Rode my dirt bike in Idaho a lot

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by OrangeYZ, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    "Tour of Idaho!"
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    "It should read: OrangeYZ's Triumphant Tour of Idaho! Must be some mistake."

    No, it was right in the first place.

    I scored way less than 55 points, so I got this title that covers everything:

    Dirt Bike
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    2007 450EXC, which has a 540 big bore kit from the previous owner.
    Wolfman Rolie Luggage with two medium bags for the sides and one small bag on the top. Tent strapped to the small bag. Sleeping bag in the left bag, tools in the right bag, clothes toothbrush and hatchet in the top bag.
    Rear fender toolbag, now bolted to the headlight with a saw and rope wedged into it.
    And a giant cushy seat that I would not trade for the world. I don't know where it came from, but I love it.

    Oh yeah, 6 gallon Acerbis tank, the item that started every conversation anytime anybody saw the bike.

    Idaho
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    It's the one on the right that looks like, well, not the other two.
    The plan was to drive 70 miles to about Crater Lake, where I can start an all dirt route for a long time. Ride to Arco, evaluate at that point if I was up to doing the entire TID (Spoiler: I wasn't.) Ride to the end at Priest Lake, then Coeur d'Alene, then drive home past Hells Canyon.

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    My trip meter quit working recently, it will reset to zero when the key is shut off. But the main odometer is still good, so I write my mileage at each fuel stop and I can figure out how close the limit of about 270 miles is. 9825 miles and 430 hours at the beginning, 12170 and 501 at the end. About 2350 miles and 71 hours of riding over this 11 day trip. One oil change near the middle, a few air filter changes, and no problems except one flat tire.
    The letter before the number represents the town I filled up at. Chemult, Prineville, John Day, Boise, Ketchum, Challis, North Fork Junction, Lowell and Wallace. I didn't write the times that I only put a gallon or three in to keep the bike light (lightish), so Old Sawmill Station (twice), Priest River and Priest Lake Indian Creek Campground aren't on there.



    Day 1:
    I was mostly in GTFO of Oregon mode for the first two days, and had ridden most of these roads already, so not many pictures.

    An ordinary man with an ordinary bike with an extraordinary tank.
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    Thought I should take a picture of my backpack for some reason. Mostly just maps, water and TP in here.
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    Also this is the place I discovered that my water bladder was leaking all over my Idaho map. By putting the water bladder in a spare ziplock bag I was able to buy some time.

    Some fires out by the Fort Rock area
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    Dipped my shirt in the Crooked River to cool off for a bit
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    View from the ledge near my first night campsite
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    There is some wire strung between these tripods I saw the beginning of day two.
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    Not sure if they are old telegraph lines, or for electricity, or if they used to have an electric fence for giraffes.


    Dry Soda Lookout. I hung out here for about an hour talking with the lady working there.
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    Once upon a time, my plan was to ride through the southern part of Oregon to Jordan Valley, and then do the T2 Tour of Idaho route until it intersected with the T1. Then I realized that it was summer in the desert and I threw that idea out the window in favor of staying in the woods and cooler mountains.
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    Beulah Reservoir back there. My plan of not riding in the desert is going brilliantly. Had to dip my shirt twice in about 30 minutes.
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    Got on pavement in Harper, OR and stayed on it through Ontario. Found the worst campsite of this trip by parking it in a gravel patch by the side of some farm road. Hot, mosquitoes tried to carry me away, no wind and the humidity was through the roof with all of the canals.

    Day 3:
    Morning picture of my campsite
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    Most nights in a tent, I will hear a noise from the floor that sounds like mice running around, but it's actually the wind moving the tent on the grass. Heard the same noise and figured it was the usual. Found this guy and his friends in the morning.
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    Map pic:
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    Had breakfast, solved my water bladder problem, bought a pile of maps and headed for the hills.

    Should have brought a truck
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    Boise River at the top of Arrowrock Reservoir
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    Finally found those cool mountains
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    I wanted to check out Trinity Mountain lookout, but the road up was closed due to an "Injured or aggressive Grizzly bear" in the area. Since I didn't pack an M1 Garand, I believed the sign and turned around.
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    Rode around the corner and saw this:
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    Shook my head a couple of times and took another picture
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    This is the Trinity Fire northwest of Featherville. One of my plans was to ride through Idaho City and to Featherville from the north. Those roads were all closed, so luckily I went to Boise for the water thing and maps which had me coming to Featherville from the south.
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    Had two beers at Cindy's Saloon in Featherville, and got a third to go for my camp up at Bird Creek on the way to Baumgarter.
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    South Fork of the Boise River to cool my feet and wash my face in
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    Ash on my tent in the morning from the fire
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  2. wachs

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  3. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    Goal 1 of this trip is to see cool things in Idaho by dirt bike. Goal 2 is research for future trips which will include a truck, dirtier dirt bike and possibly a camper and friends. Baumgarter and maps at Boise are part of goal 2.

