Trippin' in and out of the Rednek Republik

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by N-Id-Jim, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    I thought it would be considerate of me to share some of the dumb stuff I sometimes take for granted here in the Rednek Republic of North Idaho. Over the past few years, these gallavants sometimes penetrate in the communist state of Washington, as well as into Oregon and Montana. I'm fairly indiscrimanate about where I go so this could lead anywhwere. I figure that this year i will just try to regularly add few blurbs and photos of the ramblings I make here in the PNW.

    EDIT!! The nonsense in this thread has gone on now for several years, so I thought I would create a brief summary of what can be found where in the pages of this thread. I will also give you a couple links to other trip reports I have written-up, in case you are curious or just bored. Most all of the rides point of origin is in Coeur d'Alene Idaho, and eventually end here too. I generally travel pretty light, pick back road routes, avoid crowded places, and often camp off the bike for the weekend or longer.. here ya go:

    Page 1:
    Lake CdA and Harrison, ID
    A trip to Palouse Falls, and Starbuck WA
    A long weekend to Lewiston, Elk City, Hells Canyon, and the Palouse

    Page 2:
    A quick campout in Central Oregon.
    Wallace, Quinss Hot Spring, Bison Land, and Missoula
    Kenny & Jimmy ride to Glacier Pk.. including Yaak, Koocanusa, and Eureka
    2-Up trip to Mt St Helens, with a visit in Packwood.

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    (Cont from pg 2)A trip to the Oregon Coast through Maryhill, Grass Valley, Detroit, Salem, and Cape Lookout.
    Eagles on Lake CdA
    A spring ride to Ione Oregon

    Page 4:
    The North Fork of the CdA River with Murray and Wallace.
    Camping at Dworshak Reservoir and trippin to Aquarius, and Hells Gate
    Canfield Mtn on the DRZ

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    (cont from pg 4) A four day loop to Missoula, Salmon, Stanley, Lowman, McCall, Riggins, Whitebird, Kooskia.
    A St Joe River Fishing trip.
    Up a creek on the DRZ- the CdA River and Shoshone Creek.

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    The secret spot near Cusick.
    A ride through time and Chesaw
    Crater Lake

    Page 7:
    Crater Lake and other sunken volcanoes
    Pedal bikes on the St Joe.
    Ring around Hauser Lake

    Page 8:
    2014 begins..on the Palouse
    A week long walk-about in ID, WA, OR, ID, OR, WA, ID

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    A fun viffer ride with other viffer riders
    A few days of dual sporting in N Idaho

    Page 11:
    A little Eastern Washington Loop de loop
    A weekend ride around Mt Hood.

    Page 12:
    Dual Sport Riding on Canfield Mtn

    Page 13: 2015
    A Montana Story
    Washington Pass in the North Cascades
    Steamboat Rocks State Park

    Page 14:
    More Palouse Trippin'
    Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
    A run up the St Joe River


    Other threads:
    A bitchin ride to Colorado
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=774872

    Banks Lake, Grand Coulee, and the Sanpoil river
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763485

    BC, Ferries and Beers,,
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=766560


    The Original Post:
    This year (2012) we have had a LOT of cold rainy weather to kick off our Spring so it has been a sloowww start, but a couple weeks ago i was time to roust out the beast and get moving around a bit.

    It started with this.
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    Then a trip to my mom's garage, cuz she has some extra space.
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    Finally out into the daylight.
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    After getting a new front tire installed it was time to take a little spin around Lake Coeur d'Alene, Heres a few pics from that nice April Day:
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    More recently, Last weekend the GF and I jumped on the bike for a day trip down to Palouse Falls State Park in WA, along the way we saw this little grain siding elevator in Lancaster..one of many like this in Eastern Wa.
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    Some cool views along the way:
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    We stopped for snacks...
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    Since we have had a wet spring I have been anxious to get to these falls, and heres why:
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    Time to head on back home
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    and yes i did ante up and buy my annual Washington State Park Discover Pass so i can park and not worry about getting a $100 ticket. MInd you you a year ago it was all free, but i guess the governor has gotta eat too. Hopefully they are spreading the money in an equitable manner. Actually i really enjoy the Parks, and in general they are all well cared for, and that is worth the price of admission, in my opinion.
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  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Wow, pretty nice shots of the waterfalls and river canyon! Nice that mother nature helps out with spring runoff and what not.

    Thanks for sharing
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  3. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    I took a little trip over the recent holiday weekend.. I rambled through three states over the course of 950 miles..:evil

    Heres a teaser pic.

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    Cool roads:

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    I will get more of this posted soon.....
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  4. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    I prepped the bike and gear for a multi day scoot with only a very general and tenative itinerary. Thats the way i like it. My basic plan is to ride from Coeur d'Alene, ID down to Lewiston by way of the east side of lake coeur d'alene, st maries, and numereousd small towns along the way til i pop out down on hwy 12 just below kendrick, ID.

