Colemanfu's Idaho Dirt Bike and Brew Tour 2020

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Colemanfu, May 9, 2020.

  1. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Thanks PK I really enjoy the vid process and during the trip would looked forward to those chill morning editing session.

    @KirkN as for your second question "But, were there any buggy / rainy times that kinda forced her back into the van for a while?"

    We had a few times were we cooked in the van due to inclement weather. The new mini burner made cooking indoors super easy. When we did cook inside we avoided meals that would make a big mess like splatter geese all over or stink up the van. We even had some meals that did not require the stove that we kept in our back pocket just in case.

    In Kansas the wind was real strong so I just cooked in van and we had a few rain events that forces us inside.

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    But it had to be something serious to force us in. Most the time I could get by with using the case for the burner as a wind stop. The wind really increase the cooking time thus increasing fuel consumption. We'd go about 4-5 days on a little can of butane.

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    Must have had some real gusts, looks like Mrs. Manfu used a rock to help hold the wind stop in place?

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    Bacon pix cause...

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    One of the most memorable evenings was rainy night spend in the van sharing dinner and suds with a fellow wanker from Wyoming.

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    We had a fantastic meal and sucked down suds all in the comfort of the rig! So weird to think about it but it was raining and like 50'! We watched the snow accumulate on the top of the Tetons that night! Rain low, snow high :eek2

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    I'm not that sensitive to bugs - they have to be real bad to bother me. I don't even use the spray unless I'm being eatin alive. We were never forced in due to bugs but she would use the Deep Wood Off spray when needed. And the bug net is pretty much mandatory. Once we put it in place we left it in place.

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    And when it wasn't needed we just tied it up so it was out of the way. If bugs did make their way into the van they would usually get caught in the net trying to get out and I would take great joy in disposing them. The net is stained with bug guts and blood :fpalm

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    There was no location that was crazy with bugs. Some had black flies some had mosquitos. Just depended on the location. Jackson had big horse flies but they didn't bite and were stupid and just let ya smash em? I would honestly say dust from dirt roads and cars driving by kicking up dust was a bigger inconvenience than bugs. It just depended on if there was a breeze or time of day or even standing water like marsh land. But it wasn't like my few days in Fairbanks where the bugs were so thick that I changed my rear tire in complete riding gear - helmet and all! I still don't know how they tolerate it?

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    And replaced the rear wheel bearings yesterday. I think the bearing were good but the spacer had developed a groove that cause the wiggle.
    I still need to pull the noodles and put on the Florida sand tires and tubes.

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  2. PR61

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    Any concerns, worries, or sightings of bears ? Do you carry bear spray on the bike ?
  3. KirkN

    KirkN Long timer Super Supporter

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    Thanks, @Colemanfu for the 'nuts and bolts' overview. Yeah, the stoke is great and all, but I really enjoy the 'non-stoke' details as well!! Love the pix of the Mrs. with the doggy! :D
  4. Philip Kuntz

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    Holy forking fork!

    Do you have a refrigerator in the van? Did I miss that? Where do all the bacons come from?
  5. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Glad to share and the van is pretty posh, like our own tiny house on wheels. We don't mind enjoying down time inside just like when I'm at home home I spend time in front of the TV or Computer or in Mrs. Manfus case reading a book or dicking with her Ipad. Same deal and we have to fight that pretend obligation to always be taking advantage of our current location. Chill time each day is important for us to avoid travel burnout.

