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Old 08-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #436
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A-Rider leads the way down Lava Butte.




We met another group with Idaho tags heading up Lava Butte. I asked if the trail gets any easier. They said yes....liars.





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Old 08-28-2013, 10:04 AM   #437
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Good times at Lava Butte.










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Old 08-28-2013, 01:15 PM   #438
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SaltWash Day 7 (part 2)

Jakbrand emerges with mojo back:



We continued to ride north on a well marked but difficult trail; we agreed a-rider would ride sweep...



Until we hit the end of the cleared trail. In the pic below you can see the last orange tape marking we saw while jakbrand waits for a-rider to come back from scouting. We decided against pressing on because how late in the week it was and knowing that without a chain saw we would have to deal with navigating over and around a ton of downed trees, a consequence of the fire this area evidently endured in the recent past.



Here are a few pictures on our way back to Lava Ridge. jakbrand and a-rider hop over a difficult uphill rocky ledge.





A tricky muddy rocky stream crossing:



Around boulders:



The last switchback before the final climb:



The last push up to the ridge:



a-rider shows off:



Back to the beginning:

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:56 PM   #439
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SaltWash Day 7 (part3)

Gravel, pavement (SR 95), lunch break, gas, supplies at Grangeville









More pavement and resupplies at Nez Percent Indian Res. And boy, it was hot...the ride on blacktop was pure misery.



More pavement and a break at MX park near Clarkia; jakbrand and a-rider had the only bikes on the track with camping gear strapped:



More pavement and dinner at Fernwood:



More pavement and



Not a great camping spot, plus it rained, and sooo much boring pavement....but at least we made progress today after having to double back big time! So now it was, what, Friday? And we were within striking distance of Spokane for our Sunday flights back home.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #440
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Final Day

hit in the usual way. Ride a long stretch of pavement for a timely arrival at our destination.


However, A-Rider led us on one last section of singletrack at Canfield Mountain before Spokane.









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Old 08-29-2013, 08:00 PM   #441
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Great ride, makes me want to ride there. I was with Tooly and Swampy in Colorado a week ago. Great trip but no singletrack. Thanks for the RR
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:51 AM   #442
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Honkey,

I checked your ride report. You guys had too much fun in Colorado.


ET on the final day at Canfield Mountain
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:59 AM   #443
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SaltWash 2013 Day 8 (part 1)

We packed our wet gear and after a chilly early AM ride, we arrived at Saint Maries for breakfast:





We rode on gravel for as long as we could as we headed north toward Spokane, still on the Idaho side:







Lots of rerouting to avoid pavement:





In the Coeur d'Alene NF OHV singletrack area (Canfield Mountain) with the Coeur d'Alene Lake in the background:



First rest stop:



There were thousands of wasps in the OHV area. It was a bit unnerving as I am allergic to those....



As much fun as the singletrack here was, after this pic I called it quits, not wanting to push my luck too much. We were within an hour of Spokane, and I was tired already...I headed to the KTM store in Spokane, and jakbrand and a-rider rode for another hour.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:25 PM   #444
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SaltWash 2013 Day 8 (Part 2)

With the good guys at Dave Russell's KTM dealership all loaded up with the goodies, new tires, oil, oil filters, air filters, air filter oil, I got new boots, new bark busters, etc,...it was an expensive stop



Entering the storage unit main gate, by the airport and across from a hotel...can't beat that:



Plan was to do laundry that evening, eat a hearty dinner and do moto maintenance in the AM so the bikes would be ready for the next leg of this trip next year.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:43 PM   #445
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SaltWash 2013 Day 9, last day...

A-rider went to visit family while jakbrand and I did Moto maintenance.

On my way back from the car wash, the friendly Spokane sheriff department gave me a ticket. I know I wasn't speeding, but he got me for:

1. Headlight bulb busted (those darn KTM 500 EXC bulbs suck, I put a new one every trip)
2. Tires not DOT (are you serious?)
3. Tag mounted sideways (OK, I admit that one)
4. Moto registered in Utah but I live in Louisiana (I've always wanted a Utah tag, a pretty one with Arches NP)
5. Rear turn signals too hard to see (Come on!)
6. Front turn signal busted (I crashed, what can I say)
7. Only one rear view mirror (but that is legal in Utah!)

I rushed to complete as much of my maintenance as possible...oil and filter change, front tire, new bark busters... i still need to do the thermoswitch and the rear tire...i bought the wrong size and said my good byes to jakbrand at noon

Hasty la vista!



The free shuttle right from the storage unit itself is first class, even has ice cold water included:



Awesome trip guys!

PS:

A couple of days ago I contributed $128 to the Spokane County District Court...I still think I didn't deserve a ticket....

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Old 08-30-2013, 06:08 PM   #446
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ET,

The Liberty stamp is a nice touch.






I can't wait until next summer. I'm imagining a route from Spokane to Washugal (on dirt) in July to watch our favorite MX pros. Perhaps we will see Tomac win his first 450 overall at Washugal National.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:07 AM   #447
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A-rider went to visit family while jakbrand and I did Moto maintenance.

On my way back from the car wash, the friendly Spokane sheriff department gave me a ticket. I know I wasn't speeding, but he got me for:

1. Headlight bulb busted (those darn KTM 500 EXC bulbs suck, I put a new one every trip)
2. Tires not DOT (are you serious?)
3. Tag mounted sideways (OK, I admit that one)
4. Moto registered in Utah but I live in Louisiana (I've always wanted a Utah tag, a pretty one with Arches NP)
5. Rear turn signals too hard to see (Come on!)
6. Front turn signal busted (I crashed, what can I say)
7. Only one rear view mirror (but that is legal in Utah!)


A couple of days ago I contributed $128 to the Spokane County District
Court...I still think I didn't deserve a ticket....
Spokane County District Court: I work all the time in Washington and Oregon. They both seem sort of like nanny states to me, lots of minor regs for all possible situations. But it’s hard to beat the beautiful countryside and the locals have always been friendly. (however I have avoided local enforcement so far-----)


Anyway, I have truly enjoyed your report, makes me want to get that second ‘light weight’ duel sport bike and hit some local single track

look forward to more next yr.........
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:47 AM   #448
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What a great report! You guys are SERIOUS adventurers!! Color me jealous.

Can't wait for the next leg of your adventure!

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Old 09-05-2013, 07:08 AM   #449
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i would cut my nuts to join a trip like this
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:31 PM   #450
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i would cut my nuts to join a trip like this
Woe - that sounds a little extreme - maybe one!
Besides - With no nuts you may be too afraid to ride a few of the more challenging spots
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