In early June I suggested to my friend Ken and fellow KLR rider that we ride a loop thru Eastern Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. He liked the idea and he started looking at maps for a general outline of a route. We're both not big on extensive planning preferring to make route decesions as we progress thru the ride. We dislike riding the KLR's on pavement so we wanted to travel off pavement as much as possible. The thin red line in the title refers to the road symbols in the Benchmark Road Atlas' that we like to use for route finding. Big heavy red lines for limited access highways, solid thin red lines for secondary roads, red dashes for gravel and finally thin red lines that can be anything from good dirt to double track. In our travels we find that the map symbols don't always correspond with what we find on the ground in front of us. Our ride was 6 days, a bit over 1200 miles and what seemed like hundreds of gate opening and closings. Near the end I injured myself so we had to finish the last 200 miles (more or less) on pavement. Day one was a long but easy day (except for the bull standing in the road when I came around a corner) ending at Warm Spring Reservoir via Crane (page 79 in the Oregon atlas)on the Crane-Menator Rd. We didn't hear or see any airplanes, vehicles or human made sounds while we were camped there. Remarkable! We were riding again the next day by 7AM, retracing our route from yesterday to pick up Cowley-Riverside road heading south-east (pages 79,82). The road was little used, the vegatation encroaching on the track and the views were beautiful. Here are a few photo's of that section. We then came to our first water crossing of the trip. We had several of these during our ride, unusual for a desert journey. The route grew more deserted by the mile And after about 20 or 30 miles we came to a stop here Fuel was becoming a concern so I brought up the "its better to beg for forgiveness then ask for permission" mantra and we proceeded onward. We could see the ranch headquarters in the distance but we reached a county road without being detected. From there it was pavement riding south on Hwy 78 to Burns Junction and then west to Rome were we got off the pavement, crossed the Owyhee River (which we'll see again in a few days) and road up hill past a ranch house and barns to look for the Old Idaho, Oregon, Nevada "Highway" which parallels Hwy 95 heading east (pages 92-93 in the atlas.) Here's an example of where the map legend shows a dash line but in actuality it should be a thin red line. The Old Idaho, Oregon, Nevada Highway was a 19th Century wagon road and there's not much of it left. Near the end we drop down towards a well maintained county gravel road. Further along we're stopped when the road ends at a dam and irrigation diversion. We backtrack to the hamlet of Arock and ride the pavement towards Jordan Valley. After refueling we finally enter Idaho around 2PM. Its taken us almost two days to reach Idaho! We could of ridden from Bend to Jordan Valley in 4-5 hours on pavement. South East of Jordan Valley we pick up Flint Creek Rd. and the scenery ramps up a notch or two. Flint Creek Rd. takes us to Antelope Ridge Rd. (pages 70-71 in the Idaho Benchmark Atlas). The ridge is outstandling beautiful. At Mudd Flat Rd. we turn left and end our riding day at Poison Creek Picnic Area. Its been a 10 hour day of riding and I notice Ken's asleep in his tent at 7:30. Since he took the only level spot for a tent I decide to use a picnic table.