The Summer of Stupid: 7400+ miles of 2up - OBCDR, CDT, TAT West and more...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Swampy

    Swampy Mayor of Swampyville

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    I just gotta say:

    The title of this thread

    "The Summer of Stupid"

    Is the absolute best title ever!

    Now back to our regular programming....
  2. zeroblah

    zeroblah Snot nosed kid

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    Oh know, no ride report till monday, i dont think i can deal with myself! But wait your going on a ride, that means more ride reports, new ride reports! yay! I feel better now.





    I hope you guys have fun on the trip, and be safe!
  3. KTMforget

    KTMforget Been here awhile

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    Great ride report - really enjoying it.

    Bummer, you must have come right past our place in Sandpoint. Sorry we missed you. maybe next time.
  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    :wave Hey Guys,
    Hope everyone had a great weekend! :wave

    (look how friendly that font is!)



    Thanks so much for stopping by...and sorry to make you wait again. :cry
    I know there are some comments that need addressing/acknowledging, but I'll do that tomorrow if that's okay...
    I have to catch up on some ride reports, too!

    (hi LB - yes, OMG - I want some fainting goats! they are SO CUTE! :raabia)





    So, BigWan and I really enjoyed our ride.
    Really enjoyed it.

    :smile6 :smile6

    Days 6, 7, and 8 of the Pacific Crest Quest


    903 miles
    700+ photos
    3 nights of camping
    4 days of no bathing
    2 get offs (silly ones)
    NO ATGATT hiking :D
    :jive
    a log smashed my foot

    and we did this to our front rim:

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    It was AWESOME! :clap
    Seriously. It was so fun, neither one of us wanted to go home.

    BigWan is going to try and combine our PCQ tracks from July, with our tracks from this weekend,
    to come up with an updated gpx file for anyone who wants to do this section with fewer headaches.


    Once I finish the CDT and the TAT parts of this report, I’ll have a brief addendum with our limited PCQ experience, sans snow.
    If you are planning to do those days (6,7,8) soon, shoot me a PM and I’ll try and tell you where we ran into problems.


    I know I need to get on track with the report, but, since we’'ve been lacking in good riding content...
    here'’s a little video I shot at Gold Lake.
    It'’s kind of rough and bouncy, but that'’s how it goes with handheld stuff.
    The lighting was a bit harsh - hopefully you can see well enough.





    Woo hoo! We had such good riding. sigh. :D

    So, I’ll be back tomorrow with the start of the CDT!
    Oh, and did I mention - thanks for reading?
    And, thanks for your patience!
    :clap

    LittleWan

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  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi guys,
    Okay. So, again, sorry I went all bitchcakes on yous last week.
    I feel much better after some dirt therapy.






    Welcome to the Summer of Stupid. I love you.

    Sorry Nixels. That was mean. :cry Every family needs a scapegoat. I'll try and be nicer...



    Also, sorry Questor, for the Nixels remark. Oops. Old habits die hard :(

    I mean, for calling you “Crazy Glorp Dude.” :lol3



    And, sorry acesandeights, for the “Scary Tweaker Dude” stuff. You’'re just excitable. I get it. :nod



    Hi Larryboy - Thanks for bringing in the fainting goats. Love! (also, PM sent).




    Hey xymo. The interwebs will ruin a ride. And, I already told you how sorry I was that I didn't leave any cones on the OBCDR.
    But, I don't think cones can pump gas...:evil

    Welcome back! hope you’re going to give us a report!
    oh, thanks, Swampy. I think everyone one who rides can relate to being a total dumbass. :D
    Hey Kurt, sorry we missed you, too. Didn't know you were there! We rode right through Sandpoint - it was beautiful, but way too fancy for the likes of us!
    Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll be back to Idaho. We missed all the good stuff the first time through.
    We’'ve been using the hell out of our Black Dog skid plate, though! :lol3




    Okay, zeroblah - here we go...
    :flug






    Day 13 continued...

    The Canadian border.
    We didn’'t bring our passports (didn'’t want to lose them) so this is as close as we got.

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    Another shot of the rocks with legs.
    Matt thought maybe they'’re supposed to be bison?

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    First chance/last chance for duty free booze.

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    Here we are - the start of the CDT! :clap
    Wait, it's paved??
    :bluduh

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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    You crack me up!!

