Questor and MotoAdventureGal ride the Great Empty Places of the West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Questor, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Howdy all. :wave

    Once a year, I combine all my vacation days, sick days, and the credited days for the weekends I've worked and I take a big epic adventure.

    Living in Idaho, I've been visited by lots of Studly Adventures, such as Byways, Vinnie the Snake, Docking Pilot and his crew, and others, and have learned from their adventures.

    So this past winter, when the snow blocked the roads, and the temperatures dropped into the negative numbers, I pulled out the maps, checked GPS files, referenced Google Earth, and spent my evenings planning a new trip.

    I also spent my evenings building up my new KTM Super Enduro, making it into the Ultimate Adventure Travel Bike.

    Taking a 07 Super Enduro, I added Wolfman Luggage, Berg Briggs' Backroads Moto racks, Touratech GPS systems, Safari Tanks, Neduro's Adventure Tank, Fasst Racing Flex Handlebars, Warn Winches, Renazco Racing seat, and assorted "bling" such as Rigid Lights, and Shorai Batteries from Black Dog Cycle Works and parts from CJ Designs. (Yes- That was a shameless plug to my sponsors. :shog)

    And oh yeah.. Klim provided the riding gear. :wink:

    I wanted to get away from... everything... and I did it.

    No cell signals for hundreds of miles, seldom going though populated areas. MotoAdventureGal and myself had two specially modified KTM motorcycles with fuel ranges of 300 - 400 miles (depending on conditions and throttle and terrain). We camped every night, and cooked our own food. We were like the Cowboys and settlers of the 1880's. Self sufficient, and traveling alone, seeing the most remote places in the Western US.

    Borrowing from the knowledge of the collective, I calculated a route consisting of over 4000 miles of dirt, though all the Great Empty places in the Western US, making sure we could get gas once and a while.

    It took twenty days, and was physically demanding, as well as emotionally draining. (In fact it may have cost me my relationship with MAG.)

    Starting in Idaho Falls, we would travel north to the Gallatin / Gravelley mountain range of Montana, then over to the "Big Empty" of Wyoming by way of the Teton National Forest. From the "Big Empty" we connected with the Oregon Trail, and headed south to Steamboat Springs by way of the Routt National Forest. Then down to the Dinosaur National Monument of Colorado, and over to Utah. Traversing the Ashley and Wasatch National Forests towards Provo Utah we would hook up with sections of the Pony Express Trail through the emptiness of the vast Nevada desert, and head over to the KTM Adventure Rally in Lake Tahoe. After the KTM event we would head up though the emptiness of northern Nevada and stop by at Dennio Junction - a waypoint from our TAT trip. We would tag the south east corner of Oregon, and then we would head north to the Salmon - Challis and Nez Pierce National Forests of Idaho and traverse the Magruder Corridor, and head back to Idaho Falls. (Whew...)

    The route looks like this on a map.
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    This Ride Report will be picture intensive. I've got over 650 pictures.
    (Lucky for you, I've compressed them so they will upload quickly. :thumb)

    I'll do my best to post this Ride Report in a timely manner, but I've got a job that takes up a lot of time and often requires travel, and I've got a slow internet at home, so bear with me. :deal

    So saddle up, git your cowboy hat on, and get ready to see The Great Empty Places of the American West.

    Yee Haw!!!

    Q~
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  2. byways

    byways byways

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    This will help us pass the winter ...

    Let 'er rip, Q!
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  3. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Let the soap-opera unfold...

    :lurk (funny: I'm litterally eating pop-corn right now).



    GAME ON!!!
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  4. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi Q n' M....ya know I am in :rofl:norton help me pass the winters here:eek1. On with the RR:clap.
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  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    So I should start by introducing the cast of characters.

    Here's MotoAdventureGal, my travel partner for the past three years and her KTM 950 Adventure, the "Night Fury" (reference "How to Train your Dragon).
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    We've been all over the North American continent together. From Connnecticut, to Key West by way of the Outer Banks in March. From North Carolina to Oregon on the Trans-America Trail. From Montana to New Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail, and even to Alaska last summer. She's put up with my compulsive obsessiveness. My mood swings, my bad cooking, and my lack of hygiene on trips such as this.

    But as I said, this may have been too much...

    This is me, Questor. What more should I say?
    I like KTM's, and exploring remote places by Motorcycle.
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    This is my KTM 950 Super Enduro.
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    Well part of it. :lol3

    But this is what it looked like once it was all put back together, and packed up for the trip.
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    And here are the two bikes, all clean, and packed up, and excited to get started on the Great Empty Trip.
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    And here's the happy couple when they were still talking to each other.
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    (sigh...)

    Q~
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  6. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Here are a few teaser pictures to keep you folks interested.

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    Stay tuned...

    Q~
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  7. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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    I'm in.:clap
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  8. byways

    byways byways

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    I'm feelin' it!
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  9. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Looking forward to following this! Looks like some fantastic riding and interesting places along the way. Bring it on!
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  10. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Oh yeah!
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  11. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Sweeet.... I was wondering when you were gonna get this RR started! Subscribed!
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  12. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    You sure know how to find the off road trails! :thumb

    Looks like a great ride too.. :lurk
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  13. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    :lurk Ready to ride along.
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  14. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    Popcorn ck drink ck. Let the RIDE begin. No Spot to track U?
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  15. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    sounds great except maybe not having your gal in your life now?:huh
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  16. byways

    byways byways

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    mapuda Crash Tested

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  18. slimy

    slimy Wanabe Adventurer

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    :p3rryThe bike is packed. I'm on board.
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  19. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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  20. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    It was a great route, and certainly one I would not have ridden--or even plotted out--on my own, so thanks Questor and Byways for making it happen. Also thanks to Docking Pilot pre-running it for us--thanks to your coming to town I found the 950 for sale in my own back yard. I LOVE THAT BIKE! Over 25,000 miles on it since I bought her at the end of March.

    So. Great scenery, breathtaking vistas, unbelievable emptiness.

    Questor, I'm still talking to ya (at least on ADVrder :norton ). You gonna post my pics for me since I am on the road to New Mexico?
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