Riding, Geocaching and Exploring . . . .

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Ladybug

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    10/28/17 Detroit Lake, OR, a fun restaurant, and camping at Ochoco Lake County Park.

    Sometimes it's fun to go somewhere just because and that's what I was doing. I did a little bit of geocaching but didn't have any luck finding any which is often the case with me.

    Detroit Lake Dam, there is a geocache here somewhere but I didn't find it.
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    As I was driving into the town of Detroit Lake, OR I spotted the motorcycle on this sign and I had to go there for lunch.
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    There was so much to see outside then I went inside . . . .
  2. Ladybug

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    Inside The Steel Lounge and Korner Post Restaurant.

    I went in, ordered my meal, and started wandering around.

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    There was so much to look at I forgot about my lunch. There were display cases with a lot of interesting things a long with all the other things I took pictures of. The waitress came and found me so my lunch didn't just sit there waiting for me to return.

    I don't remember what I ordered but I remember it was good and the serves fantastic. If you are ever in Detroit Lake, OR stop in for a meal you will enjoy it.

    When I went back outside I spotted more things I didn't notice as I was going in.

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    Moving on I stopped along the river to go for a little walk.
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    The old road is showing next to the water. It was re-routed when the dam was built (I think).
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    I tried to drive over this road but it was already closed for the season.
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    I started looking for somewhere to camp but I wasn't having much luck. I went into Prineville after dark and drove in circles for a bit before I found an RV Park I was looking for. It was a bit trashy and I decided to continue down the road. But I did find this cool looking building while I was driving around.
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    As I was driving east I spotted Ochoco Lake County Park and pulled in for the night. It was only about 10 miles from Prineville and so much nicer than what I saw before.
  3. Ladybug

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    10/29/17 - John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument

    When I woke up it was still dark and cold. I decided to go ahead, get up and go get a shower. The restroom was nice and warm, the shower had good pressure and plenty of hot water. Ohhhhhh luxury camping!

    With being warmed up with the shower it was time to make coffee and wait for daylight. I make coffee by using a silicone funnel place in my cup, add a coffee filter and coffee grounds. Pour boiling water over the grounds and have a good cup of drip coffee. The lid for the Stanley pot fits on the funnel perfectly to keep the heat in. The funnel is very flexible and can be folded in half so the setup works great for the motorcycle.
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    While I enjoyed my coffee I discovered I had cell service and I was able to check for caches in the campground. There was one out aways so I decided to go see if I could find it. With it still being dark I was going for a walk with my flashlight and cup of coffee.

    It wasn't long at all and it was getting light.
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    The cache is out there by that tree.
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    This cache I did find but didn't get a picture of it for some reason.

    And back to my van I went.
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    I enjoyed this spot. There wasn't anyone else in the park so that made it that much nicer. The sites were good sized so even if there were other campers there was plenty of room.
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    Headed out I spotted this campground that's seen better days.
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    The colors are so pretty they almost look fake.
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    Time to take a walk.
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    Looking for a place to camp at another time. It's too early to stop for the night when I was here but I wanted to check this out.
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    Turning right at the Y.
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    I drove down this road and discovered I need to pay attention with this van since there isn't much clearance. I had to straddle the tire ruts so I didn't high center.
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    The road brought me here.
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    The van did fine on this road.
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    Headed back out.
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    Many years ago there was a bear kept in this cage. He was an attraction so people would stop for gas here.
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    Moving on.
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    At least I know where I am.
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    Somewhere else I haven't stopped before and I took the opportunity to stop.
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    Lab for working with the fossils
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    It's cloudy because I was shooting through plexiglass.
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    After spending some time there I went up the road just a short distance to the James Cant Ranch.
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    Back to the house
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    Moving on
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    Went looking for another cache that I didn't find.
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    Found a spot for a glamour shot of my van.
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    Looking for a place to camp again. I didn't try this spot.
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    That was the last of my pictures for this trip. I slept in my van in a rest area that night then went on home. I enjoyed the weekend. The weather was chilly but the sky was blue which I always like.
  4. PNW Buttercup

    PNW Buttercup Dancing with dirt roads...

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    Good grief! Didn't you just get that van last year or the year before....? 2017?! Awesome trip! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Ladybug

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    Lots more coming. I hope I don't bore everyone so much they stop following.
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    Keep it coming!
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  7. TheAdmiral

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    Wow, it has been a long time since you posted. I for one am glad you've decided to continue posting in this thread. I love the security bike, too funny!:lol3
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    To keep things in order (for me), I'll go read and see what LC Garage had to do to your Superbug. Thanks for keeping this going, glad you were able to retire, and can't wait to see the rest of what you've posted.
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    Places added to "the list". :clap
  9. Ladybug

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    I loved that bike and it was even better when it was being ridden around camp. There is another one coming up in 2018 at a different location. Things like this keep me smiling.

