Boise ride this weekend...

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by ryanwilliamcantrell, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Funny, I was in Silver City today too, but I didn't see you. I was there around 1-1:30 ish. Wasn't that road between JV and SC awesome!!

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    Sorry I missed you, I did however pass 4 bikes coming down towards JV
  2. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    You should wheelie off that. :lol2

  3. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    Dude... the Owyhee's have proven to be terrible luck for you...:(:
  4. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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    Sam, I think I need to apologize to you. Last weekend you posted something about the cold and I replied something to the effect that it was warm enough for my ten year old daughter. :rofl I would like you to please remove the flat tire hex you placed on me today. I was between SC and JV with CNMMA1969 when you passed us going the other way, and poof my front tire flatted. Then about four hours later it happened again. Please Sam, release me from the curse.
  5. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    Phil and I had gotten all geared-up and excited to hit Battle Creek and City of Rocks this weekend ~ but Mother Nature hosed those plans by pouring rain and snow on the trail all week (I'm not interested in wrestling that big 950A through a mud hole), so we decided it would be a great week to 'knock-out' a few sites up north.

    The forecast called for rain, but we didn't care. We loaded our winter bags on the bag, and mosterous 4 man tent to pull all our gear into, put on our rain suits (turned out, we only got rained on for 2 hours in 3 days ~ what luck!!) and headed out of town. Little did I know, it'd turn out to be the best ride of the year so far for me. :nod

    We got up to Riggins, which was PACKED with people fishing, and grabbed a couple of beverages and rode up the river a bit until we found a campsite with few people.

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    That evening was the only spell of rain we had to ride through... and even at that, it only rained off and on.

    Everything is green this time of year ~ so pretty...

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    In the morning, we packed it up, and continued north.

    Whitebird Grade. I can't describe how pretty everything is right now ~ if you've got the time, it's a great time to head north while EVERYTHING is still GREEN.

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    We took Hwy 13 (maybe the best 10 miles of pavement in the state) up to Orofino. Here's Hwy 13 overlooking Hwy 14 below.

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    Going up the Orofino grade...

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    Phil and I were both pleased as punch. The weather was great, no traffic and it was warm out.

    Dent bridge is an exceptionally odd sight to me. Such and impressive structure, and likely very expesive... in the MIDDLE of nowhere, leading to the edge of nowhere.

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    My "proof of arrival" image for the IAMC Challenge.

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    We continued on, hit a little dirt, and then landed ourselves in Pierce, ID for lunch.

    The wildflowers were in full bloom, and they were beautiful. This one, I'd never seen before ~ it was a color between sea-green and periwinkle. There were thousands and thousands of them in the fields.

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    We got the "proof of arrival" image at the Hanging Tree site, then hit the dirt backroads to get up to the Lolo Trail.

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    The backroads were perfect. It'd rained the day before, so traction was optimal, and dust was non-existent.

    Did I mention that everything is GREEN, GREEN, GREEN??

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    Plotting a route in "the back way" paid off, because we didn't hit ANY snow.

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    We did however, get numerous helpful tips from people camping up there, as to which roads to take (that's been cleared just yesterday), and which roads to avoid (because they're still snowed in). Wthout their tips, we'd have been bouncing back and forth through those roads like pinballs trying to find a route in and out of there. There were dozens and dozens of trees that'd been removed just that day and the day before. We ran into some VERY hard-core 4x4 guys that were plowing through feet of snow on the route that we'd originally planned to take out of there. A fella on a 4 wheeler literally rode in front of us to guide us to a route he knew had been cleared of trees and was free of snow. Phil and I were both grateful for their help.

    Lolo is a GORGEUOS trail. Phil and I rode it nearly start to finish last year as part of th ICT. In a few weeks, you'll be able to ride it start to finish without any hassle ~ but for now, you can count on snow and trees being an issue. We didn't get to ride too much of FS500 (Lolo Trail), before trees became too much of an issue to continue. But, the section we did ride, provided OUTSTANDING views.

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    We headed back to Hwy 12, which was a task in of itself to find our way through a rat's maze of FS roads, and find ones that were free of trees.

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    Finally, after pulling out the map a few times, and taking a couple of breaks, we could see Lowell down in the valley. :clap

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    We headed into Kooskia to decide what we wanted to do next.

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    We decided we'd get dinner in Grangeville, then head up FS221 to see if we could make it to the Adam's Work Center.

    The weather threatened rain... but it never rained on us ~ just made for great views and nice pics.

