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Old 03-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #46
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Heart of the West route

I had the great pleasure of getting to ride with Byways this past July at the Klim rally. He took us on part of the "Heart of the West" tour from ID to WY by the Tetons. We had an awesome ride! The scenery was spectacular and the dirt/gravel roads were a lot of fun. I ride an R1200GS and found the route perfect for a big adventure bike. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:43 AM   #47
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That was a terrific day, Makis54! I'm glad you enjoyed your introduction to the route.

Remember this Idaho section (courtesy of ADV's Questor, who rode sweep)?



Also courtesy of Questor ... a shot of our re-enactment of the German retreat from Stalingrad ...



And finally, Dear Leader at the Klim rally. Another Questor masterpiece ...



P.S.: We'll be heading over to Wyoming when things dry out (snow's melting fast!) for on-the-ground verification of a scaled-down alternative to the full Heart of the West route for folks who only have a week or so to ride. It will begin and end in Idaho Falls ... in many ways an ideal base.

Stay tuned ...

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:51 AM   #48
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:27 AM   #49
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Idaho Falls, ID, storage and service

For those of you who plan to launch from Idaho Falls, and who may want a local mc shop of good reputation and reliability to ship gear or bikes to, we suggest contacting Ben @ Ben's Quality Cyle LLC.

Ben was the longtime service manager/KTM/Honda etc. technician for Bill's Cycles, whose owner recently retired. Ben is now an independent ... reliable, trustworthy and skilled. In fact, he oversaw delivery of Dockingpilot's crew's bikes in September 2010, when their bikes were shipped from New Jersey to Idaho Falls for the maiden ride of what was then called the Forever West Adventure Route.

Tell him we sent you ...




Here's Dockingpilot's (standing) group making pre-launch preparations following storage under Ben's watchful eye:


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Old 03-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #50
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When to go?

The question we hear most often? "When's the best time to go?"

Our answer: mid-September into early October ... generally.

As it immerses travelers in the panoramas of six Western states, Heart of the West Adventure Route passes through climate zones that change dramatically by the day -- passes on the Continental Divide one day, mountain crests the next, long river valleys soon thereafter, aspen woodlands the day after that, then sandstone gorges followed by pine forest followed by mile-high basin-and-range desert.

So ... What's the best time to go? Take a look at these monthly weather averages for a few towns along the way, courtesy of Weather.com:

Alpine, Wyoming
Meeker, Colorado
Dillon, Montana
Idaho Falls, Idaho
West Wendover, Nevada
Provo, Utah


Predicting weather is uncertain, but we can say that the waning days of summer and the early days of fall have consistently brought Heart of the West ADV Route travelers relatively dry days of moderate temps, capped by cold, starry nights. Perhaps that is why man discovered fire, built cozy Western lodges, and today wanders the wild on DR650s, F800s and 990 Adventures ...

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:01 PM   #51
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Lincoln Highway 100th

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental "highway," the Lincoln Highway. And of course it's part of Heart of the West Adventure Route ...




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Old 03-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #52
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Support ADVrider.com

Publish your Heart of the West Adventure Route ride report on ADVrider.com by Jan. 15, 2014, and we will donate 10 percent of your fee to the forum!

UPDATE: Done!

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Old 03-26-2013, 04:18 AM   #53
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Does the Heart of the West Coast of Florida count T ?
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:46 AM   #55
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Well, I like to think it can be adapted to any itinerary, but FLA???

Give me an hour ...
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #56
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Lol and I bet you would !
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:27 PM   #57
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U dawg! Snowed here today ...

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:26 PM   #58
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Speaking of snow ...

Much of Heart of the West Adventure Route traverses the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a relatively intact region in the northern Rockies of rugged, vast and spectacular interconnected wildlands. This is grizzly country. People do get eaten.




So when you visit over the coming season, particularly if you camp, use your noggin.




Bear spray works.



Hanging food between trees works (Kriega UScombo30 drybags are ideal!).



And if you see one of these ...



... viewing it from a distance works.



Live to tell!


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Old 03-30-2013, 09:12 AM   #59
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Hey Byways
what is the best way to contact you about a route. We are a group of experienced dez rats on 525,600 and 650 bikes with tons experience in the west and dont mind being a LONG way out in the not much..... We will ride from home in the reno area and do a big loop We can figure our way to wendover. Looking for as much 2 track as we can get. Early July is the time all of us were able to get off so we will deal with whatever snow is left although we dont have much at all in the Sierras this year. We have done our own version of the cdt, tat, grand canyon, and thousands of miles of just plain boonie bashin. None of us have the time to develop a route this year and you look like the guy that can do it.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #60
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Yikes, Bobzilla! You guys are the real thang!

I could just pass along my Dez Rats-dedicated hotline number, but what the hey ... let's just do the email thing for now -- backcountrybyways@gmail.com -- to see what assistance I may be able to provide.

I would not expect snow to be an issue at any point along the way. Perhaps a mud hole here and there, and likely some washouts; but when I was in the mtns north and south of Wendover, on the NV/UT line, early last June things were in good shape where I went.

Oh ... I know how important the Sierra snowpack is to California. It's the lifeblood of the state.

I'll look forward to hearing from you.

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