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Old 12-31-2010, 07:37 AM   #31
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This will help give everyone a general oreintation of where we are going. Riding the loop clockwise. The beauty of the route is that it at times takes us very far from from civilization giving us the true experience we all seek. The other thing is it takes us to little known western historical locations one normally does not even know exist and they are still intact due to little vistation due to location. So the trip has a 2 fold appeal. Its more than just a ride from point A to point B. It has an added bonus of these little gems along the way.
I should also say, we went the last 2 weeks of Sept. A big gamble on weather. But as you will see, the weather could not have been better. Perfect temps and skies!

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Old 12-31-2010, 08:09 AM   #32
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:10 AM   #33
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Subscribed. I love these epic ride reports from you Frank.

Bad part is they show just how bad my riding life sucks.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:57 AM   #34
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The weather gods were with this group.

While Sept. and Oct. are the driest months typically, it rained a lot in the region of their starting point -- eastern Idaho and southwestern Montana -- right up to their arrival date. Really had me concerned.

Then barely a cloud in the sky once they arrived. But then it resumed raining right after they completed their great journey and returned to the old country.

This adventure was meant to be ...

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Old 12-31-2010, 09:02 AM   #35
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Looks just like the Pine Barrens.


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Old 12-31-2010, 09:44 AM   #36
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I'm in ,awesome start.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:45 AM   #37
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Bill's Cycle Shop ... Adventure Central

Bill's Cycle Shop in Idaho Falls really did treat these guys and their bikes well. A big "Thanks!" from this homeboy.

Check 'em out on Facebook.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:02 AM   #38
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As far as photos, you fellas havent seen anything yet !
Right... so let's get the show going.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:15 AM   #39
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Excellent!!

I've ridden around SW Montana several times over the years and it's great seeing your pics of Bannack.

Reading your RR right now, a cup of coffee with a splash of Baileys makes it feel warmer than the -8 outside

Thank you!
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:57 AM   #40
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:49 PM   #41
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Hey Frank.

It was great to finally meet you and your crew when you were out here.
I've been looking forward to this Ride Report for a while now. Glad it's started.
Take your time writing this. So far the pictures are awesome.

If your ever in the area again, MAG and I have 'free indoor camping' for you, here at Chez Questor's Adventure Cabin.

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Old 12-31-2010, 02:17 PM   #42
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Hey Frank.

It was great to finally meet you and your crew when you were out here.
I've been looking forward to this Ride Report for a while now. Glad it's started.
Take your time writing this. So far the pictures are awesome.

If your ever in the area again, MAG and I have 'free indoor camping' for you, here at Chez Questor's Adventure Cabin.

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Hi Q,
You know the trip had a perfect ending and you'll make your debut soon enough !

Ill get going again on this. At the moment Im getting ships out of the port before midnight!
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:10 PM   #43
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Thank You's

As one of Docking Pilot's crew I must give some shout outs and Thank You's to Bill's Cycle Shop. They really took care of us.

Biggest Thanks of all to Tony Byways Huegel for all the work he put into planning the route. It was absolutely spectacular. Breathtaking. Every day held something wondrous. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better - it did!

Thanks Questor for the Klim tour. Good luck to you. Hope we might see you out there again some day.

Final thanks to my riding partners - a great bunch of guys that make the whole experience a pleasure.


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Old 12-31-2010, 05:40 PM   #44
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:46 PM   #45
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Funny Huegel....

OK,
DAY 2
The next morning we were primed to mount up and see what today would bring. You needed the Gerbings for sure in the am, but the skies could not have been more blue. Clear, crisp and in Montana on the front end of a epic tripback. Yea, life was good. Today we will ride up into the Gravelly Range of Montana then start to work our way southerly.

The road leading us out of Dillon. The Blacktail Rd.


Did I mention the Aspens were full of pomp and fanfare for us ? We frickin nailed it with them throughout the trip.


Check out the brillant morning sunshine.


This clip shows the type of morning this was. Listen to the birds sing before Mikes GSA goes by.






Off onto an adventure trip all others we take will be measured against.




We stop to regroup and have a cup of coffee before riding the Gravelly Range. I was itching to try out the new Jet Boil.


This sign greets us on the road up to the Gravelly's.


Next up the Gravelly Range. Be back in a few.
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