I needed to go from The Dalles OR to Zillah WA. I make this trip twice a week by slabbing it, this time though I wanted to be a little more creative. I decided I'd take The Dalles Mt. road to Goldendale (a road I've taken many times) than Cedar Valley Rd to BIA Rd 292. It looked easy and it was only an inch on the map, (ha, ha). It was a nice easy blacktop road to Cedar Valley. I passed some old homesteads and stopped to see the AJ Bolan monument. Cedar Valley was rough but doable. At the top of Satus ridge I found this vacant building. I think it was a guard house that the Indians used at one time as this was the entrance to the reservation. I made a right on 292 and began my ride to highway 97. This is were things got interesting. The road deteriorated rapidly, I ended up dropping the bike several times on the baby head sized rocks. I knew I was close to 97 so I pressed on hoping and praying I wouldn't have to back track on that road. I think I made it to Simcoe Mt as my GPS said I was over 5,500 feet. Then things got worst. I was next to a snow field and the melt off made the road impassable. I KNEW I was really close to the slab so I pressed on. I made it another mile or so until I got so stuck it took over an hour to get the bike turned around. I was soaked with sweat. I had no choice but to turn around. I made it out without dropping it. I stopped at the AJ Bolon monument again to rest (I'm 73 you know). The marker stone said that Bolon was killed by Indians 4 1/2 miles from their, since I was so close I plugged that into the GPS and went looking for his grave. That road proved to be a bitch also but I made it. I never found his grave but I did find these old buildings. I'll try this route again later but next time I'll start at Ski Lodge road on Satus pass and see if I can make it to Goldendale.