Greg Munn was first introduced to motorcycles in the mid 1970s, his appetite for adventure motorcycling was whetted by an old Yamaha 100 enduro and five wooded acres. But there were enough valleys and mud holes and obstacles that made the almost line-of-site distance back to the house seem much more remote, slightly dangerous and explore-worthy. Just the elixir to create a life-long emotional response to the smell of turned dirt, two-stroke exhaust and a map of places he has yet to ride.
Many years later Munn heard rumors about a mysterious route between the Washington and California borders across Eastern Oregon that could be traveled almost entirely off-road. Intrigued, he searched the internet and found one of only a few posts that referenced the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Just reading Tom Myers and Zander Nosler’s story of their OBDR adventure created a Pavlovian response that reminded Greg of those first riding days so many years before.
From this High Desert Adventures was born; the perfect combination of the love of motorcycle travel and desire for adventure! Since then Greg has logged thousands of miles on the OBDR and other routes in Central and Eastern Oregon and Baja, Mexico. The team is made up of a group of fabulous people whose goal is to share that indescribable experience with their guests.
How do the experiences you offer at High Desert Adventures give guests a unique perspective on the history, people or culture of the regions where you travel?
The tours are full of historical and geological information and points of interest and give us the opportunity to share those “oh wow” opportunities. Many places we go and visit are difficult or impossible to reach any other way than by motorcycle.
How have the experiences that you offer evolved since their inception?
Continued interest and learning new experiences to share which is borne out of personal passion for this kind of travel.
What is one detail of an experience you provide that may go unnoticed by guests, but which you feel is important?
The tremendous amount of research and prep that goes into every tour so that it is a smooth and seamless experience to the customer.
What do you wish every guest knew as they consider participating in the experiences you offer?
Our tours are an extension of our passion for this kind of travel. We’ve taken the best combination of riding experience, site seeing, historical/geological information and packaged that into each of our tours.
What is one travel trend that really excites you?
Off-pavement motorcycle touring and travel.
What sets High Desert Adventures apart from other motorcycle touring companies?
We are the only consistent long term successful motorcycle travel tour business in Oregon. We’ve been doing this since 2007.
What is one insiders tip to getting the most out of an experiential travel vacation?
Prepare and have high expectations!
What is one strategy that has helped your business to grow?
Personal service. Being able to transfer the jaw dropping experience we had when motorcycle traveling the area years ago to each of our customers.
What is one personal habit that has helped you to be successful?
Prepare diligently for each upcoming tour; improve on each past tour.