    I was hoping for cooler weather and this morning I got my wish. Didn't seem that cold when I left camp, but 10 miles down the road I had to dig my jacket out of the tent bag.
    My jacket for this trip was the liner from my Fieldsheer street jacket. Stuffing it into my jersey made it the pillow at night.

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    Rode to Fairfield in the morning of day 4 for breakfast, to locate the elusive Sawtooth USFS map, and to mail all of the MVUMs and a couple of the other new maps home. Sawtooth NF is redoing their map this year, and even the ranger station didn't have the new ones or old ones.

    Rode up to Dollarhyde Pass after Fairfield
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    Dropped into Ketchum for gas. Since my dirty bike doesn't leave a trail of hunnert dollar bills wherever I go, I got the "Not welcome here" vibe. So I bought my gas and found the fastest road out.

    To up here
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    Looking west at the Sun Valley Ski slopes
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    Getting into some of that Idaho scenery
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    Speed limit, yeah that'll happen.
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    The only thing keeping me south of 55mph on this kind of road are the views and stopping every few minutes to take pictures of them

    Twin looking mountains
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    On the way to Antelope Pass, there was a hand written note taped to the road sign that said "Impassable Washout Ahead No Turn Around"
    I should have taken a picture of it, but I didn't. And when I got to the washout, it was so insignificant for a dirt bike that I didn't slow down, let alone think to take a picture. I probably would have dropped to 1st gear and driven through in my truck, but I guess it was a bigger deal to somebody.

    Mountain Goat on top of Antelope Pass
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    Whip out the binoculars
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    The road south to the washout, I hope I make it.
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    And at the south end, after Bear Creek Pass.
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    The road East to Arco
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    The Arco Sub, with the Lost River Motel on the left, and Pickle's Place on the right.
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    I only took that one picture of Arco, but a lot happened there. Bought oil at Lost River Honda that evening, went back there to change it in the morning. Pickle's Place Atomic Burger really is good. Not sure if it was the best of the best burgers of my trip, but the onion rings put it over the top. Got a great omelet there the next morning too.

    Stayed at the motel, something that doesn't happen often with me, but it was well worth it. When the guy said $40 for the night I didn't even have to think about it. Shower, bed, iced beer in the sink, hunting shows on the Versus channel, walking distance to breakfast.

    Also in Arco was my decision to head north, rather than go to the start of the Tour of Idaho and do the whole thing. Most factors pushed me to do what I did. I was in this ride for the views and the fun riding. I could barely see Big Southern Butte outside of town with all of the smoke and riding three extra days in mostly hot desert did not sound like fun. With the bike shop in Arco, I didn't need to go to Pocatello to change my oil. I now know that the extra 500+ miles would have put me getting home on Sunday instead of Thursday, and my tires would have been over the edge and halfway to rock bottom. I would have bought new ones in Pocatello I suppose. Arco to Challis is described as the Tour Highlight, and I wanted to do it now.
    When I have this many excuses to take the easy road, ignoring them is usually a disaster.
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  4. tvbh40a

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    Being raised in Medford, OR., I know your part of the country. Looking forward to the rest of your ride. I have done the exact same route on a KTM 950. May do most of it Labor Day weekend on a GSA.:lol3
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  5. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    Finally on the Tour of Idaho. TID Day 3, my day 5, my TID day 1.

    Big Smokey Butte from Arco
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    Rode partway up the trail to the Natural Arch, then figured out it might be a hiking trail and turned around.
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    Beverland Pass
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    I was at a motorcycle store two hours ago, and I knew I forgot something!
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    One of those Idaho dirt roads. This one leads to Pass Creek
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    Pass Creek Canyon
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    Pass Creek Pass
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    At least it's not going to be hot desert up here
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    Martin says that Tour Day Three is the highlight of the ride, and that's no lie!

