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Old 04-02-2011, 01:33 PM   #16
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The End

I hear movement. It isn’t quite light yet but others are stirring in their tents. Then I hear the whoosh of igniting gas and waste no time shivering my way into some pants so I can warm up around the fire. I’ve learned a valuable lesson: sleeping bag temperature ratings are damnable lies.

The morning is beautiful. Gorgeous. Last night’s wind and rain has been replaced by a clear sky. A crescent moon still hangs above the cliffs opposite the river. We laugh about the night. We were all kept awake by the cow in distress (it seemed), coyote howls and canvas flapping madly against midnight gusts. Except Phil. He slept like a baby.

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Ryan has an appointment back home. We eat fast and pack fast. Phil and Sam take off up the trail to wait at the canyon rim while the rest of us finish packing. I expect they’re anxious, as we all are, to get the rocky ascent behind them.

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A glance around to confirm that nothing is forgotten and we’re ready to go too. Ryan and Tyson follow behind to help me if needed. Coming to the edge of the bridge I think I should be able to balance across the longitudinal planks while riding this time. But what’s this? Frost? I test it with my boot. “It’s kind of slick” I yell back to Ryan.

Getting up the trail will require enough luck. I decide it’s better not to start pressing it now. I get off and begin walking the bike along the plank.

Wham! The moment the rear wheel touches the sloped and slanted bridge, both tires slide out, the five hundred pound bike hits the deck, skitters toward the downhill edge and pushes me along. Crap!

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Before I can work up a respectable panic, the timber fixed at the edge of the bridge stops the slide. Ryan and Tyson have come running to effect a rescue. The three of us stand the bike up and help it across to safety. We laugh a moment about how the insurance claim would have looked: “Bike fully submerged after falling from a bridge.”

The rising sun is directly in our eyes as we round the bend for the final difficult climb. Perfect. The rocks, the sun, the skiff of snow—I can tell this will just be a matter of luck. Somehow I crest the rim without mishap, happy and relieved. Then Ryan.

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Only so much luck was allotted our group and those ascending first needed a lot. There wasn’t quite enough left for the last man, Tyson. His clutch lever broke on a rock.

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The others, you remember, had come in crew cab comfort and needed to depart together, so Tyson and I bid them adieu with assurance we won’t be far behind.

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After some clever zip-tying, Tyson rides right out, home-free.

A skiff of snow has made magic of the plains and we’re able to fly along in a dream.

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… a dream that turns bad as the ground warms up, making mud like snot. We go from flying to crawling, legs out to brace against what seem like inevitable falls.

As soon as we get to roads with a bit of gravel, we’re on the gas, riding as fast as we can to make up for lost time, drawn onward by the promised comforts of home.

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Boise gives a welcoming shower. Already wet and muddy, we hardly notice. It feels good to get out and it feels good to get back. As I ride the streets home I’m already thinking about the tweaks and adjustments I need to be ready for the next ride.

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Old 04-02-2011, 06:37 PM   #17
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Great pics and report.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:14 PM   #18
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It is nice to see that you were able to jury rig the clutch, that is a bad road to ride with no clutch.

Great write-up and pics.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:48 PM   #19
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Good stuff Jason. But no pics of the GS trying to go for a swim?
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:07 PM   #20
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Good stuff Jason. But no pics of the GS trying to go for a swim?
I was gonna, but my camera was 20 yards away and the look on Jason's face said "Help me get this thing away from the edge NOW!"
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:59 AM   #21
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Nice one - thanks.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #22
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Hi Ladybug. Looks like weekends are starting to fill up over here with a variety of group ride options now. Hurray.

Hope to see you over in Enterprise. That trip will probably be up in the air until the last minute for us, with kids and all. We'll do our best!

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Nice report and pictures. It's good to see you guys are out riding.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:41 PM   #23
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the onslaught of the consent horizontal rain did puddle under my tent ... thank goodness for my Big Agnes as the air mattress kept the moisture at bay.
Not to mention your flapping tent which sounded like some kind of foley studio (woosh, wap, swish-swish-swish). I didn't get the tent pond but Agnes saved me from some puddles as well. Always an adventure out there. It'll be a sad RR without rain and scary rocks.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:47 AM   #24
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wow....
i almost missed this
JASON.... a fantastic ride report
awesome photography
so very well done
PERFECT

thanks for sharing
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:03 PM   #25
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Not to mention your flapping tent which sounded like some kind of foley studio (woosh, wap, swish-swish-swish). I didn't get the tent pond but Agnes saved me from some puddles as well. Always an adventure out there. It'll be a sad RR without rain and scary rocks.

Yes it was an interesting ride; I so wish there had been a picture of you holding onto that big GS for dead life on the edge of the bridge. Really would be a difficult one to explain to the insurance company.... can here it now Where is the bike???? You do know the tow truck would charge extra... just to get there

You were lucky man. Great report.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:44 AM   #26
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When I was just starting out as a geologist I spent quite some time around Brunneau and Murphy doing mineral exploration. Lots of emptiness and peace.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:09 AM   #27
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When I was just starting out as a geologist I spent quite some time around Brunneau and Murphy doing mineral exploration. Lots of emptiness and peace.
Is there a book or two you'd recommend for the layman to understand local formations?
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:37 AM   #28
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I came across this little tid-bid of information. Thought it interesting enough to share. in the end of the clip is a Cowboy/Ranch Owner who wrote a book some years ago about the history of the area Titled "Owyhee Trails: The West's Forgotten Corner" His name is Mike Hanley I've meet the guy; you may remember my talking to the locals last year about him at the JV Cafe.

Book has some interesting and colorful history on the area. I am so glad you didn't drop your GS in the Bruneau..... Loooooonnnnnnnnggggggg walk out.


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Old 04-10-2011, 11:41 AM   #29
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His name is Mike Hanley. I've meet the guy; you may remember my talking to the locals last year about him at the JV Cafe
Yeah, I remember. Great tip. I'd like to see the rest of the video. I've put the book on my purchase list over at Amazon. I look forward to reading it. Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:25 PM   #30
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Fantastic, thank you!

Beautiful images, mellifluous narrative - thanks!
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