Riding, Geocaching and Exploring . . . .

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug0048, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Hi Klay,
    Thank you.
    Nice to see you pop in and check things out.


    Hi Allan, nice to know you are still checking on me. :lol3 You'll recognize this next section.

    Don't you have a ride report you should be working on. :deal
  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    The plan was to have lunch in Bickleton,_WA, which is about half way to Tygh Valley, OR with the route we were taking. It was clear we weren'’t going to make it to Tygh Valley since we were stopping often and taking our time to get moving again. We were having fun, which was the priority. Our lunch was going to be later than we planned too so all three of us was looking forward to the meal.

    The route we were riding for the day with stopping short in Biggs, OR rather than riding to Tygh Valley as we were hoping to do.
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    About 20 miles before Bickleton there was a lighted warning sign indicating Hwy 97 was closed and there was a detour ahead due to a fire. We could see smoke billowing up NW of where we were but it was still north of where we were headed. At Alderdale Rd. there were officials (I think they were Natural Resources officers) detouring people down Alderdale Rd. toward the Columbia River and Hwy 14. Our route wasn'’t taking us to Hwy 97 and the fire looked like it was a ways from Bickleton so we continued on rather than taking the detour.

    It was after 2:00 pm, I was hungry and I knew Rainbow007 and MTLee were probably hungry too plus I wanted to get in out of the heat for a while. I started to wonder if the café would be open with the fire and detour. If not it was going to be quite a bit of time before we would get to where there were facilities.

    Bickleton,_WA, is said to be the bluebird capital because of the thousands of bluebirds in the area. There are bluebird houses all over the place, hundreds of them, but this one entering town from the east is my favorite.
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    On the way in to Bickleton there was a temperature sign which indicated it was 98 degrees. It felt cooler there than it did in Sunnyside so we speculated it was over 100 degrees in Sunnyside. No wonder we were hot.

    The smoke from the fire was heavy in the air but The_Bluebird_Inn was open so we would be able to have lunch and cool down a little.
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    Bickleton,_WA, is a nice town I always enjoy a stop there although the smoke sure doesn’'t make it look appealing.
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    After drinking a lot of ice water, having a nice lunch and cooling down we were refreshed and ready to ride again.

    From Bickleton,_WA, we would be riding some fun roads.
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    We headed south at Cleveland, passed Dot School, the turned West on Newell Rd.

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    Newell Rd. ~ Rainbow007 was getting some shots on the fly. I was leading, MTLee6 right behind me and Rainbow bringing up the rear.
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    The road is only straight and flat for a short distance then it starts dropping into a canyon.
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    With this being a ladies' ride and ladies like to shop we decided to shop for a house. :evil


    This one has water.
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    Nice big house with lots of windows for plenty of fresh air.
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    Let’'s take a closer look. :D
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    I'’m sure that at one time the house was very nice. The tree this is attached to is huge and none of us knew what type of tree it was. We picked it, cut it in half to see what was inside and took it with us. Maybe a walnut but it didn’'t look like a walnut. None of us had ever seen a walnut growing.
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    The house has a little structural damage.
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    It has a shed too.
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    There was an artisan well. Nice cool, clear water was bubbling out of the ground here.
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    There were berry bushes all over the place.
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    Nice yummy berries that MTLee6 and I enjoyed. Rainbow007 passed on grazing on the juicy delicacies. :drif
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    There was also a cherry tree and I thought I took a picture of it but I can'’t find it. The cherries had red skin but the inside was golden. They were very sweet and yummy. Anyone know what kind of cherry that would be?

    Time to ride. :ricky
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  3. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    An over the shoulder shot of MTLee6 and Rainbow007. I need to practice with the over the shoulder shots, I'm not so good with them.
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    With house shopping done it was time to do a little car shopping. :evil

    There’'s one for each of us.

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    I think Rainbow007 wants this one. It has lots of trunk space. She checked it for bodies.

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    I think I will take this one, it’s short like me.
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    That leaves this one for MTLee6. She got the left overs. :lol3
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    The bikes were wondering if they were being replaced.
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    The smoke from the fire was getting thicker and we were further away from it.
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    There were at least 20 of these planted along the dry creek bed, might be Rock Creek. The map doesn'’t show the property belonging to Forest Service or Native Americans so it might be privately owned and the owner has planted trees.
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    I think this will take us back out to the main road.
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    We were on Rock Creek Rd. for a while headed south then headed west on old WA 8. I was surprised to find it paved and nicely paved at that. There were some incredible views of the Columbia Gorge from this road but the on the fly pictures didn'’t turn out. It would be a great place to go at sunset and actually stop and get some nice photos.

