I left town by the railroad tracks..

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  1. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Solo on the Oregon Backcountry Disco-nnect and beyond.





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    This report may be odd at times, use photos twice, ramble incoherently, prod, question, explore, feel...Wanna go for a ride?


    Try and bear (<< a little graphic so I linked it) with me and find out first hand what it's like to be me.
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Do you ever feel like you're alone?
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    Do you ever wish you'd be alone?
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    I could say that I have..
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    Do you ever feel things here aren't right?
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    And do you ever feel the time slip by?
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    I can say that I have..



    Do you ever lay awake at night?
    Do you ever tell yourself don't try?
    Don't try to let yourself down
    And do you ever take a chance, my friend?
    Because you know that I will..
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    So hear this please
    Watch as your heart speeds up endlessly
    And look for the stars as the sun goes down
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    Each breath that YOU take has a thunderous sound
    Just sit back and hold on, but hold on tight
    Prepare for the best and the fastest ride


    And reach out your hand, and I'll make you mine
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  3. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Larryboy, MOST IMPRESSIVE PICS SIR. Amazing

    Post more Post more !!! :clap :clap :clap :clap
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  4. GB

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    Very nice indeed :thumb

    Thanks for posting.
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  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks, fellas!! Much, much more to come..I have barely scratched the surface of day 1.
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  6. yater

    yater Long timer

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    Nice so far.....who's the babe?
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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I left work at midnight with the Husky weighing in at 660 pounds full of fuel, food, gear and myself.

    I took off to the east from Sacramento with Walla Walla as a distant goal. I rode east out towards Foresthill where I encountered the bear, he and I missed meeting by about 20 minutes. His death made my life feel a little more meaningful.

    I've been waiting a long time
    for this moment to come
    I'm destined for anything at all
    Downtown lights will be shining
    On me like a new diamond
    Ring out under the midnight hour
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    No one can touch me now
    And I can't turn my back
    It's too late, ready or not at all
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    Well I'm so much closer than
    I have ever known
    Wake up
    Dawning of a new era
    Calling... don't let it catch ya falling
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    Ready or not at all
    So close enough to taste it
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    Almost... I can embrace this
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    Feeling...on the tip of my tongue
    Well I'm so much closer than
    I have ever known...
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    Wake up
    Better thank your lucky stars
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    I've been waiting a lifetime
    For this moment to come
    I'm destined for anything at all
    Dumbstruck
    Color me stupid
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    Good luck
    You're gonna need it
    Where I'm going if I get there at all
    Wake uuuuuuuuuup
    Better thank your lucky stars
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  9. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks. My 15 year old daughter..feel the time slip by?
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    The first few hours of my trip just about ended me.

    Soda Springs Road was great as always.
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    The gate was open at the old snow tunnels on Donner.
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    The evil box named Zumo beckoned.
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    I had gone over many maps and gps views and determined that there was a road that would get me to the east side of Donner Lake without ripping though any back yards. There was about a 2 mile stretch where I would need to ride the active Southern Pacific right-of-way.

    Let's talk about an article I read in National Geographics' Adventure magazine..entertain me for a minute here. The author had written about getting ourselves into life threatening situations without really knowing that we had done it..due to like conditions to experiences past. He gave an example of himself hunting for relics in ghost towns. You see, his Grandmother had an ashtray that looked like a coiled up snake, he associated this ashtray with relic hunting and nearly picked up a real western rattler ready to strike. Or another example of the woman giving rockclimbing lessons. She had stopped while gearing up to answer a students question. While talking she bent down to re-tie her shoe and her mind decided that this knot was the knot that would tie her into her harness..the price of the 70 foot fall was nearly her life. I grew up riding railroad right of ways...I thought I had taken the article to heart, yet within 3 hours I had done it to myself.

    I had plenty of room to get out of the way of the first train.
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    It was here that I decided to take out my ear plugs so I could hear the next one. The riding wasn't too difficult until the tunnel. I stopped, shut off the bike, listened and looked for oncoming lights.

