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Old 07-16-2011, 06:33 PM   #5476
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Hawley is clear now. Went up there this afternoon on the way back from Rocky Canyon Hot Springs. Lots of downed trees had been cleared by someone, so the LO is accessible, as well as the Jeep train dropped down into Jerusalem Valley. Still a big snow drift up there to play on.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:36 PM   #5477
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rode the bogus to placerville loop, old hwy 55, and dry creek. fun ride, beautiful weather!

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Old 07-16-2011, 08:52 PM   #5478
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rode the bogus to placerville loop, old hwy 55, and dry creek. fun ride, beautiful weather!

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Excellent ride. We passed through Placerville around eleven this morning. "Lot" of people there, compared to 'normal'. They must have had the shops open this weekend.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:57 AM   #5479
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Magruder Corridor

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MAGRUDER CORRIDOR
Road # Road Description Status Date of Info.
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Primitive mountain road. Some one lane only. Some steep. Some areas slippery in rain. Trailers not recommended. Usually closed by snow to through traffic until early- to mid-July, but this year it may be late-July. Solid – sometimes 3 feet deep – snow on road beginning at MM12. No clear roadway for at least 2 miles past that.
Primitive mountain road. Some one-lane only. Some steep. Some areas slippery in rain. Trailers not recommended. Usually closed by snow to through traffic until early- to mid-July, but this year it may be late-July. Many, many trees down also.
Good gravel road.
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Montana Road a/k/a Magruder Corridor Road
Darby Side of Magruder Corridor Road
Soda Creek Road – Rd 468 (Montana Rd) to Rd 234 (Hot Springs Rd) near Hot Springs
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Closed by down trees 2 miles past Kim Creek Saddle
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NOTE: All forest roads are mountain roads with potential hazards. Appropriate caution is absolutely necessary. Single-lane in many places – backing up may be necessary. Watch for falling rocks and trees. At a minimum: carry water and ax.
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Don't let a few downed trees across the road keep you from doing the Magruder Corridor. I encountered this on my solo ride of it September 1, 2009.


It was a little tricky to get around since the down hill side (right) was a fairly steep fall off that you can not appreciate from this photo.

I had to take the panniers off the bike, tip the bike down over the tree, slide it across to the other side, then pick the bike back up.



You might even encounter a little snow at the higher elevations along the way. This 1.5-3.0 inches had freshly fallen that morning. Fortunately, I was able to follow in the tracks of a 4-wheel truck that had gone through before me.





Have a good time on your ride. Be sure to do Burnt Knob (8196 feet) just before you get to Dry Saddle.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:47 AM   #5480
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4th of July Ride, Day 1

This summer has seen limited riding opportunities due to school, so when Phil suggested a death march over the 4th (a week break between classes), I sat down with a map to cram in as many miles as we could ride over the 4 day break. This moved to e a PITA.

Our first choice was Magruder. Snowed in.

Second choice was Mackey Bar and the Gospel Hump. Followed by the Lolo. Snowed in.

We looked into running French Creek and Allison Creek. Snowed in.

We called to inquire on Sleeping Deer. Snowed in.

Big Horn Crags. Snowed in.

Antelope Pass into Copper Basin. Snowed in.

Every pass over 8000 ft... snowed in.

This make trying to plot a 4 day route through Idaho a real PITA, because most of the passes in Idaho get over 8k. We had to get creative.

I'd been contemplating new luggage approaches to keep the weight off the tail rack, where it carried the weight high and made the bike handle poorly when loaded for multi-day rides. After researching the different systems for the XR650R, I got the Coyote from Giant Loop, because it kept the weight low without adding any hardware like racks. If fact, I actually removed my tail rack, to make the Loop fit better... so I saved about 5 lbs by pulling off the rear rack. The XR650R lacks a subframe, so I was glad to have the Turbo City subframe under my fender, which supports the Giant Loop perfectly. It hooks solidly onto the fender, then straps (in my case) to the frame to hold everything in place with a very snug feel. So sliding around or moving while your running through the whoops and bouncing through potholes. Here's a shot of mine; I strapped the chair to the outside on the right, and my LuxeryLite Cot on the outside on the left, and kept the back free of luggage, so I can run my Camelpak and not have anything touch my back (which I prefer, since I HATE having things directly behind me, that push me forward). The Loop sits so low, that it runs under my Camelpak, and all the way back off my seat on the fender itself.





After gassing up in Hagerman, we stopped by Balanced Rock on our way to the South Hills of Twin Falls.



