Proposed 2012 MT Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Timmer, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. moto-treks

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  2. sorebutt

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    Idaho is similar in that a legal license vehicle can operate on any road, but to go on trails you need an off road sticker. The problem is with the new forest service rules there aren't many places you can ride off road. Most atv trails aren't suited for a dual sport of any size so you are limited to forest roads. I don't know of anyone that enforces the off road sticker. The only ones you run into out there are forest service and they don't enforce state laws.

    One problem is the money from the stickers helps pay for off road trails, but the forest service regulates where you can ride. They keep closing areas you can ride.
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    All I know is my verizon phone works in the Vug , very handy for a town that hasn't had cell service since it went digital. The old bag phone worked way further out if you had some altitude.

    Since I just buoght the 4 wheeler and gave Idaho their cut for tax I know my plate is good for 7 years as is the tab and the ten dollar off road tab is good for a year.
    I will be riding the Rancher to work a few times just because it is legal in Idaho to ride your 4 wheeler as long as you stay off highways.
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  4. xr_doug

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    Gotten kinda quiet here. Timmer, anything new to share on the proposed route?

    Leaving for my second MC camping trip of the year on the new bike in the morning. Whittling the gear down each time to what's essential and adding what was missed the last time out.

    XR_Doug
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  5. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I'm out riding until 5/28; then I'll post up a proposed route. *Currently in LV and headed for Flagstaff for the weekend. About 6k miles so far on this trip since 5/1.
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  6. Erronous Monk

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    Timmer et al. I will be planning to make this ride work for me. It would be a great pleasure to ride with you in Montana again. I have no rides planned for the middle of July thru the end of August, yet.

    :-)
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  7. IdahoRenegade

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    Now that we're getting closer, who's still in on this ride?
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    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    I for one...maybe two.
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  9. moto-treks

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    If it's still 7/22 then I can't make it. First date for me is 6 August
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  10. xr_doug

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    I'm still planning to make it.
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  11. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I'm still planning on it. :) BUT keep in mind, the route has to be open to be able to do it.

    Now that I'm back from riding my 10k mile month (ride reports to come - rode every western state and Alaska), I'll try to put out the proposed route in GPX format by later today.
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  12. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    Things are opening up earlier this year from my observations. Be glad to do some pre-running to verify. Looking forward to the GPX files.

    More concerned with downed trees on the Lolo and Magruder than snow.
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  13. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Here's a link to a file in Google Docs for my version 1 of the ride.

    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwttN10OAFzqcDJMNVNSMUk5amc

    I've made the GPX file editable, but please just download and edit it as you wish. If you would then send me a copy of your GPX file, I'll upload the latest versions.

    Here's a summary:
    Day 1 - Elk City, ID to Darby, MT - 125 miles - Probably camping somewhere on the NEZ Perce Trail. TBD.
    Day 2 - Darby, MT to Clark, MT Reservoir - 126 miles - Includes a recommended side trip to Bannack Ghost town - some pavement
    Day 3 - Clark Reservoir, MT to Gravelly Range Primitive Camping Site (very nice site) - 124 miles - Lots of gravel & scenery
    Day 4 - Gravelly Range Camping to Ruby Dam Camping - 97 miles - Lots of time to enjoy the Gravelly Range Road - several additional riding options both up in the Gravelly Range and south of Ruby Dam.
    Day 5 - Ruby Dam to US93 south of LOLO - 214 Miles - Unfortunately this is pavement day in order to transition us back to the Lolo Motorway
    Day 6 - Lolo, MT to Pierce, ID - 171 miles - Lots of great riding on the LOLO Motorway. We may have to split this into an additional day.

    I trust this route will work for those who have expressed interest in doing the ride. Thanks for your patience in waiting for the proposed route.
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  14. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50 yrs on 2 wheels

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    Tim,

    Here is my version of the 2012 Best of MT1K Ver rh1.gpx . I have added several potential alternate routes to consider along US 12 west of Lolo to get off pavements. These are mostly based on actual tracks from this past year. All big bike friendly.

    I also added a couple of manufactured alternate routes for Day 5 for less pavement and pickup some really great paved sections such as the Scenic Byway from Polaris to Wise River. If you haven't been on that stretch, it is a must. It is paved but little traffic and I think the alternate I added might cut some miles. I am guessing using Mapsource for the stretch from Ruby res to Dillon, perhaps someone from that region could verify.

    Likewise I highly recommend the Elk Meadow to Lolo Pass alternate section for Day 6 - really stunning scenery and it is big bike friendly. (Based on actual tracks).

    There are dirt routes from Hamilton (or Sula) all the way south to near the Big Hole Battlefield which I have been on, but do not have accurate tracks or routes (but that could change).

    Would also suggest getting off US 93 at Hamilton and taking the "Eastside Highway" up the Bitterroot Valley to Florence. Much more scenic and gets off the four lane for 30 miles or so.

    Ron
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  15. Timmer

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    Ron,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out. There's nothing like local knowledge to help in the planning.

    Tim

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  16. IdahoRenegade

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    Thanks for taking the time to put all this together. I understand how much work can be involved. Can't wait!

    You ROCK:clap:clap:freaky:freaky

    Ditton for Wansfel-I was typing when you posted.

    Do either of you have any links to RRs on the Montana sections? Just something to whet the appitite!
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  17. Timmer

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    Ron,

    I really like your suggestions. For the day 6 alternate, it will certainly add an extra day to be able to off the pavement for the proposed route. I met someone at Lochsa lodge a few years ago who did that proposed section, but I had forgotten about it.

    I took the Eastside Highway last year and really liked it. I'll add that segment as well.

    I'll wait for a few days before publishing the next version.

    Tim
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    Pic from Burnt Knob Lookout, Magruder Corridor. Lots of fires over the past few years, but still an awesome spot.
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    I'm still planning on it! :evil
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    I might provide an early scouting report.... :evil