Tour of Idaho 2013

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by motorcyclejazz, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. motorcyclejazz

    motorcyclejazz Banned

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    209
    Location:
    Pocatello, ID
    The map and gpx files for the 2013 version of the Tour of Idaho (T1) are ready to go. The challenge points have been revised this year, so head's up. As always anyone is free to use the information on our website in any way that they choose, and it is all provided free of charge. The only thing that we ask is that the term "Tour of Idaho" be reserved for those who accumulate the requisite number of challenge points.

    I'll have some new revisions to T2 ready in the spring. The additional variations will be for those seeking a greater challenge than the current route provides.

    This year I will create a dual-sport friendly version of T1 that will be known as T3. As with T2, there will be no challenge points and several variants. Those on larger bikes will enjoy it though.

    There is an extensive collection of information on our site about T1 and T2, an exhaustive FAQ, a lively Facebook group and reader forum.
    #1
  2. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    356
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO

    That's good timing on the revised T2. I'm planning to do the WABDR in September (2013) and would like to ride T2 on my way out to Washington. Last year I did a solo UTBDR on my Wee-Strom and now I hooked on these backcountry discovery routes.:clap
    #2
  3. motorcyclejazz

    motorcyclejazz Banned

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    209
    Location:
    Pocatello, ID
    The additional variants we are planning for T2 are single-track and sand washes. Don't know if there would be much of interest there for large bikes. The route is already good for large bikes, what we are trying to do this year is make it more interesting for folks on street-legal dirt bikes - T1 rigs. You can probably plan you route around the existing tracks unless you are really looking for abuse. :wink:

    cheers

    m
    #3
  4. motorcyclejazz

    motorcyclejazz Banned

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    209
    Location:
    Pocatello, ID
    Here is the page for The Tour of Idaho, T3. T3 is a dual sport friendly version of T1. Basically it's T1 minus the single track. Thirteen hundred + miles. The portion of the route between Utah and Pocatello is the hardest. Longest stretch without gas is 250 miles.

    This route is completely appropriate for larger bikes and bikes with camping gear.
    #4
  5. gunnr

    gunnr optimsm

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    290
    Location:
    Camas, not Washougal
    I can't seem to download the GPS tracks. I get an XML page. I tried changing the extension to .gpx but only see waypoints. What am I missing?
    #5
  6. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Oddometer:
    850
    Location:
    Oregon
    Thanks Martin for the T3. Looks like you've opened the door to the middle weight DS bikes.

    gunnr, file download 101, right click on the gpx link----and click "Save Link As"----and save it to your computer--.

    Note Martin uses NG TOPO software, so if you use a Garmin products (MapSource, Basecamp), I suggest downloading the ".tpo" formatted file then convert to gpx using gps visualizer. This method will provide a good version of his raw tracks. I've found that the TOPO software doesn't convert to GPX very well
    #6
  7. gunnr

    gunnr optimsm

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    290
    Location:
    Camas, not Washougal
    Thanks for the 101 basics! For some reason IE didn't want to play nice and would only save as a .xml. Firefox saw the .gpx file. After I posted I saw that they were using topo........my bad.
    #7
  8. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    Oddometer:
    713
    Location:
    Alberta
    Hi Martin and company,

    I've done a combination of T2 in the past and it was awesome. In a couple weeks I'm considering doing T3 with a buddy on our 990s. Can anyone advise if the route is open? are there areas that need to be circumnavigated?

    I realize the T1 has not been reported as open on the MotoJazz website but I'm curious if anyone's attempted T3 yet.
    #8
  9. pizzaforbreakfast

    pizzaforbreakfast Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    61
    I rode the T1 this past week and there are no highwater/snow/deadfall issues. There are fires but I don't know their current status. The Mill Creek fire west of Challis was a problem (easy re-route though north of Challis). Additionally there was a fire burning one ridge south of the Magruder when I crossed it. You could see the flames on the top of the ridge. There was a fire crew posted on the road ready to close it. This could be a problem as I understand the re-route is loooong.
    #9
  10. todd83-900t

    todd83-900t Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    179
    Location:
    SLC, UT
    More details on your T1 ride pretty please. Were there any sections that were exceptionally difficult? What sections would you considered "Must See" Were the waypoints in the right places? Any road closures to know about? I've been staring at googleearth for days, re-plotting/studying the route, saying "I sure hope there's a trail down there, 'cause all I see is jungle." There are large sections that I can't see any evidence of a trail from the 2K ft view. Maybe the trail is there and the trees are covering it up??
    Any feedback would be appreciated!
    #10