2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

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2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by sagerat » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:45 pm

After two days of strenuous riding in 90-degree temps and no showers, I was ripe and sore. A morning soak in the natural hot springs was just the ticket. I had to force myself to get out.

The road to French Glen was more ruts, more washboards, and more dust, undoing much of my hot springs soak. But this is a national antelope refuge...
View E to the horizon.jpg
Gobis hiding behind the sage.jpg
Lopes!.jpg
Me leaving Hart Mtn.jpg
The road did do in my LH mirror. The plastic ball on which the mirror pivots fractured, causing the mirror to droop. For 50 miles all that LH mirror showed was a fantastic view of my left knee. At French Glen, Byron broke out the magic tape. He wrapped the busted ball about a dozen times and then a few sticky laps around the mirror head itself. The pattern reminded me of wrapping a sprained ankle. The fix held the remainder of the trip.
We emptied our jerry cans into the gas tanks and proceeded toward the Burns-Hines metroplex, about 60 miles away. OR 205 is more open desert with sagebrush and buttes a few hundred feet high skirting the highway.

Arriving in Hines, we pull into the first gas station we find. Byron looks back and casually asks “what’s that leaking out of your hack?” We quickly discover the enlarging puddle is in fact 91 Octane, Non-Ethanol Premium gas. Undo the tonneau cover, pull out my ruck (which has all my clothes), my dopp kit, kitchen kit, spare shoes, sandals, and find about two gallons of gas sloshing around in the hack. I had pulled the hack seat before the trip and the post where the seat mounts was acting as a tiny weep hole. I also opened the trunk and pulled everything out as well. We spent about 30 minutes rocking the hack so it would drain and then wiping the hack dry.

My earlier enthusiasm for fuel bladders evaporated with the 91 octane fumes...

Adding insult to injury, we had to refill the jerry cans and our regular tanks. There was enough left in my fuel bladder to fill Byron’s jerry can. We never did find an obvious hole or tear in the bladder and the cap was tight.

We angled NE up into the Ochoco National Forest then the Malheur National Forest via USFS #47. More narrow curvy roads and into the pines. Again more mountain meadows, narrow valleys, and tiny creeks. Did find a bucolic fixer-upper for Sher and I to enjoy rural living at its finest. Think of it as a downscale version of the ranch on the show “Yellowstone.”
Cabin in meadow.jpg
The final leg was the classic alternate to US 26: the Post-Paulina-Izee road. We gassed up at the Paulina General Store at about 6:30p and half-pondered pitching the tents. Instead we motored westward into a setting sun. I have a duck bill on my Scorpion AT950 while Byron had to do his impression of Columbus holding a hand up to shade his eyes for the last 90 minutes.

We pulled over at the Powell Butte post office for one last round of laughs and gulping water. Then we split up to get to our respective homes. I w@$#ed out the hack and left it out for a couple of days to dry and let the fumes evaporate.
Gobis at twillight.jpg
The clothes I put out on the deck to air, prior to the better half w@$#ing them three times.

All in a fantastic trip. Urals performed flawlessly, puttering through everything we asked them to do. This is the longest trip I’ve done on this Ural and I was thrilled how well my Russian mule did. We went into areas with iffy cell service, low population, little traffic, and long walks to get out. Yet our Urals met the challenge. I know some people act as if they don't want to ride their Urals farther than the end of their driveways, but these outfits are born to wander.
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by 54vintage » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:34 pm

So cool Peter( not talking temps :wink: ).....can't believe you never made it to Hart Mtn in all the years you've been here !! I've pounded and been pounded by all the roads you gents did....and will again this September if all falls into place for me. As always Great report!!
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by sagerat » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:12 am

Thanks, Chuck. I would go back to Hart Mtn as there is much to explore. Sept. probably has pleasant days and chilly nights.
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by sagerat » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:13 am

Thanks, Chuck. I would go back to Hart Mtn as there is much to explore. Sept. probably has pleasant days and chilly nights.
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by Lokiboy » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:07 am

I just finished reading about your three day adventure. What a good write up and interesting pictures. I really felt like I was riding along - thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by sagerat » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:38 pm

Thanks and glad you enjoyed the write-up.
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by VWK75S » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:54 am

Nice write up :)
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by tgtrotter » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:56 pm

Enjoy reading your Summer adventures. Nice !
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Re: 2 Gobis chase a comet, Day 3

Post by sagerat » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:11 am

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the report. The ride was lots of fun.
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