Optimal 1000 Adventure Motorcycle Ride Day 2
This entry was posted on January 29, 2017.
Imnaha Oregon to Orofino Idaho via the Zumwalt Prairie.
Starting the morning out in a deep canyon has its benefits. You have the sunshine but not the total brightness of the light. I guess you can say it is like a having a great stretch in the morning. You know the kind where you wake up easy, nothing harsh, no alarm clock, just start that easy wake up process and in the midst of it get a great stretch in. Arms stretched wide and head turned a bit,waking up from the inside out, nice and easy.
As the bright sun hits the ridges and starts illuminating them, you feel the day as a new beginning.
We will start the day by taking Camp Creek out of Imnaha.
The ride up Camp Creek is just what you need to bring all your senses together. Riding up the canyon in the morning shadows starts the adrenaline flowing in anticipation of a day of great riding. As we continue up Camp creek we bear left up Trail Creek to amazing sight as we enter the Zumwalt Prairie. The next 50 miles is one of my top 10 rides with all the vistas we will see.
We stop and take in the sights of the Zumwalt Prairie and the distant peaks. To the southeast are the Seven Devils and to the Southwest the Eagle Caps.
The Lonely Road.
After we left the Buckhorn lookout we encountered a road grader working on the road and it made the riding quite interesting navigating the furrows he had created and then when it comes time to pass him you keep asking yourself “did he really see me and wave me by?”
Shortly after the road maintenance we turned off the Buckhorn road on to Cold Springs road. I had not even gone a mile and boom! I was traveling along about 30 MPH enjoying the day and I felt this pain so I slide to stop not bothering to pull the clutch in, all I wanted to do was get my helmet off. It seemed like an eternity and pain continued. I was bitten by something, it was if someone had hooked the end of an extension cord to my face and I was being hit with high voltage electricity. I never did see what kind of critter it was.
We started moving again and Casey was asking me over the com all about what happened. I told him I was not sure what it was but it could have been a horsefly or something like it. That is when he said 'that would be an optimal bite, much better than a bee or wasp". Huh, optimal to whom? It sure did not feel optimal to me! We named the trip the Optimal 1000 due an insect bite.
We continued down Horse Creek to Joseph Creek and to the the Grand Ronde River. At the Grand Ronde the road improved dramatically and we continued on to the Snake and stopped for lunch in Clarkston.
From Clarkston we crossed the Snake and took the Old Spiral Highway to the top of the grade heading to Moscow. We then took Highway 8 to Deary. Check out the Google Map at the bottom of the page.
Trip mileage 438.8 start of today 230.7 = 208.1 miles PRICELESS!
Check out my Konkolville Motel Blog post for dinner details.
Check out the Google Map Day 2 of our ride that includes pictures and Casey's video.
Check out Casey's Youtube Optimal 1000 Day 2
Tim's Photobucket Day 2
GPX Tracks OPT 1000 Day 2
Check out Optimal 1000 Day 1 Blog