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Old 08-01-2011, 03:20 PM   #135
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Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Tacoma, WA-ish
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WestFest camping trip

2000-mile camping trip with Kirby to Montana (WestFest), Idaho and Oregon. About 400 miles was dirt or gravel roads--90% Forest Service roads. The highlight of the trip in terms of sphincter control was probably going DOWN the Kleinschmidt Grade (pics below) into Hells Canyon. If you don't know this road, Google it. Drops 2300 feet in about 5 miles - one lane of dirt with turnouts - and if you make a mistake you won't stop until you splash into the Snake River! I actually DID splash into the Snake River, but that was after parking the rig at the bottom. It was about 90 degrees and Kirby and I both felt like a swim.

No problems with the rig at all except I'm now convinced that I need to beef up the springs on my shocks (like Boxertwin told me three months ago!) My Heidenau K60 Scout is wearing down quite nicely giving me a fine square tread on the front. Front braking is better and left hand turns are more solid (I was getting some drift when the tire was new).

Washington Pass

At about 8000' somewhere in the Anaconda Range in Montana

Fire damage east of Continental Divide (Schultz Saddle) in Montana

Approach to Deer Creek Pass in Idaho

Cascade Lake

Dutch Oven Gulch


Kleinschmidt Grade (note-- white velcro parking brake deployed on right grip)

Oregon wheat fields

Snow on the road near Trout Lake

Mt Adams
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