“The country through which we passed today was diversified…”

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Revelstoker, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    The country through which we passed today was diversified high dry and uneven open stoney plains and low bottoms very boggy with high mountains on the tops and North sides of which there was snow, great quantities of the species of hysoop (sagebrush) and shrubs common to the Missouri plains are scattered in those valleys and hillsides.”
    W. Clark July 08, 1806
    <o:p> </o:p>
    This is a weaving of pictures and words from a 30 day adventure down the spine of America. From Canada to Mexico, then back up to Colorado over to Oregon. The Great Divide Trail taken from North to South and then the Transamerica Trail from Animas Fork Colorado to the border of Oregon and California. 30 Days. 10 States. 10,755.99km’s. No mechanicals, no heartbreak, no accidents…just adventure riding at its best through one of the most geologically diverse countries on the planet!
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  2. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Revelstoke, BC
    The Genesis:
    Last December I was a passenger in the backseat of a friend&#8217;s truck on the way to Roger&#8217;s Pass for a day of ski touring. It was an epic snow day which usually translates into an epic drive as well. In the backseat pocket of the truck was a magazine I&#8217;d never seen before; Overland Journal. If you haven&#8217;t seen OJ before, definitely try to pick up a copy &#8211; I&#8217;ve never read another magazine like it. I had lots of time after skiing that day while we sat in traffic to flip through it. In this issue was an article of a person that had just completed the Great Divide Trail on his dual-sport&#8230;and then turned around to do it in the other direction. I couldn&#8217;t get that trip off of my mind. Adventure Rider, BigDog and Python became great resources and the book put out by the Adventure Cycling Association on Cycling the Great Divide Trail quickly came into my possession!
    My original intention was to complete the GDT in 12 days or so, put the iPod on, my head down and return home via pavement in another 3 days or so. My wife, always thinking of my well-being, suggested that I take my time coming back. So I did. This translated into doing as much of the TAT as possible in my timeframe as well.

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Welder, machinist, mechanic, artist&#8230;the perfect person to have as a &#8216;wingman&#8217;. Snores like banshee.
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  3. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    226
    Location:
    Revelstoke, BC
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mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> Rich (Revelstoker): That would be me, the author of this story. Married to a very supportive, understanding wife who thought a 30 day trip just might add another ten years to our marriage (she said that). I really do live for riding; whether it has a motor or not. I also live probably in one of the best spots in the world to own a dual sport bike.
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  4. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    226
    Location:
    Revelstoke, BC
    The Support Crew:
    [​IMG]

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Robin actually bought his 950 so that they would match his shoes. Robin has had more motorcycles than everyone mentioned in this Ride Report combined…in just over the last two years!
    #4
  5. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    226
    Location:
    Revelstoke, BC
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The ‘adventure humidor’ was highly appreciated. Scott rides the 1200GSA like an old pro – never any drama. Scott joined until we hit Idaho.
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  6. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Revelstoke, BC
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We don’t really know the full story, but the closer we rode to the US border, the more quiet Mark became. About an hour away, he turned West…but that really was the plan anyway. I talked Mark into his first motorcycle…and he’s still speaking to me.
    #6
  7. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    226
    Location:
    Revelstoke, BC
    Those we left behind:
    These two receive honourable mention as they are my riding buddies who because of great reasons couldn’t make it:
    [​IMG]

    Bart (Bartron): Nobody throws around a BMW better than Bartron – he makes it look like a BMX bike. Bartron is a new Dad and in Med School. He loves to ride. He kept me lucid when I was lying in a ditch broken up earlier this year…and that is why I thought of him out there each and every day. Here’s a shot of Bartron doing his best impression of Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore.
    #7
  8. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    226
    Location:
    Revelstoke, BC
    [​IMG]

