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Old 01-29-2012, 08:36 PM   #241
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Originally posted 8-11-10 by ryanwilliamcantrell.

I posted a 'stop and smell the roses ride', and the only ones to sign up were Phil and Thane. Each were moderately unimpressed with the nature of the ride, so we switched to a more suitable ride, which included level 5 terrain. Andy and Tyson signed up too, making 5 for the ride. We all packed light, and focused on the ride (not the camping) for this one, as we knew we'd be squeezing into some tight places. I set a new personal best for myself, at 22 lbs for a 4 day ride (lots of food).

We all met at the Shell Station in Boise, filled our tanks, and set off for Troutdale. We got as far as the 1st stop light... and... "SNAP". There goes Andy's clutch cable. One had to laugh at the irony of the situation ~ Andy had his bike apart for MONTHS rebuilding the top end. He put it back together for this trip, went through all the arrangements to have his kids babysat, time off work, etc, etc... to make it 20 ft into the trip. So, I sent Phil and Tyson on their way, and helped Andy short-shift his KTM all the way to my home in Nampa to see what we can Jimmy-Rig up. Thane was hitting Pilot Peak LO and Graham as part of the Challenge, and was going to meet us up at Troutdale.

Andy and I found a new KLR650 clutch cable in my garage, left over from the old KLR days. We hacked at it, and modified the hell out of it, until it fit snuggly and firmly into place in his LC4 so he could go on the ride. We put his bike back together, and lit out of Nampa, trying to get to camp before sun down.





We got to camp a little after 10pm, and Phil and Tyson were sitting around the campfire.

"Where's Thane?"

"I don't know."

"He should be here by now."

"Yep."

Great. I ate dinner, then showed the group where Loftus Hot Springs was so I could go look for Thane (who was laying in a ditch bleeding, for all I knew). It wasn't like Thane to not show up somewhere he said he'd be. I left camp at 11pm to follow his route as best I could, until I ran out of fuel. I ran the roads in the pitch black for 3.5 hours looking for him without luck. I was chased by an angry Black Bear that wanted a piece of my leg for a late night snack ~ that was a 1st for me. I pulled into camp around 2:30am tired and out of gas. I improve matters, my hammock string was apparently old, and after I climbed into bed for the evening, the rope snapped ~ THUD ~ I landed on my back and got the wind knocked out of me. I used some choice words, pulled out the head lamp, and re-strung it while the neighbor's dog barked at me from 3 feet away (I gave some serious thought to using that dog for target practice). 30 seconds later ~ THUD ~ same story. I was too tired to try a 3 time, and pulled my sleeping bag onto the picnic table where I spent the night.

I was suppose to have spent the evening in these hot springs... but it wasn't meant to be.



In the morning, I siphoned gas out of Phil's Z to get me to Pine. We devised the plan to get to Trinity LO, where I had cell coverage, to call Thane and check my voicemail. If we couldn't get ahold of him, we'd break into 2 teams and cover all the locations he'd covered.

Be broke camp, and headed down the road to Rocky Bar (on the way to Trinity).




We headed down the road and Thane was camping on the road, less than 10 miles down the road (further down that where I turned off to look for him up Edna Creek). I was glad to see him healthy, but exceptionally disappointed to have wasted an evening looking for him.

We headed up Phiefer Creek, which was an excellent ride.



We could see the Trinity LO (one of our destinations for the afternoon). The choppers were dropping a fire crew in, to fight one of the many fires that had sprung up over the last couple days from all the lightening.




We rolled into Rocky Bar in the morning, and it was still nice and cool.





Tyson notice that Thane lucked - out, and took a nail through his D606 that went into the knob, and out the same know w/o puncturing the tube! .

Meanwhile, Phil went over to relieve himself, ignorant of the sign that was literally right behind him.







The rest of us were sure to pee in the bushes.

I got my Rocky Bar pic, and we headed to Pine for fuel, then up Trinity.









As soon as we got around the corner so we could see Trinity, I lost my electrics. I've had a residential electrical gremilin all summer. So, we pulled off the road and snacked a bit while I laid in the dirt sorting it out.

It's a nice view, seeing the road leading up to Trinity.




I got my bike sorted out, and we headed up the ATV/Moto only trail to the LO.






We got up there, and chatted with the FS LO guy for a bit. He told us about the area, and pointed to the fire that started an hour ago. He told us it was right on the Iron Mt trail that we'd been planning on going up. No trail ride for us today.

