Idaho in August this year

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by tommybelvedere, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. tommybelvedere

    tommybelvedere Adv alacarte'

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    Where the hell did i leave off? IDK, Seahawks winning the Superbowl and all i kinda got sidetracked, GO HAWKS!

    We are lounging in after arriving at Powell Creek camp at Lochsa Lodge and securing our spot. We (Greg and I) decide we would like to go find a Hot Spring that a dude last year in this area told us about. Weir Hot springs is what it is called, he said it was named after Grateful Dead member Bob Weir not sure. We saddle up riding lite as all the camp gear is off the bike and you really don't have all your crap saddled to the back, man this thing kinda hauls ass when its just me on it! Its about a 15 mile run up the tarmac to this spot.

    We arrive in short order and find it newly signed and a "new" trail carved to the springs. It really is not marked from hwy 12 you just gots to look for the pullout. We soon meet the resident fella on his Harley camping out and get the lowdown, Its 3/4 of a mile or so to the springs and we arrived about a week to late to observe the naked hippy folk from the returning Rainbow Festival i n MT. He went on and on about they were everywhere and all naked and how he partied with them? IDK? I've seen a fair share of naked hippy chicks and thats not what i was here for, i want some r&r at the springs dammit!

    Finally the springs

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    It was very warm, i would guess around 105-110 F range. There was no cool water coming into the springs, thus it was hotter than hell!
    We brought our beverages and stuff with us to help our relaxation and it was on! It was a beautiful setting and you could camp there if you liked.
    It sure was nice.

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    Yours truly enjoying the hot water!

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    Greg is digging the springs i believe!

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    Timer shot on the rocks. Its all good at this point!

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    We do our soaking/relaxing and decide to boogie it back to camp for some dinner and a few cool ones. Pretty uneventful night at camp, its crowded and lots of folks but who cares! We are coming into our last day of riding tomorrow and i am realizing that the ride is at its end. I hate the last day because you know your going to have to load it up and haul it all home and thats it for long extended riding for this season. I always can ride back around home but its the same area over and over.

    Camp shot in the AM

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    The beautiful Lochsa River!

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    Greg is sleeping in this AM, here is his Hennessy Hammock setup he has been using for 3-4 years or so. Come on man lets ride!

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    Our return route to Kamiah will take up back up to Lolo and to rd 250 to eventually take us into Pierce and back into Kamiah.
    We are going up there!

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    Lots of beautiful scenery up here you really can't go wrong!

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    The North Fork Clearwater going right along on our way to Pierce

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    Seen this cool bridge over the river but didn't have time to check it out, might be open for bikes, might not.

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    My father in law wanted me to take a picture of this creek, kinda gave me bad juju but i did it. Who the hell names these creeks?

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    We roll into Pierce and back onto Kamiah just as the sprinkles come and it rains a little. Total miles are around 950 or so and no major breaks bikes or people! This was a great ride although Macgruder was still unreachable this year due to fires, oh well it will give me an excuse to come back to Idaho as the riding is second to none and the folks are awesome! I really love Idaho and would live here if there was any work.
    We were already planning next years ride and its decided that we will try Northern Cali next year around Lassen and Shasta. If anyone has any thoughts, suggestions, must sees, anything of ADV interest let me know. We would love some input and mapping and routes are being looked at now.
    I hope i didn't bore anyone too much and apologize for the superbowl delay, but really wht the hell else were oyu going to do on a winter sunday ride? Yeah right.
    Kepp the wheels up!
    Tom
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  2. trailrider383

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    Nice report! Thanks for taking the time to document it. It gives me ideas for a ride up north.
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  3. Crusier Dude

    Crusier Dude pavement inspecter

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    WOW, really like this report. My father worked out of the Maggie Ranger Station in the 40's. We were going through there once in the 60's while hunting. A cougar jumped from the high side of the road ALL the way over the car and down the bank to the meadow below. He was HUGE but he knew it as that is a protected area. I have many of fond memories of that area. I was born and raised in Coeur d Alene. Graduated in 1972. I plan to do a ride in a lot of that area this summer. I have a 2004 DRZ 400 READY to GO. Thanks so much for this report in the middle of WINTER. I have to look for Slyvan lake though. Hope to meet you on the trail some day.
    Les in Boise
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  4. Ladybug0048

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    Thanks for taking the time to share your ride. I enjoyed the report. :clap
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  5. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Hey Tom,

    Yeah, the Superbowl provided a nice distraction !:clap:clap:clap

    Thanks for finishing up this RR . . . . . .