    One of the roads to the Massacre Mountain Loop, which is actually named the Swager or Swauger Lakes Trail, depending on which sign or map you read.
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    I followed ATV trails up the hill, but I may have messed up riding Martin's route, green being the right path and red being what I think I did.
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    Got me here, so I can't complain.
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    Copper Lake, and the trail to the previous pictures.
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    At the top, the trail kind of split, and without putting any thought into it I went left. And got here
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    Guess I'm on the right trail now.


    Doesn't look so tough from down here
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    The Massacre Mountain loop might be one of the coolest things I've ever seen from a dirt bike.
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    And all of the things I can think of that could challenge it are also in Idaho. Weird...

    Headed north out of the Massacre Mountain area, had a little trouble finding the road but got it eventually.

    18 Billion rocks big enough to pinch my tire
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    Zero rocks big enough to set my bike on.
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    But I suppose I'll think of something

    Good of an opportunity as any to take a picture of my tools for the ADV ride report that I skipped on so many other rides, but had to write up for this one.
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    Better picture of tools from today
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    Front and rear tubes, if I had known I would only have one flat, I would have only brought the one tube. But you never know that, and 500 miles from the truck (straight line) it's probably best to be a little more prepared.
    6, 8, 10 and 12mm sockets and ratchet drive and extension
    Two short tire spoons, pump, patch kits, pressure gauge
    KTM wrench that came with the bike, 8, 10, 12 and 13mm wrenches, Swiss Army Allen wrench
    The container by the zipties is full of spare screws
    Travel size chain lube, and WD40 for the tire changes.
    Thing of JB Weld putty. I don't know if this stuff works as well as the regular epoxy stuff, but I do know that it doesn't break open and coat all of my other tools with it.
    Quart of oil, Bag with three pre-oiled air filters and a few sets of rubber gloves for changing them.

    Didn't bring the tin snips, or the chainsaw blade sharpener. The chainsaw chain might have been handy later, but I didn't have that either.

    It is a good thing I brought that front tube, because for the first time in my life I managed to wrap the damn thing around the rimlock when I put it in and got the highest concentration of pinches I have even seen when I tried to inflate it.
    New tube fixed everything and I was on my way to Horseheaven Pass.

    Got this picture of what I thought was Horseheaven Pass
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    But I'm pretty sure that this was the real deal
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    I wish I had taken the side trip to the headwaters of the Pahsimeroi River, but at the time I thought I might manage to stay on the Tour schedule. When I got to Dry Gulch Road I knew that wouldn't happen, but it was too late to go back.

    Doublesprings Pass
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    Scarp at Thousand Springs Valley
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    One of these might be Mt Borah, but it really blends in with the rest, and when you're standing at 7,000 feet, a 12,000 foot peak doesn't stand out like Hood or Rainier
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    Found my way up through Arentson Gulch
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    At this point I was getting hungry, and since Railroad Ridge was something I would want to spend some time at, I decided to take the quick road to Sawmill Station and camp in the neighborhood around there.
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    Also at this point I missed the Mosquito Gulch challenge point. I've been wanting to do this ride since 2010, thus the 2010 route is what's marked in the Idaho Benchmark Atlas I'd been using to navigate from Arentson to Sawmill. I have the 2012 V1 maps printed out, and the 2012 V2 directions printed, both of which had Mosquito Gulch as the route, and neither of which I was looking at.

    At the end, looking a little hammered after a few days of being wedged in my chest protector
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    Pic of Joe Jump Basin
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    And the East Fork Salmon River
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    Got the burger at Old Sawmill Station and it was good! Also bought a Mt Dew, a beer, some candybars and a 3L jug of water.

    Camped out at the East Fork Recreation Area where the Salmon and East Fork Salmon Rivers meet.
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    Next morning (Day 6) I was on the way back south on East Fork Road to the Little Boulder Creek Trail.
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    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice pics and report!
    The Trinity fire has gotten huge, almost to Featherville.
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  8. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    At the camp I had studied all of the maps and saw the discrepancies I had, so I made sure to follow the newer and more fun sounding route.