    :lol2
  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 13 continued...



    The weather was all over the place.
    Sunny, cloudy...
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    threatening to dump...
    We had a little rain earlier today, but nothing too bad.

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    We finally hit some decent (non-paved) roads and didn'’t really want to stop.
    But, as we were going up a trail, we saw a guy on a 990. He didn'’t have any luggage and just gave a little wave as we passed.




    It made us wonder if there was a campground nearby.
    We decided to take a look.
    It was kind of early to quit (only 6pm), but the skies were still threatening rain.



    We went and looked at Grave Creek, but the people camping there seemed a little sketchy.

    We found another section, higher up, with 3 spots and a bathroom.
    There was no one around and it was further from the river. Perfect.
    And free! :D




    There was plenty of firewood and a nice grassy spot.

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    The isolation creeped me out a little bit, but we had our People Spray (they sell it as bear spray, but I'’m way more scared of people. And zombies).

    The clouds looked like they were passing, but we used the rainfly, just in case.
    We could still hear the thunder booming in the distance.

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    Had a nice fire.

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    We rode 268 miles today, but Matt reset Norm at the start of the CDT

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    Just as we were getting ready for bed, around 10:30, a truck pulled up near the campground.
    He turned off the engine and lights and just sat there.
    BigWan said it was probably just some couple getting it on in their car, but I was convinced that it was an axe murderer.
    Just because we had survived Indian Lake doesn't mean that Jason wasn't there...



    It was hard to fall asleep.

    ki ki ki ah ah ah!

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  8. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    I think he's still planning on it and I'll be chiming in but I have to get off my lazy butt and get my pictures sent to him so he can mix them with his.
    Don't think we can come close to topping your adventures and humor but it's what we got.
    Looking forward to reading the rest of yours as you were alot of the same places we were and I can wait to see how you fared 2 up.:clap
  9. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    I heard Jason is a feared of those cute little Orange cones!
  10. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    Why?
  11. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    Sorry guys, it's just the RR wasn't getting updated so I started driving around in my pickup with my scary mask on (it's got prescription lenses and I only need it for driving at night). Anyway, glad you could update the RR without me needing to get out of the truck. No offense taken by the tweaker dude stuff...well, no offense taken anymore :)
  12. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    acesandeights! you're pretty funny when you haven't been up for 3 days straight! :lol3
    hilarious! :rofl




    'Cause BigWan wants some new Woody's :evil



    Ah. That's how we made it home! :nod


    Okay redog1 and lionsroaar, let us know when you get that report up...




    Day 14: 7/20/10 Eureka, MT to Glacier National Park 144 miles




    Slept so hard last night, we got kind of a late start.

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    We could hear the trucks barreling past the campground and I was worried there would be a batch of deep base rock waiting for us.
    Instead, we found fresh asphalt.
    It makes me sad that we'’re constantly losing roads to pavement.

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    Happily, there wasn'’t much more for us.
    Next year, it might be a different story...

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    I hope they never get around to this road

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    or this one

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    or this one

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  13. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    Got some good news for you then!


    Great RR! :clap
  14. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Upgrade the suspension of your Dual Sport bike and open the throttle wide!

    :ricky

    Q~
  15. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Me likey! I love riding through burnt forest (and knowing it will regrow strongly later). Also looks like you can really haul ass out there!
  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Aw. Now I feel kind of bad, actually.
    As a tourist, I love dirt (especially thru uninhabited areas and forests). But for those townspeople...it sucks.
    BigWan and I used to live on a gravel road and it was a bitch to maintain.

    oh, sorry to be a bummer, nuggets - I appreciate the link and the sentiment behind it :D If only they could rip up all the forest pavement...




    Yeah, that road was super fun. And there was no one else around!






    Day 14 continued...

    We had gone miles and miles without seeing another soul.
    It was wonderful.

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    This cabin magically appeared at the perfect time (:jive)

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    Apparently, one can rent the historic Wurtz cabin for $65 a night. It looked pretty neat.





    The pit toilet (located outside) was spotless and full of toilet paper, but there’'s no water available.
    (and that's why I carry 3 packets of handiwipes :lol3)

    I really liked the woodshed, too.

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    Getting closer to Glacier

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    We weren'’t expecting much from Polebridge...