    Hot springs; yes, I'm gonna have to put that on my next Idaho route; Oh wait, Wansfel and Timmer have probly got that covered . . . . . :D

    Check out Desert Dave's info on Nor-Cal; Should give you some nice destinations & ride ideas:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=801678

    :ricky

    Later,

    Robert
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  6. tommybelvedere

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    Thanks for all the great comments. I love to share what i consider tame adventures compared to some reports i see on here. I really hope to meet you all at some point, i'm just a little anti crowds and like to keep to myself sometimes.
    Robert:
    Thanks for the N cal tips, i will check them out! PS, I have some great ciders this year give me a yelp. It was great running into your crew at the Harvest mkt in Kamiah prior to blast off! We have to meet up for a ride locally dammit! The hot springs really let you get relaxed and thinking about things when your there. I highly:nod:nod encourage it!
    Ladybug:
    Thanks for the kind words, sorry for the lack of flower pictures, but they were there i swear! There was alot going on and i am the only one on this ride contributing pictures or anything. Next time there will be flowers!
    Cruiser Dude:
    I really loved that maggie area too, it seemed to be a special kinda place. Your cougar story sounds like the kind of stuff that memories are made of for sure! Look for Sylvan Lk on pg 45 MT black mapbook (don't leave home without one of these, seriously!) Its at the east end on Noxon Res. I would love to meet you on the trail, always fun to meet new people out there!

    This part of the reason i did this report long after the ride happened, not a lot to read on the PNW section on rides that happened over the summer. Its our way of surviving the crappy weather, surviving to ride the more nicer weather. Or at least a little warmer! I hope you all liked my little story.
    Till the next adventure
    Cheers Tommy Blevedere:clap:clap
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  7. Ladybug0048

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    I'll hold you to that. :flug




    Riding season is for riding and winter is a great time to relive those rides and tell the stories. I've been working on telling my stories over in the Day Trippin' area. Looking forward to seeing what you have coming from next season. :ricky
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  8. guitartramp

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    I am new to the forum. I live in Idaho and would like to make the same ride. Do have the coordinates or did I miss them, thank you
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  9. tommybelvedere

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    Ladybug,
    Here is a picture of some Indian paintbrush i took on the way to Hat pt. Lookout on our 2011 Oregon ride, it was beautiful up at the lookout, although i did not go up to the lookout (not a fan of heights). I really loved that area and that ride in particular.
    I love checking out your rides over in Day Trippin', next year for us is Northern California, Lassen, Shasta, Sierras. It should be a hoot.


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    Guitartramp,
    I don't have a coordinated track, but i will have to see if i turned the tracks on in my GPS, i usually don't. Just get yourself a Benchmark Map book of the state your going to ride and most Forest Service and gravel rds are listed in there, start connecting routes and towns along the way. I think planning the route and reviewing it is a great part of the trip as well!
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  10. Crusier Dude

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    Hello Tommybelvedere.

    In regards to your message: Look for Sylvan Lk on pg 45 MT black mapbook (don't leave home without one of these, seriously!) Its at the east end on Noxon Res. I would love to meet you on the trail, always fun to meet new people out there!

    Is this a map of Montana and what is the BLACK mapbook? Can I get one in Idaho? Thanks again for the great report.
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  11. tommybelvedere

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    Sorry its on pg 45 of the Benchmark brand map book of Montana. They have a black cover and has the whole state broke down into page sections, very handy on a bike, i don't travel without one and a gps. The rd is Forest Service #7160 called Vermillion creek. Cool place with your own Huck Finn style floating dock.
    Cheers TB
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  12. twotrackles

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    Tom, a great ride report. It brought back many fond memories of our trip. Thank you. Cannot wait until our next adventure. Les
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  13. tommybelvedere

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    Glad you liked the little write up, can't wait for our next adventure in California. We will have to review some maps this weekend while we are shredding some snow ADV style. I pulled a huge wheelie on my Mountian Cat in the front yard today, kinda surprised me! Lets Ride!!
    TB:clap:clap
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  14. Ladybug0048

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    Nice Indian Paintbrush. :D The ride up to Hat Point is always a good ride.
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  15. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

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    Thanks for sharing your adventures TB! I enjoyed all of your photos and the tales from the trail. :clap

    I hope to explore that area myself in the not too distant future. Lolo looks like fun! :deal
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  16. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    Glad to see this. I've added Sylvan to my route on the way to Troy in July.
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  17. tommybelvedere

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    Ladybug:
    Yes Hat Point was a memorable ride after doing the dug bar ride the afternoon before that. That pic was my screensaver for a season!
    Wansfel
    That would be a good stop on the way to Troy, there was plenty of firewood there last season. And it was deserted! Enjoy!
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  18. Xcuvator

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    Great report and photos!
    I have tramped around those parts of ID on motorcycles and riding stock (horses and mules) starting back in the seventies. I miss the big game (wolf kill) and the blue skies/fresh air because of the long fire season, so I have missed going over there the past two years.
    I hold out some hope that I will go over next year before the fires start.
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  19. tommybelvedere

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    You gotta go back over there, no other place like it. The fires the last two years have really screwed the riding somewhat, but you always have great options! I love Idaho, probably one of my favorite places to ride overall.
    Cheers TB
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