treat on a beautiful day.

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    At Izee we turned off on the Izee-Burns road. Wanting to get to Hart Mountain for the night, we stayed with the highway to Burns. As I was standing outside the grocery store in Burns around 2:30, I saw three big ADV-type bikes, one of which was orange, at a gas station across the street. Could this be the Plan A contingent? Couldn’t get their attention and couldn’t tell which way they were headed other than it wasn’t west…

    We buzzed down 205 to Frenchglen and then west on Rock Creek to Hart Mtn Hot Spring. Had a nice soak in the springs after setting up camp, and at last feeling pretty darned relaxed.

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    After another COLD! night (check the frost on Kris’ bike), we eventually saddled up and headed down to Plush and then north on Hogback Rd.

    At the junction at 395 we conferred briefly, looked at the black clouds hovering to the west and north of us, considered the condition of Kris’ clutch and rear tire, and elected to skip Fandango Canyon this trip. A very un-fun highway march north on 395 and then west on Christmas Valley road, into the wind and through the occasional rain shower, ensued.

    Lunch and fuel in Christmas Lake left us feeling full and content so we headed up to Crack in the Ground for a quick look-see and then on to Green Mnt lookout. The campground was deserted except for this one guy on his own with this very cool little rig.

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    We set up camp quickly, thinking of the possibility of impending rain showers, but they seemed to avoid us now. All around us clouds and showers, beautiful views, and we stayed dry.

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    Sunday, we made a short stop at Fort Rock and then via some very back roads to Hole in the Ground. Looking back to Fort Rock from Hole in the Ground:

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    Rain showers again chased us and, looking west into the face of a gully-washer, we again elected to stick to pavement for the remainder of the ride home.

    All in all, while it wasn't the trip I'd originally planned, and issues with Kris' bike caused us to stick to pavement more than I would have liked, we had a blast. That DRZ is a hoot and I'm happier than ever to have it.

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  6. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Ah too bad, I bet that was us - Doug's KTM is Orange. We stopped at that South side Shell on the way outta town. What you didn't know is that we were 30 minutes from ending our day at Crane Hot Springs. You missed out! Next year hopefully we can have one group, 1 more day, and less rain.
  7. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Great report V-Duck
    looks like you guys had a blast. Thanks for all the photos. makes me want to go,,,,,,,NOW!!!!!:(: Maybe soon.
    Remember it's not the destination that makes it an adventure. It's all the cool stuff, mishaps and surprises along the way.
  8. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    Told Ya !!!

    Glad you had fun and made the best of what turned out to be a crappy weather weekend.

    Maybe this fall we can recreate this route with drier sky's.
  9. Apple Jam

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    Yep,....Told Ya !!!.......

    Very glad the Big bikes made it through there before the rain,
    .... sorry to hear that it sucked for the two-a-yous.

    And sorry that I missed this trip. Except for the rain part. I'm a rain-puss. Love to stealth camp, but if soaked to the bone like that.....the Visa card is coming out for that Motel Room, just like you guys. Packing up wet just sucks.

    Very glad to hear the rest of the trip was fun, and looking forward to round 4 next year :freaky
  10. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    I think there oughta be a version 3.5 Autumn edition :deal
  11. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    And I think early September is an ideal time. :thumb

    Unfortunately, I'm unavailable between 9/7 and 9/22/13...:cry


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  12. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    You'd just slow us down anyway.....




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    Thanks for the report, would have loved to tag along.
  13. tblume

    tblume Long timer

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  14. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #95

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    Sooo......... September 27-29 it is!!!


    IN!!


    Thank you Kevin for setting this one up! :wink:
  15. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #95

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    Hmmm - drew a deer tag this year, which opens on the 28th... Maybe camp & ride in early Oct..?


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