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Old 07-03-2012, 02:20 PM   #631
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Good morning! The birds are singing and the temps are perfect. It's gonna be a great day of riding.

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Just had one minor malfunction for the morning. The jet boil fuel canister kicked the bucket. They need some kind of fuel level indicator on them. It had enough juice to get the water warm enough for oatmeal and coffee though. Just barely.

10 miles before I turned off on 226 was the last time I've passed a car. I'm about 50 miles into not having seen a car, atv, horse rider, or anybody. This will continue.

I'm heading up 732 on the North end of the Independence Range. The stunning views keep on coming.

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After the big ass mine I passed, the road got really wide and smooth. Mines maintain this and it's click off some high speed gravel miles.

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At 225 I made a right and went only one mile South to get on 746/Bruneau River Loop.

Here's a great pic looking back West at the Independence Mountains.

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Back across the desert. I implemented a speed limit for my self here. It occurred to me just how long it's been since I've seen another person. 70mph is the tops. I'd look down and be doing 85, slow down, look down and see 85 again. Finally, I got it to stick at 70 with some judiciousness.

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The Jarbidge Mountains again come into view. This time from a different perspective.

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I intersected with 748 that I had come South on yesterday. I just had to retrace six miles before I took a different fork. Instead of continuing to Jarbidge, I made a left on 067 which follows the Bruneau River.

This road came as a recommendation from another IAMC club member. He had written about this road in his RR and I knew I wanted to see it. I planned a big chunk of my trip around it. My route would have been very different if I didn't learn of this road. Still the same destinations, but a different order.

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I passed though a closed gate with several warning signs. Burned area, possible washout, yada, yada, yada.

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I stopped here to adjust my cheap earbuds and add my extra fuel to the tank. It's quite a unique experience to have to add fuel in a place like this.

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I took a ton of photos on this leg of the trip. It was absolutely beautiful and isolated. The road was a lot of fun. A truck could make it, but it would would have the ULTIMATE set of redneck pinstripes on it. The road is getting a bit over grown.

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There was a fire here and it burned a lot of acres. Not sure when it happened, but it was quite sometime ago.

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There were also several offshoots that climbed out of the river valley and over the Copper Mountains into that beautiful valley I was photographing and soaking in yesterday. I'm a little Southwest and over the peaks. I think I will make a trip back here in the fall to see the leaves and ride some of these 4WD roads. They look like a lot of fun and I know the scenery is going to be awesome.

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I saw three of these old telephone poles. That's all that remained. Actually, they look old enough, they may be telegraph poles!

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The biggest stream crossing of several. Nothing major, but one was a little rocky and required some care with regards to wheel placement.

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How does a tree grow out of a rock like that?

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Obstacle.

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An old stone dwelling. Tough life out here.

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I made it out of the canyon and back onto a "main" road. Still haven't seen a soul since yesterday.

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First challenge point of the day. Rowland. Not much here. I'm sure there used to be.

I'll let you digest all those photos for awhile. Back later. The day of riding is just getting going!
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #632
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I continued on from this quick challenge point stop. The road went just a little ways before it bent and went up to the high desert and out of the beautiful canyon land.









Then, lots of this. Lots and lots of this.





I'm cruising along and this bird flies out in front of me 'n Hobbes and tries to out run us. He lost. Hobbes thumped him. I didn't see him bounce off, and I thought about stopping to make sure he was dead and not suffering, but I hit him hard. I'm sure he was vulture food on the road behind me.



70mph, Tyson. 70mph.





70mph. Gotta stick to 70mph.



Once I made it to the highway I still hadn't seen a person or a car all day. And into yesterday. Another 15 miles down the highway was when I saw my first car. I figure it was about 175 miles of riding without seeing a soul. Now that's solitude.

I stopped in Bruneau for fuel and food. I was out on both accounts. I filled my Camelbak with fresh water and ice. Had to pay 25 cents for ice at the restaurant. I squawked about it for a second and the high school girl told me I could just grab some. Then I felt bad, cause that place really isn't that busy and they probably needed the 25 cents more than I did. I was glad they were open and made a great tuna melt.

Now it was decision time. Home or head over the Owhyhee Mountains into Oregon to get some more challenge points? It was about 3:00. Hmm. If I go home, what will I do? Nothing probably. Might as well keep on riding.

