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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Humunn, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Setting the stage…<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Following over the next few pages is a ride report (and only a ride report) of 15 mostly middle aged motorcycle riders spending three days having a blast riding off road throughout Central Oregon’s high desert. Enjoy!<o:p></o:p>
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    Thursday night is the customary gathering at Dillon’s restaurant for the riders in town the night before. The group of friends, all from the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Salem</st1:place></st1:City> area, was assembled by Bill, the chief adventure instigator. Ironically, Bill would only be able to finish the first day. More on that later.<o:p></o:p>
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    Day 1 - Up bright and early Friday morning to hit the trail. Conditions are perfect: sunny skies, a warm day ahead and damp soils for great riding conditions! A recovering “wet sider” myself I have learned to LOVE what the rain will do for trail conditions.<o:p></o:p>
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    The group.<o:p></o:p>
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    The first photo op on the trail. Here are some of the guys nicely negotiating a rocky section. Greg decides to take the award for the first get off just prior to this section.<o:p></o:p>
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    Travis<o:p></o:p>
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    Greg (nicely recovered).<o:p></o:p>
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    Kyler on his father in law’s WR 450.<o:p></o:p>
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    Doug<o:p></o:p>
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    And Mike in sweep position.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next up were some fun trails leading to the top of the cinder cone.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Drew and Ed, a father-son combo. A couple of nice guys and great riders.<o:p></o:p>
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    And a view to the west. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Mt.</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Bachelor</st1:placeName></st1:place>, Broken Top and the Three Sisters in the distance. At night you can see the lights of <st1:City w:st="on">Bend</st1:City> and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Redmond</st1:place></st1:City> below. Spectacular!<o:p></o:p>
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    Continuing south we roll up on top of a nice little ridge with some fantastic views. Here’s Travis and Chris at the top.<o:p></o:p>
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    Drew in a made for Suzuki pose.<o:p></o:p>
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    A couple guys waiting their turn at the bottom.<o:p></o:p>
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    And overlooking <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Kotzman</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Basin</st1:placeType></st1:place> to the west.<o:p></o:p>
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    Continuing south we roll through some twisty whooped out trails referred to affectionately as the “athletic” portion of the ride.<o:p></o:p>
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    A couple pics of the Hole in the Ground, an ancient marr crater. Hole in the Ground sits on the edge of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> basin. At the time the crater was formed a lake occupied most of the basin and the site of the eruption was close to the water level near the shore. <o:p></o:p>
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    Heading east toward <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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    And Fort Rock in the distance. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> is also a marr crater but more specifically known as a “tuff ring”. It was created by volcanic activity just like Hole in the Ground except it erupted up through an ancient lake that covered the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> basin thousands of years ago. It is really something to see with spectacular, wave-cut cliffs and terraces standing approximately 200 feet high and 4,600 feet in diameter with the crater floor some 30 feet above the floor of the lake basin. <o:p></o:p>
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    We drop in at the Waterin Hole for lunch. Great spot and nice folks.<o:p></o:p>
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    From <st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName> most of our blood supply is consumed by digesting huge burgers and steak sandwiches so we take a leisurely 25 mile ride 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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    All cleaned up and looking (and smelling) presentable we head to the Lodge for a relaxing dinner.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Bill telling his story. He got off his bike at some point during the day and managed to dislocate three toes (yes, inside his boot). None of us (including two medical professionals, an MD and dentist) could understand how that happened. <o:p></o:p>
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    I was told by a couple of his buds that this was “just Bill” and probably his way of getting a little attention…<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next DAY TWO.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Nice action :thumb

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  3. Labs 4 sale

    Labs 4 sale Adventurer

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    Beautiful country, got any GPS coordinates
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  4. monrcar

    monrcar Been here awhile

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    Wow! Had to go nearly all the way thru the first set of pics to find some dust! Must have been awesome riding conditions. I'm still spitting out dirt from two months ago.

    As to Bill and the toes... I'm guessing he pee'd on his foot, and was kicking some sagebrush to shake it off, and found one of those big rocks that hide behind EVERY sage brush in Central Oregon.:rofl

    Awesome stuff so far.
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  5. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Very nice. More please...

    John
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  6. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    This looks like a great time! :thumb
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  7. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Looks like an awesome ride.

    I 2nd the peeing on the foot theory. I rode over my foot on a gnarly hill climb and did not even get a bruise. MX boots are tough.

