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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by rockyroad, Feb 13, 2013.
Looks like we might meet up on the crooked river at the end of March. Looking forward to it.
I'd sure like to be there . . . so hoping the weather's good enough to ride down. Like the man said, "We'll see . . . "
Would be great to meet some of the folks out here.
I hear you about slowing down and taking in the surroundings. There is a lot to see in our little corner of the world and a 30 second stop every now and then just doesn't do it justice sometimes. I guess that is one big advantage of riding solo, you get to set your own pace . I've stopped riding in the middle of the day when I was solo and set up camp cause the sceen in front of me needed to be seen at sunset and midnight and sunrise.
++ on riding retired. I'm trying to make up for lost riding time also.
Loop ride for Magruder? Check last years pictures Best of Montana 2012
And this year's version in August Best of Montana 2013 planning. This year backwards starting in Kamiah in the Lolo Motorway down to Virginia City and the Gravellys, then back to Elk City over the Magruder. Probably close to 1000 miles - 7 days.
One of my favorite rides is do the motorway and then drop down to Kelly Forks, to the North Fork, up the North Fork, over Fly Hill and down into the St. Joe. Then you can either follow the St. Joe or take the back roads to make a loop. Go over Freeze Out and drop down into Clarkia.
Looks like I have to spend some time tonight looking at my maps to see
just where this loop is. I heard the old motorway is probably big bike friendly, what about the rest of the loop you laid out here? What time of year is all this usually open?
How many people did it last year ?
Took me awhile to follow as the drop down is 'drop up' to Kellys Forks?
I want to do it!
I have to agree with sorebutt, that is a really good loop and I am sure that sorebutt is doing that loop as a day ride. I would suggest it as a two or maybe even three day ride the first time. I liked camping at the Spruce tree campground on the upper St Joe to start from. We did it that way on the Triple T Overdose ride a few years ago.
I personally like going over Hoodoo pass also, or going up the St Joe and popping over to St Regis and heading towards Glacier/Waterton/Frank Slide/ Crowsnest pass/Fernie...
Hi there rockyroad, I have alot free time for riding and sometimes its hard to find folks who have days off during the "work" week. My dad hates it when I take off by myself. I live in Bend and I have a few ride/rallys already planed out for the season and I'll have open days too!
I think about 12 finished the whole trip. A couple of others had to drop earlydue tomechanics and a couple of others just joined during the middle for a couple days due to schedule conflicts.
Whole route will be big bike friendly. The Lolo, Magruder, and Gravellys usuually don't open until mid July.
So it looks like a lot of old pharts (and some younger ones) are following this thread and things are going to happen later this year - but - everywhere I look around here it's white.
Is there anything being looked at for the March/April timeframe? I just got the Beemer running yesterday and the Honda is on tap for today.
I could certainly be convinced, doesn't have to be local (Idaho) in fact I don't see how it could be.
I've done it on a KLR and 800 GS. It is all big bike friendly.
It is a 2 day ride. I like to stay at the Cayuse airstrip campground.
I'm having that same trouble, and every time I look in the mirror, it gets worse.
Check out the Crooked River Campout threat-I'll try to post a link when I get to a real computer. Late March just south of Prineville.
Weather could easily still be dog-doo though . . .
I would like to do that and have planned to a couple of times, with work and fires getting in the way. Maybe this is the year.
For the ride I want to do I have been trying to round up a driver to meet a group of riders at the end of each day for a weeks ride. Much better camping and riding ( only packing a day pack) , and no need to hit gas stations. Chairs in camp! So far acouple of maybes. Pay for the gas of the truck. If I find someone it will be something along the lines of the best of montana route but 2nd weekish of july.
Central Washington is interesting this time of year, if you have a heated coat for the early part of the day there is plenty or riding around here. Sorebutt usually does Lolo pass starting about now.
Getting here over the McCall area might be a little puckery:huh. Camp in my basement if you like.
We will be having lunch at the botom of Rattlesnake grade ( Oasis Restuarant) on Saturday ( a bit cold on top) but 64 here in the valley.
Hello! Have been following your thread and would like to put my hat in with you all. I'm on the Idaho side just North of Boise and am new to the Adventure riding. Currently going thru the new to me 96 1100GS in preparation for the '13 riding season. Have a C90 Suzuki 1500 also so street runs and dirt are all ok to me. Look forward to meeting some on the trail this year and enjoying the fun.
The problem of a pick up following is most good motorcycle roads are too rough for a pickup unless you want to beat the crap out of it. Plus the motorcycles are so much faster on forest roads that you would have to wait a long time for the pickup to catch up.
Now if the pickup was driven by the Swedish Bikini Team it would be worth waiting for.