Up and down a lazy river

Three days ago, we rode about twenty miles up the Silvies River, to its source near the base of the Aldrich Mountains – at least, as near to its source as you can get from the road.  Yesterday, we started from the same spot and biked about twenty miles down the Silvies, south toward Burns.

A lazy river, indeed. Once you drop down from the divide near its headwaters, it pretty much runs flat  for the rest of its short life until it arrives at Malheur Lake.  The stretch we rode yesterday only dropped 200 feet in twenty miles.  Pretty surprising for a mountain stream that runs above 4,500’.

Great, wide open country.  Snowy mountains, for a few more weeks anyway.  Thousands of cattle, very few folks, a few sandhill cranes.  No dogs.  You’d like that, Em.


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3 response to "Up and down a lazy river"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: April 12, 2020

    Last summer I made a road trip with my 84-year old dad so he could attend the funeral of a childhood friend of his. I drove his car while he kept shoving old guy music into his CD player and it was terrible. Then he played some Mills Brothers. I was very pleasantly surprised. Man, those guys could sing.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 13, 2020

    I always like riding in areas with interesting geography – rivers with huge braids or distributaries – that’s great! Having grown up in a wetter climate, it was always fascinating to me that you could have rivers that ran into basins and they just dried up there or ended in a lake. That certainly fascinated me as a teenager fresh to the American west.

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