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There was no way…not this year anyway. Like Bartron, not a day went by that I didn’t say to myself ‘Marchie doesn’t know wtf he’s missing”!
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  9. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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Without a great family, a month away from home and the responsibilities of being there, it wouldn’t be possible. I can’t wait until Holly is old enough to do trips like this with me.
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  10. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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I actually didn’t listen to my iPod as much as I thought I would, but definitely appreciated it when I did. Here’s what I loaded it up with; Merle Haggard, Waylon, Willie, Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, The Hacienda Brothers, Dale Watson, The Flying Burrito Brothers, David Allan Coe, Marshall Tucker Band, Justin Townes Earle, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, New Rider’s of the Purple Sage and a little Gordon Lightfoot thrown in for good measure. I think I’ll throw a verse or two in throughout this Report.
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  11. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    &#8220;Come on wheels take this boy away
    We're not afraid to ride
    We're not afraid to die come on wheels take me home today
    So come on wheels take this boy away&#8221;
    <o:p> </o:p>
    Emmylou Harris


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    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]I seem to remember drinking a lot of water and popping a few Tylenol to counter the G&T&#8217;s, the 5 bottles of red, the case of Mt. Begbie Kolsch and the fantastic Cuban&#8217;s from Ronyx&#8217;s humidor the night prior as well.

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    The GPS&#8217;s trip computer was set to zero, I took a quick shot of the odometer on the 640 and we were off...[/FONT][FONT=&quot]to Gary&#8217;s house to pick him up and take a few more departing shots before the 50km trip to Galena Bay to catch the ferry over Upper Arrow Lake.[/FONT]
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    [/FONT]This is a quick ride&#8230;just enough time for Gary to figure that his bike isn&#8217;t feeling normal. He&#8217;s right. Gary had put on his Scott&#8217;s the night before, but hadn&#8217;t gotten out for a shake-down. Things were a little sloppy up front &#8211; nothing Ronyx&#8217;s uber tool-kit, a couple of missed ferries and some good conversations with people wondering what the hell we were doing and where we were going.

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  12. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    After departing the ferry, it’s another 30km to Trout Lake, the first gravel of the trip. The first day’s weather was really a harbinger of what was to come – 29 more days of sunshine with only a sprinkle or two along the way.

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    The road from Kaslo down past Ainsworth Hotsprings is the kind of pavement that all motorcyclists appreciate – it leads us to the next ferry as well, this time crossing Kooteney Lake. About now, the temperature was getting close to 40 Celsius – very toasty waiting for the next ferry to arrive. Robin and me in the line-up for the second ferry of the day over to Crawford Bay.
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    After the ferry to Crawford Bay, it’s Gray Creek Pass over to Kimberley. This is a quick way East through The Kooteneys, over The Purcells, which makes for some funny sightings – I think a lot of folks look at the map and think that if they take Gray Creek Pass it’s going to save them a lot of time getting over to the ferry rather than going South to come back North again. The day we rode over, we saw a Chrysler 300 and a new BMW M5! Now Grey Creek isn’t very extreme, but I certainly wouldn’t take an M5 on it. There are definitely a few spots that would be tricky – it would be a rough ride in a car.

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    Our original plan was to make it to Jaffrey Creek and then have a quick 75km blast to the border at Roosville the next morning, but with Gary’s steering stabilizer issue earlier in the day, we called it a night in Kimberley a few kilometers short. We hit the grocery store for some takeout dinner, the beer store for some takeout refreshments, and found a great spot just outside of town to set up our tents. There were few houses close by, so we were trying our best to be stealth…but Ronyx has a tank bag that hits the horn every time he turns the bars to lock!

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    “Behind the blue Rockies the blue sun is declining. The stars they come stealing at the close of the day. Across the wide prairie our loved ones lie sleeping beyond the ocean in a place far away”
    Gordon Lightfoot
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  13. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    " the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself." <o:p></o:p>
    William Least Heat Moon


    We were up pretty early &#8211; although none of us realized that we had already crossed into the Mountain Time Zone until later in the day, so we were actually up late. 350km down the first day &#8211; not bad considering the later start, the missed ferries and the hot weather.



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    Time to take the memory card with Canada Topo out and put the US Topo in. Pretty basic to make it to Roosville from Kimberley.

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    Breakfast was great. Being a coffee connoisseur , I was relieved to have a very well done Americano, sit in the sun and bid adieu to Mark. Mark had commitments and was heading back to Kelowna. Commitments and something about the border&#8230;
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    Normally, I&#8217;d try and route it so that pavement would be a far away thought, but I was pretty keen to get to Roosville and the highway straight South worked well.
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    The line-up at the border was about a half hour with the outside temperature definitely starting to crank up. The Customs and Border Patrol Officer asked what the FYYFF sticker meant on my sleeve &#8211; I thought it was most appropriate to say that I had no idea and that it must have something to do with the type of armor I was wearing.

