Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route IDBDR - July 2019

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  1. Turbodb

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    July 17, 2019.

    (I should note that this trip report is in a 1st gen Tacoma, but I've gotten so much great info from advrider in the past that I felt like it was worth giving a little back...)

    We've run two Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDRs) in the past - Oregon in 2017 and Washington in 2018. So, when it came to planning for this year, we decided that we'd run what we thought would be one of the coolest BDRs out there - Idaho.

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    Little did we realize that it would mean spending most of July in the beautiful state - we had, after all, just finished exploring the southeast and then the central parts of Idaho a couple weeks before we'd planned to embark on this south-to-north traverse of the state.

    Not that we were complaining - this was clearly, our year to explore Idaho!

    As far as the route itself goes, at 1,250 miles the IDBDR is much longer than either Oregon or Washington - understandable given that Idaho is as tall as the other two states combined.

    Over the eight stages, we'd have the chance to traverse both the historic Macgruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway; to experience highs and lows - the route rising and falling from 1500' to over 8600' above sea level; to see and experience much that the state has to offer - from dry desert to temperate rain forest.

    Of course, through it all, we knew we'd encounter some obstacles - we just didn't know what they'd be. Like Oregon had been, we'd be going solo; unlike Oregon, we and the truck were significantly more prepared and capable.

    We'd allotted up to 11 days to complete the trip - unsure whether the roads would be fast (like Washington) or slow (like Oregon) - hoping that we could cover a section each day, with a couple days travel to-and-from home.

    We'd start in the historic town of Jarbidge, NV as we made our way north - mostly on dirt roads - towards Canada and the Rykerts crossing. We'd surely pass countless fire lookouts and hot springs. If we were lucky, we'd see a wide array of wildlife - deer, elk, moose, perhaps even a bear or mountain lion.

    And so it was, that on a Wednesday in the middle of the month, we packed up our passports, a few changes of clothes, and enough food for most of our trip, and headed east - a cool 717 miles standing between us and the beginning of our IDBDR adventure.

    It was midnight when we finally found camp a few miles outside of Jarbridge, having just missed hitting a cow calf who wandered into the road in front of the truck. Exhausted, we climbed into the tent and were asleep within minutes, excited for what the next day had in store!
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  2. Turbodb

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    ...And then - in the distance - a cloud of dust. Unsure what it was, we continued on. Eventually, the source became clear - dual combines churning through a field of wheat. Like any kid at heart, I've got a soft spot for big machines like this, and having never seen a combine at work up close, I couldn't help myself but to climb out of the truck to stand on top of the @Cascadia Tents RTT to snap a few photos.

    The grin on the combine driver's face said it all - even with some weirdo standing on top of his truck, snapping photos - he too was enjoying the experience.

    Read the whole story and see all the photos at IDBDR Pt. 2 - Across the Snake River Plain

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    From IDBDR Pt. 2 - Across the Snake River Plain


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    ...With only 35% of the day's route behind us at this point, you can imagine our joy when half-an-hour later, we were stopped in our tracks by a road closed sign...

    Without cell service, and with BCN showing that the only re-route was to backtrack southwest - even further along Highway 21 - we noticed that if we buried our heads in the sand and headed east, Jackson Peak fire lookout was a mere 24 mile round trip away. Distracted as squirrels, we decided to go investigate.

    Read the whole story and see all the photos at IDBDR Pt. 3 - Stymied By Gates

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  4. lanztek

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    We met you guys at Shiefer campground. The rest of the group met up with you on the Magruder after I split off to head back to Lewiston

    Hope you had a great trip
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  5. Turbodb

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    Was wondering if you'd be here! :) Was a fun time for sure, and nice to meet you guys.

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  6. davidaid

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    Read your whole report on your webpage. Fantastic. Makes me think about getting a bed tent for my truck so the wife can go along.
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    ...In no time flat, we'd reached the water crossing. And, while I guess it was technically a water crossing, to suggest that it was any kind of trouble - much less the kind that deserved a skull and crossbones on the map - was pushing it.

    For good measure, we went through three times. You know, just to make sure we didn't miss anything.

    Check it all out in IDBDR Pt. 4 - We're Recognized on the Trail

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  8. lanztek

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    Cool to see you mentioned meeting us on your blog...it's a great read...thanks!
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  9. Turbodb

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    We had great fun seeing you guys throughout the trip - those are the kinds of things you can never plan for, but that end up being great memories.
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