OBDR Interrupted

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Loud Al, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Loud Al

    Loud Al .

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    I should explain what the OBDR is, it is the Oregon Backroads Discover Route. It goes from the California border to the Washington border on all unpaved roads, or tracks.

    I heard about this route before I even got into dual sporting and I've been jonsing to do this ride for about 2 years.

    When I was in Baja Sunnysideup said she wanted to do this ride and I jumped in with both feet. A few more inmates were recruited and we were set.


    The plan was
    July 4th Beaverton to Hood River, I would help Sunnyside up change tires and do some other odds and ends to her bike.
    July 5th Hood River to Lakeview, we would pick up Rick at his house in Bend and meet up with Oldtimer and Bob at the campground.
    July 6th Lakeview to Christmas Valley, this would be the first day of the OBDR.
    After that we would just play it by ear.

    July 4th

    I headed out bright and early at the crack of 10 AM. The skys were threating but it didn't rain. I had a nice run up the gorge

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    I stopped in Steveson WA for a break and some pics.

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    Interesting sculpture.

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    I arrived about 12 or so and we started to work on Sunnysideup's bike. Those trailwings are a bitch to change.
    We had to use a clamp and the sidestand on my bike to change the front. We tried the same tenique on the rear but it wouln't budge. I wound up bending my side stand in the process. We wound up using the side stand of her Ninja and I had both wheels up in the air and the whole
    weight of the bike on the tire before the bead broke.

    We did some other odds and ends and just hung out after that:freaky . If we only knew what tomorrow had in store for us, mostly me.
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  2. heynowref

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    a cliffhanger - me likey

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  3. Beerslayer

    Beerslayer Journeyman Bike Knocker

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    no shit a slow start...:lol3


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    damnit man get on with it..
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  5. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Waiting for Al to type this up is like backing up a truck... oh, wait... he'll get to it :lol3 :freaky :1drink
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  6. Loud Al

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    So the next morning we head off for Bend. The weather was good but unfortunatly Sunsideup left her camera on top of the car
    when and when we went to diner the night before it went flying into the weeds. We now had 3 missions fix my side stand because
    when I would get off the bike it would lean over so much I thought it would fall over. 2 get a new camera. 3 pick up Rick. I had a nice
    meandering route to bend planed but we had to scrap most of it. We did get in one nice road.

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    We got to bend and scored a new camera and headed to Rick's place (Sounds like a movie). Luck was in our favor since Rick has a fully
    equiped shop and he hooked up the torch and bent that stand back in no time. We didn't take any pictures since we were in a rush to get
    on the road.

    We had a nice lunch in Bend and hit the road (no pun intended)

    One teaser pic. I will finish this tomorrow.

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    Yes that is yours truly.
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  7. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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  8. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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  9. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    yer barn door's open
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  10. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    Oh yeah:
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  11. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Well?
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  12. bbenn75820

    bbenn75820 Long timer

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    I just did that 2 weeks ago. The snow should be gone by now. We had to back track south of unity and south of walla walla. Have fun!
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  13. dagwood

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    Deep subject.
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  14. Loud Al

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    So here is the rest of the tale. How to be an idiot and blow a corner.

    You can see the curve I failed to negoitate in the background of this picture.

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    It is nothing special a nice sweeping right hander something you enjoy going around. I don't know how
    I got my self into this situation but I'm not even to the apex and all of a sudden I notice I'm at the double yellow.
    I started yelling at myself TURN TURN TURN I can't seem to get the bike to lean over I have no idea what my problem is
    but I can see a pickup heading tworad me and now I know I'm not going to make this corner and if I'm not smart and lucky
    this could be my last corner. At this moment I decided I'm not going to hit the truck I don't see any trees lining the road
    so I stand the bike up get on the brakes and head for the ditch. I remember letting go of the brakes as I left the road, the
    next thing I remember is sitting on the ground. I do a quick inventory everything seems to work, possiable left broken thumb,
    possiable broken right collor bone. Other than that I'm OK. I take off my helmet and then I wonder where the bike is.

    This is where I landed that human sized divot in the rocks.

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    This is where the bike ended up. To the left of the bush.

