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Old 09-25-2011, 09:11 PM   #76
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Day 7 23 Jul 11




Got a good night’s sleep thanks to the Bitch Creek brew, man that was good stuff.

Packed up and headed down to the lake for a pic, then hit the road.







We headed north through Union Pass to 287, and took it Northwest towards Yellowstone.








Saw some more wildlife




And some snow.



Looking at the map headed for Jackson Lodge, but in reality we missed the turn and went to Jackson, way south of where we wanted to turn. We wasted some time but got a nice view of the Grand Tetons.



It was obvious we went the wrong way when following the signs out of Jackson, we were on the same road going north that we took into Jackson going south, but we got to look at the Tetons again.

We entered the Yellowstone/Teton national park and went north along Jackson Lake, this is beautiful country.



We get on the dirt path which goes west through the woods out of the park to Marysville Idaho. This is really a great piece of the CDR path, rough rocky rutted dirt road, so good we didn’t stop to take one pic. I did get some video, unfortunately my lens was filthy, so it didn’t come out that good but I will show some of it anyway so you know what to expect. It was great.

Video of west Yellowstone.







Heading north out of Marysville we did the obligatory ride of the old RR path.





I have a deal with heights, meaning I am freaking terrified of standing, walking, or riding near a cliff, so a bit of this made me uneasy, but I have found I am more comfortable riding by a cliff than just walking by one, probably because I am focused on riding and not a fall to certain death.






It is getting late in the day and we start thinking about a place to stay for the night. It has been pretty hot, and we have camped for the last two nights. I have been riding faster so I am not overcome by the smell of my ass. Seriously, by this time I smell like a dumpster behind a slaughter house, buzzards are starting to circle when we stop.

We see a sign that says “Cabins, Café, Bar” We decide to check it out. The nice big place by the road is full, but they tell us of another place slightly off the road, so we go there.

Kevin goes in to check it out while I wait with the bikes. He comes out and says “they have one cabin but we have to look at it first, they insist”, that should have been the first sign of trouble.

We check it out and it is bad, real bad, showers are full of black mold, the place is run down, nasty. I ask Kevin how much and he says $100.00. I thought that might be what they were gonna pay us to burn it down but no, they wanted us to pay that. I laughed and said no way, let’s camp. He went back in and talked to the folks, turns out they had another cabin that just was not prepared for guests, I couldn’t wait to see that one. From the outside, it didn’t look too good, and it didn’t look that good on the inside either, but it had what looked like clean functioning showers, and the girl that put towels in the room did say the sheets were clean. We agreed at significantly less than the stated $100 a night.

So Showers and a walk up the road to the other place and we were eating good food and drinking cold beer.



As we walked back after dinner and drinks, Kevin and I discussed how good beer buzz makes it much easier to sleep in a shithole of a cabin.

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:22 PM   #77
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The Spooky Cabin

This place was bad.




First, we had Mr. and Mrs. Elk watching over us, these two were pretty freaky.







Taxidermy gone bad sometime in the 1950s is my best guess. The pics don’t show it, but these two had bits of metal hanging out of their faces, like the terminator after a bomb blast.

The showers barely worked, but at least they were not the science experiment of the first cabin.



Little water pressure was frustrating as I looked out of the shower directly at the 80 gallon (300L) water heater. All that hot water and no way to get it to the shower, I could piss a better stream.

No locks on the front door, makes it easier for Big Foot or perhaps an axe murder to get in, little glory for him though, as we would most likely die of electrocution flipping on the light.




I should not complain, the bed was comfy, but I did wonder if I would wake up in the morning.



I would like to say the pics don’t do it justice, but really, they make it look quite cozy.










I like rustic, but this was a bit over the top.

Regardless of all that I go to sleep full of chicken fried steak and Pacifico, another great day away from my cubicle.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:08 AM   #78
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Nice post. The ride along the cliff would be hard for me too.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #79
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Day 8 24 Jul



I awake to a knock at my room door, Kevin letting me know it is morning. Much to my delight I am still alive, Mr. and Mrs. Elk stayed up on the wall where they belong, no axe murders, nothing.

I walk out to load up the bike and see this.



WTF, there is frost on my seat. I expected it to be chilly at night way up here, but frost, in July.

We pack up and head off for an early start.

