This past week I loaded up the bikes and headed down to Central Oregon to spend some time with my family for my birthday and get in a little moto action. I had an awesome time. I got to ride four out of the seven days. Stoked. I rarely get to ride several days in a row due to family obligations, so it was quite a treat. I forgot how riding multiple days in a row does can do wonders for the skill set. By day three I was really dialed. Day 1 GearBunny and I hit my favorite spot in Oregon that I've ridden since logging my first mile in Oregon late 2004. I’m not quite sure if I’m blowing out the spot or not, so I’ll keep the names vague since it isn't actually a 'sanctioned' ORV,or OHV as they call it in Oregon, park. Conveniently enough it's five minutes from my folks house to the unload spot..I’m particularly impressed by this as from my house in WA I generally have to drive 1.5hrs to ride. The area is super fun, lots of random single track trails connect the forest roads. I've only been there once before in 2006, so it was a little confusing returning. Basically had to whip out the GPS and ride by memory. Took me a while to remember where the trails started, turns out there's some killer ones right from the unload spot that I didn't find till later. It didn't help that they are cutting a lot of trees down in the area, so some of the trails I remembered had changed dramatically. Right off the bat I got us lost for a pretty good while as some forest roads would just disappear into a massive cutting of trees, or the trails just dead ended. Some roads were hella silty, kinda like riding dirt bikes in a foot of fresh powder snow. Sketchy and not so good for the lungs or the air filter. Oh yeah, it was hella dusty. I was looking for this crazy hill climb I attempted last time I attempted was there and didn’t quite make. All I remember was these gnarly trails straight up the mountain side in this little valley at the end of one of the single track trails I rode in on. We found this butte which sits directly across from this area I snowmobile in the winter. Pretty rad to see that stuff in the Summer, only been up there in the winter. Somehow I spaced taking any good pics of it though.. instead here's Gearbunny being stoked. Finally found the hill climb section towards the end of ride. Gearbunny snapped a few shots, but you can't really see the climb as these are just the bottom entrances to the trails up. I didn't make it to the top, but it was hella fun trying. Pretty much a silt gutter about half way up which turned into dust white out. I got really dirty.. This is coming back down.. Yep dusty. By this time it was late afternoon and we’d done a good 40 miles, so not wanting to abuse the Grandparents on the first ride we rallied back home. Day 2 I rode solo, hitting the spot again. Gearbunny was cooked from the day previous, so I was on a solo mission. I rarely ride solo especially since I became a dad, I tend crash pretty often. But I was on a mission as I still needed to find some other cool terrain I didn't get to hit on the first day. I started off the ride on a nice journey down the lava flow. Basically some couple thousand years ago there was this volcanic eruption that this created this lava flow. It's pretty crazy. Not to fun to ride on for a long time as it butchers your tires, but super cool and unique kind of place. I eventuall found this really fun trail that ran adjacent to the lava flow for about 5 miles or so. Pretty wide open so you could mob it all 4th gear style. Something I’m not so used to given the WA tight trees 2nd gear action I usually ride. I noticed a cave showing up on my GPS so I was determined to find it. There’s all sorts of random caves out there, some just random holes in the ground that open up once you climb in. Some miles later I was supposedly right by the cave but couldn’t find it, so I headed cross country to find it breaking off the main trail. The trees are open enough and vegetation is sparse enough that cross country is a non issue, high desert riding is so fun! The cave wasn’t obvious and I wasn’t into climbing volcanic rock the size of a VW so I doubled back on some forest roads and rallied up to the butte again to get my bearings. Once up on the butte I noticed some serious looking hill climb trails on the valley across the way. Rallied over there to check it out and was pleasantly surprised with this sick play area, tons of different climbs, some super gnarly I wasn't about to try, but I rallied most of the trails on the main face until I started to scare myself. One side of the play area from the bottom. Looking down.. Climbed around some more, found more sick single track in and out of the valley, but it was getting late and I still had 10 miles or so to ride back to the truck so I split..