Idaho ID BDR & Glacier Loop: Navigating fires and hot temps Aug. 2017

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  1. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Greetings to all and especially my inmates who have enjoyed my last few annual Rockies backcountry epic ride reports. This year my wingman has volunteered to post a detail ride report. So for this ride report I thought I'd use the video blog feature of my Sena Prism Tube camcorder. Along with some of my nicer photos.

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    Location: Lake McDonald in Glacier Nat. Park.


    Hopefully the videos in this ride report will give you better sense what Idaho looks like. More specifically what IDBDR roads look like. I thought the IDBDR was more rutted, rockier, and sandier due to dry summer than my last two trips along the Continental Divide Trail ( CDR ).

    INTRODUCTION:
    I am GF-kam. The guy in the white Arai XD4 helmet and backpack. I cannot remember my inmate's ADV handle. He's the one in the background with yellow helmet. He has a bad habit of stripping and dancing on picnic tables in public. We all have our ticks, bad habits, and phobia.


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    Getting ready to dance on table. Taken at Trinity Lake.
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    I'll try to inject some humor to mask the fact that the IDBDR kicked my ass. In part, I didn't know I had a blown rear shock till halfway through trip:

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    From cafe in Eureka, MT

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    From cafe in Eureka , MT



    WARNING: If anyone gets queasy from blood, flesh, compound fractures, cuts, gashes, or horrific X-ray images.....sorry to disappoint you. Nobody lost any appendages or medivaced out on this trip. However, we did have our share of adventures including half a dozen falls, at least half a dozen fire detours, a blown rear shock seal, and bunch of bee stings around face while riding.

    To give you better sense of my video blog and adventures. You can hear me pant like a dog after this spill. Somewhere south of Clark Fork we took an alternate route. We thought this IDBDR segment was too easy so why not find a harder short cut. BAD IDEA!

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    ROUTE: Last year I road Colorado, Wyoming, Utah / Moab on my Yamaha WR250R http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/3-weeks-in-rockies-on-yamaha-wr250r.1177560/ This trip, I set out to ride the Idaho Backcountry Discovery ( IDBDR ) and create a loop back through Glacier National Park. Somewhere around 2,200 mile loop and a month. 8-9 days just trailering bike out / back. From Eureka, MT I charted a route south along Continental Divide Trail ( CDR ). Start to finish from Mountain Home, ID. For the most part, we followed the GPX routes ( files ) posted by Cannonshot and Backcountry website (BDR). Please note our segments are much shorter than the default BDR website. We're geezers and travel slow.

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    Both me and my inmate live in northern part of Virginia. We trailered bike out again. Painful trip. So, this year we stashed bikes out west and plan to give the " Fly, Ride, Store" method a go.

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    BIKE: Both our bikes are Yamaha WR250R. Pretty much same bike setup and gear as my 2016 Rockies trip ( see above link ).

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    This is my 2010 Yamaha WR250R with Mosko Moto Reckless R-40 soft luggage. Photo taken along Magruder Corridor. A shout out to Mosko team for FedX replacement of my roll top bags. Awesome customer support.

    DISCLOSURE:
    My wingman and I don't get to ride out west or off-road much. We're lucky to pull off one big trip a year out west. We try to savor and enjoy every mile of the trip. We also try to put a few extra miles and weeks to make up for the LONG ride out and back from Virginia. So we ride slow and try to absorb as much of the scenery and culture. My inmate / wingman doesn't camp. Moreover, we believe in spending some time and cash in the local small towns / villages along the way. Although, we both carry full camping gear in case of a spectacular rain storm, brake down, or unforeseen event. For the most part, we had nice weather during this trip. However warm. Rained part of one morning. So, don't give me a hard time if you don't see a campground.

    Upon arriving in Glacier, I received some bad news. My wingman noticed my the rear suspension on my Yamaha WR250R was leaking ( blown seal ) and few days later I got word my father in law passed away. So, we slabbed it back to Mountain Home. About 700 miles in two days. I flew out from Boise, ID for wake and flew back to Slat Lake City 4 days later.

