This is not Alaska.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motodoc, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    The Dalton ride I had been planning for nearly a year has been cancelled due to the closed border. So I am now wandering the West with a GSA and a fly rod.

    The bike:
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    The rider:
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    The rod and reel:
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  2. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    Day One:

    I had my way with the great plains in a 1000+ mile slabfest. Ohio to Murdo, South Dakota.
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  3. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    This could be fun!
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  4. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    Day Two:

    Badlands and Black Hills

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  5. jwc

    jwc Ready to go Supporter

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    In. :lurk
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  6. sanjuanmiguel

    sanjuanmiguel Adventurer Supporter

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    nice fly rod
    hope your trip around the states is safe
    good riding and fishing around montana idaho and wyoming
    i do believe
    cheers
    Michael
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  7. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    Day Two (continued).

    After thoroughly enjoying Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway, I headed southwest toward Wyoming. While on US-18 scattered thunderstorms appeared over the Fiddle Creek valley.

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    The storms were incredibly beautiful. Unfortunately upon entering Wyoming and turning south, I found myself in the storm. The day turned to night. Lightening lit up the ground around me as thunder directly above shook me. The rain pounded me. The wind gusts coming broadside from the right were more than I could compensate for. I was completely exposed and dozens of miles from shelter.

    I had to escape before I was pushed off the road. I turned around and headed north toward New Castle, racing to beat another storm approaching from the west. Once in New Castle I was able to take WY-450 west southwest and punch through the storm head on. I eventually worked over to I-25 into Casper for the night.

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  8. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    Day Three

    Today I rode into the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests to get as close as I could to the origin of the Green River. The ascent up Louis Lake Road was spectacular. Unfortunately the road was closed just after Frye Lake, forcing me to turn back.

    Then I headed south, paralleling the Green, into the high desert of Southern Wyoming, crossing into Utah on US-191. I will be here for a few days floating the Green beneath Flaming Gorge Dam. I walked along the A section at sunset. No rising fish, unfortunately, despite thick clouds of midges along the bank. The water is low, clear and cold.

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  9. sledrydr

    sledrydr Been here awhile

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    Great alternative trip. Hope you get to really exercise that equipment. Enjoy.
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  10. ssilliman

    ssilliman Been here awhile Supporter

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    beautiful pictures
    Utah has some incredible fishing and roads
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  11. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    Following your ride and wondering about the fly rod you're carrying. I've done a little fly fishing a long time ago and having be itching to do it again. Did you bring waders and a vest full of kit? Don't mean to soil up your ride report but I'd love some advice about how to get properly equipped on a bike trip when you've got a moment to respond.
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  12. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    Day Four

    This was one of the best days of my fishing life. My arm is almost sore. The Green River from a drift boat delivers. The cicada hatch on the Green is an experience every fisherman should experience. 18" plus Browns and Bows nonstop. Crushing huge cicada imitations on the surface with violent strikes. I caught a dozen fish on the "sunset" trip in a couple hours. The 5 weight rod was insufficient to pull up some fish. I expected the rod to blow up at several points. Six weight for me in the future. I had to put one Brown on the reel to tire him out. We rowed through some sections and I had a chance to look down at trout scurrying in all directions. 15,000 trout per mile. It's an aquarium.

    This is Ryan from Spinner Fall guide service. Book him. Trust me.

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    Back at it tomorrow....

    PS: Brought rod tube, waders, boots, net and a chest pack with me in the Patagonia Black Hole. I waded this morning solo and did OK, but it wasn't even in the same league as fishing from the boat. Next time I'm strapping the rod tube to the BDCW Helopad and forgoing the duffle and wading gear.
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  13. ssilliman

    ssilliman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Fished a lot out west when traveling for work and carried all my own gear.
    Might try carrying my gear in September
    always used a guide for 1/2 day and they always marked my map to other spots to fish
    Glad you are having fun
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  14. BlackDogCycleWorks

    BlackDogCycleWorks Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    This sounds awesome! We've had a number of customers strap fishing and hiking gear to their bikes and head out on trips like this.

    We all could use an epic fishing day. That said if we all did there would be no fish left :lol3

    Have a great trip!

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  15. Motodoc

    Motodoc Adventurer

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    Day Five

    Rode 191 south up a couple thousand feet into the evergreen-rich Uinta Mountains. Strikingly different than the brushy high desert north of Dutch John. Spotted a herd of elk about half a mile off of the road. I'll take 191 South out of here tomorrow.

    In fishing news, only caught a half dozen browns and rainbows tonight. Beautiful evening, however. Played several fish on the reel. This was a lifelong dream to fish the Green. Fly Fisherman magazine planted seeds in my 12 year old mind which have finally come to fruition.

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  16. Motodoc

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    Day Six and onward.

    The excitement is over. I'm racing across the Plains to home.

    The morning began with a beautiful ride out of Utah on 191. I stopped at Dinosaur National Monument which straddles UT and CO. I knew the incredible indoor fossil wall (1500 fossils) was closed but I wanted to check out the area. The Green River incidentally runs through the Monument.

    I then took US-40 east toward Denver. I was going to go through Rocky Mountain NP, however, the ranger noted they were only allowing those with reservations to enter. I headed back down to 40 and enjoyed some amazing high speed switch backs, up to 12,000 feet, on the approach to Denver.

    I won't bore anyone with the final slab ride home unless something noteworthy occurs.
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  17. Bigbob1

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    Looks like a fun trip. Alaska will be waiting for you next year, we aren't going anywhere
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  18. misterk

    misterk Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great report, this put ideas in my head! Thanks
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