Another fun fact is that they stock the alpine lakes with trout ~ via airplane! We all thought that was pretty cool. They fly over the lakes, and drop the fish out the plane and dump them in.









We headed down the hill, toward Indian Rock, since Iron Mt was closed.











We got bored with the gravel pretty quickly, and I decided that what the Big Beast needed was some tight single track with exposure.

So, we rolled over the bridge and ran the Virgina Gultch trail for a bit.















These pics don't do the exposure any justice... so I pulled a couple over from last time I dragged Phil through it (he told me to shove it, this time...).






We talked to the FS crew that was at the bottom of Iron Mt, and they said it's be closed for days. So, we headed back to the gravel, and headed to Indian Rock.











We found the Indian Head Rock, and had lunch there at the creek before heading over Dollarhide.









We head through Carrietown, and could already see the smoke from the fire.






My stitching program doesn't like Thane's head.









Thane and I picked up the pace a bit, comig off the back side of Dollarhide. When we got to Ketchum, he was filthy, and I was hot.





We waited about 5 min, and Phil showed up. Another 5 min, and no - one else. Crap. Time to go find them. Phil and I saddled up, and headed back up the hill.




We found them most of the way into Andy's rear tire change. He picked up a nail. We pieced it back together, and headed to Russian John's hot springs. We fued up in Ketchum, and Andy/Thane/Tyson stayed in Ketchum for dinner, while Phil and I headed ot Russian John's for a nice romantic evening together.




We set up camp looking into the mountians cooked our food, and enjoyed a soak.




After our soak, we continued in the tradition of "What more could go wrong?", when Phil's bike would start trying to go back to the campground. We cranked it and messed with it until the battery was dead. We tried to bump start it, but the compression was so high it wouldn't turn over in 5th gear, and snapped our tow rope twice. It was too dark and dangerous to try it on the highway, so towed it back to camp to deal with it in the morning. Meanwhile, Andy's headlight gave out on the highway coming out of Ketchum, so the other two guys sandwitched him and they got to camp eventually.


Continuing in the theme of "what more can go wrong?", we spent the morning trying to repair bikes. Phil's bike has A.) A flat spot on the flywheel that catches on the starter and freezes it & B.) A newly developed float needle that is not shutting off when the float bowl is full. Therefore, Anytime Phil shuts his bike off, the bike floods. The bike flooded so bad, we killed the engine trying to start it before we figured out what was wrong (the previous night, at the hot springs). In the morning, we tore it down and tried charging the battery from Tyson's bike, but was unsuccessful. Phil had the opportunity to go ask our neighbors for a bump start with their pickup. That crazy little Z had too much compression to turn over the tire in 5th with me on it, so Andy had to ride shotgun to put some weight over the rear tire, while we got tragged to hell and back behind a pickup. .







Meanwhile, Andy had some issues of his own. His headlight went out. He pulled his ignition, and found that the wires into his ignition had corroded and fell off ~ not something you're going to casually fix in the field (without a soddering gun).





Phil's bike eventually turned over and fired up and I set the idle high in order to let it sit and charge for a bit while we packed camp. It idle at 3k for about 10 minutes, then died.

The float needle was/is so worn, that it's dumping more gas into the bowl that it'll use idling. Not good.

Luckily, his bike fired back up after we drained the bowl, but this meant that any time Phil came to a stop, he'd have to reach down and shut off his fuel. Oh well... could be worse (just wait... it gets worse).

We buttoned our bikes back up, called it 'close enough', and headed up Galena Summit.









We dropped off the top of the summit, to a Jeep Trail Heath and I had found a couple years ago. It's better than that highway, with a nice view of the Sawtooths.









The trail we were suppose to connect is not 'close to public use', which irritated the hell out of me. We had to route around, which of course goofed with my GPS route, and I managed to blow by our turn off. We had the please of back-tracking a few miles back to the turn off, and then got to ride one of the best sections of dirt I've ridden all summer up to Black Rock Mine.











Turned out to be 1/2 dozen water crossing, all of which were reasonable and enjoyable to cross (though I could see how they've be deep and swift if you tried to cross them too early in the year).













The jeep trail was very entertaining, and very reasonable. There were trucks in there quite a ways, and the road up there was similar to RailRoad Ridge in difficulty (up until that last portion, that is, which was more difficult).