    @PR61 - I don't think there's grizz in Idaho like we saw up in Alaska. Just brown or black bears, I think. Anyway we didn't see any I and I don't own the spray. We are bear aware and don't leave food out and look after any trash or scraps. We make a racket when we hike and Annie even has a bear bell. All the proper camps had bear proof dumpsters and trashcans.
    But in all honesty, my biggest fear is other humans and we carry 2 guns in the van for that. :evil

    Ahhh the guest fork - funny cause we only have 2 forks, 2 spoons, 2 knives. Joe was a guest and lucky to get the novelty fork for supper. It was that or run back to his big teardrop in the rain for a eating utensil :imaposer

    Bacon vid link just for PK!
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    We don't have a proper electric or propane frig. In fact we have very minimal power needs beyond the usual cell phone, Ipad, GoPro batteries. We didn't even travel with our lap tops this summer. We have an auxiliary battery for all the lights and charging needs but it gets juiced up by the alternator when the van runs. No need for a fancy solar array. We do brew a mini pot of coffee every morning but we just start the van and let it idol for 5 min while it brews. Most days we even make a 2nd pot but again fire up the van. I never dip below 12.4 volts on either the house or van battery.

    We have a cooler box under the table that's water proof, insulated, and holds a 20 year old silver Coleman cooler.

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    You can see the waterproof membrain (trash bag) for those times when I for get to put in the cooler plug :doh
    And it has about 2-3 inches of insulation on the sides and bottom. Even the wall behind the cooler is insulated as well as a section of insulation between the back of the table and interior wall.

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    There's even a piece of insulation that we use as a lid to seal it up tight. The lid is additionally insulated with stickers :deal
    All these steps allow us to keep ice for 4-5 days.

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    Every grocery run we add a bag of ice or if we're passing through and need a bag we'll "top off". When the cooler if more full of water than ice we yank it and pull the plug to drain. If I catch a whiff of funky I'll do a full on nuclear cleaning. Trash the ice, sanitize the inside, and wipe down all the contents which is mostly cans of fine craft suds. But a needed PIA sometimes. Kind of like when the ice shifted and smushed someone who doesn't drink black coffees stupid cream shit right after I just put in two new bags of ice.

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    We keep a "dry" section in the cooler for you guessed it - stuff we want cold but dry.
    The Tupperware bin in the below pix holds about a weeks worth of dry stuff that requires refrigeration. Items that seals tight like unopened bacon could just sit on top and not be required to go in the dry bin. It's a perfect fit and floats above a layer of cans and ice.

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    Team Cole utilizes some specific detailed cooler protocol in effort to maximize cooling efficiency.

    And here's my bacon jam but not always available.... pretty much a massive chunk of pig tummy :raabia
    Mrs. Manfu is in food sales and every now and then can do a trade with the meat people for a stash of the good stuff!
    This bacon is so good that it's been used as currency :deal

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    But I'll live with thick cut pepper encrusted bacon preferably in a sealable zip lock packaging. I like the sealable packaging because without it we have to put it in a big zip lock bag so the bacon goodness doesn't contaminate the dry storage in the cooler.

    Dropdown table is a common breakfast cooking location.

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    And another pix of those grooved out spacers from my rear wheel bearing project.
    Next time I'd like to do just replace spacers and see if that tightens it up?

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    33mm bearing press :thumbup

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    A single brewski operation. More than one and ya might forget about that C clip :dutch

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    Nice to be back, I missed being on campus :happay
    Lockdown and travel has increased my appreciation the beauty located on the grounds.

    Mandatory daily wellness check a the flight line brings by my this bird.

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    Nerd humor on campus, love it :rilla

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    I think we would need a 12v fridge. Too damn spoiled from living in the Volvo condo.
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    Thanks for the bear update. I read your trip reports every year, and never remembered you addressing the issue. Very glad to hear you've got appropriate protection along for any other varmints.
  10. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Just to make sure you're properly distracted at work this morning, here's the latest vid effort!

    Ketchum was my favorite riding location. The trail head was less than 10 miles from town, camping was free and close to Frenchmen's Hot Springs, the tails started from camp. It's not well documented so I'll offer a brief explanation on the events. We rode for 4 days in Featherville then moved to our second riding area - Sun Valley/Ketchum. Pretty much the same place and we found the names interchangeable to a certain degree.
    We enjoyed 2 days of off bike activities while we camped in Sun Valley and explored town including a bunch of Hemmingway crap. Then we moved to Ketchum searching for stoke! We camped for 3 more nights along Warm Spring Rd and I did 2 big single track rides like 40-55 miles and a DS ride to the top of some mountain.