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    We stopped just on the other side of the border to celebrate the fact that we had all made it in to the US without problems by taking a few pictures. Being the naïve Canadians that we are, we were promptly shut down by one of the CBP Officers who told us that it was a $10,000USD fine to take pictures of a US Facility as such. He also took the opportunity to fill us in on a few other points as well &#8211; we all nodded and thought that Eureka might be a good place to start heading. I&#8217;d love to show a picture of this guy, but didn&#8217;t really want to risk being punted back into Canada so early on the journey. Interestingly enough, our next US Border experience was quite different&#8230;but that is still two weeks away.
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    Heading down The Tobacco Valley, we rode into Eureka, Montana. Eureka has the distinction of being the Northernmost city on the GDR as well as the lowest in elevation. We hit the gas station for Gary&#8217;s first of many Monster energy drinks and bags of chips of the trip&#8230;myself preferring Red Bull and Corn Nuts. There weren&#8217;t too many days that we didn&#8217;t each have our favorite beverage somewhere along the way.

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    Leaving Eureka, there are 20 miles more or so of pavement, but soon enough it changes into gravel and the fun begins&#8230;after a quick drop in tire pressure.
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    Continuing up FR114 brought us to the Whitefish Divide which is really the first time, at least to me, that you have the feeling that something special is starting &#8211; the trip has officially begun. The road up is pretty smooth making for some quick riding.
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    In 1988, the same year as the Yellowstone fire, was the Red Bench Fire. Apparently nearly 40,000 acres burned so hot that trees which had been standing for well over 300 years were killed. It really is a wasteland &#8211; in some places it seemed that the soil had been scorched of all nutrients and that even 20 years later very little was growing.

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    Turning onto FR115 took us up to Red Meadow Lake &#8211; being a skier, I&#8217;m constantly looking around at mountains picking out lines. This area looks like a backcountry skier&#8217;s paradise come December.

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    Robin thought that the FMF was sounding a little rude and thought he&#8217;d fashion me a new silencer &#8211; he just couldn&#8217;t seem to make it work.

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    We continued on down through to Whitefish and after a rather uneventful late afternoon pulled into Seeley Lake for burgers on the lake at Lindey&#8217;s Burger Shack. Burgers were really greasy which made them really good.
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    Came across this Ford with camo fender flares &#8211; I bet Cabela&#8217;s sells these.
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    Robin was quite surprised at how far we had come having looked at the paper map.
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    We headed back North out of town to the State Campsite which was beyond full which made the decision to head East up the closest gravel road an easy decision. Getting to a quality camp spot finally as darkness settled in and the mosquitoes came out seeking Canadian blood, we all put up our tents in record time and limited our social time to a curt &#8216;see ya tomorrow&#8217;.
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  14. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Great so far.

    Revelstoke is a great area to be from. I haven't ridden my bike there but I've spent some time there on a snowmobile.:clap
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  15. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Let's take a ride to the easy plateau
    Where the cold don't come and the wind don't blow
    Moonlight flickers on the water below
    The orange grove blossoms
    In the orange grove
    Bad nights lead to better days
    It doesn't matter but I think about it anyway
    Ryan Adams


