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Three Days on the OBDR – Crown Jewels Style

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Humunn, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Thirteen motos from up and down the west coast converge in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Central Oregon</st1:place> for three days of desert and mountain riding.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The customary “night before” dinner.<o:p></o:p>
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    From left to right is Red who made the trek from <st1:City w:st="on">Sequim</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">WA</st1:State>, Gordon from <st1:City w:st="on">Portland</st1:City>, Larry from <st1:City w:st="on">Reno</st1:City>, and some of the <st1:City w:st="on">Santa Cruz</st1:City> fire fighter boys, Lee, Richard and Tony, from, well, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Santa Cruz</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Lono, Buzz and Chris, the balance of the <st1:City w:st="on">Santa Cruz</st1:City> contingent followed by Randy also from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Reno</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Even our mayor (Mike on the right) showed up to greet us. Nice job Mike!<o:p></o:p>
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    Assembling the next morning for the “clean” group photo.<o:p></o:p>
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    Back row L to R: Tony, Lono, Lee (<st1:City w:st="on">Santa Cruz</st1:City>), Lenny (<st1:City w:st="on">Seattle</st1:City>), Kennith and Lisa manning the support vehicle (<st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City>), Dave running sweep (Prineville)<o:p></o:p>
    Front row L to R: Red (Sequim), Chris (<st1:City w:st="on">Santa Cruz</st1:City>), Larry (<st1:City w:st="on">Reno</st1:City>), Gordon (<st1:City w:st="on">Portland</st1:City>), Buzz and Chris (<st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Santa Cruz</st1:place></st1:City>), and me (Prineville).<o:p></o:p>
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    More…<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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  3. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    So we are off…Eleven of us on plated bikes slab it ten miles to where the trail begins and wait for the chase truck and 3 non-plated bikes to arrive. The air is crisp, the sun is warm and we all know we have a full day of awesome riding ahead.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> on a 450X<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName> aka “Bootleg” running as the sweep rider.<o:p></o:p>
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    Lovely Lisa our chase truck driver.<o:p></o:p>
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    This is Buzz’s beautiful XL 650. I think it might be an 05 or 06 model…not sure, but it is several years old but looked like it was brand new. <o:p></o:p>
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    Some early power line trail pics with a nice little warm up hill climb. No pics to prove it but I take credit for the first get off on the hill. Just wanted to get it out of the way you know.[​IMG]<o:p></o:p>
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    Lono<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> in fine hill climbing form.<o:p></o:p>
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    Meandering around a prescribed burn, about ten miles later we roll up on top of one of many cinder cones in <st1:place w:st="on">Central Oregon</st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s Lenny. After I snapped this pic I turned around and his bike was on the ground. Turns out he dropped it square on his header and it wasn’t good. Pic to follow.<o:p></o:p>
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    Tony<o:p></o:p>
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    Richard<o:p></o:p>
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    Gordon at the bottom of the hill navigating the loose, dry cinder rock.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up at the top are some beautiful views of the <st1:place w:st="on">Cascade Mountains</st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    And then Lenny calls me over and shows me this…<o:p></o:p>
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    More…<o:p></o:p>
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  4. td954

    td954 n00b

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    Where are the Stafford Inn check in pictures?
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  5. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Waiting for you to post that one...and better yet, DESCRIBE it!

    :lurk
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  6. StroupDog

    StroupDog Shut-it Beotch

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    Subscribed, This ought to be good.
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  7. Mad Kaw Disease

    Mad Kaw Disease Dual Sport Diseased

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    :lurk What's the deal...you don't tell us regulars when you start a new thread anymore? Can't wait to see what you're trying to hide from your FILPs in this one. :1drink
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  8. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    :thumb Keep it coming! :lurk :lurk

