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Admirals Voyages (w/photo's & Video's)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by TheAdmiral, May 5, 2012.

  1. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    No real preferences. My biggest concern is getting one that isn't beat to death so it will be as reliable as possible. I'm not in a huge hurry but I'm looking for one for next season.
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  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    An Overlook on Lake Owyhee Spring 2020

    Riding fun two-track to an overlook near Lake Owyhee and back. Good times!
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  3. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Riding Ridges Canyons and Creeks in the Owyhee's on the XT350
  4. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    You can even IMPROVE a TW 200!

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  5. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    The Cemeteries of Slaughterhouse Gulch


    Mrs. Admirals first ride of the year after coming off the IR.
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    I'd like to know why not one but two cemeteries are located in Slaughterhouse Gulch? What was going on there anyway?
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    Early season road conditions
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    Went through an old mine camp which kinda sorta maybe is still occupied...sometimes possibly. Didn't see anyone today though.
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    Has anyone seen Fred lately? I think we found his burnt-out van! Yikes!
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    Mrs. Admiral still a little rusty making turns
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    There are only two cemeteries at Centerville. IOOF and Old Catholic. Both old cemeteries have been burned more than once since 1863 and most wooden tombstones have been lost.

    The Catholic Cemetery
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    ...and one of the gravestones of the IOOF (Odd Fellows) Cemetery. There were several.
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    Spooky ain't it?

    TW Fever...Catch it!
  6. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    The Trail I Lost My Gold Star Rating On
    This is the first short video I'm posting of the ride I did with Mistervelocity and Oldworld124 last week.
    All my troubles on the day were on just this one short singletrack trail. Bent my shifter, little crash, and then I forgot I had a kickstarter when my electric started didn't engage. After this trail was done my electric starter worked just fine the rest of the day. Weird I tell ya!


    Couple photos for the video impaired

    My newly modified "curled" shifter. You know, just to bump up the difficulty rating of a single track
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    Bent it back into "shifting shape" with the aid of my tire iron tools. (Thankfully, I didn't need to use the tire spoons for something else, say like for a flat tire!).
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    A little "oopsies" on the trail. This solidified losing my Gold Star Rating. BTW, I didn't know I had one before haha.
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  7. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Damn gravity.
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  8. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    What a way to lose your gold star. Do just fine on the technical stuff and dump it on an easy spot. I can relate. :lol3

    Your videos are fun to watch.
  9. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper Supporter

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    Down to just a silver star!
    I’m striving for bronze or maybe lead.
    Thanks for the update
  10. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Slacks Mtn Loop Part I
    Part I of our day ride loop around Slacks Mtn. just north of Silver City, ID. In this part, I was concerned if we would make it because of snow. We did but did hit some snow.

    Today's riders, The TW200 Traveling Trio Tegenerates-Mistervelocity, Oldworld124, and the Admiral. Special Guest appearance by Admirals son #2, usually on a KTM but it's broke down (as usual) and he has to use one of my trusty TW200's.

    Part 1, The Way Up

    A few photos for the video impaired.

    Multi-tasking, Loaded up a couple for the ride and have a couple of extra bikes to drop off on the way home.
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    We know exactly where we're going
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    Headed up that-a-way
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    Maybe we won't make it because of the lingering white stuff. Follow me, men, I found a way
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    Skirt the snowbank and squeeze through the trees is all it takes
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    Looks like perfect TW trail conditions
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    Has anyone read or watched Mutiny on the Bounty? I think I know how Lieutenant William Bligh felt.
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    The seas were a little rough in spots
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    If the potential mutineers don't want to follow the Admiral, I found this little tropical cabin they could stay at
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    All the comforts of home
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    Coming soon, Slacks Mtn Loop Part II, so stay tuned.
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  11. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    I sure do enjoy your reports. Thanks for taking the time to share. The only downside is because of these reports it caused me to buy a TW. :clap
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  12. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    As you well know, it's hard to post immediately after a ride. These are from a month or two ago. I end up with a lot more rides in the "Photo/Video Bank" now that I'm retired. Some weeks I'm going riding 2-3 different times...in the nice weather (not winter) haha. Hopefully, you end up enjoying your downside LOL. This past Saturday Mrs. Admiral and I went on a 2nd loop ride around the Scott Mtn., Deadwood Reservoir, Lowman area (parts of the IDBDR). I rode Blue Bunny TW200 with a stock 1.8 gal tank(I did take extra just in case). I decided to conduct a fuel mileage check. I didn't have to switch to reserve until 110 miles and had around 126 when I finally pulled into a gas station. 84mpg. I was surprised. This is with about 30 hwy miles with the rest being forest service roads.