The views were outstanding.









Getting up to the very top was a butt-puckering ordeal for me. I was on the pegs and off the gas (lots of large, loose rocks to slide around on), and rounded a blind corner to a steep, loose section that about ate my lunch. It was exceptionally grateful I was running a full knob on the front, because I was hugging the edge of the trail (the only place where there was any traction) to save my life ~ if I'd have fallen into the center of the bowl, I'd have never gotten started again.

Once we all got to the top, and swapped stories about how we puckered -up coming around that corning, we explored some more of the area, and were taken back by the beauty of it.











I got a pic or two heading back down the nasty section, a short stretch of which Phil decided he was better off walking his bike down, than riding it.









The short loop took us to some great views.











We stopped and cooked lunch at the mine, which has shade, an antique crapper and a great view.




After lunch, Andy took off (he needed to be home Saturday night), so we were down to Thane, Tyson, Phil and I to head down the mountain, and hop over to the Aztec Mine area.


We passed through Phil's harem on the way down the hill.







We headed down the dirt road, and up Fisher Creek Rd.









Fisher Creek Rd is a great Jeep Trail style road.




We got up around near Aztec Mine, which wasn't worth getting of the bikes and looking for ~ we were in it for the ride.





Tom filled me in on a big-bike-friendly piece of single track called William's Creek, that went off of Fisher Creek. We were all loaded light specifically in order to run this trail. I was stoked to get to run an extended piece of single track on my Big Beast, so we set out.













This corner was a bit of a squeeze on the big bike (due to rocks and a big root sticking out in the trail as you're trying to round the corner), and I caught my peg on it as I rounded it. No big deal, but it got my attention.

Phil, however, has a knack for psyching himself out when it comes to single track. I knew that by now, he was sweating bullets, despite the ease of the trail. I shut the motor off, and waited to hear him round the corner. Instead I heard shouting and expletives. Not good.

I rolled my bike down the trail, trying to find a place to get the kickstand down, then jogged back up the trail to find Thane already attending to Phil, who'd gone ass over tea kettle down the hill, while his bike did summersaults in front of him on the way down the hill.





Phil was explaining in great detail the sounds his knee made on the way down. It was clear his ride was nearly over. Thank God I had Tyson and Thane to help get Phil's bike back up the hill ~ no way would I have gotten it back up there alone (flashbacks of Humpty... for those who know that story). We got Phil and his bike back on the trail and I asked Phil if he wanted to flip it around and ride back up the trail (we'd only come down a mile or so) to get out. He responded "no", but I'd bet he'd had responded "yes" if he realized how long the trail was (turned out to be much longer than we expected... like 8 miles or so).

Despite Phil's 'incident', the rest of us were LOVING that trail. It was an awesome big-bike trail for anyone foolish enough to take a big bike on it. I wasn't uncomfortable at all on my 950, loaded as light as I could be for a 4 day trip (I had a 22 lb bag on the back... and that was it). You'd never get panniers through it. Ever. Don't try.





Since Phil was psyched out, and in pain, he stumbled down the hill slowly. I managed to get into a really tight switch back (downhill) and had to hammer the front brake because I didn't make the turn (went to bar-lock)... and had to ungracefully dismount my bike and an inopportune time. The bike landed with a very loud "thud" as I bailed off from the standing position. Luckily, I didn't bend the bars, and the tank protector did it's job and took the majority of the abuse. I wouldn't hesitate to run the trail again on the big bike, but would advise caution to others running it, to go with a partner in case you loose your bike off the edge.





At Stanley, we gave Phil a mirror (which was mysteriously lost in the incident), and said 'goodbye' to him. He was headed home to nurse his knee.

Thane, Tyson and myself headed to Bear Valley to get a pic for our Challenge.





By the grace of God, we actually had something go right on this ride... and we squeezed through Bear Valley hours before they closed it due to the Beaver Creek fire.




We hurried down to the Deadwood dam for another Challenge pic, because we knew our destination for the evening was a camp spot at the end of a questionable piece of single track.




Thane swore to me that I'd be ok on this track... so long as I didn't veer off the trail, and put my bike into Deadwood River.

Well... you ride where you look... so I refused to look at the river.















I saw Thane was stopped in the trail, and thought, "What now?"







It was, of course, a downed tree. Why not? It would be the "what else can go wrong ride?" without a downed tree, right??