    I was trying not to stop so often but I finally had to stop and look around.
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    The ride through the wind farm felt a little strange. As those big blades go round and round on each side of the road it was like we were playing dodge ball even though I knew the blade were distanced plenty far from the road.
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    From the wind farm we drop to the lower part of Hwy 97 not far from the Columbia River and Hwy 14. The smoke from the fire is still in view.
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    MTLee had never been to the Maryhill Stonehenge_Replica_War_Memorial so a stop needed to be made.
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    About 2 miles from the memorial is the Maryhill State Park. We talked about it earlier and planned to camp there. It'’s on the river and they have showers, which after the hot day of riding was something all three of us wanted.

    We wandered around enjoying the memorial.
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    With the smoke in the air from the fire the chances of a colorful sunset were pretty good. As much as I dislike riding after dark with it only being 2 miles from the campground I decided I wanted to go set up camp, return and watch the sunset from here.
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    The plan sounded good until we dropped down to the campground and discovered it was full. After a short discussion we decided to cross the river to Biggs, OR and get a room. I'’ve stayed there before and the rooms are fairly reasonable and an air-conditioned room was very appealing.

    "Camp" for the night.
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    We do ADV parking well, each bike pointed a different direction. We’'d drive the cruiser riders crazy with are mish-mash parking. :lol3

    Across the river wasn'’t that much further than the campground to the memorial but it was far enough I decided I didn'’t want to go up there just to ride back in the dark. Instead we hung out, relaxed and went to bed fairly early. The sunset wasn'’t as colorful as I thought it would be so I wasn’'t disappointed that I didn'’t go back to the memorial. I'’ll do it some other time.

    We were going to get a good night's sleep and get an early start the next morning while it was still cool and to see if we could make it to Tygh Valley before the gals headed out from camp.
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  4. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Day 2 Saturday July 27, 2013

    We woke up to another clear day and we were eager for the ride ahead.
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    Rainbow007 was going to fix something for breakfast and eat at the motel meanwhile MTLee6 and I were headed across the street to the truck stop restaurant for breakfast. I like starting my day with a good meal. We rode our bikes across the street, fueled up, moved the bikes to the side of the restaurant and had a nice breakfast. It wasn’'t long and Rainbow007 joined us with her bike fueled and ready to go. :ricky

    Even though we were getting a fairly early start we weren’'t sure we could make it to Tygh Valley to meet the rest of the gals before they headed out. Planning ahead and knowing our plans were pushing it I had PMed MustangShelly for the group ride route before we left Spokane in case we didn’'t make it to Tygh Valley in time. We figured if we didn'’t make it to camp in time we could follow the same route as the rest of the group and if they stopped more than we did we might catch up with them. Yeah, right. :lol3 If we didn'’t catch up to them we would meet them at the campground at Timothy Lake.

    After a quick chat about how we wanted to proceed for the day. Do we want to hit pavement and b-line it to Tygh Valley or do we want to take the planned dirt route? The dirt route won even though that would reduce our chances to ride with the other gals from Tygh Valley. The goal was fun rather than just making time and we could meet everyone else at Timothy Lake. :thumb

    For this next part I debated back and forth about how much I wanted to share with ADVland so I wrote this up and let it sit and simmer for awhile. When I started this ride report my plan was to share pretty much everything, the rides, things along the way, ups, downs, thoughts, and even how my thought process works or at times doesn'’t. I decided to tell it all even though I could gloss over a lot of the details and make myself look a lot more accomplished than I am. I want people, especially the other gals, to see my riding and me as it really is, good or not. :dunno

    If you prefer the pictures and shorter descriptions for what’s going on skip this section and return for the next part which will have a lot more pictures and a lot less words. :deal

    Now on with the story. . .

    We were ready to head out. Rainbow007's bike was started and running, MTLee’6's bike was started and running. I pressed my starter button and nothing!!! No grrrrrr, grrrrrr, no click, no nothing. What the?!? The battery was a couple years old but it hadn'’t given me any problems and even that morning going from the motel to the gas pump and again moving to the side of the building it started strong but now nothing. Crap, crap, crap……… DR200s have itty bitty batteries and when they die, they die, no warning or at least that has been my experience.

