As I was settling into day 2 on the trail, I was having a blast, but I was finding that navigating on the fly was proving itself to be tricky. One issue I came across early on was the 12v power socket was not working. So, to conserve phone and GPS battery power, I was switching on only at intersections to take a quick peek, then switching off again. As you could imagine, I missed a few turns!
Throughout the course of the day, I started to play around with all the technology packed into the 790 R and figured out how switch between ride modes and toggle the ABS. What an amazing feature, especially for someone who has been riding a 2008 KTM 690 Enduro R. It’s truly hard to describe how impressive the suspension is. I would go as far as to stay that I have never felt suspension this good, even after having custom work done on some of my other bikes in the past!
I crossed the Columbia River at the Bridge of the Gods, which led me to a long stretch of pavement toward Bend OR. Labor Day traffic got worse the I got to Bend, so I skipped the town completely and headed for Crescent Lake, the start of section 3 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. It was already getting dark, so I popped into a campground for a relaxing evening. The camp host was gracious enough to let me use his truck power to charge up my phone, GPS and backup battery, so I was all set for the next two days. While unpacking my panniers to set up camp, I discovered that one my cans of Oregon Pinot Noir had ruptured sometime during the day. Needless to say, I had a few damp items to dry out. Unfortunately, all of the bike’s paperwork got some purple tie-dye action! The owner’s manual got the worst of it and is no longer legible. Oh well, I’ll chalk that up as another lesson learned through adventure riding!