Deby and Donn's Rocky Rocky Mountain Ride

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by donnh, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Join us on our fourth ADV ride report. This summer we’re riding from Seattle to Colorado the Rocky Mountain roundabout way. The rough route is north to Canada, east to the Continental Divide Route (CDR) and south to Colorado where we are planning a rendezvous with some friends riding out from Wisconsin. The route may include parts of the TAT, OBDR and WABDR but nothing is firm, we’ll see what we can fit in the allotted three weeks. I’m going to try to make this a live ride report so feel free to chime in with suggestions on routes or activities. Launch date is Saturday July 14th.

    Do we have the route planned out? No, we just have to be in Colorado on July 22 to meet some riding friends at a location that is TBD. I'm bringing maps, a GPS and some pre-loaded potential routes/tracks and will decide day by day where we will ride depending on the weather and how we feel. I'll try to do a daily upload but since we will be camping I might not have daily access to WiFi.

    About us:

    Deby (dirtbikegirlrider) with her 2009 BMW G650Xcountry
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    Me and my 2011 F800GS
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    LINKS:
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    Only interested in only the latest pictures? Click here HERE for our Smugmug gallery

    Think our ride report is a little too boring? Here are links to my favorite epic rides:

    No Fumar Espanol by Crashmaster :huh
    No Jobs, No Responsibilities by BigAlSmith :eek1
    The Mobius Trip by DrRock :D

    Thanks for following - I hope you enjoy the ride :clap:clap
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  2. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Finally we depart on Saturday July 14 under threatening skys and cool temperatures. All the heat the rest of the country has been dealing with never made it to the Pacific Northwest, we had a cooler than normal spring.

    Forecast for Omak the city nearest to our planned stop.
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    Red line is approximate route with overnight camping near the border
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    Actual track
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    No worries, we gear up and are ready to ride:clap
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    We need to be in Colorado on July 22 to meet some riding friends to we decide to ride pavement through most of Washington State. The best paved motorcycle road in Washington is the North Cascades Highway, Highway 20. We slab north and take the Darrington cut off to 20. The clouds threaten rain and finally on 20 we start getting wet.

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    We wind through the Cascade Mountain range and stop in Twisp at one of our favorite spots for lunch - Paco's Taco's
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    East of Twisp Highway 20 intersects the Washington Back Country Discovery Route or WABDR for short. Eager to hit some dirt we decide to ride the WABDR route north to the border. Link to WABDR map

    Onto the WABDR
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    A short excerpt from the WABDR site about the route:
    " After a short highway section riders are back on dirt heading north on scenic Loup Loup Canyon Road in the Loup Loup State Forest. The steep Ruby Grade descends toward a site where the mining town of Ruby once existed. A sign at the site describes a bustling mining community that was the center of commerce in the Okanogan area until the market for silver collapsed in 1892. Gravel and paved roads take riders to the one-store town and gas pump in Conconully. In addition to the store, there are lakes and a state park in the area."


    Happy camper along the way
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    Downgrade into the abandoned town site of Ruby. Not sure why it never looks as steep in the pictures.
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    At 4:30 we roll into Conconully for gas. Let's see... thunderstorms are building, the forecast includes a warning for lighting and the gravel road from here goes up and over a 5,000 foot pass with no actual towns for about 60 miles. We decide we can't pass up the inviting State Park.

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    Deby is talking to campers next to us on a Harley and doesn't notice the visitor behind her.
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    Camp style pork chops and canned peaches for dinner (dang, forgot the picture) and we call it a night.

    Stats for the day:
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    Tomorrow, Skull and Crossbone


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  3. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    We were back on the WABDR by 9:00 in the morning after camp coffee and oatmeal. The road is paved for only a few miles before we are back on gravel.

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    Deby and I have both ridden this section a few times before on our smaller bikes, this was our first time on the fully loaded BMWs. It is one of my favorite rides through the North Cascade Mountains.