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  9. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    That had me worried. Lenny lost at least 50% of the flow on his header pipe and carrying a spare is just not one of the items on our trail list.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    With no other real option other than a tow rope he fired it up and we kept an eye on it. It ran fine up until the high revs. Good enough to keep rolling.<o:p></o:p>
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    About the first 20 miles or so is the shake down section. Not because of the route or terrain but because it’s where everyone figures out how to secure items to there bike. It happens every time. Richard launched his camera and cell phone on to the trail somewhere along the way. The rest of us are taking a break in the morning sun while he successfully finds his equipment.<o:p></o:p>
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    Gordon from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Portland</st1:City></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Larry</st1:personName> and <st1:personName w:st="on">Randy</st1:personName> from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Reno</st1:City></st1:place>. FIL and SIL. Not gay lovers although <st1:personName w:st="on">Randy</st1:personName> kept trying to explain his way out of his mauve colored underwear. RIGHT.<o:p></o:p>
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    Red from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Sequim</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">WA</st1:State></st1:place>. Red was a late joiner to the trip. We had been talking for months about dates but couldn’t coordinate calendars. He emailed me on Monday and said he was on his way if there was room. On Thursday, three days and an eight hour drive later, he was in town. That’s gittin er done!<o:p></o:p>
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    After a successful reconnaissance mission we continue south. Here are a couple shots south of Pine Mtn in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Kotzman</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Basin</st1:placeType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    From here we pick up some tight twis<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> fun track through East Fort Rock. Sorry no pics…having too much fun riding burms and dodging trees.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dropping into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> for lunch.<o:p></o:p>
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    At the almost world famous Waterin Hole.<o:p></o:p>
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    Interesting history here. There was an attempt to populate the area with the Homestead Act of 1909 and many took advantage of the opportuni<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> and many failed due largely to the lack of irrigation water. Remnants of those days still exist all over the region and there is a fantastic <st1:placeName w:st="on">Homestead</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Museum</st1:placeType> right in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> that has preserved many of the early homestead buildings. <o:p></o:p>
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    After lunch we moto out to the actual <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> structure, the massive monolithic maar volcano, more specifically known as a “tuff ring.” As we rode through the wide open spaces, rich with geological history of <st1:place w:st="on">Central Oregon</st1:place>, one thing we all felt right away was our “smallness” in comparison to the environment around us. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> is one of those places that is big on the “oh, wow” factor. <o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s a shot from a previous ride showing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> from the west.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next up, Hole in the Ground and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Diamond</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>…<o:p></o:p>
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  10. gtlawren

    gtlawren old-school nut case

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    I wish we could have spent more time at Fort Rock and the Hole
    I've heard so much about them and never had a chance to check them out before.
    I guess I'll need to get back there to explore some.:norton
    Day1-rest stop3 (waiting on gear recouvery)
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    happy to have made it through silt beds (1st time)

    -GL
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  11. StroupDog

    StroupDog Shut-it Beotch

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    More please. This is reminding me to get out in my own backyard more often as all these guys had to travel here to ride this stuff. :clap
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  12. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Hey Gordon. I'll email you with instructions.
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  13. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Hey Jim. No kidding on that. We really do live in "moto mecca" don't we? Christmas Valley looks like a scene right out of "My Name is Earl" but it is totally the shiz.
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  14. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Rewind the RR a bit, found one picture from the twis<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> East Fort Rock trails.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    So…after <st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName> we begin the second half of the day, a 95 mile ride to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Diamond</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>. A lot of miles to cover to make it to our destination but mostly logging and two track so they click by quickly.<o:p></o:p>
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    First stop is to pay a visit to Hole in the Ground. Here are some of the boys en route.<o:p></o:p>
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    The “twins” <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> and Lee. Great riders that made it their mission to turn two track into single track by riding bar to bar whenever they could.<o:p></o:p>
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    Lono up close and personal.<o:p></o:p>
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    Buzz on his not so clean anymore 650.<o:p></o:p>
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    And <st1:personName w:st="on">Dave</st1:personName>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Also a 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. The floor of the marr is approximately 500 feet below the original ground level and is surrounded by a rim that rises another 200 plus feet higher. Hole in the Ground and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> were created by the same volcanic activi<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName>. The only difference is <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Fort</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Rock</st1:placeName></st1:place> was surrounded by a lake, which washed away all the surrounding sediment.<o:p></o:p>
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    West we go. Next stop Crescent.<o:p></o:p>
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    We pull into Crescent for fuel and a break. <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> and Lee.<o:p></o:p>
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    No pics from here to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Diamond</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place> as we were making time. Next up will be some great shots at the Lodge…<o:p></o:p>
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  15. gtlawren

