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May 9, 2017 - Day 10 - Prineville to Mitchell, OR

Today’s ride to Mitchell, OR was a pleasant 48 miles with 2,392' of ascent. Mitchell,, population 130 and elevation 2,777’, is known as the Gateway to Painted Hills. Since I had been warned that Ochoco Pass was long and steep, I opted to ride my hybrid bike...totally unnecessary! The 32 miles from start to the summit of Ochoco Pass (4,720’) followed a very gradual uphill slope. At no time did the climb exceed a 6% grade. Just 4 miles into the ride I was treated to panoramic views of the valley with pasture on both sides of the road and...

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Jul 29, 2016 - Painted Hills & Ochoco National Forest, OR

(Ron Writing) We left our boondocking spot at about 10:30 AM and continued southeast on US-26 crossing the east slope of the Cascade Range. We were soon on a high desert plain with mostly grassland and few trees as we transitioned from the Mt. Hood National Forest to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Highway 26 runs diagonally across the reservation. Just beyond the reservation we stopped in Madras, OR for gas and then continued southeast on US-26 to Prineville, OR, the largest town along our route today. This area has quite a bit of...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Clyde Holiday State Park

Quickie visit to Clyde Holiday State Park. Hit the dump station and filled my gas tank. I didn't stay at this park but it was a very nice place along a river. Seemed to have a great hike/bike path along the river that was packed gravel. Spent the afternoon driving to Emigrant Springs State Park way up in the north east corner of the state. I signed up to be a campground host here for the rest of June. Throughout my travels the campground hosts have told me their stories about various parks which made me want to give it a try. I get to stay...

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Jun 6, 2013 - Mitchell, Painted Hills

Drove to Mitchell Oregon today. This is a ghost town with mostly dead or soon to be dead businesses. The "RV Park" has 3 spaces and I was alone. It felt weird being in a location with so much sadness around it. About 11:30pm another trailer pulled in and made it a bit safer place to be. Turned out to be three guys my age going varmit hunting, which means they had guns. I had a quick flashback to the movie "Deliverance" but they were very nice. The big reason to stay here was the easy drive to see the Painted Hills of Oregon. These locations...

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Aug 12, 2011 - There's gold in them there hills?

Well that was certainly true back in the 1890's when there was over 300 mines in Baker County. We were told that some of the richest deposits came from Cracker Creek on the west edge of the old mining town of Sumpter (now pretty much a ghost town except for four day flea markets on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends). Gold pan, shovel and bucket in hand on our day off we decided what fun it would be to try our hand at, for the first time, panning for gold. Driving along Cracker Creek on rough and dusty gravel roads, we headed...

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Aug 2, 2011 - No one can paint a picture like Mother Nature!

Having the day off yesterday we decided we wanted to see the John Day Fossil Beds about 150 miles west of the campground. Heading out early we drove through the beautiful forest and then the landscape began to change. Following the John Day River bottom, the mountains gave way to arid hills but miles and miles of fertile hay ground in the valley would make any rancher drool! Stopping at the little town of Dayville we encountered the Mercantile which was opened in 1896 and still looks like it did the day it opened. Boy could the owners grow...

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Nov 8, 2008 - Day 210 Mitchell, Oregon

Day 210 Saturday 8th November Mitchell, Oregon Despite traffic, and car park noises, planes overhead we both slept reasonably well, having said that there was semi trailer next to us who saw fit to start his engine at 6am and left if idling for the next 3 hrs – we felt this was totally unnecessary and most annoying to say the least. We headed north on the I84 to Baker City. The highway made its way thru the valleys with steep mountains on either side. The countryside was rather desolate and really not suitable to anything other than...

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