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Old 07-06-2012, 10:37 AM   #646
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Did you mean wear him down or slow him down, either way I think the opposite to be true, he'll wear me out.

I can hear it now................ Oh come on lets ride some more we still have daylight................. Come on man we did good we rode 300 miles, we can do another 100 easy it's only 5 PM........................... That trail looks like fun I'll go first you follow, "It won't be that Bad"..........

And my retort .... what part of NO Way don't you get

On a serious note hope I get an opportunity to meet you if you get out this way. How are you acclimating to that 950 Beast? That thing is not as sedate as the GW..... Oh you already figured that out I'm sure. Kinda like going from a piper to a P51 and the maintenance too

You must be getting to know me. Those are the exact things that I say. Just another 100 miles.

When Dad gets out here, that might be a great loop down to Jarbidge for us to do together.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:18 PM   #647
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I left the Silver City area and rode down the Delmar Rd. to Oregon.

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Lots and lost of old mining stuff in the area. One could explore all the sights here for what seems like forever.

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Yeah buddy! A Nighthawk 650 out in the dirt. You don't see that often.

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Almost to Oregon.

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Now here's the really cool story. When I arrived at the Shell station in Jordan Vally, OR, there were three other adventure bikes with California plates there. A 950, an F800, and an 800XC. That's only about the fifth 800XC I've seen on the road.

So, I pull up to the pump and say hi to the guy riding the 950. He's Matt, RIDER914 on here.

I get tapped on the shoulder, and the guy riding the F800 asks, "Hey, are you av_mech?"

"Yeah!"

"I've been reading your stuff for the past year and I wondered when we got to this part of the country if we were gonna run into you!"

Well, holy shit. I just got recognized at a gas station in Oregon for this little blog I write. I can't even describe to you all just how cool of a feeling that was and still is. Seriously. I've been glowing from that moment since it happened. It's kinda like having a bit of celebrity status. Wow!

So the conversations continue. Ken, KKUG here on adv and the guy that recognized me, was having some issues on his F800 with his new rear shock.

"I see you 'Suspensions by Sasquatch' stickers all over your bike. Is he around this part of the country?"

"Yeah, you want his phone number? He's right in Boise about 100 miles away."

"That's great!"

Of course, there's no cell service in Jordan Valley, so I passed on Jay's number and let Ken know I'd get a hold of him as soon as I got service to let him know that some distressed travelers would be coming though.

Ken and Matt left the gas station to get some food ordered at the cafe.

The third rider on the 800XC was Bob, RFMorris. He was out back borrowing a few tools from the garage to finish fixing a flat.

We talked for a good 15 minutes about the Tiger and the accessories that I had. The suspension and the Happy Trails racks were the main topics. Bob knew who I was as well and had seen my posts about the suspension mods in the Tiger thread.

I hope after talking with him, he decides to send his stuff to Jay. He was already looking to upgrade it and none of the other major shops in the country, like Super Plush, have done anything with the Tiger yet. I'm still the only guy I know of that has improved the Tiger's suspension.

It was a really great conversation with these guys. But, a semi pulled in an wanted the gas pump, so it was time for me to hit the road.

I pulled out and quickly turned around again. Silly not to grab a photo of the two Tigers.

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I made a quick run into the desert to get the next challenge point. The grave site of Sacajawea's son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Incredible man. Read HERE.

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I had cell service here, so I called Jay and let him know about the guys from Cali with the blown rear shock. He said he'd be around and expecting them.

Back to the highway and North. I was hoping those guys would still be at the cafe so I could tell them I did actually get a hold of Sasquatch.

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They were still there and just getting on their bikes. We talked for a few minutes and they were super excited that I had gotten a hold of Jay. I briefly contemplated camping with them for the night at Succor Creek. But, I was so close to home and bed sounded good after such a long trip.

I said goodbye and took off down the road.

Dammit! I did it again! Forgot to get a pic. U-turn as I'm only two blocks down the road.

Left to right, Matt (Rider914). Ken (KKUG), and Bob (RFMorris).

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Have a great trip guys! I hope you all pop in here when you get home and let me know how the ride was.