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    Unfortunatly, we were turned around by snow 25 miles into FS221 (which surprised us both), around 5560 ft.

    So, we decided to pull off the road a few hundred yards, and call it a night.

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    I told Phil to give me his best GQ post next to our ripping fire, so he stuck a pose for the camera....

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    In the morning, we back-tracked the 25 miles back into Grangeville. He's a pick overlooking the town.

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    We stopped at some spots along they way home, that had some beautiful scenery.

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    North of New Meadows, we took a bypass (shocking, right?) that'd I'd been wanted to do for a couple of years.

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    It had some great views...

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    Looking down into the New Meadows valley...

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    After that, I put the camera away, and we burned pavement getting home.

    Overall, it's one of the best primarily road-rides I've done in a really long time, and it was definitely the best ride of 2010 thus far. I got to cover a lot of new-to-me ground, and the scenery was second to none. It's got me 'all excited' for the 2010 Hells Canyon ride. :nod
  6. Idahosam

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    Just turned my phone on.......yes it was a great day for riding:norton
    Did Mud Flat yesterday and it lived up to it's name in some places, sleeted-rained and snowed on us.
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    Heath joined in for the ride
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    Well Toni wanted to get a challenge point knocked out so he wanted to go to Battle Creek, I told him he's crazy and should wait but youthfulness, Heath said he'd go with him. I said OK we'll meet you in JV.

    Well we waited for over 2 hours when they rolled up
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    I'll let them tell the story.... it's a good one:deal

    Afterwards Toni and I headed to Leslie Gulch to camp it's warmer there at 2900 ft then 4000.
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    Bunch more shots but it was a good day. After mud bogging and wrestling Toni fell asleep right away.
  7. Special Ed_65

    Special Ed_65 A.K.A. Special Ed

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    heading to JV JimE, effensteve, CBMMA1969, and Special Ed.... Like steve said it was about 5 minutes after you passed and he got him first of 2 flats of the day......Ed
  8. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Your Welcome! Now may I welcome you to the asylum, Oh, and by the way TAG your IT. have a marvelous riding season:D
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    Special Ed_65 A.K.A. Special Ed

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  10. Seamus

    Seamus Expat in the Sand

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    Great Ride Report Ryan...



  11. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    If you're waiting on Heath to do anything related to a RR ~ good luck. It's been a year and a half since I've seen anything from him. Including his own High Ride from 2009... :nono
  12. HBToni

    HBToni Been here awhile

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    Oh that's good :rofl I'm loving those pictures Sam and that looked like an awesome ride on your part too Ryan. I was going to say I will post my pics tomorrow, but I'll see what I can get up tonight.
  13. HBToni

    HBToni Been here awhile

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    Good call on the mud!

    I know exactly what you mean by the inability of describing how beautiful it is up north around this time a year. When I took the old Whitebird Grade about a month ago I literally had tears building up.
  14. HBToni

    HBToni Been here awhile

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    The weekend's ride started out very nice Saturday morning as we cut through the flats South of Boise to Grand View. Sam put the ride together spontaneously a couple days prior and our group consisted of Heath, Jason, Sam, and myself. We planned to take Mud Flat Road through the Owyhee Uplands South of Grand View West towards Jordan Valley. It's a quick 100 miles, but very scenic. Additionally, the BLM offers a brochure on all the history along the way here.

    The Battle Creek Challenge site lies roughly 10 miles South at one point along this path. Clearly, the challenge pressure led me wanting to venture down this 10 mile path off the main road. Luckily, Heath joined me along the way; I think he may have felt the same drive, may have been concerned for my safety, or a combination of the two. Sam and Jason were too cautious to take their bigger bikes into what they expected to become a mud-fest. After the path started out fairly rideable, it quickly became just that which Sam and Jason had predicted. I briefly slipped, laughed it off, and Heath and I kept on riding. I saw Heath slip behind me, stopped to watch him get up, and we kept on going. The mud and his fork brace were not cooperating.

