|06-03-2013, 09:51 AM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
SE Idaho - National Forest loop - Skyline to Chesterfield
Summer is finally here, and I took off last Sunday for a 180 mile loop.
Riding time was a little under five hours and I think I only saw about four other vehicles the entire day.
The KTM 950 ADV was running great, and for the first time in months I was simply "floating along" with not a single thought in my head...
I'll keep the commentary to a minimum and let the pictures tell the story.
So here's the loop.
As you can see it consists of high mountain ridges, empty valleys, hundreds of miles of high speed dirt roads, and not a single town or populated area except for Idaho Falls which is the start and finish of the loop.
Riding with me on this day was ADVrider "Byways".
Here we go.
First we leave town, and head up into the hills to get on the ridge of Skyline Drive.
Quickly the road turns to gravel...
Tony takes the lead.
Looking north as we ride.
These roads go on for hundreds of miles.
At the top of the ridge we can see the Tetons about 60 miles to the north.
This Skyline road goes on for about 30 miles with great views the entire way.
The road descends off the ridge.
In this picture you can see the road ahead of us in the valley below...
Later we are on the valley floor, headed south...
High speed cruising....
The road seems to go on forever, and we haven't seen another car in hours...
Gentile curves as the road takes us onwards...
Go Tiger go! (Yes. I named my KTM Tiger...)
Perfect weather, perfect care free riding....
After about two hours we stop for a break.
Look at the pretty KTM!
After our break we continue....
I won't tell you how fast we were going here....
But even at 500 ISO the ground is still blurry.
This is Tiger country!
That's Blackfoot reservoir ahead of us.
Sheep in the road.
I guess they can't read.
Later we come across this old farm with a railroad box car used as a horse barn.
These horses wish they had a newer house.
The roads goes on....
We begin to climb out of the valley and the Aspen trees greet us.
On top of the ridge we look back into the valley we just crossed.
And we follow the road into the next valley to the south.
We near the old ghost town of Chesterfield....
I'll take a break here...
|06-03-2013, 02:18 PM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
So we came over the ridge to the ghost town of Chesterfield.
Some history about the area.
Here's the historic picture of the big brick house in town.
And here's what it looks like now.
Here is what the rest of the town looks like now.
On the way out of town we pass the old Mercantile store.
We hear North along Chesterfield reservoir towards Blackfoot and the Blackfoot River.
Fast and straight.
An over the shoulder shot showing the miles of dust were kicking up.
Here comes Tony.
The road continues on....
We crest a ridge, and drop into the valley below.
Soon we drop into he Blackfoot River valley / canyon.
The Blackfoot River.
A last bit of gravel roads.
And finally a bit of pavement back to Idaho Falls, just in time for a victory beer.
All and all, a nice way to spend the day.
Thanks for coming along.
|06-04-2013, 06:59 PM||#4|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Boise, ID
Still green over there
Hey Q, looks like your side of the state is still green. This side is losing it's green and turning brown. Great pictures. Need to get over there to ride some of your side of the state.
We are all travelers in this world
From the sweetgrass to the packing house
Birth till death
We travel between the eternities
Robert Duvall - Broken Trail
|06-05-2013, 08:02 AM||#5|
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: St. George, UT
Great ride and pics. Open roads are good for the soul.
Pics of the signs are interesting. Always worth stopping for historic townsites.
RedRockRider - WR250R, TW200, Versys, Vulcan 900 LT, Zuma 125
Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George
|06-05-2013, 09:11 AM||#6|
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Wickenburg AZ
Great ride... and pic's...
Thanks for taking us along
Mark, a Misplaced Farm Boy....
|06-05-2013, 10:02 AM||#7|
Stuck for now
Joined: May 2011
That is about as good as it can get for a day of western smooth gravel road touring !
Thanks for the report, and detail of the ghost town. Beautiful, open areas with sweeping views.
|06-05-2013, 10:19 AM||#8|
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Back to God's Country - nurturing my soul!
That was AWESOME! Damn I miss living out there.
Thanks for the refresher course!
Exploring the West - nurturing my soul.
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