    North from Conconully
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    The views are awesome. Not sure about the clouds over the mountains.....
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    Dashboard shot. It's a little hard to see in the glare on the bottom right, temp = 54 degrees F.
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    Nice graded gravel continues with stunning views
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    Anticipating actual warm weather we started the day with body armor and t-shirts - burrr. With the temps in the 50's we decide that instead of digging out our warm riding jackets we would both just pull polar fleece over the armor. Ha, nice style.

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    I do the same
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    Back on the road we travel near the site of the famous 9-mile fire.
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    We come to a turn off the main forest road down this track
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    Hmmm, I remember this road from previous trips and so does Deby. I hear her in my helmet communicator "I remember this road and seem to recall there was something about it". She's right but what was it? I replied that I remember it's a great road with good views. I'm pretty sure that wasn't it and I can tell she knows I'm bluffing.

    About a mile in it comes back to me..... big rocks! Sometimes we call them baby heads or road base or whatever but these things can be tough to ride on.

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    The WABDR makes another turn onto Skull and Crossbones
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    Should I be worried?
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    We ride up the steep Skull and Crossbones ridge, the road is basically two ruts with switchbacks. At the top we're back on nice gravel.

    A cow greets us
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    He was staring me down and wouldn't move despite my usual cow shooing attempts like standing on my pegs, honking the horn and getting closer. Ha, but this time I had a new weapon, my newly installed ADVmonster LED Aux lights. These suckers are bright! I turned them on high and the the staring contest ended with the cow running off. It was just one of many cow encounters on this section.

    The views are stunning
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    We stopped for a break at a viewpoint noted on the WABDR route map and as soon as we shut off the bikes we heard the thunder. This wasn't any thunder it was nonstop rumbling. Then came the lightning and even louder thunder. Dang, I guess we couldn't hear it over the sound of the motorcycles. It seemed like the rain was catching up with us and the top of a mountain was probably not the best place to be in an electrical storm so we quickly put on more storm worthy gear and blasted down the mountain.

    At the bottom of the hill we were back on pavement for the last couple of miles before the border crossing into Canada.

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    Only a couple of cars in front of us at the crossing.
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    In Canada we jump on highway 3 for our trek east. It's a paved road but wow, what a nice ride with mostly big sweeping curves, hardly a straight section at all. That probably explains why it seemed like there were more motorcycles on this road than cars.

    Does that look like rain?
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    We stop for gas when it starts getting wet. I decide to take this picture and I hear Deby in my helmet urging me to skip the picture and let's try to get in front of the approaching storm. I took the picture and sure enough the thunder, lightning and rain caught up to us.

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    Around 2:00 we dropped into a valley and made a stop at Christine Lake for a break. Crazy, the temperature climbed up to 78F so we decide to absorb some sun breaks at the local marina.

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    Back on highway 3, the Crowsnest highway, we start climbing. Within only a few miles the temperature drops to 58 and it starts raining - big drops that I thought looked like hail. Burrrrr, 20 degree drops in as many minutes.

    At about 5:00 we arrive at the resort town of Nelson, BC. I was there about 20 years ago and it's grown so much I don't recognize it. We decide to do some real luxury camping.

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    Dinner on the patio
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    Downtown Nelson
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    The hotel has reasonably fast WiFi so I spent a few hours uploading pictures and catching up on this report. Tomorrow we head east ...... not sure what to expect.

    Stats for the day
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    Next installment at next WiFi hotspot. I'm keeping my cell phone off while in Canada to avoid international data charges.

    Donn




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  4. mlyamkaw

    mlyamkaw Drill Baby Drill

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    We saw you leaving Conconully. :wave Wife and I were just stopping for breakfast on our way home from a little tour of BC. Nelson, Kaslo, Nakusp, etc.
    We made it over to Hwy 20 before the downpour, would have been a handful in mud 2 up.
    Enjoy your trip.
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  5. Bob

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    I like the Christine lake snack and view!
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    HF :thumbup
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  7. Illinois

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    Great pics and report, enjoying sharing your journey. Cool weather is a foreign concept in this part of the U.S. right now. :ear
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  8. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    Where are you headed for today? We live in Lethbridge and have room for guests and a garage for the bike. I'm not sure which route you are going south to the US but you should include the Road to the Sun if you haven't been on it before.

