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Old 06-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #16
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Very Good "Q" It truly is amazing at the vastness and solitude one can have out there. Yes fuel and water are very important. If you had stopped at Lucin (the oasis of trees) there is an open water source there (just nice to know).

Your Rocking buddy keep it up.


I have never been in Grouse Creek when the gas station is open but the lights are on inside.


We really need to get together for a ride sometime


Carry on..
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:46 PM   #17
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It all looks so peaceful, hot and desolate but peaceful.

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Old 06-09-2012, 03:01 PM   #18
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Oh..I'm SO in on this one....

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Old 06-09-2012, 03:12 PM   #19
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Awesome Q!
I remember saying the exact same thing to myself out there. Dont get hurt because you might as well be on Mars.
I can smell the Spike.........................
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #20
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For being in BFE those roads look relatively highly traveled.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:15 AM   #21
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If you had stopped in Lucin...Idahosam
Lucin: home of Ivo Zdarsky, and the ultimate man cave:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/ga...pagewanted=all
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:04 AM   #22
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Lucin: home of Ivo Zdarsky, and the ultimate man cave:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/ga...pagewanted=all


thank you so much Rinty.... this answered a question to my statement on my RR through there I added the link...again thanks.

So Q are you going to finish this up? inquiring minds want to know... I'm heading out in a couple of days with no internet closure would be nice.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:24 PM   #23
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Day 2: June 3rd, 2012 - First Part

Ok Kids... Settle down.
Please excuse the delay, but there's only one of me, and I need to do the things I need to do to stay alive, like cooking and cleaning, and I need to keep the bikes running, like air filters, oil changes, and installing new parts.

So anyway, where were we?

Oh yeah, I woke up after a long sleep and made coffee and a quick breakfast.

So here's the kitchen.


And here's me, after coffee.


It's probably not even 8:00am yet, but I've got nothing better to do that continue riding.
So I pack up the bike, and soon we are rolling East again.


This section looks a little less used, probably because we are paralleling an improved dirt road.


Were getting closer to the edge of the Great Salt Lake.



I've got no idea of the distances around here. How far away are those mountains?


Even with the zoom on the camera, they appear far away.


We keep riding East.


Looking at the Lake to our South.




It appears to be impassible. I wouldn't want to have to try it.


You've gotta keep your eyes open and stay alert. Somebody put a barbed wire fence across the trail. It would suck to hit that at 40MPH.


So we follow the fence line till we get on to a road.


KTM PrOn.


And the huge Salt Lake beyond appears endless.


Follow the road...




GPS says we are getting close. Should be right down there somewhere...


There we are.


The Visitors Center is not open yet, so I decide to tour the Auto Route first.



I've already ridden 90 miles of Rail Road grade, but this is where all the difficult construction took place.


There are signs explaining the difficulties involved in making a rail road go up a mountain.


So this "trench" was dug by hand.


And the railroad grade was graded by hand as well.
So all these cuts, were there to make sure the train could gently climb up to Promontory Point.


That's a lot of rock to move by hand.


The gentle grade as it carved along the ridge line.


And the valley below that the trains would traverse across on their way to these "cut"s.


And the pretty KTM, admiring the view, and enjoying the cooler temperatures this morning.


An artists rendition of life while the cuts were being blasted and dug out.


An interesting geological formation along the way.


The sign explaining what it is.


So we circle back towards the visitor center.
One last view of the cuts and the grades required to get the trains up to Promontory Point - the agreed place where the Central Pacific Railroad would meet the Union Pacific Railroad.


So back to the Visitors Center.
(For some reason, I didn't take a picture of the building or facilities.)
But here's the plaque marking this location.


Next, we go inside the museum, and see the two seam engines.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #24
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Hurry up, Sam's waiting and he has places to go and people to see.




I'm trying to figure out how you pack so much but your bike doesn't appear to be over loaded......
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:45 PM   #25
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Day 2: June 3rd, 2012 - Second Part

So we head inside the museum and take a look at the tools that were used to make the railroad.

So using nothing but hand tools, horses, and basic techniques, they would dig and move gravel to make the flat grade to lay the track on.


Then teams of men would lay the wooden ties down. Other teams would carry the 500 pound sections of iron track, and place them on the wooden ties.


Once everything was in position, a final team would spike down the metal rails, and bolt the sections of track together - all in the barren desert we had just ridden.

In this map, you can see the blue line representing the section we had ridden the previous day, and this morning.


Then in 1094, they rerouted the lines in a more direct route, directly across the Salt Lake, as shown by the Red and Yellow lines to the south.

This is what the line looks like today, as seen from the air.


And here at Promontory Point was where the tow railroad lines met and joined. The "Golden Spike" celebration was held here.