    The moto ready to ride:
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    I headed along hwy 97 on the east side of lk cda:
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    A ways on doewn the road i found Santa:
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    Sants'a launch pad??
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    One of Santa's?
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    Another little town thats fun:
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    Up onto the prairie above Dearuy and Kendrick:
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    From here it was on down to the river and into Lewiston..
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  5. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    We woke up to a nice morning in Lewiston Idaho and went for an early moring spin..me and vern and ben:
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    rode along the snake river:
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    After a nice breakfast we got serious and headed out on the big-boy bikes, up stream on the clearwater river:
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    Orofino was decorated for the Memorial weekend:
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    This guy was busted for speeding... only in Idaho:
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    We rode up the south fork of the clearwater river til we got here"
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    The "cookie ladies" smiled upon us and we were gracious:
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    Back down the canyon 50 miles, so 100 miles of this today:
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    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Once back atop the harpster summit we motored on into Grangeville, ID. At this point ben headed back to Lewiston, and i turned it up toward whitebird summit, then down to the salmon river:
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    Once i had run up salmon and little salmon rivers, i rode hwy 95 to Cambridge where i dropped down to Brownlee reservoir on the snake river.. Idaho Power Co maintains some very nice campgrounds on the snake river reservoirs, that is part of the deal they made for the taking of the land so-to-speak.. to build the dams, flood the valleys, and generate power, they had to replace and create new recreational facilities. About 17 years ago i worked on building this campground, it is woodhead park..
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    Gratuitous food shot!
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    Sunset on the hills...
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    Happy Camper!
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  7. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    It was a bit windy in the canyon all evening, but the breeze had pretty much subsided in the am. I enjoyed the camp site on the lake, and the IPCo provided hot showers in the nice accomodations of woodhead park. After plenty of coffee and oatmeal, i got rolled up and rode out. Here is the bike looking back toward the park north to south:
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    Just to the north is the brownlee dam, 5 million cubic yards of earth fill around an impervious clay core.
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    The early travelers had their challenges too, now this is a poular dual-sport route..
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    I headed down the next reservoir, Oxbow, there are three dams in succession along about 40 miles of river. The upper being brownlee, then oxbow dam (no pic), then down to hells canyon dam. The road to Hells canyon:
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    After 23 miles of fun you end up here:
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    There is a sweet vistors center with lots of info:
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    Scenic parking
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    Then the ride back out of the canyon, 23 more miles of fun!
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  8. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Out of hells canyon, i rode about half way to Halfway, OR, and turned up FS Rd 39 toward Joseph. The 39 rd runs along N Pine Cr for a bit...
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    Then on up to the Hells Canyon Overlook, I saw it from down in the bottom earlier, so why not from the top now??
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    Its tough on all forms of life up here
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    It got a bit slick on the way over the top but not bad enough to bring out the rain jacket.
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    Back down the other side, which is north, i opted to make the run down into Imnaha OR, which is always a treat. BTW the Imnaha tavern now serves locally brewed Terminal Gravity ESG! Mmmmmmm beer!
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    Back out of the Imnaha canyon i headed to the south end of Lake Wallowa, where i spent another nice evening camping in the State Park...some of the nearby sights:
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  9. NewHampWoodsRider

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    Great scenery!
    Nice photos, looks like such an amazing place to ride and camp!!
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  10. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

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    Great ride report and amazing scenery, thanks for sharing all the info and photos!

    The wife and I made a five day loop through NE Oregon over the Memorial Day as well. We rode from Baker City down to the Hells Canyon Dam and then back up over FS Rd 39 to LaGrande on Friday, 5/25. Wow, what an amazing area to explore on bikes! We can't wait to get back over there and spend a long weekend checking out all the other great motorcycle roads in the region.

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  11. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice route, great pics!
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  12. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the looks and the comments, i have Monday's ride yet to post, i will get at that soon. I am also smitten with the central and NE Oregon riding, one of my favorite places for sure..pm me if you want any route numbers for some fun idaho roads... Cheers
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  13. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    It was nice to wake up to calm breezes and blue sky above. The park on Wallowa Lk is at 4200' and at the base of some 9000' peaks, so it will take a little time to get the sun to warm me up.. A morning fire and strong coffee and the oatmeal get the day going nicely.. By the time i have finished up my packing details the sun is warming me, and drying off my ground tarp. What a great start for the run home. Its about 210 miles directly to Coeur d'Alene, but who would go directly home??

