Louisiana to Alaska on as much dirt as possible

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

  1. jakbrand

    jakbrand 100 octane

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    Honkey,

    I checked your ride report. You guys had too much fun in Colorado. :ricky


    ET on the final day at Canfield Mountain
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  2. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    We packed our wet gear and after a chilly early AM ride, we arrived at Saint Maries for breakfast:

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    We rode on gravel for as long as we could as we headed north toward Spokane, still on the Idaho side:

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    Lots of rerouting to avoid pavement:

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    In the Coeur d'Alene NF OHV singletrack area (Canfield Mountain) with the Coeur d'Alene Lake in the background:

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    First rest stop:

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    There were thousands of wasps in the OHV area. It was a bit unnerving as I am allergic to those....

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    As much fun as the singletrack here was, after this pic I called it quits, not wanting to push my luck too much. We were within an hour of Spokane, and I was tired already...I headed to the KTM store in Spokane, and jakbrand and a-rider rode for another hour.
  3. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    With the good guys at Dave Russell's KTM dealership all loaded up with the goodies, new tires, oil, oil filters, air filters, air filter oil, I got new boots, new bark busters, etc,...it was an expensive stop :rofl

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    Entering the storage unit main gate, by the airport and across from a hotel...can't beat that:

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    Plan was to do laundry that evening, eat a hearty dinner and do moto maintenance in the AM so the bikes would be ready for the next leg of this trip next year.
  4. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    A-rider went to visit family while jakbrand and I did Moto maintenance.

    On my way back from the car wash, the friendly Spokane sheriff department gave me a ticket. I know I wasn't speeding, but he got me for:

    1. Headlight bulb busted (those darn KTM 500 EXC bulbs suck, I put a new one every trip)
    2. Tires not DOT (are you serious?)
    3. Tag mounted sideways (OK, I admit that one)
    4. Moto registered in Utah but I live in Louisiana (I've always wanted a Utah tag, a pretty one with Arches NP)
    5. Rear turn signals too hard to see (Come on!)
    6. Front turn signal busted (I crashed, what can I say)
    7. Only one rear view mirror (but that is legal in Utah!)

    I rushed to complete as much of my maintenance as possible...oil and filter change, front tire, new bark busters... i still need to do the thermoswitch and the rear tire...i bought the wrong size :becca and said my good byes to jakbrand at noon

    Hasty la vista!

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    The free shuttle right from the storage unit itself is first class, even has ice cold water included:

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    Awesome trip guys! :clap:clap:clap

    PS:

    A couple of days ago I contributed $128 to the Spokane County District Court...I still think I didn't deserve a ticket....:lol3

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  5. jakbrand

    jakbrand 100 octane

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    ET,

    The Liberty stamp is a nice touch. :norton



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    I can't wait until next summer. I'm imagining a route from Spokane to Washugal (on dirt) in July to watch our favorite MX pros. Perhaps we will see Tomac win his first 450 overall at Washugal National. :thumb
  6. trail717

    trail717 Adventurer

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    Spokane County District Court: I work all the time in Washington and Oregon. They both seem sort of like nanny states to me, lots of minor regs for all possible situations. But it’s hard to beat the beautiful countryside and the locals have always been friendly. (however I have avoided local enforcement so far-----)


    <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>Anyway, I have truly enjoyed your report, makes me want to get that second ‘light weight’ duel sport bike and hit some local single track</o:p>
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    <o:p>look forward to more next yr.........<o:p></o:p>
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  7. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    What a great report! You guys are SERIOUS adventurers!! Color me jealous. :wink:

    Can't wait for the next leg of your adventure! :lurk

    Tooly
  8. arctic wildchild

    arctic wildchild Adventurer

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    i would cut my nuts to join a trip like this :cry
  9. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Woe - that sounds a little extreme - maybe one!
    Besides - With no nuts you may be too afraid to ride a few of the more challenging spots :lol3
  10. BigShooter

    BigShooter Head Flunky

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    what amasing me the most, and makes me extremely jealous, is the awesome amount of backroads and trails available up in the rockies. Or, maybe its just the lack of them here in East Texas. There are some great spots here and there not far from me in Arkansas; but, nothing like up there.
    How is the accessibility back around you in Baton Rouge?
  11. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    In Baton Rouge I have to be creative…:evil…but you can find stuff to ride...

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  12. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Maybe someone has already answered this but I thought I better speak up since I talked to the rancher in charge of the ranch where that bridge is about crossing his property.

    I am just reading this report so am way behind on the current comments so bear with me if this has already been talked about.

    Anyway, I am pretty sure the place they were was actually private land owned by the YP (Petan) Ranch. While I was preparing for our ride in the area in 2012, I talked to the ranch manager to secure his permission to cross his land. He was not really too excited about granting me permission but eventually did. He is often frustrated with rafters who bring their boats in to launch at the YP Ranch Launch Site. While they are guests crossing the ranch, they complain about cattle ranching and that pisses the ranchers off. In fact, one of the last things he told me after giving me permission to cross his land if I had to was to make sure that all the riders in my party were carnivores. He did not want any "whiny vegetarians" on his roads.

