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Old 01-25-2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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The Northern Route - Rockies

The route goes from the west coast to central PA.

It is targeted at Adventure / Dual Sport bikes with optional sections that are harder.
It is on the scale of the Trans America Trail.

This portion of the route goes from Eureka MT to Sheridan WY.

The section to the west of here is - The Northern Route - West End - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1032698

The section to the east of here is - The Northern Route - Plains - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1043304

As far as I know all roads are legal Public roads - Forest Service, county, state,etc. Off pavement as much as possible.



The current version is V1.0

Here is the Garmin .gdb file - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ies%20V1-0.gdb

Here is a standard GPX file - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ies%20V1-0.gpx

Here is the documentation file - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ies%20V1-0.doc

Note - the tracks are raw tracks containing LOTS of track points.
You may well have to filter these tracks down for some units.

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Old 01-25-2015, 05:37 PM   #2
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Pics of Main Route

Here are photos of each day on the Main Route.
They are listed by Track Name in order from the west heading east.



NR04MT1 - Eureka MT to Thompson Falls MT
















NR05MT2 - Thompson Falls MT to Missoula MT















NR06MT3 - Missoula MT to Deer Lodge MT















NR07MT4 - Deer Lodge MT to White Sulphur Springs MT















NR08MT5 - White Sulphur Springs MT to Columbus MT















NR09MT6 - Columbus MT to Sheridan WY











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Pics of 1st alternate main route

Here are some photos of the first alternate main route for this section.
This alternate main route starts near Alberton MT, loops SW to Elk City ID, then returns to Montana to rejoin the main route west of Phillipsburg MT.

Again, the photos are in order for each day, from the west heading east.


NR41MT1 - near Alberton MT to Lochsa Lodge ID















NR42ID1 - Lochsa Lodge ID to Elk City ID















NR43ID2 - Elk City ID to Derby MT

No pictures available, see notes as to why.



NR44MT3 - Derby Mt to Rock Creek MT













This alternative main route then returns to the main route west of Phillipsburg MT.

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Pics of the 2nd alternative main route.

Here are some photos of the second alternate main route for this section.
This alternative starts in Boulder MT and returns to the main route near Burgess Jct Wyoming.

Again, the photos are in order for each day, from the west heading east.



NR51MT1 - Boulder Mt to Alder MT















NR52MT2 - Alder MT to Ashton ID















NR53ID1 - Ashton ID to Alpine WY















NR54WY1 - Alpine WY to Lander WY















NR55WY2 - Lander WY to Kaycee WY









NR56WY3 - Kaycee WY to Burgess Jct WY













This alternative main route then returns to the main route east of Burgess Jct Wyoming.
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Pics of selected alternate routes

Here are some photos of selected alternates.

NR06MT3b - just southeast of Rock Creek Montana













NR07MT4a - just east of Boulder Montana











NR9MT6a - just south east of Bridger Montana















NR09MT6b - east of Lovell Wyoming
















The Medicine Wheel - a sacred Indian site




At almost 10,000 feet elevation


That's all for now, if anybody wants to see any pics of other sections, PM me and I'll see what I can do.

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Old 01-25-2015, 10:01 PM   #6
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:24 PM   #7
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I see it all and the shots looks good. The tracks look confusing unless there is a main color to follow and the others are side tracks. Is the main look sucky or just that there is so much to see and ride? This looks like something I would really like to ride. Love it up there.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:10 PM   #8
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I want to ride this ride.
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Old 01-31-2015, 12:00 PM   #9
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route info

Almost all of your questions are answered in the document file.

The main route is intended to generally be big bike friendly.
The alternates are generally more challenging sections for smaller bikes.
Nothing is extreme, but may be quite rocky or sandy or steep.

There are so many routes posted because there is so much good stuff to ride, and to offer the option of doing a loop.

The first alternate - NR41 - NR44 - along with a portion of the main route - parts of NR05 and NR06, would make a nice 3 day loop.

The second alternative - NR51 - NR56 - along with a portion of the main route - NR06 - NR09 - would make a nice 8-9 day loop.

Hope this helps clarify the purpose of the route.

Also, look in West Coast for the western end of this route.

Shortly I'll be posting the next section eastward - Plains - either in the Rockies section or Midwest section.

This is to be followed by Midwest, and East Coast sections.

This is intended to be a coast to coast ride on the scale of the Trans America Trail, but with options along the way. All in GPS / GPX format with waypoints for gas / food / lodging / camping.

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You have been very busy doing this route. A lot of work. I like the way you color coded the routes.

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Old 02-15-2015, 02:27 PM   #11
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Updated Doc file

I updated the doc file today.

Added an alternate timetable for faster riders - more miles per day in general.

Less miles on last day, but that's probably good so you can take time to smell the roses on the way over the mountains.

The Big Horns are the highest mountains on the entire trip, you're up around 10k for a long ways.
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