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A World Of Dirt...On A 500exc

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. benjamin1031

    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    If you're feeling philanthropic... what about building a bike for an inmate in need... of a bike LOL. More specifically inmates in GJ, CO who are incredibly witty, charming and humble...
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  2. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    I hope you will start a thread about what you are building and post a link to it here so we can all watch your progress. :deal :D
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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    As crossing borders isn't a possibility right now, I kept looking at maps and tracks and needed to ride, I got a craving for fish and chips really good oned, and the ones I knew that were the best I had tasted were more than a few states away from where I was sitting.

    I sat down and planned a dirt route from Phoenix to fish and chips at the Crazy Norwegian, and then if by some miraculous chance an all curing vaccine appeared while I was on the road the RTW would continue, but it never goes to plan does it...but I digress...

    I had shared earlier that I returned to Phoenix to sit out the pandemic, at the time Arizona was top of the charts for a while, sitting there with nothing to do, I looked at this daily and needed to figure out a fun route

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    and from that mess of tracks, I came up with this

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    it was a mix of some TAT old and new, some sections of BDR's, and bits and pieces of tracks other riders had given me and stuff I'd ridden before, all I knew was that it had all be ridden at one point or another and it was almost all dirt. Time to load up and get out there.

    It took 35 miles of pavement until I found this...

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  4. radmann10

    radmann10 Derf Supporter

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    Yea, RTWpaul is back on the road, great photos and all.

    You headed North or NW, from your proposed route it looks like North to start?
  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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  6. radmann10

    radmann10 Derf Supporter

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    Great, thank you! How many miles and what is your time frame to complete if you don't mind my asking?
  7. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I Supporter

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    fantastic, Paul! I did not subscribe to your thread for nothing! :clap

    Your loop reminded me of a few years back when i rode GWT, and some sections of last month’s adventures!

    I am itching to go to Colorado in a week for a short while and wonder how will the late October weather treat us!

    Best of luck! :ricky
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  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    it's around 8000+ miles, time frame - I really didn't have one
  9. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Nice! Safe travels Paul!
  10. kvango

    kvango Been here awhile

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    Brilliant, Good to see you back on the road.

    Also congratulations on teaming up with the MotoTrek team. Brad has some of the best training videos out there, you are a great fit with MT.
    The channel is “Must See” for moto content on YT, along with Ryan at fortnine.

  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    I think you are talking about Brett when you say, Brad?

    He was just a presenter, it's not his channel, and he no longer does anything with MotoTrek, the channel is actually owned and all the filming, directing, and editing is done by Tim, and he does a phenomenal job, I introduced him to Dusty (@D-Train) to be his new coaching guy. I think he is a great fit.



    That video you showed is funny in that people absolutely lost their minds because I didn't show them any food or how to cook or where and how I pack it, it was amazing all the comments and emails that came in bitching about it...seems a lot of riders really do need to be shown EVERYTHING
  12. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    If you do any reading while on the road you might enjoy "We Live in Water" by Jess Walter. One of the short stories in the collection is Wheelbarrow Kings, where a guy goes to great lengths to satisfy his craving for fish and chips. You'll be just about an hour or two north of where the story takes place as you cross into Idaho from Washington.

    Safe travels! You probably only have a month or less along your route before you run into snow. I'm curious on your plan for dealing with the onslaught of winter as you head north into the mountains. Converting to a Timbersled along the way?
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  13. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Going to get some fish-n-chips is as good a reason as any to go on a ride!
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  14. RedWolf

    RedWolf Corporate Zombie

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  15. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork.com - CEO

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    Cool. Looks like you're coming right through my neck of the woods. It would be cool to cross paths at some point.
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  16. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Nice!

    On the bright side, the fires will have likely subsided by the time you make it up here. On the questionable side; very real chance of running into snow based on where I'm guessing you're riding in the PNW. Regardless, can't wait to follow along.

    And though your route follows the eastern side of the Cascade range, if you make it over to the west side and need something around PDX, reach out.

    Knobby side down @rtwpaul!
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  17. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    There is some amazing high speed two track (the type with just two dirt single track lines) up by Yack in northwestern Montana just east of Lake Koocanusa.

    You won't want to miss this if you are in the area! That is assuming you won't coincide the route with hunting season and potential traffic or snow/ice. When I went through the area in early September of this year I didn't see anything besides a few elk and mule deer. The flow (mountain bike terminology) is truly spectacular, with significant elevation changes, nice radius corners and wide cut swaths through the forest to minimize danger which allowed speeds in the 60 mph range at times, even fully loaded with camping equipment.

    It was the most fun two track I've had the opportunity to sample.


    edit.. just checked your map and you are dropping down on the Idaho BDR before getting to this area... apologies if I am exposing a locals hidden gem..

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  18. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Looking forward to your new adventure :thumb
  19. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    Paul may not get on that, but I sure as hell will!
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  20. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    And there goes the neighborhood!