Riding, Geocaching and Exploring . . . .

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Ladybug

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    I'll be looking forward to those flower pictures this year. :D
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    I didn’t even know Ron but felt like I while following all these threads. Very sad.

    I be been to Big Hole when I was a kid (14) I think. Very little memory of it other than the mosquitoes and fighting with my sister all vacation long which my parents weren’t so appreciate of.

    Glad you got to go and thanks for catching us up, it’s appreciated a lot.
  3. Ladybug

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    Losing Ron is a rough one for many. He made such an impression on everyone that met him.

    Big Hole has a very nice vistors center with history of the area. Not much of anything else to see there but I am glad I stopped and I did learn a bit more about the history there.
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  4. dammitdave

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    Thanks Ladybug for posting your rides. It's making my alternately snowy and raining day a little better. A great read if you're interested in the story of the Nez Perce flight is "Dreamers" by Martin Stadius. Riding the various BOM's got me interested and Stadius' book is the best I've read. He traveled the route and photographed the camps and battlefields included in each chapter. Sorta takes the story out of the abstract and into the real world where we've ridden. RIP Ron dd
  5. Ladybug

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    Day 2 Sunday 7/16/17

    A day break walk is peaceful at the Hot Springs.
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    Interesting place. They leave the lodge open 24 hours and when employees aren't there things are on the honor system.
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    Back to my tent to pack up.
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    Down the road to the Grasshopper Inn for breakfast.
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    They were ready for us with a very yummy buffet. :dukegirl Too bad I was so busy stuffing my face I forgot to get pictures. :tb

    And it was time to start the day's ride but first chit chat.
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    Enough chit chat, time to ride.
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    The majority of the riders were off.
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    I was once again lagging behind so the faster riders didn't have to mess with me and this day I got to ride with my buddy MetalCarver :clap
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    Glad we didn't have to ride in the rain.
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    Typical, my day's riding partner were ready to ride and I was messing around taking pictures. :evil
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    I wanted to go to Bannack Ghost Town but it was Bannack Days and a long line to get into town. No thanks. We returned to the Bannack Cemetery to join back to the route.
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    More from Day 2 to come . . .
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  6. Ladybug

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    Hi Dave :wave

    Thank you for the book suggestion. It sounds like a perfect book to read prior to riding that area again.
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  7. Ladybug

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  9. Ladybug

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    More of Day 2 and riding the Gravely Range



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    Gravely Range.:clap I was looking forward to riding it. :ricky
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    Conveniently located rest area in the middle of no where.
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    We climbed to 8600'.
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    There were a lot of wildflowers blooming.
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    We were high enough there was snow on some of the hill sides.
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    Now at 9400'
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    Time to start back down.
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    Yep, there is still more of Day 2 to come . . .
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    Wow your photos are stunning!
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  11. Ladybug

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    Thank you. That is so nice of you to say.
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    The last of Day 2


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    Camp at Island Park, ID
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    It was a long day. By the time we had dinner it was late and dark. Dang it was a good day and great ride.
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  13. Ladybug

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    Day 3 Monday 7/17/17

    As we were getting packed up there was this strange sound in the sky - OH NO it's a UFO.
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    This didn't look good but it was a bit of maintenance not a problem. :clap
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    As I was heading for gas I found a KLR pretending to be a Harley.
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    While every one else headed out on the planned route I headed off on my own route. I wanted to go see Mesa Falls.
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    At the Falls I was pleased that motorcycle parking was inexpensive. With it being only $1 I didn't even ask for a senior discount. :lol3
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    There it is, what I came to see, upper Mesa Falls. Like so often for things like this the picture doesn't do it justice. I was there early so I had the trails and falls all to myself. It was lovely, I enjoyed the solitude, and the sound of rushing water.
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    The visitors center is in the lodge and just opened when I walked back up to it.
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    I went in, looked around and chatted with the gal at the counter. She was very nice and chatted with me about the ride I was on. She then reached under the counter, pulled out two maps, gave them to me and said this is your gift for stopping in today.
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    They really were new when she gave them to me but then they rode in my motorcycle for a while. The OHV/ATV map has good detail with color coding showing the ownership of the land. The white is private.
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    Then on to the lower falls.
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    After walking around I returned to the parking lot and a very nice walked over to my bike to visit with me a bit. They are both riders from out of the country. I don't recall what county they were from. The man spoke English but the woman didn't. Even though she didn't speak English she was very friendly. Her smile said she was having fun and enjoying life, his smile and words said the same thing.

    Over the years I have found things like this happen often when I'm alone, more so than when I ride with others. It's just one more thing I like about riding.

    More of Day 3 coming.
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  14. Ladybug

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    More of Day 3 Monday 7/17/17

    Tetons from the west looking east.
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    As I was stopped at a light I enjoyed seeing the "people" in the windows.
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    Headed for Jackson, WY - It used to be called Jackson Hole but the hole got dropped somewhere.
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    First time I have seen a runaway truck ramp with a net.
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    Jackson
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    At least there is something of the good old days left.
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    This wasn't looking good but I didn't stop to put on raingear, it was hot and I didn't want to.
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    The storm did a good job of setting off the snow in the mountains.
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    Once I was wet I put on my rain gear. :lol3
    I had planned to join the dirt route but when I saw the storm I decided against it.
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    Needed a picture of the sign. Couldn't see the mountains though because of the clouds.
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    Not far down the road I stopped for fuel and met a few of the other riders. I mentioned I was going to go into Dubois, WY and see if I could find a room so I could get dried out. They had found some cabins up the road a bit and there was one left. Wahoooo I'll take it. Fletch1234 was nice and made the call for me to get it reserved.
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    Snowmobile country.
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    Home for the night.
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  15. Ladybug

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    Day 4 Tuesday 7-18-17

    A beautiful day greeted us. Steam was coming up from Wind River.
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    This is the nice little cabin I stayed in the night before. Next time I'm in the area I will stay there again.
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    I like the sign. :deal :lol3
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    The restaurant doesn't open for breakfast but the store has coffee and a few things to eat.
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    The owner of the Lava Mountain Lodge has an adventuremobile.
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    On our way.
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    We saw many of these signs but I didn't get to see any bear.
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    The only water crossing on the route I rode.
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    And we didn't cross it. :lol3
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    So many things to look at out there.
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    Wilderness rest areas are appreciated, especially by us women. :clap
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    I found some friends.
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    And some flowers.
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    Pretty and peaceful out there.
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    I knew we were fairly close to civilization with the amount of traffic. The people in the side by sides were having fun, we smiled and waved at them and they did the same while going around us and not kicking up too much dust.
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    My friends are heading out.
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    Bye, bye guys I'll see you down the road. :wave
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    More of day 4 coming in a bit . . . .
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  16. Ladybug

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    Nice work. Just discovered thread and set to watch. Looking forward to next year's adventures.
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    Those old ghost towns are really neat. I appreciate the effort of folks who've kept these up and/or restored them. It's a lot of work and commitment I'm sure.

    Funny with the fake (I think) staged drinks still in the glasses/mugs (maybe even fake food I hope, on the plates too). Reading/looking at your posts highlights the fact I haven't visited so much of the surrounding states. Other than Big Hole, when I was a kind, and driving on the main roads, I've never been off the beat and path in Montana. I need to recalculate my traveling compass come some summer soon. Thanks so much for posting these pictures and making me jealous. :lol3

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  20. Ladybug

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    RoadRider13 - Thank you, it's nice to have you following along.

    The Admiral - You are very welcome :lol3 I follow your thread and get jealous of many of the paces you ride.
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