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Title: Paulina & East Lake day ride, 2/3 dirt, 1/3 pavement, no camera
Post by: sagerat on August 11, 2008, 12:14:42 am
Left Bend at 10a with my buddy, Ray, with me on my '05 and Ray on his '99. He's running MT-121's and I've got Anakees. So to make sure we gave an advantage to the marbles of China Hat Road (USFS #18), we filled up at Baker Road/97 interchange. (Last tank: just under 60 mpg; that's right Sixty.)

Now with 6+ gallons sloshing around, we headed out east on China Hat, a road I positively hate. However, thanks to tips suggestions from KLR650.net and here, I'm getting better so I was able to run the washboardy gravel section at 25-35 mph, which for me is flying.  :lol:

We turned south at USFS #1825, which was mostly dirt. Here in Central Orygun we get this moondust in late summer, so at times it's like riding on the beach. Lots of front tire washouts or near washouts. I stood for a fair bit of that.

Then we turned onto #500, a two-track that connects to #1820. Gad, this was some of the most technical I've been on yet with dry creek crossing, large rocks, sand, tight uphill and downhill turns, etc. At one point I was positive I was going down as the rear slid waaaay out to the right on a sandy downhill lefthander. I kept inside foot on peg and hit the throttle and the bike made it. Whew.

We survived that and eventually #1820 T's into #9710. That road wraps around the eastern half of the caldera that contains East Lake. Lots of views of Pine Mountain, Horse Ridge, China Hatte Butte. I couldn't look too much, though, due to timber snags jutting into the two track. I had a couple of foot dabs in some deep trenches, but otherwise all went well. Again, stood for much of it and even had a few upshifts and downshifts. (I'll admit, normally I sit down quickly, shift, pop back up on the pegs. Hey, everybody was a noob once.)

We did find a freshly wrecked SUV. Front end buried into a tree, busted windshield, bent front axle. Obviously, didn't make a tight downhill left hander after a steep right hand climb. Ray took a few pics and we headed onward.

Then we took a wide, washboardy, road up to the rim and descended into East Lake. We had a blast riding the paved twisties back down to 97. Stopped at an overlook to switch bikes. This screaming hot babe rolled in on a Ductai Hypermotard while we were there, trailed by her boyfriend on a Honda Rebel 250. Vanson leathers, lithe figure, scrapped knee pucks, no chicken strips, DA-ahm-YUM! Ray never received my telepathic messages of "get out camera, get out camera; oh, puh-leeze get out the camera."  They were over for the wknd from Cowallis so we compared notes on KLR's and Ducs.  Ray is selling his Mutli 620 and her boyfriend is looking to upgrade; heck, I would've knocked $500 of the price on the spot just to see her agian, but it is part of the college fund for Ray's girls.  Screw 'em, send to a community college.   :p

Ray and I swapped bikes so he could see what my Anakees were like and I could see what knobbies feel like on the pavement. Weird little wiggles, but you can lean them at amazing angles.

All in all a fabulous day, showcasing the amazing capabilities of the KLR. In the dirt I could poke along to pick my lines in the really lumpy, tight stuff, even uphill in 2nd gear. Besides standing for much of the ride, when seated I worked on a tip I got from KLR650.net: move up as far forward as you can to center yourself on the bike's F/R weight. Ray's better in the dirt, so I let him lead and just parroted much of what he did.

I of course forgot my camera, but reminded for Ray to bring his. Once he e-mails me som pics, I'll post them here. We got to East Lake about 2p and were home by 3p.  Just about 100 miles of fun.   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Paulina & East Lake day ride, 2/3 dirt, 1/3 pavement, no camera
Post by: kurtw on August 24, 2008, 12:25:01 pm

I of course forgot my camera, but reminded for Ray to bring his. Once he e-mails me som pics, I'll post them here. We got to East Lake about 2p and were home by 3p.  Just about 100 miles of fun.   :thumbsup:


Ooo. I missed this one when you posted it.
Please post those pics!

 :needpics:

NOT WORTHLESS! I'll have to look up those road numbers  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Paulina & East Lake day ride, 2/3 dirt, 1/3 pavement, no camera
Post by: kurtw on September 07, 2008, 06:31:18 pm
I just did about the same ride, except that I have no idea which roads/trails I was on from China Hat to Paulina. Lots of bad navigation choices and backtracking, but all good fun.

(http://kurtwindisch.smugmug.com/photos/367721187_JxbaZ-M.jpg)

(http://kurtwindisch.smugmug.com/photos/367720409_gXqeN-M.jpg)

I missed both the crashed SUV and screaming hot babes on Ducatis. It was fun anyway  :)


Title: Re: Paulina & East Lake day ride, 2/3 dirt, 1/3 pavement, no camera
Post by: sagerat on September 07, 2008, 11:03:26 pm
That's a really area to ride, isn't it?  Well at least until rifle season for deer starts...

We did the USFS road between Sisters and Todd Lake on the KLR's.  Sorry I didn't get your PM until a few minutes ago, my bad.


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