Mini-Giant Loop 09, the Alvord Beckons

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by brad21, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Well, it's near Father's day and it's time to head to the Oregon desert again. Originally I was planning on heading out with Wachs and crew but new job requirements and potential for wifelessness upon my return changed the plan a little. Enter Leisureclub, KMA and StroupDog. An alternate plan was hatched and it begins tonight. Stay tuned FF'ers.
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  2. StroupDog

    StroupDog Shut-it Beotch

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  3. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    And.....we're back. Lots of pics and report to follow!

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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Tuned in :thumb

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  5. KMA

    KMA KicksMyAss on BDS

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    While were waiting for Bacon to get his shite together here are a couple of teaser pics I took on the trip
    the crew on the Alvord playa
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    fun stuff
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    Stroup blastin it
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    Oger of the falls (Bacon)
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    lotsa horses this trip
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    Husky on the playa..Hijack over
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  6. StroupDog

    StroupDog Shut-it Beotch

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    Greg (Leisureclug) and I left Bend 6am; we railed it to Green Mountain Lookout via CH and 23 and met Jim (KMA) and Brad (Baconsammich) who camped Wed night.
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    We chatted a bit while they packed them railed it on into CV for gas and Hostess Cupcakes and buiscuits and gravy.

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    On into Fandango...

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    Greg fixing his front pinch flat, Brad coming back to see what was the holdup........


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  7. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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  8. StroupDog

    StroupDog Shut-it Beotch

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    Promotional considerations paid for by.......

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    Random day one photos...

    Brad lifting the front as we came back from soaking in the hot springs, don't say nothing bout ATGATT, this is the PLAYA!
    We rode to soak in shorts and ball caps.

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    Life can't be better than this!

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    More........
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  9. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    I'll catch up here shortly, work is slowing me down a bit...don't skip ahead to Day 2 yet gay-tards!

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    KMA, the only non-Giant Loop equipped, re-packing his load after he lost it all!

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    :rofl
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  10. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    So, 4 days of roaming around the Alvord desert of southcentraleastern Oregon. Rough plans around a counter-clockwise loop starting and finishing in Bend. Wednesday night KMA and I camp at Green Mtn, just north of Christmas Valley. Rather chilly night, but not bad...

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    Leisure and Stroup show up at right around 8am and we're off, quick fuel stop in Christmas Valley and we're headed towards Plush and eventually Fields or somewhere close.

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    395 to Hogback Rd.

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    Hart Mtn. Store in Plush

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    Hart Mtn. road

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    Dry Lake

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    Lots of this out there this go-around...

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  11. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Somewhere in Fandango Cyn a horse wanted to race...

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    More mud holes, Leisure doing it right, one of the few times he stood up off the seat this ride :D :

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    More mud:

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    KMA on the newly named KMA Road:

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    Non-passable:

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    And into Fields. Tom and Sandy really took care of us on this trip, more about that later...

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  12. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Beer and fuel was obtained and it was out onto the playa and to the Alvord hot springs for a soak...

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    little frisbee playing:

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    and a soak...

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    various playa pics...

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  13. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Greg is a sit-down rider and he does just fine. I can't keep up with him through the roughest stuff. Let me guess, Greg was the one who routed you guys down "KMA Road" right? :lol3 Greg likes finding the rockiest "roads" to ride.

    Keep 'er comin' boys!
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  14. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty Rhinestone Cowboy

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    It's a shame I couldn't go on this one. Mega is my middle name! Looks like a frickin' blast! Stop draggin' ass and keep postin' pics!!! :clap :lurk
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    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    That's odd, I thought Dork was your middle name but... oh well. On with the show guys!
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  16. Backwoods Boogie

    Backwoods Boogie High Desert, High Mileage

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    Nice ride, sweet photos.....:thumb

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  17. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Day two, Denio is the destination. Across the playa we go chasing the orange lights we saw the night before. We still have no idea what they were. I'm not exactly sure at first what we're gonna run into or even sure if I will be able to find the trail off the end of the playa...

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    Up into the monkey dunes and across to the old windmill...

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    Up into the canyon...

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    Practically groomed...

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    Gay cola at the shepherd's cabin...

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  18. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Denio is in sight from our high perch, we're at 7000+ feet up here:

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    The only other people we saw out here today. UTV loaded with firewood and adorned with Confederate flags. Before they showed up I think I heard a gunshot. Probably plinking jackrabbits...

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    Debate ensues here whether we should press on into Denio thru the rain or turn back to Fields. We're about halfway between both with Fields looking like the drier of the two...

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    We had a loop planned outside of Denio that none of us had ridden so we hope for the best and press south for burgers and hopefully a dry ride later. We DID get a little wet coming in...

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    Where's Waldo? Can you spot the ADV sticker?

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    It wasn't too cold just yet, but it wasn't warming/drying up much either...

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  19. kurtw

    kurtw Child of the Wind

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    Awesome, awesome, and more awesome.

    Great report and photos!
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  20. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    I love these reports.
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