    Things were going fine until I slipped off the ties into the shale right at a concrete culvert. There was no way I could go further in the shale, I needed to get the bike going the other direction, turn around and take another shot at it. The struggle that took place here was extensive..bike upside down at one point.
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    It took me about an hour and a half to get set for another go at it.
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    I managed to climb the shale and get back on the ties. No sooner had I gotten back on "track" than I heard a train coming down the hill. These trains were really moving, I'd say close to 60 mph coming down the grade. I glanced over my shoulder and saw lights already..back down into the ditch I went. I started to put it on the side stand and realized that there would be no room between the bike and the train for..ME!!! I shoved it over onto it's right side and jumped over it. I could hear the laughter in the trains whistle.
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    Whew, dodged another train..I'm a dumba$$. :deal I shot up onto the ties and got serious about getting down the rails before the next one. I made it down to where the road was.
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    Walked over to scout it out..I was going down this road no matter what. I had to wait for another train. This one was really long, locomotives in the front/middle/back. I layed in the dirt catching my breath.
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    I scavenged a bunch of wood and built ramps to make it over both sets of tracks. Down the road and came out in the state park at Donner Lake.

    A victory of sorts?
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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Damn, this is good. I flirt with trains like this, too.
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  12. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Yes, I would say; a victory.
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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I had some breakfast in Reno and started making my way to the northeast. I wanted to take a look at Burning Man on this saturday morning. The Black Rock desert was amazing. I took one look at the dust bowl they call Burning Man and rolled on the throttle.

    Everywhere you are
    Is everywhere you've been
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    Just lost to the beat
    Punching thru your skin
    You don't know what to do
    But still you wanna crawl
    All thru the broken glass
    That's eveywhere you are
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    Your love must always be true
    Your love must always be you
    Everywhere you are
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    Anywhere you go
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    Even if you're starved
    It matters what you do
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    But even if you've gone too far
    You can follow you
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    Everywhere you are
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    And in your mind
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    You were alone
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    All this time
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    With everything you were
    And every smile you wore
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    Still locked in your heart
    Everywhere you are
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    Everywhere you are
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    Every single chard
    Everywhere you are
    You're never too far
    Cause anywhere you'd go
    Even to the stars
    All you have to do
    Is play the part of who you are
    The rest is up to you
    Phase unwound
    By yourself
    Atom bomb
    On the shelf unsung
    Pause of light
    Pulse of life
    New face dawns
    Everywhere you are
    And everywhere you go
    Even if you're down
    Even if you're low
    It's in the thought of you
    It's in the eyes of all
    Astride a storied past
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    That's everywhere you are
    Your love must always be true
    Your love must always be you
    Everywhere you are
    Anywhere you go
    Even if you're scarred
    It's all a part of you
    But ever should you put it down
    You can never lose me
    Everywhere you are
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  14. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  15. Lone Rider

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    This is good sht, Rob. :thumb
    Love the train adventure...:D
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks, Bob. :ricky


    I made my way up through the Alvord Desert. Time was ticking and I was on the throttle. It's not that far from home and I'll come back to do the Steens Loop.
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    Somehow I found my way to Boise. No offense to anyone, but I'm not a fan. Humid, covered myself in enough bugs to make a meal. Nice sunset though!!
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    I snagged a mural on my way through.
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    I had saved a trucker a ticket south of Boise. There was a cop at the bottom of a long grade, I gave the first truck a head tap and he gave me a big wave. I had rockstar status for a coupla hundred miles. Flashin' their lights to let me in, saving slow passes until I had gone by, horn toot and big flash of the lights to tell me of a fresh deer carcas ahead, light flashing to let me know about a big crash ahead..it pays to be nice to truckers!!

    I stopped for a nap. Interesting thing happened to me today..I fell asleep on a bike. Broad daylight and I woke up heading for the ditch. Strangely I was feeling better when it got dark?
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    I made my way into Walla Walla and found a camping spot.
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    23 hour day, 36 hours since I had slept..night, night.
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  17. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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  18. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    What rear tire is that?
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  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I slept until 9 at Walmart.

    Taped up a tweaked blinker.
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    Replaced a worn out Metzler Karoo T.
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    Spooned on a new Dunlop 606.
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    That was a big day on a bike without any wind protection.
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    I found something to eat and wandered out of town around 11am on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route.
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  20. Stormcoming

    Stormcoming Been here awhile

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    :bow outstanding...


    one of the best I ever read... :clap :clap :clap
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