Re: Aborted trip to the John Day
A few years ago our family was on Spring Break about this time of year. We decided we wanted to see the site of the old Rashneeshpuram which is near Antelope, OR in the same general area. Once we got there I decided, what the heck, lets follow this road down to the John Day River and out to Mitchell...
The first sign we should have turned back was the first creek crossing. Now keep in mind this was in a 24 foot Class B 2wd motorhome. Well the first creek crossing didn't bend the undercarriage TOO much, so against my wife's protest we continued down the road. The mud in that area is a really interesting color and stickiness. We got to a really steep downhill and the road was looking REAL narrow, so I got out to reconnointer. My shoes collected about 20 lbs. of mud each. We never actually went sideways but it sure felt dicey with about 2" of silty mud on top of frozen ground.
We got down to a lower valley and ran into a rancher, who we stopped and asked about road conditions. He said we needed four wheel drive to go back uphill any direction, including the one we came from. The other road uphill to Ashwood probably had snow. But the road we were on went downhill. He forgot to mention the OTHER creek crossing, but it was not a problem since the low-hanging frame members had already bent bent out of the way.
We still talk about that little trip, especially when we're deciding which way to go out in the woods. The RB van does a LOT better than the motorhome did!!
2009 E250 RB 5.4L "SilVan"