    Not bad...
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    Now we're talking!
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    Naturally I take pictures of the easy parts because the hard parts are too much fun to stop
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    I live in Oregon (the beaver state), by a creek, went to Oregon State (the beaver school) University, and I have never managed to see a beaver dam until this trail!
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    Glad I took the extra day to do this section
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    Cool bridge, but I don't have enough friends here with rope to get my upside-down bike out of the creek
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    So I ride the creek crossing
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    Saw some horses from up on the hill
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    "I want to see mountains again Gandalf!"
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    Frog Lake
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    Trail down the other side of Red Ridge
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    Livingston Mill, which I would like to have looked around but it's private property
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    More Goats at the top of Railroad Ridge
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    Chinese Wall and Crater Lake
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    Idaho is a great place, but I think Oregon Crater Lake wins this one

    Alone on top for about ten minutes
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    Then another group of dirt bikers came up. They were on a trip from Clayton to Mountain Home by trails. They had one flat tire already, and repaired another while they were there. Then some guys on BMWs showed up. They were on some multi-day rally in the area. The dirt bike guys had come up French Creek Trail, and said the big bike guys should have no problem making it down, but after riding it myself, I hope they didn't try.
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    Lunch: another burger at Sawmill Station


    On the way up to Buster Lake, there was a muddy spot. Picture of the aftermath
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    Hmm, sure seemed messy when I was there

    Thought this was Buster Lake
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    But this one had a sign
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    Road on the way out
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    Went up the Keystone Mine Road to the Lombard ATV trail
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    Coming into Challis
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    In Challis I heard that the Halstead Fire had shut down Hwy 21 past Stanley, and while I was there the smoke went from "Can see town from the ATV trail three miles away," to "Can't see across town"


    According to the map there should be mountains there
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    Found them
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    I wanted to go to Twin Peaks Lookout, but with the smoke being this bad in the valley I figured it would be a waste of time to go up there looking for a view.

    So I missed the Darling Creek Road turnoff and fooled around in these hills looking for the route. Ripped up a hill to look around and found the road I want across this valley.
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    Looking East


    Came to this and figured I was on the right path
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    Came to this and wasn't sure which path to take.
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    Right was East and looked like a nicer forest, so I went there.


    Wait, what's wrong with these trees?
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    This is no forest, it's a tomb!
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    Run through the tree graveyard to this road, which dead ended in those trees
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    Back to take the left instead, which took me up the hill, around another hill, down the last hill and to the intersection I was looking for.
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    What in the heck is this guy making?
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    Oh
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    Getting into some clearish skies
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    Summit, real trees and a clear sky. Yes!
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    McDonald Flat campsite
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    End of day...Shit, starting to lose track...
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    Supposed to reach Featherville tonight or tomorrow. I was thinking about going for a ride tomorrow to check things out.
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    Nice report! :clap Did you know your first campsite in Idaho was the Big Nasty Hillclimb? http://www.bignastyhillclimb.com/ They usually have a sign there. I live just a few miles to the south of there.



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  11. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    Ha! I even saw the sign for the event when I pulled in there, but I forgot about it.
    In the morning I couldn't really recognize a hillclimb path, and it definitely didn't look like there would be enough parking space for a big event because the other side of the road looked like a crop, so I figured it was further down the road.

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    Camped right at the end of the main ravine by the road
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    Idaho_XR Been here awhile

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    Great pictures and ride report! Brings back memories of places I have been and rode.
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    Great pictures, waiting for the next installment.:1drink
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  14. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    Loading to Photobucket is what's killing me here!
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  15. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    After a bit of map study and seeing some signs, I decided that the Bighorn Crags, Yellowjacket Mountains and Tincup Mine might be worth checking out in the morning. With more than enough fuel to get to Northfork and all the time in the world it should have been an easy trip, and I was far enough North of the Halstead fire that the views should be good.

    Got up to the last ridge road to the Bighorn Crags and it looked like I hadn't gotten away from the smoke after all
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    Weird looking smoke, but whatever, I guess I'll head back.


    I made it about a mile back to the four-way intersection when the sky started coming apart. That was no smoke, it was a thunderstorm! The wind was blowing gravel clouds around, giant pine trees bending over, lightning striking all around me and rain mixed with hail coming down.

