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Old 09-13-2010, 09:33 AM   #46
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Another cool report--thanks! Now I'm reading up on dredges...
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:23 PM   #47
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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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Was wondering what happened on that one, thought I missed the report some place.

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Old 09-13-2010, 09:30 PM   #48
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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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I'm planning on Alaska next year! Looking forward to your report.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:07 AM   #49
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Headed home...

So we leave the Dredge and head south towards home...

On out right, the remains of the town of Bonanza.




For miles down the valley we see the tailings from the Dredge.








At the bottom of the canyon, we turn East on Rt. 75 and follow the river.




Some good curves along here.


After the past two days of dirt roads, it feels good to lean over and power though the corners.


Easy riding - all the way home?




A quaint store on the side of the road makes a good photo.


Following the GPS...


But suddenly, the GPS says turn right here.


and go down East Fork Rd.




Then GPS says bear left and go down Spar Canyon Rd...


and the scene changes dramatically...
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Spar Canyon...

So Tiger and I were expecting an easy ride home.
But the evil GPS has added 'drama' to our trip.

Were halfway through a tank of gas. We have a range now of about 90 miles.
And suddenly we are going down seldom used dirt roads into a very inhospitable desert.





Not a place to breakdown or go off the road.


We ride for miles and see no signs of anyone else. The complete solitude is unnerving.


Tiger and I are not used to this...


Even at 45 mph, it takes a long time to get anywhere...


Endless dirt road stretches out ahead of us.






For over 20 miles in all directions there is nothing besides sage brush at our wheels, and 12,000 foot mountains on the horizon.


Looking North there are a few trails...


The road ahead...


A lone "Tiger" admiring the view.




Another self portrait.


I'm amazed to be here.

Back on the bike....


Racing along at 60 mph, taking pictures...
Gotta trust your equipment, especially the steering dampener.


The trail of dust behind us.


It's great to feel so alive.

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Old 09-14-2010, 09:33 AM   #51
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Nothing like a case of "gas anxiety" to make a little side trip a real adventure!

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Old 09-14-2010, 09:33 AM   #52
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I lived and worked in Cobalt, Idaho back in 1980 (Blackbird mine).
If you like you can PM me and I can forward you some interesting historical material on the area. There was a guy who was writing a book about Cobalt, Idaho from when he lived there as a teenager but I don't think he has finished it yet.
I traveled a lot in the area, including Yellowjacket, and some other places off the map.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:26 PM   #53
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The suspense is killing me. That's why I always have a 1 gallon Rotopax tank and Benchmark map book with me on trips like this one. Hoping you find gas soon.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:40 PM   #54
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On come on "Q", I just rode those exact roads first part of August and you have to admit East Fork and Spar Canyon are pretty damn cool! so did you take the left fork or the right fork on the Spar? Get yourself a Benchmark Atlas of Idaho you might as well get one for Wyoming and Montana too.

Had you only kept going up the East Fork.....
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On come on "Q", I just rode those exact roads first part of August and you have to admit East Fork and Spar Canyon are pretty damn cool! so did you take the left fork or the right fork on the Spar? Get yourself a Benchmark Atlas of Idaho you might as well get one for Wyoming and Montana too.

Had you only kept going up the East Fork.....
After I got home, I spoke with a few "locals".

As you hinted, the next canyon down is even "better".

I'll save that for next time, and there WILL BE a next time...

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Pavement!

So finally, we get back on a paved road and head south to Arco.


Super High speed corners... I won't say how fast I was going but notice how blurry the photographs are and consider I have the ISO speed on the camera set to HIGH.









It was Monday, and all the RV's were slowly headed home.
I passed them very politely using my turn signals and returning to my lane every time - all legal. It became fun.



We rolled into the town of Mackay and Tiger got more fuel.


And I got my first meal of the day. Actually, it was my first meal since the sandwich I had at 11:00am the previous day - so that's 29 hours...
Questor had the Jalapeno Bacon Burger.





Back on the road towards Idaho Falls.






No trees!!!


The Atomic City of Arco.


From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arco,_Idaho

Arco was the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated by nuclear power. This occurred on July 17, 1955, powered by a reactor (see BORAX experiments) at the nearby "National Reactor Testing Station" (NRTS), which is now the Idaho National Laboratory. NRTS made further history on January 3, 1961, when the SL-1 reactor melted down, causing three deaths. It was the world's first (and the U.S.' only) fatal reactor accident.

Cool huh?

I first stopped here on my National Parks tour on the way to Craters of the Moon National Park, and liked it then. Little did I know I would be working and living out here two years later.


Of course everyone has to stop and get a picture of the submarine in the middle of a desert.


This is where all the Idaho National Laboratories are with all the nuclear reactors and stuff.

Here's a link if you want to know more.
https://inlportal.inl.gov/portal/ser.../about_inl/259

I plan to come back out here next Spring and do a big Ride Report on all the cool stuff out here.
I've already submitted an application to get an official tour - but the security screening process is a lengthy and thorough one. But I think they will grant me access. Stay tuned.

Lots of traffic on the way home...


Some local geologic history.




Big South Butte.


I'll come back out here some weekend and see if I can't ride to the top of this one day. I understand there is a road / trail. I wonder if Tiger will like it?

Another beautiful Butte.


Final stretch home.


Some farms far away.


Idaho Falls is about 20 minutes ahead... My current place of living - in a house with hot water, and electricity. Such a luxury.


In summary:
The ride was two days.
Temperatures ranged from 87 degrees to 22 degrees.
Total mileage was close to 575 miles.

I saw some cool stuff, and got a bit more used to the geology and total remoteness of Idaho, and there's a lot more places for me to go explore.

Thanks for taking the time to view this.
I hope to meet you on the road or trail some day.
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OH Questor, you've not even started to hit the tip of the ice berg. the best stuff is off the road along and trough fences and drift lines. Next thing you know you'll be out living the cowboy life.




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OH Questor, you've not even started to hit the tip of the ice berg. the best stuff is off the road along and trough fences and drift lines. Next thing you know you'll be out living the cowboy life.

Welcome to Big Sky Country!
I spent the past two years on the "trail", eating two ingredient meals cooked in a 2L MSR pot, on a stove burning unleaded gas, and living in a small tent... and I miss it.

Can't wait to get out and explore my new back yard again.

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Old 09-15-2010, 11:12 AM   #59
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Idaho Salmon River Country

Just passed through this country and stayed at Challis Hot Springs. Good stuff.
Thanks Q for the great pictorial. Now I can go there next trip without even a map or a gps!
Did this after the Westfest in Darby.
Leaves changing in the high country already.
Plenty of good riding days left, I hope.
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Just passed through this country and stayed at Challis Hot Springs. Good stuff.
Thanks Q for the great pictorial. Now I can go there next trip without even a map or a gps!
Did this after the Westfest in Darby.
Leaves changing in the high country already.
Plenty of good riding days left, I hope.
I was going to stay at those hot springs but $25 for camping is out of my budget.

Tiger likes expensive tires and high quality oil.
He eats better than I do.
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