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Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-30-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,500
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Non Motorized north of Joe's Creek junction

I don't know about in 2013, but in 2014 the Boise NF's MVUM maps for the Emmett and Cascade districts are consistent and show that West Mountain Trail is NON-MOTORIZED NORTH of the JUNCTION with...
Forum: Equipment 04-03-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,188
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Ranger bands

I had never heard of Ranger bands. After looking online, they appear to be cut up bicycle inner tubes.
Forum: The Rockies – It's all downhill from here... 03-09-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 778
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Early in season

I've been in the St. George/Hurricane/Zion, Green River/Moab and Canyonlands/Monticello areas during mid-April in three different years and got snowed and/or hailed on each time. You will be going...
Forum: Equipment 03-07-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,188
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Bicycle inner tubes protect bag straps

This is such a simple idea that I'm afraid it doesn't qualify as a farkle but will greatly extend the life of bag straps by preventing abrasion due to mud, dirt and rubbing against the bike. :norton...
Forum: Ride reports 03-06-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 54,352
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Protect straps with sleeves from bicycle inner tubes

Great ride report and fantastic photos!

I protect my bag straps with "sleeves" cut from old bicycle inner tubes. I use a mountain bike tube for the saddlebag strap and a road bicycle tube for the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-27-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Summit Lake OHV Trail

It looks like you are right including the Most Difficult rating. I didn't realize there were OHV trails in the area but oddly it's closed to motorbikes from April to October. Wouldn't the trail be...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-26-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Siskiyou Summit to Squaw Lakes?

Hello Inmates,
I am planning a trip for end of summer. I want to go west from Mt. Ashland Ski area to Squaw Lakes and then to Applegate Lake. I plan to take NF-20 ("Siskiyou Summit Rd") from the ski...
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 28,654
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Road conditions

Great RR. You've captured the appeal of this wonderful country -- the food, the scenery, the friendly people.

Like you, we found little traffic in the north whenever we were away from cities or...
Forum: Ride reports 10-03-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6,958
Views: 2,242,100
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Better late than never?

This is Garden Creek Road near Challis Idaho and IS open to ATVs and M/Cs. It splits at least 4 ways: 1) T1 (069) via Buster Lake and singletrack (according to their website), 2) Lombard ATV trail...
Forum: Ride reports 09-27-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
A real learning process

Thanks. I learned a lot preparing this report, which was a key motivator for doing it. I learned how to:
create gpx and kml files
create maps in Google
how to prevent Google from breaking a big...
Forum: Ride reports 09-24-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Turkey talk

Thanks. We've been riding but I haven't been writing. I spend lots of time planning the next ride instead. I sure appreciate the info I get from other ride reports and GPS tracks too.
Forum: Ride reports 09-24-2013, 03:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
You're right

You are correct about the burner. Thanks for the info. If I recall, there was no sawmill but there was a clearing where it probably stood. There was also a huge wood retaining wall along a pond where...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 14 of 14 McCall ID to home

After breakfast we backtracked a short distance to pick up Lick Creek Rd FR48. It swings past Little Payette Lake and climbs over a summit with terrific views of granite peaks.
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Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Thumbs down Day 13 of 14 Grangeville to McCall ID

We had breakfast downtown in a nice looking restaurant called Oscars. The interior seemed oddly upscale for Grangeville. All seemed well until we went to the bathrooms. Nasty! Makes us wonder about...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 12 continued

Shortly past Sing Lee Campground we turned off onto the Warren Wagon Road. This was an old Indian trail from Grangeville to Elk City converted to a wagon road during the gold rush. The road surfaces...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 12 of 14 Pierce to Grangeville ID

Our breakfast in the cabin was cereal and homemade bread provided with the rental. We headed south on French Mountain to Browns Creek to Musselshell Rd before intersecting the main forest road, Lolo...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 11 continued

We buzzed west along the river about 20 miles then turned south on Bond Creek FR754 where we were buzzed by swarms of yellow jackets. One got caught in my boot top and stung me several times before I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 11 of 14 Wallace to Pierce ID

We strolled through town and found the 1313 Club open for breakfast. It is located in a historic building, as is most everything in Wallace.
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Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 10 continued

While planning the trip, I had a hard time figuring out which, if any, dirt roads actually crossed over the northern Bitterroot Range to Idaho. :scratch After scrutinizing the MVUMs online, I made an...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 10 of 14 Libby MT to Wallace ID

We had a quick breakfast in the motel and admired some artwork in town before taking a few backroads south and parallel to Hwy 2.
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Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 9 of 14 Columbia Falls to Libby MT

Denied again! :(: We could not get a motel or cabin reservation anywhere near Eureka MT so we had to skip the final day of our "run for the border". We decided to jump ahead to our next destination,...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 8 of 14 Seeley Lake to Columbia Falls MT

We had breakfast at the Chicken Coop, which seems to be the only place open in the am. We chatted with a young couple from Canada on mountain bikes. They were planning on going all the way to the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 7 continued

We took a short side-trip to pretty Coopers Lake. Check out the old metal kiln on the west side of the road on the way to the lake.