I lived in Twin for a few years, so I got to explore the South Hills quite a bit. They're an anomaly, because it's a section of beautiful, lush, green hills... amongst a vast high desert of desolate sagebrush.

Since the snowmelt was about a month behind across Idaho, it meant that it was a late summer flower season across the state.

















We stopped near the pinnacle of the hills to have lunch and relax in the shade. Moments after finishing our lunch, a massive summer storm front moved in, and we scrambled to set up the Kelty tarp to keep us dry. Moments after getting the bikes under the tarp, the clouds opened up, and DUMPED rain so hard, the drops shot water back into the sky two inches when they pelted the table. I was grateful we had the tarp to keep us and our bikes out of the downpour.





The rain continued for 2 hours, so I pulled out my pillow from the Giant Loop, and napped on the ground under the tarp. Phil dozed off too, and when we woke up, the rain had stopped and the clouds were breaking up. We packed up our things, and continued east on FS500 toward Oakley.

Everything was going great, until we rounded a corner at 7500 ft and saw a massive drift covering the road.




I got off the bike, to test the snow, and found it to be pretty stiff. This was the same road that turned us back in JUNE of of 2010, so I was pretty grumpy to see a drift still here in JULY of this year.

I made up my mind. I had new tires on for traction.... so I was going to try and ride over it... very carefully.

Well. I made it... most of the way.

By the end of it, I was trying to dig my heels in and pull the bike back up to keep it on the 'trail'...



but it was little use. I missed the edge of the road by 12 inches... but it may as well have been 12 ft, because I rode that bike like a bobsled down the snow, through the end of the snowdrift.





My 1st inclination was to check the luggage, and make sure it all survived the ride ~ everything was still in place, and none the worse for the wear.

No parts of pieces missing off the bike, either.

As luck would have it, as I was contemplating my pickle, a FS truck pulled up to see what the fuss was. I thought for sure I was going to get a ticket for being off trail.

FS asked if I was okay, etc, and Phil and I indicated that everything was 'great'. Being off trail was, of course, mentioned, but he said that it was clearly accidental, so I wouldn't be held accountable for it. I was grateful, because I clearly had not done so intentionally... just a result of stupidity.

The bike was, of course flooded, so I got the privilege of trying to un-flood it, and kick it, on the incline.



Once it started, Phil and I spent some time coaxing it back on the road, without tearing-up the land. It, of course, started to rain again as we were trying to work the bike back on the trail. It was a bizarre experience to be sweating nearly to death, in the rain, with snow in my boots and pants.

We eventually got the bike back on the trail, and I took a very different line with Phil's Z, and made it through without incident.

We continued on FS500 into Oakley for fuel, before heading back into the hills via Elba Rd, up to Elba Pass. It's a steep grade, that climbs 3000 ft very quickly, and provides and excellent view of the valley.









On the top of the pass, are some trails that take you around Independent Lakes. We found a nice campground, that was next to the creeks coming down from the lakes, but never saw the lakes themselves, because we were trying to stay ahead of a storm.









We decided to camp at the Sublett campground that evening, so we continued on through Malta and gassed up at Interstate 84, where I met Phil's date.







We continued on to Sublett Campground, along Sublett Creek, and stayed the night there. About 300 miles on the day.







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Old 07-17-2011, 01:37 PM   #5481
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:10 PM   #5482
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I'm thinking about putting together an easy, 200 mile, level 1/2, overnighter next weekend for those interesting. We've got some new guys to the Boise scene who are looking to get out and meet some of the other riders. I was thinking it'd be a good change to find a camping spot next to a reservoir or stream and do a ride & fish.


I'm thinking leave Saturday afternoon and return Sunday late afternoon.


If I get some responses that guys are interested, I'll set it up.


PS ~ Even if you're not really the overnight type, at least come out for a partial day ride with us, or borrow some of my camping gear and give it a shot.


I'll post the ride on IAMC as well.

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Old 07-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #5483
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:16 PM   #5484
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:34 PM   #5485
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4th of July Ride, Day 2

We woke up in Sublett, and it got hot, quick. We knew we'd be in for a pretty grueling day of heat, because we were crossing the desert. However, we lucked-out, and it was overcast and breezy for most of the day.

I gingerly broke down camp, because I'm managed to burn the hell out of my poor thumb the night before, burning the rope to keep the ends from fraying.



I took my tragically-wounded thumb, and headed north on Houtz Canyon, which was a very nice and scenic ride.



It did, however, quickly change to desert as we continued north up Fall Creek Rd to I-84.






