Admirals Voyages (w/photo's & Video's)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by TheAdmiral, May 5, 2012.

  1. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Dag nabit, I was late and in a hurry to get home last week, but when I passed your place you had the KLR and other bikes lined up out front. Think I saw you too. I wanted to stop, but was late. There will be another time. Your new(er) bike a single cyclinder? Have a good one.
  2. TheAdmiral

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    Credit: Got the idea of the ride from Jason Abbott from the Boise Thread.

    Originally, this ride was gonna be titled "3 Fingers Gulch", but due to time and sore butt constraints, we cut out a few side trips and save them for another time.

    Independent of each other, Ron and I had seen Jason's ride report in another forum of this area near us. This perked our interest. Ron mentioned he'd like to ride there.
    I got the gps tracks from Jason. Ron asked his long time riding buddy (#1) if he'd like to go. Next day, we went.


    8 days ago...

    Looked doable. We did run out of time to ride the whole route, so route's marked in yellow are saved for another time
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    First, a little video entertainment
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    Staging area
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    You can see a long way up here
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    Wild horse paying no attention to our presence
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    Lake Owyhee
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    Suicide Cliff, our first destination. Gotta stop or you may end up having a bad day
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    Not sure if suicide cliff is what this place is really called. I call it that because of murderer Ted Kestner. Ted killed his land dady, then while fleeing, attempted suicide here by driving his pickup over the cliff. He bailed out at the last second, continuing the saga. The truck is no longer there.
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    Photo courtesy of Jason Abbott (http://www.trailimage.com/klr-club-in-the-owyhees#21)


    Ted then took an elderly couple and held them hostage at their cabin near Lake Owyhee.
    (http://www.idahopress.com/news/local...9bb2963f4.html)
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    Georgie performing a safety check of the cliffs edge
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    You can barely see the cabins along the high water shoreline in the distance

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    So we decided to stay awhile and eat lunch here
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    Ron setting up his kitchen/dinning room
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    #1 keeping an eye out on the TW's during lunchtime
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    Iron Mountain
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    I did grab a nearby geocache, appropriately name "Thelma & Louis" if you are familiar with the movie. I left the Canoe looking "Travel Bug"
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    #1 in deep thought and taking in the views
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    After our lunch, we soon were on our way
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    Short time later we ran into a second small band of wild horses
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    Even had a little one with 'em (middle)
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    After the wild horses, we got our first views of Three Fingers Rock
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    Wasn't hot, but still nice to fine "thee shade tree". Actually there were two tree's here!
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    We did some exploring nearby. Found this post with an arrow in the middle of nothing. No trail we could see. Maybe pointing east? Who knows. Wonder what the story is
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    Also found some cool rock formations
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    Georgie approves
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    Big Country
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    Even the ducks have a place to hang
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    After many miles, we made it to the back side of Three Fingers Rock
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    Nearing the end, we go through yet another gate. We've gone through many on this day
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    I can see this terrain feature from my house many miles away. Probably much closer as the crow flies
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    Well, that about wraps it up. Didn't take any picture's in Succor Creek Canyon, but it was pretty too.

    Hope you enjoy, and thanks for following along.

    Till next time.
  3. Ladybug

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    Very cool. :thumb
  4. RedRockRider

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    Like Three Fingers Rock. Scenic area.

    Is that three mighty TW200s ride the Three Fingers Rock area??? :clap

    Nice capture of the truck sliding on that blind corner. Good reminder to stay in proper lane. :lol3
  5. Hesaid

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    Looks like a good ride. Too bad about the missed spurs. Those type of things haunt me later.


    Staging area? I thought that was supposed to be the garage? Ride there, ride back. If you have to trailer it there, then you've got a dirt bike. And Shesaid "Does not want a dirt bike!"



    Man, glad there's a sign there. If you were not aware of what was ahead, it looks like you could wander right off of that!


    Do you have a lot of problems with them wandering off? We tend to find her Wombat is the more docile of our herd. Well behaved and steady. Not like that uppity Pinkfoot. I'm not sure I'd trust Pinkfoot to sit quietly through lunch.

    Yeah, about that. Where are all of your trees? I mean, wide open spaces are nice here and there, but that's a bit over the top.

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that arrow doesn't point east. It points up. You should have looked up, or better yet, moved away from there. When I was much younger I used to spend my Saturdays watching some sort of documentaries on TV and whenever there was a seemingly out of place sign like that, it was often the work of a coyote. Usually there was some sort of boulder related mishap about to take place. It's good that you got out of there.

    See? Now that's exactly what I'm talking about. Those sort of rock formations can house those wily coyotes. I'd be especially concerned for Georgie, as if those films had any manner of truth to them, a train could come rushing out of that one rock at almost anytime.


    As dry as that area looks, that pond must be the waterfowl equivalent of a Pea Soup Anderson's, with signs hundreds of miles away guiding them in.


