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Old 01-10-2010, 11:20 AM   #76
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:27 AM   #77
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Having a really bad day, and your post, with all those beautifull pictures where just enough to take my mind of reality for a litlle while!
One of the best threads in this forum!
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:38 PM   #78
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The funny thing about idaho is that although it is totally dominated by republicans, it's mostly an uninhabited communist state. What? 70% of idaho is public land. Untill recently vast tracks were under the wonderful, now defunct, designation "cross-country travel permitted". This was ruined by the rise of ATVs. They were making their own trails all over the place. In the past few years each ranger district has inventoried their trails and designated exactly where you can ride.

Out of curiosity how many riding opportunities do you feel you have lost due to the new travel management? I would guess a ton - going from wide open to closed unless mapped open.
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:01 PM   #79
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Out of curiosity how many riding opportunities do you feel you have lost due to the new travel management? I would guess a ton - going from wide open to closed unless mapped open.
Well, one look at the terrain should tell you cross country travel was something rarely excerised. In the mountains of idaho you need a trail, and not just any trail---unless you are going down---even then the trail has to be somewhat maintained--down trees especially.

I would say the mileage of rideable trails in the mountains is near an all time high today. Yes, we may have lost 10% here and there, but we have also gained in trails which are now actually ridable. Some old hands might disagree, and mention areas where they liked to ride---not many in our area. Around Idaho City maybe. North Idaho I think has lost some nice stuff--but California is closer to us.

Are there some nice trails I'd like to see open which are not? Sure.

But there are many, many more I have yet to put a wheel on after ten years of pretty determined riding.

To get on with the story, which is far from over:





about an hour west is a big mountain





The views above looking north at the south side

below the north side





Maps were not the greatest when we started rding in this area, and I made a number of probes before I was able to get a big picture a develop a serious plan.



Finally ready:



well, it will be hot in the rig, even in the shade with windows down



suit up!



let's get moving











as usual, pics follow route, but are taken from a number of rides--sometimes showing us going the wrong direction, hehe



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Someone got so excited they bought a little house nearby

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Old 01-10-2010, 10:51 PM   #80
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Well, one look at the terrain should tell you cross country travel was something rarely excerised. In the mountains of idaho you need a trail, and not just any trail---unless you are going down---even then the trail has to be somewhat maintained--down trees especially.

I would say the mileage of rideable trails in the mountains is near an all time high today. Yes, we may have lost 10% here and there, but we have also gained in trails which are now actually ridable.

Are there some nice trails I'd like to see open which are not? Sure.

But there are many, many more I have yet to put a wheel on after ten years of pretty determined riding.

That is good to hear. That is some beautiful country - I hope to get out there soon. Thanks for the response!
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:30 AM   #81
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Having a really bad day, and your post, with all those beautifull pictures where just enough to take my mind of reality for a litlle while!
One of the best threads in this forum!
Keep'm coming!
Cheers
I know the feeling, glad we could help! For sure, much more to tell...



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Out of curiosity how many riding opportunities do you feel you have lost due to the new travel management? I would guess a ton - going from wide open to closed unless mapped open.
Actually, some of the ranger districts around here, specifically Fairfield, are managing two wheeled trails better and better each year. I'm impressed. They either have a team of 10 people and horses with chainsaws and tools to repair and rehabilitate trails. Or, XR400's prepared to head out with tools and chainsaws.

A trail that was truly completed minutes after we ran into a trail crew lunching at the top of this pass: if you look close, you can see the freshly tilled trail through some loamy, sagebrush infested terrain. I was the first bike to ride this new trail, lucky me.




A lot of trails are being rerouted to best accommodate horses and bikes all the while minimizing deterioration from run-off, fire, and use. We maintain a great balance at the moment.
Sitting in a hot spring after a ride one evening, a forest worker was also relaxing and he started chatting me up about the trails out here and what I think would be beneficial and where. Again, I could tell that management for the most part really wants to help. I don't see much foreclosure in the future.
If riders come to visit, I just hope they don't behave like wankers tearing up the trails, cutting corners, and we will be ok.

