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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by zeegman, Feb 12, 2012.
This Mom 'n Pop diner rocked!
Awesome report, Darkryder!
A bit of background: There are two passes with similar names on the Cont'l Divide in the Bitterroot Range: Bannack Pass, which you crossed, and Bannock Pass, a little farther north.
The old structure closest to the road, not the first one but the second, is an authentic stagecoach station. One doesn't see many of them out in the wild anymore. I learned this when I was developing the Forever West route. I was stopped at the Deadman Creek crossing on my KLR, pondering the path across, when a rancher came along in his truck. We visited for a while, and he told me his family owns 11,000 acres there, and homesteaded there in the late 19th century. He'd never lived anywhere else. I mentioned that some ADVers would be riding through that fall, and he said they'd be welcome. It was one of those chance encounters that make this kind of travel so rewarding.
The large sheds are the remains of an old sheep-shearing station, I was told.
Wow ! Finally have time to start catching up. You guys just pulled into IdaHuegel Falls after the gravel crash. Whew , glad he is ok !
Excellent report !!!!
I will continue with the story.............
caught up ! Didnt you love deadmans creek ?
Please continue !!
MORE!!! Going to the area this summer! Will be riding out of Missoula. This stuff is just what I want!
Great stuff you guys (and gal)
We hope to be through there in Sept.
I also have been wearing a Variant as a replacement for my Arai XD. It is quieter and there may be a slight benefit in visor lift over the Arai. It has more airflow vs my old XD and living in FL that is a real benefit. I do not like how the shield attaches and it doesn't lock like the Arai ( and I would say no where near the quality either). I am still looking.....
Day 5 Aug 25
Day five included sweeping mountain views from ridge tops along Gravelly Range, and would be about 200 miles.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
We would also see Brundage Bridge, Red Rock Pass, meet up with foreigner bikers, cross back and forth between Idaho and Montana, visit Island Park Lodge, and end up a great camp spot near pristine waters.
After gassing up we left Dillon for the nice mellow country roads to the East<o></o>
Here is Paul stopped along the roadside with rolling mountains on either side of the road not a sole to be seen it was a bit cooler with very light sprinkles and overcast clouds but that was fine as it kept the dust down. <o></o>
Entering Beaverhead forest<o></o>
Nice forested valleys
<o>We passed this lone house just before the turnoff North onto North Continental Divide road
<o>We reach the turn off and Jeremy heads North to Gravelly Range</o>
<o>After travelling several miles on a freshly graded lumpy road that looked like this
<o>We reach the road (290) that takes us in a loop around the range</o>
<o>Paul is excited to see the mountains ahead and gives a riders salute.
<o>Paul/Jill travel over a wooden bridge on the way up and it looks like Pauls coolant bottle is a little low.
<o>The start of the mountains
<o>And with mountains comes streams, and with streams come fish, and with fish come Anglers
<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]Getting closer to the mountains[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]We stop for a lunch break and water at a rustic little rest stop[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]After the break we head off into a small road in a narrow canyon along side a pristine mountain stream.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]Here is video of my approach into the canyon and my splash in the puddles.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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Followed by Jeremys splash in the puddles.
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We start making a climb up into the mountains on a windy switch back road and finally pop out on the top ridge meadows
<o>for a huge panorama view
<o>Here is a panorama video view of the mountains from up top. When you are on top everywhere you look is awesome scenery.
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Some of the vegetation on the way up to the top along the red rock roads
<o>Some video of the travels on the ridge </o>
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Some wildlife up there a lone pronghorn and a beautiful huge hawk stand on guard
<o>Makin our way to an awesome peak in the distance
<o>There is so much scenery it takes your breath away so you need to take a break every once and a awhile to catch your breath as Jill does by this stream
<o>Video of the road near the peak (with ATVs with a dog on the back frikin traffic jam)
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Saw a horsedrawn chuckwagon high up on the mountain ridges.
<o>There was a tiny rain shower now and then but nothing to complain about
<o>We then started our descent down from the Gravelly range too bad but the views were great and the summer flowers were out in full force.
