A Solo Dirty Loop Through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by avejoe, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I Supporter

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    excellent photos, @avejoe !

    Some places I recognize some i did not :lol3
    All that means is that I need to return to the west on my next longer ride! :ricky

    Thank you for taking us along and keep 'em coming! :lurk
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  2. avejoe

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    That evening I had a serious talk with myself. My original plan was to hit Glacier N.P. and then turn towards home. I’ve been to Glacier three times. Great place, but three problems: 1) I was not sure I could score a campsite, 2) there were a lot of miles to cover getting there, and most importantly 3) bears, big mean bears.

    As I committed to myself, this trip was about getting granular with dirt and back roads. I decided to bag Glacier and turn towards home the following day. I would take my time though. There were still fantastic days ahead.
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  3. avejoe

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    Day 6: Rock Creek to Marysville.

    The next morning I finished the north half of Rock Creek Road.

    I saw a moose!

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    A fantastic stand of timber.

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    Cool bridge.

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    For the day, I started at the small rock was headed for the big rock.

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  4. avejoe

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    I didn’t even come close to getting to the big rock. I finished Rock Creek Road and zig zagged on pavement through Helmsville and then into Lincoln. I picked up dirt again in Lincoln and headed south. That afternoon would be full of surprises.
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  5. chudzikb

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    I was surprised to find out the grizzlies in Glacier National Park "only" get to around 400 pounds. Smaller than some others, but, still plenty dangerous.
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  6. liv2day

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    I imagine the winters are probably rough in that neck of the woods, but hell - that looks like paradise to me. I'm with you @avejoe, that house/cabin looks idyllic and is probably incredibly peaceful. Miles and miles of wilderness with a sparse population - perfect.

    Laughed when I saw the pic you posted of the duct-taped fence. Seems they need to reinforce their duct tape fix as it didn't quite hold. More tape, that's always the answer :lol3 :lol3

    Fantastic updates man, enjoyed all the pictures and your story along the way. A question about the picture of the map you have laid out on the table - is that a Butler Map? Haven't bought those as I've been relying on the (crappy) Garmin topo maps.

    Safe travels as you point your steed toward home, looking forward to what comes next :nod :nod
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  7. Sumbike

    Sumbike Been here awhile

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    Hey Dave, really enjoying the RR! Amazing country for sure, but I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see what the surprises are! Keep it coming!

    Bob
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  8. avejoe

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    As I review my posts to proof read them more thoroughly, I’m using many of the same adjectives like “awesome
    “ and “amazing”. It’s hard not to. The riding is just that good. The worst dirt road I took was great.
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  9. avejoe

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    I hooked up with Hwy 141 and traveled south until I hit 3 Mile Road and turned left onto dirt. The road started out with some old fashioned hay stacks. The vast majority of fields are either rectangular or circular bales. Very neat and sanitary. There was something nice about the haystacks.

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    The dirt was nice, great vistas, and by chance I found myself on the Continental Divide Route.

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    Bear Grass

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    I was early, about 4:00, and I had to make a decision. I could find a place to camp and call it an early day or since my route was going to dump me into the Helena area, it would have to be a really long day to get beyond Helena and into the next National Forest area. The problem was I was low on food. All I had was a dehydrated backpacking meal. Yuck.

    The dirt turned to pavement as it dumped me into Marysville. Marysville is an old mining town that is half ghost town, but still has some full time residents. Gold mining has made somewhat of e resurgence in town. I was told Dave of the show Gold Rush fame reportedly was in town looking for a location for his planned spin-off show.

    It appears there is only one active business in town which was a bar called Marysville House. I love funky small town bars. I went in, the door was actually opened for me by a guy that seemed to own the place. Cool bar! Served food. Fair amount of people in the place. “Got a menu?” Lobster, crab legs, steak? Hey, I’m onto something. I ordered a PBR. I might still be riding later so I have to be careful.

    I asked the guy who opened the door for me if he was the owner. He was and Captain Don shook my hand. Turns out he was a sport fishing captain from Florida (hmmm, second Florida person I’ve met on the trip) that retired to Montana. He bought the bar and really spruced it up according to other folks I talked to. I made some small talk with him and then asked if there was a place in town to throw my tent down. He said no problem and pointed to the row of crumbling buildings across the street and said there was room behind the buildings. He said film crews had stayed there. Good enough for me! I ordered chicken for dinner and had a real beer. Thanks Captain Don!

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    Way better than the dehydrated meal I was planning for dinner.

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  10. avejoe

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    My lodging in Marysville.

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    I had plenty of time to burn after dinner and I didn’t want to drink more beer. I’ll discuss that issue later. I took a walk through town and I also walked up on the hillside where there we several old abandoned log homebuilt in the 1800s.

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    Every occupied house had a barking aggressive dog. As I was walking down the street a bear came out from behind some buildings about 50’ in front of me. He looked right at me. And started to wag his tail. He ended up following me all around town and back to the bar. A 100 lb puppy.

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  11. avejoe

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    Beer. I like beer. I like beer a lot.

    Beer does not always like me. Especially high octane beer like IPAs and double IPAs. Seems to really mess with my sleep pattern. This trip I substantially reduced my beer consumption and most of the beer I did drink was PBR.

    Overall, I slept really well on this trip. If you’ve done multi-day trips, you know a good nights sleep is essential to enjoying the trip and safe riding.

    Also, I dropped a few pounds on this trip. I’m not overweight per se, but dropping a few doesn’t hurt.

    Could be beer related.
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  12. sledrydr

    sledrydr Been here awhile

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    Nice! Ill be headed that way in about 10 days. Rather inspirational RR I must say! Thanks.
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  13. chudzikb

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    Adversly affected by good beer? That sir is a curse! I certainly feel for you...
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    kalho13 I am who I am

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    Alright, sorry for the gap in posting.

    After a good night’s sleep in Marysville, I was up pretty early as I planned to cover a lot of ground. First on the agenda was to head into Helena, have breakfast, and restock my food supply.

    The Grub Stake was really good.

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    After gassing up and hitting the grocery store I headed east to Canyon Ferry and around the back side of the lake. A left turn on Confederate Gulch and I wouldn’t see pavement again for several hours.

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  16. rjnutt

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    Really enjoying the RR. Those haystacks bring back some memories, we used a Beaver Slide in our meadows until the 70’s. Cool to see them still being used, although nostalgic wouldn’t want to go back to using it.....
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  17. avejoe

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    My first trip out to Montana I kept seeing these wooden contraptions. I assumed they had something to do with hay production. It wasn’t until I got home and did some research and found out they were beaver slides.

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    Motivating. Thanks.
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  19. Merlin44

    Merlin44 XR400R & Africa Twin Supporter

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    Thanks for the ride-along! We just don't have scenery like that in Texas. And it takes so long to get somewhere that does!
    Need to get the Butler maps. Just have the GTR recreational maps from the bookstore, but they don't highlight the scenic backroads like that.
    Are these all from the G1 maps?
    Thanks,
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  20. avejoe

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    After I hit the end of Millegan Rd., I wound through a series of small country roads near Eden and headed towards Hwy. 89 and Monarch. I passed an old school house and spent some time checking it out.

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    Spelling Bees I suppose.

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    This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip. It has a certain Hitchcock creep factor to it.

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