    Tom B
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  8. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Day TWO.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Most of the time riding the high desert means everyone needs to space out at a distance enough to allow the dust to settle. It is manageable but gets worse as the summer progresses. June is probably one of the better months to ride relatively dust free but I’ve ridden in dusty conditions while it is snowing, believe it or not.<o:p></o:p>
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    The actual trail conditions could not have been better on this trip. Almost zero dust which allowed us all to ride a little closer together.<o:p></o:p>
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    So we arose the morning of day two in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Christmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> to the familiar sight of duck poop lake, one I’ve seen so many times. There is a real name to the man made lake but I don’t know what it is. Someone some time ago coined it duck poop lake and it stuck. <o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Christmas</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> was non existent until the early 1960s when a developer got the idea to craft the “Palm Springs of Oregon” out of flat, sage-covered ground out in the middle of no where. The idea never took hold but it is one of my favorite places to ride to and from, a sort of off road motorcycle “<st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mecca</st1:place></st1:City>”. It has everything you need, the people there are great and from CV you can go in almost any direction.<o:p></o:p>
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    After a large helping of calories we head off to make our way through <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Fandango</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Canyon</st1:placeType></st1:place>. Normally a more or less brown landscape, the wet spring has everything green and in bloom. <o:p></o:p>
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    On our way.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Travis again. Ironically the biggest guy on the trip rides a motorcycle called “Girl Power”. I heard a few of the guys making this reference but thought it some sort of inside joke until the last day when I noticed on the back of his bike was a “Girl Power” sticker and found out it was actually his wife’s bike. The XR 250 was actually a better choice for the trail than his KX 250.<o:p></o:p>
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    More shots in the canyon.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dropping into <st1:place w:st="on">Paisley</st1:place> for lunch. Here’s a picture of a painting of the original old town <st1:place w:st="on">Paisley</st1:place> from the late 1800s.<o:p></o:p>
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    Moto central outside the restaurant.<o:p></o:p>
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    And a flat tire changing clinic right there in the parking lot.<o:p></o:p>
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    After lunch we roll onto some nice dirt logging roads. Some of the best trails on the ride.<o:p></o:p>
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    Looking ahead down the trail. Lots of blow downs this time of year.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next stop is <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Slide</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placeType></st1:place>. Spectacular views! We are at about 7800 feet.<o:p></o:p>
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    Back on the trail heading for Fremont Point.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up on top of Fremont Point some great views north to south over looking <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Summer</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Posers…<o:p></o:p>
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    Then we are off on our last leg to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Silver</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place> and a HUGE steak at the Cowboy Dinner Tree. On the way we get stopped by a blow down we can’t get around and have to back track through a mucked up trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    Drew was following Kyler a little to close in this section.<o:p></o:p>
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    And a close up of the sticky roost.<o:p></o:p>
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    Off to town where we grab a shower and head back to one of the coolest places to eat.<o:p></o:p>
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    Pacing ourselves with the salad.<o:p></o:p>
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    Diving in to one great big piece of meat!<o:p></o:p>
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    Side note: two of the guys actually finished the meals, more or less. It is a rare occasion. :clap <o:p></o:p>
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    Shortly after dinner we proceeded back to the motel…and promptly descended into a food induced coma.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next up, DAY THREE.<o:p></o:p>
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  9. sigma1959

    sigma1959 Nothing but 2 Wheels

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    Great pictures, can't wait for Day 3 :lurk
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  10. mhosfelt

    mhosfelt Adventurer

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    keep it coming!
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  11. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    Great report...but if that was Fandango Canyon where were all the KLR eating rocks!!!
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  12. jtb

    jtb Long timer

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    Looking forward to the rest:thumb
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  13. PsychoSayWhat

    PsychoSayWhat Been here awhile

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    Nice RR - beautiful scenery.

    How was the riding at those altitudes? (flatlander here)


    :lurk
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  14. WestOzKLX

    WestOzKLX Elsie with Allspeeds

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    Very enjoyable. More please.:thumb
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  15. kuyaoli

    kuyaoli Been here awhile

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    looks like a great easy trail, exactly like I love it.

    Thanks for posting.
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  16. french horn

    french horn Just Add venture

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    Pacing ourselves with the salad.<o:p></o:p>
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    Waiting…<o:p></o:p>


    Great RR and pix thanks heaps for sharing.

    I gotta ask (cuisine challenged Aussie) ... What is that pink stuff in the jars ??:puke1 looks kinda weird ... but I guess it tastes good ??

    Keep it coming ... great read.:clap

    <o:p></o:p>
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  17. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    See you're making Fandango look too easy...where's the pics of the foot peg eating rocks, choking dust and deep sand face plants....:eek1

    Next time I want to go during monsoon season. :lol3
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  18. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    Fermented porcupine urine. Delicious and get you soooo high. :lol3
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  19. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Wasn't it the Rocks eating KLRs?
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  20. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Most of it is between 4000 and 6000 feet with a shot up to 8000 feet (Slide Mtn). The air is dry but not thin; perfect for riding! I'm a recovering flat lander myself - you probably wouldn't even notice the difference.
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