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    Leisure Time Larry - La Grande, Oregon Video Series - July 2017

    Visiting family brought me to the La Grande, Oregon area back in late July. I spent nearly a week in this beautiful area that offers a multitude of riding opportunities. Please join me as I do my best to capture this adventure via the GoPro, both on and off road.

    In video #1, Mt. Emily... A ride with the guys starts out the day with them on quads and me on the TW. It's mostly dusty, but we had fun and rocked a sweet jump.


    I continue the day alone and explore the Mount Emily area including some amazing views of the Grande Ronde Valley, and Indian Rock Memorial. I explored the singletrack, doubletrack and roads inside of the Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA), and I had a lot of fun.


    The way back to camp had no alternatives but to ride some miles on I-84. Luckily, nobody ran over me. What a great time!







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    Love the single track sections.
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    Me too! Nice.
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    My Basecamp

    While in the La Grande area, I made basecamp at Hilgard Jct. State Park. This park is at the junction of I-84 and Highway 244, and has a number of of riverfront footage along the Grande Ronde River. Most of the park is "Day Use" with picnic areas and grass and river access. Tucked off to the south end is the camping area. There are 18 sites, which the call "primitive" as there are no hookups. There is a restroom facility, water spigots scattered about, and garbage cans. For $10/night, I thought it was well worth it.









    Park website: Hilgard Junction State Park - Oregon State Parks and Recreation

    I wrote a review on freecampsites.net page for the park: https://freecampsites.net/#!1448&query=sitedetails
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    Nice set up. Thanks for sharing enjoyed the vid. Its what these bikes were made for.
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    Nice state campground, I’ll have to remember it. At $10 per night with facilities I can see why it makes for a good base camp. Does not look primitive at all.

    Stupid question: I know it would lessen clearance at rear of trailer but have folks been know to install air bags to temporarily raise rear of class B motorhomes improving the angle of departure? This would facilitate traversing rougher roads to access the perfect campsite.
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    For a change of pace, I take the street bike out for a twisty mountain run while I'm in La Grande. My Honda CB500F fills many roles, and is a ton o' fun on roads like these. The views were magnificent.

    The route was 195 miles. La Grande to Powder via Hwy 237, then west on the Anthony Lakes Hwy (NF-73) through the mountains, then NW through the green forested slopes on NF-52 with views of the John Day Wilderness to the town of Ukiah. I had read that the section of 395 from Ukiah south to the N. Fork of the John Day River was one of the best sections of motorcycling roads around, so of course I had to head down to the river and back. Now, eastbound along the Grande Ronde river on Hwy 244 back towards La Grande.

    It was a great day and a great ride!



    ...and now, back to your regularly scheduled TW programming.
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    Beautiful day! Sure wasn't like that over here...

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    NE Oregon, Idaho and SE Washington are all loaded with great rides. In my quad days I camped and rode all over that area, and I especially like the Winom-Frazier area outside of La Grande. I have also run the big road bike and camped all around that area as well... Just fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lrppcer View Post
    While in the La Grande area, I made basecamp at Hilgard Jct. State Park. This park is at the junction of I-84 and Highway 244, and has a number of of riverfront footage along the Grande Ronde River. Most of the park is "Day Use" with picnic areas and grass and river access. Tucked off to the south end is the camping area. There are 18 sites, which the call "primitive" as there are no hookups. There is a restroom facility, water spigots scattered about, and garbage cans. For $10/night, I thought it was well worth it.





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