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Old 04-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #16
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Day 5 continued

While I was heading up into Yellowstone I saw a ton of signs. You know the signs that say "Deer crossing next two miles," Well I check my odometer and literally in two miles there was another sign that said the same thing. This was common. There were also a lot of those radar speed limit signs. I didn't show up on any if I was behind cars. I decided I would check my speedo but that meant passing the cars. when I got to the sign, it just flashed red and blue. One sign even had attitude, It read "Bears with cubs crossing next ten miles. So slow down Cowboy!" I didn't even see a squirrel in the next 24 miles of slow riding I did. Was that necessary? It was a fancy electronic sign on a trailer that probably cost more than $10k.
I think all of the radar exposure was making me irritable so I decided to Hell with Yellowstone and beat cleats Northwest; and you know what I got? Northwest weather.
This was entering Idaho from Jakson. There were quite a few lightning storms around but the rain was mild.
Idaho is cool because there are dirt roads everywhere and they all lead somewhere. After a few miles on this one I decided I was too ambitious and turned back for the main road. I headed towards American Falls. On the way there I saw a billboard that said "Yellowstone Drive Through Bear Park." I thought "that sounds lame" then I passed the park along the interstate and it looked way cool. I saw an albino reindeer, several moose and a few bears all while cooking along at 70 mph. I should have stopped.
It was dark by the time I got to American falls and I had no idea where to sleep. I found an rv park that was open and being used but I saw no information or anyone running it. I saw a sign for a self pay, but then no pay station. It was Willow Bay recreation area. I left a little confused and began down a dirt road nearby. I stopped and planned on setting camp there but while I was peeing I could see and hear several rodents running along the ground. This place was littered with little critters, I also heard two guys in the field speaking what might have been Italian but they were hard to hear. I started the bike and got out of there. I saw two guys running into a wooded pathway. I rode back to the rv park and slept on another picnic table. I chose the one furthest from the RV's and closest to the field.
I heard a coyote right along the edge of those bushes, also my air mattress developed a leak. It was slow enough that I could fall asleep before becoming uncomfortable.


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Old 04-27-2012, 07:54 PM   #17
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excellent

"...Idaho has a ton of dirt roads, and they all lead somewhere"

Love the idea that you didn't just slab it home
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #18
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Day 6

I rode out of American falls and towards Boise. I wanted to go on hwy 55 to hwy 95. I wish I could remember but I stopped early that morning at a conoco gas station and inside there was a woman who had cooked breakfast burritos and giant cinnamon rolls for $2. I got a burrito. It was good.
I got an apple and some hotdogs here and took a lunch break on some nicely watered grass next to a tree. I love just having the time to relax.


I got to hwy 55 and it was great, just what I needed. It went along side a river and had many high speed corners and not much traffic. I like rivers as scenery for some reason. I was feeling good and cruising, not a cop in sight. I came around a corner to see a fellow rider. I thought I was fast when I stuck out my hand to wave mid-turn but he had some serious reaction time and gave me the universal head tap (police).
I slowed down and put my hand on my thigh and enjoyed the scenery. Sure enough a mile later there was a cop waiting. He pulled out and headed away from me and I continued to try and wear the flat pattern from interstates out of my rear tire.
This was kind of a neat old Jeep truck so I took a pic.


I set up camp along this road.
This was called Rattlesnake camp. I saw a snake but it wasn't a rattler. I decide to call it early so I could take it easy and roast my hotdogs. I stopped at about 3:45 and got all set up. There were some clouds in the air so I thought about shelter but decided if it started to rain, I would just pack up and keep riding.
The last stretch home will come tomorrow.




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Old 04-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #19
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excellent

"...Idaho has a ton of dirt roads, and they all lead somewhere"

Love the idea that you didn't just slab it home
Well I did, but I got bored often.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #20
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Final day.

