Angst in the Alvord or some such thing

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by knary, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. RECON

    RECON Guit Sum

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    Awesome ride report MortimerSickle! Looking forward to the rest!

    Laughing my arse off when I got to the part about me being 9 feet tall!!!:lol3

    By the way, the best decision you made on Saturday was to stop following me when you did! Right around the corner it was rutted in a bad way, that continued for about 5 miles, then I went through 6 gates, lost it on one corner and got introduced to the sagebrush, fortunately kept the rubber side down...then got directions from a rancher who pointed to a cattle trail, saying that was the road, huh?! After another 20 miles of single tracked, washed out, mud, one stream crossing I came out to the main road south of Juntura that we were looking at. I ended up at 295 miles by the time I made it back...the hottub felt great!

    Not too sure about the naked belly flops though...:eek1 you'll have to ask IdahoJoe about that...

    It was great riding with you that day and looking forward to future rides, when you pick up your KTM 950 get me one also:evil .


    I'll add to the ride report when I get a chance and post some photos...
  2. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    RECON,

    Sounds like you found a lot more Adventure than I was prepared to face. I'll post a pic of my quickie fairing fix with my next installment (or maybe the one after that.)

    Glad to hear that you only had to smell the sagebrush and didn't have to eat it. Glad also that you decided to take the Whitehorse ride with me- good times.

    I guess you already saw my "Go Postal" thread; here is the other thread that we talked about. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29723 I think you will like it.
  3. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Now that I had found the lake, I had to find the Hot Springs, so I could find the camp- at least that was my theory.

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    I rounded the bend and started along the shore of the lake.

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    My understanding was that the springs would be on the right just after a cattle guard, and that the camp would be about another mile and up the hill on the left side of the road. Just as I began to wonder whether I had gone too far, I spotted the cattle guard ahead- so far, so good.

    When I got to the guard, I saw the metal shed of the springs down the bank and two motorcycles parked at the side of the road. I parked and started walking toward the springs. About halfway down, I could see that the two riders were a man and a woman, and soaking in the water, presumably in standard Hot Springs Uniform. Figuring that they would like their privacy, I stopped and called from there, asking whether they were part of the group- they were not. I made my escape and continued on down the road.

    At what seemed to be about the right distance, I saw a post, with a paper plate tacked to it. It marked a narrow, rutted jeep road leading up the hill, to what looked like a camp. The camp was too far for my ambition to carry me on foot, and the road did not look road-bike friendly. Shit.

    I looked at the camp. I looked at the road. I looked at my bike... I looked at the road... I- well, I did a lot of looking. "Oh hell, I'll just take it slow, and turn around if it gets too bad." Turn around? I can only hope.

    Surprisingly, I made my it all the way to the camp without much trouble, bottoming my forks only once. I parked the bike and introduced myself to the campers, asking whether they were part of the group- they were.

    These friendly folks were not riders, but knew one or more of them. And, their camp was not The Camp, but they thought someone was coming who could give me directions. They offered me a chair. "Thank you." They offered me a beer. "Thanks, but maybe I better not." They engaged me in friendly conversation. "Pleased to meet you. Yes, the weather is perfect." Nice people.

    One rider came by, but didn't know where The Camp was. A second rider came, and was the one camping with my hosts. He did have the info I needed. Guess what: back down to the Hot Springs, and up another rutted jeep road. At least this one was shorter.

    Finally! This time I had the right camp. About a half dozen guys were there, but when we had all introduced ourselves, I had identified only two Advriders: RECON and wachs. The others were either not on the forum or just didn't give their screen names. I suppose that it is not really important, but one of my goals had been to become more familiar with the people who post here. Oh well, on some other ride I guess.

    Although, most of the guys were busy unpacking, eating, or chasing windblown tents, they still managed a friendly welcome, and laid out a rough ride plan for the next day. The easy route that had been talked about would not happen: It was to have started by crossing the lake, and that was flooded.

    I knew that my bike could not make the ride that the others would be taking, but wachs suggested a good ride for me: I would take the Whitehorse Ranch Road to Hwy 78. He said that it was a smooth and scenic ride. I took him at his word and decided to go that way. RECON, having the only other large bike, told me that he might go on that route with me. If he didn't show at Fields by 9:30, I was to leave without him. Fair enough.

    By now, light was fading, so I said goodnight to all and set out face the gravel and ride back to Fields.
  4. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Hey MortimerSickle,
    I was the second rider on your account (on the Dakar) who talked to you - having just arrived from a 300+ mile dirt road trip and thirsty for a beer. Nice pictures and it was nice to have met you even if it was a brief hello.
    Cheers!
    Cesar


  5. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Cesar,

    Good to hear from you. I was glad to meet you, but didn't know which one on here you were. Thanks for the ID. And, thanks again for the directions, I was beginning to wonder whether I would ever find the camp.

    Please, convey my thanks to your friends for their hospitality.