    Of course with three of us being there we had to chit-chat about what the problem might be. In my mind it was pretty straightforward, a dead battery. "Is the battery low on water?" "No, shouldn'’t be it’s a sealed battery – or I think it is". Then I started to doubt myself and thought if it’s not a sealed battery this is going to be very embarrassing because it hasn’'t been checked. :shog "Maybe one of the connections came loose." "Well, it shouldn'’t have since it was doing fine between the motel and here, but you never know." OK, time to take a look at the battery. I pulled off the side cover and found the battery. Whewwwww, it is a sealed battery and the connections were tight. Loose cables would have been an easy fix but I wasn'’t that lucky. At least I didn't have to be embarrassed about low fluid in the battery. :D

    We were in Biggs, OR so at least we were in a town and it didn’'t happen the day before while we were out house or car shopping. :evil Of course Biggs, OR is a small town and doesn’'t have a motorcycle shop. After more chit-chat, because that’'s always the way things are when there is a mechanical problem and more than one rider. I pulled out my smartphone to see if it would help me. It was working to pull up the internet but it was moving very slowly, the connection was minimal but it was working. Cool, there’'s a battery store in Biggs. With it being a truck stop town I knew it would cater to truckers not so much motorcyclists but it was worth a shot. So much for that idea, the phone number was no longer in service. :(: I tried the internet again but it was pulling very slowly and kept freezing. I’'m spoiled with the immediate response from the internet at work or home and with me delaying other people's ride I was very frustrated. :baldy

    With all this messing around it was already close to 9:00 am, so much for the early start. I didn'’t want to fight with my phone any more trying to access the internet to find a battery.

    After thinking about it for a few seconds I decided to call Allan (that guy I told you about meeting back in Menlo at a rally all those years ago) for a little internet help. Now this call was a bit difficult to make because this was the Ladies Ride weekend and there is the "we can do it ourselves we don'’t need no stickin’' men" theory that some of the women subscribe to during things like this. I have been riding for a lot of years and I have no problem going out into the middle of no where alone but at the same time I will ask for help when I need it. I know my limitations and I won’'t beat myself up to prove anything to anyone and especially not to myself. I didn’'t want to let the other ladies down by asking a man for help but at the same time I didn'’t want to delay my riding partners day by screwing around any further when I could get help.

    Luckily for me Allan answered his phone and even though he was busy with plans for the day with his girlfriend he took the time to help me out. He really is a terrific friend. I asked him if he would check for a nearby motorcycle shop and let me know where I needed to go. After about 15 minutes he called me back with good news. Fun_Country_Powersports in The Dalles, OR had a battery for my bike. Allan asked them to put it on a charger and get it ready to be picked up. :clap

    Rainbow’'s XT250 could handle the interstate speed better than MTLee’'s TW200 so it was decided Rainbow ride the 20 miles to The Dalles for the battery while Lee and I waited in Biggs. Not long after Rainbow headed out Allan called me again with a plan for Lee and I. If I could get my bike started we could ride over to The Dalles and join Rainbow since it was going to take a few hours for the battery to charge. His thoughts were that at least the three of could wait together which would be more fun. Allan looked up a route for us so we wouldn'’t need to be on the interstate and gave it to me.

    Thanks Allan for the assist and being thoughtful enough to come up with a plan to get all three of us to the same place.

    I carry a Slime_Tire_Inflator kit on the Superbug :pynd which has cables that can be used to jump the battery. We decided we would jump the battery, get the Superbug :pynd started and head for The Dalles to join Rainbow007.

    We hooked up the bikes, started the TW200 and let it run for a few minutes before trying to start the dead bike.
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    No luck, still nothing. :becca Oh well, we would just wait at Biggs. While we waited we got the old battery out and the Superbug :pyndwas ready for the new battery to be installed. It had gone from being a pleasant morning to scorching hot so we went back in the restaurant to wait. The staff there was very nice and didn’t care that we were taking up space.

    After a while Rainbow returned with a nice new battery.:clap Where the battery goes is a tight fit and the cables aren'’t long enough to put them on with the battery completely out of the box. As I was tightening the bolt the wrench slipped and while on the one post the other end came around and hit the other post – Sparks flew, lots of sparks!!! I was startled then my next thought was "did I just kill my new battery?" Once I finished hooking up the battery I tried the ignition and all was good. Whew….. Time to put the strap on the battery and replace the sidecover.

    The downside of too many people working on a bike is things get done that someone else (me) might not see. As I started to replace the battery strap I noticed a cable not attached to the battery and I didn’t know which post it needed to be on. I didn'’t even know what it went to, everything was working. The cable was long and I was afraid it belonged on the far post, which is a bugger to get to. Grumble and more frustration. :baldy I decided everything was working so I was just going to leave that one unattached. :dunno

    Lee had stayed inside with all the stuff we had at the table so we went in to get her to leave. As I was telling her about the cable and she remembered taking it off the battery. It belonged on the front post so it would be easy to put it on like it should be. I'’m glad she knew where it came from. :thumb With the bike problem fixed and everything back where it belonged it was well after noon. We decided to have lunch then head out.

    I'll be back soon with more pictures and less words :evil . . . . .
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  5. Ladybug0048

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    Over lunch we looked at the map and contemplated our options. All three of us had Monday off work so we still had plenty of time for a good ride but we were now about a day behind for the Ladies Ride and group events. To go to Timothy Lake would have us heading south then west and we needed to start making our way east first thing the next morning.

