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. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    At this point, in Helena Montana, we had 2430 miles (3910 kilometers) on them.
    As I mentioned, it was a little early and we could have gotten more miles from the tires.



    V tomto bodě, ve Helena Montana, měli jsme 2,43 tisíc míle (3910 km) na nich.
    Jak jsem již zmínil, bylo to trochu brzy a mohli jsme dostali víc mil od pneumatik.

    Here's how the D908 looked, just before removal...

    Zde je návod, jak vypadala D908, těsně před odstraněním ...


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    BigWan thought we could have gotten another 800-900 (maybe even 1000)
    miles out of the tire, if we had pushed it. Oh well.

    BigWan myslel, mohli jsme dostali další 800 až 900 (možná i 1000) mil z pneumatik, když jsme měli tlačil ji. No jo.
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  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 16 continued...




    We did some last minute errands, some grocery shopping, and got a quick lunch.
    It was after noon by the time we got on the trail...

    Ruins on the outskirts of Helena. I've seen these in ride reports before - I'm sure someone has the story...

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    hello, dirt!

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    I love this time of year, when everything is so freaking green!

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    We had been trying to decide if it was worth trying to find Lava Mountain and Fleecer Ridge. I guess they are alternative routes, not quite on the CDT?
    I don't know. I suck at planning. :dunno

    Matt was really irritated that we'd be missing part of the regular CDT if we did these alternative sections.
    We both thought the trail would take us right to Lava Mountain, and then afterwards, we could get on the trail and that would take us right to Fleecer Ridge.
    It didn&'t really work out that way.
    I'm not sure if it was the tracks, or us, or what...but it was a really annoying day.
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    There were lots of gaps and disconnected sections in the tracks and it was hard to find the beginning of the Lava Mountain section.

    Is this it? Could be.

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    Crap...

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    I scouted ahead...oh, goody.
    Make muddy, rocky bog your favorite!

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    Where the f**k is the trail?

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  3. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    What's funny is that the big tire is a 908 too, it says right on it. :huh


    You guys look the same as me when I hit the CDT after riding the OBDR, hard to switch from trail mode to main road thinking. Pretty soon I was..:muutt
  5. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    :lol3 It's ALWAYS our favorite! You should see it when we have wet laundry...
    (do I need to drag out that Beverly Hillbillies clip again?)




    Wow, didn't notice the tire thing - They're related! Little 908 found his Mama! :D


    Oh, larryboy - you nailed it! That's exactly what happened.
    Before we left, we had read that Lava Mountain was difficult, so Matt was looking for something that looked difficult.
    We couldn't even fathom that the big, wide fire road was the freaking trail...


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  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 16 continued...



    Scouting around sucked.
    It was so swampy and gross.

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    We hunted all about and couldn't find the trail.
    It just disappeared. :scratch

    I did see this pretty magenta thistle-type flower while I was walking around...

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    We went back to the main road and tried a deer path that we had seen and dismissed.

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    It didn't seem promising at first...

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    Not really. But we kept on going.
    Once we got around this tree, it was just overgrown and whooped out.
    Lots of stumps and downed trees.

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    Maybe?

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    Nope.

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    We could have kept thrashing our way through, but it was getting old.
    Then Matt noticed another road above us.
    Well, shit.

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    Because he had heard that this Lava Mountain section was so hard, BigWan had been looking for a trail that looked difficult.

    It never dawned on us that this huge, wide main road was going to be the damn trail.

    :baldy

    As larryboy so keenly stated, it's "hard to switch from trail mode to main road thinking..."
    Especially in the Summer of Stupid.

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  7. Desmous

    Desmous Adventurer

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    Thank you for the info. I ride alone, so hopefully will last longer

    PS: very nice RR:thumb
  8. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 16 continued...



    Back on the "trail" :rolleyes

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    It's like a super highway!

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    At least it's pretty...

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    kind of.

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    That sign says, “"Designated Route.”"
    Is this Lava Mountain?
    Norm's not saying much :patch

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    Looks like we're on track now...

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    But where are the rocks?
    For that matter, where's the freaking lava? :dirtdog

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    And what happened to the mountain??

