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Old 09-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #31
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then take a pic and add to the ride report. Kind of low tech, but fairly easy and works well.
Never thought to try and take a picture of the map. I scanned it in. On my Labor Day Weekend ride, I took a picture of the map as you do. Works a lot better, so at my age, I learned something new again. Thanks for the info on the maps.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #32
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California Lake (Idaho) Labor Day Weekend Ride

After driving around a while, we find a spot on Lake Creek, near (ish) Burgdorf, ID, north of McCall a ways.

Couldn't leave until Saturday afternoon due to my work schedule, but we find a nice place.


Sunday, the crew is up bright an early and ready to head out. About noon that is!! I've been up for about 6 hours already.


Kid 6, FM, and myself want to ride (mostly) while Kid 5 wants to fish. We will eventually come to a good compromise. I pick a route that will take us to a fire lookout, dirty, dusty, rocky, roads, then hopefully find a fishing spot. (I don't have a clue where to fish at this point). Our route

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As luck would have it, I guess (dusty), we find ourselves on an ATV Poker Run route for the Warren area fire department. The good part is our "early start" put us at the tail end of the hoards of ATV/UTV/motorcycle poker parade. We only had 1 group behind us at the start not counting the poker run sweep team.


Our first turn off the main road will take us to the Carey Dome Lookout. Bad part, we are now behind the last poker run group and have to wait for the dust to settle.


Heading up the lookout road (Finance Minister and Kid 6)




Now here's the real lucky part. We run into a poker run checkpoint. Lookout goes left, poker run head right at this point. Ladies are real nice. I ask which way does the poker run trail go. They tell me, "War Eagle Lookout" (I'm interested) and California Lake, (I'm real interested now. Might satisfy Kid 5 if all goes right). I ask, "any good fishing at California Lake?". "Why yes" the ladies tell me. Execellent, now we have a good fishing destination. All parties should now be happy!


Before arriving at the fire lookout, I get a photo of it looking through an old burn


This fire lookout is a rare steel frame lookout and has the living quarters in a cabin on site. Turns out the lookout is manned this year. By Bill. Great guy


From the lookout, Bill points out the Herman Fire to the N.E. of here across the Salmon River. The fire is about 5 miles on the other side of the far ridge (Oregon Butte is the high point to the right. The Herman fire is part of the Maguire fire complex west of Dixie, Idaho.


Here is the back side of the storage building, fire cabin, and lookout. Bill points out the cool cloud formation.


Bill tries to take our picture


Finally gets us in the "photo pose"


I found out if you stay too long, Bill puts you to work!


Few lookout informational photo's




Headed past the last poker run checkpoint, wave to the ladies, and head on the trail the poker run used


No need for directions, but there was another poker run checkpoint here also. They were leaving as we rolled up as the sweep team had already passed us and went through here


Bit of the trail on the way to California Lake. I think this use to be an old mining road, and is very rough in places.


So from my last photo at the "log trail improvement zone", I turned around and got the girls coming through California Creek. Getting closer to the lake!




Finally made it to the lake so Kid 5 can do some fishing. Well, I did too since I was there.


A little lunch before fishing


Kid 5 catches a Rainbow Trout with Kid 6's assistance. This one stayed on the barbless hook long enough to take the picture before it too fell off back in the water. We weren't going to eat them anyway, so no real loss. Bragging rights are to be had by Kid 5, she's the only one that was catching anything . . . as usual. She's fish lucky I think!


And me . . . I'm still trying to get the fishing line untangled . . . again


So after doing some fishing, we head back basically the same way we came. Here's another trail photo. Probably the most dangerous area on the trail.


Nice view from here of the marsh/meadow down below


Here's part of the Idaho Centennial Trail West (motorized portion). We were on it for just a short time. The non-motorized (east) portion goes through the Frank Church Wilderness area.


The small white marker on the tree denotes the Willow Creek trail (#138) with the trail in the background. This is the upper portion on the California trail. Tomorrow I will try to find the lower portion down by our camp.


And before we make it back to camp, I get a photo of Marshall Lake. Down the road we found the trail (hiking) into the lake that we had missed earlier in the day.


