Stand Up Montana!

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Putts, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. icebox

    icebox Long timer

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    There are alot of reasons for gates, and not having to "manage" the road is one of the last.
    I spent almost twenty years as a heavy equipment contractor in the summers, most of it building roads, de commisioning (tearing up) roads, installing and removing culverts as well as building trail for the USFS.
    Some of the reasons for gates are

    The road was built for a timber sale and was never meant to be open in the first place, is not to travel standards (safe) and the FS wanted to leave the prism in place for fire access, tree planting, future harvest,weed control etc.

    There are road density maximums to meet the requirements of the Endangered species Act passed by Congress. In other words no more than x miles of road per square mile of forest.

    There is not enough money to maintain all the roads. There are so some roads that are closed because of sensitive easily eroded soils, and for the fact that in the past ten or fifteen years idiots have trashed to many really nice places. iT IS DAMN EXPENSIVE TO GRADE, MAINTAIN DRAINAGE AND CULVERTS, AND DO EROSION CONTROL, NEVER MIND PICK UP THE ABANDONED CARS, REFRIDGERATORS AND PILES OF GARBAGE THE PUBLIC LEAVES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY. I know, doing exacltly that kind of work payed for my kids college education.

    I am not a fan of the USFS, they can be as dysfunctional an orginization as any, but by and large they are a just a bunch of folks not to much different than most of us trying to do a thankless job with to little money, and they have to try and please everyone, from the most rabid, I can do any damn thing I want asshats to the don't step on a flower, no motors except in my Prius idiots.

    If you want to know why a local road is closed go ask at your district, my guess is you will get a answer.
  2. Beartooth

    Beartooth Been here awhile

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    checking in from missoula
  3. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Hi All! :wave

    I'll be out and about riding my bike all summer so I haven't updated the first post in a couple of weeks and won't get around to it now til mid-September.

    Please feel free to continue to check in here, I will get your names up when I get back in the fall.

    Have a great summer, Montana! See you at WestFest or the MT1000 I hope (see signature for details).

    If not ... Oro E Plata, baby!!!

    :ricky
  4. Bucket Boy

    Bucket Boy The other mechanic

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    Chechin in from Missoula. See ya on your 1000 ride. Might come back and get the GasGas for west fest, we'll see.
  5. Meyer Ranch

    Meyer Ranch n00b

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    Hi all. I was born and raised on a ranch outside of Great Falls (hence the user name) and spent summers in Bozeman during College. My wife and I are currently living in Madagascar where I teach High School Math and Physics and she teaches 5th grade.

    However, I will always be a Montanan and we get back there every summer, so maybe I'll see some of you then.

    There are a few decent bikes here, mostly XR's, XT's and a few Africa Twins mixed in with lots of Chinese junk. I've got my eye on a Montesa trials bike and a R80G/S that I spotted at the back of the dealers wearhouse. I'll let you know what I end up with!

    - Jay
  6. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    So here's a little self advertising. Got my ride to Alaska in and finally got all the photos posted and copied into a ride report. Here's a link.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=629326



    And a few pictures as teasers. My last day through Montana was on a route through the Missouri Breaks Monument.

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    David
  7. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Hey Rallen, sorry I'm late to welcome you to the thread. How long have you been in Spartan territory? I'm from Lustre originally.

    David
  8. TortillaJesus

    TortillaJesus Cockbag

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    Posting up to say hi, new to the forum! I've already posted in the Bozeman thread to say hi.

    I don't ski or sled, just ride so I am already jonesing, damn winter. Although it does give me a chance to replenish my homebrew pipeline. I guess I'll just farkle my KLR in the meantime.

    I get alot of time off from work and am planning quite a few overnighters for this summer. The more the merrier!

    Looks like I'm in good company!
  9. Chadx

    Chadx my toot toot

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    Hiya TJ,
    Lot's of riding going on down your way as well as up in Helena. If you ever want to head up this way, pop over the Helena Handbasket thread and post up. There are rides going on almost every weekend whether they are posted there or not.
  10. whenindoubt

    whenindoubt whenindoubt

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    is anyone sick of winter
  11. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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  12. icebox

    icebox Long timer

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    is just getting started, -8 and dropping, almost 4 feet on the level. Thinking of buying studs for the WR, streets are about 6-8 inches of solid snowpack. Maybe just buy another bike to stare at for the next four months.
  13. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Yep, winter is still going on strong here. Kinda wish for the old open winters from the eighties.

    David
  14. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    C'mon Spring, any minute now :D
  15. griz901

    griz901 Dipshit

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    15 Jan 3:55 pm 43 degrees farenheit :eek1 ice ice baby!
  16. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Still staying around zero in the east. Snow is really stacking up in the yard.

    David
  17. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Warmed up above 30F yesterday and today, but we've had some low temps and lots of snow this winter. I just can't take it anymore :D
  18. Chaos-in-MT

    Chaos-in-MT OK lets GO!

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    Fargen ICE here.

    Chaos / N.W. Montana
  19. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    at this point, it prolly be better ridin' on ice versus the jackass' in Houston.
    :bluduh
  20. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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