Again we left mid morning from Pendleton, OR and took I-84 to exit 209 and then south on Hwy 395 bound for John Day area. Another beautiful day, sunny and warm. Later it was to get up to the low 80's (F) .
I must tell you that this highway is a motorcyclist's dream. Lots of twisties and smooth pavement, except for a few construction areas where they are rebuilding bridges. It is nearly 120 miles of pure delight, with little traffic.
There is something for everyone. Forests, twisties, rolling hills, barren fields, hoodoos, to name a few. This is not a well travelled road so traffic is light. Before long we come to the forgotten community of Fox (Oregon)
It is a town which has seen better times and is mostly deserted but I am sure that a few people hang on to their life here with nothing to do
(Fox General Store - deserted, Fox, OR)
The town is a blip on the map which exists in the past
Here is a former gas station, notice the old style gas pump
Even the newer gas station has seen better days. With all the old cars scattered about, it is a place where time has stopped
Off to the West you can see a working farm
Just south of town you will find abandoned homes in clusters scattered about the landscape. It's almost like the former owners just gave up on their land
Here is a stately mansion which looks like it is in process of being restored
Of course, it's hard to know the circumstances, but how easy is it to just walk away from your home and land
another view of the right side
Further south we notice lots more abandoned homes, some with trucks and perhaps with furniture inside. It's almost as if the residents just went to work one day, and didn't bother to come back home.
(highway 395 through the land that time forgot)