Up 95 and into Idaho. Just a quick stop to get the 10th and final challenge point of the trip. Rockville. Nothing here. Just a few recent grave sites. Like only a few years old.

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I was just going to take the highway, but I pulled out my map and realized I could take dirt for a little while longer on Poison Creek. Never taken it, so why not?

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I love how the shadows fall across the gently rolling hills during this time of day.

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Getting close to home. Some views of the Snake River Valley and the Treasure Valley.

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Only 40-ish miles to home now.

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The last pic of the trip and it's one of my favorites. Looking West into Jump Creek. This photo came out awesome.

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And so concludes my little 810 mile over nighter.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #648
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Agree! That last pic is nice.

Always worthwhile to keep the camera going the whole trip. Never know for sure when the really good pics will materialize.

Lot of effort going into your thread, Tyson. Excellent results!
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:12 PM   #649
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Great report as usual. Thanks for taking the time to put this stuff out there, I really enjoy it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:45 PM   #650
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just spent the last few hours reading through most of your Ride reports! man you sure ride a lot! how many miles have you got on that bike so far?
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:41 PM   #651
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just spent the last few hours reading through most of your Ride reports! man you sure ride a lot! how many miles have you got on that bike so far?
I've had Hobbes for 1 year and 18 days. 18,000+ miles and counting. Thanks for reading!
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:42 PM   #652
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Great report as usual. Thanks for taking the time to put this stuff out there, I really enjoy it.
Thanks Marsh! How's your Tiger treating you? Getting some miles on? I haven't checked in on your blog in awhile. I'll do that soon. Take care!
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #653
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Agree! That last pic is nice.

Always worthwhile to keep the camera going the whole trip. Never know for sure when the really good pics will materialize.

Lot of effort going into your thread, Tyson. Excellent results!
Thanks RRR! I just got back from a hiking trip into the Sawtooth Mountains and I shot over 200 photos on an over-niter. Man, I love digital. But I'd say there are 10 really good shots in there. None of them suck, but 10 are really good. I post a few of my favs.

It was nice for a change of pace to get off the bike and do some walking. You don't see as many vistas, but you have more time to soak in the ones you are looking at. Was a great little 15 mile walk.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:14 PM   #654
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It's the 4th of July and I couldn't find anybody that was available to ride. I had wanted to do an overnighter since I didn't have to work until 4:00 on the 5th. But, at least I have some non-moto friends that had some cool stuff going on.

A few of my friends went up to Crouch, ID for the festivities. My buddy Jimmy, has a buddy, Adam, that lives up there. And Adam's family does the fireworks for the city of Crouch. Front row seats. Sweet.

Crouch is about 53 miles North of my place via the highway. But, there are a number of ways to get there via dirt. Including one challenge point that is right on the way.

The route will be Interstate, Hwy 21, Robie Creek, Clear Creek, Grimes Creek, Alder Creek, Banks-Lowman Road, and finish on the Middle Fork into Crouch.

Nice day for a ride. Summers are really perfect in Idaho.

The start of Robie Creek just off of Hwy 21.

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The Northern End of Lucky Peak Reservoir.

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I stopped here to get rid of some water and heard some fireworks. Out here? People are partying it up!

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I got about 250 farther up the road and realized it wasn't fireworks. Some guys were out with fully auto machine guns shooting in a pit. Ahhh, America around the 4th. Is that fireworks or automatic weapons? Could very well be either.

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On Clear Creek now. Just a nice dirt road in Idaho.

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Now on Grimes.

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The challenge point was Quartzberg. But, as a lot of us have found out, the mine up there became active again and I had to trespass down the road a mile to even get to the locked gate.

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Placerville, ID. The first challenge point I ever got two years ago. The points change every year, so this isn't one of them. Just thinking back to the first dirt trip I took on the KLR when it was brand new....

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Alder Creek out of Placerville to the pavement about 8 miles down.

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Once in Crouch, I found the house and got changed and ready to hang out for the day.

We went down to the Terrace Lakes Golf Course so a few of us could go swimming at the pool. I didn't go swimming, but hung out and then threw the football around. Had a chance to catch up with a really cool girl named Katie. I hadn't seen her in quite awhile and we talked a lot about writing.

What 4th of July would be complete with out riding in the back of a pick up with a beer? Boise County doesn't have an open container law. Totally legal.

