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Old 08-26-2013, 06:48 AM   #421
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how many miles \ hours you got on your ktms??
any problems by far?
My 2011 KTM 530 rolled over 11,000 miles/400 hours during this trip. I bought it new and experienced no major engine failures yet.

I'm fastidious about regular maintenance. Change the oil every other day and keep the filters clean. I replaced the piston at 8000 miles, the wheel bearings a few times and fork seals a few times as KTM suggests.

It's the right machine for enduro/dual sport travel.


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Old 08-26-2013, 08:47 AM   #422
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SaltWash 2013 Day 5 (part 2)

More pics along Deadwood Ridge Trail after it got a little easier









We crossed half a dozen of these types of bridges:



We could tell we were approaching Deadwood Dam, completed in 1931, and that it was open by how high the flow of water was compared to most other streams we rode along this trip. The singletrack trail along the Deadwood River was short but very relaxing.



Always impressive to experience the roar of the water flowing out of a dam:





From Deadwood dam we rode mostly gravel and pavement to the Warm Lake and Cascade area.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #423
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Helluva report Jack (and guys), DAMN what some great pics!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:56 AM   #424
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Helluva report Jack (and guys), DAMN what some great pics!!
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Hey Tooly,

Thanks for checking in.

I'm following your Colorado ride report over at DDS. I think you caught the western ride bug.



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Old 08-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #425
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SaltWash 2013 Day 5 (part 3)

From Deadwood it was a fairly boring very dusty gravel road shot to Warm Lake. The idea was to grab a couple of beers each and relax in a secret hot spring that A-rider had visited years ago.



So secret was the hot spring we couldn't find it despite our best efforts. In the end, we gave up and made our way to Cascade for food, gas and a night's sleep. We did find the perfect place to eat and drink our 6 beers:



Dollar Bill's Casual Fine Red Neck Dining, BYOB, where jakbrand's heritage from Davidson County (Tennessee) was appreciated:



We got three clean rooms:



Jakbrand went to bed right away, I relaxed a bit, answering work emails, A-rider had to plan the route next day, I think tonight was Wednesday, so we he needed to cut a bunch of singletrack from our route and take us to within striking distance of Spokane by Friday night. We had a lot of mileage to cover, same plan though, single track in the morning, gravel in the afternoon, pavement if necessary.

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Old 08-27-2013, 04:22 AM   #426
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hey tooly,

thanks for checking in.

i'm following your colorado ride report over at dds. I think you caught the western ride bug.



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Old 08-27-2013, 05:05 AM   #427
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Skillet Brownie

Best dessert in Idaho is served at Dollar Bill's Redneck Dining in Cascade - the skillet brownie.

Start with a warm moist brownie smothered in hot chocolate sauce then set an ice cream potato (a scoop of vanilla ice cream shaped like a potato, rolled in cocoa powder) topped with whipped cream, walnuts and caramel sauce all served on an iron skillet.

Yum!

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Old 08-27-2013, 05:53 AM   #428
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SaltWash 2013 Day 6 (part 1)

Wake up, breakfast, moto maintenance, fuel, resupply, pack, singletrack







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Old 08-27-2013, 09:53 AM   #429
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We headed north from Cascade into Payette National Forest.













A-Rider concerned with our progress pulled out the maps and combined two days of the original route into one. This meant deleting a few miles of singletrack and adding a few miles of pavement. He insisted that we not dilly dally and stick together if we were going to arrive in Spokane before Sunday for our scheduled flights home.

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:09 AM   #430
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A-Rider led us over Granite Mountain where the indistinct trail snaked over of peaks of bare granite.













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Old 08-27-2013, 10:23 AM   #431
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After a frightful switchback descent and a few creek crossings we headed towards Hazard Lake and Lava Ridge. A-Rider's plan B was running as swift as the Salmon River. We were making good time.









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SaltWash 2013 Day 6 (part 2)

More singletrack as we made our way north on Eagle Nest Tr through the South ForkGold Fork River and Meadow





Kudos to A-rider for doing all the hard re-thinking about the route today to make up time!



I think this is by a place called Gold Fork Rock



The Bridges of Valley County:



Then tons of gravel twisties and @ McCall to deal with what a-rider had in his twisted mind as a last hurrah ride in this area of Idaho:

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SaltWash 2013 Day 6 (part 3)

What a-rider planned was a gravel/singletrack route paralleling SR95 north. This truly was the most technically and physically challenging singletrack of the trip. First gravel north along Goose Creek Park Rd and Goose Lake, then the Lava Ridge singletrack, not too hard:







On top of the ridge, you got a commanding view looking SE:



And looking NE with Lava Butte Lakes below:



And before we knew it, a-rider had sniffed out a singletrack route he assured us would hook up with SR95 a little bit further north. Worst case, we would spend the night on the mountain. Here's jakbrand looking at a-raider and the trail. We had no choice but to follow him.



I didn't take too many pictures: I was tired and weary because at the end of this climb and ridge awaited what looked like a wicked 4,000 feet descent with very nasty switchbacks. Here are a few pictures:





This was a nasty rocky uphill switchback with a 2 foot step ledge. I walked my KTM with jakbrand's help first (a-rider was nowhere to be seen and already way ahead of us). Jakbrand decided to go for it instead and I watched in horror as his front wheel came up as he hit the 2 foot ledge, all the way up, in slow motion, and when the KTM was perpendicular to the ground, it kept going back and crucified him against the pine tree to the right of this picture. He was able to push the bike of his chest to one side and then he fell down hill from the tree, on his back, with his legs over his head. I slowed down the bikes fall and a second or two later I flipped his legs back so he could sit. "Are you OK?" Is what one usually asks in these cases...yes, he was...then we proceeded to get his bike. After we got it up, I took this pic:



We got ourselves back in working order and kept climbing and eventually hooked up with a-rider who had already climbed all the way to the observation tower on Hershey Point and had talked to the one ranger stationed there. He was told the trail from there on had been recently cleared and marked but that he was not sure if it was cleared all the way to the end, that either the left or right downhill sections were on private property, with the owner on the west side not being too friendly, that he couldn't guarantee the gates at the bottom of either trail would be unlocked, and that the weather that evening was turning for the worse. Or, we could just turn around....We decided to proceed until the end of this trail and agreed that the second we found a spot for the tents, we would stop.

Again, not the best site, but jakbrand and I were exhausted.

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SaltWash Day 7 (part 1)

Good morning Lava Ridge! I was not looking forward to today! Early AM packing up:



The trail was indeed marked and cleared. We got to the first rest stop and waited for jakbrand....and waited....and waited... I started to worry...and so did a-rider. This is his worry-face:



After what seemed like a loooong while, maybe 40 minutes and hearing no engine, we decided a-rider would go back to see what was the delay.
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Riding sweep and only ten minutes on the trail I suffered a careless tip over on the low side of the trail that blossomed into an epic struggle to get my bike back up on the trail. With handlebars downhill, wheels uphill and fuel leaking from the gas cap I dragged my 530 further down hill to pivot it around and turn it right side up. Thankfully, I was only 10 feet off the trail. It could have been worse.

Next I cleared a path and built a ramp up the steep bank to ride/push back up to the trail. The whole ordeal lasted about forty minutes and I was exhausted. That's about the time A-Rider circles back to help.




My MoJo was shattered but my bike was running fine and I was still riding awesome singletrack with my buddies in Idaho, so the situation wasn't too bad. I just needed some food and an attitude adjustment.
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