Hey dad, you remember this place. One of my favorite places on the planet. This year we not only rode down the the McKenzie Trail, we rode back up it as well!! We want to come back and do the entire trail in one day instead of breaking it up into two days. I sure did miss my ebike on some of those hills!
Collin came up and went fishing with Don a couple of days and I hiked, biked, and ran the dogs, Bert and Shibo. They caught a lot of fish in those two days. From there we went to the Metolius River.
Don caught some very nice trout off his paddle board in the lake by where I’m parked 80 miles out of bend. I ran and road my bike and one wheel. Mike Kimber Laurie and Michael were parked by the lake that’s 80 miles from bend also.
I’m still parked out here by the lake. Someday I’m gonna move. But for now I’m still sitting by the lake. You know the lake 80 miles from bend.
We will move to the Mckenzie river. Sit by the river till we move.
We have been in Fossil for 3 and a half days and rode our bikes all of them!
We road to John Day Fossil beds Clarno Unit. On most of our riding we have to avoid running over snakes. They look just like rattlers but are gopher snakes. Some have been up to 5 feet long! Here is a picture of a small one.
We saw some nice craigs
We rode to Twickingham also. Small communtiy southeast of Fossill. There we found a school built in 1909, a huge herd of elk, a Herier hawk, and the John Day River. This was an incredibly steep and windy and windy road (yes windy and windy are both spelled the same. I had to look it up). The elevation change on this ride was 2,500 feet! Our time going down was a little faster than going back up.
Here is a sign post to give you an idea of the area.
We also rode from Kimberly to Monument. Monument is a cute little town way out in Grant County. On the North Fork of the John Day. We saw to American Eagles.
I have really enjoyed seeing this area that is all new to me. We have seen some rickety old bridges, barns, tractors and other odds and ends. Don has wanted to see the area for a long time.
Well dad, we are headed up wo Walton Lake tommorow and will not have any services. Walton Lake is 16 miles south east of Hwy 26 half way between Mitchell and Prineville. Don will do some fishing and I will do some trail running. Will catch you later.
We drove into Bend for the day because our Solar Panel stopped working. Zamp fixed it for free. Anyway, we stocked back up, did laundry and away we go. We are now in Fossil doing some seriouse bike riding. I would never have ridden this area without an ebike. The roads here are steep. We are staying at the Wheeler County fairgrounds in fossil. The people next to us had to be towed here because they blew out the torque converter in their truck! Massive incline and it was 98 degrees.
I really dont know waht to say about this town.
When it cooled off a little bit we went for a walk in the town and found an interesting thing Dad. I know what a special place Mt Hood is to you.
This is the black smith forge that Fessler used to make all the decorative iron works for the lodge! Behind it is the first proto type of the airstream HaHa.
We arrived in Bates State Park which is a large park with miles of trails and a nice big pond with lots of wildlife. Bates was a town that was dismantled in the 50’s when the mill shut down. The entire town and mill were removed. People moved their houses with them and the mill was dismantled. The only thing left of the mill is the large pond. The only things left of the town are some daffodiles. In the picture above our truck is parked where the mill used to be and just past that the town was located.
Kimber Mike Don and I road to two small “ghost towns” past Bates, Susanville and Galina. It was a nice 40 mile ride. We were past by about 4 cars. Very nice road, called the Middle Fork of the John Day, it follows the river from Hwy 7 to Hwy 395.
This stretch of river was dredged by what in the day they called the “ultimate gold minning machine”. It destroys everything in its path. The dredge floats along in about 9 feet of water. It builds it’s own pond as it dredges along. Completly destroys the river and everything in it.
The confederated tribes of Warm Springs worked to repair the damage to the river and restored fish and wildlife habiat. A small section of the river was not repaired for some reason. Above are pictures of both. Don and I drove up to Sumpter where the Dredge State Park is. That is where I took the picture of the “machine”.
We road the Joseph Rail Riders from Minam to Rondawa about 20 miles round trip. No roads so we were way out in the trees. Very beautiful.
We started at the convergence of the Wallowa and the Minam River and road to the convergence of the Wallowa River and the Grand Ronde River. This location is called the Rondawa. Buzz Holloway, first person to boat solo down the Geen and the Colorado River, was killed here. He wrote a book titled “Doing The Thing”.
Yesterday we played disk golf after baldwin trail. I was bit by a tiny spider or fire ant. Not sure because i eliminated the threat before it was identified. That night i had a weird neurological reaction where my toes pointed every whitch way in cramps that spread up my calf. Did not get to sleep till 5! Better today
Above is our tour guid pointing to an ancient villiage built by the Sinagua people. This is a nicee walk from where we are staying. Evening came on and the moon was out. Everything is so different from the coast. Both are wonderful and i enjoy the contrast.