    I set a land speed record getting off of that mountain to this old cabin on the main road and hung out for about 30 minutes waiting for the lightning to calm down.
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    Most of the thunder was coming from the North
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    One order of blue skies, on the way
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    Panther Creek Road
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    Mountain
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    This must have blown down in that storm, and this guy had most of it sawed through when I got there. I helped him with the rest to make a big enough spot to get his truck through.
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    Salmon River I believe, could have still been on Panther Creek.
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    The Mustang Fire had Horse Creek Road closed. Martin says there's a route around without hitting the highway, but I couldn't tell if the trails I saw on the map were motorcycle or hiking only, so I hit the highway.
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    Hwy 93 North to Conner Cutoff Road and the Nez Perce Road. I should have gone around Painted Rocks Reservoir, but I was excited about the Magruder Road.
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    Nez Perce Pass, where I saw the sweet trail I could have ridden if I had taken the Painted Rocks route.
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    I went up to the Hell's Half Acre Lookout, talked to the guy running it for about two hours, and somehow didn't take a single picture of the road, lookout, view or anything until Observation Point 20 miles later.
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    Fires
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    Fire Weed
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    And my camp a few miles from the West end on the Magruder Road
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    1500 miles on the rear
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    About 2600 on the front
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    At this time I thought I only had 500 miles left, and figured "Well, they'll be smoked but I'll live."


    Begin Day 8 with an ATV trail
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    And some bushes
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    Bottom of the hill before hitting some dirt roads back to the top of the hill
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    Not sure why Martin routed the TID off of Divide Trail and back up to it later on, rather than just staying on it the whole time.

    Back on the Divide Trail
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    View
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    Trail
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    Wooden trail to a view
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    Having a hard time getting these tower pictures vertical, but trust me, the hills were steep but not that steep

    Regular Trail
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    Must be in the right place


    Bridge over the Selway River
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    I didn't do the East Boyd Trail, because it was Saturday and the place was full of hikers and horses. And I was getting hungry enough that either of those would have been tempting.
    Made it to Lowell for burger, gas and water.

    And then things started to go wrong.
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  16. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    go wrong!?! :deal

    My eyes are watering just looking at the smokey skies, still - spectacular country, great story and photos.
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  17. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    "From Lowell go east on Highway 12 about 10 miles to Glade Creek. From here it is about 2 miles to Deadman Creek and Trail 16 that heads north to Van Camp."

    For some reason I read that as "Go up Glade Creek Trail about 2 miles to Deadman Creek Trail."

    Looking at the Clearwater NF map sort of confirmed that with that dotted line that kind of follows the highway from Glade Creek to Deadman Creek.


    So I took off up Glade Creek Trail.
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    First problem
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    A hole that swallowed my front wheel and tried to pitch me off the hillside.

    I took the tent off my bike and walked a few feet ahead on the trail to drop it and most of my gear in the shade.
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    It took about ten minutes of pulling and gassing it for thirty seconds mixed with sitting in the shade for two minutes, but I finally got through.

    While sitting there breathing hard, I looked at the map some more, and realized that Glade Creek Trail 142 goes north to that road. The trail I saw go to Deadman Creek is actually the boundary for the Wild and Scenic River area!
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    Eff it. I can make this new route work, that's why I bought the USFS maps.

    I get my stuff back together and continue up the trail to this
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    Can't go through the middle, looks too tough to go over on the left with a full 6 gallon tank
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    Might be able to get under on the right
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    So I take the tent and backpack off and give it a try. No good.


    Well, Martin said bring a saw, so I brought a saw
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    This saw is incomplete.
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    What do you mean incomplete?
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    Incomplete. The opposite of Complete.
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    You were supposed to bring me a saw.
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    I've been carrying that saw for 1600 miles.
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    A SAW WITH FOUR SEGMENTS! NOT ONE OR TWO OR THREE BUT FOUR! WHAT THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH AN INCOMPLETE SAW?!
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    I am dirt bike not logging truck!
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    BUT YOU CAN STILL COUNT! It's easy, look at my hands, four saw segments, one log cut. Three saw segments, ZERO LOGS CUT!!!
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    What about this?
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    Oh so you are a log truck after all.
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    Well, I guess we'll see how this works
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    So with little energy and zero saws, I turn around and go back to the highway.

    Apparently a saw pouch that is made to be carried vertically should not be strapped horizontal to motorcycle handlebars. Between this trip and my pre-run tank and gear test through Central Oregon I have narrowed the location of the missing segment to about 2700 miles of road, trail and highway.

    The decision to go back was made a little easier knowing that this was waiting for me at the bottom.
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    Knowing that even if I get on the right trail, I still don't have a saw, I choose the 2010 alternate easy route marked in the Benchmark Map. West on Hwy 12 to Syringa, north on Smith Creek Road to the Lolo Motorway, East to Cayuse Junction, Northwest to Toboggan Ridge and Kelly Creek, and from that point the 2010 and 2012 routes are close enough to call the same.

