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Old 10-23-2009, 07:20 AM   #11
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Wow!

Can I go with you guys on your next trip?

I'm just a gas tank away from being prepared!
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:00 AM   #12
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Great stuff!
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:14 AM   #13
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Great stuff, i love eastern Oregon and Washington, totally different from the wet side
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:25 AM   #14
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Cool! I'm glad you continued with the story!
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:10 AM   #15
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Will continue with the saga this afternoon/evening...
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:54 AM   #16
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That cop was actually a Space Alien in disguise.

Did you ride all offroad from home to NV? I've always wanted to cross states off road, I know there are some 4X4 trails that can be accessed to do that out West.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:57 PM   #17
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Yep, 98% off-road to NV...

...continuing:

The Washington crew are all great riders, (Jim is an AA racer and the others are just as fast). Hereís Colin hovering over the rocks east of the dunes.



John laughing at the stones.



We gather and hear that Johnís machine is having a bit of trouble. Maybe jetting? Not sure so we wait for a bit.



Here he comes. Allís good, time to get moving again Ė Colin is obviously in a hurry to get to lunch.



Uh, yeah, sorry about all the dust and this sticky, perfect soil for traction.



Some guy rolling the rocks down to more wet sand.



All of a sudden, Jasonís 950 clutch starts fading. Itís leaking out of the master and heís nervous about holding up the crew so he plots an escape to the pavement. Iím bummed heís separating from the group and headed for the barn already. He and I have done several loops out this way we were both looking forward to seeing the country together. Plus, I wanted some action shots of his bike with the kit on it. Oh well, he and I will certainly take another trip soon.





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Old 10-23-2009, 06:00 PM   #18
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Too bad about the conditions. You guys donít mind it being so green and lush? I mean it is the desert.



Iím hoping itís not a bother to wheelie over all these seasonal streams?



Not a problem I guess.



Then we see this Honda headlight coming the opposite direction and itís Brad. Yeah, nothing like a high desert traffic jam where everyone knows each other.



He says, ĎI donít think you guys should go out there. I have on every piece of gear I brought along as it has been pouring down rain for the last few days! Itís probably gonna get muddy.í Hmmmm.



Yummy chocolate all the way to lunch. I love this road and since there is absolutely zero dust, we can see each other riding and enjoy the skills (or momentary lapses) as we pillage the soils on these tracks.



We roll into Wagontire for grub and fuel. Bradís mud prediction was accurate but not bad Ė yet.


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Old 10-24-2009, 06:42 AM   #19
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Fantastic.

I'm headed for the National Forest tomorrow for a ride, and your photos have my right arm twitching.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:30 AM   #20
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So we leave Wagontire all fat with lunch, plenty of water, full of gas and ride the 3 miles or so of pavement to a gate onto dirt. UH OH, itís kinda muddy like Brad warned. Not too bad but itís clay mixed with rocks (Iíve seen it dry and know that usually we go through here at 50-60 mph). Big puddles, ruts and random soccer ball rocks lurk.

Colin gettingí all sassy:



Big John, same thing:



Good place to take a break --- mmmmmmmm a break.

We keep going and it degrades to pudding. In the summer, (itís IS summer right?) some of these spots are deep silt beds of doom with rocks. Note rocks. At another gate we are all laughing at the goo and continuously either Ďmock complaining or apologizingí for the lack of dust.





Clearly, we didnít stop to shoot the most drama but I was lucky enough to be the first bike through most of this. At one point, Iím on the right side of the track next to a 2 foot deep barrow pit ditch filled with water, lined with boulders and then some invisible rut would take my bike across 2 deep puddles to the left side of the road where another ditch awaited. I canít imagine how it was for the last bike through.



H.O. got a little mud pack treatment but no harm done. Heís as free as Iíve seen him since our ride out this way back in 2000 or so.



Oh yeah, there were a bunch of wire gates too. Colin (someone elsesís photo.)



After I got us all lost and ****, the guys were almost ready for a mutiny. But John, Colin and Jim used their gps things and illuminated our position to me. ĎOh yeah, we just tool down this to a big greasy road thatís normally a foot of talcum powderí. Douche bag that I am, couldnít find the line Ė OK itís been burnt several times since I was here last and looks a bit different. The computer guys start a friendly take-over of the guide service and plot a line that Iím suspect of but willing to visit for sure.

Big John takes the lead and goes for the rocky free-ball line above the evening swamp we need to get around.



It couldíve been done but holy smokes, weíre behind schedule and supposed to end up at a nice hot spring tonight. Getting late and weíre 50 miles away from that bug-filled oasis. Abort the line and take the next available eastern track.



The sun is down, there is no way weíre gonna make the springs tonight. Colin says, ďIs there a place to camp between us and the springs?Ē

Answer: ĎYes! I know the big rock camp, itís dry but we have water and in the morning weíll go to a cold spring for more!í

So we ride some more pudding, hoping that this low section allows us to get off the goo and into the rocks which it does nicely.

Colin surveying the accommodations:



Some other guy rolling up to the big rock camp. Itís funny to know exactly where you are and how long it should take to get to where the dayís ride ends but no one else really knows.



We get a little sage fire going.



After the meal, a discussion continues:



We are gone, alone and not a phone works. This is where itís at for us.

The big blue cup holds the evil Jim Beam or some other miss-begotten libation.



Same XR swingarm a couple hours later:



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