I good way to avoid the hwy. Some great, high prairie type straight-aways. Nobody around:)! Coming up out of Maupin there is a nice but short section of turns. In summer 2016 that was fresh payment. Also gravel coming off side roads. Nice detour overal
Good alternative route between Shaniko Junction and Maupin. Beats going on the highway with all the other traffic. When you start to drop down into Maupin there´s some great corners. But be careful on some corners there can be gravel from the shoulder. The city park is a nice campsite too.