Pan American Highway: September 2019 - May 2020

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Matthew.chizz, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Matthew.chizz

    Matthew.chizz Adventurer

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  2. Matthew.chizz

    Matthew.chizz Adventurer

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    Day 5: 18 September, 2019 (Chizz)

    We woke up early to get a head start on the day. Mark and I got my front tire swapped over. I am now running a D606 front tire and a Motoz Tractionator Adventure read tire. I’m sure these will be amazing tires off road, I will find out later today. Myself, Mark and Jack left Lewiston headed East on HWY 12. We followed the Clearwater River up through Lolo Pass. This was a beautiful drive, probably one of the nicest rides I have ever been on, besides the fact that it basically poured rain all day and was very cold. We stopped in at LoLo Pass Visitor Center to warm up, the employees there were very helpful and there was even free coffee / hot chocolate and stickers! After we were warmed up, we continued East on HWY 12 towards Lolo. Myself and Mark split ways with Jack at an Indian Reservation gas station near Lolo. Jack had to head back towards Salmo and myself and Mark had to head South to Salmon River. Myself and Mark rode HWY 93 South past Darby and took some mountain passes that were part of the BDR down to the Salmon River where we stayed at Marks friends place, Peters camper, along the river. As soon as we got to the camper, Mark got the propane turned on, power to the camper and we cranked the heat to take the chill off of us and dry out our gear. We cooked supper, had a few beers and watched a Yellowstone National Park documentary before bed. Now it’s time for bed as we have another long day to Blackfoot, Idaho where we will be staying at Peters house.

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  3. Matthew.chizz

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    Day 6: 19 September, 2019 (Chizz)

    Myself and Mark had a great sleep in the cozy camper. We woke up, made breakfast and coffee and took off towards Blackfoot. We rode South down Panther Creek from North Fork a long the Salmon River to Challis. This was an awesome backroad ride. From Challis we headed Southeast towards Blackfoot through some mountain passes. This became very foggy and muddy. Mark ended up dropping his bike a few times and broke the left side hand guard. Thankfully the clutch lever was fine. Looks like we will be looking for a new set of hand guards for him in Blackfoot. Once we got to Blackfoot we went to Peters house since this was a long day of riding. I have heard lots about Peter from Mark since Mark had previously Couch surfed with him in prior years so I was excited to meet Peter. When we arrived at Peters he had a nice warm supper waiting for us. This was great since the weather has been mostly cold and rainy since Canada. We spent the rest of the evening visiting until it was time for bed. Peter was kind enough to set up the guest house he had for us. Tomorrow we are taking the day off to visit and tour around Blackfoot with Peter. My apologies, my memory is slowly fading of exact details of each ride since I am falling behind. I need to start jotting down notes every day to keep my memory fresh. Anyways, I still have tons of photos. IMG_3109.JPG Speaking of which, they aren’t uploading in order. Looks at the photos from the bottom - up. Still working out some kinks of posting a ride report.
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  4. Matthew.chizz

    Matthew.chizz Adventurer

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    Day 7 & 8: 20 & 21 September, 2019 (Chizz)

    There’s not much to say about the day after we arrived in Blackfoot, so I am writing both days together. Myself and Mark slept in a little bit to catch up on sleep and headed into Peters house for Breakfast. Today is a catch up day as we needed to wash the mud off our bikes and go shopping for new hand guards for Mark. Peter also took us to the Shoshone-Bannock casino to try our luck (turns out I don’t have much luck when it comes to gambling). He also took us to Lava Hot Springs. These are very commercialized If that’s what you’re into, but they felt amazing non the less.
    The following day: We woke up early as we had lots of miles to make again today. On our way to Evanston, Wyoming where we originally planned to stay, we rode through Bear Lake, Idaho / Utah (border city). This was a beautiful lake and beach town. Looks like it could be a fun place in the summer, but it was relatively quite when we drove through. By the time we got to Evanston, it was late afternoon and it was a pretty quiet town with nothing to really see so we kept pushing further. We eventually ended up setting up camp late at night near Whitney Reservoir, Utah with some American hunters that were out in the mountains hunting Mule deer. It was well near 0 degrees celsius when we arrived after we drove through multiple water crossings since we were on the Utah BDR. The American hunters were very friendly when we pulled up. They gave us a hand setting up with their light bars on their side by sides, invited us to their fire and supplied us with jerky and beer. The fire was much needed to warm up before bed. It was quite late by then so we decided to go to bed. Tomorrow we are headed South to Moab, Utah.
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  5. WileyRTW

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    Good luck, now that you are on the move you should ask a mod to move this to in progress adventures secytion, you will probably get more visibility.
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  6. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    6F7E406D-0101-4989-BA28-E583272EB908.jpeg Re: problems with uploading photos
    Try to not stutter with the finger when selecting a picture , you don’t want two and three examples ( or five!) of the same picture of the KLR or a bland bit of gravel :D . One each is enough . Be selective , pick your best shots .
    You can go back to any post, click on “Edit” then click on the superfluous image and “ X return “ to delete that one . Then to put any new image in that location tap on THAT space to put the the small vertical marker there and then tap either
    “ thumbnail “ (as above ) or “ full size”( as in lower) in the little list of selected pictures that appears below your raw post , then hit “Post reply” 1BCBB57A-5BF2-460D-B299-0B35AF55440D.jpeg

    If you tap the little list for all the selected pictures they will appear together , as below ,but then you need to separate them with the “ space” bar a bit to insert your text .
    As you type your story you can insert at the end of a sentence any of the pictures from any point in the short list .Did this help any ? :hmmmmm
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    If you have some time available before posting a photo you can spend a few moments tidying it up , do a bit of photo editing , for example like this upload_2019-10-17_9-1-13.jpeg
    which could be trimmed down to this 91D3FB45-4907-4B27-8040-53F8397454FD.jpeg It only took a few seconds on my iPhone and it improves the effect by removing the blank expanse of gravel in the foreground and realigns the horizon a bit .I even changed the colours a bit , adjusted the exposure too . Try to take away clutter, add drama.
    Also use your phone camera in horizontal mode and it gives wide images for better panoramic effect .You could have made a picture of the wide mountains .
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