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    COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT:
    If any aspect of the ride report is annoying, increasing your blood pressure, and causing you to procrastinate on all the other chores, simply push the red button on the beaver trap.

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    Photo taken at Dirty Shame Saloon in Yaak, MT.


    I'd like to thank Rob Watt and Ina at BDR for helping us navigate around all the fire closures. I lost count. Moreover, the closures were changing daily. For instance Lolo Pass would be closed one day and open the next. Thanks guys. Always check the BDR website and BDR Forum for latest closures.

    SOME ROAD TRIP PHOTOS & AMUSEMENTS:
    Long ride trailing bikes from VA to Idaho. All I can take is about 12 hours of trailering bikes a day. The two memorable stops were in Omaha and Rawlins, WY. Looking forward to flying out and riding next trip.

    " No my tractor is bigger . " Somewhere near Nebraska I am sure.
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    If the roads were just a little wider this green machine would be my dream machine.
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    Meeting a new friend along way. " can someone give me my coat back ". Reminds me of my last haircut.
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    My wingman hanging out with his nephew in Omaha in his band new man cave.
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    I was introduced to the Runza in Omaha.
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    I had to call Mosko Moto on my way to Idaho. I noticed the heat welded seams of my Mosko R-40 roll tops had come apart. I promptly put a call out to Mosko Moto customer service team. They were kind enough to immediately FedX two brand roll tops. Thanks Chris Hatfield and friends. You guys are awesome.
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    Thanks Mosko Moto.
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    My wingman enjoying his first Bub Light back in Rawlins. If he were 40 years younger he'd be one of the geeks at Google or Facebook....and I thought I was a propeller head. Highly recommend Brickyard Inn in Rawlins. Under new owner and management. Cannot beat the rates and in heart of downtown area.
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    Next series shot inside Buck's Sports Bar & Restaurant in Rawlins, WY. While making a phone call to my kid back home, I saw a buck strolling down Main St. just past Buck's Bar. He's lucky the guys in the kitchen didn't grab him.
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    I tried my best.
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    Perhaps the first adventure rider.
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    " Can we make the menu any bigger! "
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    My wingman going for the chicken fried steak again.
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    I was disappointed with my burger and service. " Where's the beef!! " Buck's was busy this time compared to 2016. Oil and gas economy must be better. Not as many food porn shots this year. Tells you IDBDR runs through some remote regions.
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    Unpacking the bikes at Mountain Home. Got up at 5 a.m. to take trailer and car to the storage facility. Once we unpacked, we geared up and picked up the IDBDR about 20 miles north on US-20 at Anderson Dam and Reservoir.
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    The suspense is killing me.
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  3. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    DAY 1: Mountain Home, ID to Lowman, ID . 160 miles. Left at 8:00 a.m. and rolled into Lowman around 6:00 p.m.

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    The major highlights of this segment are Anderson Reservoir, Trinity Lake, and bitching steep sandy rutted section just north of 50" inch bridge.

    Coming into Anderson Dam and Reservoir. Wide 2 lane gravel roads. Keep an eye out for other vehicles. Especially around weekends.
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    One lane over dam.
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    View from dam.
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    When we started out the temps were between 60-70 degrees. By eleven the temps were up in the 90s. Typical for most of our trip. Much hotter for this time of year ( late August ). Most of the roads were very dusty and caked with silty dust.
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    First glimpse of Trinity Lake. Beautiful spot if you plan to do primitive camping. But get your spot early.
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    Road gets little ruff north of Trinity Lake.