The only problem with that was, the camera battery was getting low. Like really low. I could always take the challenge pics with my phone, but then my readers would suffer and just have to read about the rest of my trip and not see it. I guess I'll chance it and take a few less pics.

Hwy 78 it is!





One of those peaks is my next destination.



There is a lot of awesome OHV areas in the foothills of the Owyhee Mountains and my friends and I ride this area a lot in the winter time. One of the areas at Fossil Creek has some GIANT sand hill climbs. I began to wonder as I passed the trail head, could Hobbes make it up that big ass hill?

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That was my buddy from work, Brandon. I never made it up with the CRF and Terry never made it up on his 300EXC. Am I really fucking crazy to want to try that on a 500 lb 93 HP dirt bike? I'll bring a shovel and smooth the run in to carry more speed. I'll also have a brand new rear tire mounted. I'll also wait til the Fall when we get some rain to firm up the sand a bit like we had that day in the video. I think I can do it. Either way, success or failure, it will be an awesome video. Am I crazy for having these thoughts? I'd like to hear your opinions.

I made the turn off to Silver City and the was a fair amount of traffic coming down from the weekend warriors.







I found my turn off to War Eagle Mountain and headed up. It was a fun road and I wasn't concerned with tire wear or fuel mileage.

There were a number of points that were tough. Really rocky steps and washed out ruts. It took some finesse and energy. The next pic is the view looking up at the last section of the climb. Fuck me! Now that was tough! When I told a veteran Idaho dual sport rider and friend at work on Monday that I made it all the way to the towers, he was pretty impressed. Frankly, so was I. I've done harder, but this was good one.



Success! At the top.



Remember that bird? I found him. Wedged between Hobbes' headlight and beak. And I mean wedged! I tried to pull him out, but pulled his head off instead! I'm actually going to have to do disassembly to remove him when I get home!

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Looking in the direction of the Treasure Valley and Boise, The Owyhees can be seen very clearly from Boise. They are long ways away, but they are also big.















On the way down and into Silver City.



The next challenge point is just outside of Silver City somewhere. I'm trying to find the road and am frustrated by where exactly the GPS point is marked. There is no road that goes there. I find one that looks like it wraps within a few hundred feet of it and take it. I think the road was Long Gulch.

It was a friggin ATV trail that was steep, loose, and rocky. Very tough on a bike this size. There was a point all I could do was grab more throttle and hope for the best. Seriously. It was tough. And this is coming from me. Somebody who generally seeks this shit out on the big bikes. I guess I just wasn't in the mood for something like this. My club rating system rated this as a Level 2 Challenge point. This ATV track pushed into Level 4 type stuff. And 5 is considered insane.

I finally got to a point that I could stop and catch my breath and turn around. I had passed the challenge point and it was getting farther away on my GPS as I had no choice but to keep climbing and stay on the gas.



It did get me some really cool vantage points of Silver City that I've never seen. This is NOT a ghost town. It is inhabited and a very busy place in the summer. Tons of people on ATVs all over the place. Not a fucking one wearing a helmet either. They are as bad, or worse, than Harley riders. Why do people refuse to protect themselves? Oh yeah, that's right, accidents never happen on an ATV. Silly me.

Anyways, back to Silver City. It's a super cool place and I'd like to have the time to actually walk around it sometime. I'm always in such a rush when I get here.
Read a bit about it HERE.







Coming up this was a pain in the ass today.





I tried another route to get closer to the point and ended up at the cemetery. I thought the road continued and I almost ended up in the river. I hit the brakes, but I was already going down the embankment. The trail went that way, but I had no idea what it was going be like getting out the other side to the main road. I had a tedious turnaround with a few choice swear words rolling out of my helmet. Fuck it. This is where I'm taking the pic.



Then I realized I had cell service and checked the club website to see where others were taking the photo. Right at the main intersection just outside of Silver City. Oh well, at least I got some good views and burned more than a few calories.

Here's the real pic.



The conclusion of my short little 800 mile overnighter coming up.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:31 AM   #633
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Is anybody else having problems seeing all the photos in my last post? These pages get really long.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:35 AM   #634
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Not having any problems from the other side of the world Tyson!!!
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:54 AM   #635
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No problems from the other side of town (Nampa). The pictures are great and the narration is awesome. So, Hobbs will do 85 mph on a dirt road, carry you up hills, over nasty rocks and catch birds. Now thats talent.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:40 AM   #636
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Do you mean Bonneville? That's in Utah, Pa.
Oh ya, dah - I must have been lost. It starts right at the boarder. Thanks
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:29 AM   #637
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Glad you guys weren't having any problems. I refreshed my browser a number of times last night and the pics just wouldn't load. Looks fine now.