<o>We left the Gravelly range behind and headed South East over Brundage Bridge
<o>After the bridge we headed further East to Red Rock Pass
Along the way we stopped for a break at a place called Center for Earth Concerns
<o>There were several nice cabins and some old relic farm machinery, and some wild Canadians!<o></o>
They were from Alberta and Saskatchewan and were dong the Continental Divide ride from North to South on KTMs and A BMW 1200GS.<o></o>
It was a ADV rider convention!
<o>We chatted about our rides for a bit and since they were heading in the same direction we might see them again on the way and bid Adieu!
Headed East towards Continental Divide we saw a neat Ranch entrance<o></o>
<o>We finally reach the Continental Divide
<o>Jeremy straddles the Continental Divide
<o>We were energized by getting to the Continental Divide - Jeremy was rockin it good after that
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]and reached Hwy 20 soon after and headed south towards Island Park Lodge<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]This place was very rustic inside and has a long history [/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]We sat down and had a good evening meal[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]Went to the gas station and the store was pretty good too gotta love the bear. [/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]<o>[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]We drove along the road east from the store about 5 miles to a beautiful campground called Big Springs with almost nobody in it except Canadians! <o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]There goes the neighborhood. We caught up with the same guys we saw earlier on bikes. We all camped together.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]Big Springs campground is the site of a pristine natural spring called Big Spring that drains into Henrys Fork and is where Sockeye Salmon and Big trout spawn.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]It is designated a National Natural Landmark so it is a protected site with no fishing allowed to keep it pristine.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]It was getting dark and did not see any fish in the pond there that night but we had a fire and some hot chocolate and declared this to be one the most memorable days of the trip. <o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=white][FONT=Arial]We had a very sound sleep and the next day morning would bring some awesome surprises.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
Just wait, they'll be saying that about us.
Thanks for the ride report. Looks like a good trip.
love your video and pics..... absolutely gorgeous country... thanks!!!
Looks like an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing
Day six started with a great surprise in the morning at the Big Springs pond right bedside the campground.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
The day would include our early morning wildlife encounters, sweeping forested valleys, Wyoming border, a scary lightning storm in the middle of the forest,<o></o>
massive mountain views at the Grand Teton National park, and would be about 203 miles long.<o></o>
After breakfast we took a little walk around the Big Spring pond at the campsite
There was a small historic cabin and a little pump house with a working water wheel.
<o>But Paul and Jill were the early birds and spotted the main attraction - wildlife<o></o>
There were three mooses munching on the pond veggies. They seemed very content as we were very close to them without spooking them.<o></o>
The moose decided to get to greener pastures and crossed the road to get to the stream on the other side<o></o>
After the moose wondered off we saw something moving in the waters of under the bridge over the stream.<o></o>
Several large trout were lazily swimming under the bridge, here is one of them<o></o>
And several bright red Sockeye Salmon<o></o>
Luckily for these guys and the moose this is a protected area so no hunting or fishing allowed.<o></o>
Well it was time to hit the road and so we headed South and hit the dirt.<o></o>
After a while we passed Mesa Falls – we decided to press on since we were a bit behind at this point.<o></o>
A little further on we started to see some rain – we had a bit of rain off and on throughout the day but it was nothing major<o></o>
You can also see the Grand Teton’s off in the distance – a destination later in the day<o></o>
We saw some lightning bolts flashing in the distance and Jeremy stopped at this lake (Indian) that was almost completed choked by lilys to try and catch a lightning bolt on film without success<o></o>
Just beyond the lake was a dam and you can see the station downhill<o></o>
We then started to make our way into John D. Rockefeller Parkway
and through a forest that had been hit by a forest fire by the looks of the burnt and downed trees.<o></o>
But it was still very scenic as we were skirting around the North end of the Grand Tetons.<o></o>
We felt a little exposed here with no trees as there was still some light rain off and on and we could see lightning strikes and hear the thunder getting closer and closer.<o></o>
