Travel Journal & Motography...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Looks like a fun adventure!

    What elevation were you at when the Monkey couldn't pull any more? The couple that did the TAT only had to get off and push one time as I remember it and that was at high elevation somewhere in Colorado.

    Honda should make their Grom/Monkey/Super Cub with a 150cc motor and 5 speed. Some of the competition is already going that direction. Benelli makes a TNT135 with 135cc, 4 valve head and 5 speed.
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  2. black 8

    black 8 motography memories...

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    After backtracking down to NF-61, I made my way back towards Anderson Ranch Reservoir to pick up Section 1 of the IDBDR...

    Lester Creek Rd (NF-128) would lead to the reservoir... a nice groomed dirt trail...
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    twisties galore!!! the trail follows the curves of the reservoir as seen in the foreground and you can barely make out the trail in the background just at the treetops to the left of the photo...
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    Anderson Ranch Reservoir would have made for some awesome photos if it weren't for all this smoke... I'll have to mark this as a redo the next time I make it up to Southern Idaho... just riding around the reservoir is worth it...
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    Anderson Ranch Dam was where I crossed the reservoir, its got one lane and you have to wait for the traffic light to cross...
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  3. black 8

    black 8 motography memories...

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    Looking at my GPS, it says that I was at 8,513 ft and 9,451 ft to the peak...

    I agree, making those platforms with a 150cc motor would make them much better; at least for U.S. application and what we would put it through when compared to other markets...

    That seat is soooo comfortable though! It's like riding on pillows...
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    Awesome stuff here Rudy!
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  5. black 8

    black 8 motography memories...

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    Thanks Colby...

    the hitch carrier opens up new opportunities for the Monkey and XT-250 in terms of extended getaways (read distance)...
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    100% hitch carriers can be great when used inside their intended limits weight wise.
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    Once I made it to the top of Anderson Dam Rd, it transitioned to asphalt and led me back to US-20 and I slabbed it back to Mountain Home... I celebrated today's ride by grillin' two steaks and washing it down with some Japanese Sake...

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    I can get used to this glamping deal!!! screw the dehydrated stuff...
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    watching the sun set whilst enjoying some sake in the comfort of my rocking chair...
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    I contemplated my plan for tomorrow; to finish Section 1 down to the border and make a loop back to Mountain Home... but for now I just lavished in the moment...
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    Looks like you had a great time, in spite of smoke. You are doing it right, don't think you could get that cooler and chair on any bike! the monkey looks happy with dirt on the wheels.
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    Thanks Steve, I did have a great time base camping for the first time and I got to see what did/didn't work...

    The cooler will come in handy once I make trips out to Death Valley...
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    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    For sure.. great pics!
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    ~ 17 Sept 2020

    ~ POD: Section 1 of the IDBDR, Three Creek Hwy, and the Evel Knievel Jump Site...

    After a hearty breakfast I was all fueled for a long day in the saddle... I wanted to run more off-road trails on the IDBDR, supposedly it's big bike friendly and my aim to do a recce so I can come back later on and run the entire IDBDR...

    today's route
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    some scenery I encountered along the way...
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  12. black 8

    black 8 motography memories...

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    motorcycles and photography are two of my passions... this platform allows me to relive what I've done...

    thanks for the kind words and for tagging along... :thumb
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  13. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I love the Monkey adventures. I had coffee this morning with Edmonton's Crude City Scooter Club. Talk about an eclectic group of characters. Old British cars and old Italian scooters - and one fire breathing Grom today. :D Not youngsters either. A neurosurgeon, a university professor who's restoring a Lotus Elan, a cellist with the Edmonton Symphony, a single mom social worker who drives an MG Midget, etc.

    The Grom has introduced me to a wider scope of people and riders than I ever thought possible.
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    Little bikes Rule!

    I choose my wee-bikes more so than my GSA or 1200 Enduro... but that's not to say I won't use them, I have plans for them when the time comes...
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    pavement ends at Pothole Rd that's lined with grass fields... the water truck had just watered the trail to keep dust to a minimum...
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    headed deeper into the IDBDR... the trail is mainly hard packed gravel and will shake the sh!t out of the bike (at least the Monkey with its 4" of travel)
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    looking back at Pothole Rd... loose gravel and dirt...
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    This was the reason I brought along the Monkey for this adventure... the Monkey was newer than the XT-250 and I wanted the reliability while out in the middle of nowhere...

    in the middle of the big empty...
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    absolutely nothing out here...
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    just me and free range bovine... I had to beep my horn on multiple occasions to get them to move...
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    FIXT
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    32 miles on Pothole Rd onto Clover 3 Creek Rd... still 41 miles to go until I hit Three Creek Hwy...
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    an oasis in the middle of nowhere... must be getting close back to civilization...
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    almost there...
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    After getting off Section 1, I was ready for a change of pace and different scenery. I wanted to ride a remote road and enjoy a leisurely ride along the countryside... Three Creek highway seems to fill that bill...

    Three Creek Hwy...
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    really nice house out here...
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    Maybe he found some good stuff in the mine behind his house!
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    black 8 motography memories...

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    I had Three Creek Hwy all to myself which meant that I could just take my time without worrying about a cage speeding up behind me...the Monkey was in her happy zone of about 45/50 mph...

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    love riding through rustic countrysides...
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    virgin asphalt on Three Creek Hwy...
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    a wildfire off in the distance creating all this smoke...
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    Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir near Rogerson, ID...
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    Salmon Falls Creek Dam...
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    After fueling at Rogerson, it was a straight shot up US-93 to Twins Fall, ID in search of Evel Knievel's jump site...

    "On September 8, 1974, with much media fanfare, daredevil Evel Knievel tried and failed to leap the mile-wide chasm of the Snake River Canyon on his specially engineered rocket motorcycle. His drogue parachute malfunctioned and opened on take-off. Evel and his contraption floated to the bottom of the canyon, landing on the riverbank directly below his launch ramp..."



    I tried riding to the jump site but there were multiple signs that stated "Private Property or No Trespassing..." on the road that led to it. I guess the locals are sick of visitors driving to the jump site. I was able to get a glimpse of the jump site at a walkway along the canyon's edge... However, there is a walking path that allows access to the jump site but it was a three mile walk in and three miles out. I didn't feel like hiking the six miles with my moto gear in mid-90s temps nor was I comfortable leaving the Monkey and my gear in a parking lot...

    the Snake River Canyon where you can see Evel Knievel's ramp on the right side...
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    zoomed view...
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    afterwards I hopped on Old US-30 back towards Mountain Home...
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    It had been a long day with almost 300 miles on the Monkey today but well worth it riding the big empty, seeing rustic landscapes, and finding virgin asphalt... it was good getting back to camp and grabbing a cold drink from the cooler. After taking care of the Monkey and getting gear put away, it was time for dinner...

    something different for tonight... sweet Italian sausage with mini bell peppers to go with pasta...
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    The rest of my plan was to break camp and set-up in Stanley, ID for some motography. I decided to break contact and head home instead after seeing the wildfires from Three Creek Hwy spewing smoke in that direction. I intend to come back anyway to ride Anderson Ranch Reservoir again so I might as well wait till then when the smoke clears...

    The rest of the evening was spent packing up for departure in the morning. It was an uneventful drive back home, one that I was glad to drive instead of ride due to the high temps through the deserts...

    I had some take away lessons for my first time base camping; what/what not to bring, tested some new glamping gear, and so forth... procedures and gear to be refined the next time out...

    I'm already looking forward to my next trip to explore Idaho...

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