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Rust to Glory

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Humunn, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    One of the guys came up with the name some time around day 3 and when you see the pics you&#8217;ll understand. All of us were pret<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> excited about the ample amounts of &#8220;dust retardant&#8221; that had prepped the soils earlier in the week but the desert can only absorb so much. After that it turns into a nice layer of grease&#8230;:eek1 <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    We have a crew of 10 motorcycles and a chase truck driver. Most of the guys are from the Portland/Salem area. One guy (Ed) made the haul from the Bay area. A couple years ago we rode with some of the same guys and Ed was the chase driver that time. One of the other guys told me he&#8217;s been itching to ride ever since.<o:p></o:p>
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    Ed, by the way, I found an old abandoned ranch house and snapped a pic for you. You&#8217;ll see it later in the report.<o:p></o:p>
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    The plan is to ride 4 days from Prineville to <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas Valley then east to Seneca where we&#8217;ll stay a couple nights at the BearCat Lodge and day ride/explore the old logging roads out there. Day 4 brings us back west to Prineville.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here we are loading up the non plated bikes to transport them to the staging area. <o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Mike</st1:personName> S and <st1:personName w:st="on">Mike</st1:personName> W.<o:p></o:p>
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    Ed on the left and Bootleg <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> running chase.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> the farrier. <o:p></o:p>
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    This is Jay. Jay and <st1:personName w:st="on">Mike</st1:personName> S are brother and both veterinarians. Jay&#8217;s son in law Jeremy is also along. Jay was given specific instructions to bring Jeremy home in one piece.<o:p></o:p>
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    Andy on the left and his dad Butch, both in the landscape business. Photogenic <st1:personName w:st="on">Mike</st1:personName> W shows up again to the right.<o:p></o:p>
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    Pictured later are Jim and James, a father and son combo who will meet us out at the BearCat in Seneca.<o:p></o:p>
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    The rest of us slab a ways until we can peel off on the dirt.<o:p></o:p>
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    We all meet up at the staging area and are ready to ride. Today we have about 120 miles to cover. It is warm and the trails are perfect. Absolutely no dust!<o:p></o:p>
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Glory Days! :thumb

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  3. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    The riding was great. No dust. We could ride close together. Here’s a little rocky section. I decided to take the first get off out of the way before I even hit the rocks. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Sandy</st1:place></st1:City> front end wash out. It was lame but no one saw it so I’m not sure it really happened.:lol3 <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Then it was to the top of the cinder cone.<o:p></o:p>
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    Jay getting a little sideways. Parts of this were chain guide deep.<o:p></o:p>
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    Continuing to head south we roll into the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Kotzman</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Basin</st1:placeType></st1:place> and up on this little butte which probably has a name but I’m not sure what it is. Spectacular 360 degree views. People must camp up there. It’s flat and there’s a fire ring.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Andy.<o:p></o:p>
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    And Jay<o:p></o:p>
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    Jay, <st1:personName w:st="on">Mike</st1:personName> and <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName><o:p></o:p>
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    Heading west and south we roll through a nice twis<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> whoop section to test our suspension. Here’s Ed.<o:p></o:p>
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    Had to stop to take a picture of this stand of pines. Not sure my little camera does it justice but the way the sun was hitting the bark on the trees really lit up the forest.:thumb <o:p></o:p>
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    And rolling on our way…out in the middle of no where…<o:p></o:p>
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    Until we stop at an intersection, and just happen to look down, and spot this…<o:p></o:p>
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    A $450 piece of equipment laying in the middle of the road! I knew immediately who it belonged to. Doug, one of the guys on the ride the week before, was pret<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> bummed at lunch on the first day as he had lost his GPS somewhere on the trail. It had sat in this spot, undisturbed for 6 days. Couldn’t wait to call Doug and tell him what I found. :clap <o:p></o:p>
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    More…<o:p></o:p>
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  4. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    That looks like it was a lot of fun.
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  5. OldXRguy

    OldXRguy Adventurer

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    Looks like a great area, and a fun ride. Love seeing an XR in the mix!

