The Northern Route - Rockies

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by NorthernTraveler, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    The route goes from the west coast to central PA.

    It is targeted at Adventure / Dual Sport bikes with optional sections that are harder.
    It is on the scale of the Trans America Trail. Ride at your own risk.

    This portion of the route goes from Eureka MT to Sheridan WY.

    The section to the west of here is - The Northern Route - West End - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1032698

    The section to the east of here is - The Northern Route - Plains - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1043304

    As far as I know all roads are legal Public roads - Forest Service, county, state,etc. Off pavement as much as possible.

    NR Rockies Release.jpg

    Here is the Garmin .gdb file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/df796bicndwg1ua/NR Rockies V1-1-1.gdb?dl=0

    Here is a standard GPX file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/1omnb6uw0sroabb/NR Rockies V1-1-1.gpx?dl=0

    Here is the documentation file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/o8dfde7t695teyk/NR Rockies V1-1.doc?dl=0

    Note - the tracks are raw tracks containing LOTS of track points.
    You may well have to filter these tracks down for some units. <hr style="color:#575757; background-color:#575757" size="1">
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  2. myrwon

    myrwon Been here awhile

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    can't see nothing but X's....your dropbox links are secure. :huh
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  3. eddyturn

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    I see it all and the shots looks good. The tracks look confusing unless there is a main color to follow and the others are side tracks. Is the main look sucky or just that there is so much to see and ride? This looks like something I would really like to ride. Love it up there.
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  4. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile Supporter

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    I want to ride this ride.
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  5. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Almost all of your questions are answered in the document file.

    The main route is intended to generally be big bike friendly.
    The alternates are generally more challenging sections for smaller bikes.
    Nothing is extreme, but may be quite rocky or sandy or steep.

    There are so many routes posted because there is so much good stuff to ride, and to offer the option of doing a loop.

    The first alternate - NR41 - NR44 - along with a portion of the main route - parts of NR05 and NR06, would make a nice 3 day loop.

    The second alternative - NR51 - NR56 - along with a portion of the main route - NR06 - NR09 - would make a nice 8-9 day loop.

    Hope this helps clarify the purpose of the route.

    Also, look in West Coast for the western end of this route.

    Shortly I'll be posting the next section eastward - Plains - either in the Rockies section or Midwest section.

    This is to be followed by Midwest, and East Coast sections.

    This is intended to be a coast to coast ride on the scale of the Trans America Trail, but with options along the way. All in GPS / GPX format with waypoints for gas / food / lodging / camping.
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  6. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile Supporter

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    You have been very busy doing this route. A lot of work. I like the way you color coded the routes.

    :clap
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  7. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    I updated the doc file today.

    Added an alternate timetable for faster riders - more miles per day in general.

    Less miles on last day, but that's probably good so you can take time to smell the roses on the way over the mountains.

    The Big Horns are the highest mountains on the entire trip, you're up around 10k for a long ways.
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  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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  9. bomose

    bomose Long timer Supporter

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    Looks very interesting. I love Montana. Maybe one day I'll be able to do that route. Thanks for all your work.
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  10. BigDogAdventures

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    Just wanted to give a shout out to Scott (Northern Traveler).

    I"ve ridden with him a bit----and want to let it be known if you didn't already know---that Scott lays out routes that are as good or better than anything you'll find out there.

    He does it for free---and goes completely over the top with much valuable information about the routes he has laid out.

    You will be delighted to ride anything he posts.

    I can't remember if it was Dr. Rock, Francine, Me or Dingweeds---but when we rode with him we named him "Connector"----as he's always connecting routes. And always talking about it.

    He's not Northern Traveler to us-------------he the famous "Connector".

    Thanks Scott !!! Stop by the house anytime again while out connecting------------if you can catch me at home.:D:D:D:D

    BigDog
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  11. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    +1. Yeah, I rode with Scott when doing some revisions to the TetS loop down around GA a couple years back and he does a great job and really knows his way around maps and laying out routes that work for everyone!

    The "Connector" is a good name for him. :D
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  12. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Thanks guys, sure appreciate the kind words.

    Dan knows, but Mark doesn't, I'm working on extending another of my routes.

    I'm going to extend my 'Southern Route' to the east coast, got it all mapped and start riding probably Monday.