    As much as we wanted to join the other ladies we decided to ride to Tygh Valley as originally planned but head east from there rather than west. We would follow this route for the day or what was left of the day. :deal
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    No longer feeling the pressure of meeting up with others we were back to enjoying ourselves and it wasn'’t long until we stopped for a hillclimb :knary and a cache.

    View from the cache.
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    The cache’s hiding place.
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    MTLee6 and Rainbow007 checking out the contents of the cache.
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    There were some cool rocks up there.
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    Time to come back down.
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    Next stop: Fairbanks, OR and the school :deal
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    The school was all locked up but we were able to look through the windows.
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    I wonder which ADVer left their mark? Bet it was someone from the Hood River contingent. :lol3 OK which one of you was it? I liked seeing the ADV on the chalkboard.
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    There is a cache near the school which I found a few years back and now Rainbow007 and MTLee6 were going to find it. I tried to get them to park near it but they chose to park up by the school instead so now we're going for a walk. :lol3
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    Hot on the trail of the cache. :jive
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    Hmmmmmmm what’'s in here?
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    The geocache is found. MTLee6 is getting good at this.
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    We were off riding again until we saw some pretty mountains we had to stop and get photos of.
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    Looks like I was sliding down a hill on my butt again. :lol3 That butt decoration must have been acquired at the hilltop cache earlier.
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    Maybe one of the Oregon people that knows which mountains these are will pop in and tell us.
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    Enough screwing around let'’s ride. :ricky
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    Whoa! Not so fast, there'’s something over there we need to check out.
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    Uh oh, Rainbow007 is playing monkey again and there isn'’t a cache in sight.
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    House shopping again?
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    Not a bad backyard.
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    Off to the North we could still see smoke coming up from the fire near Goldendale, WA.
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    After checking things out we needed to get going and the bikes were waiting patiently for us. :ricky
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  6. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Humm, I see your really roughing it, Eh!

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    Glad to see you and Rainbow out having a generally good time. Never met MTlee but sure there was a smile under the helmet.

    SO, did you head over to the Apple Jam Gathering? I so wanted to go, but after being away from home for a month I am playing catchup around the house.

    The Battery incident made me chuckle, I kinda remember a similar event in Idaho City awhile back :D
  7. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Hi Sam,
    I didn't rough it much this year at all. You might have met MTLee at Hells Canyon and yes she did have a big smile under that helmet during the entire time we were out.

    Nope didn't go to Apple Jam's shindig, in fact I spent the weekend at home. My 650 just came home from the shop Sat. after a 45,000 mile service and the Superbug :pynd is in line for a 20,000 mile service, chain, sprockets and tires. Darn motorcycles demand attention at times.

    Ahhh yes, Idaho City. That one was user error :lol3 this time is was worn out battery.
  8. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    We figured we would camp at the Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley where the Ladies Ride gals camped the night before even though they were already gone and would be camped at Timothy Lake. I spotted the camping area at the Fairgrounds and while it didn’'t look all that great it looked OK. I didn'’t want to make the decision for all of us so I stopped at the gate to see what the other two thought. Just as I was asking them "music" started to play, incredibly bad music. Rainbow007 said someone mentioned to her there was a music festival taking place at the fairgrounds that weekend. I'’m sure the people there were having fun but it wasn’'t the place for us and off we went. :ricky

    I remembered White River Falls State Park was nearby so we headed for it thinking the park would have camping. The ride was nice but when we got to the park we discovered it’'s a day use park. Darn, but since we were there we would check it out.
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    We had a nice break, took a walk and enjoyed the falls.

    OK we at two tries for camping and still no luck. I knew there was camping along the Deschutes River near Maupin so we would head toward Maupin and find a camping spot along the river.

    We stopped at a viewpoint above the river and watched some Native Americans fishing.
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    They were using nets and long poles.
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    Then we started seeing people floating the river and camps full of people along the river, one full camp after another. Oh the parties on the river would be good that night.
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    We kept going until we got to Maupin. It was getting late and it was looking like we were going to have a difficult time finding a place to stay. Just at the edge of town was a motel and we stopped to see if they had a vacancy. They did and we got the last two rooms. :clap
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    MTLee6 was pleased to be assigned the Buckskin Mary room.
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    And she didn’'t follow the parking directions.
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    Rainbow007 laughing about something, could be anything.
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    Geez I’'m a doofus.
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    MTLee decided to take pictures of stickers.
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    She was giggling while she was taking the pictures.
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    Time for bike maintenance.

