Out of Burns is one of the best roads I have ever ridden. Highway 205 is a freshly paved ribbon of pavement that hugs Jackass Mountain on the west and a broad highland running to Steens Mountain on the east. It takes you through the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, an area encompassing more than 187,000 acres. In the middle of this high desert you'll suddenly find yourself in wetlands teeming with birds and other wildlife. As there was no one around or in sight, it seemed odd that a wildlife refuge was necessary, but the view was spectacular. We continued on, riding over a 4800-foot pass through Jackass Mountain, briefly stopping in the town of Frenchglen. Frenchglen was named after Pete French. French was the big man on campus there in the late 1800s and established the French-Glenn Livestock Co. in 1872. His "P" Ranch covered 150,000 acres at the base of the Steens Mountain in what is now known as Frenchglen Valley. He also had a questionable reputation and was unarmed when allegedly shot and killed in 1897 over a fence dispute. About the only commercial establishment left in Frenchglen is the historic Frenchglen Hotel. This cozy two-story wooden-frame hotel was built in 1914. The hotel is open mid-March to mid-November and has eight rooms and no televisions, telephones or air conditioning, with dinner served family-style in a communal dining area at one sit-down gathering each evening; if you miss it, you go hungry. This place is definitely on our list of return points to visit and spend time.