First I'd like to give credit to Primal Outdoors for posting the GPX link for this route even though we made some changes and additions along the way. Also I'm not much of a photo taker. Most of the track out of Bend is a mix of gravel and sandy rocky double track. We decided to depart at 5:30 am due to the high temps that were forecasted for the day. The first section of trail was familiar as we recently rode it last month on the Riley 250 rally. Fredricks Butte road is one of the most rutted roads in Central Oregon due to the fact that a wilderness program for adolescents operates in the area and drives trucks out there daily to resupply the campers. I actually used to work for this program and so returning to this area brought back a lot of memories of when I first moved to Bend for the job. This is why you'll see a group of adolescents hiking with backpacks twice the size of them along the road. The first interesting stop along the route was the lost forest research natural area. The lost forest is an ancient stand of ponderosa pine trees in the desert that is isolated from nearest forest by 40 miles. Departing from the Lost Forest, you enter into the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes. If you want to ride into the area you'll need to bring a flag with you. We tried to ride closer to the sand dunes but actually ended up riding further away toward the town of Christmas Valley. There is a store there with gas if you already need to fill up. Next we headed out the HWY and went through a fence (with a boot on it) to a road that would lead you to the A6 crash site. My riding partner Tom has already seen it and it is about a 3 mile hike round trip to check it out. I passed on viewing it due to the amount miles still ahead of us to Plush and heat. We turned on a power line that was the least eventful road of the whole ride. This road cuts through Poverty Basin and now I know why it has this name. Toward the end there are nice views of Lake Albert and steep sections to keep you on your toes. Lake Albert We crossed 395 and hopped onto Hogback Rd (fast gravel) all the way into Plush. In Plush we stopped at the Hart Mountain Store where we got gas and burgers. It was nice to sit inside and feel the cool air of the overworked air conditioner that was halfway across the dinning area. Try not to get distracted by the bathroom.The store owner was helpful in providing us with camping suggestion even though he compared the recent frenzy of people coming to the area as locusts. We rode out of town and ascended Hart Mountain where we found available camping at the hot springs campground. Hart Mountain was a lot more prettier and grand than images that I was viewing online before we went there. Note our bikes are tucked behind the bushes because this was in the walk in only camping area since all the pull in spots were taken, but we did "walk" our bikes in technically. The next day we departed from the original track that was created by Primal Outdoors since the road wasn't open yet. Tom created a route that crossed Flook Lake, passed a nuclear fallout shelter and reconnected at Shirk Ranch. This route started off fairly rocky but gave to some amazing gravel roads with expansive views. After some lunch and wandering around the Shirk ranch property we headed east to cross the Spaulding wilderness study area. The Spaulding starts out with a short rocky climb and then continues to be rocky for the next couple miles. Standing and clutching through the rock field left my arms sore. It finally eased up and the route returned to smooth roads on this high alpine flat. Note you don't actually ride this road but we missed a turn and I took a photo of Tom riding down it, this what the Spaulding looks like. We climbed up a little more, descending down and crossed a valley where we entered the Rincon wilderness study area. This area had significant rock formations that would have been fun to hike around. Tom and I both agreed that the landscape entering the Rincon reminded us of being in Utah. The climbing through the pass is steep and rocky. On the little WRs it wasn't too much of a challenge but on a bigger bike I could see it being difficult.