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Old 01-11-2010, 09:36 AM   #82
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If riders come to visit, I just hope they don't behave like wankers tearing up the trails, cutting corners, and we will be ok.
Exactly. The distance this is away from many people will be the ultimate filter. And it's worth it.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:02 PM   #83
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Exactly. The distance this is away from many people will be the ultimate filter. And it's worth it.
You should get back up here and spend a few days this summer. And bring a trials bike along with your ktm.







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Old 01-12-2010, 07:12 PM   #84
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I am coming up in this August. I have been away too long.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:45 PM   #85
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The quality of this thread; the terrain, the photography, the riding skilz...You guys do it right! Top shelf ride report! Keep the goods coming.

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Old 01-12-2010, 07:48 PM   #86
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wow.. absolutely beautiful country.. i can't believe you can just ride on all that ground.. that is foreign to us in the midwest.. you wanna ride you gotta go to 1 of 3 parks in the state or go stealth or keep it in the gravels...

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If you've followed this thread the incredible idaho mountain country may have started to seep into your head. Add the heat, cold, sage and a thousand other smells. Imagine you are falling into the images. Feel a sharp shiver when your wheel hits a rock you have not seen and you almost or really do leave your motorcycle and roll the dice for a nice landing or serious injury in the wilderness.

The country enters your bloodstream. Like a religion, it frames your thought. You have fallen to the realm of deep emotional relations, spun, tossed, enveloped.

Then something big happens.

On August 17th, 2007, I went out on a ride by myself into the big eastern range 30 miles from home. I took the Gas Gas. All shots in this post were taken that day.

















It was hot, and it had been very hot for weeks. You worried about your hot pipe and your hot discs. You worried about the places you loved to ride. But we had seen a number of hot summers---so far the cataclysms had been far away.

For some reason I was especially in dread of a fire near Castle Creek or Warm Springs Ridge---I think because we really liked this area and had often taken shelter from lightning riding there-- it was west of my house and about forty miles west of the pics above.

I looked over that way.









Lightning had struck in the upper reaches of warm springs and a fire started in a valley near Castle Rock. It was a small fire at first. 3 Smoke jumpers dropped in and nearly got it when it was just a few acres in size. But it reached debris in an old clear cut on the south valley wall. I did not know about it till the following afternoon, when I took these shots.

As I rode back I wondered what would happen. Likely the fire service would get it, but.....
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:40 PM   #88
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Oh, man. What have you done?
All kinds of people will be streaming into our beatiful state and it's too crowded already!
Seriously, beautiful shots!
You should have told them about the vast numbers of viscious rattlesnakes, though.

Not to be too much of a buzz-kill, but if that aircraft wreckage was within about 20-30 miles SE of Hailey, A friend of mine died there.
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Oh, man. What have you done?
All kinds of people will be streaming into our beatiful state and it's too crowded already!
Seriously, beautiful shots!
You should have told them about the vast numbers of viscious rattlesnakes, though.

Not to be too much of a buzz-kill, but if that aircraft wreckage was within about 20-30 miles SE of Hailey, A friend of mine died there.
Don't worry my photo bandwidth will run out by spring and the whole thread will be little blue "photobucket" ads.

The wreak is way over in danskin, but sorry to hear about your friend.
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Don't worry my photo bandwidth will run out by spring and the whole thread will be little blue "photobucket" ads.

The wreak is way over in danskin, but sorry to hear about your friend.
Again, great shots! I'm just a little over-protective, I guess. I miss the days when Boise was the size of Nampa and there were no phones once 20 miles North of town, "CB Channel 9 for emergencies"...
Thanks for showing the beauty that still exists!
Tell 'em about the rattlesnakes and 3-foot leeches, though
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