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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by TheAdmiral, May 5, 2012.
I like the road closed to Feds sign!
As you can see, this conflict has been around since 2011.
It was a great weekend of riding...mostly. Here's a little preview.
Why has my rear wheel stopped moving
Why isn't the water splashing off my front tire?
Before I continue adding my summer rides I suppose I should skip ahead and post the most recent ride since I posted the preview.
Veterans Day Weekend Ride-Succor Creek
I'm camping and riding solo as Mrs. Admiral will be a world traveler again.
After waiting out the rain on Friday, I go for a solo weekend camping and riding in the Succor Creek area of Eastern Oregon. Day 1 I ride generally to the west of Succor Creek. Looking for some old ranch buildings, geocaches and even have a situation with gumbo mud.
I was gonna leave Friday but it was raining and there is no way to ride these two-track roads when they are wet. Sometimes when they're not so wet either. So I leave Saturday morning and I'm in no hurry and stop at this little start of a mine.
I had to climb up to the mine. I was reminded how much out of shape I'm in. I know round is a shape and that is my body style, but I'm referring to my lungs & heart as being out of shape.
Set up camp at Succor Creek Campground on the east side of the creek.
I finally start riding at the crack of 1300 hrs. It just so happens another mine I recently became aware of is on my route so shortly after departing I stop at this one.
It was spooky inside
Devil's Gate. Continuing on, I get off the main road and start riding the side roads.
Been eyeballing this site on google earth to see if it was once a ranch. It could be but may also just have been a line shack for branding and gathering of the herd.
I think this is the remains of a cabin at the site.
A fence keeps the XT separated from the ghost herd.
A place to store unruly children at the site. Or maybe the cellar/dugout to keep supplies cool and dry. I vote for unruly kids cell.
I then ride up fisherman's road in search of a cache on Owyhee Ridge. I don't know why they call is fisherman's road. I didn't see any fish or fishermen.
Found the cache
Up to this point, the roads/trails have been pretty good considering all the rain Friday. I then had a bright idea to make a loop out of the ride. Yeah, that didn't turn out to be a bright idea.
I found the "Gumbo Mud".
Jammed everything up. Took me 30-60 minutes to clean enough (but not all) the mud to get rolling. I backtracked a mile or two out of the gumbo zone to safety. Not the first time I've had this happen though I try to avoid it.
Made it back to camp before dark. Mostly. XT's headlight was missing when I bought it. I've not found a new one for it yet. I did have a 250-lumen headlamp along so I had a backup should the daylight plan have a flaw...like getting stuck in gumbo mud for example.
Enjoyed a fire and some brewski's before hitting the sack for the night.
More to follow
Veterans Weekend 2017 Succor Creek East Side
More awesome riding in Eastern Oregon. Geocaches, old ranches, deer and water crossings. Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
Morning has broken on Succor Creek
It's cold when I wake up. 27 degree's cold so I decided to go hiking in the early morning hours first.
This looks like a hippo with its jaws wide open waiting for an admiral snack when I walk back through.
The water is pretty when you're not "in it".
After I warmed up from the hike, it's time to go riding.
Just up the hill, I stop at my second cache find of the weekend.
Awesome views from up here when you don't have a flat tire.
Teethpaste, trying to tell me something?
Was informed of a possible grave site. Maybe. Found a pile of rocks but since a fire swept through here a couple years ago any possible marker would have been burnet up. So this remains a "possible grave site". I ain't
diggin to find out.
We've had some recent discussions in another thread about this steep hill dropping down from the ridge. I'll pass on it this time since the trails are still wet in places. Don't want a bumbo reenactment.
Another possible ranch site. A fellow told me a family friend told him they ran cattle out here in the 1950's. Hard to believe that was 60 some odd years ago. Found it.
Long gone. Old cement pad for a building structure.
I've got another situation. I had the pleasure of fording through a creek in several places which was above knee deep in a couple places. The vid shows it much better than this picture. I got to sit here for 10 minutes soaking my feet when the engine wouldn't want to run above an idle. Had to "burn off" the water in the carb. Did I mention it never got above 45 degrees today?
On my way home I got to witness some "deer love". A couple of bucks chasing the does. Not exactly the same as watching "Sister Wives" but it was interesting just the same.
I had a good weekend, how about ya'll?
Thanks Admiral. Another couple of nice videos.
Am loving the pics in this one - a whole lot!
