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Old 11-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #46
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Right Coast IN !!! Beautiful pics, what an intro.
Q: what are the tire combinations being run?!
Love that Safari.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:15 PM   #47
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I am glad I found this report at the beginning. This way I could keep up as you post, and not spend hours a day when I should be working instead.

I am sorry to read about you and Mags, but excited to keep following at the same time.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #48
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:30 AM   #49
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:21 AM   #50
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #51
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I'm in. Ran part of that route in September.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:18 AM   #52
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Day 2: Sunday September 4th, 2011

It got really cold at night. While we slept well, when we woke up in the morning, the water in the Hydrapak in my Adventure Rally jacket was frozen solid.
But soon the sun came out and things began to thaw.


We packed up camp, got our gear on and tried to start our bikes.
MAG's 950 started, but the SE, with it's 20-50 oil in it refused to turn over.
I had to push it into the sun, and let it warm up a bit before it reluctantly turned over and warmed up.
We rode out of the secluded spot we had spent the night, and found some pavement to Dillan MT.


We stopped and got a huge breakfast and some fuel for the bikes.


Next gas would be over 200 miles away...

We left town and headed East towards the Gravley Mountains on a superb dirt road.


The road was easy, and it was a chance to let ones mind relax, and just enjoy the experience.

Miles of open space...

For me, the first day is always stressful. My mind worries about all the tings than might go wrong. Is the bike running ok, do I have all the equipment, and is it packed correctly? But now, were rolling...

After an hour we stopped to pee, and just experience where we were.


Back on the bike... following the road....




Letting my mind wander...

GPS chirps up and says, "Go that way". So we do.






The road takes us down a valley, and over hills towards the North.


The GPS takes us up out of the valley below, and up onto a ridge at 9500 feet.
The road is easy, and the alpine views just get better and better.
MAG follows behind me. Were both stunned by the place.



Topping one of the ridges, we have to stop and enjoy the view. 360 degree views for hundreds of miles in every direction.


The road follows the ridgeline for over 90 miles.


More views along the way...


We get to Monument Ridge.


The SE enjoys the view.


Further down the road, the views continue to be awesome.



Later we find this... It's an old volcanic cinder cone at 10K feet!




This amazing road goes on.



and we follow it.




We drop off the ridge, and head back into the valley below.
MAG races along behind me.


Back in the main valley, we head East towards the Tetons in search of a good campsite.


I was here two years ago, and remember a campsite near a wildlife bird sanctuary.


Ah there's the spot. We stop and set up camp.


I cook another terrible meal and we get ready for bed.


Another evening at Camp Snuggly.


Stats for the day: 190 miles. Moving Average 35.9 Moving Time 5:18 Stopped 3:48 Total 9:07

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Old 11-19-2011, 07:27 AM   #53
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Kind of surprised that road is in such good condition considering the amount of use it gets must be pretty minimal. Great pictures!
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:03 AM   #54
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We made that road as a detour off the CDR in August and I believe it was my favorite part of the whole trip. Thanks to Byways for turning us on to it.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:09 AM   #55
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This is why we live in these parts, eh Q?
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:42 AM   #56
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We made that road as a detour off the CDR in August and I believe it was my favorite part of the whole trip. Thanks to Byways for turning us on to it.
Hope you make it back someday ...
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:47 AM   #57
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A shame all those cdr riders go right by without knowing how close they were.

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:24 PM   #58
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Roses, run them over!

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:51 PM   #59
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Gravley Range

The Gravley Range was outstanding. Byways and DockingPilot turned me on to it for my ID2010 ride they were right! We camped and even took a dip in a freezing cold mountain stream the night we were there. There was a marathon being run up there when I rode through!

I lack words to explain how amazing it smelled up there. Truly a magical place.

Thanks for sharing your report!



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Old 11-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #60
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