Heart of the West ADV 'Roundabout'

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by byways, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    If anyone from back east...namely Pennsylvania, would like to do this give me a shout. It looks awesome, but not something logistically I could pull off on my own in a 2 week vacation window.
  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    This is one of those "once in a lifetimes" and well worth the effort to make it happen. For me the two week trip to ride the entire route was vital to the experience as a whole. It's more then just a motorcycle ride off the paved roads. Much more here. This route provided slack-jaw scenery, solitude and western history that not many have seen. For instance Huegel routes you past the actual "Parting of the Ways" on the Oregon Trail. Not the false one out on the paved road most others, including some locals, see and think is authentic.
    Oregon Trail, Pony Express, Trans Continental Rail Road, John Wesley Powell's Echo Park and more.
    You won't get bored. Lol


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  3. byways

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    Coming from you, COXR65L, that is high praise indeed. The ADV community owes you a great deal for all the work you put into Westfest and building our community.

    Heart of the West will be ready when you are ...

    And a shout out to PA!

    Don't feel like you have to do it all in one trip, Rockinrog. Or even in one lifetime! :D Since it's a loop, you can take it in fun-sized chunks. Lemme know when you're ready.

    But there is great merit in the vision and accomplishment of Dockingpilot, who led the first riders to take on what was then a new route based on an evolving concept: extended "total immersion" backcountry travel through the landscapes that define the American West.
  4. byways

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    Post 109 ... PA inmate planning break out to flee west ... seeking co-conspirator ...

    Anybody need a partner?
  5. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    'Rode this route last year with my son, and had so much fun that I'm doing it again this year, with company, in my Jeep, early September. Tony's new route looks good and we'll have some new scenery. I know, bikes only here, but I have to give a boost to this ride. It's terrific.
  6. byways

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    Hey thanks, blasew ...

    I am so excited about your plan. It is a dual-mode route (just returned late last night from further explorations in Wyoming in my 4Runner ...). While we're all devoted moto fans, the modern SUV makes this route possible for just about anyone ... seniors, disabled folks, even families.

    Can't wait to hear about it!
  7. byways

    byways byways

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    Now and then folks who are planning to travel Heart of the West Adventure Route need some particular adjustments to the route to accommodate their vacation schedules. Sometimes, that means I need to go do some exploring. The other day I explored Wyoming, one of the six states the route includes, to find a course for a group from California.

    I hope they enjoy it ...

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  8. mirtna

    mirtna Magrambalgue

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    Geeeeeze, I should be doing HoW! And, ..... I live in Idaho Falls! No excuse not to do it!
    But first I gotta depart on a moto trip to Nevada to CA, Oregon, maybe WA, then back through Idaho. Mostly be doing slab, but we will find some gravel/easy two track to do. We head to Eureka, CA and take in some "Lost Coast" area. Will do route 36 east of Fortuna, CA and then we will make up stuff from there........

    Great looking work Tony! Impressive!
    I'll want to contact you when I return from my little "runabout" to the coast and back .....
  9. byways

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    Oh my heck! :wave Yes, you should be out on Heart of the West; goes right through town. But it sounds like you've a terrific ride ahead. Let's connect when you return, park our bikes at Starbucks 'n stuff
  10. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Silly cowboy, there's no Starbucks in Idaho Falls.
    Lol


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  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Um...
    Actually there is.
    It's by Wal-Mart near I-15. :puke1
    Q~
  12. byways

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  13. byways

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    Crossing the Great Plains in 1844, Catherine Sager Pringle -- one of seven children in a family heading west in a wagon train -- was pulled under her wagon's wheels when her dress got caught up. Her leg was crushed. Then her father became ill and died. He was buried on the banks of the Green River. Then her mother became ill in the persistent cold, and she died, too.

    "The tent was set up, the corpse laid out, and next morning we took the last look at our mother's face," Catherine recalled. "The grave was near the road; willow brush was laid in the bottom and covered the body, the earth filled in -- then the train moved on. Her name was cut on a headboard, and that was all that could be done."