I learned that from now on if I have time to dig out the phone camera, it takes a lot better video to actually see the game animals up closer than the action camera. Now, if I actually knew what I was doing...
If the pictures turned out ok it was just dumb luck. There is a lot of interesting things to take pictures of. Showing the ones which would seem interesting is the hard part. I'm glad you liked 'em.
Catching up some more. I've posted a few of these pictures in various threads around the forum but not the entire weekend, so here goes.
Prowling the Palouse on Memorial Weekend
Mrs. Admiral and I headed up north to ride the Palouse Region of Idaho and Washington. Left on Friday Night after work and stopped at a free campsite not too far from New Meadows, ID. It was a little chilly in the morning.
Oh no! This got my dander up!
We've camped here before when riding the mules. On my morning walkabout, I see a new gate across the road which we've driven and ridden many times, now locked with signage. Last summer a couple Texas Oil brothers bought 172,000 private timberlands scattered about different counties in Idaho and locked it up. Thanks you Texas Oil @%umb s%$king land hoarding $a!$ards. We have enough land being closed off to riding by the Bunny Huggers, and mismanaged Forest Service/BLM and now this. Grrrrrr!
No more views of this up the road I guess. Not even hiking. These now locked up areas were open to the public by previous landowners (timber companies) for over 40-50 years and just about overnight it was gone.
We are not normally campgrounders but... We then made tracks for Pullman, Wa Municipal RV Park which would be our TW Forward Operating Base. Not a spectacular RV Park and we rarely stay at a place we have to pay but it turned out to be quiet and didn't have any creepy pervs staying there, just old people
Rode all over the region from east to west, north to south.
Old Elk River School. We setup quick as we have to meet one of our daughters east of here in Elk River, ID to see some old growth, Cedar Groves.
As we leave Elk River to head for the trees I spot a typical Idaho Club on the way out of town
Pond on the way to one of the cedar groves
Old Stump I notice these notches in the stump. This is where loggers felling the tree placed planks into the tree when they were cutting it down. You can find a lot of these from the old days up in this neck of the woods.
This is an example in the early 20th Century. I am not one of the two fellas up there by-the-way!
Arrive at our first destination. Can't wait to see the old cedars
Um, this doesn't look good. Didn't go far before the trail to the grove becomes impassable.
So we head for another place to see old tree's
Turns out this is the Cedar Grove we actually were looking for. Mrs. Admiral, Robi our daughter, and Maverik the dog. Robi was doggy sitting.
Apparently, this tree is old er sump'in
There are several very large old growth Cedar Tree's along the hiking trail. Yeah, that's right, we had to hike. Oofta!
We pass through Troy, ID on the way back to camp. Not a really hopping place on a Saturday night.
Riders taking a break
I love the old downtowns in these small towns. Again, watch out for foot traffic!
End of Day 1. From here we head back to camp quickly before it gets dark. Can't be out after curfew don't cha know.
to be continued
Day 2. The Big Loop 175 miles.
>Pullman to Clarkston/Lewiston the back way.
>to Winchester, ID via Waha Lake/Soldiers Meadow Reservoir.
>Culdesac via the old Winchester Hwy 95 Grade.
>Culdesac to Juliaette the back way.
>Juliaette to Genesee via the back way
>back to camp
You're gonna have to watch the video to get the full effect of the ride. I sucked something fierce and didn't take many pictures but here are a few.
Old car along the Wawawai Rd. between Pullman and the Snake River. Probably pulled up from the ravine after spending many years down there
Taking a break above Waha Lake
Memorial Day-Day 3. Pullman-St. John-Palouse Loop. 125 miles. Suppose to be a short day, ha!
Interesting way to use old golf drivers. I think this was actually at a small driving range along the back road between Pullman and Albion, Wa.
Mrs. Admiral patiently waiting for me to take the golf club fence photo
I didn't have a map until I took a screen shot of the area at the Dusty rest area. Worked!
Lots of old farms up on the Palouse
Family farm probably a victim of corporate farming
This was a pretty big farmhouse complete with a picket fence. Surely it was a white picket fence, right?
I'm imagining the old folks sitting in their rocking chairs out on the front porch on a hot summer night
Endicott, Wa. Not much left open in town anymore. Maybe this was an old train depot.
Very rolling hills in the region (photo from the internet not mine)
The Palouse is well known as a wheat and lentil growing region of the U.S. (photo from the internet not mine, ha ha)
I did pass this one Palouse farmer who waved us by. Apparently not much traffic in this double yellow line section of road.