    Looks like a great day. Great country to explore. How are the weather/temps through the seasons? Do you have a limited window of when to visit?

    MV
  6. TheAdmiral

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    Darn, never occurred to me on the 3 TW ride to 3 Fingers Rock. I coulda used that as a title.

    Yep, had a gut feeling I shouldn't hug the inside. Good thing and good reminder for sure.
  7. TheAdmiral

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    Can't wait for your camping moto-ride reports!:lol3

    Ride Safe you two!
  8. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

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    It is neat that you saw so many different things on the same route. I had my eye out for the wild horses but didn't see them. I enjoyed your pictures and remarks.

  9. Hesaid

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    Well, stay tuned, we going to try for next weekend. But you know what they say about the best made plans...

    MV
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    Nice pics as usual, looks like summer over there
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    Awesome as usual... keep'm coming :clap :clap :clap
  12. TheAdmiral

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    And thank you for the gps tracks. There's lots of 2 track out there. If I had been trying to ride this loop in a timely manner from memory, I would'a been wondering for a while no doubt.
  13. TheAdmiral

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    It was a fun early season ride. Got to get these rides done in between summer inferna heat and left over snow in the high country.

    Your "snow machine" video's are pretty cool. Hoping to see more trail video's from you this summer.

    Take Care
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    As "deserty" as I think it get here, you really got the desert riding down. Always waiting for your next installment showing us an old mine, homestead etc.

    Keep Cool!!:D
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    Admiral, we found all your trees. They're at the Whisky Falls campground:

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    And so were we. Shesaid will have the whole write up soon, but I'll give you a spoiler:

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    The falls contain no detectable whisky!

    MV
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    Whisky Falls. False advertising I say:lol3

    I finally made it to the tree's too:clap
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    Not the ride of the century, but it was a nice day for this short afternoon ride.

    Last week, BkCntryCrwlr, RoninBoise, and myself took a short afternoon ride on our TW's... and Georgie too! Our route took us up Wildcat Gulch rd towards Idaho City, where we had a scooby snack, then back to the rigs through New Centerville down Grimes Creek. It was a easy leisurely ride.

    Didn't take many pictures, but here's a few I did take.

    BkCntryCrwlr gettin' ready
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    Georgie relaxing and waiting to go. "Hurry up" is what I think she's trying to say.
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    Once we got up on the ridge south of Warm Springs Point lookin' west, we could see Boise Ridge and Shafer Butte. Foreground was part of the burn from a fire last July.
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    Shafer Butte zoomed in
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    After our scooby snacks, and before heading out of town, we stopped and took a photo or two of the most photographed corner in Idaho City.
    Most Photographed Corner in Idaho City | Oh, the Places We See . . ..

    It's called The Sluice Box: Closed with a caretaker. Apparently for sale? Welcome - The Sluice Box

    All the years I've been in to visit Idaho City, I've never seen it open.
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    The American Picker's guys would love to get in here I'm sure. Heck, even I would!
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    That's it for photo's.

    Short Video of what the ride looked like

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    We didn't see any "Wildcats" on this ride, but we did see 1 "Wild Turkey", which was not very photogenic I might add

    Take Care You'all
  18. Hesaid

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    Hey Admiral, I was thinking of asking a favor from you...

    Any chance you have any sort of contact(s) with the Cycleracks people? I started working with them in late April to get both a rack for Pinkfoot, and more side supports for all of our racks. They were working on some custom modifications, and we'd been exchanging emails for a while, but now, it's as if they've disappeared from the face of the earth. I haven't heard from them in weeks, no response to emails, no response to phone messages, no one ever answers the phone...

    We're getting a little worried. I mean, sure, we'd like the racks and all, but at this point we're both concerned that something has befallen the Cycleracks folk, and that it's not good.

    So, as our go-to Idahoan, I don't suppose you know anything about them? Know anyone who does? Hear anything through the grapevine? Wanna take a ride by their place next time you go to town? I know they're a small family run type outfit, so we're both dreading hearing bad news, but the not knowing isn't much better.

    I just thought I'd throw it out there. If perchance you do know anything, or feel like putting out some feelers, we'd sure appreciate any info.

    MV
  19. TheAdmiral

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    Hesaid,

    I don't know the folks at Cycleracks personally, but I'll do some checking. It appears the business may be run out of a residence and not a store. I'll let you know if I here back from them.

    Just as an FYI, in this TW Forum post, this rider received the Cyclerack and the post was dated 6 May 2014, so I don't think their out of business or anything.
    http://tw200forum.com/forum/general-discussion/10570-cyclerack.html
  20. Hesaid

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    Thanks for looking into it. I too, believe the business is run out of a residence. I'm not as worried about them closing, though we would be bummed, as I am that someone might have suffered an accident or a sudden health concern. Or worse even. I hope all is well.

    MV