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    OK now I should feel guilty, that'’s my bike getting the chain lubed and I'’m taking pictures while they are doing the work.
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    I missed what was going on here. I know Rainbow007 and MTLee6 were giggling which there was plenty of and then all the sudden Rainbow007 was doing pushups.
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  9. Loud Al

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    I'm thinking about working on it :D
  10. TheAdmiral

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    Great ride photo's with the gal's.

    Love these tricky cache's. I once found a cache with a fake plastic sewer pipe tube inside an old sewer pipe near a railroad depot. Always looking for what's out of place!!:D
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  11. Ladybug0048

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    Those tricky caches are a lot of fun when you finally find them. Sometimes they are a lot of laughs.

    My favorite was shortly after I started caching. I talked Rainbow007 into going with me to look for a cache near her house. It was in a brushy wooded area. The trees were all small with a diamenter of 2-4 inches. We looked and looked. Rainbow was getting bored with this tromping around in the bushes and getting slapped in the face with branches so she pulled up a chunk of wood and had a seat while watching me looking and looking and looking. Finally we gave up.

    When I got home I looked up the cache and read about two years worth of find posts looking for clues. The clue I came away with was that the cache was clever :doh. The next day I talked Rainbow into going out there again. It took us a while but we finally found it. It was in that chunck of wood she was sitting on the day before. The bark on one side had been removed, a hole cut into the wood for the cache then the bark was velcroed back on.

    The chunk of wood was way out of place, it was a different type of wood and much larger than the little trees in the area.

    We've laughed about that one a number of times. :lol3
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  12. Ladybug0048

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    Day 3 – Part 1
    Sunday July 28, 2013


    We were up early but an early start wasn'’t in the cards since the gas station didn'’t open until 8:00 am and we needed gas. We had an errand we wanted to take care of and had time to do it before the station opened.

    The night before the owner of the motel recommended the Rainbow Tavern for dinner. We had dinner there and Rainbow007 took a photo of her bike in front of the tavern.
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    She wasn’'t that thrilled with the picture and preferred to have one without the bouncer in the picture. Early on a Sunday morning should be a good time to do this.
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    The window on the side of the building looked sort of cool and I tried to get a good picture there but I got more reflection than picture. :lol3
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    A grumpy guy with the keys to the tavern ruined the photo shoot, yelling and cussing about the bike on the sidewalk. He was yelling "I don’t know where you'’re from but we don'’t park on the sidewalk here". There were a few other things yelled with some choice words added. Apparently he’s not a morning person. Here are three goofy women on motorcycles giggling, laughing and taking pictures in a tourist town and he'’s yelling at us.

    Maupin, OR isn’'t on my list of places I want to return to. :(:


    After that it was time for the gas station to be opened so that was our next stop.

    The people here were much friendlier, they didn’'t care where we parked and let us take all the pictures we wanted. :clap
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    Rainbow007 made a new friend.
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    MTLee6 said her clutch felt sticky so she was checking it out. The guy working at the gas station asked her what was wrong and helped her check it. It ended up everything was fine with the clutch. This is a new bike for MTLee6 and she is getting used to the differences between her old Valkerie and the TW200.

    The nice gas station people made up for the nasty tavern people.

    From Maupin,_OR we rode the Bakeover Rd. the 25 miles to Shaniko,_OR.
    I remember the ride being pleasant but for some reason I didn’'t take any pictures. There must not have been anything spectacular along the way.

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    The school was built in 1901. It used to be light yellow with brown trim and I liked how it looked that color better than the present color. Believe it or not they didn'’t ask my opinion before painting it. :dunno
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    There were a number of these signs though out town. Welcome to Shaniko….
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    Ice Cream!!! :evil
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    Ooooooo no Mr. Bill, it’s not open. We’ll be back. :nod
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    Let’'s check out the Texaco Station
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    We were batting a thousand this morning. We walked across that dead grass toward the Texaco station and were greeted by an elderly man that came out of the station. He lectured us about the rattlesnakes in the area asking if we had seen the sign and telling us the dangers of being in that grassy area. He wasn't impressed that we were wearing boots and told us how far a hospital was from Shaniko and we could die from snakebite. He’'s right about one thing, if a snake bit me I probably would die, from a heart attack, since I’'m terrified of snakes.

    He was trying to be nice and didn’'t want us to get bit by a wild snake but I sure was feeling like a bad child being scolded for the second time that morning. :cry


    We checkout the cool old Texaco Station with no gas.
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    The wedding chapel was at one time a school and a church. Now if you have a desire to get married you can do it there. I wonder if the rattlesnakes will attend the service?
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    Shaniko’'s welcoming committee greeted us and she sure was nice. :D
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    The nice lady told us to be sure to see the barn and that she would go unlock it for us. OK we can follow directions sometimes.
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    Ooooooooo looky there, more car shopping and this time we get to choose from pickups too. :wings
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    I think they are trying to tell us something. :huh
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    Needed to visit the facilities. The picture didn'’t grab the upper windows very well. In the left window is man’s legs and the right has a woman’s legs.
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    This is the first time I have seen a toilet flush by pushing a red button in the tank. :lol3
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    We better start obeying those signs around town or they might put us in this.
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    And take us here.
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    Uh oh, they already got Rainbow007.
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    Jailbreak, almost.
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    The wanted posters were fun to read and check out the bird nest above them.
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    There were baby birds in the nest.
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    The mama bird was outside when we came in and when she wanted to come back in MTLee6 was standing in the doorway and got dive-bombed by the bird.

