Nightstalker wants to ride with YOU!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, May 12, 2007.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    This road wasn't on the GPS, but it was bitchen knarley to the max man! And it had my name written all over it.
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    This gate said OPEN SAYS ME and I did and continued on, up, up, up the mountain.
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    This "road" ascended the mountain at an incredible rate. I kept saying as soon as I get to someplace level enough to stop I'll take a picture. It was quite a while before I found such a place. Whew! Looking down.
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    Looking up.
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    This road finally T'd into another road, that was on the GPS, near the tree line. Looking back down.
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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Taking a break out of the hot sun in the mosquito infested trees.
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    I can't be far from the top now. Only 1400 feet to go.
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    Wildflower meadow at 7200 feet. BIG BIG mountains in the background.
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    This new road wasn't all that steep, which was a nice break from the 3-4 mile hillclimb I just completed. It was off camber going around the mountain, but not bad at all. I saw a little swamp ahead and ran around it through the grass.

    I jumped back on the road and within 40 feet, I was in the deepest, nastiest mud bog I'd ever been stuck in.
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    I wasn't too concerned at first. I've gotten myself unstuck in the past. But, the harder I worked, the more stuck I became.
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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The bike is now up to the axels, I'm standing in the mud, knee deep, and there are mosquitos everywhere. It's like I'm the fly in a bowl of mosquito soup. This mud was like nondrying concrete. It was full of gravel and small rocks. I tried digging the mud away with my bare hands, but as fast as I was pulling it out, it was filling right back in. I tried pushing the bike over from side to side and putting rocks under the tires, but it would just suck fast into the mud. I had a rope with me and tried a few things other than hanging myself, and none of that worked either. I quickly realized that I needed to redirect what energy I had left to finding help.

    I grabbed my GPS and loaded in some batteries. My pants were so caked with mud, I couldn't walk in them, so I pulled them off and left them behind. Camelback, water, map, GPS, and a note that reads, "If you find this body, please call xxx-xxx-xxxx so my wife can collect the insurance" or something to that effect.

    Since the road I had come up the mountain wasn't on the GPS, I chose a different route down. I figured that if something happened and someone would come searching for me, that would be a more likely route for them to start on. The temperature was in the mid 90's and I was in my motocross boots, underwear, t-shirt and jacket. It was 30 miles back to Bridger, I can't imagine how long that would take, perhaps the rest of my life, I didn't have that much liquid to get me that far.

    I remembered passing a ranch on the way in, but couldn't remember exactly where. A mile across the mountain, the ranch came into view, far below in the valley. And, the road looks like it heads straight down the mountain to the ranch. Thank God! I sure hope someone is home.
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    I stumbled down the mountain in my motocross boots for hours, inching myself along towards the ranch. Little by little it's size grew as I approached. When I finally hit the flat valley, and had to lift my boots to cross the level ground, I realized how heavy those mud caked motocross boots really are.
  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    My feet are hurting and my legs have swollen. I've exhausted my camelback and have half a pint of water left. I reach the house and crawl up the steps to the deck and the doors. I knock and a woman comes out and sits me down and then gets me a tall glass of ice water. She sent her son out to get her husband somewhere out on the ranch and handed me a phone to call my wife. I call and assure my wife that I'm not in any kind of real trouble, but instruct her to find a way to get to the Dodge dealer to pickup our truck, just in case.

    The rancher comes in and say's he'll be happy to pull me out of the mud with his jeep. AWESOME!! It's 7 miles of rocky bumpy 4x4 low range up the mountain to my bike. I threw the winch cable around the back tire and the bike popped right up out of the mud. He wanted to change the jeep's fuel filter quick before we headed back down. Fine by me, I want to put my pants back on.
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    See, that bog didn't look that bad. Those are the deadliest!!
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    This area right before the bog I got stuck in was the only wet spots I had hit on my way up the mountain. The rest had been dry and rocky.
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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I was so happy to be alive and back on my bike heading toward camp. Going down the mountain.
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    One of my new friends on the ranch.
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    It was a 90 minute ride back to Billings. I had called my wife from the rancher's home to let her know that she wouldn't need to be using the truck to retrieve me. I stopped on the way back to Bridger for one last photo.
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    I rolled into camp about 8:00PM completely exhausted. A shower and some food and I was out for the night.
  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I took a couple of shots of my mud caked bike this morning. At least a good portion of the mud had fallen off on the way home last night.
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    My feet are full of blisters. My arms, shoulders, and especially my legs are terribly stiff. But I'm alive to ride another day.