We fueled-up in American Falls, then hit was seemed to be the longest, straightest gravel road in existence as we headed north to the Big Southern Butte

I got us moderately lost on the three million Y's of the desert south of Arco.




We eventually decided 'to hell with it' and just set a general direction north... knowing we'd get there eventually. The butte was 'hard to miss'.




We stuck to the two track, and had a lot of fun through the twisty turns.








I was haulin' down the road, and hit an unexpected cattle guard at 60mph. I stopped to warn Phil of the rise, and had a bit a of 'here, hold my beer' moment and decided that if I could do it once... I could do it a 2nd time for a picture.



It wasn't until after I landed I remembered the Giant Loop back there. I reached back to make sure everything was still in it's place ~ hadn't budged.

We continued north, to wrap around the face of the butte.



I'd seen on the map that there was a LO on top of the butte, and I was dying to see the view from up there.

The road immediately looked to hold some potential as we started up it.



Turned out, the road held a little too much potential for Phil, and he decided to take a Powerbar break instead.

Turned out to be a handful. Just enough to be real entertaining on a 650, but my old 950A would be been pure work and pain for the first mile and a half.






It rose 2500 ft in two miles of trail. Most of that in the first portion.

After that, it got really pretty, really quickly.









From the top, we could see all the way back to American Falls, over past INL, to Craters of the Moon and north to Arco. Great view.









It was apparently a destination for hang gliding, as there were multiple signs warning hang gliders of the unusually high cross winds in the area.

We continued north, gassed-up on and ate lunch in Arco, than hit pavement to Dubois, since all the passes were closed.



From there, we took A2 to Island Park area.







As we rolled in, the temp dropped 20 degrees, and as we got closer to the park, I could see 1/2 inch of hail on the sides of the roads. It's July!




We fueled up again in Island Park, and the headed north to connect to Red Rock Pass in Montana. Turned out to be the most beautiful portion of the trip.






We were butted up behind the Centennial Mountains, which were shedding their snow faster than the land could shed the water from them.











Despite being a fast gravel road, we were traveling at a snail's pace, soaking in the scenery.
















We passed something that resembled a campground around Bean Creek, so I pulled off, and asked Phil if he was ready to throw up camp. It was 7:00 pm, and we'd put on 330 miles that day.

He looked at me, and innocently asked, "Where's the nearest hot springs?"

"Well... that I know of?" I replied.

"Ya."

"Tendoy, but they're 120 miles from here."

"Sold!" he shouted.

Holy crap. 120 miles in 2 hours. "We'd better get on the cowbell".

This is what is looks like, when a grown-man is huddled behind the headlight of a DRZ, with the throttle wide open for 120 miles.



We went as fast as we dared, up I-15, west on hwy 324, up the Lemhi Pass and down into the Salmon Valley.

As you can imagine, the camera didn't come out too much.

Lemhi Pass was too pretty, with the sun setting, to not get a couple pics, though.








To my amazement, we pulled up to camp, at 9:20pm as the sun went behind the mountains. We threw up camp and sat for a LONG soak in the hot springs, after a 450 mile day.




As you can see from the picture (taken the next morning), we just threw out in the ONLY flat spot int the area.





However, there were, apparently, horses that had already claimed our area. At 2am, a small group of them got within about 10 feet of my head and began letting me know how unimpressed they were with us. Scared the HELL out of me to wake up to those heavy suckers so close to my head. I shot out of head (after realizing they were just horses) and chased them off. Took a picture of the grumpy devils, once my heart slowed down, but by then, they were just and 'eye flash' in the dark.




They came back about an hour later, just to reiterate their point, so I had to move as close to my bike as I could get, and I spread my stuff out all around my cot in an attempt to keep from getting stepped on. Swine horses.




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Old 07-17-2011, 10:55 PM   #5486
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Hey Ryan, just a note about Anderson Ranch Dam. Was up there with the family this weekend and it wasn't a great experience. Hot and mosquito's all day but really nice temps at night. Just a lot of mosquito's. And I mean a lot of mosquito's. We bought the costco size off and cutter and ran out after two days. I think I am sweating DEET. I am hoping to try get a day ride with some locals if I get the work schedule to straighten out.

