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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.
whew! that's the kind of relief I can relate to, welcome to the club.
Really glad we met after hearing so much about the legend! We'll be back in May, you can count on it. Have a great winter, and keep an eye on Q for us!
Our campsite was at the edge of a babbling brook. We always sleep so well with that ambient noise (and a couple of nightcaps sittin' by the campfire)
When we crawled out of bed, though, it was really friggin'-
Oatmeal & coffee, and we shoved off the dock.
with under a hundred miles on the ticker yesterday, and the escalating level of difficulty we were heading into, we had sort of reconciled ourselves to not completing the route we'd planned. No biggie, I knew it was ambitious. On the other hand, there could be another forest fire, or something which could force us to skip ahead, and we'd be glad to have more good stuff to ride planned.
Today we'd continue south in the NF, and bust down to Powell ranger station to gas up. That would necessitate backtracking 17miles to pick up the Lolo Motorway. I'm not a big fan of backtracking, but wattaya gonna do?
Lotta ups and downs today!
of great riding. C'mon, ride a mile with us:
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this was rated "blue"
Not bad, eh?
was trying to poke through,
but the mountains were high enough that they had their own micro-climate -- climb in clouds, hit the ridge, drop down the other side in the sun, and repeat.
another riding sample -- this time a coast downhill.
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we found the cut-off to Powell Ranger station:
But this wasn't promising...
Hmmm... what's the fine print say?
YES! "Open to ATV's and motorcycles ONLY"!
It's nice to catch a break every once in awhile.
We were feeling pretty good about these challenge points. I think we can do this Tura I'Doh thing.
Can you see LDF in the center of the photo? Those trees are bigger than you think.
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This is why the road was closed to cars:
It just went on and on like this. Awesome.
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Awesome job Doc!! I love thew new format of video and pics , keep it up!! Hope to get up that way this summer....Thanks so much for taking us along!!!
So guys; could a mountain biker w/average skills, legs & lungs have roosted up ?
it was Saturday, we'd hardly seen anyone out on the trail.
A few signs of hunters, a parked pick-up here, a camp set-up there, but not much else. It's no surprise Kaczynski set up shop not far from here, just east in Montana.
It 'round 1pm, and we decided to stop at the next nice view and have a stretch and a snack.
Guy in full camo pulls up on a mountain bike.
We walk over and chat. He's just scouting his next ambush site. I shoot snaps for this pano, (click on image for full-sized version)
When I'm done, I step back, and he walks out, and I grab this image. The Leica earns it's keep.
we chat a bit more, he ditches his bike in the bush, and walks into the woods.
We gear up, and ride on.
riding through the burnt out sections.
We get to the Lolo. I thought it started further on, but what do I know?
I can't remember if this was a challenge point. No matter.
We passed a FS pick-up with a couple of guys who were controlling a section that ran through a burning area. They radioed ahead to guys on the other end if it was OK for us to go through, then let us pass. "Don't stop" they said.
this scares me way more than bears.
the fire, unscathed, as it were, the views really opened up, and the skies started to brighten.
where we're heading:
What a great run.
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before we knew it,
is more like a lodge than a government installation. They have gas, air, a little grocery store, camping and rooms.
A few of the saturday Cruiser crowd gave my tassles the stinkeye. :fyyff Jealous.
Actually, a couple came over while I was tightening a bolt or something, I don't remember, I had my tools out. They were asking about our ride, and were really nice.
when we left Powell RS. I didn't take any photos on the way back to the Lolo, just enjoyed the ride. (click on the two signs below for bigger, legible versions)
We'd scouted the topo maps, and found a campground that seemed to be within range, though we weren't sure how difficult the road would be.
It was gonna be a long day, but the light was sublime, and while we were tired, the riding was just fantastic.
Shadows lengthening, you could tell it was gonna be a chilly night once the sun set.
The road was rated as "blue" according to the Tour of Idaho log,
but in reality it varied from easy green, to deep purple.
we were just thankful the road was open,
but riding through the smoke and fire on a dirtbike has an apocalyptic vibe that you can't really get anywhere else.
check it out:
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LDF stopped to wait -- she was worried. :ddog
I did get my pitcher taken though -- doesn't happen often.
our last challenge point for the day:
Because it was exposed on a ridge, and also because the snow was so much this year, both the Lolo and Magruder were closed well into July, and when they opened were really torn up.
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Certain sections were now nearly red-difficulty, and others had been recently graded. Our speed was varying from <15mph - 1st / 2nd gear, to 40mph. We still had a ways to go to the campground, and while we passed a couple of undeveloped sites, they were all very exposed and at elevation, and we were concerned we'd freeze -- besides, there was no water source.
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and then, just as quickly...
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Sometimes, the views were so good, we just had to stop.
We got to the campsite right at dusk. Hustled to gather firewood, set up the tent, cook some dinner.
It was probably one of the loveliest campsites we've ever stayed at -- nestled in right next to a lake, all to ourselves. I was really looking forward to shooting some pix in the morning light.
Stats for the day:
It was long, but at least we were slow. :huh
I really enjoy your ride reports. You have a way of taking the audience along for the ride. I only wish I had a glimmer of your photographic skills. Thanks for the gear list, you have assembled a great inventory of items, that is used and tested, which is so very important.
my favorite chapter since the TAT portions and Mobius IV.
I think the tassle thing just might catch on...no, SERIOUSLY. There might be some find their way onto my KLR