SE Oregon 4 days/3 nights

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by satchmo3, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. satchmo3

    satchmo3 Been here awhile

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    It was a good comparison on the Adv lite vs Adv heavy choice.
    The first night we rode south on some gps tracks we got from the Giant Loop folks, and made our way to Fields Station, then to the Alvord Hot Springs. Second day we rode east past Mickey Hot Springs and followed tracks and some pavement to Rome Station. Leaving Rome, we rode tracks east looking for a good spot to camp on the Owyhee River , but ran out of day light and just camped in the middle of now where, which turned out great. Third day was up to Crane for fuel/food and then to Warm Springs for the night, great campsite next to the reservoir. Day four was riding back to the Narrows. Total trip was about 500 miles. Can’t wait to do it again.
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  2. satchmo3

    satchmo3 Been here awhile

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    Snapper33 Globetrotter Supporter

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    Great photos. I've never been to that part of the state. On my list now. Thanks for sharing. Ride well. Be well.
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  4. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    That's awesome guys, absolutely love that area and cannot wait to get back out there myself.

    Please tell me you waited for a milkshake at Fields Station? Their bacon cheeseburgers are damn good too.

    Bummer about not being able to rip around on the Alvord, didn't make it that far in a recent trek over there and was bummed. Did get to hit the Alvord hot springs, but that's because we were holed up in the Denio Jct motel for 4 days waiting for the awful gumbo mud to dry so we could rescue our bikes.

    Great shots, how'd the big bike do on the tracks?

    We staged at the Narrows a few years ago and tried to make it to the Owyhee, never actually made it because the weather screwed us on that ride too. Starting to wonder if that neck of our awesome state has something against me...lol.

    Appreciate you taking the time to post the pics and story, fantastic area to ride and explore.
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    satchmo3 Been here awhile

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    Milkshakes yes! And burgers of course.
    The 1090 did well, Todd is a very good rider but did struggle in a few sections. He also has a 500 and says he will ride that next time we do a ride like this. Those big panniers are bottomless though, he carried my book, chair, and three kinds of chocolate in those things..
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    I rode about 4 feet out onto the Alvord and my tires were completely clogged up with cement-mud, wisely Todd observed my folly from solid ground.
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    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Their milkshakes are the best, can't wait to get out there again for another one.

    Funny about your buddy with the 1090, my buddy has a 1090 too and picked up a 500 for the trek we attempted a few weeks back. Although there are some sections that are great for something like a 1090, a lot of the 2-track out that way isn't nearly as much fun when you're dealing with the weight of that bike. Hell, my buddy on a 790 had to bail on our 3rd day track because a hill climb was tough - even on my 250 and my buddy on his 500.

    I hate that gumbo mud, pretty sure I'd rather face anything else on a bike besides that :lol3
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    That is a great place to explore... i was there in August,,, we got to roar around on the Alvord flats... that was fun... did you go to Steens?

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