No way we were going over it ~ the only way was going around it. I about died, looking over the edge of the narrow little pathway we were contemplating getting my 500 lb beast through. Looking down into the river, I shouted "DON'T DROP ME!!!" Thane and Tyson took their gear off, and babied my bike through with some tugging, pushing and wresting.




Thane's was a piece of cake to get through (light... compared to the KLR and 950). Tyson had a major pucker moment when he thought he was going over the edge ~ Thane yelled "I've got ya...", and grabbed his rack while I grasped his tank brace.

We got through without incident, and continued up the trail a sweaty mess.


I had to duck through this one, and the next one I actually had to lean the bike over, and reach up to bend my windshield enough that it'd squeeze under ~ man that 950 sits TALL.








We got to the end of the trail and set up a flippin' sweet camp right on the trail.







After getting camp set up, Thane took us to paradise.







These were the best non-commercialized hot springs I've ever been too. He did a lot of research and exploring to find them ~ if you want their location, you'll have to beat it out of him.




We waited for the tub to fill, and took turns sitting under the pipe that pipes the hot water into the tub, and dumps it 10 ft into the tub below.... creating a perfect water massage.




Once full, it's about waist deep and oh so nice. We sat in there for a long time before heading back to camp. Other than Black Rock Mine, this was the 'find of the ride' for me.

In the morning, we woke up to a valley full of thick smoke from the fires. So thick, you could barely see across Deadwood Res. We headed back down the trail, and again fought our way around the downed tree (which was actually more difficult getting around, due to the angle) and headed up FS555 to Artillery Dome.




Getting to the trail was a boring grind, minus nearly getting clobbered by a truck that came around on my side of the corner, then got pissed at us.

The trail out to Artillery Dome was very Lolo Motorway-esque to me, but a more entertaining road. Pistol Creek Ridge was beautiful, and I'd imagine even better when you can see further.













It was awesome to run along the knife ridge, and be able to look into the valley below on either side of the Jeep Trail.











We got to the Challenge spot, and took our pic. For me, this was the last Challenge point (the 45th). It had taken me nearly 7,000 miles to hit them all this summer, over the course of 28 days of riding. All together, my bike had clocked 15,000 miles this summer... and my season was coming to a close (I go back to work and school Aug 15th).


After getting our pick, we headed back to some beautiful springs to fill our Camelbaks and cook lunch.

We were clearly within a few yards of the source, so I just dumped the water straight into my pack without filtering it.











Artillery Dome is a one-way-in-one-way-out deal, so we loaded up, and headed the 25 miles back out (just to get back to the dirt road), to connect FS roads back into Cascade.









We rounded the hill, and could see Cascade in the Valley.





We got fuel in Cascade, and rode boring slab getting back home, because we were tired and ready to get home by then (not to mention, I've ridden all the dirt routes home from there already this year).

In the true spirit of 'what else can go wrong?', we hit a mega traffic jam, 8 miles north of Banks. It was stop and go, for forever (just on the other side of Banks), so we turned the bikes off, coasted, and held conversations as we rolled along (a 1st for me).





Despite the copious amount of issues, I had a really good time on the ride. It was a great way to close out the season for me, and finish the 2010 Challenge.
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One of the best sunsets I've ever seen. Originally posted 8-29-10.

Meet Dan Butler. A guy I met near MM27 on the Magruder Corridor. In Dan's words when asked about his story, "I've got a momma, a driver's license, and a legal address. But you see, I have touretts, and nerves, and seizures. They wanted to put me in a home and I said 'Nah, F that'. I'm going to go for a walk in the woods. That was 16 years ago"



This guy has been wandering around the West for 16 years! Quite the character to chat with for a few min. I gave him my beer and a good portion of the food I was carrying. He was headed to Montana and then South before the snows set in.

Well, another long weekend of riding. 803 miles solo. Got to Heaven's Gate for a KILLER sunset!! Ryan-carrying water has made motoidaho members welcome there for life!!!







How's that for a devilish sunset at the Seven Devils?

The next day headed out to Florence and Elk City. Then the Magruder out to Burnt Knob. One of the coolest lookouts Ive been to! Fun road on the climb to get there.



Then it started getting cold and time was running out for what I had planned. By the time I got to Grangeville, I determined that my 606 on the front was shot and I wanted to head home. So highway it was. 475 miles on Saturday.
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Originally posted 9-13-10.