    There's this stuff west of Little Rock that has been looking really interesting... and I already have a western end to it - the existing 'Southern Route', and I already have an eastern end to it - the 'TET-S' out to Savannah, so what the heck.

    Too cold and too much snow up here in northern Michigan to go riding here right now....

    Plan on doing some final slight revisions of 'Northern Route - Midwest' on the way home before I release it. Should be out by May 1st. Carries this route eastward to eastern Ohio, the the eastern end release carries it to central PA where it ties into TPAT and TET.

    And actually some of what is in THIS release I was riding with Mark, DingWeeds and Doc Rock on. Good stuff! Good times!
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  13. BigDogAdventures

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    Alright-------------so change your ADV name to "Connector" :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

    Or-------------------the "Extender"

    And keep on connecting and extending.

    Mark
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  14. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    Scott,

    Thank you V-e-r-y much!

    Last summer, on my way to BC, I picked my way across Montana trying to stay on as much gravel as possible. I'm going back that direction again this spring.

    After looking at your route through Wyoming, Montana & Idaho it's interesting how this years & last years routes, are similar to what you show. With yours, It's making connecting the dots a little easier.

    I mapped & rode the TSDAT, an E/W route across SD. I know how much work that was, so kudos to what you've done:clap

    I enjoyed reading the descriptions included with each section. I noticed you said there wasn't gas in Ponca, NE. There is....I've stopped there several times going to or from Bob's Bar in Martinsburg, NE. A local favorite RTE destination! Hamburgers the size of a dinner plate & an order of fries that 4 people can't complete! :D

    BigDog....I keep running into you :eek1 Must be a Dog thing............:rofl
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  15. BigDogAdventures

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    Yes------it's a dog thing---------we run in packs
    and hang around the same good places :D
    We know where the good shit is.

    BigDog
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  16. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Yeah, I stopped and had lunch in Bob's Bar while scouting.

    Not much there - as far as the town goes - but that bar definately has character!!

    I thought I saw gas in Ponca, but didn't have it in my notes and CN doesn't show it.

    I do the best I can, but miss things sometimes!
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  17. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Out riding for updates and better tracks, should post an update in a month or so.
    4 days of riding so far, and a 1000 miles.....
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  18. pdwestman

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    Hello Scott,
    It was a pleasure to accidentally meet you in Shoshoni, WY on Saturday the 5th, 2015.
    It was probably windier for you, to Lander, WY than it was for my wife and I to Casper, WY. Head wind vs Tail wind,
    Ride Safe,
    Paul
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  19. Motobillb

    Motobillb NorCal Fastfar Riders (meetup.com)

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    Hi Scott - It was great meeting you in Idaho. Lolo Pass didn't really impress us (93-75-21 down to Boise did tho), but we did find the Lolo Trail - which was excellent, if short. From there we went down to 43 and camped in the NF campground just west of the Big Hole monument. In the morning (at 37 degrees) we visited the monument and it was very somber but we were all glad we went. We ended up doing that short stretch on the Lewis and Clark trail over Lemhi Pass you told us about. Fantastic views of the Idaho mountains coming down the west side! We thought we'd have time on the way home to take in the Steens Mountain Loop but didn't make it. A return trip is needed. Great burgers and shakes in Fields OR, but the BEST burger was in the Challis Lanes (bowling alley). Highly recommend :-) The 2nd best burger was in Yellow Pine ID. The road over Lick Creek Summit has **amazing** scenery. Maybe we'll see you out there again - take care.
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  20. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    OK, Rockies V1.1 is up.

    Just finished editing what I rode last month - 2500 miles in 11 days doing updates.
    Thanks to Carl and Jonnie for hosting me in Sheridan.
    All of the stuff that I had mapped but not ridden got looked at and used as appropriate.
    Dodged the fires on the Margruder Corridor - missed them by a day or two, had to dodge a fire north of Elk City!

    The Doc file, GBD file and GPX file have all been updated.
    On some of the days I now note how many hours of riding time it took me to ride that section, your time may well vary.
    Added a few waypoints for motorcycle dealers along the way and some additional scenic points.
    Rerouted out of the Crow Reservation as they got mad and closed a road that was on NR09MT6a.

    Additional pics to follow.....
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