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    You can actually see some snow still on mountains. Just north of Trinity Lake.
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    This segment of IDBDR reminds me more of Colorado. Also no fire burns in this section. Beautiful meadows and distance mountains.
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    We missed our obligatory 50" bridge crossing. The bridge with the two giant concrete blocks limiting vehicles to 50" inch width. This is the river than runs along IDBDR before things get dicey.
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    The 50" inch bridge in background.
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    My first fall off bike. My wingman was first to drop bike just behind me. Steep, sandy, and rutted. I thought I kinked my clutch cable or messed up my clutch control. Turned out my heated grip swung in between my left grip and clutch lever. Lost about an hour messing around with control.
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    Looking back this was one of the more technical segments of IDBDR. Perhaps we weren't used to riding fully loaded bikes on heavily rutted roads. But, as we exchanged notes with other fellow riders along trip ( GSA Tony fro Calgary and GSA Tony from Utah ), the consensus was lower segments were more challenging. Especially the section after the 50" inch bridge. Somewhere near intersection of FR-384. Sandy and deep ruts. As you turn away from river, the roads seems to go straight up without any switchbacks. Clearly this section of road was too steep and narrow to be graded.

    First days Garmin Montana data log. With a few falls and mechanical glitches it took us almost 9.5 hours to travel 160 miles.
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    We spent the first night at the Sourdough Lodge. All a buzz in anticipation of the total eclipse. Highly recommend the blueberry pie and beautiful cabins. Clean and updated. Lodge has a market, liquor store, and restaurant. No wifi / internet of cell service.
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    Very nice cabins.
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    A+ on blueberry pie.
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    I recollect we took the fire detour just south of Lowman.
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  4. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 2: Lowman to Yellow Pine. 112 miles.

    Very dry dusty roads. Temps started out at 50 degrees. 12 miles back on Rt. 21 to connect back onto IDBDR. Highlight for today was steep rutted section coming into big water crossing. And biggest water crossing. Knee deep with swift running water. Plan on getting wet. As others have noted sandy on both sides of river, some deep holes and giant borders scattered. I suspect this section of river changes with every spring after snow melts.

    Leaving Lowman.

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    View from other side.
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    My inmate lost his prescription sunglasses somewhere along water crossing.
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    We start seeing some of the big burns ( fire damage ) in this segment.

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    Steep and rugged country.
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    Beautiful meadow just south of Yellow Pine. Some Gucci ranches along river.
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    First stop is to get gas in Yellow Pine. Go to the bar across gas pumps to have someone turn pumps on. I believe they had premium no ethanol.
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    Bar across way from gas pumps.
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    Walking down Yellow Pine. Yup! That's main street.
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    Rush hour traffic in Yellow Pine. I could get used to this small little town.
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    Some stickers / people you may recognize....Cannonshot, ADV, BDR. Like a male dog marking up everything in sight.
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    The Corner Bar is the place to eat in town.
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    Inside Corner Bar / Saloon.
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    The steak tip sandwich gets A+
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    Initially we had made arrangements for room behind convenient store. Long story. We ended up the road at Alpine Village.
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    Same owner / landlord owns most of business in town which are for sale....if anyone is interested.

    Garmin Montana log for day.
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    Some Mad Max machine.
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    Rolling out of Yellow Pine.

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    Gear lesson for day. Pros & Cons of Gore-Tex boots. If you have Gore Tex waterproof boots along BDR trails with big water crossings, you'll find out your boots will fill up with water. Moreover, they won't drain quickly. They will also take days to dry out. So, you're actually better off with MX style boots or boots than have drain plugs.
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  5. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 3: Yellow Pine to Riggins. 128 miles. Total time 7 hours.

    [​IMG]3-Yellow Pine to Riggins by Kam A, on Flickr

    Although, the fire closure just north of Yellow Pine had reopened, we decided to skip the smoke and scorched landscape. So, we took the detour through McCall. Turned out to be a very scenic ride to McCall from Yellow Pine. Mostly gravel road. Good portion of it along river. This reminds me, the best views are along rivers. Often much better vistas. We got to see the famous yellow school bus in this section. We also experienced the steep switchbacks and drop coming towards the Salmon River.