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    I wandered over to the bike I took one look at it and I knew my ride was over, the fork had broken right at the axel.
    This picture was taken after Rick fixed up the bike to make it rideable.

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    So I just sorta stood there kicking my gear into a pile and waited on my friends. It is good to have friends they took care
    of everything for me which was good since I wasn't thinking too clearly.

    I see Sunnysideup come screaming by, she stops and comes running right up to me. She is a firefighter and a EMT and she is in
    full firefighter mode when she gets to me. As she is examining me Rick goes right to the bike. He can see that it isn't going
    anywhere under it's own power. About this time Sam the guy driving the pickup comes back. He saw me go into the ditch and he
    looked at his phone and saw that he had no service, he drove down the hill until he had service and called 911. He later told me
    that he was sure that I was dead. When he arrived he was still talking to 911 and asked us if we needed the medics, I told him
    that I was OK and I didn't need anymore help than was already here.

    Here is Sam on the left

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    Sam it turns out has a sideline as a gurardian anegle because he not only called 911 and came back he told us to load the bike and
    my crap into his truck and he would take me to Rick's house. He hung around while we got everything loaded and the Sheriff finished his
    report. He is a roofing contracter and if you need a roof you could do worse than him A&B contracting.

    After getting loaded up and getting us back to Rick's place (There is that movie again) we unloaded the bike, I offered him some gas money but
    he wouldn't take it. Sam is one of the good guys!!

    Sunnysideup took me to the Urgent care while Rick went through my bike and called U-Haul and arranged a truck to take my sorry ass home the next day
    The doc couldn't belive I had hit the ground at ~50MPH he has seen plenty of people that had surived motorcycle accidents and he was very interested in my gear. I feel bad that we left it at Rick's. Turns out that I didn't break anything and I'm sore and battered but I will ride again.


    All I can say is that I'm very thankful that I came through this so well, The bike is probably a write-off but I'm OK

    Here is to good friends, I don't think I can thank you guys enough for taking care of me. They took care of everything and all I had to do was
    sit around and bleed.


    Too Good Friends:freaky

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    I wan't feeling much pain at this point either.

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    The saddest picture I've ever taken, looking at a friend and riding buddy through the mirror of a U-Haul:cry

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    And to all the internet experts that read this I know I screwed up. My head wasn't in the game. All I can say is that I made the best decision at the time. After getting myself into a bad situation I decided the number one thing was not to hit the truck and I accomplished that goal.

    So stay awake and pay attention there is very little margin for error in this game of ours.
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  15. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    YIKES! - Sorry about the get-off, glad it went as well as it did (like you said, coulda been lots worse)

    Take your time healing up well.
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  16. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Dang Al. That could've ended sooooo much worse. My initial impression of your crash was it was a gravel road corner overcooking but damn!

    Glad you're okay pal. :beer
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  17. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    That human sized divot in the rocks looks pretty bad.

    Glad you made it out relatively unscathed.
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  18. DAKEZ

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    Turns out that I didn't break anything and I'm sore and battered but I will ride again. :clap

    After getting myself into a bad situation I decided the number one thing was not to hit the truck and I accomplished that goal. +1


    I did something similar on My Dakar on Hwy 12 in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Idaho</st1:place></st1:State> just this side of the <st1:State><st1:place>Montana</st1:place></st1:State> border. Granite dust made my rear end step out, it grabbed the road again and stood the bike straight up. Fortunately I did not have a truck coming at me and I was able to use the oncoming lane to gather it all together. Had a car been coming... I would have done the same as you. I don't want any head on shit. Scrub off as much speed as possible and make the best of it. For me it would have been a 30' launch into the clearwater river. I am glad you are not too damaged.

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  19. MortimerSickle

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    Damn, Al. :eek1 How did you come out of that as well as you did?

    I'm glad to see that you didn't get hurt worse.

    Too bad about your bike... and your trip. No wonder you frowned for the first time on record.

    But, hey...
    ... if you had to crash, this ending looks pretty good.

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  20. RECON

    RECON Guit Sum

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    jeez, glad you're ok!

    Where was that corner? Hwy 372?
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