Fantastic!!! For you "we run smack dab into a locked Roaring Springs Ranch gate which blocked the Old Military Road right at the top of the rim." For us, I don't recall a gate at all at the top of the rim, there was one at the bottom but it was unlocked. We didn't hit locked until we'd turned South and ridden maybe 10 miles along the valley floor. Anyways, thanks for posting your report, the fuel can full of gas is amazing. Lucky you hit it, since even after using it you were on vapor by Fields. Yeah, Funnel Canyon looks like a main road and it's a lot better than Old Military but it's not anything I'd want to be riding in the dark dog tired. I thought our experience was fun but you trumped it big time! Thanks again for posting!!! Too bad I'd not read the report before we left. Losers! --------------------------------------- Anyways, here comes day 3. We had a good nights sleep at Fields Station. Got up, changed filter skins and had breakfast. I love Fields Station and everything about it, if you've never been, go! but I must admit, I don't like their scrambled eggs. Blech, but the lady was so nice I decide discretion was the better part of valor. Either way I leave still hungry. The plan was to ride upto the Alvord. Goof off there, ride back and then find Domingo Pass (which was originally our plan the night before), then head North towards Frenchglen. Obviously the land access issues of the night before weighed on us and whether we'd have similar issues exiting to the North. We'd talked the night before to the owner (filling the ice chest) about Roaring Springs Ranch (thanks Humunn for reminding me of the name) but he's already left to go hunting, my assumption is not in the Catlow Valley One of the most amusing things to me about exploring is when you talk to locals and try and get "inside scoop". I'm always expecting them to know all and it invariably turns out that 90% never leave the paved roads. I call up the BLM @Burns at the semi-suggestion of the people working at Fields and they are beyond useless. Then a guy hanging out there hands us his hunting map which has everything we need. They sell copies at Fields, so we buy one. It looks like we're set to avoid any repeats of yesterday. Here was the route: Heading North from Fields, Alvord ahead: Goofing off on the Alvord. Personally I preferred Weed Lake (just South of Harney Lake, which we'll visit tomorrow) as it was softer and you could trivially break the rear loose, much fun, but you can't beat the expanse of the Alvord: After this we rode back South to Fields station. It was cold so we stopped for a hot chocolate and Brian got some fuss: After this it was back on the bikes, South for a short ways then West towards Domingo Pass: Just off the highway: Climbing up towards Domingo Pass (Pueblo Mountains): Dropping down the other side towards Catlow Valley: The pass road switchbacking down towards the valley floor: Friend in the road: Brian riding down the switchbacks: At the bottom of the switchbacks you'll reach this gate beyond which is the valley floor. After this the roads are a bit of a maze, map shows dozens of roads. The night before I'd surveyed the map and matched what I thought was the route onto the gps and marked some way points. I turned out to be dead on: From here the route takes us South West away from the valley to more varied terrain, I think this is Box Canyon Reservoir: Towards the right of this picture you can see a rocky outcrop which is a small pass we were about to climb through, straight ahead is Lone Mountain: Climbing up towards the narrow pass: Dropping down the other side, I remember it being loose, rocky and rutted in places, really glad we weren't trying it the night before: Waiting for Brian to come down: After this we took a short break at the bottom overlooking Hawks Valley. I took a cool video here but I seemed to have deleted it After this we're on the main Ackley Camp Road (#6126) heading towards Bald Mountain, fun riding, great views: Old sign near the airstrip: Stopped at the junction just before Bald Mountain, to the left past the water tower is a fun climb beyond which is the cabin: The cabin itself, we stopped here on out TAT detour last year, someone had tidied up inside quite a bit since then: <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/57285085" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/57285085">P1030575</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user7423906">Tony Jones</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Not a lot of great prose today, one of the downsides of waiting months before writing the report, anyhow we took a break of about 15 minutes at the cabin and then pressed on taking a short cut on some two-track to cut the corner to Beatty Butte Road, which is the main drag North: On the way we ran into a herd of wild mustang: Brian waiting for me at the junction with Beatty Butte Road: There were 4 or 5 long fun silt sections on this road, the first: Another, no problems as long as you keep the speed up, 50mph plus was about perfect through them: Looking back from higher ground, silty road and Butcher Flat below: Escape route to the North, Frenchglen is out there in the distance: This was a fun section of road, quite a few silty sections. One was deep, rutted and had a couple of right turns and I biffed it good. Brian catches up with me and says "man, someone really messed up along there" Video I took along that route: <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/57285086" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/57285086">P1030589</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user7423906">Tony Jones</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Brian stopped amongst the sagebrush, just before Rock Creek Road: We managed to again run into some private land, about a mile mile before Rock Creek Road. Nothing fenced so we just closed our eyes and rode through quickly. After this we took a right onto Rock Creek Road and it was about 20 miles of fast gravel before we joined back upto OR205. For the next few miles evidence of last years fires was easy to spot alongside the road, finally we dropped into the twisties that lead to Frenchglen. Brian had made reservations at the Frenchglen hotel, the main hotel is run by the State of Oregon but the concessionaire has built an overflow property behind called the Drovers Inn. We eat at the Hotel, it's family style and there was a ton of food.