On Friday I met Jim and Larry at Costco in Nampa to head to Oregon to do the Steens loop. We took off and immediately hit road construction at 55 and 95. The guy said it was gonna be a 10 min wait. I started looking around and I said to Jim, "I'm gonna check out that canal road to jump over to 95. If you see me going across the field you guys come follow me" 10 minutes saved. God I love dual sport bikes!!!





It was totally dark when we got to Willow Hot Springs. Nothing new here. Setting up camp by headlamp. We got in the hot springs and had some beers and conversations. I saw a ton of meteors this weekend and one of the best ones I've EVER seen was this night sitting in the pool. Incredible. It even had a smoke trail!



The next morning we woke up to frost. Time to hit the road!!



We're going way up there!



Steens is an incredible place and it needs to be on everyone's list!!





There was a good amount of fresh snow up there. It had drifted across the road and made it challenging at times!



Jim and I hiked up to the summit while Larry enjoyed the view from the east rim overlook. Wildhorse lake in the valley.



The Alvord desert has made it on my list as well. That looked like a fun place to ride from 6000' above!



The Kiger Gorge. Seriously massive.



We continued off the mountain and pressed on. We made an unscheduled side trip to see the Diamond Craters and ran into Gary (Alaska KLR) in the middle of nowhere. He was in his truck with his girlfriend. Small world! We also checked out the French Round Barn. Pretty neat, but it only needs to be a five minute stop.



We made it to Crane to get gas and a burger before hitting the hot springs, Wonderful hot springs! A huge pool that's 100 degrees.



Jim and I finished a 12er just talking after several long soaks. We realized it was 12:30 and we should really get to sleep.

We went back to the cafe in the morning for breakfast. Let me just say this; there is no sense of urgency and the locals will get served before you! It took 45 min to get eggs! We were not happy.

Larry's wife wanted him to play golf in the afternoon so he hit the highway and Jim and I hit the dirt. We tried a new route to get to Jordan Craters. We found a mistake in the Oregon Benchmark on Pg 92 E3. We took Iron Mountain road which runs right into a ranch. The people weren't super happy we were there but explained how to continue to Rome. To your left 200 yards before the ranch is a 2 track heading to the desert. That's the one to take. Two gates to get through shortly after. This is the road that Benchmark shows as a "major gravel road"



NOT a major road! GPS good.

Hmmmmm...??????



GPS really good. We go right.

Pillars of Rome.



Our journey took us to Jordan Craters after that. I have never seen anything like that in my life! Simply spectacular.









Next we went to Jordan Valley for gas and then over to Silver City and home. About 640 on the weekend and some things that I've never seen before. I also have a new destination, the Alvord Desert. I will get over there!

I'm off to Colorado, see ya in six weeks!!


(I couldn't resist a few of the mud puddles in the desert)
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It was Friday night and I knew I wanted to go this weekend. The only problem was the KLR was completely torn apart from doing the doo and a valve chack and adjustment. I got it most of the way put together by 1 AM. I got up at 7 on Saturday and finished putting the bike together and packed the camping gear. Made it to Happy Trails to get my Oregon CCP. Glad I will have that!!

I was meeting Ryan, Sam, and Phil at the Burger King on Gowen and I-84. After I left Happy Trail I decided it was a good idea to swing home and get another layer. Glad I did! It wasn't what you call a warm weekend. Those guys trailered their bikes down to Bruneau. I thought they got out ahead of me, but I was actually first out. I took Simco Rd to Strike Dam and over to Bruneau. As I was getting gas, Jason showed at the premium pump. Great timing! We had a cup of coffee at the diner an waited for the truck to show up. Once they did we headed out Hot Springs Rd.

Sam was driving 65 (seemed like a reasonable and prudent speed to me) on the gravel road and all of a sudden Ryan's bike wanted to take a nap and lean on Phil's bike. Two broken ratchet straps. They had a spare so it wasn't a big deal. They unloaded at the intersection of Hot Springs and the road to Winter Camp.





We rode into Winter Camp and picked up the ICT. Man that is a rocky and rough road. Not much to say here other than it was sprinkling and dusty so goggles and face shields were impossible to keep clean.

We got to the top of the Bruneau Canyon. Quite the road going to the bottom of that canyon.





I think Jason will have some nicer pictures of the decent.