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    But it was great. A fun little hippie compound - good coffee, yummy baked goods, and gas I think there’'s a cafe/saloon, too. Also a hostel?

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    The views aren’'t bad, either

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    BigWan and I shared a coffee, a cinnamon roll, a lemon cookie and an au gratin roll (cheese, potato and dill).
    The counter girl was really nice and we chatted a bit.
    She works in the bakery from May to August.

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    Man, it was so tasty!

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    I liked the furniture out on the porch. It was a little pokey, but looks cool.

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    The carb-y treats were so yummy, we decided to get a couple more for the road.
    Unfortunately, the cute friendly girls who work there had fallen down the rabbit hole while we were outside. :eek7





    They were now obsessed with wrapping the baked sandwiches.
    I mean, really obsessed.
    There was a long line of customers, but Matt had to just leave the money on the counter as no one could be bothered to come to the cash register.
    I guess the sandwiches weren'’t the only things that were baked... is it 4:20 already? :lol3



    (this photo is from our initial visit inside)
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    Here'’s the gas pump. Oh, you can see the sign for the cafe, too.

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    This is such a pretty area.

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    I could see certain people spending a lot of time here...:evil

    I'm talking to you, themansfield!


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  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Oh, this morning I made the mistake of clicking on China, Tibet - The closest place to heaven & closer to God.
    Wow.
    And that's why I avoid reading the international ride reports.
    If you follow that link, just forget about coming back here...I'll see you all next week! :lol3

    Now it's awfully hard to drag myself back to Polebridge...






    Day 14 continued...

    Polebridge is just a stone’'s throw from Glacier National Park.

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    Friendly ranger lady :lol3
    (she was nice enough, but we were taking too long to decide if we wanted an America the Beautiful Pass or not)

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    It was such a beautiful ride, at least to my eyes.
    Matt had expected more, so he was a little disappointed.
    But, the important thing was that it was dirt, and we only saw 2 cars the whole time. :thumb


    It was so green and lush. With sweet, clean air. Heavenly!

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    some pretty flora

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    and fauna

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    I didn’'t want it to end

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    but it did

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    Stupid slab. :bluduh


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  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 14 continued...



    Getting back on the pavement was a bummer.
    And it wasn'’t just any slab - it was National Park Slab.
    Crawling with cars, trucks and giant RVs.
    Freaking wall to wall people. :bluduh
    Thanks, Ken Burns. Thanks a lot.
    :1drink



    We were lucky enough to snag a campsite. :D
    It was early on a tuesday, but this must have been the only spot left in all of Apgar.
    I’'m sure it was only available because it was too sloping for an RV. :lol3

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    We set up the tent and took a little ride on Going-to-the-Sun Road
    Stopped at the falls. I think this is McDonald Falls? :scratch
    I love the color of the water...

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    Wouldn’'t this be thinning the herd?

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    I took a bunch of photos (we actually got off the bike!), but I think this short video does a better job of showing the falls






    Back on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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    There were a lot of cars, but at least the scenery was *okay* :wink:

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    Some day, either I'’ll get a better camera or I’'ll learn to stop and take photos. :lol3
    Most of these were taken as we were moving.

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  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 14 continued...



    One of the main reasons we stopped in Glacier was to see the mountain goats.
    With all the construction, I don’t know if we would have gone up Logan Pass if there hadn'’t been the chance we would see some goats.

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    Here'’s the holdup. The never ending construction.

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    There are worse places to work...

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    The visitors center at Logan Pass sits on the Continental Divide. Apparently there was a big ol’' Continental Divide sign, but I didn'’t get a photo.

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    BigWan and I didn'’t even go into the visitor’s center.
    Instead, we sat outside with the ground squirrels.

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    It was way more exciting. There was some varmit drama!

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    If this wasn'’t supposed to be a ride report, it’ would be a rodent report. :lol3


    So, we had our snacks from the stoner girls in Polebridge:
    Spinach and artichoke hearts on the left, jalapeno on the right.
    Jalapeno was better.

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    The squirrels liked both

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    Oh yeah, there were some mountains here, too.

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    Flowers

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    Okay, back to the bike...

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  20. zeroblah

    zeroblah Snot nosed kid

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    I miss glacier national park so much, to bad you didnt get any photos of the goats, last time i was there i had to get the back of the truck, goat was TOO close. Did you see the really cool buses as well?