Next morning (Monday) while all the girls are still sleeping, I head out to find the Durden Mine and the bottom portion of Willow Creek trail #138. Before I get to the mine there is a fork in the road. I take a left and find the bottom portion of Willow Creek trail. Some day I will come back and ride the trail from one end to the other.


After finding the Willow Creek trail, I find the remnants of the old Durden Mine.




Looks like this was a storage hut mounded up or dug in


I find another cabin. Looks like the walls caved in as I can see what looks like a doorway frame laying in front. Also cool to see the logs are still filled with pitch or whatever they used to fill in the gaps in-between the logs.


And one last photo of Willow Creek as it runs past the old Durden Mine


Well, that's all folks. We all had a fun time riding, fishing and camping. I shan't complain! Take care all!
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #33
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:10 AM   #34
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Georgie?
I know. There was a long discussion about that!

(California Lake) Girls complain there ain't enough room for Georgie to ride in the back seat with them and wife says Georgie a no-go riding in the back of the (new) camper . . . so it was a Georgie-less weekend. I even shed a tear pleading my case to take Georgie, no effect.

This on top of leaving her home on the Leslie Gulch ride. Too much higher speed blacktop to take her on this trip safely.


The good news, she gets to ride everyday when I ride to the mailbox and back (about a mile round trip).
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:35 PM   #35
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Yeah, let's hear it for the mailbox run!

I use my bike for mailbox runs also, about 3 houses down the street. Sometimes I'm gone for 1/2 hour. Wife and kid ask me what happened . . . out cruising a few twisty turns past the edge of the neighborhood. I shove the mail in the enduro bags on the TW. Very effective.

Looks like a good camping trip with the family.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #36
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Zimmer Creek to East Mtn Lookout

Goal: Ride ATV trails and logging roads from the Zimmer Creek ATV access to East Mountain Lookout and back in one day. My secondary goal was to ride the 10 mile long ATV trail from Skunk Creek Saddle to the lookout.

Reality: It didn't quite turn out that way, and ended up taking 2 days, but it wasn't all my fault. I swear!

For those non-Idahoans, this ride is east of State Hwy 55 between Boise and Cascade, Id.

Day 1, 9/12/2012. Short take; I encountered logging operation #1 which totally blocked my route. I then spent about 2 hours looking over maps (GPS no help at this point) and riding re-routes from the maps. Close to hooking back up to my GPS route, BAM, encountered logging operation #2. Eventually, I was able to hook back up to my GPS route, but it was getting late and I knew I wouldn't make it all the way. So I rode up the road aways, took a break, then headed home to end day 1 not knowing when I'd be able to finish this ride.


Looking at the map, my intended route is in green. My day 1 alternate path is in orange. I turned around at an intersection near Bear Wallow in the center of the map and headed back to end day 1. BTW, I started Day 2 at this intersection.


First part of ride was on the Zimmer Creek ATV trail. Forum member Sscooter posted a video of this back in May I think.


There are some things to watch out for! I saw this same tree in Sscooter's video.


Zimmer Pass. Went right and encountered logging operation 1 (no pictures). Came back here and went left on one of many alternate routes


I was becoming a little more comfortable with the route as I started to see some signs of places I've been


Later in the ride, I encounter logging operation 2. They didn't have any signs posted that they were logging. A tree was felled straight ahead just as I got there. I was a little miffed of the work on a main road without any warning signs. Dust is still in the air in the photo from the felled tree!


Turn around point. Knew I wasn't gonna make it, so I decided to take a short break and head back. Here Georgie's marking here territory for when we return.


And some video action


End of day 1

Day 2 Zimmer Creek to East Mountain Lookout:

Georgie giving me the high sign. I think I heard her say "hurry up, let's get going"

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Lots of smoke in the air from all the forest fires

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Critter tracks!!! Mr Bear, Mr Wolf above Mr Bear tracks, Georgie tracks to the right, and Mr Deer tracks more to the right. BTW I saw lots of bear, wolf, deer and elk tracks today

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Made it to the trail

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Day 2 video


About a mile up the trail, I biffed it. You know the excuse, uphill, loose dirt, not enough power. This was my only biff on the day, but I can see a 55 tooth sprocket in my future!

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Trail still has some obstacles

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During a trail break, I got a photo of Georgie with some trail dust. BTW, I noticed she's starting to get a lot of gray around her snout as she gets older. Just like me!