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    Payette Lake .
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    McCall is a big resort town that sits on Payette Lake. We rolled into town on August 20th on Sunday. So we decided to grab late breakfast / brunch at the McCall Pancake House. Great portions and food, BUT HUGE wait. The cinnamon roll is the size of a hubcap. http://mccallpancakehouse.com


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    Turned out to be a nice detour.
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    Some of the roads along this detour looks like this.
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    Huge drop off in section coming down to Salmon River. About 40 miles south of Riggins.
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    Yellow school bus.
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    Getting ready to cross the Salmon River at Manning Bridge.
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    Manning Bridge.
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    Rafting on Salmon River. Some beautiful sandy beaches.
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    Riverview Motel gets two thumbs up. Sits on river. Another great option is the Big Iron Motel. Totally renovated and great value.
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    The hills around Riggins got scorched a few years ago.
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    Rigging is one of the bigger small towns along way. All about Salmon fishing.
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    A view of Main St.
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    Caked with dust at end of each day.
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    We never figured out why this safe in middle of Main St. Riggins was all about.
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    Some of the amusing signage in the Summerville's Bar on Main St.
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    I did my share of whining.
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  6. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 4: Riggins to Elk City. About 120 miles.

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    Today was the big eclipse day. Being so close to the path, we were hoping for total darkness. Big disappointment for my wingman. Oh well. We left Riggins and followed the Hanover Fire detour per BDR website. However, 14 miles into the detour segment a sheriff stopped us in our tracks on NF-354. The fire had moved closer overnight. He did help us find another workaround further up US-95.

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    We did notice some effects of the total eclipse. However, it didn't get completely dark.
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    Setting to take pictures of eclipse.

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    Fully stocked grocery store, hardware store, and liquor store inside this market. Young new owners are making a go at it. Great place to stock up on provisions or nice steaks for campground.
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    BDR friendly signs.
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    We stayed at the Elk City Hotel. The rooms are just next to main office. Nice owners and clean rooms.
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    Nice size kitchen with unit.
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    You're looking at Elk City main street.
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    Enterprise across Elk City Motel has a mini campground site at this place. We didn't see anyone around.
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    Clearly biker friendly.
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    Highly recommend the Cafe restaurant at the gas station as you come into Elk City. Fantastic home cooking and portions. I guess the place all the firefighters go to get chow. New lady owner runs a breakfast place adjacent to the Elk City Hotel.

    You can get a some cell service if you go up by the post office. My inmate almost hit a female elk today.
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    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Enjoying your pics very much! Thanks for the heads-up on routes and acccomodations...
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  8. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 5: Elk City to Hamilton. 145 miles. Moving time about 5 hr. 45 minutes. Total time 7 hr. 15 minutes.

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    Today we would travel through the famous Magruder Corridor. One of the more remote and technical sections. We actually made good time crossing the Magruder Corridor. The road conditions change every season as I've been told. Depending on amount of snow, spring runoff, and other weather conditions the road will change. I'll let the photos and videos speak for themselves. I felt a bit challenged. I strongly suspect my rear suspension wasn't tracking properly at this point due to failure of my seal.

    Leaving Elk City. First 20 or so miles are mix of paved and gravel roads.

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    Better have good suspension. Very rocky along Magruder Corridor.

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    Huge amount of fire damage to forest.

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    Flowers and ground vegetation slowly coming back.

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    Taking cameras out to take photos of the big burn.
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    A fair amount of the way along Magruder Corridor looks like this.
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    We finally descend from Magruder Corridor. More mellow national forest roads along river.

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    80 miles into Magruder Corridor road turns paved rest of way into Darby, MT.
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    Ride along river into Darby.
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    Once we check in at the Motel 6 in Hamilton, MT, we stop at the nice laundromat up the street and then head over to the Higherground Brewery for beer and Pizza. By the way, the laundromat ( Fast & Fluffy Laundromat ) will fold your stuff for $.60 / lb.

    Letting the bikes take a few days off. We meet another rider on GSA. Tony from Utah.
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    There are a couple breweries in town ( Hamilton, MT ). We went to the Hihgerground Brewery. Awesome pizza.
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    Coffee Cup Cafe is a must for breakfast. Just across street from Motel 6.
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    My wingman cranking away on his laptop to find the fire detour around Lolo. He also ordered some parts. Lolo Pass was open and closed couple of times. Heavy smoke throughout Hamilton and Lolo. So, we decided to ride up norther to Superior and cut back across into Idaho over Hoodoo Pass.

