Tour of idaho Challenge

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by WTW, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. gameyogi

    gameyogi Been here awhile

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    how much different is the 2014 route from the one that visualizerent posted? I've downloaded his AND the latest from Martin's Motorcyclejazz T1 site but Martins gpx files come with a zillion little flags, I just picked up a used Garmin Oregon 450 yesterday and have no idea how to convert those into something more readable (I'll be using it a lot in the next couple of months to get up to speed before I head out, and I'll have paper maps too)
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  2. Solarbronco

    Solarbronco Been here awhile

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    Im from Idaho and none of you out of staters should bother coming here, trust me. The trails all suck, it rains every day, Hungry ten foot tall Grizzly bears all over the place. Just move along, nothing to see here.
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  3. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    And the locals aren't very nice. :rofl
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  4. gameyogi

    gameyogi Been here awhile

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    I'm from Montana and live in Washington, so your bears don't scare me and neither does your paltry rain
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  5. redpillar

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    You are better off downloading the tpo files from the mojazz website and converting them to gpx files using gpsbabel. It is an easy procedure. If you have difficulty doing it PM me and I will run you through it. The 2014 track is now posted but you should check the facebook page for changes once early July comes around for any last minute changes.
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  6. gameyogi

    gameyogi Been here awhile

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    Thanks Redpillar, I'll ping you closer to summer if I have any issues with that (still learning the GPS thing)
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  7. Countdown

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    I have the tracks posted on GPSXchange.com Friends rode all of it last year except one section. They had chase truck and stayed in motel every night.
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    Last night in Powell riding Mex2Can.com. Two groups riding ToI were there. Same basic course at M2C except we go to Superior for lunch, they had Rock Garden Peak single track before lunch and we have 2 single tracks they don't do after lunch.
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  9. redpillar

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    I think there is one more team of two attempting the 2015 edition of the Tour of Idaho this year. Out of about 20 people from all over the states and a few from Canada attempting the challenge this season, only 5 have completed it so far. Injuries, navigation errors and motorcycle breakage and shear exhaustion ended most of the aspirations of gaining a place in the list of finishers. It was great watching the progress of the riders on their spot and Inreach pages as they all struggled, using their wits, gritty determination and many skills required to overcome what is probably the toughest dirtbike trail to complete in the U.S. That makes a total of 45 people that have completed the challenge since it began ten years ago. Maybe 47 depending on how well this last team does. There were a few larger groups that rode parts of the track this year had a really great time.
    The riders keep track of the dynamic nature of the trail and also of others riding it on a closed Facebook page so that they can avoid fires/slides and other creations of nature that make it necessary to reroute as they are out in the woods, and also to let others know how they are doing and if they require any assistance medical or otherwise.
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  10. redpillar

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    Just as an example of how much fun the Tour of Idaho is I have copied a facebook post from yesterday. There are three groups on the trail going for challenge point right now.

    Had to wait for the pumps to open, but still made it out of Smiley just past 8. Grand Prize gulch followed by Little/Big Boulder was a great start to the morning. Hard to think of a trail more fun than the Boulder Creek trails. After a quick lunch at Sawmill, we headed up Peach Creek to Custer and got a good fill of tight/steep Idaho switchbacks. Once we hit the top of the ridge, Dave made a fatal error of looking up to see if I had cleared the section, lost balance and jumped off downhill and tried to kick the bike to fall on the uphill side. The bike balanced for a second than came sommersaulting down the hill flipping twice (did I say it's pretty darn steep up there). We broke out the rope and pulleys inspired by Martin's rescue retrival article. While trying to drag the bike up the slope I stepped back and hit Daves helmet proped up against a tree which preceded to roll about 3000 feet down the ravine! (you could hear it ricochet off the rocks for what felt like 20 seconds) We were pretty shook up by the ordeal and the effort to extract the bike so we decided to head back down Peach Creek and finish the route up Squaw Creek since the northern access on Yankee Fork is still in the fire closure. Buffalo ridge had a lot of deadfall that we had to saw, lift or ride around, amazing how much can change from the last guys through.
    Dave sure does love ridung without a helmet, but is hoping Mike in Challis can sell him one of his backup helmets for tomorrow's trip up to Shoup.
    We are eating a whole bunch of humble pie on this trip!
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  11. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    Hi redpillar, I plan to do the ToI from North to South starting in a couple weeks with another rider. It will be the first leg of a big trip RTW. I have joined the facebook group and have been busy studying the route. Thanks for putting all the info out there for us!

    CJ
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  12. redpillar

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    Hi CJ, There are places on that trail that you would not want to ride backwards that you cannot turn around on. I think last year a fellow lost a bike down a canyon doing just that. There are so many trails in Idaho that there are sure to be work arounds for those sections. Good luck on your trip!
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  13. Millhaus2

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    CJ, curious as to how you made out. Not that I am an above avaerage rider, certainly not, but some of the trails are very serious, with huge exposure, and minimal tolerance for failure. Just saying.
    If you slide your front tire off of the trail in any number of spots, the consequence is high. This ranks in my top two for challenging riding day after day after day.
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  14. redpillar

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    It looks like they rode the independance trail and eventually to Wallace and then turned south which was a good idea. There would be nothing but pain and suffering in store if they had continued on the tour. They are safe and well down into Utah now. Here is a link to their tracking beacon. I would like to be on that trip myself...the lucky bastards..

    https://share.delorme.com/CJPeake
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  15. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    Hey millhaus/red pillar. Yes we did the independence trail. It was tough only because we were too wide. Also carrying spare tires on our panniers. I know that this part of the tour is probably nothing compared to what else is on it looking at the pictures. It was a small taste of what sort of exposure you talk about. Massive respect to anyone who can endure that level of riding for 9 days on end. I will be back one day with an Enduro to tackle it. Really cool that anyone would put that much work into getting a route like that together. CHEERS!!!!!
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  16. redpillar

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    Good on you for giving it a shot. I look forward to following along on your adventure! Happy Trails.
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