Idaho - Not Exactly the IDBDR

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  1. Sumbike

    Sumbike Been here awhile

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    Avejoe and I trucked the bikes from the Sacramento, CA area up to a friend's home in Eagle, just outside of Boise. Our plan was to hop over to the BDR route, follow it up and across over to Darby, MT then loop back to Eagle. We had a week.

    Both Dave and I hadn't really used our bikes for camping, especially for a week long outing. We both upgraded since the days of the trusty Yamaha WR250Rs. Dave was now on a KTM 500, me a Beta 390.

    We hopped on Hwy 55 north out of Eagle to Horseshoe Bend and jumped off on a gravel road that took us to Placerville. Quaint little gold rush era town.
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    Continuing north on dirt we crossed the Payette River and took the paved road east to Lowman for the first gas stop and where we connected with the actual BDR route. We followed the route toward Deadhorse Reservoir. Did a bit of a creek crossing - deeper than it looked. The illusion of clear water!

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    Lunch stop at a small creek. Much of this area of Idaho has been burned, a lot of standing dead trees. The wild flowers seem to like the sunshine.

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    Because it was getting late in the day, we bypassed Deadhorse Reservoir and found a campsite near Yellowpine. After setting up camp we rode in to Yellowpine to get gas and dinner. The store/gas station was closed, hours of 10-5, but we did get a great BBQ dinner and a PBR at the Corner. Not many pics taken, too busy riding. Also, the smokey air wasn't good for vista shots. Great roads, lots of ups and downs, many switch backs!

    End of Day 1.
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  2. avejoe

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    Here we are all clean and ready to set off from Eagle. 103A94AB-F27A-4201-A300-3DFD2F68101E.jpeg The famous water crossing north of Lowman 91650253-6049-4EC2-AF3C-94307B6AF038.jpeg Dinner in Yellow Pine. The staff was outstanding, friendly, and super helpful. B8693036-061E-44B2-A76B-79B8F4809FFB.jpeg We were pretty cooked after a long day of riding and we assumed since there was only one spot available at the next to the last campground before Yellow Pine we should take it. Even if it wasn’t ideal. 02EC4374-D21F-4B4C-8488-73D1D3ADDBF0.jpeg The campground did have a nice river view though. 1C339F53-18B9-4133-A6B5-35BDF518BF40.jpeg
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  3. avejoe

    avejoe Long timer

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    My Day 2 pics.

    My bike is really, really good looking. 1B1B4600-B6F7-4755-85EB-1D7A8DD54C22.jpeg Bob on the long climb out of Elk Creek. 33A26AC6-3167-434C-92AF-A1F2C68A0AC6.jpeg Rocky Bluff Campground was a welcome stop at the end of a really long day. I think it was the best campground of the trip. 1E1FCA1E-D6EA-4C12-A2D7-71E7288F1271.jpeg Another great stream. BE74FAFA-9EE2-4425-A609-17FC9AD30911.jpeg
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    Day 2 started with the need for gas. It sounded like the store actually opening at 10 the next morning was a bit iffy and we wanted to get going long before that. We inquired about fuel at the Corner where we had dinner and were told we could get some around 8:30. We were very appreciative!
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    We motored on over Elk Summit where we came across a group of riders heading south. Other than a couple bikes just outside of Lowman, these were the first riders that we'd encountered.

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    Had to take a spin in the Magic Bus!

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    Dave riding over a nice bridge!
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    I don't think I have ever ridden so many switch backs as I did on this ride! A bit smokey too. This is on the way down to the Salmon River near Riggins.

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    Definitely one of the best campsites, creek right next to it. Rocky Bluff, about 5 miles north of Florence.
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  7. Sumbike

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    Nice place for a fire and a shot of Southern Comfort! And Cracker Jacks???? What the . . . . . . . .

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    Next morning we rode into Elk City had a nice breakfast and gassed up. A lot of discussion about the fire near Dixie which is south of Elk City. Apparently the fire was mostly out of control, not contained and there was a shortage of fuel at the local air strips. We rode past a large fire attack staging area south east of town. Amazed at how many tents were set up all over the meadow. Maybe Dave got a pic. Next stop, Red River Hot Springs - we needed showers and a soak sounded really inviting. Sure felt good!

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  8. avejoe

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    My Day 3 pics... DF340BF8-76B5-467E-B211-96A0BD3E71E8.jpeg B0D16191-EC2F-4E64-9C4C-B46794D2645D.jpeg AFE181BE-62B9-4BE8-9402-AF74CF449ADE.jpeg 50669E9F-F02A-4EA3-B604-B579EEAD351E.jpeg BDC5D879-375B-4A8E-9A6B-24502BB461DD.jpeg F946B7A9-A292-4830-986E-66431F5A6C4B.jpeg 50738FEC-9EF9-43B7-A84D-9A158A8DA08F.jpeg
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  9. avejoe

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    Cracker Jacks be da bomb. Light, great tasting, and filling.

    Also, the ride from Yellow Pine to Elk Summit is some of the best on the IBDR.
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    Finally, we're on the Magruder Corridor! Well, not quite that quickly. I rode ahead from the Hot Springs intent on stopping at a cut off road over to the Magruder. But, it just didn't look right so I kept on going on the road we came in on. Eventually, realizing the error of my ways, I went back and waited as agreed at the junction. Dave got there before I got back, realized I wasn't in the agreed upon spot and after a bit continued on the new route looking for my tracks. Meanwhile, I got back and did my own scouting looking for tracks, finally deciding, he must have gone through. Fortunately, he had and we hooked back up at the Magruder intersection.

    A lot of fire devastation along the Corridor, but new trees are making a comeback. The first 15 or 20 miles is pretty much a dirt freeway, then it got more interesting .

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    Our destination for the day was the Poet Creek Campground, another stellar campsite!

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    This is really hard to beat!

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  11. Sumbike

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    Great campsite for sure!

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    Dave relaxing!

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    To be bear safe, we used the bridge, hanging a couple of feed bags over the railing.

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    Only one other group of campers there that night.
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    In the morning at Poet Creek, it was really cold! Surprised as the campground is just under 5000 feet and it had been very warm during the day and into the evening. Anyway, the orange bike wouldn't start, not enough umph in the battery to get it spinning quick enough. There was some whining and excuses about leaving the phone charging and the GPS on too long - whatever. . . . . . So the Italian Princess was called in and gave it a quick jump, all was good in the world again!

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    We made about a half mile attempt up to the Broken Knob Lookout. It was a bit on the technical side for this old phart and, with the smoke filled skies, the views would not be great and I opted out. Had it been clear, I would have dropped the bags and gone for it. . . . . . . yeah, right! No, really I would have!!!

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    And the end of the Magruder Corridor.

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    We continued on in to Darby, MT, got gas and did a 1 1/2 hour lunch. . . . . . that town is busy with tourists I guess. But it was a very good burger! View from our lunch spot at the sidewalk table.
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    After eats we headed back the way we came except turned off toward Painted Rocks Lake and over Horse Creek Pass and dropping down to the Spring Creek Campground on the Salmon River for the night. Not the greatest camp, it was hot and we needed the break. The river felt really good for a soak and a bit of cleaning.

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    Had a bit of a luggage mishap - I was "Just Riding along . . . . . . . . . !" Warranty???? Oops! My attempt at keeping the tail bag as low as possible backfired on me. Some changes needed before the next camping trip. A good test for the Gorilla tape I'd dragged along. Dang, it was a brand new bag too!

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