One lightning strike came down very close to us as the thunder happened almost at the same time as the strike and it was really loud!<o></o>
So we did not stick around too long and made our way east to hwy 191.We headed South into Grand Teton’s National Park<o></o>
Our first views of the Majestic Mountains
<o>Paul and Jill standing to get a good view and the mountains behind
<o>A great panorama view and Paul
<o>Paul and Jill and mountains
<o>So we were enjoying the scenery so much we forgot to look at a few very important signs
<o>At one point Jeremy disappeared and we waited for a while and wondered what happened.<o></o>
Well as luck would have it Jeremy found the one cop in the whole park and he got busted for speeding!<o></o>
At this point it was about noon and we were really hungry so we stopped in the park visitors center for fuel, supplies, and food<o></o>
Some video of us approaching the Visitor center
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We gassed up our bikes and parked them outside the grocery store
<o>We had lunch at this place – I had an awesome buffalo burger with all the fixins
<o>Jeremy was scoping out a new set of wheels – maybe this would help him slow down
<o>After the meal we wondered over to our bikes to get ready to go and some guy comes up to me and tells me my bike is leaking. <o></o>
I got to the bike and sure enough there was a huge puddle of gas under the bike and so I opened up the gas cap on the tank and even more fuel came pouring out.<o></o>
What was happening is we have auxiliary 2 gallon tanks in addition to the main 5 gallon tank. The auxiliary tank is supposed to be shut off from the main tanks until the main is empty.<o></o>
I did not shut it off and filled all three tanks up with fuel. It was a hot day and bikes were still warm and so the fuel expanded and pushed fuel out the top of the main tank.<o></o>
My bike was covered in fuel and I just let it evaporate. Good thing nobody had a cigarette or it would have been a bad scene. Lesson learned. <o></o>
We mounted the bikes and slowly headed out of the park but took a few last good pictures on the way out.<o></o>
Video of us leaving the visitor center
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Some kind of dam just off the Snake River
<o>After the park we headed East on Hwy 287 and hit some road construction
<o>We had to follow a pilot car – I wonder what would happen if we didn’t – after all we were on dual sport bikes
<o>Hwy 287 started to bend South and we passed some really cool hoodoos and red rock
<o>It was getting late in the day and we were nearing the turn off for the Union Pass dirt road. <o></o>
As you can see in the photo there were rather dark looking clouds in the direction we needed to head to get to the next campsite.<o></o>
Paul and Jill wanted to camp – Jeremy wanted to hotel it – I had to decide. I was worried about the clouds so I wimped out and decide to hotel it.<o></o>
So Jeremy and I rode into Dubois and got a hotel. Paul and Jill braved the dark clouds to go camping for the night.<o></o>
Here is the view Paul and Jill saw as the rode along Union Pass<o></o>
And then miraculously the clouds disappeared and sun shone through at a nice little creek.
They carried on in full sun through the Teton Forest
<o>They were looking for a spot to camp but one must be careful in the woods. I wonder if the Grizzley bears know what the “special rules” are?
<o>The lonely hillside
<o>Paul/Jill found a nice campsite just off the road complete with curious cows</o>
<o>Home sweet home – at least for one night</o>
<o>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]A pretty decent day with wildlife sightings, dodging lightning bolts, awesome mountains, evil cops, gas spewing bikes, construction delays, and cows in the campsite.<o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Tomorrow would bring seemingly endless wide open dusty roads, parting of the ways, getting slightly lost and the home of the “Big Cone” <o></o>[/FONT][/COLOR]
Mosquitos? They're voracious there in summer.
Man, you guys have such amazing luck with finding wildlife (Paul's bighorn in DV, etc)...
You're right, that is a great pano. LOVE the tetons.
Heh, after meeting your group in person, these little tidbits are really fun...
I can totally hear that conversation in my head!
Good job, Mike - I know it's a ton of work to do a long ride report...
Just keep chipping away at it - You can do it!
thanks for the motivation.
This last day report was extremely frustrating since it took three tries to enter it.
Lost about 4 hours doing it.
The website logged me out twice in the middle of entering the pictures.
The timeout period must be way too short or it is not recognizing I am working on a report or something like that.
It takes time to enter a lot of pictures and text and embed video.
Anyways I will continue till the whole thing is done but about 1 day per week.
Other than getting a speeding ticket in a national park and the group getting separated after lunch, this was a great day of riding. Here is a panoramic shot I took of the Grand Teton mountains...this park is just gorgeous!