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 I stopped in Steveson WA for a break and some pics. Interesting sculpture. 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 . If we only knew what tomorrow had in store for us, mostly me.