You Must Go East To Go "Out West"

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Humunn, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Humunn

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    Sunday morning we are up early for breakfast and getting prepped. Long day today, 190 total!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Great place to stay. They make you feel right at home.<o:p></o:p>
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    Yard sale.<o:p></o:p>
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    About 15 miles from the hotel we start up through this shallow canyon which looks like it is all (or was) dry land farming.<o:p></o:p>
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    Pit stop at a gate.<o:p></o:p>
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    This was a cool area. A hundred years ago you can imagine the same scene, except on horse back.<o:p></o:p>
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    We exit the field and are back on an old Jeep road meandering through the pucker brush, in and out of canyons and washes, then a long stretch of flat land and talcum powder dust when we stumble across an old homestead.<o:p></o:p>
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    This was a popular photo opp.<o:p></o:p>
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    Homies on the range.<o:p></o:p>
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    Now let&#8217;s see if you can get out of it.<o:p></o:p>
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    Old gas powered motor that ran the well pump.<o:p></o:p>
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    Walked around this heap a couple times until we realized it was the remnant of a windmill, the predecessor to the gas motor!<o:p></o:p>
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    If these walls could talk!<o:p></o:p>
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    Life would have been very hard out here.<o:p></o:p>
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    Group shot and then we are back on the trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    More canyons and valleys. Spectacular views and the riding is just perfect. <o:p></o:p>
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    We drop down into the Warm Springs valley just west of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Harney</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>. This is the St. Clair canal. It always amazes me how we go from dry arid dry rocky dry high desert terrain to this lush marsh land in a matter of a few miles.<o:p></o:p>
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    This road basically cuts right down the middle of this huge marsh. There was water up to the edge on both sides.<o:p></o:p>
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    A few miles down the road we arrive here. Obviously there was a lot of water here once, and likely still is in the spring.<o:p></o:p>
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    We horsed around here a bit and waited for the others to arrive. <o:p></o:p>
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  2. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    Man, I hope I don't die of old age before this ride report is finished.

    I'm already 47 so you better get a move on!!





    :lol3




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  3. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Ditto, even on W.C.'s age.:D
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  4. Humunn

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    You guys are a tough crowd!

    Good thing I'm holding on to 29...tightly!
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  5. WoodsChick

    WoodsChick Long timer

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    29?


    Riiiiight..... :lol3


    Hey, quit talkin' and start postin' photos, dammit!!




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  6. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    What she said.:deal

    Greg, if you're 29 your wife must be 18. I didn't know living in P-town inspired such altered realities.:lol3
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  7. Humunn

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    OK, fine...39 then!
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  8. Humunn

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    Why do you think I moved here??? :evil
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  9. Humunn

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    No pics but we rolled through some low lands and what became affectionately known as the dried up two track talcum powder trail. Wasn&#8217;t so bad if you were in the lead but if you hit it at speed and were following someone too close your world got small in a hurry. Heard several stories of wash outs and white outs.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Down the road a ways we hold up at a gate to regain the shape of the group.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here&#8217;s Pat.<o:p></o:p>
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    And what is left of some bovine.<o:p></o:p>
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    We climb out of the alkali bed.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dust entrails behind us.<o:p></o:p>
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    The section of route from Diamond to our meeting point with the chase truck is 80 miles. We are getting close.<o:p></o:p>
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    We all meet up at the chase truck where Jim has brought us sandwiches, chips and cookies.<o:p></o:p>
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    We load the non plated bikes on the chase truck. We have a 25 mile section of slab to cart them over before getting back on the dirt.<o:p></o:p>
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    And enjoy the warm sun.<o:p></o:p>
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    With the slab behind us we are back on the trail. This section of the route is just north of Highway 20 on the OBDR route #5 and has some particularly nas<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> rocky sections spread over a ten mile stretch. Much of what is referred to as the &#8220;road&#8221; actually resembles a dried up drainage ditch, and it may have been that, but there is very little soil in between the rocky mess. If you read about the OBDR, particularly those who have tackled it on big bore bikes, this section almost always is referred to with weeping and gnashing of teeth. :eek1 <o:p></o:p>
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    Here are a few pics of one of the milder sections.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here&#8217;s an original OBDR trail marker. Very rare to see these out here anymore. :thumb <o:p></o:p>
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    From here the route smooths out and we pick up the speed on some fun cruising roads.<o:p></o:p>
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    Great scenery!<o:p></o:p>
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    The rest of the afternoon is high speed cruising through scenic river valleys polka dotted with big ranches and remnants of old homesteads.<o:p></o:p>
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    195 miles for the day, 513 for the trip! Thanks guys for a great ride with a great group of guys! :clap <o:p></o:p>
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    Until next time&#8230;<o:p></o:p>
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  10. WoodsChick

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    Whoa! The report is over and I'm not dead of old age yet!! Right on! :clap


    Great ride you guys had! Thanks for posting up all the photos...finally:lol3 ... and stories. I know how much time and effort it takes to get it all together and I appreciate and aplaud you for it!


    So when's the next one?




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  11. Humunn

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    Working on a MEGA Oregon to VEGAS trip now!!! :eek1
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  12. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    I wonder how long it will take to get that RR posted??? Tami and I may be dead before it's finished.:lol3


    Thanks for letting me tag along vicariously Greg.
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  13. west250

    west250 Been here awhile

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    How was your broken rider?
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    He had a spiral fracture on both his tibia and fibula. :eek1 Couldn't be treated in Burns so he took a long ambulance ride to Bend where they added a titanium rod to his tibia.

    I picked him up at the hospital and he stayed with me until his wife could retrieve him - Dr. said no driving!

    He's doing fine. Saw him a few days ago. Walking with a slight limp but no cast and should be back to normal in a few months.

    Says he needs to dial it down a bit now that he's getting older.

    But I've heard that before!
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  15. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    TSA will have fun with him from now on.:lol3
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    west250 Been here awhile

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    Crashing sucks... It's tough when the rocks are hiding in the brush. Could you clear all of them out before I come down in July please?
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  17. Humunn

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    For sure! I never did actually see the infamous "bush hidden rock" but next time through there I'm going to stop and take a picture!
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  18. E double D

    E double D are we there yet

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    Those thing are every where just waiting for an unsuspecting rider to come along and get you.
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  19. Humunn

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    Makes me wonder how many near misses I've had! :eek1
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