The Summer of Stupid: 7400+ miles of 2up - OBCDR, CDT, TAT West and more...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I guess you are in trouble now... :rofl
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Causing trouble? :ddog


    Mini moo's. :lol3


    I love all your little links, I'm actually clicking them and it's pretty fun. :thumb

    Rtwdoug broke his chopper again, we're counting on you and those new found pictures.

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  3. xymotic

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    +1:thumb You guys owe me many hours of lost productivity:deal
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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Oops - there was a comment I was going to respond to and now it's gone...
    sorry, whoever (whomever?) used to be comment #60. I'm just slow :cry
    Thanks for reading anyway!

    Yep. :nono
    But, he's okay now.:crash

    haha, larryboy - I purposely refrained from calling you out :lol3
    Glad you're enjoying the linkies. I put them in there to amuse myself, and I figure they're easy enough to skip over if one has a stick up one's butt regarding non-riding nonsense :D

    (that was not directed at anyone in particular! I'm just sayin'...)

    Hmm. I blame Baldy...
    :lol2



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  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 5: 7/11/10 Lakeview, OR to Christmas Valley, OR 163 miles


    As we were leaving Lakeview, we spied a couple of BMWs. We were excited, thinking that we were seeing some fellow OBCDR riders.
    but, no.
    They were just going to the BMW Rally in Redmond, OR. Should have known it when we saw those ginormous hard panniers.
    Eventually, they sped off on the highway and we turned onto the dirt.

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    Norman was being pissy this morning, which enraged Matt. Norm wouldn'’t track properly and kept giving us bad info.
    At one point, the screen showed that we could go to the left for 10 miles...

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    or go to the right for 6 miles...

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    Either way, they would meet up and connect. In other words, the track that the GPS was giving us was just a huge circle. WTF? :scratch

    Norman J. Delorman - what is your major malfunction?! (matt gave Norm a middle initial just for these occasions: "Norman J. Delorman - go to your room!")

    That freaking thing simply refused to route.



    Normally when we follow a route, the screen shows the tracks and scrolls automatically. It also orients the page so that the road is always coming at us, no matter which way we turn.
    Matt can just glance down at the screen, see what’'s coming and keep riding.

    Today Matt had to take his hands off the bike to scroll manually, and he had to study the the GPS constantly.
    He couldn'’t enjoy the scenery or the riding and could barely look at the road. Not only was Matt livid, but it was dangerous, too.
    We finally stopped and unpacked the computer.

    Matt and Slime, having a moment on a stump
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    Matt re-entered the route he had mapped out last night, but Norm kept up with the same bullshit.



    Finally, Matt resigned himself to looking at tracks, rather than routing.
    This meant he had to keep scrolling (by hand) to follow the track, which was sometimes upsidedown.
    He’'s still not sure what was wrong - it seemed like the OBCDR track was broken, and to make it worse, maybe Norm was stuck on "North up"?
    Sometimes a right turn would show on the screen as a left turn and vice versa.

    Matt had to look at the screen, reverse (invert?) it in his head, and then make the turn. All while riding at a pretty good clip. Offroad.
    The roads weren'’t great, either. Rocky, thick wiggly gravel, heavy silt...It was some scary Angry riding. :eekers


    Here are some pretty shots, mostly taken when it was safe and boring.
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    Nice gravel road in the Fremont National Forest.

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    You’'re probably thinking - if you took 5,500 stinkin’' pictures, how come they aren'’t better? What’'s with all the mirrors?
    Yeah, I know. Sorry about all the mirror and helmet shots. Sometimes I do it on purpose. But, if it’'s a road photo, I probably took it while we were moving.

    A lot of times I have the perfect shot lined up...and then we’ll lean or hit a rock and it'’s ruined - a mirror pops up into the frame or the picture blurs...
    Oh well. Deal with it. You have about, oh, 2800 more of those mirror shots coming your way :freaky
    I kind of like them, actually. That's how you know we didn't take them while we were riding in a minivan or something :D


    We rode through some burned out forest, then stopped for a little break
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    We had gone through some mud sections that freaked me out. After last year I'’m still pretty tense around certain types of mud, so I was happy to stop and rest.