We have been fighting a clock which is really taking away from the ride, I want to be back down in CO on Thursday to see my brother and nephew, and it is Sunday morning and we are not in Montana yet.

Focused on navigation and staying on track, we head up the road a bit and follow the track off onto a nice dirt road that begins to go up a steep gravel road with lots of switchbacks. I neglect to look at the GPS for 20 minutes enjoying this road. As I approach the summit I glance down at the GPS to see the track is nowhere near where we are at. WTF, we are on top of a mountain, not even close to where we want to be.

The view.



The reason the road is here.



Now I have not done alignments or calibrations on telecommunications equipment in almost 15 years. So basically there is no reason for me to be up here, we turn around and head back down the hill and see where we failed to turn. It was easy to miss so we head down the trail and we come to a closed gate and a road closed sign.

This is the road through Red Rock Pass.



Obviously an ADVer has been here.



Now we have to make a decision, go around the closed gate, and see how far we can make it, possibly going 30 miles into it and getting to a place that is washed out.

The decision is made, piss on it, let’s go have breakfast.

So we head up 87, then get on 287.

We were just up there.



I don’t remember exactly where the place was we stopped, but here is the place.



And here is their sign.



Good food.

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The lady that was working at the restaurant said the road through Red Rock Pass had been closed since winter, but didn’t know why.

At this point in the game we are way east of the CDR route. We decide to take pavement northwest and try to find a good path back over to the CDR.

After breakfast we continue north. A Montana Trooper stops us and tells us we looked overloaded, these Montana guys are strict. We stop at the next set of scales.




No problems with weight, so we are good.

Oh yeah, Kevin was having an intermittent electrical issue too. His instruments were blinking on and off, so since we stopped to get weighed, we looked for a lose wire or something obvious.





We could not find any issues so we pressed on.

We pulled off in Harrison Montana to check the map.

After a few minutes we go to leave and Kevin’s bike was dead, won’t crank, no power.

A few basic checks revealed that all the cables to/from the battery were attached at both ends but we didn’t have enough power to light the LED on a phone charger. I put some tools across the battery terminals and didn’t even get a spark. This is easy, the battery broke internally.





We get out the trusty tow strap (after a couple failed push start attempts) and get the bike fired up.



This video sucks but here it is, don't worry, it is short.




We head north and stop by I-90. We need to find a battery on Sunday so I google Batteries Plus and see there is one in Helena, we call that store, and yes, they have a battery for the DRZ. Got to love the smart phone.

We head to Helena and while Kevin swaps out his battery, I have some coffee and relax.







After buttoning everything up, Kevin hits the magic button and she fires right up like a good little Suzuki.

A few miles west out of Helena and we are back on the CDR, and dirt, a welcomed site.



North through Mullan Pass and Stemple Pass is nice riding.











We make it to Lincoln MT and it is late in the day. A brief ride into the national forest reveals it is more of a logging operation than a nice place to camp, so we head back into Lincoln and get a room at the Sportsman’s Lodge.

There is a watering hole and restaurant next door and we just make closing time.

Today was a frustrating day with a wrong turn, closed trails, and a broken battery, but still, a great day on the CDR.
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Good stuff... Keep it coming.

I hope to be out in that part of the country next year..
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Day 9 25 Jul

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Lincoln proves to be adequate as it has hot and cold running water, a comfy bed, and....well, what else is necessary.......................

Oh, a cafe, bar and casino next door, cha-ching!

I didn't do any gambling as I survived the spooky cabin, I figure by now most of my good luck has been spent.

We pack and head over to the cafe for breakfast. We discuss our options for the day, and decide we absolutely need to make the Canadian border today. It is Monday, and I want to be in CO on Thursday. We decide to scrap any dirt left in the path, and just make it to the border. This is a tough decision, as there is a lot of cool dirt in MT, but we were both ready to head south, and we were not going to do that until we saw the border.
So the plan for the day, West on 200 to 83 north, then in Whitefish pick up 93 north to the port of Roosville, simple enough. So simple we didn’t stop to take many pics.

Here is the map.




Room at the sportsman’s



Lincoln is a nice little town. If I'm ever on the lam, I going to go to a place just like this.




Ran into some road construction, always pleasant when you are in a hurry.



Lots of pretty views heading up north, this is a beautiful part of the country.



