|03-04-2012, 09:44 PM||#11|
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Boise, ID
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.
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?
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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