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Old 04-17-2011, 08:44 PM   #16
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2010 "Bear Lake Burn" Part 1 of 4

2010 "Bear Lake Burn" Part 1 of 4

Day 1 - Friday August 20th, 2010

Every year (this year will be the third annual) I put together a group ride to Bear Lake, which I call the "Bear Lake Burn". My wonderful and very generous sister owns a place there. The "Hideout" as we call it, it's a great place to ride to and from.



This years Burn there were 7 of us.
1. 1984 Yamaha Maxim 800 - My Pop.
2. Suzuki Boulavard 805
3. Honda Shadow 750
4. Yamaha FZ1
5. KLR 650 "Oscar" - My bike lent to my brother.
6. Honda Shadow 750
7. Yamaha FJR 1300 "Fiji" - Me


We usually roll out on a Friday around 4:00ish and arrive (Salt Lake, UT to Fish Haven, ID) before dark, here is the first day, a nice 150 mile ride.


The start of Hwy 39. We've already ridden past East Canyon and Trappers Loop, not sure why I didn't take any pics of that.


It's a beautiful day!


Break time near the top of the Monte Cristo pass, with your special guest Captian America! On a borrowed bike, the poor thing kept vapor locking/flooding or something. The KLR and my Bro, his first motorcycle ride out of Salt Lake, he doesn't own a motorcycle so I lent him mine.


The guy with the wings, watch out, that's my Pop, if you couldn't tell, he's very unconventional.


A lot of these guys have never ridden out of the city. I'm expanding their horizons.


Let's go slackers, it's getting dark. I guess dark is better than the 2009 BLB where it got down to a chilly 37f. (That report coming soon too)
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:36 PM   #17
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2010 "Bear Lake Burn" Part 2 of 4

Day 1 - Friday cont...

The descent heading towards Randolf.


I love the open road.


Looking back.


Everyone still there?


We might do the last few miles in the dark but hey, at least it's warm.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:57 PM   #18
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2010 "Bear Lake Burn" Part 3 of 4

Day 2 - Saturday

Ate breakfast at a truck stop just north of Montpelier, French Toast mmmmmmm my fav, although it's pretty hard to mess up French Toast.

The days objective. First stop marker "C" soda springs to see the man made geyser, every hour on the hour. Section "D" to "E" is really fun road called "Tin Cup". I didn't take any pics of that section because I was having too much fun.


Soda Springs, ID - At least it's warm. Hey, we're here to see the Geyser!


Uhhh, hmmm... what's that smell?


Thar she blows!


Sorry there are no pics of "Tin Cup" you'll have to go check it out for yourselves.
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2010 "Bear Lake Burn" Part 4 of 4

Day 2 - Saturday cont...

Waiting in Thayne, Wy. for the flooded shadow with a dead battery. After about 10 minutes, went back, but they already had it running.


Oscar didn't want to be left out of the fun so I made my brother bring him along.


I gotta say, the KLR is pretty dang versatile, it hung with us on the fast pavement sweepers and I was amazed how well it did in Moab on the slick rock and sand. Did I mention that I love slick rock.


Heading south back to Fish Haven, ID.


Last shot.


Picked up some steaks in Montpelier and grilled them up back at the cabin for a nice evening with friends.



Day 3 - Sunday, the ride home.

Sorry, there are no pictures of the Sunday ride home, it rained on and off so I didn't have the camera out.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:23 PM   #20
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10-10-2010 From Bear Lake to Home, with a small detour.

Following BoomBostic, heading West on UT-83 20 miles from Brigham City I had the KLR pegged, as fast as it would go (~90 mph), when it suddenly quit, as if it had been struck by lightning... oh snap...





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Old 04-19-2011, 10:29 PM   #21
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It's called the "Great" Salt Lake for a reason... until that day, I didn't understand just how "Great" it truly is.
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10-10-10 Bear Lake to the Great Salt Lake

My family and the BoomBostic family spent the weekend up at my sisters place at Bear Lake. We trailered the KLR's up and did some riding that Saturday around on the local dirt, well actually mud. I went down on the right side in the mud, it was slick as snot, stock tires and no crash bars, everything seemed to be ok.

The next day, Sunday we were packing up to head on home when BoomBostic had the really great idea of riding the bikes home with a small detour, a ride around the Great Salt Lake.

We left Fish Haven, ID around 1:00pm, kind of a late start but we figured we could be home by dark, can you say "major mis-calculation", hahaha! Anyway, we had a nice pavement ride to Brigham City where we gassed up got some food and started our little adventure by heading West towards Golden Spike. 20 miles West of Brigham City while doing the KLR max speed test ~90 the speed'o and tach went all crazy and then it quit. I thought for sure it had totally blown up or something like I'd forgot to add oil or something. So I roll to a stop thinking the worst, I check it over, it has oil, it has gas, the starter works, battery is good, seems to be something electrical. We take of the right panel, etc... to try and get at the spark plug, I pull it out watch it spark, stick it back on and the thing fires right up. Hmmmm, that was strange so we shut it down, put it all the faring back on and again it won't start. So we take off the fairings again look around and it starts right up. Wow, put them back on and it quits, there's a short somewhere, standing on the left side BoomBostic can see deep inside a small black wire that is slightly cut and shorting against the frame. I reach in and move it out of the way and we are back in business, except it cost us about an hour of light.

What had happened is, when I dropped the bike on the right side that little wire was pinched between the coolent reservoir and the frame just enough to expose the wire, when I was going as fast as it could the wind pushed on it enough to trigger the short. Later I fixed the wire and put it in a safer place.