    Summer Lake. Matt said this was the first time he had ever seen water in it.
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    What’'s on the lunch menu? Yucky melted granola bar. Mmmmmm.

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    Gate. This one was hard to see.

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    I’'m just glad it had a stick. I hate wrestling with barbed wire.
    I don’'t think I mentioned it in this report yet, but as pillion (passenger) it was my duty to open and close the gates. There were a lot of them in Oregon.

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    I guess we’'re in the Fremont-Winema Forest. The original photo was totally crooked and out of whack - I had to snap it as we whizzed by.
    I can'’t believe it cleaned up so well. Signs are the hardest - they sneak up on me and Matt won’'t go back so I can get a shot.
    You snooze, you lose. I snooze a lot.

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    Ha, got a bunch of photos here - there were so many downed trees, we stopped a lot.
    That reminds me: if you have the patience to listen to BBC or NPR, you might like this clip: Pygmies using GPS .


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    Wow, this is getting old...
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    "Make going-around-downed-trees your favorite!" :lol3
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    We'’re almost at Fremont Point...
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    see you tomorrow!


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  6. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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  7. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    The Fremont is cool huh? Summer Lake Hot Springs is one of our favorite destinations! :freaky
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  8. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    You do a great job of writing LittleWan. :thumb

    I like the links too, but Kevin Bacon looks stupid like he's saying "Look at Me!" :rolleyes

    But that's not strictly ride content :uhoh so let me reiterate what everyone else is sayin' - keep it up!

    One more :lurk

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  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Wait 'til you guys see the food pic for Day 10...:evil

    Yep, the Fremont Forest is really neat. We were grumpy because of the GPS and the Angry riding, but that was a gorgeous day.
    Hey, I just read your Nevada for Chinese My god, what an awesome ride report! Just spectacular. (yes, I have been under a rock and have been missing all these ride reports) Matt's totally going to ditch me for his next ride so he can blast around on his XRR.
    You made me wish I was a better rider :(:
    And, crap, we missed the Summer Lake Hot Springs! We missed all kinds of hot springs on this trip, apparently.
    :cry Truly was "the summer of stupid"...:doh

    Thanks, Nicky - PM sent :D
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  10. jyellard

    jyellard Adventurer

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    Awesome report. Keep it coming.
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  11. Mud Missile

    Mud Missile Aventurero

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    Great time reading this report. My eyes are full of tears of so much laughing. Please keep it coming. :clap
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  12. zeroblah

    zeroblah Snot nosed kid

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    Love it Love it Love it! Really makes me wish my wife didnt mind 2 wheeled organizisms! (Is there any chance i can have you talk her into it?) BTW did i say i love the thread?
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  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Awww, shucks :shog
    You guys are too kind...

    And that's even after the Pygmies using GPS link! :lol3

    Matt saw that and said, "Kel! WTF?!"

    me: What? I like pygmies. And I warned those guys. I specifically said "BBC" and "NPR!"
    matt: This is ADV. What the hell does that have to do with riding?
    me: whatever. ADV just means that these guys have probably read pages and pages and pages about
    old
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    mine
    shit
    :lol3 I think they can handle a video with smart people talking about pygmies.





    Hey zeroblah, I'm flattered that you think I could help. I think one of these would do wonders...
    :oscar

    You say that now, but in a few weeks you'll be all...

    "make ______ your new favorite." Yeah, yeah.
    OKAY. WE GET IT.
    :stfu

    Some of you are probably doing that right now. :wave



    One more note: It has been brought to my attention that the pic heavy pages are killing the folks with slow connections.
    I've been asked (very sweetly) to limit the photos in each section.
    Okay - I really like having each day somewhat contained in a neat package, but I'm willing to work with you guys.

    When we were on the road, going online with that POS Slime, I wanted to shoot myself everytime I tried to look at ADV (the big pics took forever to load).
    But, as soon as I got home to our beloved iMac, I forgot all about it.
    I'll try and chunk it up and have fewer pics in each section. Just hope it doesn't make this rambling report even more of a mess...

    So, all you dial up suckers can thank your buddy Nixels for bringing it up. :D






    Day 5 continued...