    Let me know if I can assist.
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  9. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Camping tonight with one bar of cell service so no ride report today. We are riding Big Dogs Continental Divide ride. Following the tracks not route. Great ride today now we are looking at the approaching Thunder and lightning towards the camp. Thanks for the replies! More later.
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  10. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Did ride to the sun today. What blast. Thanks for the offer but we are further south today.
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  11. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Hi Donn & Deby,

    Great to see you both enjoying Canada. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and the first one of Deby looks familiar.

    Have fun............:D

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  12. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    At the moment we are in Boulder Montana just north of Butte at the Boulder Hot Springs Resort http://www.boulderhotsprings.com/ Interesting place for sure but a hot soak felt good after a day of dirt riding.

    From Nelson we rode north on paved roads to the Balfor Kootenay Bay free ferry, a 45 minute crossing of Kootenay lake.

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    Some obligatory ferry crossing pictures
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    They let motorcycles off the ferry first so we had all of highway 3a to ourselves for the next few hours. Clear skies, temperature around 70, no traffic and nothing but curves south to Creston. Highway 3a should be on any bikers bucket list in my opinion.

    From Creston we rode east on highway 3, there was a lot of traffic and even though the road was nice we were dodging trucks and campers most of the way. We came to the town of Frank and found something most amazing, the Frank Slide.

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    Over 100 years ago the side of the mountain slid away and covered part of the town, what was amazing is that it looked like it happened yesterday. Huge boulders were scattered it the biggest debris field I have ever seen.

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    We turn south on highway 6 to head for Waterton Lakes National Park which is on the Canadian side of Glacier Park in Montana.

    The clouds are getting darker
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    And a little darker
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    We decide to stay in a campground a few kilometers outside of the town, we opt for the $8.50 option of having a spot that allows fires. The wood if free.....

    Loading up fire wood
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    Maybe not as good as DrRock luxury camping but we muster up some cheese and crackers, stir fry and wine in our travel coffee mugs.... Yum!
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    Camp picture, will it rain?
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    We make a very feeble attempt to start the really damp "free" firewood when the rain starts
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    Into the tent for the night.

    Stats for the day. Wow! Way over my preferred daily mileage limit
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    Track for the day
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  13. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    We actually camped at Alva lake just north of Seeley Lake because all the campgrounds around Seeley lake were full. It turned out to be a good move because it was one of the best camp sites we've ever had. The campground was called "Lakeside Campground", how original.

    We couldn't be so close to Glacier National Park and not ride the Going To The Sun Road so got up early to cross the border and make it before the road became too clogged with RVs and other tourists just like us.

    I'm glad we went, despite the crowds the road is a phenomenal feat of engineering and the views are stunning.

    My point and shoot pictures taken while riding leave something to be desired but you get the idea
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    We stop for lunch outside Kalispell to refuel and move on the next phase of the trip
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    Big Dog's Continental Divide Route ..... I had the GPS tracks loaded and we blindly pick up the route where it intersects highway 20.

    ABS set to OFF as we shortly hit the first section of gravel
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    The road starts off nice and gets better.
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    Wow, what great roads. Deby follows me anywhere.
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    Fun Stuff
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    Off the beaten path for sure
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    We stop for the night around 6:00 PM and get the last site (there were only 6). It was unoccupied because you had to park by the road and hike uphill on a short path to the site. Ha, we rode up the narrow single track path like we owned it and had the best site to ourselves.

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    Had an excellent fire with DRY wood we gathered
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    On the menu was fresh salad
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    And marinated pork tenderloin
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    Even a beautiful sunset
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    Before a huge thunderstorm came through and we ended up back in the tent
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    Stats for the day (forgot to zero my trip settings so this is from the track)
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    Track
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    Tomorrow - all dirt on Big Dog's CDR




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  14. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Sort of a crazy day today. We woke up to a beautiful sunny day and proceeded to dry things off and get ready to ride.