    Ride safe.
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  6. Z0RR0

    Z0RR0 Been here awhile

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    Love the GPS tidbit! Firstly because you found it in the middle of nowhere, and also because it sat there untouched for a week! Very cool.
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  7. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Yes that was almost unbelievable!
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  8. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Nice pics!! :clap
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  9. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    So after that pleasant find we roll up to the top of Hole in the Ground, a spectacular marr crater where the crater floor is 500 feet below the original ground level.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s the steep trail dropping into the crater.<o:p></o:p>
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    Conditions on the trail vary greatly depending on recent weather. Most of the time it is axle deep talcum powder but this time, with the recent rain and runoff (right down the trail), it was controlled chaos negotiating the foot or larger deep ruts.<o:p></o:p>
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    Andy carves his way back to the top. He told us it was easier since we all knocked the edges off the ruts on the way down but he was just being nice.<o:p></o:p>
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    We take the easy way out of the Hole and head east toward <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>. Here’s <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> in the distance.<o:p></o:p>
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    A closer view. Fort Rock (aka a “tuff ring”) was formed by the same volcanic activi<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> that formed Hole except it exploded up through an ancient lake that stood here thousands of years ago. You can actually see where the shore was from the erosion over the years. <o:p></o:p>
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    And the crew.<o:p></o:p>
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    Lunch at the Waterin Hole in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>. Say hi to Leta if you stop by.<o:p></o:p>
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    What’s left of one of the old homestead schools that stood in the area.<o:p></o:p>
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    Just a block away from lunch is the <st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Homestead</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Museum</st1:placeType>, a collection of saved homestead buildings from the early years of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>. This is Rose, our tour guide. She was great! Very interesting place to get a feel for how life was not that many years ago.<o:p></o:p>
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    A copy of the original homestead claims.<o:p></o:p>
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    Medical history of an old cowboy.<o:p></o:p>
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    Picture of a family gathering.<o:p></o:p>
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    An picture of one of the homestead cabins before it was removed form the base of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Waffles?<o:p></o:p>
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    Jay and Butch at the entrance to the church.<o:p></o:p>
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    And the old chuck wagon.<o:p></o:p>
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    More…<o:p></o:p>
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  10. Fakenstein

    Fakenstein Been here awhile

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    Cool stuff. subscribed.
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  11. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    So…after the mondo steak burger at the Waterin Hole and a leisurely but educational stroll the museum we were off for a 25 mile cruise to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>, our final destination for the day.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I love signs like this…<o:p></o:p>
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    Arriving in CV and discussing the day over the sacred drink.<o:p></o:p>
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    Butch and Jeremy.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Mark</st1:personName> and <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dinner at the Lodge. If you’re ever here make sure you get the chicken fried steak. It is to die for, almost literally.<o:p></o:p>
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    The sun sets and we stroll off into a calorie induced coma.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next, DAY TWO.<o:p></o:p>
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  12. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Day TWO – <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas <st1:place w:st="on">Valley east</st1:place> to the BearCat Lodge in Seneca.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The plan for the day is for a 75 mile ride along route 5 of the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route</st1:address></st1:Street> from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on"><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName>tmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> to Riley where we will refuel and have lunch. We’ll stop and see the sand dunes and pass through the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Lost</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Forest</st1:placeType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Weather in June on the high desert can be sketchy and can vary from clear blue sunshine to thunderstorms in a matter of minutes. If it does turn nas<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> it doesn’t usually last long. The skies are looking great this morning, but it is JUNE…<o:p></o:p>
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    After breakfast our gear is loaded into the chase truck and we head east. Here’s one of the odd things you’ll see in these parts that give it “character”.<o:p></o:p>
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    First stop is the dunes. Perfect conditions! We all rip around here a bit and make fresh tracks.<o:p></o:p>
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    Just a few miles from the dunes is the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Lost</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Forest</st1:placeType></st1:place>, an ancient stand of pine trees in the middle of the desert (where only sage brush and a few juniper exist). It is 9,000 acres in size and 35 miles from the nearest forest.<o:p></o:p>
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    After the forest we roll along what looks like old wagon roads. They are rough and embedded with rocks. Good for keeping you alert. Stopping to wait for the others a couple of F-15s come screaming by right down on the deck. By the time I could pull my camera out this was as good of a picture I could get.<o:p></o:p>
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    Soon the rest of the group caught up. Ed decided to tangle with a greasy mud puddle along the way. Ed eventually won but the puddle didn’t go down easy.<o:p></o:p>
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    Then it was my turn. There was a lot of standing water on the trail (for the high desert). Usually it is smart to negotiate off on the edge of the road around water saturated talcum powder (aka grease). In this section here there was no water but rather a bunch of big loose rocks that I attempted to negotiate by veering off to the edge of the road. Unfortunately there were even bigger rocks on the side. I’m up but not over this one, high centering my bike on the linkage.<o:p></o:p>
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    Ever been to the middle of nowhere? Well, this is what it looks like there.<o:p></o:p>
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    Unless you are right on a road or trail you can’t see it, even from 20 feet away. Easy to get lost out here.<o:p></o:p>
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    Just east of the middle of nowhere.<o:p></o:p>
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    Great shot!<o:p></o:p>
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    Ed gets the picture of the day at this nice little water crossing.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Jeremy making a big splash.<o:p></o:p>
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    And MadDog <st1:personName w:st="on">Mike</st1:personName> giving me a good soaking!<o:p></o:p>
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    The weather is just fabulous. A few high beau<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> clouds and 70 some degrees. We meet up with Bootleg at Gap Ranch for lunch trailside.<o:p></o:p>
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    We load the non plated bikes on the trailer for a 20 minute drive to fuel in Riley.<o:p></o:p>
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    From Riley it’s a 95 mile ride to Seneca where the name of this ride report was coined…:huh <o:p></o:p>
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  13. Teeds

    Teeds Don Quixote

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    It looks like a great place to ride scoots.