    Ken
  6. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Lion BR,

    I forgot to ask you: Did you find a nice big rock to land on to even up your wheel? :lol3
  7. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I'll probably post another segment tonight, but how about some reports from somebody else. :ear

    I feel like I'm hogging the thread. :rolleyes

    Mort
  8. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    Hog it up, all you want Mort

    Least you made the trip, On a street bike no less

    Most of the original peeps bailed :dunno
  9. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    I'm not much for typing a lot but here's some of my pics

    Hart Mtns near Plush. I saw an old cowboy near here, the mosquitos were so thick I have no clue how he could deal with it
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    I gotta lot of weird stares from everybody, since I showed up after midnite most of them had no clue who I was or where I came from
    I believe IdahoJoe is having a Hamms:wink:
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    A lot of nice bikes in camp. Cesars brandy new Dakar in the middle
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    While Wachs and the crew went for the big ride, I headed back to Fields for fuel
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    The night before I'd ridden 80 or so miles of gravel in the dark, it was fuckin' insane. Hundreds and I mean HUNDREDS of rabbits ran in front of me and I swear I ran over at LEAST 40!! Sometimes 2 - 3 at a time, it was unbelievable! My nerves were shot, I could only manage 30 - 40 mph

    Saturday, in daylight the gravel was soo much nicer, I'd cruise 55 - 65 mph and blast up to 70 - 80 once in awhile
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    This was almost too good to be true, Pavement!
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    Hard too see in this pic but the Steens are back there, way back there
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    I rode up to Wolf Mtn to visit my Dad, I spread his ashes here on this rock seven years ago
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    Pretty nice little spot, I think
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    Made my camp in my favorite deer hunting spot
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    Drank a little Black Velvet and watched the sun go down
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    Sunday, saw lots of pretty country heading back towards home
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    Decided to take a run up to Rabbit Ears
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    But did not make it up to Hershberger Lookout, about 5,500' ran into snow
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    That's it for me, back to you, Mort! :wink:
  10. DAISY

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    Signed up so that I could say hi to everyone I met last weekend :wave

    Unfortunately we did not have a camera (but I noticed no shortage in camp:D ) so I dont have any pictures to share but what great shots. Idahojoe and I stayed at the Steens campground with JW (its AW...A for Austin...right? So sorry! :doh anyone correct me if I'm wrong, point and laugh but please set me straight:shog ) Sunday night after trying the Steens loop. It was my first time seeing the gorges (canyons?) WOW. I am really interested in seeing what the top of the Steens is like. Then Monday we mostly took pavement all the way home. I was really tired and nodded off twice on the back of the bike before we stopped and had a nap in the grass.

    I am told today that Wachs and Evan are going to be coming through and Idahojoe, a freind, and I are going on a short ride with dinner involved somewhere in between.

    What a fun ride, thanks. and thanks Knary for getting the ball rolling. Roadrash you were missed but thought of...someone might have a pic that you'd like.
  11. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I remember my dad telling me of driving at night in Eastern Oregon in a car that had bodywork low across the front. He said the rabbits would flood the road so thick that you could hardly see the surface. As he drove on through, he could hear the ears batting against the sheet metal. Gruesome!

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    Thanks for the report, Wibby. Great pics! :clap
  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    yo Daisy & IdahoJoe - just rolled in last night - You guys were great to ride and hang out with. I was kind of envious when we parted because the JW is an awesome guy to camp with but it worked out great for us too. Nevada was un-real beautiful. we have over 300 photos just between 2 cameras and there were several others. The T is putting something together to post. I think you meant Schmidt and Evan (?) they're heading to Jackson for a memorial. 1311.6 miles total maybe 90 mi of pavement in little chunks. saw lots of wildhorses, burros, a weasel, ibis, avocets, a badger on the road, lots of antelope, eagles, hawks, owls and a blue-billed duck yesterday. Dempsey's BMW stopped running about 5 mi. outside of Plush. we rode him into town and left him there. only 2 of us at the end and we were flying.
  13. DAISY

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    Wachs:

    Good to hear from you and am looking forward to seeing the pics. How was the weather in Nevada?

    Must have been Schmidt with Evan, but they ended up just blowing through. S'alright though, Joe and I are going for an overnight ride this weekend...I forsee lots of those in our near future...

    Camping with AW was fun. Everyone was really tired and a lot drunk which made taking turns stumbling around in the dark gathering more firewood interesting. Teased Joe and AW because AW picked the spot that the college coeds all camped across from.

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  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Saturday morning, I got up at 7, packed up my gear, had breakfast (house special omelet- good stuff) and went for a walk. I was on my way back when RECON showed up a little after 9. We both topped-up our fuel, and I asked Tom Downs, the owner whether Burns Junction had gas. "They used to. I don't know if they do now," he said. I was glad we topped-up.

    OK, belly full, gas tank full, sky sunny- we took off down the highway toward Whitehorse Ranch Road. The intersection came sooner that we had expected and we turned onto the south end of the Y. As we started down the gravel road we saw a pickup coming toward us raising a large plume of dust- great. But, the Wind God was kind to us that day, and a gentle cross-breeze carried the dust away quickly, just as it did for our entire ride.