And before you know it, Goal! We are at the Canadian border.



Wohoo, we made it, so that’s that. Let’s head south.

Hey Kevin, which way is home?



So, we point our front wheels south, and start to burn what is left of our dual sport tires off on the pavement clicking off miles getting closer to home.

This part is actually interesting, so you might want to read it.

Not too far south of the border we stop so I can get something out of the tank bag, and a lady tells us just up the road there is a woman and dog riding horses about to complete a 6000 mile 2.5 year ride through multiple states. I got to see this.

Up the road we meet Bernice Ende and her dog, and two horses.



I don’t remember much of her story, except she has been riding around on a horse for a long time. I pointed the Go Pro at us and have good video of us talking, and her answering all my intelligent questions like "How many horseshoes did you use?", but unfortunately none of the audio is loud enough on the video to actually hear, I might work on it some and try to see if I can hear the conversation.

I do have her URL, so you can read about her travels here.

http://www.endeofthetrail.com/

Bottom line, meeting her was a real treat, and like we all enjoy traveling on bikes, she does some amazing rides on her horse with her dog.

We continue south, eventually stopping to camp at a great site just south of Florence MT.



We sit around the camp, drink some brews we picked up, and enjoy the memories of the past few days, It is odd that blasting across Wyoming seems like weeks ago, when actually it was only a few short days ago.

As we finish our beers, extinguish the fire, and head for our tents, we don’t realize that some of the most difficult parts of the trip are still to come.
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More difficult stuff ahead?
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:31 AM   #84
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Pissed Airport CDR route?

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That was the GDR trail and an Airport we came that way. It was a fun trail to ride.


Here are our tracks on the map. I though it might be jail time for us. LOL


Keep the report coming I will post up mine soon.

Thanks for the RR, enjoying it immensely. Four of us did south to north Aug and Sept this year and had the pleasure of many of the roads you have highlighted here in your report.

Piping in here as we too used the airport runway in order to access this section to the north. Didn't seem to be much action on the runway so lets have at her boys. Well, maybe 2/3 miles to the north I realised an official looking Dodge ram 4X4 was beating itself up pretty good in order to "chat" us up. Turns out this Colorado Wildlife Officer is mightily upset with us. Long story short, he returns our paperwork after repeatedly reading us the riot act and getting really red in the face. In reality he had a point and we could have easily gone a bit east then north and hooked things up again.

My first dual sporty type ride in this part of the world and loved it.

Subscribed and looking forward to more....Sorry for barging in...Thanks...Steve
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More difficult stuff ahead?
yes, of the mechanical type. Sorry, I have been out of town due to some personal stuff, will get an update in the next few days, thank for reading.
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Thanks for the RR, enjoying it immensely. Four of us did south to north Aug and Sept this year and had the pleasure of many of the roads you have highlighted here in your report.

Piping in here as we too used the airport runway in order to access this section to the north. Didn't seem to be much action on the runway so lets have at her boys. Well, maybe 2/3 miles to the north I realised an official looking Dodge ram 4X4 was beating itself up pretty good in order to "chat" us up. Turns out this Colorado Wildlife Officer is mightily upset with us. Long story short, he returns our paperwork after repeatedly reading us the riot act and getting really red in the face. In reality he had a point and we could have easily gone a bit east then north and hooked things up again.

My first dual sporty type ride in this part of the world and loved it.

Subscribed and looking forward to more....Sorry for barging in...Thanks...Steve
Cool, was NM pretty wet when you went through? What were the temps like up north in WY, ID, and MT?

Glad you didn't get a ticket, a good ass chewing is always better than a ticket in my book. The official probably gets more satisfaction out of it too.
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It is obvious to us that the end of the trip is near. After seeing the Canadian border both our priorities have changed. We both miss our families, and if it was not for the Rally in CO and seeing my Brother and Nephew, we would both boogie back to AZ as fast we could.

The previous night we had pretty much decided that today some time we would split ways, and Kevin would head towards his relatives in Flagstaff before making his final dash home, hoping to get somewhere in Utah today, and I would head east towards CO, and try to hook up with another friend from the PNW who is heading to the rally in Paonia CO. Like all good plans, this one falls apart pretty early in the day.

So like every other day we wake early, breakfast and coffee, and hit the road.