    This vid is from my very first single track ride in Ketchum, an amazing Lord of The Rings type experience. At any min I was expecting to run into those hobbits.

    Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  11. Colemanfu

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    Here's the latest MCV production a 50 mile effort on the skinny in Ketchum - our favorite camp/ride location of the entire Search for Stoke.
    I continue to ride slow, rack my twins on a mud hole, my starter shats itself when I need it most, I'm constantly amazed by the Idaho beauty, and I close the trail within sight of the exit - my first big stuck of the trip. So yea, pretty much the typical, enjoy!






    Oh yea, I may have done what some would call "a thing"?
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    Oooooh the two stroke koolaid. Now you’re in the cool club. :drink
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  13. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    I'm pissed at that club - those fuckers have been cheatin on me!
    This modern machine makes every single aspect of woods riding easier.
    Hardest part was bustin open the wallet :deal
    But I paid off Castle Cole in Feb, turn 50 this fall, grind 3 different jobs, current ride is 8 years old. FU was due!
    And in all honesty my riding has changed since 2012 and this will meet my needs and wants much better - I hope so anyway and am super nervous :hmmmmm

    2020 300 TPI xc-w 6Days. Pretty much a 2 stroke for dummies.
    New off the floor, the 21 are trickling in and they wanted this year old machine gone gone fast gone.

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    Oooooooh, nice!! That's going to feel like an MTB in the tight stuff! Congrats! :beer
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    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    2 words - cheater bike :deal

    I've been working on an edit today and coming across some really cool views. The trail head for the Casino Creek trails is located in the campground. Yes, two trails. Big and Little Casino Creek. Here's an extended look at some grabs from Little. This all leads up to a snow closure right as it was gettin good.

    Found 4th gear for the first time that day! Braaaap!

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    Big chunk of wood.

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    This was one of those curious moments. Ya just don't know what's on the other side!

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    It was a fun flowing trail with a view, I wanted to stop but didn't want to stop. I knew there was a potential for out and back so I kept rolling and would glance to the right to sneak a view!

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    If it looks sketch in a picture than ya know it's really sketch!

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    Now this one looks tame but jokes on my case with that low hanging kicker! A perfect example of the danger of avoidance. Better off to pick a line over the rocks? :dukegirl

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    If ya put on your old guy glasses and squint you'll see the trail going over the next hill. :eyes

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    Two more hills from this spot I could hear a waterfall and see snow. I miss Idaho and the freedom of the road!
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    And here's the latest vid...
    Stanley is said to be 6 times larger than Taylor Park in Colorado. When we go back we'll spend at least a week in the area.
    In this vid I attempt to loop Little and Big Casino - both trails started in camp but I ran into snow before I could connect to Big Casino and drop back down to the campground. Once ya got to the top the views of the Sawtooth Range were amazing!

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    Colemanfu tracks.
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    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Hey good hearin from ya this week!

    And love the sticker, where was that one?????
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  20. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Forgot all about that one and can't even blame the craft suds! That Covid shit crushed my sticker game this summer. Hardly hit any public targets this past summer :norton


    And for you inmates lookin for a 10 distraction from reality here's the latest MCV production.

    This was late June and felt like I kind of wedged this one in. Although it was moving day I wanted one more sniff of the area.
    Mrs. Manfu is perfectly content sleeping late (opposite of FU, I don't sleep I just wait) so sneaking in a 3 hours rip in the morning works great for both of us. By the time I get back to the van she's just getting moving.
    Turns out in this one all I do is piss about the rocks???? :stfu
    I don't normally fuss about this kind of trail but it was like my 8th ride in 10 days and the up hill rock gardens really brought out my inner bitch. Going down no problem but this particular morning I couldn't be bothered with high 1st gear climbing!

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