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Old 09-23-2010, 11:22 AM   #346
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Make hobo packing your favorite.
It's ALWAYS our favorite! You should see it when we have wet laundry...
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What's funny is that the big tire is a 908 too, it says right on it.
Wow, didn't notice the tire thing - They're related! Little 908 found his Mama!


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You guys look the same as me when I hit the CDT after riding the OBDR, hard to switch from trail mode to main road thinking. Pretty soon I was..

Oh, larryboy - you nailed it! That's exactly what happened.
Before we left, we had read that Lava Mountain was difficult, so Matt was looking for something that looked difficult.
We couldn't even fathom that the big, wide fire road was the freaking trail...


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Old 09-23-2010, 12:01 PM   #347
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Day 16 continued...

Scouting around sucked.
It was so swampy and gross.




We hunted all about and couldn’t find the trail.
It just disappeared.

I did see this pretty magenta thistle-type flower while I was walking around...




We went back to the main road and tried a deer path that we had seen and dismissed.




It didn’t seem promising at first...




Not really. But we kept on going.
Once we got around this tree, it was just overgrown and whooped out.
Lots of stumps and downed trees.



Maybe?




Nope.




We could have kept thrashing our way through, but it was getting old.
Then Matt noticed another road above us.
Well, shit.




Because he had heard that this Lava Mountain section was so hard, BigWan had been looking for a trail that looked difficult.

It never dawned on us that this huge, wide main road was going to be the damn trail.



As larryboy so keenly stated, it's "hard to switch from trail mode to main road thinking..."
Especially in the Summer of Stupid.

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:16 PM   #348
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Thank you for the info. I ride alone, so hopefully will last longer

PS: very nice RR
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:26 PM   #349
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Day 16 continued...



Back on the "trail"




It's like a super highway!




At least it's pretty...




kind of.




That sign says, “Designated Route.”
Is this Lava Mountain?
Norm's not saying much




Looks like we're on track now...




But where are the rocks?
For that matter, where's the freaking lava?




And what happened to the mountain??




sigh.


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Old 09-23-2010, 02:47 PM   #350
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Make No rock, freaking lava, or mountains your favorite


Why aren't you outside enjoying the non-foggy bay area weather.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:47 PM   #351
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So I guess Montana has a pretty bad Meth problem (as does the whole country).
We saw lots of anti-meth advertising on this ride, but it was especially noticeable in Helena.
These billboards were everywhere:








And those are the tame ads!

Watch the scary ones here Montana Meth Project.

We also saw lots of entries for the Paint the State Contest.


Make Meth your favorite!

sorry.... had to do it.

Great RR Big&Little Wan(s)


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Old 09-23-2010, 05:56 PM   #352
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Hi jglow. Holy crap, did you watch those scary anti-meth ads?
Meth is worse than zombie bears. Nothing to joke about.


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Why aren't you outside enjoying the non-foggy bay area weather.
Hi WOXOF - why aren't you?

The never-ending ride report is a cruel mistress.
Must. keep. posting.

I'm more than 1/3 of the way through! Woo hoo!




Day 16 continued...


So, we were riding down Lava Mountain, still looking for the rocks...
Wait! Stop! I think I’d better take a photo of those, just in case.
Here’s looking back at the part we just did...




It’s so hard to get BigWan to slow down for photos. 
I mean, I understand that it screws up his momentum...
But, damn it, I need some pics for the freaking ride report!




Okay.
(This pic was a little overexposed, but I’m using it anyway)




I don't remember if there were many rocks after that. I gave up on pics.
All I heard was BigWan grousing in his helmet.
Not at me, but at the trail!

After all we had gone through to find it, the section wasn’t very long or very interesting.
What a huge disappointment.

I guess it must be a lot harder going uphill...
Maybe next time we'll try it in the snow!





We went through the first of a few gates...




Hey! It’s the Voice of Reason!
Fancy running into you here...







The road went across some private residences. It must be weird to have people cutting though your property all the time. I would hate it.

This was one of the fierce watchdogs we encountered.
So stumpy and cute!