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    We thought we would load up on camp coffee and skip breakfast to get some miles in during the cooler hours of the day and find a breakfast spot along the way. We stopped in the city of Seeley Lake to top off our camel backs (good idea) but not our fuel tanks (bad idea).

    We head off on Big Dog's track into the mountains.
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    We cross Stemple Pass
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    The temperatures are steadily climbing into the 80's and the route is really fun with just the right amount of challenge for the F800 and G650 and our riding skill. We keep expecting to cross a road with a small town that has some food. Nothing, We ride some more, nothing. Hmmm, starting to get a little hungry.

    We stop to snack on some of our emergency food supply.
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    Deby commented a few times in the morning about the lack of other motorcycles or bicycles on this route. Are we going the right way? I tried to remember where I found these tracks I was following, did someone recommend them? Were they the same as the bicycle CD route we've read about? Who is this Big Dog guy and why am I blindly following his tracks. I didn't mention that the tracks were all dated..... 2005! Well, I'm pretty sure all the roads would still be there, really? We go further and further without meeting a soul and seldom seeing any vehicle when we start seeing bicycle tracks. We are riding up a particularly steep section of nearly single track road when we see three people on bicycles trying to make their way up the pass. Of course we have to stop.

    If I had thought to take a picture I would have inserted it HERE.

    We went through the usual 20 questions when we found out one of the riders was the son of one of our neighbors. Wow, on the side of a mountain in the middle of Montana we run across the only bicycle riders of the day and we know the kids parents!

    I felt guilty letting my 85 HP twin cylinder motor take me the rest of the way up the mountain. It was another 85 miles before we saw anything other than the occasional cabin.

    We rode a little further and saw this:
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    No problem with me staying out of there.

    By 3:00 in the afternoon it was blazing hot and we were down to our mesh hot riding gear. All we had to eat all day was a couple of protein bars and we had traveled 150 miles since getting gas. We are approaching highway 12 and I'm sure there must be a town or gas station at the intersection. Not.

    From highway 12 the CDR travels south and intersects with I-15, surely there must be something there. We find out in another 30 miles when we ride into the booming town of Basin. The route between highway 12 and I-15 was challenging and made more so by our hunger, the heat, getting tired and wondering if we would run out of gas.

    We stopped for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Silver Saddle Cafe, it was our only meal of the day.
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    Downtown Basin
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    At the restaurant I pick up a brochure for the ... get this... "Radon Health Mine" where people go to purposely expose themselves to Radon for health reasons. It's in nearby Boulder - read all about it here: http://www.radonmine.com/

    There is nothing at all in Basin so we ride 10 miles on I-15 (speed limit 75) into Boulder where we see a sign for the Boulder Hot Springs Resort, sounds like my type of place.

    It's an interesting sight when you pull in
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    It's a "healing center" and it's only a few miles from the Radon Health Mine. I've come to the right place if I have any chronic diseases. We ask at the desk about rooms - yes. Food? No. Only breakfast in the morning. After we check in we are reminded that the facility is smoking and alcohol free. I'm guessing not to many ADV riders stay here. Oh, one last thing as she hands us the key, the room we are in is haunted.

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    That's it for the night..... I hope Simone the ghost lets me get a good night sleep.:huh










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  15. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Ha, yes! You deserve the photo credit Lex! This is a practice run for your BC Adventure Ride in fall. Thanks for the comment.
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    donnh Been here awhile

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    We are still following a purple line on my GPS that was the recording of a track put down by some guy named "Big Dog" back in 2005. I have to say that honestly I'm really impressed by his route. It generally follows the Continental Divide Route put together by the Adventure Cycling Association http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/greatdivide.cfm

    I only know that now because last night we camped next to a couple who were cycling the whole route and they told me. More on that later....

    Tomorrow we will have been riding for a week and are making slow but steady progress towards our only firm goal which is to meet some friends in Greenwood Colorado on Sunday evening. Here is our route so far:

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    Our stay at the haunted room of the Boulder Hot Springs Resort was uneventful and we woke up in time for our 8:00 scheduled breakfast as part of the B&B deal they had. Connie was our personal chef and we were the only people in the dining hall. The food was excellent.

