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The Tale of Two Twelve Year Olds and Their First Oregon High Desert Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Humunn, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    I have ridden Central and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Eastern Oregon</st1:place> for years but have always looked forward to taking my son on his first overnight backcountry trip. This year was the first time I felt it was actually possible where he could make 100 miles in a day and actually enjoy it. Want it to be a positive experience you know!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    So my neighbor <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> and his son Josh decide to go with us and make it a foursome. The plan was to leave Four Corners east of <st1:City w:st="on">Bend</st1:City> on Saturday morning, ride 100 miles of single and double track through the Millican and East Fort Rock OHV areas, and into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Christmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>. Day 2 would be a return ride of 75 miles but a more direct, less technical route. The key was to insure the kids had a great time and were left wanting more.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here we are at <st1:place w:st="on">Four Corners</st1:place> ready to RIDE! Left to right Grayson, Josh, <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> and me.<o:p></o:p>
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    One thing I required was that Grayson pack his own gear. Mind you these are the same packs grown men use on my tours. I was second guessing this decision at the beginning as he was carrying a heavy pack and riding a new to him “big” bike. Turned out he dropped the bike against the post and wedged the wheel in!<o:p></o:p>
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    All good and ready to roll.<o:p></o:p>
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    Some great shots on the trail. <o:p></o:p>
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    I’ve ridden by this structure many times but did not notice it until a month ago. We decide to stop, take some pics, and wonder what happened here years ago.<o:p></o:p>
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    We roll on down to Highway 20 and turn east along trail 15. The sugar sand was deep!<o:p></o:p>
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    Josh waiting for us up the hill.<o:p></o:p>
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    We crossed over Highway 20 and headed south around the backside of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Pine</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mtn.</st1:placeType></st1:place><o:p></o:p>
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    Lunch stop in the middle of East Fort Rock.<o:p></o:p>
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    Josh in action.<o:p></o:p>
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    Some great trail riding shots.<o:p></o:p>
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    South of East Fort Rock we stop at the largest Juniper tree in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Like something you’d see at Universal Studios.<o:p></o:p>
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    1 o’clock shadow.<o:p></o:p>
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    Then on a ways longer we stop again to explore <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Derrick</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Cave</st1:placeName></st1:place>. I hadn’t been here before and thought this was it.<o:p></o:p>
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    Wrong!<o:p></o:p>
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    It was a good 30 degrees cooler! The specks in the air is dust illuminated by the flash.<o:p></o:p>
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    At this point we could have walked further but it was dark and we didn’t have flash lights. We thought about tieing the kids off and throwing them into the darkness and see if they tugged or not.<o:p></o:p>
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    Back up into the heat we motored on into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Christmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    We had left Four Corners around 9 am that morning and arrived in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Christmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> before 5 pm. 100 miles for the day and we were all beat. We all enjoyed a cold beverage and seat wider than a 2X4.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> checking in at home.<o:p></o:p>
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    We fueled up and checked in at the motel. <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> and I beelined for the showers (uh, not together) while the boys went for a “swim” in goose poo pond.<o:p></o:p>
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    After my shower I come back on and find them across the pond! The didn’t swim, they walked!<o:p></o:p>
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    On to dinner activities.<o:p></o:p>
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    And a double du<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> bacon cheese mondo burger. He ate almost all of it!<o:p></o:p>
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    Hanging out at night at the lake.<o:p></o:p>
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    9:44 pm and I am out like a light. The problem with going to bed early is waking up early. 4:12 am and I am up. Decided to take a few pics just for proof.<o:p></o:p>
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    At a more reasonable morning hour Grayson notices the eagle in the tree.<o:p></o:p>
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    Breakfast time…<o:p></o:p>
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    …and we’re ready to roll. Plan is for 75 miles for the day with stops at Crack in the Ground and Green Mtn Lookout on the way back to <st1:place w:st="on">Four Corners</st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Stopping at Crack in the Ground.<o:p></o:p>
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    Then rolling up to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Green</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeType></st1:place> lookout.<o:p></o:p>
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    A view of <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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    I dare to one hand the camera while in motion. I’ve done this a couple times and feel like I’m always chancing my luck at leaving my digital camera in a wad on the trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    We cross over Highway 20 and spend some time messing around at the old ODOT pit.<o:p></o:p>
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    Meandering our way back to <st1:place w:st="on">Four Corners</st1:place> for the customary end of ride High Desert Adventures photo.<o:p></o:p>
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    How was the ride?<o:p></o:p>
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    175 miles, two days with the boys, great riding, no tv or video games…WHAT A RIDE!<o:p></o:p>
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    Next up, according to Josh, the Baja 1000.<o:p></o:p>
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    Hmmmmmm…he’s got me thinking…<o:p></o:p>
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  2. eombbear

