Nightstalker wants to ride with YOU!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, May 12, 2007.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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  2. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    Nice pics TZ! We did a BBQ run ride on Saturday. Great food and a real nice ride. Keep up the good work. :clap
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I've been camping in the historic town of Medora, ND for the past couple of days. Been real busy hiking in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and hanging out in Medora. Today we got back from hiking a little early and I had unloaded the bike from the truck on arrival, so it would be a sin not to go for a little spin before loading back up.

    Of course, my little spin ended 180 miles and 4 hours later. You can find my GPS track log here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=240693.

    I stopped at the town Bank/Tree/Post Office to drop off some post cards before departure.

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    I headed south out of Medora on East River Road. I was expecting that it would run along side of the Little Missouri River.

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    Miles and miles of groomed gravel roads through the North Dakota Badlands.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    There were 30-40 mph winds out of the west all day. I was surprised how squirrely that made the KTM on the gravel. I had quite a lean going at times, just to go straight!

    Free roaming bovine. I don't want to hit one of those gals.

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    Enjoy the views.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I thought that it was odd that I had been on this "River" road for 30 some miles now and still hadn't seen any sign of the River! Oh, there you are, finally.

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    Here's a feeder stream I was lucky enough to cross over on a bridge.

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    The terrain flattened out after a while. Here's looking back over my shoulder.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Here's a mule deer that was checking me out as I flew on by.

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    Wow, did I mention that the terrain had flattened out?? Warp speed Mr. Sulu.

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    I was trying to get to the highest point in North Dakota, White Butte, but there was no signage, and all the access "roads" were posted.

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    I continued south on route 85 to avoid storms following me down out of the north. I figured I'd head west and then loop back to Medora to stay dry.

    Crossing the Little Missouri River at Marmarth, ND.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The plan was to go west to Baker, MT, get gas and then find a dirt road that was on my map and head east to Carlyle, MT and then back into ND and up to interstate 94.

    Until I passed a sign that read "Old route 16" on the way out of Marmarth, ND. Hmmm. That should connect up with the route 16 on my ND state map in Golva, ND. That would eliminate all that mucking about in Montana and save a bunch of miles. I probably have enough gas, lets go for it!

    Old Route 16 turned out to be about 40 miles of single lane dirt road. Pretty awesome!!

    Low water crossing.

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    This was truely NO MANS LAND! It was a little spooky.

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    The sun was dipping lower and lower on the horizon. The low fuel light hadn't come on yet. I had no idea how much gas I had used in the violent cross winds on the way down, so I was keeping the gears high and the revs low.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I was seeing a lot more deer and even some antelope. I was hoping that they wouldn't jump out in front of me. I don't know how many days I'd be laying on this road waiting for the next car to come and find me.

    I was real happy to see this sign, a sign of civilization!

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    Flat and straight to the interstate, paved road the rest of the way back to Medora. What a great time I've had here the past few days.

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    Next stop Billings, Montana. That ought to be exciting!
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  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Typical late late evening....:cob

    Here I am at almost 1 AM and involved in another page-turning advrider.com thread!

    BTW - FANTASTIC photography and all the bells and whistles that make loggin on to this site another exercise in a 3 hour investment in the knowledge that I am not alone!

    Muchas Gracias for the great thread and entertainment!
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  10. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    TZ are you going to try and get to Big Sky MT?? If you get there try Milkies Pizza. Best damn pizza around. Wish I was on the tour with you. Looks great.:clap
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We won't be far from there. I'll be sure to make a run up for some pizza. One question, thick or thin???

    TZ

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  12. dgrs2

    dgrs2 Where'd I leave my knee??

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    Only one kind for one price. I think a pie is $20 !!!! Take a ride on over to Big Sky ski resort up the road to see Lone Peak Mt. Not sure if the tram is running yet but if it is it'll take you up to 11,166'. What a view.
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    This is the mountain you look down on. And it's pretty damn big.
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  13. DeadGuy

    DeadGuy Been here awhile

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    terry,

    way to go bud, how did I miss this?... got some catching up to do on this thread.