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  9. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I am not a professional photographer, but want to convey what it looks like along IDBDR. Also what terrain looks like. Enjoy.
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  10. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 6: Hamilton, MT. to Pierce , ID.

    Just a note. We went beyond the north section of this map to Superior on I-90 and then cut south to Pierce vis Hoodoo Pass.
    [​IMG]6-Hamilton to Pierce by Kam A, on Flickr

    The planned distance through Lolo Pass would have been 179 miles from Hamilton to Pierce. However, due to fires and potential delays for logging, we decided on alternate route. We took the fire detour to Pierce. So, we ended up doing 230 miles going up to Superior, MT and cutting across Hoodoo Pass back into Idaho. 9.5 hour day. We slabbed it 100 miles up I-95 and then I-90 to Superior. Then we navigated our way on National Forest ( NF ) road 250. The Montana side of NF-250 was closed. But, Idaho side was open. NF-250 is in Clearwater National Forest. Beautiful along Fork River. We managed to find Cedar Creek Rd. and Freezout Rd. on Montana side. Once over Hoodoo Passs, we found NF-250.

    Heading out of Hamilton and up to Superior.

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    [​IMG]PRIX0059 by Kam A, on Flickr

    A little sugar high after breakfast.

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    Not enough rain to put fires out.
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    Old mine entrance.
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    More on mine shaft.
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    Navigating our way from Superior towards Hoodoo Pass.
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    Thank you for letting us through. Construction crew lets us by. Otherwise it would be a long way back to Lolo.
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    My wingman the GPX file /route for this detour. We should have stayed on more primary looking dirt roads. We ended following this rocky double track till it turned into single track. We turned around eventually. Your typical discrepancies between actual road and Garmin Topo map.
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    Back we go up the twin track road. Eventually we got back on the primary detour.
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    Cresting Hoodoo Pass from Montana side into Idaho.
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    Absolutely beautiful on the Montana side of Hoodoo Pass. We decide to stop at the bottom and take a bunch of photos along a stream. Highly recommend this detour (NF-250 from Superior over to Pierce).
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    My wingman praising the lord before he dives into my bag of beef jerky. One of our midday lunch staples. I think he could have been a preacher.
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    The next few photos will give you a better sense of some of how big the trees are. I believe cedar trees.
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    We follow a beautiful river into Pierce.
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    [​IMG]PRIX0081 by Kam A, on Flickr

    In Pierce we meet a fellow Canadian GSA rider "Tony" from Calgary. He started his trip with two other fellow riders. One of them on F700GS. Apparently they had a heck of a time climbing one of the lower segments of IDBDR. They were constantly having to pickup the bikes. I believe that same steep, rutted, sandy section we encountered after the 50" wide only bridge. Anyhow, the radiator fan on the F700GS stopped working and the two other riders decided to abort. So, Tony road the ID BDR alone. Anyone who rides or attempts the ID BDR on big bike gets my stamp of approval. Especially solo.
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    Pierce has several overnight lodging options. We elected to stay at Pioneer Inn, which is for sale by the grocery store owner across street. The place is totally renovated. Looks like it was setup for one bedroom condos. Super clean and new. We had to call manager to let us in. No amenities or staff. But heck of a deal. We each got our own room for something like $45 / night. Best place to get a burger or steak is Timber Inn. Slow service in morning. But dinner was great. We hung out with Tony and exchanged notes about ride.

    Pioneer Inn on right and grocery store across street. Everything is walking distance.
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    The place Tony stayed looked like the Outback cabins.
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  11. FamilyRider

    FamilyRider Been here awhile

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    Nice report. We wanted to do a ride from Mtn Home to Burgdorf and back in Sept, but the fires and smoke caused us to go elsewhere. Maybe next year. It looks like a great ride.
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  12. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Thanks FamilyRider. I am slowly getting around to posting ride report. It takes such a long time to upload photos and videos. I wish there was a quicker way.