    I took one last picture before we departed in the morning. I think the place looks a little haunted....
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    Big Dog's purple line started with pavement
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    Turned to nice gravel
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    Curvy sections
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    Long straight sections
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    Even a section on I-15 (I'm getting better at riding with one hand and taking pictures)
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    We stop for lunch in Lima at the CALF-A restaurant
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    Across the street I see this
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    Back to the long stretches... I try an over the shoulder shot
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    You can barely make out a vehicle behind Deby, it's gaining on us and we are riding about 50mph to stay on top of the washboard. A few minutes we see a truck in some big hurry riding our asses. We pull over to let him by and it's a FedEx pickup truck, wow, they really do deliver anywhere. I don't think there was a building for 50 miles.

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    Another of the FedEx truck dust, riding this road was a blast
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    We stop for the night at Lower Red Rock Lake and set up camp. No cell service....
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    We meet our neighbors Daren and Jody who are riding the Great Divide on bicycles. My hat is off to them, they earn every mile the hard way.
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    Where are they from??? Seattle! Crazy. You can read about their adventure here: http://bundrockers.blogspot.com/

    The bugs were pretty bad when we arrived and as the sun started to set it was unbearable so we retreated into the tent with our books.
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    After about an hour we heard this most phenomenal sound, Deby thought it sounded like a power tool, a loud squealing sort of sound that varied in intensity. I went out with a flashlight and saw the biggest swarm of bugs I've ever seen. They left a black mark in the sky. I heard the other campers looking outside wondering what the sound was, bugs! At least we were safe in our tent and could enjoy the beautiful sunset.

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    Stats for the day
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    We left the rain fly off and fell asleep to the warm breeze off the lake. Until O-Dark Middle Of The Night when it started raining.

    Still having fun.... thanks for following.







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    I'd like to meet you guys if you get down into the Durango area. Very nice place to hang out.
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    donnh Been here awhile

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    We decide to get an early start skipping breakfast and just downing some french press Starbucks coffee that we also share with our neighbors from Seattle.

    Deby ready to ride
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    Part of our morning routine is helmet face shield cleaning. Guess which helmet is worn by the person who prefers to follow....
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    We continue on Big Dog's purple track, the clouds look thick but we are enjoying the cool temperatures
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    The first order of business is Red Rock Pass where we enter a little corner of Idaho.
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    The route skirts the southern boundary of Yellowstone Park and into Tetons Park. We stop at a waterfall along the way

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    Back on the trail, some is easy
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    And sometimes the road gets a little rocky
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    We get on highway 26 in Grand Teton National Park and have a most excellent ride even though we were often behind motor homes
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    The roadside scenery is fantastic
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    We get into Dubois about 4:00 and decide that it's too late for Big Dog's mountainous loop to the West so we opt for highway 287 to pick up the trail again south of Lander.

    Big Dog's route is in Red:
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    A good ride through some red rocks
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    We get to Lander about 6 PM and set about charging electronics, showering, and finding a restaurant and the myriad of things we try to catch up on when a WiFi connection is available.

    Elevation for the day - new record.. 9500 ft
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    Stats for the day
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    Tomorrow - back on Big Dog's wild ride. Into Colorado.




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  19. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Hi, thanks for the offer. I should know more in the next few days......
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    So maybe I'll just start with a picture:

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    That can't be good.... why don't I just pull it out a little?
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    Wait, what is that hissing sound?

    Yep, it's a nail.... and Yep we've lost containment of the air...
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    Where am I? Close to a motorcycle shop? I look around....
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    Only one thing to do
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    Yup, has a hole.....
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    Oh wait, the nail was so long it went into the other side of the tube and made 5 more holes!

    Good thing I have enough patches
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    And an electric tire pump
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    Needed a few extra pounds and some soap to pop the bead
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    Back on the road
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    Yikes, I'm on a picnic table at a KOA and a killer T-Storm is about to hit I need to run.... more later.


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