    There are a lot of things I did between 2017 and now so this is keeping me busy. Some of the pics. didn't get sorted and now I'm doing it. I didn't realize what a funk I had gotten into these last few years until I retired and was away from work for a few months.

    I'm glad there is a least a few people that are still following along and enjoying seeing my endless pictures and rambling.

    Awesome between you and @Metalcarver I keep adding to my list so it's good to see I'm giving you something to add to your list. :D
  10. Ladybug

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    11/26/17 - Palouse Falls Loop and geocaching.

    Another drive in the van. I wanted to camp at Palouse Falls and Nov. is way too cold for me to tent camp. When I go for drives rather than riding my motorcycle I always have my eyes open for new places to ride.

    Here's the route I took.
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    Started the day with a clean van. You never know who you might want to impress out there. :lol3
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    The first cache I came to wasn't far from home. I don't remember what this memorial was about.
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    The day started on a positive note since I found the cache easily. Some days it's like this for me and other days I can't find them if I trip over the danged things but I still have fun with looking for them.
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    These teeny tiny ones can be a bugger to get the log out of and bad in but this time no problem.
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    I'm taking the backroad to Sprague, WA. I rarely see other traffic on it and I like how it goes up, down, and around through the Channelled Scablands. When I head west and not in a hurry I prefer this road over I-90.
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    In Sprague, WA there is a dirt lot filled with old vehicles. I like to stop and wander around looking at them.
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    Main street Sprague.
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    Trying a route I haven't done before to Ritzville, WA:
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    Moving on and finding a cool looking barn.
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    A cache took me here but I didn't look for it. When caches are too close to houses or businesses I rarely look for them. I'm self-conscious and feel like I'm being watched. I don't want to be the subject of someone's spectator sport. :lol3
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    I did enjoy looking at the sculptures from the road though.
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    Another cache took me down the road a bit to this location:
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    The cache has seen better days but I found it.
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    Hoof prints on the road in Ritzville, WA made me smile.
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    Next up, I haven't been on the route to Vassar, WA before either.
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    Yep, chasing caches brought me here.
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    Found it:
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    Caches that take you to a cemetery are normally not in the cemetery but outside of the boundaries out of respect for the dead and their living families. I have found only a couple that have been inside the boundaries.

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    I walked through the brush to get to the cemetery. It's not well maintained.
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    Driving through farm country.
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    Another cache location.
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    This cache was inside the fence but only a few feet from it and on the back of a bench.
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    I like to leave some type of ladybug in caches. :-)
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    Moving on to Vadar, WA and another cache.
    This is where the map showed Vadar and the cache is located in this area. I didn't find any signs of a town being here at any time but I'm sure there was at one time.
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    Nope, not here, but there has been life here. I picked up the cans and disposed of them.
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    Found it here.
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    Then I went this way to Kahlotus & ending at Palouse Falls
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    I like old windmills, the news ones just don't have the same good looks.
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    Kahlotus, WA
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    Tiny Library
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    It's starting to get dark and there is another cache I want to find.
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    There is a cache at the entrance to the driveway into this barn but first I wanted to checkout the barn.
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    Some sort of block building.
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    Then I found a family cemetery.
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    This is the way I came in, from the barn.
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    Here is the cache at the entry to the farm.
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    I found two more caches as I went on to Palouse Falls.
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    Using a flashlight in the dark seemed to make the caches stand out a little more. Cache spotlighting. :lol3

    Night caching is entertaining.

    At Palouse Falls I found a good parking spot, set my coffee up for the morning and went to bed.
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    Checking out the falls would wait until morning.
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  11. Ladybug

