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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Bigguy136, Jul 11, 2019.
Yes, all Mitas E07 tires were Dakar version.
E07 and E07+ are different animals.
The day was again crazy fog. I feel good about my decision to continue south thru Sault Sainte Marie and head back home rather than going around all great lakes as originally planned. Not much to photograph with fog as such. I stopped for breakfast by Batchawana Bay. It looked like several cars were out front and I take that as a good sign. I went in to find the place empty and the cars are the owners/ staff. They were friendly so I thought how bad can it be. It was really good food and happy I stayed.
I crossed back into the USA and sat on the bridge for 1.5 hours. This was 11:30 AM on a Friday. Shouldn't the back-up be people from USA going to Canada for a weekend vacation???
After getting thru customs, there was a 2nd stop to pay ($4.00) for using the bridge. The temps were in the high 80s so I wanted to stay as close to Lake Superior as I could. There were areas that would drop 5 degrees and was a welcomed break from the heat as it was near 95 now.
There were storm clouds to my south as I was heading west so I stayed on US 2 rather than a diagonal route towards Minneapolis. I stopped in Bergland Township at a restaurant. I love small town diners. I got their fish dinner and couldn't believe this was $10.00. They had the weather on and was tornado warnings to my south. I headed for Duluth to avoid the weather, then south and home. As I was going thru Mora, MN there were a few roads closed from downed trees and talk of a tornado.
After my tire issues going around Lake Superior, I thought I would try a Shinko 705. I saw a few good write-ups and figured I wasn't going to ride the Dempster again. I wanted to get back west and ride Bear Tooth area more being it had a lot of snow when I was there a few weeks prior. I also made a mosquito shelter to help with all of the bugs. I found that I couldn't do anything outside without getting crushed by the critters. I always have mosquito spray with but only for emergencies. Being I'm not in a motel at night and having a shower every night, I won't use bug spray unless an emergency. That also limits being able to prepare and eat meals when camping. Hopefully my idea works....
It was mid 90s all day. I wanted to get pulled over and get camp set-up. I was also looking forward to trying my mosquito shelter and a new tent fan. I wish I had better photos of it. I just started putting the shelter up when I took the below photo. I figured I would have some better photos with it being set-up in the wilds but that didn't happen. This was a nice camp spot and looked to be abandoned. Mosquitoes were out and I was good.
It was another hot day. A quick coffee and oatmeal and I was off. I saw a high of 97° for the day. I was pointed for Chief Joseph Hwy. I have two water bags (camel back) with a gallon in each mounted on the front of my bike so getting water every 5 minutes was helpful. I started up CJH and the temps dropped to 62°. Of the 10+ times riding CJH, I never saw the side roads. I assumed maybe a long driveway and moved on. I saw a dirt road (Fools Crk). It was a bit rough and steep. I knew I wasn't going to be sharing this area with a RV. I went in and saw several camping areas but I was enjoying the ride. I kept going and kept going up in elevation. Not much for trees or vegetation. Found a nice area and made camp. Made dinner and enjoyed a mosquito free area.
I woke up a bit cold. I didn't plan on having 40s for temps and left a few warm weather sleeping items at home. All good as long as I wasn't in the 95+ temps...
The sun was getting ready to rise so I got up and made some coffee and oatmeal. I love being able to remote camp and cook. I could relax all morning with a hot meal and coffee without having to run into town.
I got my tablet out and got caught up on some work as I enjoyed the sunrise and a hot coffee.
I started my ride with the Hunt Mountain Rd. A nice dirt road about 30 miles long. After, I headed towards Red Lodge. I had marked out a few camp areas a few years ago and I wanted to check on them to see if they looked like a possibility for the night. I wasn't really impressed after where I just was so I worked my way back to the same camp area. I didn't go in as far and that kept me a bit lower in elevation and a bit warmer. Another nice dinner and camp for the night.
Thanks for the report. We met at the gas station in Dease Lake right before you rode to Telegraph Creek. My dad and I were on an HD Road Glide Ultra and a Honda Goldwing. We chatted for a while about your trip then, but it is nice to read it in some more detail here. When we were talking, you weren't sure what to expect about the ride to Telegraph Creek, so I'm glad it worked out and was such a good ride.
Yes I remember. Sounds like you and your dad had a much bigger adventure than I did. Sorry to hear. All going good with your dad?
My dad is doing pretty good. He had three surgeries on his left arm, and they were finally able to fix it without having to do an elbow replacement. He has a bunch of titanium plates and screws in there now. He is recovering pretty well and just started physical therapy on his arm and his right hand which was also broken.
It was another cold night so it was time to leave the higher elevation as beautiful as it was that morning.
I headed west on 14A to 14 towards Greybull. I had some breakfast and headed to Cody, WY and rode Bear Tooth ending in Red Lodge. There were a few camp areas I looked at but nothing was looking all that great. I saw a few gravel roads just east of Greybull so I headed back there. I few miles down a side road and it looked like I was in Arizona. There were some big holes in the ground and I hoped it was a critter and not a snake that made those holes....
Much warmer and dryer. A wonderful evening camping.
I was struggling with where else to ride in the area and if I should go west or east. After my bear incident a month earlier, I wasn't sure if I wanted to hang around the higher elevation of Montana going west as there were more grizzly bears and if I looked for lower elevation, it was hot. There were a few roads I haven't been on in 10+ years so I rode 120, 20 and 16. 16 thru the Bighorn National Forest was something to see. I'm not sure if I ever been on this stretch of road before. I got into Buffalo and thought I would take 16 north after what I just saw. 16 turned into 14 and was very uneventful. Hoped onto I90 in Gillette and took to Spearfish, then around to Lead and Deadwood. Then thru to Sturgis and north. I went past the new Full Throttle Saloon as Sturgis was getting going. A bit to the north and found a nice spot for my last night camp. A few bad storms blew thru overnight but all was good.
It was the push home. Not much to show other than flat and boring. I'm sure there were a few gravel roads but I was ready to be home.
Thanks for following along.