Spring Break in the Ochoco Forest

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by oremike, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    We both get up just after first light, but were slow to get around to getting on the bikes today.
    Coffee & breakfast; the important things, were mixed with just plain vacation relaxation this morning.

    When we head out, just before noon, we find Roberts Road to be a South entrance to the Reservoir.
    This is a GREAT moto road :1drink. Very little gravel, and freshly graded smooth and hard.
    Yee-haw. Speed found it's way under my wheels :D

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    Down at the Reservoir....
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    On the way back, we take "Doubtful Dirt Rd" that was beckoning us on the way down to the Reservoir.
    This was a great two track dirt-only ride that was a bit like a Roller Coaster mixed with the Scrambler.

    Twisty and tight with plenty ups and downs, it was a good skills tester,
    and it appeared to have been built for the sheer pleasure of building a road, not to actually GET anywhere.

    Out and back, it didn't really go anywhere, but it was worth the effort.
    We didn't get many pics here, it was a busy ride, and good fun

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    When we got back to camp, Petrolburner and his girlfriend are at the parking area.
    Yay, more fools to camp with in March :clap
    Hey, wait a minute, how did he get his girlfriend to come out HERE, in March?
    I think that one's a keeper, Petrolburner....

    When our last camper, Jayhoo Ray shows up, and the tents are set up, the newcomers take off for a 2-3 hour ride.
    Oremike and I stay back at camp while I get started on a cup o special stuff,
    and we get some snow pellets for a half hour or so.
    Just long enough to get a good laught at ourselves for being here, and actually having fun.

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    We get a proper fire going tonight, and share some cheap whiskey :freaky.
    We all eat a mish mash of delicious food that started out as fajitas and grew into something much bigger and better.
    And of course, marshmallow roasting:

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    Tonight we got wind, instead of cold. Now I know why plastic tarps make bad rainflys: Noise.
    Fortunately, I could hardly hear it over the SNORING,,,,:lol3
  2. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Oremike and I get up, just after first light again,
    and we drink some coffee and wait for the others to arise.
    Then we wait some more. :ear stirring noises, yet? Nope. A little longer.
    About 10:30am, the others roll out of their tents, then we all eat a good community breakfast and talk about where to ride today.

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    Little Bear Creek Rd turned out to be an out-and-back,
    where the seasonally closed Roberts Rd shot us down at the end of a four mile run.
    It's OK, it was fun and fast

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    We circle further down South to Bear Creek Rd, a bit wider dirt road.
    Where is the gravel around here? Dirt only by now, these roads are sweet.

    Here's the OTHER end of that closed Roberts Rd,
    by a farmhouse out here in nowhereville....with a Tennis Court :huh:

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    I'm betting these roads get awefully dusty later in the Summer...
    Fortunately, this was not a problem in March :D

    I didn't get many more pictures for the next 40 miles or so,
    I was busy having good fun, and there actually wasn't much around us to get pictures of....
    Farmland, then more farmland, then some more.

    We try to go North into the forest but are foiled by plenty of snow, before we even hit the Forest Boundary.
    The dirt road got greasy for about 10 miles, to offer up some good skill-building exercises.
    When we hit one-wide-lane-pavement out the East end of this section of Ochoco Forest,
    we see some strip mines just before we ride up a shallow canyon out to the Pualina Hwy.

    This old building at the end of our fun road by the Paulina Hwy,
    would have some stories to tell, no doubt.

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    More campfire tonight, cheeseburgers and Johnsonvilles,
    more whiskey, and a little warmer night yet.
  3. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Shoot. Time to go home :cry

    We're out of there just after 11am, but I'm gonna ride the loooong way home.
    In hindsight, it turns out to be a poor decision, but I had good fun for a while.
    I wanted to see the Wildcat Campground that was our initial destination, and see what we missed.

    Hey, the gate is open this week....

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    Riding past the campground, I run into snow pretty quickly,
    but I've got a loop in my mind, so I press on through it.

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    When it becomes obvious after crossing 4 patches of this white stuff that the roads will just keep going up in elevation,
    which surely means plenty more snow, I give up and turn back.

    Stein's Pillar was cool, named after the same Steen as the famous Mountain Range,
    it just got misspelled enough that the incorrect name stuck.

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    We picked a better campsite for us for the weekend, for sure, there was no riding around here.
    Just 11 miles out to the campground from Hwy 26, and then back out on the very same Mill Creek Rd I rode in on.