    eombbear RIMslayer

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    Great report (surprised it was all on one page). Like the Features to visit (like the Crack). That Toe-head, Grayson is a spittin' image, isn't he . Don't ya' wish you coulda' been doin' hundred milers at his age ? (or we're you)?

    Don't tell the boys about the drinkin' age in Baja (if your big enough to get up on the barstool , you can order a beer).
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  3. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Great report.........good riding Grayson and Josh!:clap

    Be carefull Greg...pretty soon he'll be riding that WR of yours!
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  4. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    Awesome! :clap

    My little boy is only 2 years old, but I can't keep him off my bike :lol3
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  5. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    is this the same place?

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  6. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad I'm retired...go around me! Supporter

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    :clap Looking at these pics, with dusty smiles and gear...one would assume that HUMUNN rode "front door" all day. Seriously, these are some of the best times a dad can spend with his son and/or daughter. My son and daughters used to double up with me on my ole DR350 and KLR650, riding the Dual Sport events around NC, KY and TN...or at least until they sprouted up to 6' tall. I did use their long legs as outriggers occassionally.

    I bet these boys are hankerin' to go again. What better way is there to instill love of the land, love of American history and a deeper love for dad, because you took time to spend with them. They will never forget this trip. Good job dads!
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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Awesome trip, Greg!!! :thumb :thumb
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  8. Juntura

    Juntura Obsessive Lurker

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    Very nice report, thank you:clap
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  9. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    My 11 yr old daughter would kill to ride such beautiful stuff !!! great report guys !

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  10. Bong

    Bong Been here awhile

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    Another inspirational ride report, can't wait to do the same with my son one day! Thanks for posting...
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  11. scubasmith67

    scubasmith67 Adventurer

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    Great ride report. Those young men are great riders. :ricky

    Also lucky to have folks who spend great quality time with them.

    Keep up the good work all of you.

    Safe riding! :clap
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  12. Spankye

    Spankye Been here awhile

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    Looks like you guys had a great time. Great to see parents actually doing something and being involved with their kids!
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  13. klrmtn

    klrmtn Been here awhile

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    That was neat. It's important that we do things with our children. I just went solo camping with my seven year old son. Too much fun. Now is the time.
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  14. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    I think so! Millican trail #40.
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  15. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    You guys are all right on. Spending time with your kids away from tv, video games, and other daily distractions is what builds the memories that will bind you together when we are all old...at least that is the way I look at it. I am truly blessed to live in such a fantastic area that making memories like these is sooooo easy and fun to do!

    Greg
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  16. windburn

    windburn Long timer

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    Those boys will have a story to tell when school starts again. fine job men.
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  17. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Way to go Greg!! I remember hunting trips with my Dad, just the two of us. Your boy will never forget this. Good job!!!:clap :clap :clap :clap
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  18. monrcar

    monrcar Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to riding with you guys in September. I used to think, if that old guy can do it, so can I. Time has turned the tables, now.. if those kids can do it, so can I! :rofl
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  19. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Amen Brother!

    Couldn't have said it better myself!
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  20. claudio17

    claudio17 Been here awhile

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    WoW!! Lucky Kids!
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