We are following US 93 along the Salmon river, what a beautiful route. I hope to take my touring bike (check my sig and you can figure out the touring bike) back up here some day and look around more, it really is a beautiful part of the country.







About 50 miles north of Salmon ID we are climbing through a mountain pass, the road is twisty and nice. I pull a ways ahead as the G650 has more grunt for the hills than Kevin’s DRZ does. Several turns and a few miles up the road I get a bit chilly as the elevation increases. I pull off to put my liner in my coat and figure I will wait for Kevin. So I wait, and wait, and wait, and think this is odd, he should have been a lot closer than that. Then I start to think of one turn in particular that had a lot of of gravel on it, and my mind moves to the worst. I put out my smoke, saddle up, and head back down the hill to see what’s up with my friend.

About 2/3 of the way back down I come across him and the bike on the side of the road, he has most of his gear off, and his phone in his hand. Needles to say I didn’t get his call, but he has bike troubles.




The bike just dies, no bad noises, just a pop from the muffler, and no go. So we dig into it. First check for spark and compression. The spark is a big beautiful blue one like you only get from a Japanese CDI module, or perhaps a Briggs & Stratton mower engine. The engine has enough compression to blow my finger off the spark plug hole, so probably not a hole in the piston or dropped valve or anything catastrophic.




All that is left is fuel and timing, so we dump some gas in the spark plug hole, put the plug back in and she fires a couple times.

Great, we have it narrowed down to carburetion. Kevin dives in and pulls the carb off. It is hot out here, and no shade in site at the bottom of the hill or we would have coasted down and worked on it there.




The problem is quickly isolated to the pilot jet. It is not screwed in, barely hanging by a thread.













Kevin puts the bike back together.









And she fires right up, sweet!

Anyone who has ever had the carb off a DRZ-400 can appreciate what a PITA this was out in the middle of nowhere.

Now we continue south.




Thank god we are out of Montana, that freaking state has not been good for Kevin’s bike.

We continue through some beautiful country.







I stop to take this pic, don’t remember where it was but it was at the top of the hill on US 93 south of Salmon ID.




Kevin pulls up along side and says to me “My dash is doing that thing where it blinks again.”…

Well shit. We are at the top of a mountain so I say shut it off and see what happens. Off with the key, then on again and nothing, no juice, just like in Harrison MT. Seriously, what are the odds of another battery going bad.

We pull the side cover off, check all the wires, and everything looks good. It would have been nice to find a lose cable, but everything is buttoned up properly. We put the bike together, I dump one of my fuel cans into my tank, and we head out.

Kevin rolls down the mountain, bump starts the bike and we head for Pocatello. We had planned to separate but that plan is scrapped since Kevin is on a sick bike, and we figure Pocatello is big enough to get decent service, or a rental truck.

Oh, we develop a new policy, we only stop at the top of hills.

We arrive in Pocatello and check out a couple hotels, finally we find a place to stay, unfortunately it is not on a hill like we hoped.

We check in, get cleaned up, and head over to Chili’s for dinner and beer. What do we do now was the topic of conversation. We don’t feel like working on the bike tonight, so we will figure out what to do in the morning.

Today’s path.

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Cool, was NM pretty wet when you went through? What were the temps like up north in WY, ID, and MT?

Glad you didn't get a ticket, a good ass chewing is always better than a ticket in my book. The official probably gets more satisfaction out of it too.

Hey AZ...Yes NM had a couple of wet bits and the section south of Pietown interesting. I've seen quite a few pics over the yrs of bikes lying on their sides taken N/S of Pietown and thought to myself, "If only those guys knew how to ride in the mud" You got it, didn't take long for me to end up right smartly on my can? North of Pietown didn't look any more promising so, tails between our legs, we opted for the hard surface to Grants.

Overall NM was way warm for us Canucks and most afternoons north of there were muy caliente too. Mornings from Island Park north were fresh, even by our standards but the days warmed up quite nicely. Great weather all in all though getting on our bikes in after flying in to El Paso and riding west to Columbus was as warm as this "Snowbird" has been on a moto in quite some time.

Sorry to hear about the DRZ issues. We were 3 DRZ's and a DR650. Other than some jetting issues with my 650, the bikes were seamless.

Enjoying the RR....Cheers...Steve
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