The conclusion will have to wait. There's actually a really cool story to write and it's gonna take some time. Time that I don't have right now. Wanna know why? It's the 4th of July and I don't have to work til 4 tomorrow. I'm going riding! See ya.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:07 PM   #639
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It's amazing what you can do with a little speed, wet soil and fresh knobbies. I bet you make it if you pick the right gear and keep the wheel speed and momentum up.
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It is hilarious you asked an old time local about the history of a place and he hadno idea, we get that here. I was at a small remote town called Ivanhoe (NSW) and staying at the pub (bar in your language), the only one in town (there is only a dozen buildings) drinking and chatting with an old bloke from one of the local farms.

After an hour or so I ask him about the name of the farm written on the side of his ute, I cannot remember it but it was an odd name so I asked it's origin or meaning. He says "I have no idea and never thought of it before" so I ask how long has he worked there. He half explodes "worked there, I've owned it for over 50 years".

Keep up the effort, love the countryside and roads, so similar to here only we don't get the snow. This means where it is to steep for farming it is basically rain forest so you do not get the panoramas, too many trees.

Maybe one day we will share a beer and story or two.

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Epic as always, man such a beautiful, historic area.

Jess and I loved it around there. (http://blog.trailimage.com/2010/07/silver-city.html)

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WOW Tyson Just got home from hanging in the mountains with family, trying to do some catching up...

Man you are really covering some serious ground. Beautiful Pictures and an excellent writing style to boot. I truly know how much work goes into writing a decent Article or RR...... I do appreciate the tenacious pursuit and love of the ride to pen out here.

OK, so you cover more ground than I like to do but have the utmost respect for your endeavor. I too do much more solo riding than I care to admit to, but that is just how it pans out for me. I don't think I mind it too much until the end of the day when it it would be great to sit in camp with a cold barley pop and share the the days experience with someone, and reading between the lines I sorta detect that feeling in your writing........ I empathize with you man.

So, young Grasshopper you are gaining knowledge to know there is a time and a place for everything (riding styles) Setting yourself a pace limit on the open stretches ( I know those roads you've ridden) sticking to 70 ! I have had trouble keeping Moya out of Starburst events ( that's triple digits) too, but as a seasoned man I truly wish to be around for many more years to enjoy retirement riding, not laid up healing I do applaud you but I would have set a lower limit of 60 ish...... but I too would have violated that restriction on that Rowland road

Now as to that ATV trail, had I been with you I would of called you a few names told you to "Fuk off" and meet you at the bottom, your oon your own ( with age comes some wisdom) on the DRZ probably . At 58 on a 500 pound Orange beast, your nuts....

Anyway keep it up, your doing a excellent job

I have not done that area, yet so I guess I'll have to run it solo also to get my challenge points documented. Unless you want to ride it again with an old (but not too slow) man My route would vary from yours


I chuckled at the part about donations; as a retired guy now on a fixed income stream, tires, fuel and parts (chains-n-sprockets) can indeed impact riding, so I have had to curtail my riding also thus I have nothing really to write-up I been saving up $$$ as I have 3 big rides in July. WOooh. Don't take that as a whine cause I am loving my life right now just had to make life adjustments. Wish I had the cajones to ask for money to keep riding.... you da man!
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Sam, please take him out riding and 'warm him down' for me. My visit out there in a couple of month will benefit from it. Thank you



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WOW Tyson Just got home from hanging in the mountains with family, trying to do some catching up...

Man you are really covering some serious ground. Beautiful Pictures and an excellent writing style to boot. I truly know how much work goes into writing a decent Article or RR...... I do appreciate the tenacious pursuit and love of the ride to pen out here.

OK, so you cover more ground than I like to do but have the utmost respect for your endeavor. I too do much more solo riding than I care to admit to, but that is just how it pans out for me. I don't think I mind it too much until the end of the day when it it would be great to sit in camp with a cold barley pop and share the the days experience with someone, and reading between the lines I sorta detect that feeling in your writing........ I empathize with you man.