    Beginning of the day GPS shot.
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    When we awoke, we were able to see that we actually had chosen a pretty good spot to camp&#133;but the mosquitoes were still out for fresh blood so we took down our tents at about the same rate of speed that we had put them up.
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    Scott still looking a little sleepy. I seem to remember him having a bit of a nightmare that night.
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    Gary did a quick check before we headed back into Seeley Lake for gas and breakfast he saw a little oil seepage and wanted to make sure that all was well. It was and we were on the way.
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    These shots are just after Reservoir Lake. The roads are great - made for high speed cruising!
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    Scott waving to the crowd.
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    The road down to Lincoln is really the first time you start to experience being in the high plains with sage brush on either side of the road and the expansive vistas that Montana is known for. There is a reason they call it Big Sky Country. The dust was definitely an issue and we were riding well spaced out until we came across a nice spot for a team photo
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    The fine patina of Montana dust on the flightdeck of the GSA.
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    The view South while waiting for the dust to calm down
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    I thought it would be interesting to take a shot of the GPS every 1000km to see the average speed, hours spent moving and roughly where I was at the time.
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    Here's where we were at 1004.11km.
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    Robin railing along the main road of Stemple Pass.
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    Day three and we are just going to pass over the Continental Divide for the first time&#133; but before we do, we take a hard left and head up to an old fire lookout station which gives a great view of Granite Butte. This excursion is highly recommended as the view is spectacular. Just before we get there, I make one wrong turn - shot of me getting back on track.
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    The wind up top was crazy - we hung out for about a half hour taking the obligatory shots.
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    Lots of orange.
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    Last bike standing at the top.
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    Gary coming down from The Lookout.
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    Back on the main route, we had a couple of miles to go before we hit the CD. Hanging out were these three cyclists. Bruce the one in the middle lives in Montana, but the other two were German. They asked me if I had stopped and spoken with the couple on the horses - it seems that while we were at the lookout a couple on horses rode by so we missed them unfortunately They had left Argentina two years ago on horseback and were doing the CDT. Bruce and his friends were the first of many cyclists that we ran across - 75% of them were in great moods &#133;the other 25% not so much. I generally took pictures of the happy ones and was afraid to get my camera out for the others!
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    Robin descending down from The Divide.
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    Today was extremely hot as we eventually pulled into Helena - just over 40 degrees Celsius. We grabbed a quick lunch at Taco del Mar, took on some gas, a couple of Red Bulls and hit the road headed for Butte. It's actually a pretty uneventful ride into Butte, the last 30 miles or so are on a road that parallels and then just shot us onto Interstate 15. Because of the heat, we were all pretty happy to get a little wind happening to cool things down a little.
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  16. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    This looks like it will be a really good one.
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  17. uncle shafty

    uncle shafty n00b

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    I've been hearing rumours through the grapevine about this trip. Feeling pretty envious, too, so I'm thrilled that you're posting the well documented details.
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  18. donnymoto

    donnymoto Long timer

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    This looks like a good one, nice pics!
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  19. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    So good to be home in the Borderland
    Where things are not what they seem.
    So good to be home in the Borderland
    Between the dawn and the dream
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore



    Morning GPS shot.

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    We had stayed at The Day&#8217;s Inn in Butte so we were feeling pretty good this morning. We bid farewell to Robin as he had to be back in Vancouver for work the next day &#8211; I think that he was having mixed feelings about heading home, but was looking forward to some quick highway miles.
    Heading out of Butte we were on pavement for a few miles but it quickly turned into a great gravel road (dusty of course) that led us to another Continental Divide crossing &#8211; this one was rather sublime. I had always anticipated in my mind that each crossing would be quite spectacular &#8211; sometimes they weren&#8217;t in reality. Each was cool in its own way. This was the first time I recall seeing the actual CDT that was marked so apparently&#8211; it looked like great single track riding! The signs, as most signs along the way, had been peppered by a shotgun or two.

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    The riding along FR84 is very sweet &#8211; beautiful dirt through really cattle country with a great descent down to Interstate 15 once again. Prior to hitting I15, we stopped to do a little rock scrambling on the side of the road. Next time I do a trip like this, I am definitely going to befriend a geologist that rides dual sports so that I can get a running history of rock formations. These rocks just sort of appeared out of nowhere. I guess that&#8217;s why we had to climb them &#8211; Tech 10&#8217;s are no climbing shoes but I was actually pretty impressed with their stickiness.

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    Scott cruising by the climbing wall.
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    We took a paved section of road that ran parallel I15 down to Divide, Montana. A place named Divide seems like a good photo-op especially right out in front of the Post Office. Please note Gary&#8217;s bike &#8211; this is the only time you will see it on its side. Gary rides like a superstar and didn&#8217;t have a get-off the whole trip (at least that I saw) except right in front of the Post Office! Good place to fall I guess.
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    Once Gary regained his composure and was able to get back on the horse - I was able to take the patriotic Christmas Card shot.
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    From Divide we headed over to Wise River and turned onto the Pioneer Mountain National Scenic Byway.
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    Stopping to visit the graves of Joe Maurice & family.

