Four of us – Rob from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1laceName w:st="on">Hood</st1laceName> <st1laceType w:st="on">River</st1laceType>, Dave from <st1:City w:st="on">Portland</st1:City>, Phil from Seattle (all ADV lurkers) and Pete from Hood River (me, a recovering ADV lurker) – rode a section of the OBDR in Eastern OR last week. We were on three different generations of BMWs, including Phil's brand spankin' new 1200 that was in serious need of dents and scratches, which it now has lots of. Rob was on some kind of odd looking motorized bicycle from Austria with an old-school chain drive. You'll have to ask him what it was called because I don't really recall (kidding of course... I get just as hard as the next guy over a KTM... in fact I have one too). I had the entire week off so I started early with a few days solo at the Alvord desert in SE Oregon. We all met up Wed night in Spray and did the OBDR trip together. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> Lots of booze… good times! <o></o> Days 1&2 – Getting to the Alvord <o></o> <st1lace w:st="on"><st1laceName w:st="on">Left</st1laceName> <st1laceName w:st="on">Hood</st1laceName> <st1laceType w:st="on">River</st1laceType></st1lace> Sunday afternoon. Rode to <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Bend</st1:City></st1lace> on pavement. Took a mix of pavement and dirt to Burns. Stayed in a hotel in Burns, got some work out of the way Monday morning, and then rode mostly dirt down to the Alvord, exploring side roads, stopping at the diamond craters, and checking out the bird refuge en route.