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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by zeegman, Feb 12, 2012.
Nah ... I want more ride report.
"I wish I was riding Tonys KLR, I woulda made it"
Someday you'll be up to it, Bobushka.
Hi Docking Pilot,
honoured to have you and Tony along for the ride (report).
Thanks for the inspiration from your report.
More ride report coming tomorrow.
Glad to be here !
Looks like a great route, keep the RR coming! Thanks for all the super photos too
Day 2 Aug 22
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<o>Well rested and fed,we’re all gased up so Let’s go!<o></o>
Day two would be about 180 miles and we would see Logan Canyon, Bear Lake, enter into Wyoming, Fossil Butte National Monument, enter into Bridger National Forest, meet several large bovine, rolling hills, and our first night camping.
We headed East and out of Brigham City, We drove through Logan and began our drive through scenic Logan Canyon. This canyon is fairly narrow with high rugged walls, dense vegetation, and a gushing Logan River rushing by. <o></o>
Because of the high canyon walls, the early morning sun angle, and the abundance of water it was really chilly riding in the canyon. What a contrast from the day before! We actually had to stop and either hug each other or add clothing layers to warm up<o></o>
The Logan river canyon is a very twisty road so it resulted in a very enjoyable morning ride. Once out of the canyon we climbed up some big hills to the top overlook of Bear Lake which is an awesome site.<o></o>
You can check it out in the panoramic sweep video:
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From the overlook you head down a big decent to the lake and travel along the shore past tidy farms.<o></o>
Lasts year’s winter had almost record snowfall in many areas of the West which led to high water levels in the spring and summer. You can see in the picture that a large part of the shore and tree line were under water. This year in California we are going through extremely dry conditions with almost no precipitation this winter until just recent. What a difference a year makes. <o></o>
We scooted along the shoreline and ringed the South tip of the Lake. When we left the lake behind we headed further East and came up to the border of Utah and Wyoming.<o></o>
We finally reached the sign made famous in Docking Pilot’s amazing ride report:<o></o>
We were leaving Utah behind but not for too long as we would be back in about 7 or 8 days.
Heading East some more we reached the site of the Fossil Butte National Monument.<o></o>
You can see the butte at the top right of the sign where many of the best fossils were located.<o></o>
<o>In the late 1890s miners flocked to this area about 15 miles West of Kemmerer, Wyoming in search of their fortunes. In many cases miners unearthed ancient fossils of fish, alligators, bats, turtles, dog-sized horses, insects, and many other species of plants. In 1972 the butte where most of the best fossils were found was declared a National Monument to help preserve them. A museum was established at the site to display the fossils and the next few pictures shows some of these amazing ancient creatures.
We then hoped over to Kemmerer for a brief gas stop at the local<o></o>
Up until this point Jeremy rode between Paul/Jill and myself due to his screwed up GPS routes. So like every good IT wizard Jeremy brought a netbook computer and just by chance the local K&G station had a WIFI spot that we could tap onto. Paul emailed the GPS routes before we started the trip and Jeremy downloaded them, as well as the free Garmin Basecamp software to edit and download routes to his BMW/Garmin Navigator GPS unit. So Paul loaded the routes into the GPS software and Jeremy downloaded them into his GPS unit right outside the store, and it worked!!. The local kids running around the K&G with their Slush Puppies looked at us with puzzled faces wondering what the heck we were doing!
After the IT success we headed North on Hams Fork road which quickly turned to dirt with nobody in site for miles. <o></o>
<o>At one point we saw this disturbing pile of stuffed toy animals and speculated that this was maybe some memorial to a child that had died on the side of the road.
As we headed farther North the scenery was starting to change from relatively slow rolling grassy hills to rolling forested hills and ridges.<o></o>
<o>We were also starting to see more ranches with free range horses and livestock.
Until we rounded a corner and met this badboy and his friend.
He stood there with his tail swinging excitedly back and forth staring right at us and dared us to advance.<o></o>
Jeremy and I looked at each other and said “you go first”. Jeremy decided to go first and besides, who was going to mess with a dude that looked like a storm trooper from Halo riding a sicass bike.<o></o>
My bike is a bright orange so I was hoping he wouldn’t see “red’ when I tried to advance.