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    sigh.
    :bore

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  9. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    Make No rock, freaking lava, or mountains your favorite :D


    Why aren't you outside enjoying the non-foggy bay area weather.
  10. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Make Meth your favorite!:rofl

    sorry.... had to do it.

    Great RR Big&Little Wan(s)


    jordan
  11. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi jglow. Holy crap, did you watch those scary anti-meth ads??
    Meth is worse than zombie bears! Nothing to joke about. :nono




    Hi WOXOF - why aren't you? :lol3

    The never-ending ride report is a cruel mistress. :pierce
    Must. keep. posting.
    :mully
    I'm more than 1/3 of the way through! Woo hoo!:clap





    Day 16 continued...


    So, we were riding down Lava Mountain, still looking for the rocks...
    Wait! Stop! I think I'd better take a photo of those, just in case.
    Here's looking back at the part we just did...

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    It's so hard to get BigWan to slow down for photos. 'I mean, I understand that it screws up his momentum...
    But, damn it, I need some pics for the freaking ride report!

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    Okay.
    (This pic was a little overexposed, but I'm using it anyway)

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    I don't remember if there were many rocks after that. I gave up on pics. All I heard was BigWan grousing in his helmet.
    Not at me, but at the trail!

    After all we had gone through to find it, the section wasn't very long or very interesting.
    What a huge disappointment.
    I guess it must be a lot harder going uphill...
    Maybe next time we'll try it in the snow! :vardy


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    We went through the first of a few gates...

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    Hey! It's the Voice of Reason!
    Fancy running into you here...

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    :dllama:



    The road went across some private residences. It must be weird to have people cutting though your property all the time. I would hate it.

    This was one of the fierce watchdogs we encountered.
    So stumpy and cute! :D

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  12. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    I've been sitting on my back porch all day enjoying the sun and looking out over the Pacific.
    And I'll be enjoying a nice sunset in 20 minutes or so while I read you Great RR :beer
  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    WOXOF! You suck! :sick (there wasn't a good "envious" emoticon so I'll use that green one :lol3) Lucky bastard...




    Day 16 continued...


    Our detour to Lava Mountain managed to get us on the other side of the ridge.
    Away from the CDT. :bluduh

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    Matt tried to slow down for me here, but I barely managed to get this shot. It's a little too tightly cropped, but I was lucky they all looked at me! :D
    We saw lots of pretty horses in Montana.

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    We were super stoked to be on this frontage road (instead of the highway)...

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    Until it dead ended. Right at the freaking highway. We were so close! Within spitting distance. :baldy
    I would have killed for some wiresnips. Sigh.



    I took this shot from the freeway, looking over at the frontage road.

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    We had to back track at double speed and then get on the damn highway.



    Stopped to get gas

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    Then back on the slab, towards Fleecer Ridge!

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  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 16 continued...




    When we got to the Fleecer Ridge area, we ran into a pair of Quads.
    The riders were older ladies wearing bright lipstick and polyester blouses.
    No gear, no helmets. They waved and we waved back. :wave

    Matt said, “WTF?” and we laughed.
    Really, that takes some of the adventure out of it...
    You can’t even pretend that the CDT is hardcore when you run into the Golden Girls on the trail. :imaposer



    Well, it’'s no wonder that Rose and Blanche were up here - it was beautiful!

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    Everywhere you look, meadows and mountains. And no people!
    After Rose and Blanche, we didn't see another soul.

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    Isn't it stunning?!

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    Crap. We thought it was up this hill, but the sign says
    “"Open to foot and horse travel”" and there’'s a line through the motorcycle... :scratch

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  15. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    Here is the view :brow

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    Looking forward to more of your adventure :beer
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    That's kind of silly, I've never seen a motorized vehicle eat grass/weeds in one county and poop it out in another county...horses and elk do that..keep them out. :dunno
  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Nice! It's supposed to be sunny all weekend - go ride! :ricky
  18. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Halarious!!!:rofl :rofl :rofl :lol3
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  20. babyhuey

    babyhuey Adventurer

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    I don't know what you do for a living, Little Wan, but may I suggest you start a business as the world's firsts backseat tour guide?

    Your function would be strictly photography, ride reports and color commentary. I bet you'd get a lot of business. You're too small to eat much and could be stored neatly with the gear at the end of each day. A real value. :clap

    Thanks for this report. It's been a blast so far.