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.

The Middle of Nowhere

The Middle of Nowhere
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WARNING! A GPS unit is not a replacement for good sense...or a good map. I had built a few dirt stretches into my route, so when my Garmin Montana commanded me to turn left onto a dirt road, I thought nothing of it. At the time I took in this beautiful expanse of "Nowhere", I had no clue that the route I was following was not one I had planned, but a "correction" the GPS unit was inventing because I had missed a turn.

Continue to Part 2 ~ Coast & Canal