Louisiana to Alaska on as much dirt as possible

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ejtv, May 27, 2011.

  1. Rot Box

    Rot Box Been here awhile

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    Awesome! Great to see you made it through my neck of the woods. The highline trail is a lot of fun :brow

    Again great pics always looking forward to updates.
  2. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    was my favorite section of the entire tour with miles of ridge top singletrack though forest and meadow. Thanks again to all the folks who maintain these awesome trails.

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  3. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Awesome stuff--------------so little single track left-----but you guys have really found some great stuff.

    Most people now-a-days don't have a clue what real single track is. They say they rode single track all day and all the pictures they post you could drive a jeep down. I rode thousands of miles of it in my day--------but sadly at my age I've had to tame it down a notch or 2 :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

    thanks for the memories.

    BigDog
  4. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    but the National Forest Campground camp host insisted that bikers were not allowed. :umph EH pled our case before the hostile host to no avail.

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    I considered bush camping at Fall Creek Falls, but this scenic overlook was too busy and frequented by tweekers. :choppa

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    We crossed the Snake River at Swan Valley and secured a cheap motel room that was worse than any camping experience. Unfortunately, we would spend more time at this dump than we wanted to.

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  5. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    BigDog,

    I have read your reports and you have a talent for sniffing out the scenic backcountry stuff. Like you, ET has the same talent and sniffed out seldom used singletrack on Spring Creek Trail. After finishing Spring Creek Trail we said that we would recount that story around the campfire for many years to come.


    I'm teetering on the edge of notching down a bit. I'm not sure how many more rocky switchback tumbles I can endure. :gerg

    My eyes are going bad too. I need reading glasses on my goggles to see the GPS.
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    Regards,

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  6. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    That would have been a "tragic surprise" rather than a "nasty surprise"…:lol3

    But no, the unfortunate surprise was this:


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    All night long…as skinny as eh is, he was so dehydrated he was basically a sack of bones…:waysad

    It was either giardiasis from the water we had filtered a couple of days ago, or something he ate last night. I drank significantly more filtered water than he did, so I was suspicious about the diagnosis of giardiasis. Plus he didn't have a fever. But, we all ate the same hamburgers at the local grill... I had brought with me metronidazole to deal with giardia, but didn't give it to him because I wasn't' sure that's what he had. Hard to tell. Anyhow, after thinking about all sorts of options (riding to Jackson, riding back to Ogden, abandoning him, etc.) and seeing that he was very weak but not getting worse, that morning we concocted what we thought was a reasonable plan: call eh's wife who lives in Denver, ask her to fly to Salt Lake City, then pick up his camper in Ogden and drive the 220 miles to Swan Valley to pick him up. Fortunately she found a flight leaving later that morning and arriving to Salt Lake around 1 PM. That is love! :raabia We texted her the exact location of the camper in Ogden, arranged with the manager for a pick up, texted her a picture of the the contract where the camper was, phone numbers, etc., texted her a pin of the exact current location of eh and a picture of the hotel, phone numbers, etc. and prepaid the room for one extra day and the Swan Valley RV park for her arrival so they could spend the night with the camper's AC. We bought water, gatorade, antiemitic, antidiarrhoeal, coconut water, etc. and told the housekeeper to keep an eye on him.

    And then? What else? We said our good-byes to him and went riding :evil. We reasoned if we were that sick on a moto trip and had three friends we would tell them to leave me here, go ride. In fact he said that, but I think he was too delirious to think things through. I told his wife we did all we could to not feel too guilty about leaving him alone and go ride…

    So anyhow, our idea was to ride for a few hours and come back early PM to check on him. By then his wife should technically be on her way to pick him up. If she could not make it, then we would spend an extra night there with him...

