Getting Lost, Time Travel, A Do-Over, and Other Delights

When I first began thinking about where I wanted to ride in 2018, Central Oregon was not on my list. Then came a call from a cherished friend in New York. She was coming to Corvallis for a conference and might I be able to swing by for a visit? I hadn’t seen her in nearly 20 years so, suddenly, riding 400 miles through a part of Oregon I’d felt “Done With!” seemed like a great idea. But how to make the ride feel fresh? I decided that a good start would be to stay at a campground I’d discovered in 2015, during my first tour on a Suzuki V-Strom I’d just purchased. At the time I envisioned myself in the wilds of Patagonia…a Bonafide Adventure Rider exploring earth’s wild places. How that turned out is actually part of this story.

A Land of Infrequent Humans

A Land of Infrequent Humans
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Much of eastern and central Oregon is uninhabited because it is…well…inhospitable. There is a wealth of wild beauty in its hills and ravines, but very little water. I look at the decaying evidence of failed efforts to live in them, and wonder about dashed dreams.

Continue to Part 2 ~ Coast & Canal