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    This is huge fly-fishing country &#8211; there were a lot of anglers on shore and more it seemed cruising down the river in small boats. The stores and gas stations inevitably had signs posted that &#8216;Fishermen are Welcome&#8217;. This store was actually pretty nice to us even though we weren&#8217;t fishing&#8230;we needed only beef jerky and Red Bull.
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    Gary stopping for a little read on the way to Lima.
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    Next major stop was Lima, Montana. We did a little sight-seeing in Lima &#8211; there&#8217;s not really too much to see as with a lot of the smaller towns along the route, there is not much really left. Apparently the Peat Hotel was quite a prestigious spot in the late 1800&#8217;s&#8230;now, it was looking a little rough.
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    Since the Peat was closed we decided to head over and refuel at the gas station with fluids for ourselves but totally neglected to fill the bikes up. Our timing was great to do a little socializing at the gas station. The first characters we met we these two who were walking the CDT! They&#8217;d been on the trail for two months and figured about another four to Antelope Wells. It wasn&#8217;t until I looked at this picture at home that I saw the bracelet on the one guy that says &#8216;CDT&#8217; on it &#8211; maybe his Mom made it. As grubby looking as these two were, they were very nice and well spoken. They probably thought I looked pretty grubby too.

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    After chatting with the walkers, a fellow ADV Rider (Thumpercrazee) pulled up on his decidedly non-thumper. He was full of great information on the upcoming portion of the ride over to Idaho. Thumpercrazee was the first of many ADV Rider&#8217;s we would meet along the way &#8211; you have to love the way Gadget Boys ADV stickers attract a crowd.

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    Leaving Lima, we headed East along the Red Rock River. We ran across a few groups of dual sport guys that were doing the Nez Perce Rally &#8211; there wasn&#8217;t a lot of time to take pictures unfortunately as these rider&#8217;s were all about the quick hello and were back on the throttle. This is a big stretch of dirt coming up through beautiful high plains. Roads are straight for the most part.
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    There are an amazing amount of abandoned farms/homes in this valley all the way through to Idaho. This area, the Centennial Valley, apparently used to be an important sheep and cattle ranching basin but after the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge was created thousands of these ranching acres were removed from the hands of the ranchers. I can only imagine it would have been a hard life out here in the late 1800&#8217;s.
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    The old equipment is always impressive. I wonder how long the frame of this truck had been sitting in the field battling the sun and snow.

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    After an hour or so of sage brush we pass a few cows and start a gradual climb back into the mountains.
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    Red Rock Mountain and Mount Jefferson in the background.
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    Another Continental Divide and another good opportunity for a team photo&#8211; the Red Rock Pass at 7120 feet. Easy to get a little discombobulated here as you are riding East into Idaho, a state that generally lies West of Montana. The CDT also intersects at The Red Rock Pass.
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    We start the descent down into Idaho here to picturesque Island Park. Good thing it is downhill ride for the most part as we were all starting to run low on fuel having neglected to fill up when we had the chance at Lima. About 5 miles before hitting the highway, we scoped out a great spot to camp but first headed into town for dinner and to stock up on some supplies as we had to celebrate with Scott as he was going to be heading back to Calgary the next morning.
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    Oh, I almost forgot, I was happy to see that the gas station had some diaper rash cream in stock as my butt was getting a little sensitive!
    The campsite rocked &#8211; plenty of firewood, no bugs, cold beer and Scott&#8217;s ADV Humidor.

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    This book rocked - it really filled us in on what we had just ridden, and what we were going to ride, as well as giving some of the local history.
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  20. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Cause I headed West to grow up with the country
    Across those prairies with the waves of grain
    And I saw my devil, and I saw my deep blue sea
    Gram Parsons


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    A nice mellow start to the day &#8211; a few Tylenol and a lot of water before hitting the road. We thought we&#8217;d escort Scott to Yellowstone, have breakfast and then catch the Union Pacific rail bed back to Island Park where we&#8217;d continue on the GDT. Running Bear Pancake House is the spot to go for a good old traditional breakfast in Yellowstone.

