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Old 09-16-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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Couples Dualsport Ride: Succor Creek/Leslie Gulch

Inspired by Idahoskiguy, I accepted an invitation for a "couples dual sport ride" and suggested Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch with a post trip to the Pillars of Rome. I've never ridden with anyone I didn't know, but I thought this would be a good way to meet other ADV riders.

Idahoskiguy posted that another couple would join them and Cleavage posted that he and his SO would be there as well. Nobody knew each other, but it was a great opportunity to ride with others who share the same interest. We decided to meet at the Shell station in Homedale. It turns out that the couple that came along with Idahoskiguy were friends of me and my wife. We had no idea they were coming. It was great to see them...what a small world.

I find myself asking, "Why am I committing to a ride with people I don't even know? Why are the other riders doing the same? Are we lonely? Bored? What is it? To me it's about sharing the ride. Motorcycling (dualsporting in this case) brings others together when nothing else would. I would have never met these riders if it hadn't been for motorcycling. In my travels, I find that there is a special bond between riders you don't even know: Riders sharing their stories, giving away motocycling secrets and watching out for you. It's a great thing and today was a great ride with new friends who share the same passion.

I've never been on this route so I took lots of pics.

Road seems good, scenery looks promising

As we start to head down to the canyon there is anticipation of the landscape beyond

Scott aka Cleavage and Nic

Just a foretaste of the magnificant rock formations

Into the canyon we go

Succor Creek at the Recreation area.

We had a snack break, conversed, and enjoyed the view.

This new bridge accross the creek sure is nice

You see what I see?

Back out of the canyon heading towards Leslie Gulch. Beautiful wide open country.

Let's see...the road looks great. Some loose stuff..some washboards

As we start down the canyon to Leslie Gulch

The towering rocks with their orange glow are's hard to keep your eyes on the road!

We arrived at the reservoir and rested. I snapped a few pics of the dualsport riders and machines.

Aftwards we went back to the park area under shade, had lunch and got to know each other.

Honey, can you bring me a water?

The ride out was just as good as the ride in.

What does this look like?

So after we came out on 95, everyone needed to get back home except me and my wife so we headed down to Rome to see the "Pillars of Rome"

The sun was blocked by the stormy cloud cover, so not much light on the pillars.

The sun was trying to break through but just couldn't do it.

It was a bit chilly from the storm, so we stopped at the Rockhouse in Jordan Valley to warm up.

On the way in towards Marsing we ran into a storm and quickly took cover under the Chevron canopy to wait it out. Made it back dry!

Today we shared a ride together with people we didn't know, became friends, laughed, shared stories and food, and talked about doing another ride soon. Isn't motorcycling the life?
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:47 AM   #2
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That's the life indeed, in God's country... just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your ride with you us
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:44 AM   #3
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Absolutely stunning photographs. What glorious country. I have never spent any time up there, but obviouly need to do just that.
Sounds like a wonderful time and a tribute to the passion of what we all doing.

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Old 09-17-2007, 08:14 AM   #4
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Wowzers! Fantastic pictures! It's always fun to meet new folks and ride together. You never really know someone until you help them pick thier bike up outta the dirt.

I hope to see more of your reports in the future. You live in a beautiful state. Oh, and what sorta camera are you using?
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:19 AM   #5
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Great pictures, after see your pictures I will not be posting any of mine. The colors in your pictures is much richer and the depth of the pictures is outstanding. Looks like I need to upgrade equipment and learn some new skills.

Motorcycles really do have a way of bringing people together. It was great meeting and riding with everyone, hope to do another ride soon.

All the best.

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Old 09-17-2007, 12:39 PM   #6
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DITTO on the great pictures!!!!!!!!! Nic and I really enjoyed meeting all of you guys. We could not of asked for a better day to ride out there. We are also looking forward to the next ride.

Trey my backseat photographer is very jealous of your camera Nice job again!!

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Old 09-17-2007, 01:27 PM   #7
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When to travel with friends is better anyway,but when the travel is nice how this so is it awesome!!
Great pictures!

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Please share us also your photos...each image is a great story
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Old 09-17-2007, 03:28 PM   #8
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So can I ask how you found about this ride? I am trying to get my new wife into the sport and she is game to go for a ride. We have done some rides on our own (Banks-Lowman Loop, Black Canyon, etc) but it would be cool to go with some other people that share our interests.

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Old 09-17-2007, 04:48 PM   #9
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Outstanding! You can't beat the scenery of that area for sure, and the canyons wow much better when actually there.

This ride would have interested me but my wife works Sundays-Weds so I would have felt like a fifth wheel. She use to love riding, I'm sure with others involved it may spark her interest back up. Perhaps a BBQ meet&greet with a short ride in the future, eh

Hi Scott and Nic not heard from you two in a really long time, hope all's well!

Beautiful pictures
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:55 PM   #10
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The friends I've made while motorcycling, in many cases, are the best friends I've got.

Something about riding that brings people together.

Super report!
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:45 PM   #11
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I really like to photograph our trips. Being behind the camera helps you remember all the things I've seen and done.

blackbirdzach....I use a Nikon D200 digital but there are techniques, filters, etc. to photography to help make the photos turn out good. is the original post by Idahoskiguy: respond. Keep checking the local forums or post your own interest in riding.

I think this couples riding thing may catch on!
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:33 PM   #12
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Great report and wonderful images.
Sorry we missed the ride..........we were off in the north country on our own couple (non-plural) ride.

It's always surprises me to meet up with a group of local riders, take helmets off and realize that there is a connection from the past............and there truly is a special bond we share as riders.

Hope to make the next one.
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:54 PM   #13
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looks like a great ride

Guys lokks like you all had a great time, sorry I missed out but I had a ride planned with Idaho Sam. maybe next time. Those were some great pictures and a very real written report.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:00 PM   #14
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Beautiful pics, great ride, nice report! Thank you...
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:39 PM   #15
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Love that beautiful blue Tiger!! Looks like you all had a blast!!
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