mjn's annual ride




mjn

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Once again, I was lucky enough to spend 2.5 days with 21 fantastic people.

The final mileage was somewhere around 900 give or take, most of which were backroad twisties in the beautiful state of Oregon.

This is typically the best ride of the year for me...this year was no exeption.


We used Fossil, Oregon as our base camp. The Wilson Ranches Retreat is an incredible place...Phil and Nancy took very good care of us.

Now for some pictures...

"The Ranch"
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The view from the back deck at 6AM
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Tufbusa, second from the right, getting ready to ride Sunday morning;
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We began the day on hywy 218 to Shaniko... 50 miles of the most incredible twisties you can imagine...
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Our own Scootergirl, followed by the mileage king, BABUSA.
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Yours truly
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Tufbusa messin' around;
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Group shot in front of the historic Shaniko Hotel;
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mjn

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Then it was off to the "big" town of Maupin, Or.... a short 30 or so mile ride that took us....uh.....like maybe 15 or 20 minutes...:laugh: We kind of took over the one and only gas station in town..
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A brief stop at Timothy Lake;
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Up into the Oregon Cascades headed south.... some of which was on a paved single-track road..
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Lunch at Detroit Lake;
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From Detroit, we (unfortunately) had to slab it thru Sisters and on to Prineville...Thank God Tufbusa had a radar detector! :whistle: Up to Mitchell, Or, and back around to Fossil for a kickbutt steak dinner!
 

Tufbusa

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As usual Mark, I had a grand time! Great group, great hospitality at the ranch, excellent food, beautiful country roads topped off with the aroma of Mark's cigar while enjoying a cool drink at the ranch in the evening! :beerchug:

Teresa and I actually put on 1,604 miles in our 5 day adventure. Your ride is always my favorite treat of the season! Already looking forward to next year.
 

mjn

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Day two was borderline epic....for me at least. We headed out of Fossil at roughly 9AM, after a killer breakfast from our hosts... going east this time;
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BABUSA railin along sporting the newly installed bags from Corbin;
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A brief stop on one of my favorite roads along the middle fork of the John Day river
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Same spot. Board member Eric, aka "Dr E". Beautiful bike, and one great guy. First time I've ridden with him....certainly not the last.
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My buddy, and longtime board member Stagerulz blastin along. You won't find a better guy....seriously.
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In Sumpter, Oregon for lunch...it's hot, we've been cookin along for almost 4 hours.. Barry and I are tired;
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Tufbusa really has those stoppies down pat!
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My good friend Turk got a pretty dang good shot of me on the back tire..
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The next 56 miles included 20 miles of the most pristine, back to back 35 mph marked corners anywhere.. Me gettin set up for a left hander;
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We covered the stretch in a very short time... stopping at our usual place at the top of the Blue Mts..
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mjn

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Group shot at the Ranch.

You couldn't ask for a better group of riders to hang with. Thanks again everyone for taggin along on my ride. :thumbsup:

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mjn

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As usual Mark, I had a grand time! Great group, great hospitality at the ranch, excellent food, beautiful country roads topped off with the aroma of Mark's cigar while enjoying a cool drink at the ranch in the evening! :beerchug:

Teresa and I actually put on 1,604 miles in our 5 day adventure. Your ride is always my favorite treat of the season! Already looking forward to next year.
:thumbsup: Always great to ride and hang with you two! The ride wouldn't be the same without ya!
 

BA BUSA

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Yes, it was a kick in the butt my friend!

Rich gets the mileage award.... not sure how many total for this ride, but it was plenty;
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For your ride...just shy of 2,600 miles. AGAIN :banghead: someday we need to do this in California :whistle:

For the 9 days total 3,300 and change :laugh:
 

mjn

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Couple more shots;

Tufbusa...the KING of wheelies, showing us the proper technique;
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A nice line of Suzuki's...with Dr E's beautifly done Busa in the foreground;
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Another line of very nice machines.. We had a very diverse group of bikes.. FJR's, a Concour, a VFR, a couple CBR's...my little bro showed up for one night on his KLR... he had some difficulty keeping up on the straights for some reason..:whistle:
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Here is one of the CBR's...unfortunately, it didn't look quite as good the next morning...had a minor off-road excursion...
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Even had one MV...gorgeous machine..
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TruWrecks

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Glad everyone had a great time. Now I'm really depressed. I did get my Busa back on Monday, so all is not bad. :beerchug:
 

Dr E

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My hats off to Mark for this opportunity. I was so pleased to meet all of the members from here that I did! What a group of professionals and all around nice people. It is amazing how you set out on a journey with acquaintances and by the end of the trip you consider them close friends. :beerchug:
 



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