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Old 08-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Ring of Fire Ride - Idaho Fall 2012

We have 9 days of ADV riding mapped out in Idaho. The four riders all live in the Seattle area, so we will trailer the bikes to a start point and go from there! I will update this report daily from the route.

This fall 2012 ride will begin in Lewiston Idaho. Idaho borders six states and one Canadian province. The states of Washington and Oregon are to the west, Nevada and Utah to the south, and Montana and Wyoming are to the east. The landscape is rugged, with some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States.



From Lewiston we ride south through Hells Canyon towards McCall and Boise. On day 3 we head East and begin our dance with the 2012 Idaho wildfires. We will be riding near the Sawtooth Range on our way to Sun Valley, and on to Rigby, ID. After a planned visit to the KLIM headquarters, we will head North through the Salmon River and Bitteroot Mountains. We intend to visit Darby, Elk City and Lochsa. We then head Northwest through the mountains to Wallace, and finish back in Lewiston on Day 9.

While summer may be winding down, it's a blazing inferno in Idaho. Currently, there are over 500,000 acres worth of wildfires burning or burned out. The Map below is from the USGS, and show active wildfires in Idaho, along with our planned route.

From an Idaho news report: "Not only are more of the nation's wildfires occurring in the West this year than last, but the fires have gotten bigger, said Jennifer Smith of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. As of Wednesday, 42,933 wildfires have been reported in the nation this season, burning 6.4 million acres. "Nevada has been hammered, and Idaho has some big ones that are going to burn until the snow falls," Smith said.


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Old 08-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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I was loading routes on my GPS for this upcoming ride, and stumbled across old routes from our 2008 Continental Divide Trail adventure. That got me checking out Google Earth route views of this Idaho ride.



In 2008 we rode the CDT from the South to North, so the route back towards Seattle went through Idaho. I dug up some old photos from that portion of the ride. Below are a few pictures of what we're looking forward too.

Like views around every corner





Dirt roads that go on all day



Burned out sections from wildfires.



And ice cold beer to wash down the dust

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:52 PM   #5
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Hit the road today and got to our launch point, Lewiston ID



It's a tight fit for the bikes and gear.



Lots of windshield time...





Just a couple miles from our destination we got to meet the local law... no one has a sense of humor any more!

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Old 08-31-2012, 11:19 PM   #6
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If you get a chance check out the Hot Springs in Chalice ID. They look like they may be close to your route. Good camping along the river and the pools are great.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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Rolling east out of Lewiston ID





There are a large number of old barns that are ready to be taken down.



We made it to the Lower Salmon River. There are a lot of different ways to enjoy the great outdoors







From the Salmon we rode up into Hell Canyon Rec Area. There were some great veiws looking West, into the canyon, at about 5000' above sea level.











After lunch in Riggins, we rode up the river to a crossing that was built in 1930. There are numerous river crossings in this area, some crossing routes date back to the 1890's.









Up up and away from the river, South towards McCall.



Made it to McCall with just a little fresh damage. Thankful for protective gear
Hard to replace my favorite decal



Tomorrow, we ride... toward Boise the backway. Coming through Bogus Basin.
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Hard to replace my favorite decal

Mark, your going to need a much larger decal to cover that damage.
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Looks like FUN guys.....pictures are awesome so keep 'em coming


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Have a great trip! A friend and I will be riding and camping in the same areas for the next two or three weeks. I guess we will just alter our route if some of the roads are closed.
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Mark, your going to need a much larger decal to cover that damage.
Do you know any good painters???
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Coming through Cambridge?

I am sure Idaho Sam will be at his cabin. He would be a great guy to stop and visit and get some great route advice from. He will definitely spice up your trip

Have fun in our awesome state and be safe.
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Great start on the RR- CF..........Idaho is such a Fantastic place to ride!!!!!

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We left McCall at 7 AM. At 5000' the morning temp. was 35 degrees. We climbed up over Lick Creek Summit into some rock gardens.







There is a lot of burned out sections along this valley.



We dropped down onto the Salmon River, and headed towards YellowPine ID.







We rode into YellowPine, and found out that the population is only 35 people (thank you Chelle)



After leaving YellowPine we rode up FS467 into Warm Lake ID. Gotta tell the bikes to stay away We ran into some hunters at the summit of 467, and they were laughing at us for trying this route on our big machines.





Hunters asked if any of us wiped on the way down.... Nope



We had to recover at Warm Lake, and we enjoyed some good old rock and roll





We also met the Harrington Family, who recently moved to Idaho from Connecticut. They were out riding as a family



We took the 579 from Warm Lake to the Deadwood Reservoir.



Then onto Bogus Basin and on into Boise. Rolled the whole way... except for our flat fix





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