And this is the golden spike.


There was an announcement that at 10:30 the two steam engine locomotives would be brought out, and that was now. I went outside to see them.

These are the actual engines from that day in history. They have been meticulously maintained, and still run on their original boilers.





I wish you could have been there to hear them.


This was the state of the art in the 1880's.


Beautiful machines...


A picture of me standing next to the "Jupiter" for a size comparison.


While the Park ranger gave his talk, and answered questions...


I snuck around the other side and took a look inside the locomotive.



Hey! It looks like a BMW!
(Sorry guys I couldn't resist. It's all in good fun.)

A little while longer, they brought out the #119 engine.




I didn't hang out long enough to wait for them to bring them nose to nose like in that historic photograph. Also, they only do that on Saturdays.

But it was still pretty cool to see these old machines running along the lines. I loved the sounds they made. The vibration on the tracks, the horn, the bells, and the chuffing of the steam pistons.
Definitely worth seeing.

Time to get moving ourselves, we still have a lot of miles to make today if we want to get home before dark, and the route is not the direct one.

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Old 06-10-2012, 04:25 PM   #26
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Hi Q

Great RR. I love the trains.

I have a question about your winch. If your out in the middle of nowhere , what do you anchor it to ?

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Old 06-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #27
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Day 2: June 3rd, 2012 - Third Part

Ok. So we gear up, and get moving.
We ride down into the valley below and take... a paved road.


It's so easy!

As we ride along we see this!


Oh my Heck! It's a solid rocket booster as used by the Space Shuttle.

If you don;t know this already, I LOVE rockets and missiles.
I've done many Ride Reports on them.
Such as:
Titan Missie silo in Tucson AZ. www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=391535
Atlas F Missile Silo in Upstate NY. www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=277744
Nike Missile base in the Florida Everglades. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=449479
Minuteman Missile base in South Dakota. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=383339

Anyway, you get the idea. I was excited to see this.


The complex that makes these is immense.


To get fuel, we had to take the Interstate for about 15 miles. It was fun going fast.


I filled the Super Enduro with fuel, and then we went to here to get food for the hungry Questor. (I hadn't eaten since our last fuel stop yesterday at lunch, some 24 hours ago.)
I was so hungry, my hands were shaking as I tried to take this picture.


But the food was great! Bacon Cheeseburger please.


With a full stomach, and fuel tanks, we head north towards the Curlew Valley, and the national grasslands and the Sawtooth National Forest.

In Stone, we head West...

Ah the sound and feeling of gravel under my tires again.


Were heading to Cow Canyon the Meadows Divide.


We turn right and head north towards Table Mountain.


We enter Cow Canyon.


Oh LOOK! A Cow!


A cattle guard.


The road gets sandy...


Shoot. I hope this goes though.


Fortunately it does.






And we drop down into the Curlew National Grassland area.




We grab a section of Rt 37. It's nice and completely empty.
GO!!!


At Twin Springs we head East towards Cedar Hill.


Due East, up and over the Creek Mountains towards the Arbon Valley.


I love the emptiness.


And so does the KTM.


The Curlew National Grassland.


It's so scenic back here.


A Panorama picture.


Now were headed North in Bull Canyon.


I haven't seen another person since lunch, some three hours ago...




Into the Arbon Valley south of Pocatello ID.






North on Arbon Valley Rd.




65 mph speed limit, and I still get the shot.




Abandoned old Farmhouses.


The final stretch home...


and about 40 minutes of I-15 to Idaho Falls.


We covered a lot of territory in two days.

Stats for the day:
622 miles.
Moving Avg. 46.7 Moving Time 4:50 Stopped 1:23 Total 6:14 + the time the Golden Spike approximately 2 hours.

Total miles for the trip 924.

Thanks for coming along.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #28
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I'm trying to figure out how you pack so much but your bike doesn't appear to be over loaded......
Years of practice and many different combinations of gear till I find what works best... It's an obsession.

You should see all the parts and tools I carry.

We can do a "gear explosion" at the Hells Canyon gathering next week.
See you there!
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:32 PM   #29
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You're at Conrad and Bishoff's. I get the ethanol free gas there too. Fellow Idaho Fallsian here. Like the ride.


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Our first stop was the gas station.
The Super Enduro can be a thirsty beast.
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Hi Q

Great RR. I love the trains.

I have a question about your winch. If your out in the middle of nowhere , what do you anchor it to ?

Mike
That's a good question.
I carry about 50 feet of 1" tubular webbing and some carabiners.

You can make an equalization anchor system like you do rock climbing, and you can attach to trees, scrub brush, partially burried rocks, or KLR's.

(My friend Tony rides a KLR, and I know he will eventually read this Ride Report. )

Hi Tony.

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