    I'’ll leave you visiting with the bird and be back later to show you more of Shaniko.
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  13. Ladybug0048

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    This looks like a comfy camp.
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    The back view
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    Until now I had no idea John Deere made wagons.
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    A good example of modern day vs. a time gone by.
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    I like touristy stuff :evil
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    Goody, they’'re open. :clap
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    Times sure have changed.
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    Talking with one of the Ladies in town we found out until just this summer the population was 26. Sadly two brothers passed away within just a few weeks of each other a few months earlier. She told us what they died from but I forgot – maybe one had a heart attack and the other had cancer.
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    Back outside to see what else we could find.
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    Uh oh, MTLee decided to do some clothes shopping.
    It'’s the horsey shirt!
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    Oh my gawd she likes it. It goes well with the windchime.
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    Meanwhile Rainbow007 was going for the leopard trimmed hand bag.
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    What? Closed? OK fine we’ll go somewhere else.
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    For all you guys I got a picture of a pretty little biker chick for your viewing pleasure.
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    Be sure to watch for traffic while in Shaniko
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    We make a quick stop at the hotel and MTLee6 and Rainbow007 rapidly made friends with the hottest men in town.
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    Sheesh, they both have mates, I'’m the only one single, and they hog the good men. OK fine….. I'll have ice cream instead but first I need to peek through the windows of the hotel.

    It sure is a pretty lobby. Too bad it’s closed. :(:
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    Rainbow007 didn'’t want to join us for ice cream she wanted to play with her computer instead. There was a rattlesnake sign out there too but she didn't care.
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    With all the rattlesnake warnings it was getting a little tense. MTLee6 tipped her head just right while she was standing next to the table and her bifocals made it look like there was something wiggly in one of the cracks. I had no idea MTLee6 could jump that far. :rofl

    Ice cream parlor :drif
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    Similar to an internet café they have a phone. :D
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    MTLee6 and I got ice cream but didn’'t slow down long enough to get a picture of it. It was yum yum good.

    After the ice cream was devoured MTLee6 let it slip that she was soon to be married and said she thought she would wear the horsey shirt for the ceremony. I was excited to hear she was getting married and started squealing like and excited teen-aged girl. Then things got real silly and we had lots of laughs as MTLee6 tried on her wedding dress. :lol3

    Oh yes, over the camel back. No need to get dehydrated during the ceremony, always be prepared. :evil
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    Score, it fits and even buttons up and over the camel back. :thumb
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    Just in case you aren'’t able to see the design on the shirt in the pictures those are horse shoes with a horse head in them.

    Let’'s see how it looks on the bike. Wedding dress/riding jersey it's a multi purpose horsey shirt. :freaky
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    I’'ll bet this was a lot funnier to us while we were there than it is to those of you reading this. Just thinking back at all the jokes makes me giggle sitting here in my living room.

    Remember what I said about good memories? Well, I have them.

    Just in case you are tempted to break the law in Shaniko just a reminder how they deal with lawbreakers. :deal
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    Let’'s see where this takes us :ricky
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  14. Ladybug0048

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    Day 3 – Part 2 – it was a long day full of fun
    Sunday July 28, 2013
    A Journey Through time

    This next section will take us to a place I wanted to go since the 80s. I got close a few times but didn'’t make it until now.

    In the 80’s the news was filled with reports of a cult/commune in Eastern Oregon developed by a man called Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh who was from India. The Big Muddy Ranch (where the John Wayne movie Big Muddy was filmed) and some surrounding areas covering over 100 square miles had been purchased by Rajneesh and turned in to Rajneeshpuram. They were trying to take over the area or at least a big part of the area.

    Rajneesh’'s followers wore robes in the "color of the sunrise" (orange/red) and special necklaces called malas (prayer beads).


    The following 4 photos are from the internet.
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    Greeted by followers during his daily drive by in 1982.