    View of the Clearwater River from Smith Creek Road
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    The camera can show that it's hot out, because I park in the shade and walk to take a picture.
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    After the past two days, 4600 feet is a lot less impressive.
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    Lolo Motorway following close to the Historic Nez Perce Route and Lewis and Clark's route.
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    Possible wolf sighting
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    Fire that looks like it would be in the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness Area
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    Yeah, it was dusty.
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    After ripping on this road and parking, I dismounted, removed my goggles and gloves, pissed in the road for about half a minute, took out my camera, and after all of that took this picture of dust still hanging in the air.

    The Idaho Bridge Builders were here
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    View from my campsite on Blacklead Mountain
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    I picked the high elevation, clear spot for the meteor shower that was tonight, but after watching until an hour past sunset with nothing sighted, I went to bed. I guess they picked up around midnight.

    Back on the road in the morning (Day 9)
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    This is where my camping habits were taking their toll. The timing was coming down to me hitting a town around noon, riding through the wilderness until it got dark, then waking up and riding more. But when I woke up, I was five hours of fast riding from breakfast, which was really lunch by the time I got there. Then there would be no towns the rest of that day, so this would be the fourth day in a row that I ate nothing but a burger around mid-day.

    So when I got to FH50 and had a choice between go right and follow the route through a possible 3-4 hours to Wallace, or go left to slab it to Wallace for about 1.5 hours. My stomach won.
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    Road 456, the leftmost arrowset, is partly on the old Hiawatha Railroad Route. Below it is the old Milwaukee Route. On the way to Wallace I took the upper route on 456, through tunnels and over a couple of steel girder bridges.

    Picture of the lower road from the upper
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    Got to Wallace, filled up on gas and had the worst burger of the trip at the City Limits Pub. Dry bun, dry meat, funny cheese, the water and Mt Dew were good though.

    I head back south so I can hit the Stateline Road.

    Picture of the upper road from the lower
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    The southern few miles of the lower route are open to ATV and motorcycle only.
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    I took FH50 almost back to the original intersection where I deviated, but then I saw Road 337 I think which cut off a lot of the pavement and took me almost to the same place on Stateline Road as 50 would have.

    Camped at Silver Lake in Montana, a couple of miles from Stateline Road
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    Nobody for miles, and the lake was pretty warm and I had a bar of soap.
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    I probably should have stayed at a motel this night or the one before, but this was the next best thing.

    "Why don't you just kill me?"
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    "Your punishment must be more severe. When we have reached Priest Lake, and you are in a truck, and I am in a hot shower with a cold beer, then you have my permission to die."
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    I only have Fifth Element on VHS tape, so yes, those screen shots came from sitting in front of the TV with the camera :D
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  18. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Great adventure.:clap
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  19. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    Next morning I hit the Old Hiawatha Bicycle Route. This is the last tunnel before this road goes down to Road 326 in the valley and the bike route follows the old railroad through many tunnels and bridges around the valley and to the other side.
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    I was hoping to see all of the trestles from the valley road, but the trees got it the way and I only saw a couple.
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    326 went West to 456, and was back to Wallace in time for breakfast (finally) at the hotel restaurant on the west end of town. I think it was the Best Western.

    In the woods Northwest of Wallace
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    One place I disagree with the directions a little:
    "The GPS track will prove invaluable in keeping you on route through the maze of logging roads that criss-cross this area."

    I just followed the signs and found the way through fine.
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    I hate to understate any part of the TID, but I've seen logging road mazes, and this was pretty tame.

    Paved road
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    To a dirt road
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    To a view
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    To a trail!
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    I was hesitant to hit Independence Trail for a bit, but then I figured my tank was nice and light, and I was in the mood for some trails and this whole thing would be over soon.

    OMG a creek crossing! I need a picture!
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    Another creek crossing, I guess I need a picture of this one since it's bigger.
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    The next seven creek crossings did not get the same reaction.

    There were steeper sections, but I thought more about riding and less about pictures for them
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    This was the brushiest section though.
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    I wondered for a while how I got through that without any ticks, but at the bar in Priest River I found out that I hadn't.

    Made it past the amusement park (which was packed to the gills on a Monday) and Athol to the Clagstone Road. Some other road took me to Road 2550, but then I found this sign
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    due to logging

    Rather than find the northern end of the road by Priest River to get to Hoodoo Mountain, I gave up on that one an went to dinner and water. Tenth day and I was wearing down.