    I know. We spent a fair amount of time doing our down days trying to figure out detours around fires. Moreover, when we did find a detour it typically would change in 24 hour period. Visibility was poor at best. Hopefully, things will be better next year.
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  13. GF-kam

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    Day 7: Pierce ID to Wallace ID. 132 mile day. 6 hr. 45 minutes moving. 8 hr. 34 minute day in total.

    [​IMG]7-Pierce to Wallace by Kam A, on Flickr

    The big highlight today was going by the Blue Heaven Cabin we've all come to recognize from other ride reports and BDR video. Very rocky 10 miles south and 10 miles north of Blue Heaven Cabin.

    Man made lake / reservoir along way.
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    In the video we will eventually cross the mountain range to my right.
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    One of few days we don't see that much smoke.
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    I was leading today. Almost missed the Blue Heaven Cabin looking down as I was navigation giant rocks.
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    Inside Blue Cabin we sign book.
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    Nearing town of Avery. Stopped at beautiful river. Finally at lower elevation.
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    Just south of Avery we navigate through canyon.
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    Navigating small town of Avery.
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    Stayed at Stardust Motel on left.
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    Northern Pacific Depot railroad museum.
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    Wallace is a pretty descent size town with a good vibe. Lots of restaurants, bike trail, and a brewery. We wish we had planned our down day in Wallace.
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    We always end our day by gassing up first and grabbing a six pack. When I go in to pay, the old lady behind the register asks for an ID. Initially I couldn't understand her with my helmet on. But, then I felt better when she told me she couldn't tell my age with my outfit. Take that as a compliment. Tomorrow we head for Clark Fork.
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  14. GF-kam

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    Day 8: Wallace to Clark Fork. Short miles but another long day. About 100 miles. 6 hr. 30 minute day.

    [​IMG]8-Wallace to Clark Fork by Kam A, on Flickr

    About half way through our ID BDR route, we hit pavement. Around 40 miles into IDBDR. My wingman and I decide we've had enough of the constant switchbacks and rocky terrain. So, we look for alternate route up to Clark Fork. BAD IDEA. We end up finding even harder roads for second half of day.

    Last two days, we notice we're not seeing as much vistas due to the trees.

    Tad chilly heading out of Wallace. A spin around town of Wallace before we head out.
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    Giving my wingman some grief this morning as we head out of Wallace.
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    Roads get rocky immediately outside of town. Once we left pavement, felt like we were on ATV trail. Barely wide enough to squeeze by a pickup truck.
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    More of what roads look like between Wallace and Clark Fork.
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    Typical logging area and roads along ID BDR.
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    More steep and rocky sections. About 25 miles north of Wallace, ID. "Slow is your friend"
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    IDBDR has plenty of long stretches of steep and rocky sections. Later in afternoon I finally fall off bike.
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    A tad exhausted I go down. Trying to ride the centerline ridge, my front end slides into the rut and down she goes. At this point, we were on a better detour....or at least we though. Looked like an ATV trail. My wingman was out of my intercom range, so I managed to get bike up by just sliding both wheels into rutted section. "Thanks wingman"
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    We finally roll into Clark Fork around 3 p.m. We stop in at the Pantry for late lunch and ice cream. Great sandwiches, breads, and bakery. We were bummed they closed down early and don't think they opened for Sunday. We met some young bucks from BC just roaming around backcountry on everything from KLR to a beat up F800GS they had to bump start. They were asking us for harder roads to ride...."just point the front wheel in direction of a peak". We had seen them earlier on IDBDR.
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    Clark Fork Lodge. Nice setup. Option of motel style room, your own cabin / lodge, and teepee. Also laundry on prem. Owner was in process of building a bar and restaurant I think. They host 3-4 concerts on the grounds each summer. We made mistake of eating at the Cabinet Mountain Bar & Grill just up street. SLOW service and mehh on food. Looked like a biker dive bar from outside...the black shiny bike type. Sounds like I have a few biases to work out with my therapist during my next session :)
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    Don't forget the segment just north of Clark Fork has been closed for couple of years now. Check BDR website for latest update. http://ridebdr.com/News/IDBDR-Road-Closure-in-Section-8

