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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    Last week we decided to take a short little ride over to Quinns Hot Springs resort in western Montana, near Plains. If you have never been there, GO! This iis a great place situated along the Clark Fork river.

    After leaving home in Coeur D'Alene, we moseyed up the road and decided to stop in Wallace. ID for some refreshent at the new North Idaho Brewery which sits on a nice little creek at the base of Dobson Pass Rd

    Said creek runs through it:
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    Lotsa artifacts to look at
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    The beer was cold and savory
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    A nice place to stop and refuel
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    We made another little detour at Lookout Pass..
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    We motored on down the pass and headed down along the Clark Fork
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    We arrived at Quinns, our destination for the nite and enjoyed the wonderful hot springs pools, had a terrific dinner and a very nice room. Tomorrow we may cruise on down MT Hwy 200 and go to Missoula...Nice brewery in Mizzoo too.. he he he
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  2. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    We woke to clear blue Montana Skies.....we soaked in the mysterious healing powers of the mineral pools, had a great breakfast at the Harwood house restuarant..... then motored on up to the confluence of the Clark Fork and Flathead Rivers..
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    We cruised easily East on Hwy 200 till we saw the turn off to the Bison Park and the wildlife refuge, so we headed that way..North off 200. The bison park is not accessible on a motorcycle, bummer, so we went to these cool nature walk paths instead. we saw these guys instead:
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    This is a cool park that is worth a visit

    https://maps.google.com/maps/place?...national+bison+range&cid=11497377604809735497

    Off to Missoula and the Saturday Market! With perhaps a quick stop at Big Sky Brewery!..:freaky

    Cheers!
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  3. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    This past weekend ( July 21, 22, 23) my brother and i took a little trip up to Glacier Park in MT

    Here are some of the pics from Saturday:
    We left from my moms house in Bayview..
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    On the road at last!
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    Stopped at Noxon Dam
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    Not as much water now..
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    Clark Fork River today.
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    Yaak Falls, be careful Kenny!
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    Bummer its closed now..
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    Look out Kenny!!!
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    Rode over the hill to Koocanusa Lk
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    Saw a moose in a meadow.
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    Ended the day in Eureka MT, went to the rodeo:
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    Yahooo!
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  4. sasho

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    Shame about the Dirty Shame--is it permanently closed? :huh :cry
    It was still running back in Sep 2010...
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  5. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    It looks to me like the saloon will remain closed until there is a new Owner, that could take a while in Yaak, MT..
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  6. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Our day trip from Eureka MT to Glacier Park had ist first stop at Whitfish Lake, MT.
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    Then we hauled ass into the Park. We couldnt have had a nicer day. You can see for yourself.
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    After leaving the East side of the park we rode down Hwy 89 and then 49 to East Glacier, that was a real treat, wow what great roads.

    We had a great stay in simple cabin at East Glacier Motel & Cabins, it was right out of the '60s! We had a fire pit and all, it was fantastic..

    The next day we bombed home to CdA ID, via Flathead lake...
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    Of course we routed over Thompson Pass as Kenny had to get to see the Spagpole Meuseum in Murry ID.

    It was a great trip, thanks for looking.
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  7. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    GF Pillion and I stuffed the panniers and the tank bag last Friday and left CdA for Tri Cities to go see her Sissy and drink some beers at a new pub in W Richland..

    Of course the best spot is part way to the TC and is in Waitsburg WA
    Laht Neppur Brewing Co.

    Be sure to check it out if you get the chance.

    Friday night at the New pub, very good too!
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    We got up fairly early on saturday and headed up over White Pass, along the way we got to see this:
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    We kept the throttle pinned and made our way to randle where we turned upstream toward Windy Ridge. We got lucky with the weather, even tho it was hot. the veiw was nice.
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    To get a better view there is a platform up there:
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    and up there..
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    almost there..
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    to get to see this...
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    then back to this.....
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    It was an easier hike back here..
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    This little lake..
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    stopped here to cool off.. very nice
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    From here we headed back to Packwood to the motel, but first had to check in with the mayor.

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    We really enjoyed the lo-key atmosphere in packwood...
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  8. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    The Mayor said we could check ou the tennis club.

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    And to see the brand new fire department bldg,

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    Dont get caught doing this,
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    We headed for home and got our last volcanic glances
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    We then just blasted across central WA to get home, sorry no pics from Othello! Cheers!
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  9. KLRmonkey

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    nice ride report - it's interesting to see life coming back, seems a slow climb from all those years ago.
    thanks for sharing. :D
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  10. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Thu 9/27/12

    My son is playing soccer for Corban U in Salem, OR... So seeing as how the weather has been perfect, it seemed like a good time to waqtch some college soccer, and do some camping off the viffer. I packed my gear and bombed hwy 395 out of CdA, ID til i got to Hwy 14 on the Columbia river. It wasnt long til i get to see this:

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    I rode up Roosevelt hill for these shots.

