I had the idea of doing an epic big trailie adventure ride somewhere out west over a year ago while returning from a trip to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1lace>Nova Scotia</st1lace></st1:State>. You see, I'm from NJ and, while we do have fun DS rides here, the "epic" flavor is missing. I was looking for an adventure ride that could be labeled ULTIMATE: one that would take me and whoever else came with me over many miles in many days through breathtaking scenery. Oh, and I did not want to be behind any Winnebago's or see any "Cracker Barrel 5 Miles Ahead, Exit 12" signs. I would camp when needed and motel it when possible, but I would not make reservations anywhere. The slogan for the trip would be, "wherever we find ourselves, well, that's were we are." I did not want to be racing to make certain points or motels because we had reservations. Nope, been there done that. This time I wanted to ride without care as to where I would end up that night. We would be prepared for anything and would enjoy the ride and take our time, stop and drink it all in. So after a year of research, digging through the ADVRIDER (http://www.advrider.com/) archives, pm'ing every fellow from <st1:State><st1lace>Idaho</st1lace></st1:State> & <st1:State><st1lace>Montana</st1lace></st1:State>, and using Google countless times, I finally came to create my version of the "Ultimate Idaho Big Trailie Adventure". Now, before I take you all along with us on what was the best motorcycle trip I have ever be on (and Ive been on a few, I have to tell you how I developed the route. While sifting through the hundreds of hits I got on Google I came across this book called "<st1:State><st1lace>Idaho</st1lace></st1:State> Byways" by Tony Huegel. http://www.backcountrybyways.com/ This was just what I was looking for! I first needed to make sure all these dirt routes were still open since this book was published a few years ago. So I called the publisher and the nice girl on the other end said, "Gee, that's a good question, why don't you just call the author and ask him yourself? I'll give you his number." OK, why don't I then; and so I did. When I explained to Tony that I wanted to ride a big trailie through remote areas of <st1:State><st1lace>Idaho</st1lace></st1:State> and <st1:State><st1lace>Montana</st1lace></st1:State> on as much dirt as possible he was very excited and said "if you give me a few days, I'll develop a route for you that will knock your socks off"! And boy did he ever! After months of converting Tony’s emailed route over to a Benchmark map, (www.benchmarkmaps.com) (recommended by Tony and the only map to have for this type of riding) and then a Mapsource file, we had what I hoped would be the ultimate route: one that would take us through the most spectacular, remote backcountry that Idaho had to offer; as well as into parts of Montana, Oregon and Washington. It would cover 2,400 miles in 13 days and be mostly offroad………. Perfect. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> <o></o> This report will take time to finish so just follow along as we post or make sure you subscribe to the thread if your interested. We have many photos of professional quality thanks to DK. So sit back and check in often while we take you along on what just may well be, the "The Ultimate Big TRailie Adventure" <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> The Crew:<o></o> Myself -KTM 950 ADV<o></o> Duane ”DK” Kerzik - BMW 650 DAKAR<o></o> Joe "Gobi" Kuchinski- KTM 950 ADV<o></o> Jim Matarrazo- TRansAlp<o></o> John Pitts- XR650-L<o></o> Tim Slifkin- KTM 625<o></o> All of us from the Garden State of New Jersey (aka Joisey)<o></o> <o></o> The Bivouac<o></o> After much research I found the best shipper out there bar none. Will Milby. This guy is as honest and reliable as they come. Will and his wife Lorrie provided as perfect a shipping experience as we could have asked for., Thanks Will you are an honorable man and I whole heartedly recommend you to anyone needing anything trucked. He can be reached at (firstname.lastname@example.org )<o></o> Here are the weapons of choice being loaded in <st1lace>Jersey</st1lace>. Wills arrival at Jims house <o></o> The sisters secured for the 2400 mile trek to Missoula <o></o> Heres Will double checking everything <o></o><o> </o> And so Will takes off to meet us in Missoula. He will take his lovely wife Lorrie with him and they plan to stay in the Montana area and site see while we ride the backcountry. Monday morning we meet at Newark Airport. None of us slept much the night before, like kids at Christmas ! Heres a shot of Joe & I Our Pilots, against the law to photgraph bridges but ok to photograph cockpits............hmmmmm Heres Jim "who you calling 70" Matarrazo Will calls me daily on his swift progress arcross the nation and here he is awaiting our arrival in Missoula And we get right to work gearing up. Will already had the bikes unloaded for us. Our plan was to go down rt.12 then take Elk Meadows rd. back out to 12 and camp close to the start of the Lolo Motorway. And thats just what we did. Jim and Wills wife Lorrie The crew just before we take off on an adventure ride we will not soon forget. Myself on my 06 950 Joe Gobi Kutchinski on his 05.5 950 Tim on his KTM Jim on his TransAlp John-boy Pitts on his Honda XR650-L No DK because he is taking the photos, but he's on his BMW 650 Dakar And so it begins 1st nights Camp Heres DK. He would be or cook....no strike that, Chef for the trip. You will see later that we were not wanting for anything when we camped. This guy knows his stuff. We ate like kings in the middle of nowhere. Our backyard for the night So the next morning we pack up and head for the Lochosa lodge for breakfast Heres Gobi & I with the bad assed sisters ready to take on the best of the west. In fact Gobis 950 was so bad she had to be spanked later on in the trip by Motosports in Boise. More on that later. At the Lochosa Lodge. Now see those fellas talking to me ? I'm telling you, everyone who saw us wanted to know what we were doing and could not believe it when we told them. Everyone wanted to come along if they could have of course. Sometimes we felt like movie stars ! We attrached folks curiousity everywhere we went. And so we head off up Parachute Hill Rd to ride the Lolo 1st. We arrive at the head of the Lolo Motorway Stay tuned, more to come soon. Oh, 1 more thing, see this below ? It would become a welcome site as the phrase "BOTTOM BLOW" would soon be adopted throughout the journey ! Next up: Stage 1 Lolo Idaho to Darby Montana via the Lolo Motorway & the Magruader Corridor and some juicy sections in between.