    Just 26 days after they left Missouri, the children -- the eldest 14, the youngest an infant born along the way -- were orphaned on the Oregon Trail. They were adopted by the other families, she said. And then they move on.

    (From Across The Plains in 1844)

    We could remember another young emigrant woman as well, one of just 20 years ... and the hundreds of thousands like her who risked their lives and sometimes lost on trails we ride for fun.

    I came upon some remote trailside emigrant graves unexpectedly the other day, while crossing a Wyoming plateau, searching for something special for clients from California. One encounters them from time to time, as well as other fading relics of the old West.

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    Moments of discovery occur daily along Heart of the West ADV Route ... along the Overland Stage Route, the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express Route, the Lincoln Highway ...

    Don't miss your discovery moments. PM Backcountry Byways today!
  14. mirtna

    mirtna Magrambalgue

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    Regarding Starbucks: Inside Idaho Falls Barnes and Noble - that too is a Starbucks, no? Then, inside Fred Meyer's? Starbucks there too, no? Idaho Falls is trendy? Actually, I suppose in trendy places Starbucks would be considered non-trendy!
    .........Just did hwy 36 in north CA. WOW! TWISTIES upon twisties! From California Oak Savannah to Digger Pine Scrub Forest to Ponderosa Pine Forest to Douglass Fir Forest to Redwood Forest to Coast Alluvial. .....what a ride!!!
    ......sorry for off thread topic content. ......but still exhilarated from that ride! Not only twisties upon twisties but rises and dips between twists. G-force dips to negative g-force rises before dropping into another turn. ......a VERY nice ride. Scenery fantastic as well!
  15. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Tony , great job of this history lesson and potential trips for all us riders.

    Your pics/story of Crooked Creek Ranch brought back many memories of my teaching at Dubois. Super great scenery, people, climate, beautiful place.

    Thanks for the memories. I have alerted some Canuck friends of this thread. Sure would love to see it all over again.

    Keep us smiling
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  16. byways

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    Thanks for checking in, Gale. B.T. Did you notice the DB (DOO-boyz) sticker on my windshield?

    Teaching in Dubois! Wow! Cherished memories, no doubt. (My wife and I met in Lander ...)

    Dubois Annual Firemen's Buffalo Barbecue is August 10 :dg
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    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Thanks Tony ,nope did not notice the DB sticker but I did recognize the Bing's Cowboy shop in Pinedale, know the family well.
    Loads of memories, jocks, friends in that Pinedale. One of the neatest , greatest places to live in the West.

    I am now deeper in debt to you for the memories:lol3

    keep 'em coming
    adios,gale
  18. spanker

    spanker Lake City, FL

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    Tony Huegel, whom I've had the privilege of knowing for four years, is a consummate historian of the Western Migration and a master ADV route expert. Not only does he know where to go, he lives the history, the desperation, the suffering of tens of thousands of emigrants that traveled before him on every trail he explores. It's more than just a ride, it's a living history book. You would do well to 1, ride the Heart of the West trail by Tony, and 2, study where you will be riding to get the full appreciation of his research and understand what the route is showing you. When you get off your bike and you're standing at the "Parting of the Ways" in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming, look around and imagine 160 years ago, scores of fathers with a wagon-full of starved kids, were faced with the decision that the wrong turn may starve or dehydrate his family to death, it makes you think differently about what this country is made of. And decisions like that happened thousands of times all over the West.
  19. byways

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    Thanks so much, Spanker. It's hard to beat the saga of the American West. I've wondered a thousand times if the emigrants ever looked out across these landscapes and thought they were beautiful -- or just terrifying.

    Hope to see you out this way again soon!
  20. byways

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    A group of skilled Heart of the West Adventure Route riders who'll be moving fast and not camping just booked a September night at the Guest House, at Spirit West River Lodge at Riverside, Wyo. Rough it? Not these guys ... They save that for the dirt.

    I stopped by Spirit West the other day while doing my pre-season route checking (and exploring what will be a couple of exhilarating new additions!), and was given a tour. All I can say about Spirit West is ... WOW! It's perfect for HOW!

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    Spirit West is very affordable. But for travelers who hate parting with a penny, there are "economy" options nearby ...

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