|11-15-2011, 08:01 PM||#20|
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Gearing up to ride...
It was a great route, and certainly one I would not have ridden--or even plotted out--on my own, so thanks Questor and Byways for making it happen. Also thanks to Docking Pilot pre-running it for us--thanks to your coming to town I found the 950 for sale in my own back yard. I LOVE THAT BIKE! Over 25,000 miles on it since I bought her at the end of March.
So. Great scenery, breathtaking vistas, unbelievable emptiness.
Questor, I'm still talking to ya (at least on ADVrder ). You gonna post my pics for me since I am on the road to New Mexico?
Have Bike, Will Travel
My Year of Motorcycle Vagabonding Part B (Solo to South America)
|11-16-2011, 02:08 AM||#22|
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Broken Arrow, Ok
Looking forward to this one.
2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
|11-16-2011, 06:46 AM||#23|
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Georgia, Vermont (that's one town, not two states)
This oughta be good...
'11 Triumph Tiger 800 XC / '03 Honda XR650L / '01 Triumph Bonneville cafe
My ride reports: Missile silos, Labrador, twisties, and more
Bennington Triumph Bash, May 30-June 1, 2014
|11-16-2011, 08:26 AM||#25|
TAT Rookie (planning!)
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Northeast Oregon
A Questor and MotoAdventureGal Ride Review? I'm IN too!
Ride the Earth! (Pavement Optional)
stable: '05 DL1000,'06 DL650, '99 XR600R, '03 640ADV
Tall Mike screwed with this post 11-16-2011 at 09:07 AM
|11-16-2011, 08:54 AM||#26|
TPB all the way
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Texas at large.
Most excellent indeed! This looks like an awesome adventure and I am very interested in riding a route similar to it.
Looking forward to reading more! Thank you very much!
|11-16-2011, 12:27 PM||#28|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
Day 1: Saturday September 3rd, 2011
Ok. Let's get this started.
So we were kickstands up, out of Idaho Falls by 10:00 am and headed north on I-15 a few miles to get to our first section of dirt.
I snapped a quick "self portrait" so I would have a before and after picture of myself to compare.
We stopped to get some gas near Dubois, ate a sandwich, and then turned West.
Then turned right and got to our first dirt road.
Loose gravel roads at 60 mph create a lot of dust.
Shortly we turned off onto a smaller dirt road and headed up into the hills.
We stopped to enjoy the view. I love this area.
A few miles later we crossed into open range.
We passed an old school house.
The road become less traveled as we headed up towards the Bannack pass.
I stopped to enjoy the emptiness. It's so difficult in today's modern age to find places like this.
The SE was enjoying the terrain and taking in the view.
Later I stopped to enjoy the view as well.
It's so difficult these days find unmolested open places.
I guess some signs are threatening to some folks and they feel compelled to shoot them.
We came to a water crossing.
It was easy and enjoyable.
And the road continued...
An old ranch of some sort, out in the middle of nowhere.
Amazing isolation for hours.
An amazing valley.
An unusual rock outcropping.
and finally the Bannack Pass.
and into the empty valley beyond.
This is KTM country! We haven't seen another person for hundreds of miles.
Go SE go!!!
Hours later we arrive at our destination for the day, Bannack State Park.
It's a restored old town.
But they wanted us to pay $5 parking for each bike plus admission.
We were planning on camping here, but they wanted another $22 to camp, and there wasn't even any drinking water.
So we opted for plan "B". Go find a remote side road and find an empty spot.
I cooked chicken fajita's for dinner.
After dinner, we settled into our warm clothing, sat in the folding chairs MAG brought along. Mag read her books, I looked at maps, and wrote in my notebook.
Not bad for our fist day.
Stats for the day:
174 miles. Moving Average 39.8 Moving Time 5:18 Stopped 3:48 Total 6:57.
Continental Divide Trail 2009
Empty West 2011
Questor screwed with this post 11-16-2011 at 12:49 PM
|11-16-2011, 02:35 PM||#29|
OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Bowling Green, Ky
OK I've gotta ask.......I know the KTM is a heavy beasty, but I want to hear your reasoning on the wench (winch), no not MAG (just kidding) but the electric one. Plus won't it drain down you battery in a hurry? If needing a winch would some sort of manual one be better and lighter, you could probably make one with rope and a locking spool of sorts...hum there's an idea.
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