    The road was just as smooth as wachs had said it would be, and as you will see, the scenery also lived up to his description. A few miles in, we stopped to snap pictures of an abandoned stone house (RECON and his Strom.)

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    The road had been mostly straight up to here, but leaving here it turned curvy. RECON leads off.

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    The road curves right then left then ri... well, it was a nice section, but this is the only picture I took of it.

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    Soon we passed another abandoned house, this one with the siding falling off.

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    The road straightened out again, and I mean s-t-r-a-i-g-h-t. On sections like this we maintained a steady mmmm.... shall we say 55 mph?

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    We spy the Steens.

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    A couple of mini playas (playum?) in the distance.


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    Mortimersickle and Motorcycle.
    Steens in the background (if you can see past the glare off my head.)

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    Steens again.

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    Do you recognize these mountains?

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    Some local history.

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    Closer.

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    Here the road curves to the right down a hill, then back to the left for another long straight that you can see in the distance. How big is this place? Oh yeah, 10228 sq. mi.

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    About 8 miles after that shot we came to Hwy 78, and turned left for Burns Junction. We found that BJ had not only gas but food too. Cool, we get to fill ourselves as well as the bikes. Neither we nor the bikes need it yet, but who knows when the next chance will be?

    Upon arriving, we saw a KLR parked out front. Probably a local or someone just passing through, we thought. While waiting for our food, we had a surprise: We met a young woman named Evan, from Jackson Hole, WY who not only turned out to be the rider of the KLR, but also was headed for- you guessed it- Angst in the Alvord. We talked for a while about hometowns, motorcycles, the countryside, and probably the weather, too.

    We talked about the routes we would take, and decided that RECON and I would head toward Folly Farm Road, and that Evan would reverse our route on Whitehorse Ranch Road.

    Below, RECON and Evan look at the map.

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    At Folly Farm Road, RECON and I decided to take another loop before parting company. The road on this loop was not as wide as Whitehorse and as I soon found out, not nearly as smooth.

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    The above shot is at about 8 miles in. Over the next couple of miles the road grew very choppy (or, at least too rough for my short suspension) and shook my bike badly enough to break one of the mounts on the fairing.

    RECON and I bid one another good-bye, and he went on alone, while I demonstrated my mechanical genius in repairing my fairing.

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    With that chore accomplished, I turned around and headed back to HWY 78 and on to Burns for gas. I would not know until after I got home and heard from RECON, just how much trouble I would have been in for had I not turned back. Holy moly. :yikes
  15. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    OK, if nobody else is going to post, I will give the highlights of my trip home.

    Having fueled in Burns and being too early to stop for the night (what do you do in Burns at 4:50PM?) I took off for John Day and another nice ride on Hwy. 395.

    The BMW rally was still going on in John Day, and again I got one of the last rooms in town. I found only one motel with vacancies and it had only three. The parking lot was jammed with motorcycles of every stripe. My rough count came to 8 Japanese bikes of various styles,

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    8 BMWs

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    10 Harley Davidsons (Yeah, I know the first one is a Honda.)

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    One Boss Hoss (If anybody doesn't know, that's a Chevy V8 in there.)

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    And, right there amongst all this Iron, just as boldly as you please, stood this:

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    After a good night's sleep, I rolled out of bed and into the shower- literally! Have you ever seen anything like this?

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    At breakfast this GS was among several bikes parked in front of the restaurant. Have you ever had a really good idea but not acted on it, only to find years later someone else making money off of it? Check out the one-wheel trailer, using an automotive u-joint for a hitch so it will lean with the bike in the corners. #*@%#**:baldy No royalties.

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    After looking over some of the other bikes,

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    I took off on my final leg home.

    Next: More curvy roads.
  16. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    How many folks finally showed up for the gather? We ran into someone (Evan maybe) on a torn-up KLR, SE of the Alvord Lake, was she OK?

    PS: I was the one who passed by with the KLR in the red pickup at dusk on Saturday night. I was with another group of nine DS'ers that camped at Frog Springs south of the hot springs. We had some epic rides!
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  17. RMac

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    Thanks Mort, keep 'em coming. Nice report. God, I love eastern Oregon. Don't tell anyone it's out there.
  18. RECON

    RECON Guit Sum

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    Great report Mort!

    I'll get around to posting some pics one of these days...but priorities first, leaving on another 4 day ride tomorrow!
  19. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Have fun there Recon! Sorry about the lax pose here but we'll git'er.

    Nice Mort! I got home on thursday, the T dumped his shots on my machine and he got mine, I moved my sprinklers as many times as I could in a day and a half, put out several fires work-wise and drove to Neskowin to spend the weekend with my family. Had planned to get home this afternoon and put something up but with the fatal accident on hwy 14 it took us almost 7 hours to get back here. We have a great story too and will get to it as soon as we can.
  20. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Hey - are you guys on the 2 KLR's we saw on the powerline, with the wildhorse show - looking for the license plate?