You just don’t know what your gonna find.

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.

Take a walk in a ghost town. Times, they change and places close. Take a ride on a ghost train. See, time moves fast as a hurricane.

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”.

Minam to Rondawa

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”.

Oops. Buzz Hallstrom The Doing of the Thing

Here we are now going to the east side. Pick up our friends and we start to ride. Ride all day and we ride all night….

Wild Horse Casino

Our first night headed east to Joseph we stayed in the parking lot of the casino in Pendleton. Our 2nd time.

Wallowa Lake and the Eagle Cap mountains

this is what we go to see every day!

Riding on the road and trails.

This is where collin jessica don and I joined up with Jeff Kim Mica and Erin over twenty years ago. We packed in to an old minors camp for a week and hiked up to Android peak.

The 25 was Kimbers birthday. We had twinkies and then went out to dinner. Best steaks ever. Mike had a huge 🍔

we are moving on to Bates for another bike tour. Will talk to you later dad! Love you


Half way to basket 4
Shibo waiting

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

Tuzigoot national monument

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.

Long may you run

We’ve been throgh some things together with trunks of memories still to come. We found things to do. Long may you run.

We came to Sedona the first time years ago when mom and dad gave us a two week condo and fell in love with place. I have been running for 21 years and this by far is my utmost absolute favorite trail. It is hard ateep and scenic. Thanks mom and dad!!!

Baldwin trail

Shootin round the tricky bends i hear a conversation in my head i sing a little melody instead i won’t argue with myself today my legs are getting some help. My son tells me i should stop go and get a real job. That cant be the way that i roll!

We have decided to take up mt bike riding. Did a great ride yesturday.

Chuckwagon trail

Yes dad we have played two rounds of disk golf. Don did well and i,well, i had fun.

We made it to sedona inspite of ourselves

Inspite of ourselves we’ll end up a-sittin on a rainbow. Against all odds, honey we’re the big door prize. There won’t be nothin here but big ol hearts dancin in our eyes

Last year Rio Verde rv park

This year

Yup last year we were snowed in. Then evacuated because of a flood. River rose 24 feet over night. Police knocked on our door and said get out now. We did! I dont know if you can tell but this year the river is way down below the trailer. Last year, about 3 feet.

So will catch up with you all later.

Moseying along to Sedona

We left feb 25 and stayed a couple days with collin and jef. Collin then left to go canvassing in california for sanders.
We then mossied along down to sacramento to see more family. Cathy, John, robin, ricky, rick, laurie, bill, colleen,Rachel, dana,eric, Xavier,mom and dad. We also got to meet robins neighbors and their new awsome e bikes.