    A ton of Nevada is controlled by the BLM. The ranchers can get permits to graze on BLM land and part of that permit includes allowing the public to travel over the roads. The permit holders cannot lock the gates on BLM land. They can of course lock the gates on their private ranch land if they want to. Generally the ranchers are pretty cool and the last thing they want is for someone to cut open a fence so most gates are unlocked. Every rancher I talked to was sure to mention that we should leave the gates as we found them.

    It always seems to be harder to find a way thru the private land when you get close to a town. I have ridden up to many ranches thinking I was on a public road only to find out I was on private land. Just be cool. Most of the ranchers think this whole motorcycle camping exploring thing is pretty cool.

    If you are planning to go out in the desert, try to figure out if you are going to be crossing private land and ask permission beforehand. Every ranch I talked to gave me permission to cross their land. It is not too hard to find their phone numbers with a quick Google search.
  13. Kayakkawakid

    Kayakkawakid USPS

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    Thanks edgardo and compadres, due to your ride report updates, I can also say I've been inspired, I've now bought a klx 400 sr and been slowly getting her ready and hopefully by the end of this month will finally embark in our first adventure at big bend state park with other like minded fools, thou for only a few days and no where the single track adv you guys have been doing but I'm trying to live the dream as much as possible with work and family limitations. So I toast to your inspiration that was instilled in me....:freaky keep riding....
  14. ejtv

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    In search of single track, the route from Spokane to Portland will take us north and then west through Colville National Forest then south through the Okanogan National Forest and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Maps are showing lots of good stuff. :ricky
  15. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    Here's the actual route:

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    The idea was to plan the route and timing from Spokane to Portland to coincide with Washougal National Motocross race near Portland, Oregon. We would ride the Colville, Okanogan, Wenatche, and Gifford Pinchot National Forests as we made our way to Washougal. Everything, well, most of it, worked as planned and we were able to spend a day watching MX. I had never been to a live outdoor pro MX event, so it was a treat to see these pros ride, hear the engines and smell the race fuel exhaust. We would also be visiting A-rider's grandparents farm near Washougal, the place where he learned to ride as a kid. A real treat for him and all of us. The raging fires in northern Washington required reroutes, but overall, we were able to ride through great single track, ATV and Jeep roads most of the time. A few sections of slab were necessary to connect all of it.

    In this trip, in addition to the usual suspects, dwip, A-rider, jakbrand and this writer, we had an invited guest, neff142, with lots of local knowledge and technical ability, both critical for this leg of the trip.

    This was the most physically demanding and technically challenging of all of our moto trips so far&#8230;many times we were down trails that there was no way I could see how we could possibly backtrack&#8230;:norton. Many times a couple of us thought, "this is the last time I ride single track" or "my next bike will be a Harley" or "when are we getting out of this mess and ride pavement?"

    Arriving at storage unit in Spokane:

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    We all had to do minor repairs, put new tires on, install new air filters, change oil, charge batteries, etc. These are always anxious moments, at least for me, not sure why, getting all the gear together, going over mental lists to make sure nothing is left out, etc.

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    The real reason we do these rides, the decals&#8230;

    here a-rider distributes the WashMX 2014 decal&#8230;

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    ...the proud recipient is neff142...

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    ...we all display them in a prominent spot...

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    Last meal at hotel in Spokane before heading out&#8230;neff, a-rider, jakband and this writer. dwipp was at FedEx sending a box of odds and ends to our destination in Portland and another one to Florida.

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    We had three free breakfasts and four mouths to feed, so jakbrand devised a contest to see who would pay the one meal&#8230;guessing the total amount of the bill&#8230;and he lost...:rofl

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    Filling up my gas tank, you never know what you can find at gas stations&#8230;

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    Leaving the storage unit in Spokane for good&#8230;

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  16. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Back on the trail :clap
  17. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    :thumb :ear Following along intently..........
  18. NEFF142

    NEFF142 n00b

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    I had to make a forum deal just to make sure there's not too much bashing about my eating habits, poor camping skills, lack of preparedness, the hammock, and of course anything that may or may not have happened at the radar dome. your pics look great so far Ed!
  19. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Great to see this thread come up on the radar! Let the single-track begin. :lurk
  20. jakbrand

    jakbrand 100 octane

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    Neff,
    When you showed up without a tent, spare tubes, body armor and other camp essentials I doubted you would complete the tour.
    Forgive me for underestimating. :doh
    In fact, I am eternally grateful for hauling my sorry butt out of the woods on Day 4. You proved the wilderness credo, "save yourself and one other person." :webers

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