I originaly posted this to benddualsport.com starting in August and ending in September. To those who have read that thread, they know why this report has the title it does. For those who know, don't spoil the end. I had done a 3-day ride in SE Oregon 3 weeks earlier, and it's ride report is here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632791 Now, to get on with it: Day 1 I left Corvallis, OR at 6:00 AM on Friday 8/20/10 for the 6 hour, 322 mile, drive to Plush. I wanted to get to the Owyhee rivers on this trip, and I had to be back to work on Tuesday the 24th, so I needed a real miles jump-start this time. Plush seemed to be the best spot for that. I called the Plush store 2 days prior and asked if I could park my car there. The owner said he had a spot I could park. I ate lunch and gassed up there, finally getting on the trail at 1:00 PM. I immediately headed across the north side of Hart Lake to get to the road that goes down its east side. There are rock fences on the mountainside to the east The road is a ton of fun, with a lot of dried deep puddle depressions that created easy-riding whoops at the beginning, then smooth and open later on There are big rocks close to the road in one area. Look for petroglyphs At the top of a rise, you see south toward Crump Lake. There’s a road to the right that goes to the famed Glass House This house is a complete trip. A must-see for any Eastern Oregon explorer. Going south from here, and by making the right turns, you’ll easily find the hot spring on the east side of Crump Lake. I hadn't been riding long enough yet for me to want to stop and get wet. Going back north just a bit, I found the entrance to the road that would take me east. There’s this monument at the beginning It winds up atop the downsloping south end of the Hart Mountains, and is a bit rough. N2MOTO on BDS.com had this to say about this road: "To say 'those roads are a little rough' is an understatement. After I was on a few of them, you start asking yourself 'WTF?' " He's right. Later the following day I found plenty of roads that were equally bad. Anyway... Good views You eventually hit road 6106, and this sign About ¼ - 1/3 mile away to the east is a cabin Continuing east on 6106, the road drops off suddenly toward Shirk Lake And you come out by Shirk Ranch There was lots more to take pics of, but I really needed to start making time, so fewer pics for the rest of the day. Going around the west then south then east side of Shirk Lake, the road finally heads east and intersects Beatty Butte Rd. At that intersection was the first of dozens of hunters I saw over the next 48 hours. Three RV’s, some trucks, and a generator blasting away. I didn’t stop to say Hi. I went across that intersection to find the road that goes N-S and is as straight as it can be (Wachs told me to ride it, and it's a good tip). Before getting to it, I saw another cabin to my right. Took a pic. Found the road, took a left and went North. That straight road was a blast, just as Dave Wachs told me it would be. A bit before it ends, I hung a right, went SE toward Acty Mtn/Acty Spring. It was slow here and there, but riding was great. At one point there’s a feature called Chimney Rock. Here it is zoomed in. Near Acty, looking north toward west side of the Steens and Catlow Valley. Here is where I began a navigation error. Dave Wachs explained a route to Domingo Pass. I wanted to do it a bit differently. With plenty of time, my route is just fine. Cool stuff to see, like Granite Spring, a cold-water spring I dunked my head, though it wasn’t all that hot out More pics around Granite Spring I realized that I was going to have a hard time making it to Fields before they closed at 6:00, so no more pics until after I got gas there. Made it there at 5:55, after basically pinning it on the hwy where the road dumped out. The higher gearing I installed for this trip, the tank, and the bags kept my speed under 90. With gas, and time to rest I went north to the powerline and took off east for the “crossroads”, about 10 miles east of the highway. Went south toward Whitehorse Ranch Rd But it was late enough that I had to camp nowhere special. 7:00 PM, 142 miles. Found this when I picked up my boots to put them in a trash bag for the night Honestly freaked me out. Traipsing around the camp in my flip-flops and these things are out and about?!?