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We left the Resort and went to Adam's parent's house where they were getting the tubes ready.

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Time for some food! Typical 4th of July fare.

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We sat in the shade of the house and drank for several hours.

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Time to go down the mountain for the show. It's about 8:00.

Jimmy's wife Vicky in the yellow, Brian's daughter Alexis, and Katie in the blue. Rocking out to the sweet sounds of Drum and Bass in Rai's truck.

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Downtown Crouch is a free for all. The road is closed and thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars of fireworks are being lit off. Wish we would have had some time to go experience that, but next year I'll make it a point. I can't imagine there are many places like this left. Somebody is gonna get hurt, sue, and then get it shut down for everybody. By standing around that chaos, you release yourself from any recourse of getting hurt. If you don't wanna accept the consequences for being in a crazy place like that, don't go. It's as simple as that.

The smoke from downtown.

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Explosives. Cool.

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The man in charge. Adam.

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GO TIME!!

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Just had my cell phone, so no pics turned out. It was frickin awesome. They're fireworks, how could they not be?

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The rest of the night was a lot of fun. We were back at Adam's parents house for awhile, and then back at Adam's. I way over did it on the alcohol. A good time was had by all.

The next day I was up and waaaay hungover. Only took one pic from the ride home. The aftermath of downtown.

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It was a nice cool ride home on the highway. I don't have my wits to ride dirt today. I just wanna get home to get some rest before I have to work. I kinda got some rest and work was miserable. Totally worth it though.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:10 AM   #655
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GO TIME!!

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the only way this pic could get more awesome would be if he was holding a machine gun while smoking a cig while lighting off fireworks.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:10 AM   #656
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I've had Hobbes for 1 year and 18 days. 18,000+ miles and counting. Thanks for reading!
Original chain and sprockets?
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #657
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Original chain and sprockets?
Still the original. Sprockets look great. It's on the to do list to check the chain stretch measurements. I'm also due for a valve check.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:07 PM   #658
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Did you mean wear him down or slow him down, either way I think the opposite to be true, he'll wear me out.

I can hear it now................ Oh come on lets ride some more we still have daylight................. Come on man we did good we rode 300 miles, we can do another 100 easy it's only 5 PM........................... That trail looks like fun I'll go first you follow, "It won't be that Bad"..........

And my retort .... what part of NO Way don't you get

On a serious note hope I get an opportunity to meet you if you get out this way. How are you acclimating to that 950 Beast? That thing is not as sedate as the GW..... Oh you already figured that out I'm sure. Kinda like going from a piper to a P51 and the maintenance too

I figure he's all warmed up so ya, 'warm him down'.
Easy to tell you've actually had conversations with him.

I'm going to CJs ride/tech clinic at the end of the month - wed -sun so that should help. Changing it from an 'S' to a regular has been good for my short legs too. Good comparison of a Piper to a P51 and still a blast to ride. Really apparent after I took the 'wing for a ride!!! (yawn) On one of my rides with Ty he said, 'when I pass, there is enough room for you to follow me so get with it.' Well, there may be enough room but not enough time with the lack of pick up of the poor old wing. The KTM is a different story, so get going already.

Another good RR and pics. The 3 recent graves made me think of being buried 'on the lone prairie'.
Glad you had a good 4th and in good company.
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It was nice running into you in Jordan Valley, too bad we couldn't hang out or do a ride. Well maybe we'll have to arrange for that. Cause looking at your RR's especially by Jarbridge is wanting me to come back in that area. Is Fall a good time to ride there? well keep up the good work.
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Hey Tyson
It was nice running into you in Jordan Valley, too bad we couldn't hang out or do a ride. Well maybe we'll have to arrange for that. Cause looking at your RR's especially by Jarbridge is wanting me to come back in that area. Is Fall a good time to ride there? well keep up the good work.
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Hey Bob! How did the ride back to Cali go? Did you end up leaving the group right away in the morning or did you go to Boise with them and get a chance to talk to Sasquatch about that Tiger?

I can imagine that Jarbidge is incredible in the fall. Huge pockets of Aspens that will light up the mountainside! I'll be going back there this fall for sure.
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