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Old 01-02-2011, 08:57 PM   #106
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Man, I don't know you guys, but follow your adventures.

AND MAN DO I HATE YOU!!!!!!!!

Jealousy is a terrible thing not to share.

Great RR, and again, jealous, ohhh so jealous.....
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:04 PM   #107
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Just fyi ... since D-Pilot can't tell the whole story, I'll just add that the landscape remains scarred in many places by wagon ruts after Pinedale, and well before the marker Frank cites. There are also roadside graves. It's hard when riding an MC to take your eyes off the road and scan for such things, but they are there and they are visible.

I'll also note that the group originally planned to leave a couple of weeks earlier. Had they done so, this would have been a tale of rain, mud and wind. These guys bring good luck wherever they ride.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:19 AM   #108
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:20 AM   #109
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DAY 4 CONTINUED



Elkhorn Cutoff Road descends from the subalpine environment of the Wind River Range to a badland that is more typical of Wyoming.


The only Oregon Trail marker that still had the metal plate embedded in it that depicts a covered wagon. This was at Buckskin Crossing, on Big Sandy-Elkhorn Road.


There are an estimated 10 graves per mile along the Oregon/Calif. Trail. This one is at Buckskin Crossing, Wyoming, on Big Sandy-Elkhorn Road.


Oregon Trail wagon tracks


Showing the starkness of our loacation. Try an imagine what is was like for the pioneers who by now have most likely lost some family members along the trail. Not knowing what to expect or where water or firewood could be found and hostile Indian encounters and assaults. This is where the term "circle the wagons" came to be. Also, the little water that was found around here was alkaline and deadly to drink for man and beast.


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We approach the Parting of the Ways


Imagine coming up to this and knowing the wrong decision may result in the destruction of your family. Drama you say? All the famous trails across South Pass were littered with dead bodies, dead animals, abandoned wagons, trash and skeletal remains. Life was very hard back then.


.........and looking behind you and seeing this. Without the 610 of course.






Amazing, a plaque was put out here by the Oregon Trail Association. I mean how many people see this ?


Taking the right fork meant a shorter but more dangerous route for the Pioneers. Going left added days and miles but offered the saftey of Fort Brigder and resupply


We opted for the relative saftey of the Fort Brigder route and Farson to resupply with fuel and food !


We continue riding the Oregon Trail and head to Farson.


Morer later...........
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:54 AM   #110
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Incredible !!!

Franks, Your best RR and pixs to date and yes very time consuming. I for one REALLY appreciate all the time and effort. This is going to help me make it thru the winter!
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:08 AM   #111
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:16 AM   #112
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Not yet ! I stil gotta get these wagons, eh, I mean bikes onto the Pony Express then on to the Trans Con RR !!
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:13 AM   #113
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Woot!

Frank,

Great RR. Gravelly Range was simply outstanding. Very green when we went through. We touched on a LOT of the same areas on our ID2010 ride. I will go back sooner than later.

I won't hijack your thread, but BASH3R took this one of me as we got into the first set of big hills

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Old 01-03-2011, 11:22 AM   #114
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Awesome Pax ! I know that feeling !!
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:28 PM   #115
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Day 4 continued

There were really 3 ways for someone to get to California or Oregon Territory at that time. And your choice depended on how much money & balls you had.

1. The fastest way was to take a sailing ship to Panama, make the treck across the isthmus, board another sailing ship and sail north. This required $$ and a lot of pioneers going this way would contract malaria in Panama.

2. The easiest way was to sail around the horn all the way. Required a lot of $$

3. The way most folks went though was the Oregon Trail on a "Prarie Schooner" pulled by oxen or sometimes the family cows. Not by horse though as they were not hardy enough to make the long journey pulling an entire household and live. Oxen could barley do it and make it all the way. Many familys discarded belongings to lighten the load as they went or risk loosing their team to exhaustion and thirst.
This took the same amount of time as choice 2, but with a hell of a lot more hardships. It is hard for us today to envision what a trip like this really meant at that time. The territory beyond St. Louis would be like us sending manned spaceships into other solar systems but with know hostiles !



We leave Parting of the Ways and continue on the Oregon Trail.

Looking back at my freinds. Untethered remember, it's a beautiful thing.


And ahead


After a ways of riding we pop out very close to the wind blown hamlet of Fason Wyoming. Small as indicated.


Farson has this store , a gas station with beer and a small diner that looked closed but was, to our amazment, open !


We plan to continue riding as it's only around 2pm. The thing is after Fort Brigder, ah, I mean Farson, we head back out into the "Big Empty" and back onto the Oregon Trail. So being able to eat a decent meal here and now uncomplicates things a lot.


However, we know and welcome the fact that we will be primitive camping somewhere "out there" tonight. And like the pioneers of 1854, we dont know what we will burn. At least they had Buffalo chips !
The cook who served us a tasty supper overheard our concerns and came out from behind the stove and offered us wood to burn. "It'll be really cold tonight boys, best you take wood cuz you wont find any out there"
So we did.
Mike loads the mighty GSA to the max.


My Prarie Schooner and I pulling our share.


Bruce being carfull not to over tax the Chineese built KTM suspension.


John boy and the KLR loading up.


And Dennis's Husky carrying...............the kindling ?
Cute bike Den, does it come in pink ?


And all this before we loaded the beer !

So, freshly fueled, fed and restocked with beer and wood we journey on and are very quickly back on the Oregon Trail as we approach South Pass, the only viable place wagons could cross the Great Divide. We wouldn't see another fuel station or diner for quite sometime in Rawlins, still way south of here across the "Big Empty" of central Wyoming.


We ride until about 1 hour before dark. Whenever that was. Not only did we not know or care what day of the week it was, we simply just kept time by the sun and our stomachs.


I'm thinking about where the hell are we going to make camp. Water would be nice. Then the adventure gods were with us again. We hit this River. It provided a great camp. Yea, you know the pioneers camped right here too no doubt. This was going to be awesome.


When I come back we setup camp in the best place I ever setup a tent, Redcorn feeds us with fresh trout
and the moon howls................

REPORT CONTINUES ON PAGE 14, POST #200
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:42 PM   #116
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When I come back we setup camp in the best place I ever setup a tent, Redcorn feeds us with fresh trout
and the moon howls............

Oh man, you are killing me.. Totally jealous at this point..
I love it out there..

Thanks again for posting, great pics, and story.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:11 PM   #117
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Great RR, keep it coming. Two years ago I rode the Lander cut off of the Oregon trail, just west of Farson. It was wonderful from La Barge to Alpine. Reading this is making me wistful for the west which has captivated this Virginian. Thanks for this report.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:15 PM   #118
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Wow Frank this RR is outstanding!

It's been years since I've been thru that country, but I have the maps out and am planning this summer's trip!
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:41 PM   #119
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Oh man, you are killing me.. Totally jealous at this point.. I love it out there..

Thanks again for posting, great pics, and story.
+ many!
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:40 PM   #120
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What? A stop in Farson* and no ice cream?
Are you guys on a diet?


Beautiful photos, Docking Pilot - loving your RR.
The fall colors are stunning!



* Thank you, Tony, for posting about Farson here. We never would have made it to the Merc without your guidance.
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