    Fremont Point
    We saw a lot of scenic bathrooms on this trip. I was especially happy to see this one.

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    Another beautiful view of Summer Lake

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    We left the Fremont Forest and, after a little while, we realized that we were still on the highway.
    Instead of following our OBCDR tracks, that idiot Norm had re-routed us on his own and he put us on the damn pavement. Norm! :dirtdog
    Matt was pissed. But, it just so happens that Matt had ridden parts of the OBCDR in 2008 and we had passed a turnoff that looked familiar to him.




    We were only about 13 miles from Christmas Valley (on the highway) when we decided to go back to that turnoff.
    It was going to be a lot further in the dirt... Eh, what's an extra two hours...We came here to ride the freaking trail, right?
    I think I saw a sign that said "Black Hills."
    (but I was snoozing again and missed the shot)


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    After a couple of minutes, Matt said, "Oh shit, now I remember - this was a horrible road..."
    Oh. Good thing we went back for it. :eek7




    It was rutted double track, along the powerlines. Lots of sagebrush and sharp babyheads.
    Yay. Now who's the idiot? Sorry, Norm. You tried to re-route us and we just called you names...


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    This is one of my favorite kinds of gates. I'm always happy to see a nice metal leverage stick.

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    The road was getting pretty bumpy and uncomfortable. My teeth were rattling loose. Ugh.
    Matt was still having to scroll and decipher the GPS. He was ranting, pissed, and unwilling to slow down for pictures. Fun, fun, fun.


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  14. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    :poser:poser:poser

    :clap RTFL.
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  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Oh, look! a chipmunk!

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    (I'll be right back...)
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  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 5 continued...

    Okay, so we were out here:
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    The road was bumpy (actually, I think it was just getting smoother when we got to this next section). My teeth were rattling loose.
    Matt was still having to scroll and decipher the GPS. He was pissed.
    Fun, fun, fu...




    POW! We hit something hard and we both got the wind knocked out of us. I thought our tire had exploded or something. We stopped and got off. What the...?

    From what we can figure, we clipped a rock (it used to be in that empty space that's circled in pink) and it flipped up in just the right way.
    We caught the point of the rock on the bash plate and the bike went up and over.
    The rock was tall enough so we were up in the air for a moment and when we landed back down, that's when we felt the hit. I think.

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    It’s hard to tell from this angle, but the heavy duty bash plate (Black Dog) has a pretty good dent now and one of the tabs snapped off.
    At $315 for a replacement, I think matt will have to work his magic on this one. :bash

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    This was another hard-to-see-gate. They need some ribbons on these things...

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    The last bit of our riding was good. Lots of gravel and nice dirt. Fast, but fun - Matt could smell the barn...(or, should I say, the pizza)

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    We pulled into Christmas Valley and got some gas. This guy was at the pump with all his toys.
    Hey, matt used to have a sand rail just like that one on the end. It was a lot of fun, but it was no 990S.
    At least the 990 hasn't caught on fire. Yet. :lol3

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    Today we went 170 miles on one tank and didn'’t run out. We've been getting about 170-185 miles on a tank.
    That’'s pretty good for the ol’ schoolbus - 2up, with all our shit, and some Angry Riding... :thumb



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  17. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I know exactly what you are talking about this road: the sharp rocks was what I feared the most. From now you will be riding for a while on the same places I did ride the week before your ride. It is going to be great to follow along and see pictures of places I may have missed.
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  18. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    I think that $315 Bash plate paid for itself right there:1drink
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  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Cool! I love that.
    Feel free to correct or add any road/location info. I'm sure I'll be screwing that up.

    The above goes for larryboy and Wachs, too :D
    and xymotic, etc...

    With Matt using the GPS, I never know where we are unless I see a sign and snap a shot.
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  20. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    Don't include me in that group! I'm not worthy. :bow Plus I get lost a lot. and I have a crap GPS that only saves like yesterday's tracks. Plus I'm old, so I have an addled and fading memory. On the plus side though I may be the only one in that group who hasn't been hit by lighting. Wox may deny it, but if you look at the top of his head there is strong evidence indicating he may have been at one time. That, plus he rides like he harness the volts or something:pynd
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