CDR to OBDR #3 - Still awesome!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Sideoff, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. Sideoff

    Sideoff Been here awhile

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    Cascade Discovery Route (CDR) to Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route #3 (OBDR)

    Both these routes have been well-detailed in past ride reports, so I just want to point out that they're still there and still friggin awesome. Last week I skipped out of work for a solo mission from White Salmon, WA down to the California border. It's about 825 miles from border to border via this route (including a fire detour), then roughly another 300 miles to get home on pavement via Hwy 97. Aside from the Crater Lake fire on the west side of the park, the rest of the route was clear and unobstructed.

    I spent the mornings chilling out at camp drinking coffee and reading, got on the road around 11am each day, stopped to jump in every appealing swimming hole on the way, and finished up around 7:30-8:00 each night. For anyone planning this route, maybe that'll help with estimating the distance & time.

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    Day 1

    From White Salmon to Monon Lake

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    Day 2

    Monon Lake to Somewhere Near Bend

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    Day 3

    Bend Area to Mill Creek/Prospect Area

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    Re-routing around the Crater Lake fire.

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    Day 4

    Prospect, OR to Cali Border/Klamath River

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    Day 5

    Highway 97 from Dorris, CA back to White Salmon

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    In 5 days of riding, the only people I interacted with were a couple gas station attendants, one grocery stop, and the fireman who helped me redirect. No hotels, no campgrounds, no restaurants, no bars. A purely solo free-camping trip, my favorite kind.

    See ya out on the trails!

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    Pete
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  2. Hootowl

    Hootowl Long timer

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    Nice photo's, nice route, nice jersey & good equipment ideas.
    Thanks for posting
    Richard
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  3. Goss

    Goss LC8 Adventurer

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    Excellent to get out on a solo like that to clear the mind. I need to make some time for one of these. Well done.
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  4. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Very nice :thumb
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  5. tracktick

    tracktick n00b

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    Looks like a great trip.
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  6. 400psi

    400psi Cropdusting

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    Outstanding!
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  7. Rips Millar

    Rips Millar capt. mediocre

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    sideoff
    the 15th picture on the page is a mudhole that cost me a few hours this summer.
    I flew to Portland for a fly n ride on my new to me 05 950 adv, and took some of those trails home. When I came up to that section I didn't see the way around in the grass to the left...I took a look at it, even backed up a bit thinkin maybe I shouldn't do it, but then went for it and got the rear end stuck in the mud bad...took my gobis off and tried to fulcrum and lever the ass end up and it fell over to the right into deeper stuff, leaking fuel and I couldn't budge it a bit.....put on my running shoes and walked back toward that town following the railroad tracks and found a house 6 miles away....yes I was alone. Some really nice people helped me and I gladly fueled up their quads at the gas station after....I got lucky I guess, but seeing a pic of that mud...I will never forget!! IMG_0938.jpg
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  8. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    Nice way to get across Oregon, eh?
    Excellent pictures, Pete!
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