    Here is where I decide to go to the Painted Hills NM, instead of the better way towards home.
    I've moto'd this Hwy 26 Pass twice so far this year, last month, in FEBRUARY !!
    Should be OK now, right??
    Well, it was nasty slick on the East side of the Ochoco Pass with this creamy/greasy mix of sand and melt-juice off-line,
    with wet pavement left over in two thin tracks only.

    I was in a hurry, and I lost track of reality, but I still get to tell the story, anyway.
    Thanks for listening ADVers.....I had a good time out there last weekend :norton
  4. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Whoa Jeff just picking up on the thread. Was your crash before or after our meet at the gas station? Glad you are ok. Yikes!
  5. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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  6. Petrolburner

    Petrolburner Noise Maker

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    Sure is...

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  7. oremike

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    Yes it is, I let Petrolburner take it for a ride and he was impressed with how snappy the power is. I think I'll leave the motor in the state of tune it's in now and work on the suspension next.
  8. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Ohhhhhh AJ :cry This is not what I like to see when I'm catching up on a thread that I think everyone is having a good time in. I'm glad you weren't hurt.
  9. leenpockets

    leenpockets Best Girlfriend Ever

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    I gotta say, this was the most amazing camping trip ever!!! Thanks for letting me tag along, guys! It was fantastic to meet you all! I just read this whole thread and I really feel sorry for those who missed out on our trip! It was a little cold. But hey, it's March! Mike, Jeff, Jay and of course my Trevor, I can't wait for the next adventure! (Yes, I'm crazy enough to sing up for more of this....)
    <3
  10. oremike

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    Cool! Let's wait untill the snow melts and ride up in the mountains! Or if you all get any ideas post them on here and I'll try to ride with again. Fun times for sure!
  11. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Like, we really had a choice....kidding !!
    Really though, thanks for tagging along, you totally added to our fun.
    And, I got a chance to learn a new culinary skill:
    Milk Chocolate Chips in Pancakes !! :dg


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    Welcome to the Asylum, n00b....

    Hey, how did you get past "n00b" status below your screen name?
    "Best Girlfriend Ever"....
    boy, you are special !!
  12. Loud Al

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    Perhaps she isn't such a noob at this whole inter-nets thingy
  13. Rainshadow

    Rainshadow Been here awhile

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    Glad you're OK Apple Jam. I know right where you went down and I've seen more than one nasty accident in the same spot. I've been sideways in 4x4 in that area before in similar conditions and I drive like my grandmother on ice.

    The deicer mixed with gravel can be as slick as the black ice they use it on.

    Glad you guys had a great weekend!
  14. JayhooRay

    JayhooRay Adventurer

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    AppleJam how's your body?! The nice part of winter riding is all the extra padding but yikes! Blood? Bruises? Limping?

    I've been riding to work everyday since...but there is no way I'm crossing a pass for quite some time still. I've been wondering what it would be like and now I know.

    I'll have some more pics soon...might be easier to send them to Petrol than figure out how to post 'em myself. :baldy
  15. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    body's fine. Pride is hurt a bit. Thanks for your concern.

    Stoopid enough to crash,
    But smart enough to wear all the gear, all the time
  16. Petrolburner

    Petrolburner Noise Maker

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    Click the Share this button, then grab the HTML/BB code, and cut and paste that here. You need to hit the button with the mountain and the sun and then paste it in that window, and then repeat! OK nevermind, skip the mountain with sun button, when you grab the link from flikr it already has the img script, which is why it is shown twice on my post below :mully


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  17. oremike

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  19. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    It sucks, and I'm safe, but the bike was never really purty in my eyes, just a chisled looking and useful tool.
    Ducatis are purty, except the old Multistrada, and the new Mutistrada doesn't appear to as good a tool as KaTy M.

    The first thing my wife says, when I finally break the news to her...
    "That's what you get for riding it so much this winter"
    This is no excuse for the moment of inattention that caused this accident, but she's right. The odds were stacking up against me.

    I had already put over 2600 miles on this bike on lots of crappy roads since my 47th birthday on February 6th this year.
    I'm still very glad for all those very good times :clap


    More to come, after a lengthy pit stop.
  20. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    think different when the bug bites her. Crappy roads or not, life would suck if I didn't have riding to clear my head. :rofl