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    11/27/17 Palouse Falls

    I woke up just before light, got Mr. Buddy and the coffee going.
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    Someone set up camp at the edge of the canyon, see the tent way over there?
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    It's a long drop to the bottom if you fall off.
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    Going for a walk and I hope I don't find any of those darned rattlers.
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    There have been people that have fallen from the top of the canyon and died. Sometimes they have it closed off to walking these trails because people can't seem to stay back from the edge. Sometimes pieces of the edge breakaway under the weight of a person. This day it was OK to go out on the trails.
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    I enjoy being at the rugged canyon.
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    You can see where I parked for the night. The other vehicles in the lot also spent the night. The actual campground is on grass up by those trees.
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    This is above the falls and sometimes there are mountain goats across the river down next to the river.
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    I wasn't as close to the edge as this looks, I cropped the pic.
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    Slick hiking when wet.
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    Up river from the falls.
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    There's that tent, way too close to the edge. The people camping there looked to be in about their 20s.
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    Nice view but holy cow! :eekers
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    Back at the van I checked my Fit Bit.
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    Where I went from the falls.
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    On my way again and another windmill.
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    Returned to the barn and cemetery from the night before. The barn is marked on the map as Wacota, I went there then backtracked back past the falls.
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    I wanted to see things in the daylight.
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    I don't know how many times I have driven on the hwy above the graves and never saw the stones down there.
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    The barn on the way back
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    Back at the barn I wanted to see where this road went. The road looked like it might have sharp things on it so I took a walk.
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    The end of the line.
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    One last look at the barn. This is where the cache was, next to the post on the right.
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    It looks like this might not be there the next time I go to the falls.
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    Next stop a fish hatchery.
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    When I was a little kid I like to watch trains and got super excited when I saw the man in the caboose. I still like seeing trains for some reason but the man in the caboose isn't there very often any more.
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    Big birds don't get to go fishing at this hatchery.
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    I walked around a bit then headed on down the road.
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    This is a good street riding road.
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    I was going to make a quick stop here and ended up spending a lot more time than I planned. Chance meetings can be a wonderful thing.
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    Being silly with my camera. My van looks like a matchbox van. :D
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    Looking through the window.
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    At the end of the building, I notice a lady walking her dog in the grassy area next to it. She noticed me looking at things and came over and talked with me. I chatted with her for quite a long time as she told me all about Starbuck. Her late husband had been mayor and they had lived there their entire adult life.

    The building I was looking at is used as a community center now and it gets rented out occasionally. That explained why things were set up and ready. She suggested a few places for me to look at and she was on her way.

    That lady owns this place but it was closed for the season.
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    Police dept.? I should have done this report after I was there when the information was still fresh in my mind.
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    Looking through the window.
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    The lady pointed out these trees since her husband planted them when they were saplings. She owns this place too and rents it out.
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    She told me a lot about this building. It's the grange and she owns it.
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    The lady found me again and we visited some more. She pointed out her house and asked me to visit again if I was in the area. She was so nice, had some great stories and very welcoming.

    This used to be a school and is not occupied. There is a cache near it but I didn't look for it.
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    A stop at the old jail.
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    It was time for me to get going but not without taking one last pic.
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    Onward.
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    Looking for a cache at another spot on the map Delaney. I didn't find this cache.
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    As I was driving Born to be Wild came on the radio. Ahhhhhh yes, a blast from the past.
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    As I was looking for another cache I found this.
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    There's the cache under those rocks.
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    Nothing exciting about this cache location.
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    Designs on the Palouse.
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    Another cache - See that big hole above the cache?
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    That's where the cache is stored.
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    From there it was a short drive home.
  12. Ladybug

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    That's it for 2017 and next up will be 2018.
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    Just in time fer cabin fever!:jump:ricky
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  14. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    The "SpiderBug" was pretty neat idea. Boy, if only we could go back in time and see how bustling those now little towns could have been. Lots of neat buildings and things. Awesome!
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    I might find that lady and apply for the Starbuck Fire Chiefs job!

    thanks for the pics
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    @Bob she might just hire you.
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    Work is such an ugly word. :lol3
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  18. Ladybug

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    2/10/18 The 1Show Portland, OR

    The 1Show is an eclectic artsy motorcycle show held each year in Oregon. I always have fun when I attend and it's a great way to add some good times to Cabin Fever.
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    2018 I attend the show with @tymetrvlr and the big wrench just inside the door made me chuckle so I wanted a picture of both of us with it.

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    This bike reminded me of a bike I had in the mid '80s and early '90.
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    Mine - yes this was in the '80s when big hair was the thing. :lol3
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    There is always of display of helmets.
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    This was my favorite.
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    Lots of Motorcycles:
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    Pictures on the walls:
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    And some weird stuff:
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    Lots of good stuff to look at:
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    This one was just sort of creepy but I'm sure the owner likes it.
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    While the bike is not my style I appreciate the art work.
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    This seat does not look comfortable.
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    Giddy Up!
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    That would be an ouch :eekers
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    More artwork
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    The show was held in an old warhouse.
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    Many of these bikes aren't made for riding.
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    This was on the Fat Tracker
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    There is so much to look at I always miss things then see where someone else posted something cool that I didn't see. I will be there again for the 2020 show and to see the flat track races.

    This is the first year that the show won't be held in an abandoned warehouse, which I liked, but I'm sure this year's show will be fabulous. It's worth a trip to Portland to attend The One Moto Show <- - - The website, be sure to watch the video a short way down on the page, It's hilarious.
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  19. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Well darn, I must have done something wrong since a bunch of the pictures showed up small. I think if you see something interesting you can enlarge it by clicking on it.
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  20. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

    Joined:
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    4/21/18 Outta Sight Racing work party

    We would be camping in LC Garage's yard and his shop was where the action was taking place. His wife, Lit'l Red, she enjoys all that goes on and cooks for everyone to boot. She attends all the events/races with us too. LC Garage is a lucky man and she thinks she is a lucky lady, so cool. There was a handful of projects that would be worked on but the main goal was to get two minibikes ready to race the following month.