    We decide to slap it on Hwy. 200 which runs along beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. Enjoy the scenic views.
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  15. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 9: Clark Fork to Porthill and on to Creston, BC. 93 miles. Mostly paved. 4 hr. 30 minute. We decide to skip the bucolic dirt road section of ID BDR just south of Porthill. We saved it for our way back to U.S. and over to Eureka, MT.

    [​IMG]9-Clark Fork to Creston BC by Kam A, on Flickr

    Heading our off Clark Fork on Hwy. 200 which runs along Lake Pend Oreille up through Sandpoint.
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    Lake Pend Oreille.
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    Porthill and Canadian border crossing check point.
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    Check IDBDR off bucket list. A little pre celebration as we cross into Canada and ride last few miles to Creston, BC.
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    The scenery north of Sandpoint, ID and especially heading towards Creston becomes more open agricultural. Big open valley. You still see mountain ranges on each side. Most of these photos taken as we approach Creston.

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    The area around Creston is very agricultural. We see various fruits orchards and hops. I decide to stop a local orchard at edge town and buy a 5 lb. bag of fresh cherries.
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    Main street.
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    We stay a couple days at Creston Motel. They have bigger suite rooms at ground level across street.
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    Let the fund begin. We find out Creston has a big brewery which gives tours. So we decide to visit the Columbia Brewery http://www.columbiabrewery.ca
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    First beer run.
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    Inside beer tasting room. We get hooked onto the Kokanee gold beer. Unfortunately they keep it all to themselves. Columbia Brewery is owned by one of the two beer conglomerates. At they facility their brew dozen different brands including Kokanee, bush, bud, Labatts, Wildcat,
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    Today was Bud Light.
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    Cranking out the Bud Light.
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    If you need anything done to your bike, Koots Motorcycle shop is across the Creston Motel.
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  16. liv2day

    liv2day Been here awhile

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    The IDBDR is on my list of trips to do, had a few buddies also do it this year and they had the same issues with fire, smoke, and detours. Haven't had a chance (ie time) to watch any of the vids yet, but plan to do so soon!

    Thanks for posting the pics and report, have ridden street in ID some years past, but really want to explore the dirt side of things in our neighbor to the east :D

    Definitely enjoyed everything so far :thumb
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  17. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 10 (of riding. Not counting down days): Creston, BC to Eureka, MT. 148 miles. About 6 hour day with stops. Lunch at Yaak. At the Dirty Shame Saloon.

    [​IMG]10-Creston to Eureka MT by Kam A, on Flickr

    This is what ID BDR looks like between Porthill, ID and Hwy. 95.
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    At this point in journey, we're done with ID BDR and working our way to Eureka, MT. At Eureka we could pickup the CDR ( Continental Divide Trail ) towards West Glacier. I used various maps such as my DeLorme Gazetteer, Garmin Topo, and other resources like Butler Maps. We traced our way back to Porthill and road part of the IDBDR which we skipped on way up. Basically gravel roads through farm country. I actually found a nice groomed national forest road through Yaak into Eureka. I lost track of all the fires. But, I believe we skirt the Caribou Fire near the northern edge of the Yaak River. We managed to navigate on NF-508, NF-92, and I think NF-750. NF-508 cuts through the Kootenai National Forest. Very beautiful ride along the Yaak River. Felt like we had the entire route to ourselves. Mostly paved. As we head to Eureka, we see more smoke and signs of fires. This area was one of the big trouble spots this summer. The fires had spread into BC.