Then we arrived at the Bridge across the Bruneau River. It looks like one of the bridges from the Road of Bones in Russia. I'm not sure if it was meant to look like this or if the piling somehow sank over the years. Either way it is complete disrepair and the wood isn't as strong as it once was.









The camp spot was fantastic!









We had a chance to make some dinner and have a drink. We sat around in our chairs and had some conversation time. I'm still getting to know everybody so I really value the time with people sitting around just talking in a beautiful setting. It is good for my "mental health" and overall happiness as a person on this planet.

These hot springs are about the hottest I've ever been to.





HOT WATER!!!



The problem was the Bruneau River was running so hard there wasn't a good place to make a pool to control the temp. Ryan spent a long time in there and probably got it pretty good by the end. I just walked in enough to experience something I never had before. You have to walk across where the confluence of the river from the spring meets the Bruneau. One leg could be completely on fire and the other one completely freezing. Then two seconds later the water would swirl and the temps would switch legs. And then back. I was only in for about 20 minutes and never got submerged.

I got out and went for a little cruise to get a different view of the canyon.















We were just gathering fire wood and started to rain. And rain it did!! I personally love being in a tent when it's raining. It is one of the most relaxing sounds in the world. It rained for about an hour and just as we were all starting to doze off the rain stopped. We all got out and got the fire going with the only fire starter we had. Gasolina! We had time for a drink or two and then the rain started again. Now it was bed time. It was cool to hear the coyotes howling as it echoed down the canyon. Pretty neat.

Everybody was up and breaking camp early in the morning. Phil and Sam took of first to get up the hill. Ryan, Jason, and I left together. Lets just say the bridge was a little slippery from the frost that was on it. Ryan and I were going to help Jason get his 1200 across the bridge. As soon as both tires were on the bridge the front tire was locked up and skidding. The bike and Jason went down. The bike slid into the log on the edge of the bridge and it flexed but did not give. If it would have given, all you could have done was take a picture and give to the insurance adjuster. "See that red blob under the water? That's the BMW." The worst part would have been the bike taking Jason off the bridge with it. Cause that's the way it was looking. It could have been bad. Both he and the bike live to ride another day!!!

I was the last one coming up out of the canyon. The last 50 yards are steep and nasty. I got hung up and had to try it several times. It was early, the rocks were wet, and the sun was right in your eyes over the top of the canyon rim. I started to roll backwards and the front tire was skidding. The bike started to lean to the right and I couldn't save it. Time to fall over. The clutch lever hit a rock on the way down and broke the perch. "@#$%" I settled down immediately and got out the tool kit. I had zip ties and Ryan had a hose clamp that was to be the final touch. Ryan, Phil, and Sam took off shortly after I broke my bike. Ryan had pressing matters at home. This left Jason and I to get the bike fixed and out. This one could have been bad too. There was no way were pushing up that rocky section and there was now way it was getting up with out a clutch. Time to fix the clutch!





Suffice to say I will be adding a few sizes of these clamps to my tool kit. The zip ties would have worked, but I felt a lot better about this.

I took my bags off because dropping the bike again was NOT an option. Jason was gracious enough to carry them to the top for me while I put the tool kit away. Made it out just fine with a push from Jason.

As we got out to the top it had snowed on the plateau. Nice and slow was the name of the game til the good gravel. The snow was starting to melt and if the sun was out in full force, it would have been more problems. Mud is what we would have had. Made it out to the gravel in the nick of time.





Some high speed gravel, strike dam, and Simco road. Jason and I wanted to avoid the freeway so we went through the gunnery range south of Boise. It was good for awhile, but man it got muddy. 20 mph with both feet off the pegs. We parted ways at Gowen Rd. I took a 30 minute HOT shower when I got home and a three hour nap. Fun weekend! Gotta call Carl's on Monday and spend some money for this sport I love!
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #246
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Hey Tyson. I enjoyed reading those rides again. Here's hoping for a dryer spring this year ...
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #247
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Well, I haven't been riding much. I did get Hobbes out on Sunday for a quick cruise with another much cuter guest riding on the pillion. It was a balmy 45 degrees and sunny. Big news here is the KLR and CRF are completely torn apart. I'm finally getting the KLR ready for sale. So, all the plastic and guards are off of it. It's amazing how fast I can strip that bike. This weekend is clean, clean, clean on that bike. Next week the shims should be in for the CRF so I can finish the valves. Also did bar risers so I need longer cables. Anyways...that's the happs here in Boise. I'll start riding again in about another month when the weather hopefully improves. Hope y'all are well.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:55 PM   #248
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What crash bars are those?

