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So we left SoCal yesterday (Sunday) at 5pm expecting to hit Bakersfield or something and get a hotel, crash, then cruise on up to Oregon.
About 8, we hit Buttonwillow and found this awesome Indian food place. Pumped up from the currie, we pressed on. About 11pm, we pulled of looking for a place to stay. We stopped at some hotel and they wanted $80 for us to stay the night, then we had to leave by 11am. What? A morning curfew? The cheapo in the both of us caused us to press on.
Thinking that we'd just drive till we couldn't stand it, then hit a Lowtel 6 and pay the $49.99 for a room.
Well, I got in a groove, and 2 Red Bull's and 1 Rock Star later, we were in Weed (nice) California at 4am. I pulled off, pulled into the parking lot of some hotel, turned the car off, and sat back dreading pulling the bikes off the roof and taking the stuff in.
My trophy wife was soundly sleeping so I just sat back waiting to to get motivated.
Ooops.
1.5 hrs later, I woke up. Doh!
Making the most of it, we grabbed some crappy gas station coffee and pressed on.
An hour or so later, we hit Medford and found God's gift to travelers, Starbuck's.
1 veinte and 1 grande later, on the road.
The Ironman road trip was on. By noon, we'd hit Eugene, our destination.
Approx. 1,000 from home.
LIke a beacon in the night, this little gem grabbed our eye and we were welcomed into Eugene by some Pad Thai and a bowl of red currie. Sweet!


Back at the car, I had a moment of silence for all the little guys (bugs) that met their maker on the front of my new 29er Marz_occhi Mx Comp.


FYI, if you're planning on buying one of these, note that heavy duty springs are not available for it. I had to scrounge up some air caps from the 26" version...

The plan is to get a ride in w/ Wade at Vulture Cycles and to hook up w/ Shiggy and Sparty for some sweet Oregon singletrack just like Aosty and Impy did last week.

Stay tuned for more updates and pictures.. if you can stand it.

Some key highlights of Oregon I've noticed so far:
1. Facial piercings & neck tatoo's are as common here as lifted F-150's are back in socal.
2. They're are bikes everywhere. Granted, they're walmart specials but people are riding everywhere..even as I sit here in Starbucks on E. Broadway/Pearl, a guy just rode buy pulling a bob trailer w/ a lawnmower, edger, blower, rake, shovel. Mobile, bike gardener!
3. Thai food is plentiful.
4. Green trees anyone?
5. Every 4th big rig is pulling logs.
6. You can't pump your own gas here in OR. What's with that? I practically got jumped by the attendant. We get a pass though since my wife's Jetta is a diesel. (side note: even with 2 bikes on the roof, we've been averaging 35mpg.)
 

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shiggy©®™ said:
19 hours - not bad. That is about how long it took me to get down there for the SCSS Gathering a few years ago. I will see you tomorrow night.
On that note, I brought the DVD of the Vision Quest w/ us so you can see the madness and join in next March! We might have to reciprocate w/ the CreamPuff!
 

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How far North ya plannin on goin'?

hmmm...might be doing something interesting this weekend. Green River, Norway Pass, Strawberry Mountain or Falls Creek. Views of St Helens/Rainier/Mt Adams and sometimes Mt Hood.

Have fun with the 'geeners and bendites, they's a pretty good crowd, if ya like that sorta thing... :p

bike ON
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bummer! sounds like a blast, sadly, we'll be heading back home around thursday night.
the wife has a big xc race on Sunday.
another time? nah, nice try though!
nice 'hood you guys got here.
looks like we're headed out to Bend to visit the Vulture headquarters...

red-haze.com said:
hmmm...might be doing something interesting this weekend. Green River, Norway Pass, Strawberry Mountain or Falls Creek. Views of St Helens/Rainier/Mt Adams and sometimes Mt Hood.

Have fun with the 'geeners and bendites, they's a pretty good crowd, if ya like that sorta thing... :p

bike ON
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road trip recipe

Padre said:
About 8, we hit Buttonwillow and found this awesome Indian food place. Pumped up from the currie, we pressed on.
mmmm, two people crammed into a Jetta, pigging out on Indian and Thai food. Roll up the windows and simmer for 11 hrs. Too bad I'm not in the back seat to enjoy that one.

"I'm starting to get some McGurgles..."
-SuperSize Me

have a great time!
HW
 

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Wow, you must be the man of miracles...

good food in Buttonwillow?!?!?! I never woulda thought it could exist in that zone :confused: ?

have a great trip
 

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Sweet..

...lookin good! I am going to assume that's from some of the "other" trails at El Moro....or have you been doing some covert training that I am unaware of?

Perfect timing!

B
 

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Okay..here's an update...
day 2 in Oregon for us...
We drove out from Eugene to Bend and met up w/ Wade, the metal fabricating specialist at Vulture Cycles. He was super cool and showed us an amazing trail just a few miles outside of Bend. He pulled out on of his many sick creations, a blue, EBB, SS, Vulture, and we hit the road.
After an unreal "climb" under a canopy of ginormous trees, our first rest was at a shelter of sorts that is used by backcountry skiers to warm up at. INCREDIBLE view and amazing singletrack. Here is my Vulture meeting it's maker...literally.


Another stop was in a soggy meadow that has Mt. Bachelor, I believe in the background. It's almost unbelievable. You feel like you are looking at a postcard.


This cool little stream crossing provided some mild entertainment. I took first crack, almost hit the drink, and I made on my 3rd attempt very sketchily.


Wade's line was much smarter and he went through a bit faster.


My wife, cruised through as if the rocks and water weren't there. Wade & looked at eachother as she glided through effortlessly. Why did it look so hard when we did it?


Here's a sweet waterfall shot w/ the wife's bike. Incredible. That trail has 17 waterfalls.


On the way back to the car, snapped this shot of the wife cruising through the canopy covered singletrack.


That trail was definately in my top 5 singletrack experiences. Wade is a great guy!
He said we caught the trail in awesome shape since it had rained the night before. No dust. Just tacky sticky loveliness.

We'll be cruising by Vulture headquarters this afternoon to get the lay of the land.
Vulture cyclocross, unicycle, tricycle, and ss pics to follow....
Tomorrow will see us hooking up w/ Shiggy and Sparty for some mid-week fun.
 

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Padre said:
If you are eating lunch...put it down now...
one "highlight" to my trip is that the apparent poison oak I came into contact with is just now going into the extreme puss stage...sweet!
Yummy!
OK, so any interesting story on how you got "contacted" on a shoulder (through a shirt?) rather than on your legs?

FYI if you haven't heard: Wash yourself with cold water. Wash all your clothes too. It'll come back if you touch any clothes that have the poison. Use favorite saab. None will help as much as time.

-Larry
PS. I found a Hecker to test ride. Details on reply in Clydesdale forum. Summary: You were exactly right.
 
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