It worked! as we kept staring at bayboy as we rolled slowly by, he stood his ground and let us advance. You just never know what these guys will do, they will sometimes just bolt in any random direction just as you roll on by, so we usually take it real slow around livestock.
Heading further North we entered Bridger National Forest lands.<o></o>
We crossed some quiet little streams<o></o>
And toured on quiet roads (Hams Fork, Smiths Fork, Indian Creek) which nobody seemed to be on except us.<o></o>
We stopped for a quick hydration break at an empty forestry campsite.<o></o>
We came upon this old Ranger cabin that was well preserved from 1914.<o></o>
We had a couple of “watch out” spots where muddy conditions could take you out if you were blitzing along and did not pay attention.<o></o>
It was getting late in the day and we knew we would not make Alpine before dusk so we started to look for a campsite. We found a great one a little ways off the main road that was completely empty
The priorities when it comes to camping for the night are shelter, fire, water and food.<o></o>
First comes shelter and this was Jeremy’s first time out camping.<o></o>
He just got his new tent but did not have a chance to set it up before our trip so it was a bit of a challenge as the poles seemed to want to be arranged in a complex crossover shape, but after a few tries he got it.<o></o>
Now there’s a happy camper!!<o></o>
<o>The campsite was perfect for it came complete with trees for shade and a firepit with plenty of firewood</o>
<o>Paul worked his magic fire dance and had a roaring fire in about 2 secs.<o></o>
There was a nice cool creek just beyond the bushes.<o></o>
Well not quite. Maybe that Bear Grylls guy would eat this unfortunate creature but we didn’t. It was gourmet dehydrated boiled water into bag type fare for us. <o></o>
Supplemented with jerky, and hot chocolate laced with a bit of rum for a nightcap.<o></o>
Here’s a video with some stimulating evening fireside chat about the 24hr long fireplace video shown on TV at Christmas time since it was starting to get cold out.
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All in all, a fantastic way to end a perfect day of Adventure riding.<o></o>
Looking ahead to Day 3 we would be heading farther North to Alpine, Wy and eventually to Idaho and Idaho Falls, and, our first Crash - Stay Tuned!
All the times I've been past there, and I've never stopped at the museum. Looks fascinating. Thanks for the tip!
Hopefully we will be riding some of these roads this summer. That does look like a nice campsite. Might be a few Brookies in that creek, which would be a little better eating than the roadkill. Before I get slammed, I'm a catch and release guy.. Except an occasional brook trout.. (they go great w blueberry pancakes.)
Keep it coming..
You bet - more to come very soon.
Got busy with work last week.
Great RR, I'm in.
How did the variant helmet do on this trip? I'm considering one, but nobody seems to be wearing them.
This helmet is outstanding, it's very quiet and comfortable, but keep in mind it's a street helmet so it doesn't work well with goggles if that's your thing. I rode almost 3000 miles with that smoked shield and no sunscreen and my face didn't have one bit of sunburn and the helmet worked just beautifully. I was also wearing earplugs for much of the trip which makes it very calm inside of the helmet and easy to focus on my riding. I have a basically new size L silver Arai XD3 that I replaced with the Variant and I will never go back that lid as I experienced a lot of noise and turbulence with it. I know the Variant looks like a Halo Master Chief lid, but that doesn't bother me at all. This helmet was also much less expensive than the Arai or Shoei. I highly recommend it..
Thanks for the feedback. While I'm deciding I'll just continue to hope for more updates to the trip report
Oh I'm so in. If the money holds I will be doing this trip in Aug of this year!
Day 3 Aug 23
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Day three would be about 120 miles and we would see snow top mountain peaks, pristine mountain meadows and streams, Alpine, Wy,
enter into Idaho, Teton National Forest, Targhee National forest, Cariboo National forest, rolling ranchlands, windmills of Idaho Falls, and our first crash.
<o>As I mentioned it was cool in the morning at the higher altitude - Jeremy fashions the latest in cool morning weather headgear
<o>We are on our way North on Sheep Creek and pass a meadow bursting with summer flowers
<o>Jill was feeling so good that she hoped off for a quick romp around in the flowers<o></o>
</o><o>One of the dozens of little streams we would see throughout the day
<o>We came upon some signage at Lander cutoff indicating that there were graves nearby of immigrants who had a much harder time than us navigating these areas.