So, young Grasshopper you are gaining knowledge to know there is a time and a place for everything (riding styles) Setting yourself a pace limit on the open stretches ( I know those roads you've ridden) sticking to 70 ! I have had trouble keeping Moya out of Starburst events ( that's triple digits) too, but as a seasoned man I truly wish to be around for many more years to enjoy retirement riding, not laid up healing I do applaud you but I would have set a lower limit of 60 ish...... but I too would have violated that restriction on that Rowland road

Now as to that ATV trail, had I been with you I would of called you a few names told you to "Fuk off" and meet you at the bottom, your oon your own ( with age comes some wisdom) on the DRZ probably . At 58 on a 500 pound Orange beast, your nuts....

Anyway keep it up, your doing a excellent job

I have not done that area, yet so I guess I'll have to run it solo also to get my challenge points documented. Unless you want to ride it again with an old (but not too slow) man My route would vary from yours


I chuckled at the part about donations; as a retired guy now on a fixed income stream, tires, fuel and parts (chains-n-sprockets) can indeed impact riding, so I have had to curtail my riding also thus I have nothing really to write-up I been saving up $$$ as I have 3 big rides in July. WOooh. Don't take that as a whine cause I am loving my life right now just had to make life adjustments. Wish I had the cajones to ask for money to keep riding.... you da man!
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Sam, please take him out riding and 'warm him down' for me. My visit out there in a couple of month will benefit from it. Thank you

Did you mean wear him down or slow him down, either way I think the opposite to be true, he'll wear me out.

I can hear it now................ Oh come on lets ride some more we still have daylight................. Come on man we did good we rode 300 miles, we can do another 100 easy it's only 5 PM........................... That trail looks like fun I'll go first you follow, "It won't be that Bad"..........

And my retort .... what part of NO Way don't you get

On a serious note hope I get an opportunity to meet you if you get out this way. How are you acclimating to that 950 Beast? That thing is not as sedate as the GW..... Oh you already figured that out I'm sure. Kinda like going from a piper to a P51 and the maintenance too
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WOW Tyson Just got home from hanging in the mountains with family, trying to do some catching up...

Man you are really covering some serious ground. Beautiful Pictures and an excellent writing style to boot. I truly know how much work goes into writing a decent Article or RR...... I do appreciate the tenacious pursuit and love of the ride to pen out here.

OK, so you cover more ground than I like to do but have the utmost respect for your endeavor. I too do much more solo riding than I care to admit to, but that is just how it pans out for me. I don't think I mind it too much until the end of the day when it it would be great to sit in camp with a cold barley pop and share the the days experience with someone, and reading between the lines I sorta detect that feeling in your writing........ I empathize with you man.

So, young Grasshopper you are gaining knowledge to know there is a time and a place for everything (riding styles) Setting yourself a pace limit on the open stretches ( I know those roads you've ridden) sticking to 70 ! I have had trouble keeping Moya out of Starburst events ( that's triple digits) too, but as a seasoned man I truly wish to be around for many more years to enjoy retirement riding, not laid up healing I do applaud you but I would have set a lower limit of 60 ish...... but I too would have violated that restriction on that Rowland road

Now as to that ATV trail, had I been with you I would of called you a few names told you to "Fuk off" and meet you at the bottom, your oon your own ( with age comes some wisdom) on the DRZ probably . At 58 on a 500 pound Orange beast, your nuts....

Anyway keep it up, your doing a excellent job

I have not done that area, yet so I guess I'll have to run it solo also to get my challenge points documented. Unless you want to ride it again with an old (but not too slow) man My route would vary from yours


I chuckled at the part about donations; as a retired guy now on a fixed income stream, tires, fuel and parts (chains-n-sprockets) can indeed impact riding, so I have had to curtail my riding also thus I have nothing really to write-up I been saving up $$$ as I have 3 big rides in July. WOooh. Don't take that as a whine cause I am loving my life right now just had to make life adjustments. Wish I had the cajones to ask for money to keep riding.... you da man!

Hi Sam.

I really enjoy having the company around the fire at night. But, the more time I spend by myself, the I am comfortable with it and actually enjoy it. I'll always choose to ride with people vs. alone. But if I have do, it ain't so bad.

I'd love to get down that way again. Lots of stuff to explore. I'd really like to get in there during peak fall colors to see the Copper Basin with all those Aspens. Wanna take a Fall Colors tour down there?
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