    The morning vistas:
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    I motored north thru Joseph, which is a cute little tourist trap of a town but i have no reason to stop. Then through Enterprise where i top up the tank, the i burn north on the hwy 3 toward the OR / WA line... the road looks like this:
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    this road rocks!
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    Do you know the name of this?
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    If you guessed this you were right:
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    I zipped across the high plateu thru Anatone and down into Clarkston Wa.. just across the river is the spiral hwy. I have riden it many times and today i opt to cruise down the snake river to Wawawai landing to a sweet little park.
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    After my milk and cookie break i romped up the Wawawai grade and broke out onto the Palouse prairie. I live riding out here in the spring! About 100 miles of this to get home:
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    Thanks for checking this out, i will have more adventures to post soon! Cheers!
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  14. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Just picked up a DRZ400 s ! Ha! I will be doing a bit more in the Idaho outback soon.. stay tuned. :evil
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  15. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Will do. I just love those roads out there. I will wager, now that you have a DRZ, you wont turn around at Elk City. You will just keep going I bet. I snapped a pic of the same damn rock a few years ago.

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    Cool lil berg elk city is
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  16. FotoTEX

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    That part of Idaho is a great place to ride. Have always wanted to see the Palouse area. Was recently in the area just west of Jackson , Wy and it was quite nice also. Alot more potatoes grown in that area and very scenic also. Idaho is kind of a off the radar riding place, I will not tell anymore people...
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  17. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    It became necessary to plan a little ride down into central Oregon again. The departure point was to be Lewiston Idaho. Early saturday morning we did a little bicycle ride up the spiral hwy starting out of Clarkston, it was glorious. A couple hours later we were headed here again, dang it:
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    Of course we had to stop at the Joseph canyon rim... there were a lot of dual sporters running around too with a gathering going on in Enterprise.
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    From here we hauled ass on over and down to the North Fork of thye Jhn Day via LaGrande and hwy 244 which is a great route, its even better if you run up the upper Grande Rhonde toward Granite, but we had a time contstraint.. We found the Tollbridge campground here, we were the only occupants.
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    Time for a cocktail! and to relax next to the river....
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  18. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    The sun was still high in the sky thanks to the long days of June:
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    When the time came for a little nite light we had that too...
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    The bikes enjoyed the campfie too:
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    Woke up to more of this:
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    I turned north toward home and Ben headed for his Mom's in Arcarta, I drove thru Pendleton and Walla Walla, then took some backroads between Waitsburg and Starbuck, this is fun stuff!
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    Dont want to get hung up here:
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    Turned it up the road to Dusty, one of my favs... then hauled ass acroos the palouse to get home, i wish i could show you the wind we had out here on Sunday, it was chattering at me! I have posted other palouse pics here before so i will not bore you with them again now..

    I think i saw quite a few ADV'ers on Sunday heading home from events, i hope everybody had a good time.

    Cheers
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  19. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Jim, we nearly crossed paths. I did a ride last week (Wed.-Fri.) from Boise into Oregon, Wa., back across Id. to Montana and back to Boise. If you spotted a yellow VFR that was probably me.

    After a sweet blast down Hwy.7 from Bates to Sumpter, I took the forest road to Ukiah. Despite the rough section north of Granite for a few miles, that road always brings a smile, great twisties.

    From there I also took Hwy.244 to La Grande. Good fun, as always.

    Needing a campsite, I ended up at Wallowa Lake, like you. Beautiful area, but don't care for the park, way too crowded.

    Rattlesnake Grade was next, including pie and coffee at Boggan's. Milkshake next time.

    Hwy.12 :clap across Idaho and into Montana, motel in Hamilton.

    Next day over Lost Trail Pass, down to Salmon, Challis, Stanley, Lowman and on to Boise.

    Re the campsites you referrenced, can you tell me where they are? They looked really nice, much more inviting than the state park at Wallowa.

    Thanks again for your ride report and wonderful pics, which depict our part of the country so well.
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  20. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Wow Viajero thats cool.. if you were in Lewiston before noon on Sat, we missed, otherwise we may have passed on the road.. there were a lot of bikes out too.. You made a great trip loop. I love all the areas you covered, especially the run from the top of lost trail pass clear to idaho city.. that is awesome.. a couple summers ago on our return from Colorado (ANOTHER BITCHIN MOTO TRIP) we camped near a hot springs between Lowman and Stanley..

    In Oregon we camped on the N Fork of the John Day, about 15 miles south of Ukiah.. I have also camped at Service Creek on the John Day proper. Both places were great and uncrowded. The Forest Svc website has tons of good info on these and other campgrounds.

    In Hells Canyon i camped at Woodhead Park on Brownlee res. it is an Idaho Power Co facility. IPCo has a bunch of neat parks, when i go back there i will go to the campground that is just a ways south of Oxbow on the road the Hells canyon dam. Cant remember the name..It is just abit off the path, which makes it better.

    Thanks for checking out my trip, i will keep an eye peeled for your yellow viffer! Cheers!
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