Proposed 2012 MT Ride

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

  1. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    Timmer,

    My wife Annie (Spousal Unit) and I met you in Hyder ten or so days ago. We live near Helena but are new to the area having just moved there from Alaska in October. My conversation with you about this ride has us ready to forgo the MOA rally this year and make this ride to learn about our new home and meet some local inmates. We are still riding up north and will be until early July, but we'll have time to take a deep breath and grab our other bikes and head to Idaho. Thanks for doing all the hard-work to make this happen. I've scanned the entire thread, but want to confirm that the start date is still July 22nd.
  2. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Kevin, Yes I remember you. We had a great ride home from Hyder via Kelowna.

    The start date is Sunday 7/22 at 8am from the cafe/gas station in Elk City Idaho. I'll be arriving the day before and probably camping somewhere nearby. There is a hotel in Elk City if one is inclined that direction. As the date gets closer I'll be confirming with the forest service offices that the route is open. Any inmates who want to pre-ride all or part of it are certainly encouraged to do so. The Gravelly Range section is the highest at over 8k feet, and if it's still closed, there is a work-around that goes up to Ruby Dam west of the planned route.

    There are a number of inmates in the MT local area who can provide you some great riding opportunities. I also have all of the routes/tracks from the two previous MT1000 rides. I think you'll really enjoy riding in your new "home" state rather than sweating it out in the muggy heat of Missouri in July.

    For anyone else who's been following this thread, please check in and indicate whether you'll be joining us. A number of inmates have spoken to me at events indicating interest and others have already weighed in. We'll certainly not be riding in one huge group, but natural groups will form up and hopefully we can camp together in the evenings. The Gravelly Range campsite is one not be be missed. Pictures of it are in the photos from the 2011 Montana 1000 ride.
  3. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    Okay, we are in.

    What is the food situation? Should we plan to carry enough to make it thru the entire event or are there places to eat along the way?
  4. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    There will be places to purchase food and refuel each day. You may want to consider carrying one freeze-dried meal as a backup.
    Be sure to bring ample containers for water or water treatment items. I'll be bringing a water treatment kit. At at least one location (the Gravelly Range campsite, there is no nearby water.

    Depending upon timing, we may even eat a meal or two in towns. But that'll be totally up to the riders.
  5. sector

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    I subscribed to this thread, even knowing I can't go. I'm stuck with weekenders for the summer :huh. But, I'm planning on downloading the route (or both routes posted so far). I'm also sticking around for the pics.:lurk
  6. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I may be near your neck of the woods in the next few weeks.
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    sector Long timer

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    Cool! PM or text me when you get nearby.
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    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I'll be in Enterprise next week... from there I have no firm plans yet... Maybe I'll bring my passport :D
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  10. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    My tally is that we have 7 riders who have indicated that they are "in" for this ride. I know of a couple others who will also be riding with us.

    If you think you'll be coming along and haven't weighed in on this thread, could you do so. While it really doesn't matter how many are coming along, it's still good to know for planning purposes.

    Also, if anyone is able to do any pre-ride scouting, that would be helpful. Please post your observations.

    I'm really looking forward to this ride.
  11. Danodemotoman

    Danodemotoman Danodemotoman

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    Tim,

    Count me in. :D
    I spoke up months ago but since lurking about.
    Have ridden Magruder and Elk City wagon Rd a few years ago tho the Lolo Trail was snowed in still.
  12. IdahoRenegade

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    I'm so ready, really need to get away for a while. I just hope the snow has melted and the roads are clear by then. This year is almost more messed up than last year, at least in my area.

    IIRC, the plan is to meet up Sunday morning in Elk City...I need to go back through the thread and verify that. I think I'm going to stay at Red River Hot Springs Sat night, it's just a few miles from town, towards the start of the Magruder Corridor. Anyone else interested? http://www.redriverhotspringsidaho.com/
  13. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Not so bad on this side this year. Going-to-the-Sun is planning on opening this weekend (or as the wx dictates). Skalkaho has been open for quite a while (but suffering from construction delays). Time to start exploring some routes in the field (virtual map world is highly over-rated).

