Ok, here we go. Several months ago I threw out an invitation to my 2 closest friends, inmates Surfrider26 aka Kyle and Lionsroaar aka Jason also new good friend and local riding buddy BanhXeo aka Jeramie. The invitation went like this, "Hey guys, I'm going to ride the OBCDR in July, date to be determined. You are are all welcome to join me if you like. It will be the 1st or 2nd weekend of July and I'll be taking a week off of work to do it". Well, everyone was on board and the planning began. I obtained tracks from another inmate and began editing and adjusting plans to fit what I wanted to do, I also did my best to verify fuel stops as Jasons Husky has a small fuel tank. One thing was to see Crater Lake, never been there. As the date got closer Jeramie had to bow out, logistics just weren't working for him, he and I were both disappointed but it is what it is. The weekend before the departure date Kyle sustained an injury while working out that will be requiring surgery. Another huge bummer, get well soon bud and heal quick, the Coast is calling . That left my riding partner Jason. He was still on board and as the departure day came but on that day his butt was dragging. I received a call Friday the 12th at 8:47am "hey man, I'm running a little behind and went to load the bike and saw my rear tire flat". Me: dude, I thought youl'd be on the road by now, get that thing loaded up and we'll deal with it on this end" Jason, "ok, I'm on my way" . Goober! He had at least a 3 hour drive to get to my place. Anyways, he finally gets here and we commence to resolveing his flat issue. With the flat tire repaired we finally get on the road and make the 3-4 hour drive to my property up by Mt. Shasta We get there at around 7pm after stopping for dinner at the Black Bear Diner. We get a good nights sleep in preperation for the begining of the ride the next morning. We're up early and on the road at about 7-8am. Some people are just not a morning person. I tried to get him to have some coffee but noooooo! This wouldn't be the only time I'm told I'm number one on this trip. Jason thought the pic below was amusing, As opposed to bad food before? We stopped for gas and breakfast in Klamath Falls, 70 miles from my place and were soon on the road again. From Klamath Falls we took Hwy 140 to Rocky point then Forest rd. 34 to Hwy 62 on up to Crater Lake. It was along Hwy 62 where we came upon a turnout where you could veiw the "Pinnacles". Better look, The mighty steeds. Jasons' Husky TE610 and my KLR650 both '09 models. Jason and I have done several trips together so we're very familiar with each others riding. On to Crater Lake (my apologies for some of these pics being blurry, my eyes aren't what they used to be, I was trying to shoot these in HDR with my camera/phone and there's a lot of glare on the screen. Hard to see how they turned out until uploaded and seeing a larger sized. Any of you that's done ride reports knows what I'm talking about). Jason pic, better than mine. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1943 feet. 6.02 miles wide and holds 4.9 trillion gallons of water. 7700 years ago a massive volcanic eruption left the deep basin where the mountian peak once stood. Centuies of rain and snaw filled the basin forming a deep blue lake whose waters are of unmatched color and clarity. The lake is so blue because other colors of the spectrum are absorbed. Blue wavelengths are scattered and seen by the human eye. After spending a short time marveling over the deep blue color and how the surrounding trees and colors of the mountain sides made the blue stand out even more, it was time to get back on the road. I took off and Jason was right behind me but a 1/4 mile down the road I look back and Jason is no longer with me. I pulled over and waited, and waited, and waited. I turned around and went back, there he was on the side of the road with a flat rear tire. WHAT THE @&$#*:huh. We went into flat repair mode. I'm sure Jason will chime in here so I'll take a break. Flat repair in process, We fought this thing pretty good. Back on the road we start making our way eastward toward our first overnight spot in the Silver Lake area.