I hit the hay at 6:30 cause I was good and tired. At about 7:45 I felt one good drop of rain on my face. I jumped up started the bike. I packed furiously and rode on into the night. I should have gotten something for shelter but I decided to risk my last night. I rode through Grangeville and into Lewiston in the rain. In Lewiston I stopped for Mcdanalds cause they were one of the only places open. I filled up at a gas station and the woman working inside let me charge my phone while I repacked some of my gear. It was about 12:30. I left Lewiston and into Asotin. I was going to go to a campground but there was a detour that bypassed the road I wanted. I ended up camping at a boat launch that night. This was my last night on the road. I didn't make a jacket tent for my head and ended up with a few small bug bites on my forehead that were barely noticeable. The rain had stopped enough for me to sleep, and then started around 6:30.
The final ride home was crazy miserable.
I won't go into detail about the route I took, but it was the wrong one, and added a few hours to get home.
The wind and rain in in eastern Washington was relentless. I got as little as 35-45 mpg for a few fill ups because there was such strong headwinds. I stayed in full tuck the entire way home and followed many larger vehicles just to escape some wind. My rain gear was soaked clear through and I forgot to grab some bags to go over my socks. The strain of holding the helmet against the wind really made my head and neck sore. I went up a steep hill and then had to give it even more throttle to go down. At some points in the ride, I would turn so that the wind was behind me and all of a sudden everything went calm and quiet; all I could hear was the drone of the bike. I looked down and saw I was doing 70 mph and my jacket didn't even flicker. This only lasted a few hundred yards but it was kind of interesting and a really nice but short lived rest.

I didn't take many pictures because I didn't want to soak the camera, however, I pulled over in a big gravel driveway to add some of my reserve fuel and the thing that I was trying not to do the whole ride happened. Yup I dropped the bike. This poor bike is getting a warm welcome to it's long and sorry life ahead. There was nice gravel that I didn't notice transition into nice mud.


After a couple hours I began to lose some motor function in my hands and feet so I stopped at a rest area. There were a lot of people but none of them noticed the second bathroom. I stayed in there for at least 30 minutes and used the directional hand dryer to warm up. If you keep them running for a while they get nice and toasty. After a good morale boost I rode most of the way with only one minor inconvenience; I got pulled over for no license plate. Just a warning was issued after I explained the situation. It was a state patrol officer, a young guy, real nice. I got home at supper time and mom had stir fry ready to go. Mmmmm.....real food!

I started with 1400 miles on the bike and ended with 3776

That's all folks.
(pardon the grammar and punctuation)


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Old 04-29-2012, 06:44 AM   #21
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Great report! Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your new bike.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:14 AM   #22
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yea awsome! now youll know what to bring next time too ;)

nice flowing story with the pics too
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:13 AM   #23
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great ride report and photos! Enjoy the WR250!!
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #24
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The Bike

I should talk about the bike.
I came from an xr650r so I knew to lower my power expectations. I also knew that they weighed about the same. That being said I noticed a lot of things that Yamaha did right to make this a multipurpose long lasting bike. It's geometrically simple, the rear brake cylinder is tucked behind the frame well, the brake pads themselves look like they have more material on them than a normal bike, the shift lever is just a simple steel one that you can replace for less than half of what my xr one cost, the dash computer works well, is compact and convenient, It has electric start, a beafy triple clamp and frame, a large stator compared to a dirt bike, and I love 6 gears. It also had some things that seemed cheap, like the clutch and break perches. I wish it had a kick starter so I could start it like a BOSS. I miss my one big leg.
I'm hoping that this bike will be the economical choice yet still get the job done and be enjoyable because I can ride it rather than mess with it. As one adver put it: "The tortoise will catch the hair, eventually."
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great ride report and photos! Enjoy the WR250!!
How do you like the g450x? I have just now started to see them around.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:30 PM   #26
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Nice report JM. Glad you made it back in once piece. Moab looks awesome!
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:59 PM   #27
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I really enjoyed this. Good job! You will remember this ride for the rest of your life..... Good luck with the bike in your future!
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:29 PM   #28
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Thanks guys! It was a good riding experience.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #29
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Thanks guys! It was a good riding experience.
Dammit Jesse, I would have gone with ya. We could have 2-up'd there and then rode back. Anyway's glad to hear about the new bike. Scott told me about this thread. Wish I had seen it earlier. Nice report buddy. Check your PM's.... John
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:27 PM   #30
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Nice one Jesse and great ride report.

I think we are going to have to start a 'donate your old riding gear to Jungle Man' thread though . Them 'riding shoes' don't look like they offer great protection!

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