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    By the time he left he had acquired 93 Rolls-Royces. He wanted 365, one for each day of the year. Reports were that he wasn’'t a very skilled driver and needed to be pulled out of the ditch occasionally. :lol3

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    They had everything in Rasjneeshpurham including a paved airstrip.
    Air Rajneesh Big Muddy Ranch Airport 1985 (Ted Quackenbush photo)

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    Bhagwan_Shree_Rajneesh has been described as charismatic the same way Charles_Manson was described after his followers in the Manson family killed people for no reason in the 60s and Jim_Jones who either lured or forced 900+ people to drink cyanide in Jonestown in the 70s. References to drinking the Kool-Aid are made on ADV frequently and I wonder how many people really know where the saying came from.

    All three men had followers willing to die and/or kill for them. I suppose to be able to get others to do things like that a person would need to be very charismatic. I don'’t see the charisma in the photos or films of any of these men but it'’s obvious they drew people in for whatever reason. :dunno

    Rajneesh didn'’t manage to kill people like the other two however he or his followers did try. They were able to introduce salmonella into some of the salad bars in The Dalles, OR as a Bioterroattack.

    Watching the news accounts of these things taking place in the 60s, 70s, & 80s was much too graphic for my tasted but had and still has me curious how these things happen. Why do people want to follow these men I would classify as crazy? I wanted to see where Rajneeshpuram was located because from news reports they were out in the barren countryside, in the middle of no where, and miles from other people. It seemed that for the most part these people were cut off from civilization however they had all the modern conveniences.

    A couple of years ago I tried to make my way to where Rajneeshpuram was once located however I tried to go in from the west. The route I had laid out had me riding from Madras through Hay Creek Ranch, on to Ashwood, Cold Creek Camp Rd., Big Muddy Rd and on to Rajneeshpuram.
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    The route start off as a terrific route but when I found this muddy patch I decided since I was alone, riding my 650 and wasn’'t even on the road called Big Muddy Rd. yet I thought maybe I shouldn’'t try it. It doesn'’t take much to get me to wimp out. :lol3
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    I don'’t know how large Hay Creek Ranch is but I suspect it pretty danged large. That’'s part of the Ranch property behind my bike and I had passed the main entrance and building miles back. This is where I turned around to head back. I'd like to go back and ride this road and explore the area more. It's beautiful out there.
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    OK, I got a little sidetracked so it’s now back to the ride. We didn'’t take the Hay Creek Ranch route since MTLee6 had never been to Shaniko and it had been years since Rainbow007 had been there so we had to make a visit.

    From Shaniko we’re now headed south toward Antelope, OR, the small town that was the hub of all the controversy Rajneesh and his follower had brought to this normally quiet area.
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    Not a bad road to ride and no traffic. :ricky
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    The school in Antelope, OR
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    I believe Rajneesh once owned this café.
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    The trailer is Antelope’'s post office.
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    Antelope post office was established in 1871, with Howard Maupin, founder of Maupin, Oregon, as the first postmaster.

    In the mid-19th century, Antelope was along the wagon road connecting The Dalles on the Columbia River with gold mines near Canyon City. After about 1870, the wagon road became known as The Dalles Military Road.[9] The road crossed the Deschutes River on Sherar's Bridge.[10]

    On September 18, 1984, Antelope's charter was amended by a vote of 57 to 22 to change the name of the city to Rajneesh but it wasn'’t long until the people of Antelope were able to change the name back.
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    Cool old locks on the mailbox
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    With that we were headed out again and I will be back to tell you about the ride to what was once Rasjneeshpurham. :ricky
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    Back to its hiding place goes the geocache
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    After Rajneesh fled the United States Rajneeshpuram was sold and became Washington_Family_Ranch a Youth Life Camp. The cache is located at the border of the Ranch. I was surprised to find the road changed from gravel to pavement. It was old broken up pavement but I had no idea they had even paved the road in. I guess it was to pamper the Rolls-Royces. :lol3
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    The next 15 miles the scenery was rugged and beautiful in the way only the high desert can be.

    The road was about to get steep going down and the dirt road off to the left is the truck route.
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    As we crested the hill the view was quite breath taking even though the pictures don't do it justice. I don’t know what the buildings are.
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    Even up closer I couldn’'t figure out what the buildings were. They looked like long storage sheds, perhaps they are. :dunno
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    The ride down to the valley was fun and Rainbow007 got some shots as we rode.
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    They even have their own reservoir on the ranch.
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    Cool rock outcroppings on the hillside.
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    Entering the more populated part of the Ranch (Rajneeshpuram).
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    The buildings/hangers at Air Rajneesh Big Muddy Ranch Airport now.
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    There weren'’t any airplanes sitting around but the airstrip is certainly still there.
    The black pavement is the road we were riding and on the right, the brown gray pavement, is the airstrip.
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    On the other side of the road there was this apartment type building. Perhaps where staff lives now.
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    What do we have over on the right?
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    Nice!!! A map to tells us where we are, what’'s here and where we are going. :deal :clap
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    A closer look of the map. The black line is the county road and we had just come from where the arrow is pointed to wilderness.
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    There are a couple hotels showing on the map. I wonder if they are open to the public and if they are expensive? It could be fun to stay there for a weekend.