    Good times.
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  13. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Fantastic @TheAdmiral! Haven't checked in on your travels in awhile, great to see you out and getting the most from the T-dubs :thumb :thumb.

    Really like the footage from the Owyhee, such a great place to visit (though I was well south of that spot). And the ride up to Silver City - damn man, I need to get over that way and ride.

    Awesome you're retired and making the most of it; what I hope to do when I get to that point in life.

    Knobby side down and keep the great pics and reports coming. Laughed hard at finding Fred's van :lol2 :lol2 :lol2
  14. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Slacks Mtn Loop Part II The Way Down (ish)

    Our fun continues...
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  15. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    My Three Sons minus the one who couldn't make it.

    Rode with my two oldest sons on some local trails. Son #3 couldn't come. It was my oldest son's first trail ride. I think he's hooked.


    All three of us on TW200's today.
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    #1 on the left, #2 (usually referred to as Stig) on the right
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    Fun day with the boy's.
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  16. black 8

    black 8 motographer

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    I've been eyeing TW200s for a while... I would imagine it's a mule out in the trails and can handle backroads on the asphalt at 55mph easily...
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  17. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    I'll ride several connecting miles on the pavement at 50-55 mph or so for a few miles. TW's aren't for everyone but I've enjoyed mine for better than 15 years now.
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  18. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    The good thing about the TW is they hold their value well.

    Even if you get one and don't like it you can get a good portion of your investment back or better if you find a great deal on your purchase.
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  19. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Four Amigos Run Oreana

    Old dudes ride to old mines, old homesteads, and old missile launch sites and see some pretty cool sights along the way.



    The first stop on the tour was the old Rowzee Dugout Homestead.
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    Right here is what's left of a structural foundation. I assume a cabin/home at one time.
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    Here's the dugout. I'm not sure if this was for storage or also used as a house. Not Shown, across the creek are farm implements (horse-drawn plow, disk, etc) and another very small dugout structure.
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    Then we ride to an unknown named abandoned mine site on Alder Creek. A shack and ore dump structure are all that remain.
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    Continuing our ride I take the Amigos to a viewpoint overlooking part of Castle Creek Canyon
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    On our way to the next place on the tour we take in a little desert single track
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    Desert singletrack complete with bushy water crossing for good measure
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    A place which has been on my list to visit for a few years is the abandoned Bluebird mine. I have to admit I was disappointed as there was nothing left except some ore cart rail, tailing piles, and a couple of old building foundations. The ride here was much better than the destination for sure.
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    One reason I hadn't gone to the Bluebird mine before was I ran into a short stretch of road with a gate that I thought said "no trespassing". Maybe it did a few years ago but not now. However, it appears the landowner is not friends with the BLM. This would be Bureau of Land Management, not the other BLM which has popped up in the past few months.
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    On to the old Doyle Place Homestead. There are a couple of structures on each side of the creek. I'm only showing this one. Also, just to the left of this structure is one end of a singletrack trail I've ridden a few years back. Has a couple tricky sections and it was nearer the end of the day (i.e. we're getting tired) so I passed on riding the trail.
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    I'm guessing an old BMW adventure rider who didn't make it and was left for dead by his other rough and ready BMW rider buddies.
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    Then headed over to an old abandoned missile launch site. I think this one was when the U.S. Army was testing the Pershing Missile but not for sure. Anyway, they never did launch a missile at this site but they did at a similar site near Green River, UT.
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    Closer picture of the launch site bunker
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    GE aerial view of the launch site. You can see a semi-circle type pad on each side of the bunker. This was for supporting equipment.
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    Here's a picture of the Green River, UT launch site with the equipment ready for launch. The bunker is in the center. The missiles were fire to White Sands Missile range...or that's where they were supposed to land.
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    Birch Creek, Dessert in the Desert. Meaning it's the last place the Amigos ride too for the day.
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    Discovered this little area from a ride report from another forum. Just had to find it.
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    Near honeycomb/cave-like geological features. We rode up Birch Creek wash from the main road but the singletrack trail I mentioned at the Doyle Place would have brought us down the canyon/wash as well.
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    I can't speak for the rest of the Amigos, but I had a great ride.
  20. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Long timer

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    Looks awesome.... as always :)
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