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    Took a pic of John Day's river blocker..
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    enjoyed the uncrowded road.
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    I hustled on down to Maryhill State Park to camp.
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    I enjoyed the MSP:
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    Tomorrow i will head toward Grass Valley, OR.
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  11. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    You live and ride in beautiful country. My buddy and I have made a few trips in that area, most recently Eastern Oregon and the Palouse (not so much water at the falls) and earlier the Pacific Nothwest in August where it snowed in Glacier the morning we were to cross :cry
    thanks for the great pix, good memories, and ideas for places we've not been.
    -ceej
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  12. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    I packed up my gear the Maryhill SP right after swilling down my coffee, and wolfing down the porridge. Soccer game at 3pm in Salem im outta Biggs at 830, southbound on 97 to Grass Valley. I take the 216 across to the West. The Deschutes rivver canyouis fantastic, the riding is better so no pics. Into the Tyge valley and on to Wamic and beyond the forest roads are terrific, soon i see this:
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    Timothy Lake:
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    I rode about 100 miles of this stuff:
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    Had a great lunch here in Detroit:
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    Made the game in time too!
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  13. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    You live and ride in beautiful country. My buddy and I have made a few trips in that area, most recently Eastern Oregon and the Palouse (not so much water at the falls) and earlier the Pacific Nothwest in August where it snowed in Glacier the morning we were to cross :cry
    thanks for the great pix, good memories, and ideas for places we've not been.
    -ceej

    Eastern Oregon and the Palouse... These are some of the best riding areas i have found to be sure.. I f you want to see lotsa water gushing over the falls or any of the major dams travel here in May, but the high country is pretty much a crap shoot except for July and August. If you come this way pm me id be happy to give more ideas!

    Cheers
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  14. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    The weather conditions have been remarkable here in the Northwet for late September.. I think we have now set records for the longest dry-spell, not to mention how warm we have been. No real frost yet.

    Another bluebird day, seeing as how i am already in Salem OR. I had better go to the coast, dont you think?

    There are lots of twisty routes to explore in these parts. Today I am checking out hwy 18 and then the Nestucca River.. No disappointment here:
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    I made it to Hwy 101, rode up the hill and saw this:
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    this looks like a nice place to spend the day!
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    a nice view, but everybody else thinks so too:
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    The veiw you get before dropping down the hill to Cape Lookout State Park:
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    Walking on the beach close to my campsite:
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    Not bad to look at:
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    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    After the amazing sunset, the night was illuminated by this:
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    When i got up it was not yet sunrise time, so i took a little walk down to the beach where i saw this sight:
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    It was now time to get motivated, its about 475 miles to home, but still a few things to see along the way.
    3 big rocks for starters:
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    Cape Mears is a nice view:
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    From here i blasted hwy 6 back into Portland, then hwy 14 to Lyle, where i headed up the Klickitat. I motored thru Goldendale and Bickelton, then to Mabton, WA.. That was a great string of roads, i will do it in reverse next time! Wide open, fast, and very little traffic, too much fun to mess with photos, sorry!

    Thanks for checking this out, cheers! :freaky
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  16. Apple Jam

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    Nice, Your travels made it near my woods
    GREAT RR!! Thanks for the link from our PNW Thread
    regionals......
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  17. michaelt7411

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    Enjoyed the post, thanks for the pics.
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  18. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    It looks like the riding here is coming to a seasonal close. The VFR has fresh oil, filters, coolant, and stabilizer in the tank. Saturday was a nice day so when i got the plastics buttoned up I headed down by the Lake. There is a good crop of Bald Eagles feasting on the Kokanee salmon this year.

    Got a few so-so pics..

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    You cant really see 'em, but they are soaring everywhere... really!
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    Caught this one in the act:
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    The bike enjoys the view
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    That might be all for the year folks, Cheers.
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  19. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Wow :eek1
    Gorgeous shots.
    Thanks for the report.
    I need to hit the road.
    Soon.
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  20. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    The sun is finally up and up strong this weekend. Finally! Last weekend i got the viffer all prepped up, but it was kind of cold out. Today the skies smiled upon all activities of the great out doors. So I'm off!

    One of my favorite rides is down 97 along the East side of Lk Coeur d'Alene to Harrison:
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    I was soon ambling along the Palouse River, near Harvard, Idaho... so i stopped in at the boy scout camp (camp Grizzly) where i have spent time with my boys years ago:
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    I followed the White Pine Scenic By-way to the Palouse Scenic By-way. If i ever need something fixed along the way, i will stop in here:
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    It was a great day to be out!
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