    For those that are not left coasties, is this a national forest area? BLM?

    :lurk
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  14. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty Rhinestone Cowboy

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    Looks like a great ride Greg! Epic conditions for June too! Keep it comin'!
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  15. Metty

    Metty Adventurer

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    looks like fun, i saw a lot of this type of terrain when i was out in the PNW a few weeks ago and thought it would be a blast to ride on. lots of open space out there, its really cool. keep the pics coming
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  16. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    yep, all public lands!
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  17. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    So…after unloading the bikes we are off for the second half of the day…a 95 mile cruise through some beautiful country with the final destination the BearCat Lodge in Seneca.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Terrific roads and beautiful weather. Notice the beau<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> clouds. They will become not so beautiful shortly.<o:p></o:p>
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    Pret<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> quickly we climb out of the sage covered desert floor into the pine forest, riding from semi-arid and wide open terrain to this. The contrast is striking.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Yellowjacket</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>, a popular camping spot on the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route</st1:address></st1:Street>. They were catching big fish and there was a muzzle loading rifle competition taking place on the other side – you can barely see it in the distance.<o:p></o:p>
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    The weather continued to become more threatening. I was watching it the whole time hoping that if it changed for the worse that it would follow <st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName>pical June weather patterns and pass through after a few minutes. We road to the top of Sugarloaf lookout to take in the view but at just about that time the lightning started to strike and it was CLOSE. Common sense directed us off the top of the lookout as quick as possible (sorry no pics) and to lower ground.<o:p></o:p>
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    At this point it was raining big drops very hard and there was no sign of letting up so we found some trees and hunkered down.<o:p></o:p>
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    We had to find refuge like this from the weather a couple of times and wait it out. We’d get a slight break and decide to go for it…then another blast of rain would hit.<o:p></o:p>
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    In between stops here’s what the roads looked like. The water saturated the top 4 inches or so of the surface creating a greasy substance that sat on top of a hard and dry sub surface. Super slick. :eek1 <o:p></o:p>
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    This is where Jay coined the name of the ride report, “Rust to Glory”.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s where we came from…<o:p></o:p>
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    Needless to say we were all looking forward to getting out of this mess. As we continued to the northeast and dropped elevation the weather improved. What a sight to drop down and see the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Bear</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> open before us. Almost there!<o:p></o:p>
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  18. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Ahhhh, the BearCat!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    We roll into Seneca (finally) and all of us were looking forward to getting off the bikes, into the shower, and spending the evening relaxing with <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">JW</st1:personName> and Carol at their place.<o:p></o:p>
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    But first things first. When I arrive <st1:personName w:st="on">JW</st1:personName> is out front installing the license plate on his brand new KTM 450 EXC. Before we say our first &#8220;hellos&#8221; he tells me to take it for its maiden voyage since I already have my gear on. Can&#8217;t say no to that&#8230;but it&#8217;s a brand new bike and it&#8217;s not mine &#8211; and I swear it has a 50 inch seat height! &#8220;Don&#8217;t lay it down&#8221; kept going through my mind as I took it for a spin. Wow, what a machine is all I can say.<o:p></o:p>
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    All the bikes were a complete mess but <st1:personName w:st="on">JW</st1:personName> had the pressure washer ready. Bootleg did most of the cleaning while we each took turns cycling through the showers in the mud room. Clean and dry never felt so good.<o:p></o:p>
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    The BearCat Lodge is a very unique and interesting place to say the least. In all my motorcycle travels in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> I have never stayed at a place like it. And it&#8217;s not really the lodge itself (although it is a very beautiful building with rich history) but rather <st1:personName w:st="on">JW</st1:personName> and Carol themselves, what they&#8217;ve done out there (and plan to do) all wrapped up in his love for motorcycling.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next, DAY THREE&#8230;day riding out of the BearCat.<o:p></o:p>
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  19. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    :lurk :lurk Can't stand the suspense.......any BOBCAT scars?
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  20. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    No, it was a clean break!
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