    So, first order of business was breakfast:

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    And then there were three… Not sure why I smiled in this pic…we certainly didn't think about the risk of eating there again. It was the only game in town. Smile seems cruel anyway, but like jakbrand said:

    We will never know the true cause of eh's fight with the toilet bowl and the trash bucket.
  7. SR

    SR Long timer

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    Such a sweet RR!! Love it!!:freaky
  8. ejtv

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    The late morning ride was supposed to be a beautiful ride through Rainey Creek, on the Caribou NF, east of Swan Valley where the MVU indicated several single tracks. Easy enough for our waitress' motorcyclling grandmother, I am not making this up, she told us…

    Instead we found it extremely challenging: steep, rocky and very technical...perhaps we're truly getting too old for this stuff. Rainey Creeek was what we called that day the first of several "dead end trails" if you catch my drift: trails too difficult for our skill, conditioning and energy level…even without all of our camping gear that we had left back at the motel in Swan Valley…

    Here's dwip on our first of several crossings of Rainy Creek, taking no chances, all out:

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    True to his submarine nickname, he needed a periscope and got soaked anyway, as much as if he would have dropped her…

    Here's jakbrand taking a more conservative approach:

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    Entering our own Checkpoint 13, Idaho's Little Erzberg's Carl's Diner:

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    The end of this trail…jakbrand turns around after attempting to wheelie his way to the other side of the creek, of course the pictures don't do justice to how steep the bank was, etc.

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    We then headed back toward the TH to find another single track, Corral Canyon that could short cut us to our original route up to Mike Spenser Canyon. Again, this was another "dead end trail" :wink:

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    End of the trail:

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    And on the way back:

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    We then headed back to Swan Valley to check on eh. Here's jakbrand exaggerating our accomplishments for the day so far in front of an unsuspecting couple…yeah we made it all the way up to Upper Rainey Creek with these incredible vista's of the Tetons and the valleys below, etc...:topes

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    eh was indeed stable and starting to retain some liquids. His wife had arrived to Salt Lake and was on her way to Ogden.

    Our plan therefore was to pack our stuff up and leave him at the motel while we made our way over to Driggs through interesting single track to stage our "assault on Table Mountain"
  9. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    I prefer to ride loop trails, but the spur trails around Rainy Creek included all the elements we look for on any trip, challenging singletrack, creek crossings and awesome mountain scenery. Plus we needed to check on EH around noon, so we didn't want to roam too far from Swan Valley.

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    I still had a difficult time believing that our waitress from Angus Cafe rode Rainy Creek Trail with her grandmother. :lol3
  10. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    After confirming EH stabilized condition, Dwip, ET and I headed towards Driggs, Idaho via Garns Mountain.

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  11. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Here's hoping that EH feels his chipper self post haste!
  12. ejtv

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    So the planned route to Driggs called for us to ride on single tracks all the way to Garns Mountain and Driggs via Fleming Canyon. Unfortunately this trail turned out to be another of those "dead-end trails" for us…Lots of fun, great vistas, rocky, steep, super technical, etc.

    Here's the last of several nasty little switchbacks:

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    Followed immediately by a steep section with a nasty step-up and a protruding root, followed by a narrowing steep trail with a good size drop.... dwip and I struggled making our way over it. jakbrand decided to MX his way with a jump over the whole thing…the stupidest thing he did the whole trip he told us…so stupid he scared himself :eek1 Unfortunately I could not record the feat as there was no place to park the moto and observe.

    Fleming Canyon continued its climb until we made it to the ridge of the mountain. This whole section was truly spectacular.

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    Here's jakbrand at the very ridge.

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    From there the trail took us from one side of the ridge to the other (jakbrand has a few pics in his post above), until we hit a climb so steep and so much lose dirt that dwip was on all fours trying to get to the top, and, with several 2 foot high steps punctuated by roots on top of each. It was very nasty looking. I was leading and stopped right before the first root and gave up while I could. A fall on the wrong side of the climb would have been a couple of extra hours of work extracting the bike….At that point we all decided this was the dead end of this trail and that we would slab it to Driggs.