    Got a burger, beer, beer to go and a gallon of water at the Kings Bar, and a couple of gallons of gas down the street. I didn't realize how far the end of the road really was from here, and I thought half a tank would be enough to get me to the end and back to Coeur d'Alene.

    Nope!

    I took the dirt roads out of Priest River to the lake, and stayed at Priest Lake State Park, Indian Creek Unit. I don't like paying for camping, but when fatigue, laziness, "I don't give a damn," and "I want to drink the beer in my pack" combine, Compromise happens.
    No pictures of the campsite, but you can imagine a gravel patch surrounded by travel trailers and boats, with signs that say "Don't camp on the grass." Having not brought a sleeping pad to save space, gravel is the one thing I avoided for camping on, but oh well, I slept.

    On the road around 7 the next morning.
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    Last real intersection
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    Going thataway ->
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    Mountains and stuff
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    There is a gypsy camp just around that corner, and the end of the Tour of Idaho is just past them.
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    According to the guys who actually did it and went all the way, the gypsies had pretty much shit on everything while they lived there.

    Saw Canada
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    And that's pretty much the end of me taking pictures on this trip.
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  20. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    For the trip back I kind of wanted to take the left turn at that intersection to Nordman and the West side of Priest Lake, but I had gone further than I planned on that light tank and Indian Creek had gas.

    Glad I went to Indian Creek, because after getting my gas, breakfast candy bar and Mt Dew, I ran into the first people on the entire trip who had heard of the Tour of Idaho!

    Pat from the Idaho Parks and Rec Department saw the tank and asked if I was riding the Tour of Idaho. He has been wanting to ride it for a while but was worried that his little 250 would get him murdered on the highway section around Athol. Not sure if it was a CRF or XR250, but I think he'd be fine either way. He said he has a son-in-law named Robert I think that finished it last year.

    I hit the dirt roads back to Priest River and then the highways to Post Falls. Had a sandwich at KFC and met Mom with my truck somewhere around there. Washed about 1/2 a pound of dirt off at a hotel and had a shower beer.

    Took the scenicish route home around CDA Lake, down Hwy 95 and to Hell's Canyon. Camped at Hell's Canyon on a sleeping pad and real pillow! Had steak and beer for dinner even!

    Daily Mileages

    Day 1 257, Crater Lake to a little past Prineville
    Day 2 338, Prineville to around Fruitvale, ID
    Day 3 176, Fruitvale through Boise to around Featherville
    Day 4 183, Featherville to Fairfield to Ketchum to Arco
    Oil change and air filter change morning of day 5
    Day 5 167, Arco to Clayton
    Day 6 147, Clayton to north of Challis by really scenic route
    Day 7 239, Challis to about Elk City
    Day 8 203, Elk City to middle of woods between Lowell and Wallace
    Day 9 233, Woods to Wallace and back to woods south of Wallace
    Day 10 226, Wallace to Priest River to Priest Lake
    Day 11 177, Priest Lake to end of road back to Post Falls

    Lowest was the Railroad Ridge day, highest was the get out of Oregon day.

    I changed the air filter two more times, but can't remember which days.


    Aftermath:
    Both tires are obviously smoked. Kind of saw that coming and I got new ones a month ago.

    Clutch plates might be done too. Now it squeals on some takeoffs, and though it doesn't slip, it probably will soon. 5 years is probably a good run for a clutch on a 540 thumper.

    Swingarm pivot bearing: done before I left! I noticed it clunking when I was oiling the chain for the last time, but I wasn't about to say "Suspension is clunky, can't go riding!"

    The chainslider I put on two months ago is done. Apparently when you put on a years worth of riding in two weeks, these things happen.

    I suppose I can use this as my KTM Reliability story. Pat (Honda guy) gave me some flack about making it further than walking distance from a truck on a KTM, but there I was after 2300 miles, with no problems except that one morning it actually took six kicks to get it started :eek1

    Big thanks to Martin for putting the route together!

    Not sure how I'll top this ride next year.
    I'm kind of torn on whether I want to go hardcore and do the whole Tour of Idaho next year. I'm sure I can do it, but that doesn't mean anything until I actually do.
    And if my friends can make it for an Idaho ride next year, they're not going to want to do a Baja pace torture ride when the other option is camper, cold beer and campfire with a week of day loops! Which doesn't actually sound that bad...

    I'm sure I'll think of something :D
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