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We made it to the old East Mtn Lookout!

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The lookout was gonna be converted to a rental and was a historic lookout. Apparently it burned in a fire in 2002.
Photo from Rex's Fire Lookout website.


American Flag placed at the lookout. I was kind of surpirsed to see one flying when I got there

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A family was very kind to place one there. Being retired military, I took a moment to think of some of my friends who are no longer with me (us).

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I also grabbed a few geocaches on the ride today



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Near the end of my ride, I took this photo of Georgie and at a quick glance she looks like a bear cub if you have an imagination

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I think she does anyway


Hope you enjoy.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:50 PM   #37
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"During a trail break, I got a photo of Georgie with some trail dust. BTW, I noticed she's starting to get a lot of gray around her snout as she gets older. Just like me!"

Grey whiskers! You know it . . . time marches on!
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:10 AM   #38
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Long Shadows and 1:56 of your time

Just messing around the ridinghood

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Old 10-23-2012, 04:12 PM   #39
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Cool little video TA. Ruts galore on that powerline road! Looks like a nice day out for you two.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:08 AM   #40
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Ultimate TW Power Mod

Cow Horns! That's right, big old set of cow horns.




I almost guarantee, with this much power, you're gonna leave onlookers and owners of other bikes utterly speechless!

When you sit on the seat behind your handlebars, you can almost feel your new found power, even without the engine running!

Who needs performance exhaust pipes, bigger engines, when a cheap old set of cow horns will work.

And it don't matter if you find a free set out on the range, or an expensive set of simulated designer cow horns, you're gonna feel that raw power!

One note of caution is advised with your new set of cow horn power: be very careful when riding in the woods during hunting season. You may feel a different kind of power if your not careful. I'd suggest wearing bright orange, but hey, that's just my cautious side speaking!
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Cow horns! Nice mod! That's going to get the ol' TW lots of attention, especially on trips through a town. Nice touch.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:03 AM   #42
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First Snow Ride of the Season

Been getting a few short rides in on the back 40 (BLM Land out behind my place), but up until a few days ago there's been no snow. Well, it snowed a few days ago so I decided I "needed" to get in another quick ride. I knew the snow would melt rather quickly, so I slapped on the chains and off I went. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for the snow (should have watched the weather forcast better), so I didn't get the screws put back on the front tire. Turns out, I probably should have taken 15 more minutes and put them on, but I was impatient. Still, it was fun!



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Looks like you might have a White Christmas! Enjoy. Not much riding for me lately. We've been having an unusual spell of rain in St. George.

Nice save on the skid at the end!
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The Day the World Didn't End - I Went for a Ride

Last Tuesday, a fellow on Advrider posted his intent to ride (on a TW200) the desert trails on the Owyhee Mtn front, starting at Hemingway Butte, on Friday 21 Dec 2012. This ride perked my interest, but I was hesitant to make a commitment one way or the other, mainly due to weather. I took the day off from work and decided that should I not go on the ride, I had plenty of other things to do at home. However, the weather has to be pretty darn bad for me to not want to go. Channel 7 weather said it would be cloudy and very windy, but no real snow or rain predicted. . . so at the last moment, off I went.

Problem with not announcing a possible "maybe" to ride with the fellow Advrider is, he didn't expect me. So, I show up to an empty parking lot. No one in sight, but the cows down the road at the local farm. I unload and wait about a 1/2 hour or so, and with nobody showing up, I decide to head out. Me and Georgie!

Well, upon my return to the trailhead, this guy on a TW rides over and we introduce ourself's. Turns out, this is the guy I was gonna meet. Problem was, he didn't know I was showing up and was running late. The good thing was, we did get to me and had a good chat! Maybe next time Foolhardy! Moral of the story for me, even if it's just a maybe, go ahead and tell someone.

Another lesson I learned (seems I learn this lesson a lot) I left the fresh camera batteries back at the trailhead and only got a couple photo's before the still camera died. Good thing I had the Contour.

Me and Georgie during a rest. I've ridden past this point before, but never knew it was here. Good thing I was riding slow!







And a self-timer shot of me and Georgie. I'm pretty well bundled up for the wind and cold.



Here's a shortened version of the video I took.



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