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Old 05-21-2012, 10:25 PM   #16
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That is why I can never get out of this state lately!
dirt biking every other weekend, or PIR, or Hells's canyon, then the OBDR this year, I'll be too tire to drive to Idaho, too tired!
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:44 PM   #17
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That is why I can never get out of this state lately!
dirt biking every other weekend, or PIR, or Hells's canyon, then the OBDR this year, I'll be too tire to drive to Idaho, too tired!
Have you been to Cornucopia Or. ??? got to go there soon for the challenge...
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #18
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You going to be at the Hells Canyon Gathering? It's in the same neighborhood, sort of.....
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #19
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You going to be at the Hells Canyon Gathering? It's in the same neighborhood, sort of.....

I'm a total dufus... so I don't know the details about it, although I have heard of it... where and when??
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:27 PM   #20
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I'm a total dufus... so I don't know the details about it, although I have heard of it... where and when??
Look in Ladybugs signature on her posts!

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Old 05-22-2012, 10:56 PM   #21
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You going to be at the Hells Canyon Gathering? It's in the same neighborhood, sort of.....
Dang! this looks like fun!! unfortunately, I'm on Salmon River float trip June 15-19... I'd cancel that and join in, but I'm on the Oars, so if I don't do the river trip, others don't get to go either... I'll plan better next year... have a blast!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:20 PM   #22
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #23
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Ride to Mineral City and Indian Valley 5-28-12

I posted up a ride over on the Boise Riders Thread a few days ago for a Memorial Day ride... Carl and Mike responded to my invitation to ride and we met up at the Flying J on 20/26 and I-84... we weren't sure if we would head South to War Eagle/Ruby City or North up to Mineral City... after three days of rain in the area, we decided the Owyhees could have some muddy and slick roads, so we opted to go North to Mineral City...

Off we go, unfortunately, we had to ride some tarmac to start, but stayed off the Interstate by taking secondary roads to Payette, then 95 to Weiser... from there, we headed up Johnathan Rd over to Brownlee Res, then planned on taking Dennett Creek rd up to Mineral...

off we go... a bit of tarmac to get started...


We had considered trying to get to Mineral City by going up Mann Creek Rd and then over the pass and down to the old town site... but we weren't sure if that road was open, so we opted to take Johnathan Rd North out of Weiser over to Brownlee Res. then down the Reservoir to Dennett Creek

Johnathan Rd with Weiser in the Valley beyond...


the road was in good shape, here's Mike nearing the top of the pass to Brownlee with Carl coming up...


the road dropping down to Brownlee Res., the Mountains were nice, but too far South to be the Wallowa's... anyone know which Mountains these are??


Brownlee Res looking North... Oregon is on the other (West) side...


The rocking M Ranch sits at the mouth of Dennett Creek, I believe they use it as a hunting and fishing lodge?...


it doesn't look like anyone is keeping the place up lately...


neat old wagon at the Rocking M... doesn't look like it's gone anywhere for a while...


View Looking South up Brownlee Res. from Rocking M Ranch


Strange Slag or Charcoal pile along Dennett Creek... for what?? powering oar crushers??


Mineral City, a couple of buildings left standing...


our trusty steeds at Mineral City...


Mike and Carl at what is left of Mineral City...


anyone know what this is for??


we think this was the site of an old Gypsum Mine...


top of the pass between Mann Creek Drainage and Dennett Creek drainage, looking West into Dennett Creek


the roads were in great shape... a bit of rain one or two days ago, not much dust and no mud... Perfect!!


view looking South East,
down Mann Creek toward Mann Creek Res.

at this point, we had completed the ride we had started out to do... but it was only 1:30pm... we had lot's of time on our hands... sooo, we decided to go exploring... none of us had ridden the roads from Indian Valley South toward Emmett, so we decided to give it a try and see what we would find... We headed East on Farm to Market Rd and then to Crane Creek rd... heading East on Crane Creek Rd with the "West Mountains" on the horizon... is that confusing??


Ok... where are we??


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we ended up on Big Flat Rd, heading South... this is the North side of Squaw Butte


heading out of the hills on Willow Creek Rd... ride nearly over!!


when we got to Emmett, we each went our separate ways... Carl to Boise, Mike to Caldwell and me to Letha to check on the stock at my farm and then home to Boise...
it was a great ride on a great day with two great riders... good to ride with you Carl and Mike, hope we get to do it again!...

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Old 05-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #24
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Sturgill Peak

Rick, how is the snow on Sturgill Peak? I was thinking about going that way on our way to Enterprise in a few weeks...Ed
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:13 PM   #25
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Rick, how is the snow on Sturgill Peak? I was thinking about going that way on our way to Enterprise in a few weeks...Ed

when we topped out on Dennett Creek, we could see Sturgill Peak about 3 miles to the North, we were looking at the South facing slope of Sturgill, but we only saw a couple of snow banks left on that side and they didn't look very big... no telling what the North side is like from our vantage point... but I would think that in two or three weeks it should be ok since most of the road is on the South side or on top of the ridge where the sun can get at it... good luck!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:23 PM   #26
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U people over there have too much fun.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:31 PM   #27
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U people over there have too much fun.
I grew up in I. F. , loooong winters over there! Since moving to Boise in 1989, I've come to appreciate that spring comes about 6 weeks earlier here than in the upper Snake River Valley...

I was over at Driggs about 3 weeks ago and had to wear my down coat the whole time... it was cold!!

On the other hand... can't beat the summers over there... or the fly fishing!!
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:09 PM   #28
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Nice pics and story.
So how many IAMC points do you have now?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:13 PM   #29
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Nice pics and story.
So how many IAMC points do you have now?

Hmmmm... I hadn't even stopped to calculate, but now that you ask, I went and counted... I've been to 17 of the 48 challenge sites for 2012... lot's more to go... and they are getting higher and higher in elevation which means many are blocked by snow... I figure I have about 4 more sites I can get now and then it's wait for the snow to melt...
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #30
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Great ride....

I was at Inskip Station Jean Baptiste Charbonneau's grave site 3 weeks ago. For those that do not know, Charbonneau was the infant born during the Lewis and Clark Expedition and traveled the entire route (8,000 miles) before he was 2 yrs old. He was in San Diego and rode a stagecoach from SDiego over Truckee, Donners Pass to Inskip Station where he fell into a river near Inskip, got sick and died of pheumonia at Inskip Station. Inskip Station is a 1860 era stagecoach station, thus the name.

You covered some great roads that we missed.

Charbonneau and other pioneers memorial...


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