    Where I was going is Scappoose, OR west of Portland a bit and it was a nice day for a drive.
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    Being one of the first people there I got my pick of where I wanted to park. I camped in the van and got to watch deer munching on the lawn when I woke up the next morning.
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    LC Garage showing off his DoodleBug and I joined him giving him a hug. It's a good thing his wife isn't the jealous type.
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    Oops blurry campfire picture for the first night.
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    The next morning Lit'l Red and her Sister Sue fixed breakfast for us. The rest of the team would arrive soon.
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    Lit'l Red on the left in the black sweater, behind her is Loud Al, right of him is Sue, Kootenai Rider in the middle on the right and LC Garage. I was taking the picture so I didn't have to be in it. :D

    After breakfast, it was out to the shop for us. Kootenai Rider is started on something.
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    Loud Al started to work on my van. He was installing a trailer hitch that turned out to be more difficult than he thought it would be. The difficulty was due to the lack of ground clearance to be able to work on it.
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    Muffler needed to be dropped to install the hitch.
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    One of the projects was for the spare tire to come off the back of the motorhome and put on the roof.
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    Kootenai Rider went up to see where the tire was going to be put.
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    There was a lot of discussion about how to get the heavy tire up there. A pully system was discussed then other projects were being looked at, like minibikes.
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    When no one was paying attention Kootenai Rider put that heavy tire on his shoulders and took it up that latter to the roof. Dang, none of us had any idea he was doing that. LC Garage caught him right after he got up there.
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    Loud Al still working on my van.
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    The hitch is installed but now it needs to be wired. The wiring wasn't already there so it wasn't a plug and play set up.
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    My '76 CB400F was on the project list for a new front brake.
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    The minibikes are out of the shop.:clap
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    Loud Al is still working on the van but the tires are going back on.
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    LC Garage is encouraging me to take the mini for a ride. I took it for a few laps around the property. What a hoot.
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    Oregon Coast showed up with the Outta Sight Racing race bike. The SL350 completed two Mexican 1000s and trophied at both. It was on the project list too.
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    Twin Duro showing up with his minibike.
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    Poor Loud Al, I felt bad for him with it taking as long as it did to get that hitch installed and wired. He was working on the wiring here.
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    He took a break to test sit Twin Duro's mini. Doesn't he look good on it?
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    Oregon Coast uses two hands to help unload the mini while Loud Al is just using one. Cory is watching and it looks like Kootenai Rider is giving directions. Meanwhile I'm standing around taking pictures.
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    The number plate from the OSR race bike went on the mini and LC Garage couldn't seem to keep the front tire on the ground.
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    After some tuning LC Garage and Twin Duro decided they were going to do a test race.
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    LC Garage is in the lead.
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    Loud Al making sure he is wiring my van correctly.
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    Kootenai Rider was going to take the CB for a test ride to make sure the new brakes worked correctly but it had sat too long and didn't want to start.
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    Getting a bit of help from a friend.
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    With the CB started Kootenai ride put his helmet on and took it for that test ride.
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    The van is done and the CB is parked. Things are looking good.
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    I have to show off the pipes on this bike. There is a side cover for the bike it was just off temporarily.
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    Aren't those pipes pretty?

    Luke and Gwen showed up with their teeny tiny son Evan. LC Garage and Lit'l Red found a teeny set of Carharts for Evan so he could be like his daddy when it's cold out.
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    More test riding the minis
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    Kootenai Rider wearing eye protection.
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    Loud Al had brought a onesie for Evan. I can't remember what is written on it but it made everyone smile... Something about dirtbikes. Gwen is a good sport, she's afraid of motorcycles but doesn't give Luke grief about riding them and is even OK with Evan being exposed to all of it.
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    Relaxing a little after lunch at the fire.
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    Luke got one of his bikes out.
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    I don't remember what was being done to the race bike but whatever it was got completed.
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    Photo op
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    There are more important things than photo ops, gotta pet the pup.
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    Adjustments on the mini
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    Loud Al was underneath that van so long he forgot how to sit on a bike.
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    Bikes being rounded up.
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    Kootenai Rider wearing hearing protection because those mini's are loud. :lol3
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    Jax telling Oregon Coast all about it.
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    Is it time for Pictionary?
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    They're getting serious about something.
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    That's one way to park a mini.
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    Ahhhhhhh that's what they were doing, designing a skid plate.
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    If all else fails get a big hammer.
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    Skid plate on and secured with zipties.
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    Oregon Coast returning from a test ride on the race bike.
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    Our friend, Ted, would be racing down in Baja that week so we did a group picture encouraging him. It's difficult getting all of the Outta Sight Racing team together and it was great having us all together.
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    The picture was taken by Loud Al.

    Next up will be the race the minibikes were being prepared for.