    After more than an hour of battling our way Southward we got to this mud puddle roughly 2 miles North of Battle Creek. Riding along the side of it was no big deal, except for a boulder sitting right there. My rear tire got caught along it. As I was trying to ride over my tire slipped, the rock pushed against my chain, and the chain came off my rear sprocket:puke1 .
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    Heath got out his tools as mine were on the mud-side of the bike. We loosened the rear to put the chain back on. By now not only our bikes were muddy but the two of us were covered as well.
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    We got my bike out and running shortly after, but it was then that we agreed after two hours out in nowhere it's time to get back to Mud Flat Rd. I was tired, Heath's wheels were blocking, and Sam and Jason were going to be waiting in Jordan Valley for a long time. Heath said I should rest as he would bring both bikes back to the other side of the puddle. My bike went well, but as he got back on his it was not cooperating- note how gracefully that mud is flying behind his back.
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    I was laughing at how beautifully that just went down and snapped the two pictures consecutively (with Powerbar and Camera in hand laughing hard). By this point Heath needed a push too; I quickly ran over and we got out of the mess. I cannot thank Heath enough for having been there and having helped me. I'm positive I would have gone down that path myself and it would have not been pretty. (Note to self for next time not to go down muddy paths by self.)
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    We got back to Mud Flat Rd., soaked in the scenery, and kicked off some mud.
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    We made it to Jordan Valley hours after Sam and Jason but found them waiting happy for our safe return. After lunch and stories we then parted ways.


    Sam and I headed to Leslie Gulch for its lower elevation and warmer temperatures.
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    The scenery was absolutely amazing. John Wayne anywhere?
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    Next morning we headed out to Silver City coming from the West.
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    I checked off the Challenge Site and we headed back Eastward to Grand View and North to Boise. Roads were clear and very fun around Silver City but you could tell it wasn't like that not too long ago.
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    All in all it was a well spent weekend and a truly memorable experience having been able to go on this ride with Sam, Heath, and Jason!
  15. Ladybug0048

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    Great reports Ryan and Toni :clap

    Some of you guys are really knocking out the Challenge spots - I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see which of you will have them all nailed first.

    Hi Sam :wave What's the deal? You not doing the Challenge?

    It's nice to know Lolo trail area will be clear in just a few weeks. I expected it to be still pretty closed yet although the Forest Service does try to get the main roads/trails open by Memorial Day weekend.

    You all keep hitting those challenge points and posting pictures so I know what I have to look forward to when I start working on mine. I plan to let you all scout out the mud bogs first (thanks Toni and Heath :lol3 ). That one will be on my list to wait for drier weather.

    Thanks for taking the time to post your pictures, I always enjoy them.
  16. Idahosam

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    Great memories, so now he has to pass on the vixen flat tire witch to some unsuspecting associate...... it's all in the MOJO. At least it was the front, the easy one!

    Look at the bright side a beautiful flat dry road to change out instead of a muddy raining flashlight holding event (ask me how I know).

    That road between JV and SC was a blast slamming those water puddles:evil
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    Great JOb on stitching those pictures together Toni.

    I didn't really take too many shots all considered, but it was beautiful in the highland desert this time of year. As stated with two off playing in the mud Jason and I decided to make it a leisurely ride enjoying the sights so as to not get to far ahead, which of course in the long run was a mute subject.
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    Jason doing on the fly shots with a SLR; flying along and then he'd pull that big thing out snap-snap and back in the tank bag.... he was gettin good at it too:deal
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    We arrived at the Cliffs campground and took a half hour break waiting for the other two this was at 2/3ths through the Byway.
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    I walked down to the almost full campground, hum! must be memorial weekend:1drink stopped at the information Kiosk...... cool so here I am
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    Spring is trying real hard to break out and I saw this and thought Hey LadyBug this is for you
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    We arrived at JV had a good late lunch and some great story telling by a couple of old locals to keep us entertained until the mud boggers showed.

    A few shots on the way into Leslie Gulch
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    At the campground, a bit crowded but what the hay.
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    Toni promptly fell into a comatose state in the orange tent while I chatted with the neighbors whom offed me a beer.
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    Followed by a decent sunset
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    Was a good day!
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    .....we packed up and headed on back to JV for a very good breakfast then on to SC where I passed I think 4 bikes, one of them I pondered..... hum that one KLR kinda looked like Jim bluepants? naaa..

    The road up to SC was the most fun for me as I stood on the pegs and let that big Katoom splash and have fun.. NO Pctures I was in the ride:deal

    But here's a few.
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    I took this shot with the intent that the IAMC club should help by showing up for this event an pitch some funds their way:deal :norton A couple years back we had a rider go down and needed a air evac this team was the first responders and Kudos' to those Silver City emergency team, so let's put this event on your calendar
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  19. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    Great RR, and great pics.

    That about sums up why Phil and I went north. :)

    Glad to see the Bypass is open and clear. :nod
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    cbmma1969 Been here awhile

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