    The deal I made with my wife, to keep the bike while on our trip, is to not ride alone on anything that she can't drive the truck on. Sounds like a good deal to me!
  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The first day of summer corresponded with the opening of Pistol Pete's BBQ here at the KOA in Billings. It sure smelled good and the wife was plenty hungry so we moisied on over and ordered up some burgers.

    What does all this have to do with my ride report you might ask?? Well, remember how bad I felt about not snapping a photo of the playboy bunny for my ADVRider buddies?? Pistol Pete's has a bunch of foreign exchange students from Slovania working there this year. I think that Pete put all the supplies on the ground, so they would have to bend over to pick them up, for a very good reason.
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    If you're in Billings, stop for some grub. The buffalo burgers are awesome, honest!
  9. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    Really enjoying your wanderings and report Nightstalker. Keep it coming.

    In hindsight, do you think that there was any way to self extract yourself from the goop?

    DW
  10. screwit

    screwit One more time

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    I wanna go too!!!!!!!!:clap :clap :clap
  11. kennyh

    kennyh Been here awhile

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    Good stuff Terry, looks exhausting but fun. Glad you were able to find some help. Be careful buddypal!
  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    If I would have had someone with me, the two of us could have gotten it out. If I had a 225 pound dirt bike, I may have been able to pick it up and drag it out, I was close to the side of the mess. Otherwise, I tried every trick I ever used in the past and some new ones to no avail.

    If I had some of those sand ramps they use in the Dakar, that might have worked. I don't know where I would keep them on the bike though.

  13. klrbaer

    klrbaer Tim

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    Hey, great pics. I'll be in MT. in july of next year. I'll be in the Missoula area. I've got a klr and can't wait.
  14. MAD MAN

    MAD MAN Space Cadet

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    Good stuff in the mud there. Keep it coming.

    Oh yeah pictures of cute girls are good. Keep them coming too.:clap
  15. Will LC8

    Will LC8 I stubbed my toe

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    Hey buddypal,

    You going to be anywhere within 1000 miles of your old haunting grounds. I'm close to getting a 950 and have a week of vacation left.

    Ps. Your a di**, if it weren't for you letting me ride your bike I might actually have some savings.

    Will
  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I'll be back in PA for Thanksgiving. I'm not sure when I'll arrive, but I know that I'm leaving the Saturday after for the Florida Keys. I'm trying to talk the wife into getting back early enough to do the Hammerrun Dual Sport and Meteor Dual Sport.

    tz

  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After the Billings episode, I had to do something to convince my wife that, number one, I wouldn't get hurt when I went out riding and number 2, if my bike became disabled, I wouldn't die on a 30 mile hike out to get help.

    So, I did a short (for me) ride. Yesterday it was Mormon Peak, near LoLo. I just went out for a ride and saw the sign and turned up the dirt road. Nine miles of twisting, turning, climbing, to the top of the mountain.

    Here's some pictures.

    Bridge across LoLo Creek.
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    LoLo Creek.
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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Here's some pictures of the road on the way up. Nice and easy. These are the types of ride pictures my wife likes to see me on.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Pictures from the top of Mormon Peak.

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    That's all folks. It was a good easy ride and I had lots of fun. I figure out how to get on the top of the big snow covered mountains though.
  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    That's right. I was riding back to back. Montana surely is a magical place!

    So I got ahold of a trail map for the Blue Mountain Rec Area and wasn't I surprised to find motorcycle trails. This deserves a visit.

    GPS Tracklog is at:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=243441

    Rec area entrance.
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    The road going up.
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