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Old 01-06-2014, 07:43 PM   #31
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Just an outstanding report. Thanks for taking the time. Glad you and bike fared well on the nap.
I've spent more than few nights sleeping in Glendive. At the little park down by the river next to the tennis courts.
Cops usually pull in and check things out but leave me alone.

A+.
You'll have to give me a shout the next time you come through. If the spare room is full, I can at least point you to some nice camping spots in the state park.

Thanks for reading and posting.


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I like the type of roads you took, seems like old time some of them. Got to love Co, WY and MT!

Lucky you did not get hurt on that little fall at those speeds...

Question: on your maps, the thick red line is what you rode, but the green line is?
We were on the Mayworth and Slip roads on our way into Kaycee w/ Doc and LDF.

The thick red line is the selected route. The thin red line is the traveled route the light green line is the pre-entered track we were following.

Simple right?

The roads were all big bike friendly, as long as the road was dry. The two track into the Gravely's had really large ruts that looked like they would be impossible in the wet, but they were dry when I was on them.

Thanks for posting.

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Old 01-07-2014, 12:59 AM   #32
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Oh Yea

I read a lot of ride reports and I like yours a lot. Well written. Thank you for an entertaining RR. Just what I needed this afternoon while I am stuck at work in Tanegashima, Japan. Sitting here waiting on my turn to do some more work. Keep it up.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:45 PM   #33
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I'm doing the CDR trail in late summer (Aug.) and can't decide between the DRZ or the GS. I will have to travel about 1300 miles to get to the start of the trail, complete the trail, them 1400ish miles home.

With my limited off road ability is the GS the bike I want to go on? Or is the DRZ the bike to handle the 'off road' sections the choice?

On one hand I hate to ride to the start, then home, on the DRZ. On the other hand fire trail, gravel and forestry roads are not a problem for me on the GS but I don't want to be picking up the GS on a regular basis

From your report the roads look very doable on the GS.

By the way I loved your RR with the maps and daily mileage.

Any thoughts?

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Old 01-07-2014, 04:02 PM   #34
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I did it on my 800GS and the only parts you should bypass on the GS are the Lava Mtn. section south of Helena and Fleecer Ridge south of Butte. I would even bypass them on the DRZ but that's your call. Did not ride any of NM so can't say about that part.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #35
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I read a lot of ride reports and I like yours a lot. Well written. Thank you for an entertaining RR. Just what I needed this afternoon while I am stuck at work in Tanegashima, Japan. Sitting here waiting on my turn to do some more work. Keep it up.
Jim

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I'm doing the CDR trail in late summer (Aug.) and can't decide between the DRZ or the GS. I will have to travel about 1300 miles to get to the start of the trail, complete the trail, them 1400ish miles home.

With my limited off road ability is the GS the bike I want to go on? Or is the DRZ the bike to handle the 'off road' sections the choice?

On one hand I hate to ride to the start, then home, on the DRZ. On the other hand fire trail, gravel and forestry roads are not a problem for me on the GS but I don't want to be picking up the GS on a regular basis

From your report the roads look very doable on the GS.

By the way I loved your RR with the maps and daily mileage.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

I'm not sure if I'm the best person to answer this question, but I'll give it a shot. There are lots of roads around Montana to route on. It will be fairly easy to go around the hard spots. Fleecer Ridge, The Sand Track north of Red Rock Lake, etc. With the 1400 mile trip before and after, I would probably go with the GS knowing you might skip some spots. Most roads are easy like you saw in my report. Course I have only ridden from the Canadian border to Steamboat CO.

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I did it on my 800GS and the only parts you should bypass on the GS are the Lava Mtn. section south of Helena and Fleecer Ridge south of Butte. I would even bypass them on the DRZ but that's your call. Did not ride any of NM so can't say about that part.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:50 PM   #36
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Thanks for the reply and your thoughts.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:04 PM   #37
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No Problem MotoBoss.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:58 PM   #38
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Really enjoyed your rr. We rode the CDR in 2011 and, thanks to Byways, did the Gravelly Range as an aside. Your excellent photos and words reminded me how beautiful and spectacular it was and makes me want to go back and do it again. Thanks for posting.
Oh yeah, we were headed north to south and rode Fleecer Ridge. We were riding lightweight dirty bikes that weren't heavily loaded and it was a lot of fun,,,,,, but I sure was glad I wasn't on my 1150GS. IMHO, that's no place for a monster trailie (unless you're one of the Osos.)
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:56 PM   #39
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Thanks dickosaurus. I have not been on the Fleecer Ridge section, but my friends did. There were two of us that opted out of that part. So far its been pretty easy to route around difficult parts.

Glad you enjoyed the trip through Montana.

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Old 03-11-2014, 03:38 PM   #40
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your best RR to date, great photos. i have some photos that look like they were taken within 10' of where you took yours.

i should probably come along on your next ride through there, ya know, help ya pick up the 800.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:03 PM   #41
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your best RR to date, great photos. i have some photos that look like they were taken within 10' of where you took yours.
Thanks JD, there were some nice views for taking pictures.

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i should probably come along on your next ride through there, ya know, help ya pick up the 800.
I think we can have a bike napping contest.
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GPS tracks?

Great ride report MTrider. Would you happen to have some GPS tracks for your Day 5 loop from Rawlins, Kaycee South Big etc that you would be willing to share?

I am planning a ride to visit my son in Laramie and am putting together some rides to do. Considering doing the GDR ride following Cannonshots tracks from Grand Tetons south to Rawlins, heading over to Laramie to see the kid, then back to Rawlins and north to Ten Sleep, then back east towards home once we get to Ten Sleep.
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Great ride report MTrider. Would you happen to have some GPS tracks for your Day 5 loop from Rawlins, Kaycee South Big etc that you would be willing to share?

I am planning a ride to visit my son in Laramie and am putting together some rides to do. Considering doing the GDR ride following Cannonshots tracks from Grand Tetons south to Rawlins, heading over to Laramie to see the kid, then back to Rawlins and north to Ten Sleep, then back east towards home once we get to Ten Sleep.
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