    Somewhere along NF-508 near Yaak, MT.
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    This is precisely where we took these photos.
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    NF-508 is ideal for big bike.
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    We gas up and have lunch at the Dirty Shame Saloon in Yaak. In middle of nowhere. Great taco salad. My wingman signs a dollar bill and staples it to one of the posts.
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    In the saloon.
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    Big Lake Kacanusa just west of Eureka, MT. Notice the heavy smoke. Again most afternoons the temps climbed back into the 80s and low 90s. Felt more like middle summer than late August.

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    Eventually we make it to Eureka. Hot and smoky. We stay at the Ksanka Inn where all the fire fighters typically stay. Gas station, convenient store ( beer ), and couple places to eat walking distance. Most of the eating establishments are also Casinos. The main part of town is half a mile or so down Hwy. 93. Not much to do. Hence few photos.

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  18. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Day 11: Eureka, MT to West Glacier. 90 miles. Takes us about 4 hr. and 15 minutes.

    [​IMG]11-Eureka to West Glacier by Kam A, on Flickr


    We were given advance notice that this portion of the CDR, from Eureka to NF-508, would be closed due to fires. So, we slabbed it south on Hwy. 93 and hooked up with the CDR somewhere just south of Dickey Lake. Some very nice lakes in this area of Montana. If you have some spare retirement $$$$, I can show you some mega mansions along Whitefish Lake.

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    When my wingman saw an A&W in Columbia Falls, I couldn't resist. Best burger.

    Riding along Flathead River into West Glacier.
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    Finally arrive at West Glacier.
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    We lodge at the West Glacier Motel. Small rooms, but one of the few affordable places close to park.
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    West Glacier has a gas station, convenient store, couple bars, restaurants, and couple souvenir type stores.
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    Inside Travel Alberta West Glacier Visitor Center. One of the only places to get wifi.
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    Sunset on Middle Fork Flathead River just around corner from our motel in West Glacier.
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    When my riding days are over...hopefully not anytime soon...I'll be coming back to fish all these rivers.
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    That first evening my wingman notices my rear shock is leaking. A blown rear seal for sure.
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    We spend a couple of days in West Glacier. On our down day, we decide to take the famous Red Bus all the way through Glacier. We pickup the Red Bus at the beautiful Belton Chalet. http://www.beltonchalet.com/index.php

    You need to book a ride on Red Bus way in advance. I think this was the week before they stopped running. Glacier has a very short season.
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    Early morning fog and smoke at Lake McDonald created perfect atmosphere for this shot.
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    Photos taken during on Red Bus trip through park.
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    I am just waiting for a dinosaur to come running through the woods.
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    Better plan your trip to Glacier soon. Most of the visible glaciers are disappearing.
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    Apparently Glacier National Park wasn't immune from all the fires. Despite the smoke, this was one of the better days. By the next day, they had to close Lake McDonald Lodge and relocate the staff.
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    Going to The Sun Road is an engineering marvel.
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    My wingman finds a new friend.
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    "Why no grizzly bears to pet"
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    Swift current Lake behind Many Glacier Hotel.
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    The above photos are all from Many Glacier Hotel. Probably one of the nicest views and hotel in park.
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    The majestic and historical Many Glacier Hotel. I think the Red Bus tour guide told us the movie Shinning was based on this hotel.
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    Inside Many Glacier Hotel.
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    Felt like royalty eating in dinning room.
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    Put it on your bucket list to stay at Many Glacier Hotel.
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    Towards the end of our Red Bus day, the winds shift and fan the fires back towards Lake McDonald Lodge.
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    Fires coming over ridge overlooking Lake McDonald Lodge. That afternoon they closed this section of the park and lodge for remainder of season.
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    That gray color cloud on top of this ridge is from fires.
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    Hopefully I am not boring you with all these photos inside Glacier Nat. Park.
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    If you have time the best way to get up close to Glacier is by hiking it.
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  19. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Correction: Not Lake Kacanusa - Koocanusa....Made up of KOOtenai river, CANada, and USA since it transverses the border.

    Great ride report. Way to work around closures. Makes it an ADVenture
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  20. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Thanks eagle eye. Also explanation for the hybrid name. Makes sense now. I hope playing all my raw video in flickr isn't too cumbersome.
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