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Old 09-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #16
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Sweet pics! I have been around in Idaho a time or two, but it still amazes me to see that scenery. Great RR!!
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:59 PM   #17
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Idaho is such a great place to ride. My father took my brother and I to Wallace for two weeks for a jamboree ride when we were younger. I had a blast riding on all the trails and seeing all the beautiful scenery. I have been itching to go back ever since. Definitely on my list to do!

Great pics, thanks for taking the time to share.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:19 PM   #18
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Hi Ed,

Loved the photos of the old mines and mills--they were great.

I don't have to tell you how lucky you are living out there.

I have to go so far to ride in Idaho---but I'll do it again.

Nice Ed !!!

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Old 09-08-2010, 07:30 PM   #19
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Rock on Q, great ride!

Congrats on the job in IF, my mom was born and raised there, and I spent lots of time there, just none on a Motorcycle.

I loved the High Idaho volcanic desert, fast and some slippery riding.

Keep it coming
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:29 PM   #20
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:20 AM   #21
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Makes me want to pack up the crap, sell the house and move west.

Looks like paradise to me

More please..................
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:49 AM   #22
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Great Run! I was just up there last Sat. on the Magruder Corridor and came down to Shoup, Panther Creek (saw a heard of mountain sheep) and along Morgan Creek into Challis. I actually got a gallon of gas from the old gas pump in Shoup. It was incredibly scenic in Morgan Creek canyon. My report is coming soon.

Bummer I missed Yellow Jacket...I really enjoyed the historic pictures of the hotel! I had to get to Bear Valley into Warm Lake and didn't have the time. The Custer route is another ride I want to do. Looking forward to you report on that.

Keep it coming!
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:38 PM   #24
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Great Report!!! Glad you are enjoying Idaho!!!

Born here 63 years ago and have never lived anywhere else. Well, with the exception of 5 years in the Marine Corps!!!

I still havent seen it all!!!!
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:52 PM   #25
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Cool! Rode from Darby Mt to Shoup ID during westfest and bought gas from the olde tyme pumps, got a huckleberry milkshake too.
We never got an early enough start to finish Magruder or Lolo.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #26
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Ok. So we had fueled up in challis and I'd gotten a couple of beers for dinner...

Next stop the Custer Motorway.
A bit of pavement. You can see the sun beginning to set to the west.

Finally I get to the start of the motorway.

It's about 5:00pm and we head down the trail...
We are looking for a place to camp for the night.

Looking back into the valley where Challis is located.

Looking West, towards the trail ahead.
Amazing scenery. It's all so HUGE!

Hardly any trees...

Then the Custer Motorway drops into a little valley with a stream.

But then it climbs over Mill Creek Summit. A steep and loose section of road.
It's getting very cold up at these elevations.

We need to drop down the other side and hopefully find a protected place to set up the hammock for the night.

Dropping down into the valley on the other side of the ridge.

Sun is setting and the shadows are getting long.

Further down the valley we find a nice camp spot next to a river.

Views of the river.
Looking upstream to the East.

Looking downstream to the South.

The view from camp, looking east to the river.

And a picture of Camp "Ultra Light".


These are rations I had with me on my trip to Alaska, two months ago...

Turns out they were spoiled, and I couldn't eat them.

The can exploded when I opened it. I guess something was growing inside the can. I tasted it, and it was definitely not good.

So two 16 oz Coors, and we crawl into the 30 degree sleeping bag and hope it doesn't get too cold tonight.


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Old 09-09-2010, 09:05 PM   #27
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Great photos! I sure miss that part of the country. I spent a year in Montana, did a lot of ATVing up there (before I got into bikes).

I used your food idea on an ATV trip last July in California... Chunky Soup! Dumped two cans into my JetBoil and heated it up, was great! Sorry yours was spoiled, that musta sucked.

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:17 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by Rob.G
I used your food idea on an ATV trip last July in California... Chunky Soup! Dumped two cans into my JetBoil and heated it up, was great! Sorry yours was spoiled, that musta sucked.
If you want to go totally gourmet, add a package of Ramen to the soup as it boils.

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:37 AM   #29
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The next morning...

Well, to put it simply, I FROZE ALL NIGHT.

I was in a hammock with a 30 degree down sleeping bag and a thermal pad.
At 7000 feet, with a clear sky, in September, the temperature dropped to 22 degrees.

All night long I was curled up in the fetal position waiting the the sun to come up. Once the sun did come up, I noticed that the foot of my sleeping bag had frozen to the inside of the hammock, and there was frost on the mosquito netting.

Here's my jacket...

The water in the 3L hydration bladder had frozen solid.

There was ice all over my GPS.

So I took my time and enjoyed my coffee, ad I waited for the day to warm up.

By 11:30 things had warmed up to the temperature where I thought I could start my bike without killing the battery. Tiger runs 20-50w oil.

Eventually we were moving again, down the valley towards Custer and Bonanza.

As we got to Custer...

We saw more old mining buildings and equipment.

Here's a quick history of Custer. (Sited from
Actual construction of the town began in 1878 at a point near where Jordan Creek joined Yankee Fork. Bonanza was south of the General Custer Mine. A huge mill was constructed a short distance north of the mine which made necessary another business and residence center which became Custer. Both towns prospered and by 1890 virtually became one operated by common officials. But by 1903, miners agreed the end was in sight and by 1910 the population was down to a dozen families.


And here's what it looked like in it's heyday.

And here's what left today. It has been partially reconstructed.

But I found the mining machinery to be fascinating.

Next point of interest - the big Dredge in Yankee Fork.

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:42 PM   #30
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Hey Questor, freaky... welcome to Idaho; when did you get here? Anyhoo nice little report you got going I passed through all that same ground just a few weeks back, just to lazy to write up a report.

Yea Custer was pretty cold up top even passing through a couple weeks back. I think you'll be exploring for a very long time LOTs and Lots of open country out here.

Yellowjacket is pretty cool I have pictures of inside the hotel and some of the older buildings.

Don't forget to hit Bayhorse too.

Again welcome to the playground; guess we've been discovered after all these years.

BTW: sleeping in a hammock in the high country is not a preferred method (ask me how I know), air mattress on the ground is warmer.
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