    Got lots of rallys listed on the calendar,but will probably just solo for the most part with a big exception for the Proposed MT trip. It's locked in.

  14. Idarider

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    I have been planning on camping at Poet creek camp ground on the Magruder road, getting there on Friday, July 21st and riding over to the Selway and back on the 22nd.
    From experience I know that four days/ 600 miles is about my limit on dirt so I won't be joining this ride.

    It looks like you will be coming within yards of my camper in Pierce on the 27th or 28th and I will be there at that time . Down hill fom the Timber Inn, across the bridge and I am 30 yards to the right , old white camper under a green snow roof, red fence, green shed. Lots of yard.

    If anyone still feels like camping by then you will be welcome to use my yard and I have a couple of extra beds in the camper. Hot shower/microwave/ tv at my camper. Probably spaghetti for dinner. The bars and restuarants are 2 blocks away.
    In down town Pierce: 3 bars/gas/motels/grocery store/ Verizon cell service in the Vug restuarant, also the best place to eat currently.

    If you break down on the Lolo motorway my Pierce neighbor will usually be available to haul in bikes to Pierce for the cost of fuel.
    If the end date is other than a Friday, Saturday , Sunday I probably won't be there , though the grass is always available.
    PM me if there is any interest
  15. williamsonfour

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    Timmer - I won't be able to start with you in Elk City, but would like to hook up with the group somewhere Monday or Tuesday, and ride a few days. I live in Bozeman, so I may join up for a few days and hop off the trip when we're somewhat close to home.

    Wish I could do the Magruder and Lolo Motorway portions of the trip - I'll have to find a way to do those some other time.....

    I may need to figure out how to use the .gpx files - either with a browser or GPS (have two different Garmins - handheld and a car nuvi).....haven't tried them yet. Anyone know of a thread regarding .gpx file basics? Googling now........
  16. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Thanks for your interest in the ride. It's really looking to be a nice one.

    Hooking up will be a bit of a challenge as most of the time we'll be out of cell phone range and I can only "project" where we might be each day. But you are certainly encouraged to try.

    As far as working with GPX files, if you would post what model GPS' you are using perhaps one of us can help. Do you use Mapsource, Basecamp, or some other program to get routes to your GPS?

    Tim
  17. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Double on what Timmer said. A lot depends on your make/model of GPS. I use a Garmin Etrex Legend HCx which has all the features needed for this type of work, but it is small and hard to read when riding. Mapsource and Basecamp are Garmin software programs which are free and you can download. If you are a Google
    Earth user, you can open GPX files from within Google Earth.

    I am finding the use of GPS and mapping software indispensible for the back road riding like we love in this country.

    I just finished loading all the ride GPX files for the Boise KLR Rally this weekend. Hope they provide some more when I get to Boise tommorow.
  18. Dorian

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    Family reunion/vacation combo. Not that I don't want to spend time with the family but... :freaky

    Safe travels. Look forward to the ride report(s)!

    - Dorian
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    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    As of 3 days ago Lolo motorway and Magruder are both still closed due to snow and trees.
    I rode as much of Lolo as I could. I was the first to make it through on the 109 and down Parachute grade. I also was the first to make it through Elk Meadows through Montana and out the 465 I think it was... good times and the Camas flowers were in bloom at Packer Meadows.
    There is a cornus with a 33 foot drift over it on Magruder on the East side and you can only get about 10 miles in from the Elk City side so far.

    I did ride around the gate on the furthers east section of Lolo Motorway... very cool. I rode around trees, over trees and under trees until there were too many arge trees down to get around.

    Here is a little 8 inch log I jumped both ways... down hill was a bit exciting as it was off camber and you had to line up headed for the cliff. Fun with the trailer but it handeled it fine.
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    Thias section is very overgrown... fun!

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    Watch the washout on the 109...
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    Got around this one...
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    Too many to continue...

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    the gate...
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    Fun stuff...
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  20. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Mr. Fisherman,

    Thanks for the intel. We're a month away from our proposed start. Hopefully the route will get better.

    Tim