    Did ya sell the house? I'm jealous - I may have to do this soon. Stay safe and enjoy - I'll be following your adventures, so keep the great photos coming.

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  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I have read only part of this thread so far, but it looks like a great adventure.

    When you head for Estacada, give a shout on PDX Meet-ups: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=215344

    We like to do this:

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    And this:

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    No, not at the same time.

    I hope we can hook up with you while you are here.
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Sounds good! I'll be in Fairview, OR, Sept 23-30. I'll be looking for you guys!

    Terry

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We pulled into the Billings KOA on Tuesday, 6/19. I had prior arrangements to get my truck serviced at the local Dodge dealer for Wednesday, which made a perfect reason to go get lost on the KTM.

    After being an eastcoast boy all my life, riding in the west gives me the heebe-geebes!! In the east, you're really never all that far from civilization should something happen and you need help. The shear magnitude of the emptiness is awesome in its beauty and terrifying when considering the consequences of an injury or bike trouble. This day I would feel that terror, and the fortune of the hospitallity of the families who call this land home.

    I started a little later than normal, but I'm riding alone today, so I'm not going to be late meeting someone. Gathered my maps, loaded up my camelback, stashed some extra water and a couple of snacks, let my wife know about where I was going and away I went!

    You can find my tracklog posted here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=241555

    The map showed an interesting dirt road from Billings to Edgar, that's good enough a place to start for me! Crossing the Yellowstone River, leaving Billings.
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    Overlooking Billings.
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    I'm hoping to find more of this!
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    A nice thick fresh coat of gravel. Almost exactly like riding through the deep sands of southern New Jersey. Hammertime!!
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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    This is cattle country and these gals were manning the microwave station.
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    The road is starting to get exciting now. There's a grader on the road ahead of me in the distance.
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    I saw this and almost fell off my bike taking a picture. It was hard to stop for even a moment, I just wanted to ride off!
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    Looking back over my shoulder.
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    I can do these water crossings all day long! Bring it on!
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  18. timk519

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    Is it ok to say "Amen!" to this?

    I'm in the middle of my own North American ride, and that's exactly what I've felt in the mid/western riding I've done so far - namely just how big - and desolate - the spaces can be. At least since I stick to pavement because of my ride (a Valkyrie) - I haven't experienced the "I'm in deep trouble out in the middle of off-road no-where" sensation yet...but still. *shiver* :eek1
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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After descending to the lower plain, it was more fast riding to Edgar.
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    I stopped in Bridger for gas after riding the highway down from Edgar. There was this smoking blond that had was pulling a fifth wheel trailer there filling up with diesel. I should have snuck off a picture of her for you guys, but you'll have to get by with a description. Blond, 5'5", C, hip hugger jeans, cowboy boots, and a playboy bunny belly shirt! Thinking back about it now, I really should have snapped off a keepsake for myself! Oh well, I guess we can't all be pervs.

    This isn't a good substitute for the playboy bunny girl, but how about a antelope?? I stopped, peed, and took a picture. The antelope crossed the road ahead of me while packing things away. I took off the down the road and didn't that damn thing come running back right for me!! I thought it was going to broadside me, but it passed just ahead.
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    Old ranch house.
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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    My real goal for the day, as I had pointed out the search area for my wife on the map, was Big Pryor Mountain. And this was the road in.
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    Located right in the middle of Custer National Forest, and according to their website, containing miles of 4x4 jeep roads. A quick check on my GPS seemed to confirm this. Upon arrival however, many of the little lines on my GPS didn't seem to exist in real life, and there were plenty of real life roads that didn't seem to be in my GPS. Stupid computers. Well, at least I'll know where I'm at, Montana.

    This road was on my GPS.
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    This gate across the road wasn't on my GPS.
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    Does this mean that it's ok to go forward and just close the gate behind me?? I'll turn around, that's not really the right direction anyway.
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