Awesome ride and awesome story. You and I think alike. I've been bumping around the west on a mighty XT250 (you think you get grief about your small unit?). Doing it on a little bike enhances the adventure and builds character. But I intend to buy a wee strom in the spring so my "ole lady" can accompany me.
I'm going to check out that rail trail up thru Island Park next time I'm up that way. -al