Many years ago I build a small cabin in the high desert agriculture community of Christmas Valley Oregon. My purpose was to provide a place to stay while I enjoyed my then favorite activity which happened to be falconry back then. At the time, I had little interest in motorcycles (10 year recover from DB accident) and no knowledge of modern dual sport adventure riding (although I had camped from my motorcycle several times). While hunting with my hawks, I started seeing a few bikes in the desert and eventually stumbled upon the OBCDR website whereupon I was hooked and have since planned and completed several 500-800 mile rides in the area. Recently I’ve been itchin to get out again early but neither my son or best buddy have time. However my wife planned a vacation at the cabin over easter so I had opportunity to ride! The desert around CV is expansive, diverse and remote! Google earth exposes all the roads, two track and cow trails very well. Even fence lines are visible. After spending a few evenings on the computer, I was able plot multiple 50-150 mile loops and routes from the cabin totaling well over 600 miles. The routes I planned were easily imported to BCN so I had a good basis for my rides. During my dual sport day trippers vacation, I was able to prove a few of the routes although I still have a LOT of riding to do to prove them all. CV is an agriculture town 100 miles from anywhere known for it’s premium alfalfa…and jackrabbits when the cycle is high. CV has a gas station, 2 grocery stores, 2 food joints, motels, an auto parts store, airport and cowpasture golf course…oh…and a medical clinic (potentially important). The main road is paved although all adjacent roads are dirt. You really don’t even need a plated bike to enjoy the area. The OBCDR passes right through CV. You can virtually travel any direction and be in wild places within a few minutes. Generally speaking, the area around CV is open range. I encountered a few wire gates which I promptly closed. The few developed private ranches were generally avoided although I’ve found folks in the area quite friendly and accustomed to “free ranging recreationists”. The desert south of CV is probably my favorite…remote, forbidding, topographic, expansive and terminates at dunes or alkali flats adjacent to large alkali lakes…and food. The towns of Plush (100 mi), Summer Lake (20 mi) and Paisley (50 mi) to the south all have gas and food. The finest burger in the world is made in Plush, OR. The south routes are also bisected by scenic HY 31 and 97 which provides a worry free bail-out route if needed. Not uncommon to see antelope and wild horses in this area. SW of CV allows the day tripper to tour scenic Winter Rim of the Fremont Winema National Forest. The main roads are smooth cinder while the side routes are dirt. It would be an easy ride to Thompson Reservoir if you wanted. The towns of Summer lake and Silver lake provide opportunities for gas and food. Deer and elk are not uncommon in this area. There have even been wolf sightings. North of CV allows the day tripper to tour a couple large lava flows, crack in the ground, fort rock, hole in the ground. North is the only direction I’ve encountered an issue with fences. Although I’ve found public routes, I’m still looking for alternate routes to expand opportunities. It’s a long ways to Prineville, but that’s the best opportunity for food/fuel to the north. HY20 would be your bail-out to the north. East. Sand Dunes! The CV sand dunes are pretty impressive and fairly unknown. They are only about 25 miles from CV but offer thousands of acres of sand. Farther south is the Steins Mtns. A long trip from CV across the desert would get you there but you’d probably have to buy gas in Riley and take HY97 and the CV HY home. The lost forest is also just beyond the dunes…unique ponderosa pine trees growing where water is scarce The possibilities are endless are endless riding out of CV. I've got a ton of routes saved both proven and unproven, however I cant figure out how to attach them. If I get that figured out, hope you guys enjoy. Of course you use them at your own risk. Never ride alone and carry the survival essentials always in the desert. My longest ride this trip was a 114 mile loop toward Abert lake. The pictures attached are from that trip. Rain, snow and cold, but still a total blast!