I was going to order the Holan crash bars, who makes those beasts?
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I was going to order the Holan crash bars, who makes those beasts?
Happy Trails. They will be releasing them for spring sale. They are putting the final touches on the production run.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:08 PM   #250
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Are these the only pics we're going to get of this machine, on a trailer?!?! Go get sum! I am!



Or maybe you just have pictures that show you hopelessly stuck like this...

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Yeah I've been wondering how the sledding's been going too. We've had the driest winter in 100 years in Northern California/Nevada, so anybody out there that wants to play in the snow has been heading to Oregon and Washington. I'm glad I didn't buy a sled this year.

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Well, there's enough to go sledding here, but other things have held my interest this winter. Mainly someone with blonde hair and pretty green eyes.

I did get the KLR sold today, so I'm down to three bikes. I've gotten a few productive things done. Riding season will be here soon enough and my stories will be written again....
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[QUOTE=av_mech;18089698]Well, there's enough to go sledding here, but other things have held my interest this winter. Mainly someone with blonde hair and pretty green eyes.

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You always roll your eyes at me when I'm not riding or give an excuse why it's taking so long to get a report written. When's the last time the Cagiva was out on a ride besides to work? Or a dirt road for that matter?

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I did it! I finally got out!!

It was completely beautiful in Boise today. Hobbes and I left home around 1:00 this afternoon and headed out for a Spring fling. I screwed around town for a bit before deciding that I was gonna take a friends recommendation and head North on Eagle Rd and look for the "pink cattle guard".

The smell of burning brush hung in the air as I cruised down State St on the way to Eagle Rd. Hopefully Spring has sprung us from our mild winter and will be here to stay soon. Even though it's been mild, it's still been winter nonetheless.

I passed many other moto riders out enjoying the day. Amazing how they thin out once the pavement ends. And that is why I ride what I ride. Eagle Rd runs through one of the nicer and wealthier areas of Boise Metro. As I reach the Northern edge of the city limits, the private plots get larger and nearly every house has stables. People sure do love their "hay burners". I love my fossil fuel burner.

Eagle Rd. turns into Willow Creek Road and soon thereafter to gravel. Finally I find myself again after months away from the saddle.





I came to Y intersection and had to pull out the map to determine the course of action. I decided to run Jackass Gulch out to Hwy 16 in search of the "pink cattle guard".





I climbed out of the gulch and passed a number of other people out enjoying their sunny Sunday as well. A few mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. But, what would a beautiful day in Idaho be with out people shooting whistle pigs. It's family outing with even the youngest children toting air rifles and taking shots at the little varmints.

It was an educational road as well. I found the Little Gem Cycle Park. Looks like a great place to come practice hill climbs on the 250X.

I arrived at the pavement, but wasn't ready for my dirt part of the day to end. So, a double back and run down where I had come from to pick up Pearl Rd to Hwy 55 and then home.



Just a short ways down Pearl and I saw a sign that directed one to Sand Hollow Rd. I'm pretty sure that was the way to the "pink cattle guard" from the verbal directions I had received a month ago. I decided to leave that little treasure for another day and continue on Pearl Rd.

Pearl turned into a challenge. I came upon this.



Anybody wanna place bets on if I've gotten my knobbies mounted or not in all this down time? Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full. Still rockin the bald Battlewing and 50% Tourance. This should be fun!



This is a side of Bogus Basin I haven't seen before. Bogus is our local ski hill. This is view from the Nrothwest. Bogus is normally viewed from the South while in Boise. A little mud is worth this view.



Boise in the flats of the distance.



The Owyhee Mountains in the distance past Boise.



More mud....



I had a "Fuck it, PUNCH IT!!!" moment on the hill in the pic below. Trying to get momentum on a 500LB bike going uphill in mud with a slick rear tire was interesting. You know, I think I have neglected putting the TKCs on because what fun would it have been if I could have just climbed up that hill with out any problem?

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That reminds me of pic I found one time and saved....



Back at Hwy 55. I made it though 11 miles of that shit and never went down. Who needs knobbies?



I took Hill Rd along the base of the foothills and into the North End of Boise. I love that area of town. Just putted around there all muddy and checking out the sights of Spring in the city. Then, home sweet home...

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