We had a really good time riding the Palouse. If you get a chance to go up here and don't mind riding on pavement, do it!
P.S. The date on the camera is wrong. It's really May 2017
Nice pictures of the Lewiston Clarkston Valley and surrounding area Admiral! I used to love taking the boys up to waha Lake and Winchester state park for a little trout fishing we always had a good time brings back great memories thanks!
I lived in Lewiston for four years in the early 2000's and not once did I visit Waha Lake until this year. We peaked in Winchester SP but it was pretty full and lively as you would expect on a Memorial Weekend.
With the exception of some of the main highways (95, 195) almost all of the riding in this area is new to me. ...and I used to hunt up by Fernwood, Clarkia, and Bolville. Silly me.
Got a minute to compare and contrast TW vs XT? I'm planniing to pick up a 2nd bike for out of town visitors to ride and want to keep it in the family.
PS. I has a long running joke about buying Anatone and running it like Boss Hogg. I love that whole area.
So interesting you mention Boss Hogg. 2 days ago we took in a dog whose owner passed away and his name is Roscoe. I started calling him Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. We can tell Roscoe is still stressed at the loss of his owner but he's doing well so far.
Anyway, running XT200's are pretty rare. I hadn't even heard of them until I got mine in late summer. But weird, I've seen 2 XT200's come up for sale on the Boise Craigslist in the past couple weeks. One looked really sharp and the owner said it had no spark but the listing was gone within a day or two. I've heard the early 80's XT200's have a CDI problem and this could have been the culprit on this one. I thought about buying it but Mrs. Admiral said no way. It was listed for $600. There is another one listed for $1,100 and I believe the ad lists it as running. I paid less for mine than the $600 dollar XT.
The TW and XT engine's are identical but the transmission is different because of the fat tire clearance needed on the TW and they have different carbs.
My best comparison:
XT is more nimble off-road. 216 lbs versus 278 lbs for the TW will do that.
XT Rear tire is easier to change.
XT's off-road ride feels better but this can be very subjective. Maybe because it's lighter?
My TW can go faster and feels (butt dyno) like it has more power. Probably because it's newer.
TW feels more stout though. TW with a rack can haul more gear. Haven't found a rack to fit on XT so have to carry in a backpack. Did put on Clarke XT350 gas tank so can use tank bag (Horn bag for saddle mules and horses).
XT200 is kick start only. Kicks over easy but first start after sitting for a few days or longer can lead to stronger leg muscles. (kick, kick, kick etc.) Starts on first kick when warm. Also, this XT has a 6volt electrical system. Have to buy replacement bulbs online. Still trying to source a headlight as this one was missing when purchased.
If you can find an XT200 cheap and running they would be great for the out of town visitor. However, I would pick the TW.
If it was between a TW and an XT225 or XT250 though, I would get one of these XT's as they have a little more power and can go a wee bit faster on the highway. TW's hold their value here but so do the XT's so if the price was a deciding factor and a TW was cheaper I'd be fine getting a TW.
Hopefully, this sounds like an impartial comparison from a very skewed TW owner.
All good info. Thanks for taking the time.
Thanks for taking your time to post your ride reports. Many of your rides you take into the Owyhees are great, that country is truly amazing. Now that I am retired maybe its time I checked out that country for myself. Thanks again.
Thank you from me too. You and the Lady in Pink have come a long way with your riding and adventures. Since the two of you do the same types of things I enjoy this thread is a favorite. Love the old ranches, towns, geocaching and the little treasures tucked away that so many others by pass.
Keep all the good stuff coming.
I should thank you and everyone else for reading (or looking at the pictures ). I'm gonna take the pictures, I might just as well share 'em right? I'm glad the Owyhees are so close. The Owyhees generally extend the riding season, especially in the lower elevations. ...and it has that western feel I dreamt about when I was a youngster. So many dismiss the desert environment but it has a lot to offer, so make your way over when you can. Again thanks for your kind comments. Enjoy your retirement, I can't wait for mine!
Thanks, Ladybug, it is awesome Mrs. Admiral-Lady in Pink and I can share this. Dampness and watching one of our grandchildren has us tied town to the ranch (we don't really have a ranch) but I'm antsy to get back out on the range. So much more to see. I've got a bunch of possible old ranches marked out in the google. Reading everyones posts from the summer is getting me excited for next summer and we just passed T-day. Oofta!