Detour #10, Coopers Lake side-trip 2 miles one way
Why take it:...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 7 of 14 Helena to Seeley Lake MT

We had the continental breakfast in the motel and headed to the west end of town for our next detour. The GDR takes Hwy 12 out of Helena then Priest Pass. Our detour takes backroads along Greenhorn...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 6 continued

In Butte we weaved our way uphill through the historic district to connect to our next detour:

Detour #7. Hail Columbia Detour 36 miles (bypasses I-15 frontage road)
Why take it:
Follows Divide...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 05:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 6 Elkhorn Hot Springs to Helena MT

After breakfast in the Grasshopper Inn restaurant, we headed north. The GDR route is paved all the way to Wise River. To spice things up a little, I added a dirt (and rock) detour not far up the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 04:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 5 continued

After the GDR connected with Hwy 324, we continued west past the turnoff to Bannack State Park. We hoped to have lunch at the Canvas Café in Grant but it must be history. There was no food or...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 04:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 5 Lima MT to Elkhorn Hot Springs

We took the frontage road north to Dell for breakfast at the Calf-A restaurant which is an old schoolhouse :y0! and tried to forget the night before.
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Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 4 continued

“Detour” #2. Walking tour of Lima MT historic area

http://eastbaydirtbag.smugmug.com/photos/i-XqWkhKM/0/M/i-XqWkhKM-M.jpg

This is not a designated historic or preservation area. It is abandoned...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Thumbs down Day 4 Ashton ID to Lima MT

We had breakfast at the nearby Trails Inn restaurant then jumped on Hwy 20 to the north side of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake. We turned east onto Fisherman’s Rd and followed this popular fly-fishing...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 3 Arco ID to Ashton ID

We started the day with a forgettable breakfast at Pickle’s Place. This time the entertainment was the wide variety of patrons who came through the door. Some were probably from Ketchum and had a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Thumb Day 2 Hailey ID to Arco ID

The Airport Inn has an unusual “continental breakfast” concept. You choose your breakfast item and beverage at check-in and they deliver them in the morning in a plastic bag hung on the door handle....
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 02:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 1 Lowman ID to Hailey ID

Because of numerous fires in the area, our route options were limited. We headed northeast up FR 582, Clear Creek / Bear Valley Rd in the Boise NF. Bear Valley has beautiful meadows with a meandering...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,381
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
2 Dirtbags on Montana Divide - with detours - plus Idaho backroads

The 2 Dirtbags were at it again!:ricky 2 weeks and 2,300 miles including the Montana Great Divide Route with lots of detours on dirt roads and two-track, plus Idaho backroads.

We added 11 detours...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Rockies 09-20-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,295
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Montana Great Divide -with detours- and Idaho backroads

The 2 Dirtbags covered 2300 miles in two weeks on mostly dirt roads on the Montana Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) with 11 detours and side-trips, plus backroads to and from Southwestern...
Forum: Ride reports 05-20-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 578
Views: 127,417
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
We found Fletch in Puno

Hi Fletch
It was great having dinner and chatting with you in Puno.
Our trip was amazing - the 3 weeks flew by. Our "bus-challenged" rider rejoined us in the truck after surgery and is on the mend....
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,791
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
See the reply above. Also thanks for the links to...

See the reply above. Also thanks for the links to your reports. We'll have to check out some of those roads.
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2010, 12:21 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,791
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Moragabiker planned this entire trip using...

Moragabiker planned this entire trip using library books (can't remember the titles), lots of Advrider reports, AAA book, Mapsource and the Idaho Road & Recreation Atlas from Benchmark Maps. I also...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2010, 08:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,791
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 15

Day 15 - Garden Valley to Meridian ID, 68 miles, Final day
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Our friend led us south into Placerville, which was one of the main gold rush...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2010, 08:45 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,791
Posted By Eastbay Dirtbag
Day 14

Day 14 – McCall to Garden Valley ID, 72 miles
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The next day we headed south on SR55 to the Cougar Mountain store/cafe in Smith’s Ferry...
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