    We got to Driggs in time to eat at a great Thai restaurant and even rest a little bit, do laundry, buy supplies, change oil, etc. as we prepared for tomorrow's hike in the Tetons.

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    Room with a view. Table Top Mountain right below and to the left of the Tetons.

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  13. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    To celebrate July 4th Dwip, ET and I hiked to Table Mountain in the Tetons. We rode motos from Driggs to the trailhead. I was wearing shorts and light jacket and felt very uncomfortable tooling along the mountain road without my regular ride gear. Amazing how a person gets accustomed to wearing All Gear All The Time.

    As we hiked, I reflected on Theodore Roosevelt's comment when he toured the Tetons. TR scanned the majestic mountain range and simply said, "...this is how mountains are supposed to look."

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    Table Top far right, Grand Teton in the middle
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    looking down the canyon to Jenny Lake
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  14. =[BAD]=TEX

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    YES! AWSOME! MY THINKING EXACTLY!:clap:clap:clap
  15. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    I know ADV Ride Reports is about motorcycle riding only, but we have always advocated for a ride and hike approach to the mountains. As cool as riding a dirt bike on singletrack is, many areas are off-limits to motos; besides, eventually to really experience the mountains you have to take all the gear off, and get mountain dirt under your nails. So, rest day on this trip was a six mile hike up to Table Top Mountain to take a close look at the Tetons.

    These are all pics of jakbrand because we were too slow for dwip…he didn't even see the moose as he speed-hiked all the way to the top...

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    Crossing North Fork Teeton Creek, freeeeeezing!

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    Here I am, enjoying the sights. Truly a worthwhile hike; highly recommended.

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    This one is taken on the way down. Interesting cloud cover. You can see Tabletop to the right of the Tetons:

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    We were exhausted by the time we got back to Driggs for a very late lunch.

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    dwip paid for the speek-hike effort by going to sleep by early afternoon, skipping dinner and waking up 12 hours later; first the hotel lobby's couch, then to the room…

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    Overall a great day :smile6
  16. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Amazing photos, ive snowmobiled in the tetons that was amazing also.
  17. ejtv

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    Now we really had to play serious catch up to get back to Salt Lake on time for moto maintenance, clearing of storage unit in preparation for our trip to Spokane later in August and our flights home, so unfortunately we had to skip a lot, and I mean a lot, of single track on the Wyoming side of the Caribou NF and instead stick to fast riding gravel roads. Still, we had a great time and saw incredible scenery: east up to Teton Pass, then south along Fall Creek Road and then SE along the Snake River on 89, for example.

    Here we are eating breakfast at Alpine Junction, probably the best breakfast and overall ambiance of the trip. Unfortunately I didnt catch the name of the place, maybe jakband did.

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    No, we're not sponsored by Klim. But we should. If anybody has a contact there, let us know:

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    We continued making great time south along Greys River knowing we were missing incredible single track and ATV trails on either side of the river :(:

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    I don't know about the other guys, but I am coming back to this area to ride some more for sure.

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    As soon as we exited the Caribou NF, the landscape changed too. Here we are making our way to the east shores of Bear Lake:

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  18. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    We were exactly one day behind schedule. All hope of completing today's planned singletrack sections withered with the prospect of covering nearly 300 miles in one day as we headed back towards SLC. We shifted into 4th and 5th gear on mix of paved and gravel roads from Driggs to Bear Lake. Most of the route followed either the mighty Snake River or scenic Greys River.

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    Dwip ran out of fuel a few miles before Bear Lake, so I let him "borrow" a splash of gas.

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  19. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    Triple digit temperatures harassed us as we approached the inviting turquoise water of Bear Lake.
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    time for a quick dip before dinner!
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  20. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    After swimming I felt like filling my belly with a half pound Merlinator and world famous raspberry shake from Merlin's Drive Inn at south end of Bear Lake. :dg

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    I was so drowsey during first few miles after eating that I had to sing in my helmet to fight the urge to put my head on the handlebars and take a nap.