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Old 09-11-2010, 08:41 PM   #31
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A great report and pictures Edward! I am glad you are having fun! :-)
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:28 PM   #32
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hey questor, nice meeting you at the yankee fork dredge. great report. we just got back to tennessee this evening, looking forward to getting back that way soon. we did nearly identical rides, as yours, just in the opposite direction.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:33 AM   #33
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On to the Yankee Fork Dredge

So after Custer, we head downstream...

And we start to see these huge tailing piles all down the valley.



And then we see this!!!



The dredge is 112 feet long, 54 feet wide, 64 feet high and weighs 988 tons. It operated from 1940 until it closed in August of 1952.

Full details are available here:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc/yankeefor...interest.shtml

But let's go around and take a look at this massive machine.




The dredge would float back and forth in it's own man-made pond.
The front of the machine would dig up the ground.




In big 8 cubic meter buckets like this.




Here's a picture of me in front of the machine for scale.


One of the gears from inside the dredge.


The backside of this 5 story tall floating factory.


And here's where the leftover debris would come out the back of the machine.






Parting shot...
Pretty KTM Machine in front of big Dredge machine.


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Old 09-12-2010, 08:40 AM   #34
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So...

How exactly did *I* get stuck driving our car West while you go out and have riding fun?

Oh yeah, I don't have a job...

I hope you'll take me on that loop when I get back to ID! (You can spare me the 22 degree camping, and the hammock, however...)
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #35
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I was down in the North Fork area yesterday with my wife and daughters...




Too early for snow!!
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:13 PM   #36
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Nice pics.

It is amazing all the rock that was moved in a few years.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:33 PM   #37
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Hey Q great RR. It looks like a cool area to explore.

I need to get out that way. I feel claustrophobic here in Massachusetts and New England.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:45 PM   #38
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Hello All.

Just this May I moved out to Idaho from New England.

All I can say is "Wow" what a difference in terrain.

In New England you were lucky if you had 20 miles of dirt and a view of 20 miles.
In Idaho, there seems to be an unlimited amount of National Forest, and BLM land with limitless places to explore, and open spaces that are often hundreds of miles across.

It's paradise for a KTM 950!

So this Labor Day Weekend I took a two day trip of 575 miles and went over the the Chailis National Forest to see some of the abandoned Gold Mining towns and the wide open deserts of Idaho.

From Idaho Falls, my route looked like this.

Here's what the National Forest section looks like on Google Earth.
"D" is the Yellow Jacket Mine area, and "I" is the big Yankee Fork Dredge.
A VERY remote area full of deep canyons and tall mountains.

Highlights included:
- The river of no return.
- The 1905 Yellow Jacket Mining town
- The huge dredge in the Yankee Fork near Bonanza and Custer
- The wide open 'High Desert' of Idaho north of Arco.

A few Teaser Pics:

This is going to be a picture intensive Ride Report, so stand by.
201 pictures to be exact.

But I assure you, there are some great sights to be seen, as well as some interesting history.

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Dude, you must not have got the memo, you need say we live and ride in UTAH or NEVADA, and NO routes or Town names. start posting cool stuff like this and pretty soon we will have 5 O-clock traffic, 100 miles out in the sticks, then they will close trails and gates and post no Trespass signs all over the place

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Old 09-12-2010, 04:23 PM   #39
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Dude, you must not have got the memo, you need say we live and ride in UTAH or NEVADA, and NO routes or Town names. start posting cool stuff like this and pretty soon we will have 5 O-clock traffic, 100 miles out in the sticks, then they will close trails and gates and post no Trespass signs all over the place

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Yep. Idaho sucks. Montana sucks. Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Wyoming ALL SUCK!!

Ya'all stay wherever you are. No sense coming out West. Nothing here but grizzlies and rattle snakes and cactus, oh my!














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Old 09-12-2010, 05:51 PM   #40
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Um...
Yeah.

Everything sucks out here.

It's grey and overcast everyday - terrible climate.
And there's nothing to see.
Nothing but traffic and apartment complexes.
And stressed out people racing to the next traffic light.

Better go somewhere else on your next trip.

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Old 09-12-2010, 06:02 PM   #41
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Great photos, thanks for sharing.

I feel your pain from the freezing night - done the same too often myself. You might want to think of carrying a few sodium acetate packs ("Toasterz" is the type I get here) - you can fire these off inside your sleeping bag and they help a lot. If you've got enough stove fuel, you can re-activate them next morning on your campstove. I used them inside the Capt. Highlighter suit on my ride from Vancouver to Arches Nat. Monument and back last October, going over some of the Utah passes when it was well below freezing. Oh, I was still COLD, but they helped.

Always amazed that the dredges are just abandoned, and not scrapped for parts - same with the one in Chicken, AK....
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:13 PM   #42
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Your Learning Nothing out here... really nothing but open desolate land and abyssal forests.

Sorry I missed the memo, must of been riding.

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Um...
Yeah.

Everything sucks out here.

It's grey and overcast everyday - terrible climate.
And there's nothing to see.
Nothing but traffic and apartment complexes.
And stressed out people racing to the next traffic light.

Better go somewhere else on your next trip.

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:26 PM   #43
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Nice work. I'll have to head over that way sometime. Looks like a ton of fun.

This time of year be prepared for temps in the teens or lower up high. I've started using a 0 degree bag for most of my camping this time of year. I sleep cold anyway. If you sleep on the ground you will stay warmer than having all that air surround you in a hammick.

Keep the RRs coming.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:30 PM   #44
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Cool stuff Questor! Love the history. That dredge is especially interesting.

Looking forward to more about Idaho!
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Great photos, thanks for sharing.

Always amazed that the dredges are just abandoned, and not scrapped for parts - same with the one in Chicken, AK....
This June MAG and I went up to Alaska for "Dust to Dawson."

While we were there we stopped to see the HUGE #4 dredge at Claim #17 on Dawson Creek, just outside of Dawson City.
4 Dredge is the biggest wooden hull, bucket-line gold dredge in North America.

The trip was five weeks and 7K miles and we took thousands of pictures.

Writing the Ride Report is going to be our winter project once it gets too cold to ride, so keep an eye out for it.

It's going to be epic.

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