1. Tenacious B

    Tenacious B inward singer

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    Is it a decent place to live? I might have a job offer out there, looks prime for adventuring.:D Would be in the Idaho Falls area, I've never been to Idaho or spent more than a day out west, so I'm basically a Rockies n00b.
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  2. grinder96

    grinder96 Long timer

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    I don't think Idaho is under out jurisdiction! You might try the pac north west thread? I don't know exactly where the boundaries lay, good luck!
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  3. Tenacious B

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    Probably right, I could have sworn I posted this in Rockies, but it looks like the PNW guys claim it...
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  4. Docmarkw

    Docmarkw Adventurer

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    I went to college about 30 miles north of Idaho Falls some 25 years ago and it took a little getting used to. The area is simply beautiful however it is the coldest I have ever been in my life. The month of January is typically the coldest month of the year and it can range from -20 to 0 degrees during the day for the whole month. I did grow to really love the area and if you like winter sports mainly skiing you will love it too. The people were very nice and life seemed to run at a much slower pace. It has been along time since I was in Idaho, but I really did enjoy my time living there. The coldest I have ever been in was -54 below and that was living in eastern Idaho.
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  5. Frnk4tr

    Frnk4tr Been here awhile

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    Idaho is awesome! If you like the outdoors (especially mountains) and outdoor activities (skiing, fishing, hiking, motorcycles - not necessarily in that order!), lack of crowds, no traffic, you will love Idaho. I lived in Hailey from 1981-1986 and loved every minute of it. You will see a lot of snow in the winter, but the winter sports are fantastic. Great, dry, powder snow, too. Lots of natural hot springs, things like that. And Boise has turned out to be a very cool city.

    Can't go wrong with Idaho unless you absolutely need to be in a major city to enjoy life.
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  6. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Gunna shift you to the Rockies forum, you may get a better response in there ok.

    MB
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  7. Wings

    Wings marmaduked

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    :cromag
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  8. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    I guess not the Rockies then! ;lol3

    Bringing your thread back to west - hope you get some more responses!

    MB
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  9. Docmarkw

    Docmarkw Adventurer

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    I guess Idaho is considered as the red headed stepchild. Keep it here in the West I'll love it as if it were my own.
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  10. Tenacious B

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    I guess nobody knows where Idaho actually is, British navigation seems to have slipped...:lol3

    I think it is officially considered PNW here, but Rockies still makes the most sense to me.



    Idaho is sounding like a great place for me. I love the cool dry climate to ease my alergies. I've only been to CO once, but driving around 10k ft in March with the windows down was heaven, I wanted to bottle that air and bring it home. My idea of recreation centers around weather and geography, not velvet ropes and bouncers. I don't need a lot of people, I grew up in Dallas and don't miss it one damn bit. I like being able to be out in the boonies and still be minutes from home. That being said, a decent town is still needed, but I'll be happy with good housing and a grocery store that carries the stuff I like.

    Now the real question is...how long is the riding season? I've been a year round commuter in Texas, and in Oklahoma as well, so heading out on those chilling 12 degree mornings is nothing new (wind chills in OK get below zero). I figure some heated gear (don't use any electrics currently) and a better winter bike will help me extend the season; the commute would be 55mi each way, one trip will be in the dark (usually going to work). My W doesn't have a great headlight or strong alternator (~250W), but for a commute that long, all highway, I'd consider getting an fully faired ST bike like an RT, Honda ST, FJR, or Connie (I'd want shaft or belt drive). That way I'd have a protective fairing, heated grips (maybe some hippo hands too), and aux lights for the night runs.

    Those mountains are calling me...:evil


    Other job leads have me out in the middle of the Mojave (central CA) which might be good, or Houston (:puke1, but cool job).
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  11. byways

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    My family and I moved to Idaho Falls from California in 1985, thinking it was a two-year stop. Still here. Outstanding quality of life. Have a look at this 2,300-mile adventure through Idaho that I put together a couple of summers ago for a group of ADV riders from New Jersey.

    We spent last weekend skiiing at Big Sky, Montana. My wife and son ski at Jackson Hole for the day, it's so close. And the mountains between Idaho Falls and Wyoming are just gorgeous ... I go riding on the spur of the moment, and within minutes I'm in mountain meadows, deep canyons ... and I have them to myself. Tons of spectacular adventure driving and riding, two hours from Yellowstone and Grand Teton, minutes away from the South Fork of the Snake River (which draws fly-fishers from around the world). Three-state regional medical center. National laboratory. Great airport with no lines. I'm going to post some pics to illustrate the region. Once you're here, you'll never look back. Guaranteed.

    Idaho is a difficult one to place in the regional forums. Eastern Idaho is the northern Rocky Mountains; southern Idaho is the Great Basin; western and northern Idaho (the Panhandle) are the Pacific Northwest. So it qualifies for them all. Very little organized DS riding, except for the under-development club forming in Boise, about 270 miles from Idaho Falls.
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  12. byways

    byways byways

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    Would this work for you?

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  13. byways

    byways byways

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    If not, perhaps this?

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  14. byways

    byways byways

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    Ok then, maybe this.

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  15. byways

    byways byways

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    With this one, if you're not convinced, I give up.

    Note the lack of long-distance luggage ...

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  16. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    "note the lack of long distance luggage"

    :dizave Huegel.
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  17. byways

    byways byways

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    Hey, I'm just sayin' ...
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  18. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

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    You gotta love Idaho real estate! :nod
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  19. Tenacious B

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    I could tolerate that...:wink:
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  20. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    I rode up through Idaho in the summer of 2006, on my way to Yellowstone. The high desert scenery was spectacular!

    I remember being persuaded to ride my loaded GS on a 120 mile dirt road. Halfway through we stopped at the side of a beautiful lake, taking 5, having a smoke, and just taking it all in. A few moments later a herd (?) of Antilope went charging past us, in the middle of nowhere...

    I remember saying to my South African riding buddy, 'holy crap, we seem to be in Jurassic Park!' :lol3

    It was indeed a beautiful, if hot, place!
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