On another note, have you ever ridden west of Rogerson in the Lime Creek area? Been down there in the crown vic and it looks really great. Just have to figure out how to get more hours in the day to ride before work.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:40 PM   #5487
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Fun Weekend

The Wife and In-Laws left Friday morning for our usual camping spot on Roaring River Rd so I got to haul ass on the KLR after work to meet them. They took the Edna Creek route on account of the In-Laws' old-ass camp trailer being too old for the Arrowrock Road washboards and I took the Granite Creek/North Fork/327 route on account of the fact that I hate the Arrowrock Rd traffic (and the damn washboards). I cut off of the main road at Barber Flat and went over 376 just as it started to get dark, disappointed that I couldnt take in the views that I'm sure are wonderful but I needed to haul ass anyways due to my Wife's worrisome ways (they expected me well before dark). 376 dropped me into a nice WFO section of Middle Fork Rd where I booked it a few more miles to camp which is just over the bridge at Middle Fork and Roaring River Rd.
Saturday saw hours of 2-up with the wife up Roaring River road to a place called Lost Man, a beautiful winding road that’s seldom traveled, had to dodge a few fallen trees, rock slides and even a Toyota full of Beagles (on a blind corner in an overgrown section). We dead-ended and headed back to camp for some homemade Sangria and Margaritas.
Sunday we packed up camp and went home. They reversed their usual route and I took Swanholm Rd (Google’s name) for its longer quick sections and booked it to 327 so that I could eat RV dust (check your mirrors, Grandpa!). From 327, I passed through Idaho City and turned off at Grimes Creek and proceeded to Pine Creek Rd, where I climbed up the back side of Bogus so that I could finish up on Boise Ridge Rd and come down 8th St.
Not a lot of pics, but here’s a few.

Oh, saw a Black Bear and a Bull Elk on the way up, uber cool-never saw a Black Bear in the wild before (surreal for a moment, but I scared the shit out of him and he took off like a bat out of hell up a mountain). The Elk scared the shit out of me because I was in a tight spot coming down to Middle Fork Rd from the pass and I still had Bear-in-the-dark on my mind.
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In looking at the maps, there are a couple of different routes for us to look at.

1.) Meet near Hammett there just off the interstate. Ride north on Bennett (beautiful this time of the year) up past Anderson Dam, east on FS227 and stay around Baumgartner or Worswick Hot Springs. Fishing for those who want it on the South Fork of the Boise River and/or the Little Smokey Creek. I've pulled Trout and Salmon out of them both. Hot Springs in the area, for those who'd prefer to soak. Then ride out south on FS094 the next day to Fairfield and say our 'goodbyes' there and let guys find their own way home.

2.) Meet around Banks. Head north up FS644, behind Cascade Lake on FS435, Na HillW on FS326 to FS206 north to Mica Hill, where the White Lick Hot Springs. Fishing on the Middle Fork of the Weiser River. I've never been to these hot springs before, so I don't know much about them.

If you have a preference, one way or the other, shoot me a PM. We'll see if there's a strong preference one way or the other.

Mosquitoes will be thick, no matter which area we choose. Be SURE to bring DEET.

Several of you have written me, to let me know that you're not sure how to carry your camping gear on your bike. That's not a concern. Just PM me, and we'll get something worked out. I'll have my water purification system there for everyone to use, as well as my penny stove for everyone to cook with.

You'll really only need:
Sleeping Bag
Food for dinner and breakfast (dehydrated stuff like oatmeal keeps the weight down)
Nalgene (at least a quart) of water (which you can refill at camp, or along the trail of you run out)


A floor pad (Big Agnus... whatever) would certainly help you to sleep better, but isn't a 'must'.

I'll put up my Kelty tarp, which can sleep several guys under it if it threatens to rain.

I'll have my tools in case we need them (cross your fingers). At tube or two is a good idea... but... again, not a requirement for this ride, as we're not going too far, and I'll have a spare of each.

I'm trying to make this as n00b-friendly as possible, so we can get as many guys out, who want to go, as we can.

If you think of anything in particular, shoot me a PM.

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Hi Ya'll,

I'm thinking about putting together an easy, 200 mile, level 1/2, overnighter next weekend for those interesting. We've got some new guys to the Boise scene who are looking to get out and meet some of the other riders. I was thinking it'd be a good change to find a camping spot next to a reservoir or stream and do a ride & fish.


I'm thinking leave Saturday afternoon and return Sunday late afternoon.


If I get some responses that guys are interested, I'll set it up.


PS ~ Even if you're not really the overnight type, at least come out for a partial day ride with us, or borrow some of my camping gear and give it a shot.


I'll post the ride on IAMC as well.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:33 PM   #5489
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Here's the when of the ride. Once we determine the where, I'll update it.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:42 PM   #5490
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Fantastic ride so far! I can't believe you got Phil to do that many miles in a day. You have no idea the kind of death march I'm up for right now. Keep those reports coming. Really enjoying it man!
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