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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motorambling, Nov 1, 2019.
one of my fave RR in a while. Thanks for making the effort!
Fantastic report, great pictures of the scenery and I love the bike, just bought one myself
I headed east out of Oregon into Idaho towards "the coldest town in America." I figured since I'd already ridden "the loneliest road in America" and cold and lonely go together like peas and carrots, I might as well visit Stanley ID. The Sawtooth Mountains are a wondrous place to visit and the Sawtooth Lodge is my new favorite getaway. Log cabin, no cell service or internet, waterfall, hot springs, geothermal pool, three meals a day, and a lovely selection of local brews! The temps were still plummeting, I woke up to the teens one morning followed by some icy rain...this was when I made my executive decision to stay another day/night. After a hearty breakfast and some chat with the other lodge guests, I took the short walk down to the river to soak in the hot spring pools....five hours, a few beers, and some new friends later, I returned to my cozy cabin to light the fire and head over to dinner. What an epic find this place turned out to be.
Morning number two at Sawtooth Lodge arrived with all of 23 degrees so I sat my gear by the fire to warm up then took my jetboil stove outside to thaw my ignition and mirrors out. I made it into Stanley where it had warmed up to 34 by the time I arrived in Ketchum I was thoroughly frozen and decided on a stop at a coffee shop to plan the rest of my route home. Montana and Colorado were getting hammered with snow so I decided on Utah and Wyoming. I managed about 750 miles to Laramie before pulling in for the night in one hell of a wind storm. When I woke up in the morning the forecast was not my friend. Another day where it wasn't going to leave the 30 and 40s I was 960 miles from home....it was noon and still only 36 outside...I had a fuck-it moment and set my sights on Wisconsin. 13 hours and 40 minutes later I arrived at my front door.....trip totals, 6300 miles ....11 states...19 days and one hell of a damn good time I'd freeze my ass off again anytime in trade for the epic adventure I had.
Thanks for the great ride report.
Apparently you missed the memo about the Urban not being a 'real' GS!
Well ridden; and written--Thanks for taking us along!
You almost got your frozen ironbutt sticker
Really awesome epic western adventure
Time for some new TKC80's
Thanks for following along ....Actually, I got the memo loud and clear, but strongly disagreed I did have the option of taking this one on my adventure ...but I'm super fond of my Nine-T
It was close! Yes, the TKCs are phenomenal tires 6300 miles and they still have a few more in them
Great report. Thanks for taking us along.
even in very cold riding situation, i still envy you. thanks for inspiring fair weather riders to follow your tracks.
i've done a few of them but still lots of riding here in the west i love to do.
The west is the best I’m considering some heated gear for my next adventures....and I live in Wisconsin so it’s generally colder than Alaska half the year ☃️
Thank you for sharing
I like that little place you found in Idaho!
You are brave riding in such cold weather.
Way to go!
Hot and cold, on road-off road, injuries, no whinging, Indian jacket on a BMW, well played license plate................. I like your style. Reminded me of some fun rides and provided some bread crumbs to new places to explore, thanks for taking us along as I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Having learned that you used an iPhone for those pictures shows you have the gift of composition.
You tell a good story also . . .
Sawtooth lodge was definitely in my top 3 favorite places on this trip...I may pick a warmer month to visit next time
You have just found total Nirvana!
Um... you mean heideneaus right? but thank you so much for sharing this with us. Great pics and very well written story telling. Love your spirit of just doing it and not overthinking all the what if’s. A bit risky Weather wise too.
Love it. when I lived in CO I always toured with electrics. They aren’t very expensive and create ultimate flexibility in your riding cloths. Buy them snug and close to your skin. Not for wearing over your fleece.
hope to see more of your reports here.