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    Outside the Running Bear, parked beside our bikes, was the one other vehicle that I&#8217;d consider touring the USA in. It was cool to see dirt on the side of a Porsche &#8211; someone not afraid to drive it!
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    Just to the West of Yellowstone by the airport, we hopped onto the rail bed. It soon proved to be a challenge with several fences, deep whoopdidoos, and sand.
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    As we were proceeding we went by a couple of cabins nestled quite deep in the woods &#8211; out of one ran this guy in bare feet, shorts with his fly undone, and a &#8216;homeland security&#8217; t-shirt&#8230;and then his son ran out chasing us well. Being courteous Canadians we stopped to chat &#8211; Blaine ended up being a very nice and helpful book of local knowledge. He actually prevented us from torturing ourselves further by explaining that several of the bridges has been taken out further down and that we&#8217;d not be able to get our bikes through.
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    We decided to take a route back out to the highway and slab it to Island Park.
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    For the next 30 miles or so all I thought about was that I was sure as hell glad that I wasn&#8217;t on my mountain bike. The rail bed was tolerable on a KTM &#8211; you can still cruise along, but judging by the amount of mountain bikers sitting on the side and looking at their tracks, I&#8217;d say they were not having fun.
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    View from the flightdeck.
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    Rich on one of the many many straight sections.
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    This structure looks like something that Warren Jeffs would have constructed before being arrested. I have no idea what it would be for. It is quite a large building.
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    Gratuitous bike shot.
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    Gary completing one of the few turns on this railbed.
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    Rail bed proves to be uneventful &#8211; unfortunately the tunnel is closed, but there is a nice narrow route around it. I kept thinking how miserable it would be to have your dual-sport slip of the edge as it is fairly steep!
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    This is the view on the otherside of the tunnel which is closed to motorized traffic.
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    We turned onto the pavement at this point onto Highway 47 and followed it to Cave Falls Road which morphs into The Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road after a hard right turn. It&#8217;s amazing how quickly you ride from canyon country into potato and wheat fields at this point. We also crossed into Wyoming right around here.

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    We stopped on the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road at a stream which Gary dunked himself &#8211; and I spent the time getting the history and lay of the land from the &#8216;bible&#8217;.
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    The girls cooling down.
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    Up ahead lay the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Parkway. With a handle like that, it makes one think that it is going to be a smooth bit of four lane blacktop! I figured this was a great time to put my iPod on and cruise along. Unfortunately I started cruising a little too fast for conditions/concentration level and blew through a corner.
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    Fortunately, the outside of the corner consisted of a field of alder that slowed my down and actually helped to keep the bike relatively upright. Gary was ahead of me so I was on my on to get out this. Couldn&#8217;t go backwards as the alder was like a trap&#8230;so onwards I progressed very slowly. After 15 minutes or so I had escaped just as Gary returned to the scene of the crime as he had become worried about me.

    Pretty soon we hit Flagg Ranch which is really quite a nice lodge/restaurant/convenience store/gas station in the middle of the forest. I didn&#8217;t really need a Red Bull and the fruit looked pretty good. Flagg Ranch was a nice little oasis after my &#8216;get-off&#8217;.

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    The next few miles consisted of pavement and road construction&#8230;but we did pass over the Continental Divide once more on our way to Union Pass.
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    Wyoming at it's nicest.
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    We had actually intended to fill up at the corner where you head South up towards Union Pass, but it looked like a few years since the station had been open, so we headed on into Dubois had a great dinner and filled up before we back tracked to our next camp spot.

    The climb up Union Pass is quick as it is relatively steep. Union Pass has a very rich history with Native Americans, trappers and explorers all converging here over the years.
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    We camped at over 9000 feet &#8211; very close to the next Continental Divide crossing. I&#8217;ve heard coyotes before and what we heard that night were definitely not coyotes &#8211; I figure that there has to be wolves in that area. In retrospect it was cool&#8230;at the time I recall thinking of various ways that a wolf would rip through my tent.
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    Looking out the tent window at the 640 and Gary setting up his abode in the forest.
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