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DockingPilot 12-30-2010 10:43 AM

“2010 Forever West” Featuring The Best Of The West On Big Trailies
 
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This, as you will soon see, was to be the best route we have ever ridden period. And we’ve ridden a few. The power of the pen, or keyboard in this case, is severely deficient in its ability to describe where we rode and what we saw from our big trailes.

We’ll ride portions of the northern CDR in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, the Oregon Trail in Wyoming where original wagon ruts are still visible today, cross the divide like the emigrants did at South Pass
http://www.thefurtrapper.com/images/...on%20Trail.jpg

and we'll ride the Pony Express route across Utah
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and then onto the Trans Continental RR grade all the way to Promontory where east met west and the golden spike was driven in 1869.
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And much more. 14 Days and 2,800 miles ,98% offroad, of spectacular western history and scenery. :johntm So take a seat partner, pour yourself a glass of whiskey and we’ll take you along for the ride of a lifetime. :thumb

larryboy 12-30-2010 10:45 AM

I'm in!!


:lurk

Buddy_Holly 12-30-2010 11:06 AM

Right behind you Larry! In IN iN :clap

DockingPilot 12-30-2010 11:06 AM

The bikes again will be trucked out west by Federal.
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My good friend and 2 time ECEA Grand Champion and 2 time USA ISDE rider, Bruce "Redcorn" Kenny is stoked.
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On this epic adventure this year was Bruce of course, my long time riding partner John Pitts KLR650, Mike "P-Diddy" Piazza BMW GSA, Dennis Demarco, the only convict not from NJ riding a Husky TE610 and Duane Kerzic on his 950 Adventure.

Ready for prime time, or least I hoped so. :lol3
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Redcorn says goodbye for now to his SUPER ENDURO (i did that for you Bruce):lol3. The bike being fitted with the 8 gal tank out of necessity on the trip as fuel range will be stretched to the max.
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2 weeks later we fly into Idaho Falls .
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The first thing that greets you coming off the plane is this: :huh
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Now, where the "F" is my bike ?
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Bill Cycles in Idaho Falls is a 1st class operation. They accepted and took good care of our bikes until we arrived. Not many shops like this one fellas.
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After getting out hotel rooms and bikes we all went out to the Snake Bite for dinner. You think John is amped up ? Even his hair is glowing !
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The food was excellent. When in Idaho falls, you must eat here. Mike, back, right, hoping here that his GSA final drive is as good as the one on the new SUPER TENERE :lol3
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In the morning we shove off and head north for the Continental Divide. We have 13 days of riding and 2,800 ground miles to cover. It should be easy.
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As usual. we ride with no daily mileage quotas. Where ever we are at the end of the day is where we be. If its in a town, we'll motel it, if it's in the middle of nowhere, we camp. We wil just let the adventure unfold as it comes.
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straker 12-30-2010 12:15 PM

I'm in.... going to be another epic! :lurk

Hotmamaandme 12-30-2010 12:20 PM

Ok Im in:lurk

byways 12-30-2010 12:33 PM

Yes! :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

lulo 12-30-2010 12:35 PM

this was long overdue....a terrific adventure by all verbal acounts.:clap

byways 12-30-2010 12:38 PM

Rumors were true. But no more rumors. Now it's on to reality ...

spanker 12-30-2010 01:02 PM

Ok, ok, i'm in!

BKMLWR 12-30-2010 01:06 PM

thanks for taking the time to do another great report.:clap:clap:clap

DockingPilot 12-30-2010 01:28 PM

As usual, everyone must have a GPS loaded with the route, also, tubes, irons and a good ability to fend for yourself if needed as we ride untethered. Of course we are there for each other, but there is no need to stop at every turn or eat each others dust. We would spread out and give ourselves the opportunity to feel "alone" when we want to.
So here we go. Day 1. Up onto the Continental Divide riding north towards Montana.

Headed toward Bannack Pass in Montana, Nearby is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in America
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On the Divide
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Redcorn soaking it up
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One of scores of abandoned homesteads scattered throughout our route. This one is on Medicine Lodge Road
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A still-intact stagecoach stop on the old Bannack Road between Corrine, UT and Bannack, MT, circa 1862
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Here's the first example of what the CDR misses. The CDR route breaks off just ahead of this going northerly.
Deadmans Creek
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Dennis
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We take a break and dry off. We also see our 1st Elk. A mere 100 yards off from here.
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More later...........

advNZer? 12-30-2010 01:33 PM

looks interesting
 
very different to our lil country.The gsa looks twice as big as the husky!

EvilClown 12-30-2010 03:27 PM

This is making me think 'bad' thoughts...:ricky



:lurk

Wildman 12-30-2010 03:39 PM

Good, good! :lurk


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