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Old 09-23-2010, 06:41 PM   #353
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Hi WOXOF - why aren't you?

The never-ending ride report is a cruel mistress.
Must. keep. posting.
I've been sitting on my back porch all day enjoying the sun and looking out over the Pacific.
And I'll be enjoying a nice sunset in 20 minutes or so while I read you Great RR
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:28 AM   #354
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I've been sitting on my back porch all day enjoying the sun and looking out over the Pacific.
WOXOF! You suck! (there wasn't a good "envious" emoticon so I'll use that green one ) Lucky bastard...




Day 16 continued...


Our detour to Lava Mountain managed to get us on the other side of the ridge.
Away from the CDT.















Matt tried to slow down for me here, but I barely managed to get this shot. It's a little too tightly cropped, but I was lucky they all looked at me!
We saw lots of pretty horses in Montana.





We were super stoked to be on this frontage road (instead of the highway)...



Until it dead ended. Right at the freaking highway. We were so close! Within spitting distance.
I would have killed for some wiresnips. Sigh.



I took this shot from the freeway, looking over at the frontage road.



We had to back track at double speed and then get on the damn highway.



Stopped to get gas




Then back on the slab, towards Fleecer Ridge!




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Old 09-24-2010, 09:57 AM   #355
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When we got to the Fleecer Ridge area, we ran into a pair of Quads.
The riders were older ladies wearing bright lipstick and polyester blouses.
No gear, no helmets. They waved and we waved back.

Matt said, “WTF?” and we laughed.
Really, that takes some of the adventure out of it...
You can’t even pretend that the CDT is hardcore when you run into the Golden Girls on the trail.



Well, it’s no wonder that Rose and Blanche were up here - it was beautiful!















Everywhere you look, meadows and mountains. And no people!
After Rose and Blanche, we didn't see another soul.





Isn't it stunning?!




Crap. We thought it was up this hill, but the sign says
“Open to foot and horse travel” and there’s a line through the motorcycle...



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Old 09-24-2010, 09:59 AM   #356
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WOXOF! You suck! (there wasn't a good "envious" emoticon so I'll use that green one ) Lucky bastard...

Here is the view




Looking forward to more of your adventure
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:07 AM   #357
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Crap. We thought it was up this hill, but the sign says
“Open to foot and horse travel” and there’s a line through the motorcycle...




That's kind of silly, I've never seen a motorized vehicle eat grass/weeds in one county and poop it out in another county...horses and elk do that..keep them out.
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:11 PM   #358
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Here is the view




Looking forward to more of your adventure
Nice! It's supposed to be sunny all weekend - go ride!
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #359
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Day 16 continued...



When we got to the Fleecer Ridge area, we ran into a pair of Quads.
The riders were older ladies wearing bright lipstick and polyester blouses.
No gear, no helmets. They waved and we waved back.

Matt said, “WTF?” and we laughed.
Really, that takes some of the adventure out of it...
You can’t even pretend that the CDT is hardcore when you run into the Golden Girls on the trail.



Well, it’s no wonder that Rose and Blanche were up here - it was beautiful!















Everywhere you look, meadows and mountains. And no people!
After Rose and Blanche, we didn't see another soul.





Isn't it stunning?!




Crap. We thought it was up this hill, but the sign says
“Open to foot and horse travel” and there’s a line through the motorcycle...




Halarious!!!
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:55 PM   #360
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That's kind of silly, I've never seen a motorized vehicle eat grass/weeds in one county and poop it out in another county...horses and elk do that..keep them out.
The soil (with contaminants) can get on your bike, then when it falls off or is washed off the noxious plant/weed/contaminant grows where it shouldn't. It's a pretty big issue in certain parts where I live (S. Oregon/N. California) where it kills trees at a significant rate. Not to hijack the thread, but just an FYI in case you really wondered. Port Orford Cedar Root disease is a big deal and is spread this way, and it is the reason why at certains times of the year certain areas become closed to motor vehicle traffic (when mud is slung).
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