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    These are listed on the map as cabins. Much different than the tent city from back in the 80s. Even though it’s supposed to be a youth camp there wasn'’t a tent to be seen anywhere.
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    There was also a huge water park at the far end of the complex however I missed getting a shot of it. It’s a mighty luxurious camp. The road through the camp was paved and at the edge of the populated area the road turned to dirt.

    Rainbow007 was able to get some shots as we rode a ways down the dirt. I was in the lead and MTLee was behind me.
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    Even though I knew the road wasn'’t taking us the way we wanted to go I continue on about 5 miles just to see where the road was going and besides it was a fun road to ride.
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    When we decided to turn around I had Rainbow007 take the lead so I could try and get some shots of the two of them riding.
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    It wasn’'t long until we were back on the pavement and it was easier for me to take pictures on the fly.
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    In some places there wasn'’t much pavement left.
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    The pavement got better and the view was even prettier.
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    Stopped to check out the emergency phone.
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    Didn'’t even think about it but I should have checked to see if there was cell reception out there anywhere. My guess there wasn'’t but it would have been fun to check.:lol3

    Then we were back on the washboard gravel and on our way again . . . . . :ricky
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    Rajneeshpuram, very interesting history. The youth ranch almost seems just as mysterious. Guessing the folks of Antelope don't have much nice to say about Rajneeshpuram. During my spare time, I'll do more www exploring of Rajneesh, just cause.

    Posting some incredibly interesting stuff in this thread.:D
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    Thanks. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

    Where the heck is Sand Hollow?
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    :rofl

    An area @/near Exit 17, I-84 between Caldwell, ID and Ontario, OR.

    Name sounds cool, but the area is boring!:D
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    Next time I'm in the Caldwell/Ontario area I'll pay attention for the boring area with the cool sounding name. :lol3
  20. Ladybug0048

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    The visit to Rajneeshpuram was interesting although I sure wish I would have gone to see the site a year or two after it was abandon rather than this many years later when it is so much different. The one thing that is remains the same is it is very remote.

    Rainbow007 lived in Iowa during the 80s and she didn'’t remember hearing of the things taking place in Oregon. She was busy doing other things and not glued to the TV. Meanwhile MTLee6 was in Montana and she said she vaguely remembered a little bit of it but it was clear that the orange robed cult in Oregon didn'’t make the impact on them that it did me. But they were more than willing to go check out the site so it was a fun being there with them.

    Seeing things after they changed so much is a good reminder that changes happen and sometimes rapidly. If I want to see something how it is when I develope an interest in it I need to get out there and see it now rather than waiting thinking those sites will remain the same. :deal

    It was hot, not as hot as the first day we were out, but it was still plenty hot. At Clarno we needed to take a little break. I like the arched bridge over the John Day River.
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    At the east side of the bridge is a rest area, boat launch and a good place for a short break. We didn't stay long because it was too hot to stay still.
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    My plan was to ride a road that goes north of the John Day Fossil Bed but I didn'’t spot the road and I was too hot to mess with turning around to go look for it once I realized I missed the turn. It'’s one of those things I will have to go back and do again. We stayed on Hwy 218, which isn'’t a bad road to ride.
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    Things opened up but it didn'’t matter because by this time I just wanted to get to Fossil for fuel, lunch and air conditioning. :knary
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    Fuel in Fossil
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    Lunch time in a nice cool restaurant.
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    The walls were decorated with saws.
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    Beautiful downtown Fossil
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    I don'’t think I would hire a painter that needs to paint the building they work out of. :dunno
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    We were on our way again and we needed to get some where and find a place to stay for the night. :deal
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    Look at that pretty new pavement. It contrasts nicely with the gold wheat field. I sure hope we don'’t get it dirty with our dirty motorcycles.:D
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    We made our way to Heppner, OR where we stayed for the night.
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    After we got checked in we went for a walk looking for a place for dinner. We wanted pie for dinner. :drif

    Nice courthouse.
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    We walked around town but the only place open we could find to eat was the bowling alley and they didn'’t have pie. We found a convenience store and thought we could find a hostess pie but they didn'’t even have that. No pie for us. :cry

    This is where we stayed for the night. :D
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    After having the guy yell at us for one bike being on the sidewalk in Maupin I wasn'’t comfortable having my bike on the sidewalk but the owner of the motel said it was OK. Meanwhile there were two shiny motorcycles parked on the street right in front of where our bikes are parked, a Harley and a Goldwing.

    Heppner is a nice town and I enjoyed the stay. :nod
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