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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CanyonChaser, Sep 18, 2007.
at the bottom I found this campground,
Here's a google maps link
Or just do directions from Missoula Montana to Kooskia Idaho.
Been there a number of times but, while beautiful, the road's not THAT great. There are far better with far less traffic near Orifino (sp?) Idaho. Also the cop on 12 is a pain in the ass.
Are there any great super twisty roads in Montana? I find Montana a wonderful place with great people and an understanding constabulary while Idaho people are wonderful but their cops suck. Highway 12 in Idaho is 50mph but the part in Montana is 70mph.
In any case I'll be back next year again to ride the Idaho 11 and the 13 and...any cool Montana roads suggested
Thats it then, thanks! I've taken note of 11 and 13 as well.
Agreed. There are much better roads than Idaho 12, but thats not really the point ehy? The sign is better than the road.
Found in Australia:
The road was, um... Outstanding!
I looked it up on Google Maps. From the map, it looks like most of the twisty part is in Idaho. Is it called the NW Passage Scenic Byway?
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Yes, that is correct...if you want dirt, try FS 500, better known as the Lolo Motorway, it parallel's HWY 12 for several miles, only it does it from the ridgetops... there are numerous ride reports on the motorway, it is awesome!
What a stupid thread. I'm in! oser oser
Closest thing we've got in my neck of 'da woods...
Just west of Lolo Pass (on my way to ride the Lolo Motorway), last month:
Actually, it is around 200 miles from Lewiston to Missoula, its all good, but the 77 miles is from Lowell to east side of Lolo pass.
Just a couple of days before ISP got me for 5 over. Good thing they didn't see me on the Montana side .
I've never not seen at least a couple of police cars.
That's in my back yard:
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Here are my 2006 obligatory Lolo Pass photos.
Heading east, I hit rain and snow in Lolo, MT.
Always a fun ride, but IHP are ever vigilant.
Rick - Davis, CA
From Aug 27, 2007.
Great fun and no cops. A local trout fisherman told me the usual trooper was home sick for a couple days. He (the cop) had just took another chemo treatment.
I found this pic in my first ride report I ever did.
When I got to the summit I came across this sign and they weren't kidding. The road was wide open running down the Lolo Trail which Lewis and Clark traveled on their road trip. The road was wide open I only had to pass one semi and one RV. I was able to just relax and run the curves which never ended Because it was getting late I didn't want to stop and take any pictures because I didn't want to be on this road after nightfall. Its 212 miles from US93 to Lewiston ID and it is all curves. I had one scare when I was in the apex of a turn with a car coming at me and I saw a deer on the side of the road, if he jumped out in front of me there was nowhere for me to go but he went the other way. I only saw one other deer later in the evening but he jumped out about 200 yards in front of me and he didn't have any company. About 70 miles from Lewiston it started to get dark but I kept pushing on. The high beam on the ST is OK but the low beam is worthless and as I got closer to Lewiston I kept running into more cars coming at me so I had to dip my lights. I slowed down more and more till I was doing about 50 in the straights and 30 in the corners one good thing about going that slow was I went past a local sheriff and he didn't even look at me. I was getting tired, sore and a little loopy when I stopped at a rest stop and I saw this sign. After cleaning about a million bugs off my bike and helmet I pushed on to Lewiston. I found a hotel at 11:45 PM 16 hours and 550 miles after leaving my campsite. I was done.
The whole report
Can I ask where you got those panniers from? Or where I can get them from?
Here are some more photos from US12:
From a 2006 trip:
From a 2005 trip:
I've got lots more if anyone wants to see them
I always liked this one. The 5 is actually crossed out and replaced with a 2, and if you follow the road, 2 is no longer really accurate, more like .5 (6 inches or so.)
Different kind of fun!