<o>The scenery turned to awesome snow capped mountain ridges and marshes
<o>Paul and Mike having a break and taking in the scenery (Jill was taking our picture)
<o>Jeremy truckin by some cool red hoodoo rocks
<o>Some curious passersby
<o>Back to some great mountain road side views
<o>A couple of videos of Paul/Jill and Jeremy with spirited flybys and then tearing on into the mountains
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Some dense forest in this section
<o>The forest opened up into a brief stretch of open prairie where we saw a herd of Pronghorn and an old abandoned farm house
<o>We headed back into the forest and passed some more ranches and a stream.
<o>We arrived in Alpine, Wy and stopped for a patriotic lunch at:
<o>Inside this place was all about the Red, White, and Brew. Food was great and the staff were very friendly. Would be fun to be here on July 4.<o></o>
After lunch and a fuel up we headed West outta town on McCoy Creek rd into the Caribou National Forest
One of the ecological disasters happening in our forests today is the Pine Beetle infestation. These beetles are destroying forests all over North America and the brown dead trees in the pictures are an example of this.<o></o>
Mismanagement of the tree density by early settlers, a recent long drought which weakened tree immunity, and global warming is said to be the main cause of the huge growth of these infestations.<o></o>
Lets hope the beetles dont claim all our valuable forests but it is a sobering site to see all the damaged brown trees.<o></o>
Interesting rocky outcrop
<o>Couple of nice lake views. I think the big one is Greys Lake
<o>We come up upon a huge herd of lambs
<o>Then we suddenly popped out of the forest into flat ranch lands. Its time to twist the throttle and let her rip!
<o><o></o>.Jeremy gives an appropriate demonstration of KTM Twin acceleration in the video:<o></o>
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Cool old corral we past by.
<o>Then disaster strikes! It appears Jeremy got a little too carried away with all the fun and rode right off the road. Crashed Crashed!<o></o>
The good news nobody was hurt.<o></o>
You can see in the last photo he was carrying a bit too much speed into the corner and hit some loose rocks and ran off into a ditch. Fortunately the bike came to rest on a ditch culvert.<o></o>
Here is video of my ride up to find the crash scene and our rescue. Warning some bad language in the video.<o></o>
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We got her out, Yahoo! Minor damage to plastic gas tank guard and some scrapes thats all. You can see the culvert it was resting on.<o></o>
Lucky for us or it would gone a lot farther down into the ditch and we would have had a much harder time getting it out.<o></o>
After the excitement of the crash we got on our way and caught up to Paul/Jill who were waiting for us wondering what happened.<o></o>
The dirt roads turned to paved ones as we came up upon a windmill power generation farm signaling we were close to our destination in Idaho Falls.<o></o>
A video of our ride down into Idaho Falls past the windmill farms.
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We got into town and found a nice hotel near the Falls and the guys jumped into the pool for a refreshing dip after the days adventures, <o></o>
Well, we survived our first crash and wondered what the next day would bring. <o></o>
Day 4 would include reaching Montana and the old Wild West ghost town of Bannock.<o></o>
Holy moley! Look at the size of that gravel! Like riding on ball bearings. I'm glad you made it out safely.
Great report guys, glad no one was hurt in the crash. I rode that route but have seen several things in your report that I missed.
Jeremy can tell you first hand, but there is nothing worse than the sinking feeling when you start to loose it in a turn and you know you are going to crash one way or another. I was in the same exact dilema a couple of times (on a different trip) on loose rocky roads and one time decided to keep the bike up as long as possible instead of laying down on a low side and the second time delibrately laying it down before going off a cliff. The first I went off the road down a 6 foot drop into a field of bushes with big bolders all around and was very lucky to miss hitting any of them. The second time I jammed the front brakes hard and flipped over the handle bars and whacked my left coller bone, But both I and bike lived to tell the tale. You have one split second to make the decision and hope it is the right one.
Awesome, Thanks for tagging along.