    gtlawren old-school nut case

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    Glad you found a pic of The East Fort Rock twisty trail. That was FUN!
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  16. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    On to the Lodge. We were all getting pret<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> tired at this point. The remaining 45 mile ride from Crescent was mostly primitive logging roads and gravel service roads which were good as we were trying to make good time and get to Diamond Lake early enough to enjoy the evening.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    After a 190 mile off road day we arrive here. The ice cold beer in the chase truck tasted pret<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> darn good.<o:p></o:p>
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    So no trail shots en route but after a shower, adult beverages, a good meal and a cigar everyone had a great time. <o:p></o:p>
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    No need to annotate the pictures, they do that on their own…<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next, day 2 – <st1:placeName w:st="on">Diamond</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType> to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bend</st1:place></st1:City> on <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">OBDR Route</st1:address></st1:Street> #3<o:p></o:p>
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  17. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Day 2 – <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:placeName w:st="on">Diamond</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType> Resort to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bend</st1:place></st1:City> on <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">OBDR Route</st1:address></st1:Street> #3<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The plan for today is about a 140 mile ride north to the outskirts of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bend</st1:place></st1:City>. A shorter ride day compared to yesterday allowed us all to sleep in and enjoy the morning at this beautiful place.<o:p></o:p>
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    Smoke settling in from a nearby fire.<o:p></o:p>
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    Pre ride photo op.<o:p></o:p>
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    The resort was a great place to stay the night especially since there was a huge dual sport event going on today (Saturday) and there were motorcycles everywhere. <o:p></o:p>
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    We roll north towards <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Windigo</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Pass.</st1:placeType></st1:place> There’s basically one way in and one way out from the north; the road is flanked on either side by wilderness areas.<o:p></o:p>
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    Mostly a gravel cruise until we reach the top where the road turns primitive and is crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    Interesting to read the notes left here; a sort of on low tech, on site, hiker to hiker forum. There were several jugs of water also. I presume stashed there for hikers as they make their way on the trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    Collecting the group.<o:p></o:p>
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    Heading off on this logging road on our way to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Crescent</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place> for lunch.<o:p></o:p>
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    One of the things we do on these trips is to find the coolest places to stay and eat and Crescent Lake Lodge is one of those. Just a spectacular setting nestled high in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>’s Cascade mountain range.<o:p></o:p>
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    In fact it is so spectacular that they were having a wedding today and taking all the tables from the lakeside deck. A little hazy from the fire to the south.<o:p></o:p>
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    So we dined inside. Love these old buildings. They just don’t make them that way anymore.<o:p></o:p>
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    Buzz looking for a chili burger on the menu to chase the one he had last night.<o:p></o:p>
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    Time to get moving again we stop at nearby Crescent for fuel and to make sure the beer in the chase truck is well iced!<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Randy</st1:personName>, perhaps still stinging a bit from the comments about his feminine colored underwear.<o:p></o:p>
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    Rolling north out of Crescent we have about 85 miles left today and time to take in the scenery where it begins to show signs of the areas violent geological past.<o:p></o:p>
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    One of my favorite spots. You have no idea that you are right next to a major lava flow until you round a corner and it is right in front of you. Dramatic!<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next…more lava flow shots and trail side KLR air cleaner maintenance.<o:p></o:p>
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  18. monrcar

    monrcar Been here awhile

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    Outstanding! No need to annotate more.. the smiles in the pictures tell the tale. :clap
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  19. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    “How long ago did this happen?” is the common question always followed by “Wow, that is massive” comment. Difficult for our finite minds to wrap around.<o:p></o:p>
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    A couple of us climbed up this nas<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> stuff. It will tear you up if you’re not careful.<o:p></o:p>
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    It goes as far as you can see. <st1:personName w:st="on">Chris</st1:personName> and Lee (I think).<o:p></o:p>
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    Buzz setting up a picture of a little cowboy figurine for one of his kiddos.<o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:personName w:st="on">Larry</st1:personName>’s KLR had been struggling along. It was dus<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> but for some reason his rear wheel created a vortex of dust in his rear wheel well that seemed to get sucked right into his air box. At least that is the operating theory…<o:p></o:p>
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    For now the trail solution is to remove the filter and bang it out a few times. K & N filters are not the best option for trail riding especially in dus<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> conditions. The dirt that came out is amazing…especially since he did the same routine early in the day.<o:p></o:p>
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    Reassembled we roll up and around the corner to the top of a cinder cone that was the source of the major lava flow. The small section of flow we were next to on the trail is now put in perspective as it spans miles in all directions. Amazing.<o:p></o:p>
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    The black down below in these to pics are the almost endless fields of lava rock.<o:p></o:p>
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    Up next, we make our way past Wickiup Reservoir and into <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bend</st1:place></st1:City> for Dinner at the Deschutes Brew Pub.<o:p></o:p>
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  20. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    OK Greg, where's the rest? Don't tell me you're busy working or some other fib like that!:rofl

    And how come nobody is wearing the REALLY COOL LOOKING HDA yellow t-shirts?:lol3 :lol3
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