In the last 2 weeks I have had the chance to travel with Ben Boyko and friends on some photo trips.
We started the first trip out to Oregon. We left on Tuesday with 2 bikes each and all my camera gear, plus extra backpacks. The truck was packed, the weather looked promising and the customs even looked promising with no line-ups! Aww...short lived that last one was! We got pulled in and the entire truck got searched. While we were there, a bunch of people got pulled in for tripping the radioactive sensors. They all had to go through the radioactive testing chamber. Story and pics inside,
Turns out one lady had had a CT scan done in the morning. Quite entertaining! After about an hour we were back on our way to Oregon. We arrived at the hotel at about 1:30AM. After getting a few weird looks from the clerk at the counter because of all the gear and bikes, we managed to finally get some sleep.
Early-ish in the morning, we re-pack the truck and head out to the jumps. They are completely covered in leaves and are in need of TLC. Nothing a couple of shovels and rakes can't fix. I think we spent 6 hours fixing everything and making it all look pretty for the photos. We got to ride a bit before the sun went away.
The next 2 days rained. Brian O came by on Thursday, we stayed in Portland at Kris' place that night and on Friday we left for Bend. Arriving in Bend a few hours later, we found the trail that Kris had talked about. We leave one truck at the bottom and bring all the rest at the top. Quick run down the trail and then back to the top we go. We spot a few nice corners and setup shop for a couple of shots.
Next day (Saturday) is the only day we have to shoot what we came down here for! Every other day before and after was/would be raining. After a tough awakening, we go for breakfast and head out to the jumps. A little bit of TLC to make everything look fresh and we are good to go! No major problems, no major falls and good weather despite a bit of wind, made for a wicked day of riding and shooting. Wall ride, gaps, jumps, drops, we had it all! Before we knew it, the day was over and I had shot more than 300 photos during the day.
The next morning we packed all the gear in the pick-up trucks and headed out. On our way back to Vancouver, we stopped at Green lake jumps only to find out that they are not what they used to be anymore. Left at the mercy of kids running up and down the lips and for the weather to carve out grooves and round off the edges. After talking to a few locals, we find out that there is another set of jumps that we might want to see. We were also told that there is a cable cam setup over there, so we assumed the jumps would be worth checking out. It's close to Boeing. It took us 3 hours to find the jumps. Once again, turns out they are in very bad shape and not rideable. Another set of jumps left for dead. Good try I guess! Let's go home now!
More trips to come!Words by
: James HealeyAll photos by
: James Healey