Kelton, Ut. Yep there is nothing out here.


Kelton Cemetery


BoomBostic, enjoying his last moment of warmth.


Kelton Cemetery, I don't think these folks get cold anymore.


I wish I could say that this is a picture of the sunrise, sadly it is not.


This is somewhere between point "D" and "E" on the first map (above). I don't know if I want to admit this but, we didn't have a map. BoomBostic had a vague idea of which direction we should go. Did I mention it was getting cold, well... and dark?
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The twins just hanging out chillin, wondering what they have gotten into.


Looking to the south/east. The way we need to go.


"The sun has gone down and the moon has come up, and long ago somebody left with the cup, but he's driving and striving and hugging the turns, and thinking of someone for whom he still burns." --Cake


Using the last bit of light to try and figure out which way we need to go. What do you think, "that way?"
A mistake out here would be costly. Make a wrong turn, we run out of gas.


Me - proof that I was there. I kept expecting the bike to suddenly quit, in the dark, 100 miles from nowhere.


Sorry, but there are no more pics of this "Great" adventure, it was dark and I was frozen. We spent the next four or so hours trying to find our way to I-80, we only made 2 wrong turns and eventually rolled into Tooele on fumes. We left Bear Lake around 1:00pm and arrived home about midnight. Did I mention that the Utah desert in October is really cold?

Great Salt Lake Facts:
  1. 35 miles wide and 75 miles long.
  2. First scientific measurements were taken in 1849 since then the lake level has varied by 20 feet, shifting the shoreline in some places as much as 15 miles.
  3. There is no outlet, that's why it is salty.
  4. Is a remnant of Lake Bonneville; a great ice age lake from 30,000 years ago.
  5. Too salty to support fish, however there are lots of Brine Shrimp and Brine Flies.
  6. John Muir called it "one of the great views on the American Continent."
  7. You cannot sink in the Great Salt Lake
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Bear Tooth - July, 2010

Day 1 - 344 miles. (Salt Lake to Jackson the fun way.)


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Just had breakfast, Ruth's Diner, mmmm... french toast, the best way to start a day of riding.


The ever so treacherous East Canyon. I can't wait until the day they re-pave that road.


Taking a pit stop, Trappers Loop rd. The bikes look so clean.


Woodruff, Ut - No pics of Monte Cristo, too fun.


Lunch break, Montpelier ID - The Duc pilot, Mmmmm, yummy yummy in his tummy.


Jackson, Wy - Get me outa here.


First night's camp spot, just outside of Jackson, Wy


stay tuned for day 2...
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Bear Tooth - July, 2010

Day 2 - 260 miles. (Jackson to Red Lodge)


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The Tetons, I stood on the very tippy top of the Grand Teton (13,770) once.


A brisk, as in cold, morning start. Cool looking clouds, I believe it to be the jet-stream.


Mount Moran (12,605) straight ahead.


The closer peak is Mount Moran (12,605), to climb it you have to get there by boat.


BoomBostic and well... we'll just call him "Hi-Vis".


Somewhere in Yellowstone.


It's a little chilly for me. I like it about 70f.


more to come for day 2...
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Bear Tooth - July, 2010

Day 2 - continued...

Riding through Yellowstone.


Sometimes there was a lot of traffic and sometimes there wasn't.


It's July and there is a fresh layer of snow on the peak straight ahead.


Heading into Mammoth, Yellowstone.


Minerva Spring and Terrace just above the town of Mammoth.


Heading East towards 212 and Cooke City on the "Grand Loop Road", we left all the traffice jams behind.


212, seems like a dream looking at this picture now.
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Bear Tooth - July, 2010

Day 2 - continued...

Truly amazing scenery. Hwy 212 heading towards Cooke City, I'm not complaining but where did everybody go?


Hwy 212, it could be warmer but I'm lovin it.


Hwy 212


Hwy 212, the weather ahead it looking a bit iffy...


Into the great wide open, still 212.


We are heading towards the not-so-good looking weather ahead. The entire day I don't think the temps ever got above 60f.


Hit it Bob!
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Bear Tooth - July, 2010

Day 2 - continued...

Hwy 212, just coming into Cooke City-Silver Gate, MT.


What a cool little town.


Two FJR's and a Ducati.


"Into the great wide open, Under them skies of blue, Out in the great wide open, A rebel without a clue" --Tom Petty


After this pic I put the camera away for a bit, because we were flying. Had the entire road to ourselves.


"Hi-vis" looking cool! He's about to feel really cool soon, as in cold. I must be a pansy, because I hate the cold.


I guess that's a thumbs up, so we'll keep going. Don't worry the weather looks great...


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Bear Tooth - July, 2010

Day 2 - continued...

Yes, same day, different weather. Near the top of the Bear Tooth Pass.


Fresh snow in July.


Should have brought my skis.


The snow, the sky, the road it was all surreal.


Easy on the turns.


One of my favorite pics from the trip.


Working our way down towards Red Lodge, MT.


As we go down, the temp's and speed come up :)


Chasing BoomBostic.


Wow!


What a road, and nobody there except us... well except that deer around the next bend.
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Mountain Intermission

I love to look at mountains, here are some shots of mountains as seen from the Salt Lake Valley.

Broads Fork Twin Peaks (11,330) taken from my home.


Broads Fork Twin Peaks (11,330) taken from my home.


Broads Fork Twin Peaks (11,330) - taken from my office.


Lone Peak (11,253) taken from Draper
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