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Old 06-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Somewhere past Dillon MT

So Val has a softball tournament in Missoula and the weather threatens to get over 50 degrees on Friday, I say hell I'm takin' off to somewhere on the new "Tile Bike".

Tile Bike is a 2002 Dakar I got in trade for my labors installing a houseful of ceramic tile for a friend.



Had it for a few weeks now, been twiddling on it and enjoying its comfort compared to my trusty DR650. Been itching to get it out and let it run.

I pack up and get a quick picture before heading down the road.



Standard route for me, head due south up Lost Trail Pass



At the top of the pass you can continue south towards Salmon where many routes open up, or go left to the Big Hole where many more possibilities lie. I'm wanting to check out some ground past Dillon, so I go left.

Jackson MT



Big Hole Pass



Mountains east of Dillon



Getting late and I find a nice little spot to camp on the down slope east of Dillon and over some pass. Little crick running keeps me company.



I brew up a dinner on the SteverStove. My small cast skillet works well for this, I get it sizzling and can lay it on the ground then put my chili on the stove. The iron holds heat and continues to cook, when it slows down I put it back on the burner, and back and forth thusly. On one charge in the stove I cook my chicken breast and a can of chili completely.





Next, just sit there!



I read my book American Sniper until late, and sleep like a baby.

Next morning I continue on into the Ruby Valley





Up into the Tobacco Root mountains where I could have wandered all day.









Anyway I find my way back to pavement, wonder how I missed the turnoff to Virginia City, and wander north to Sheridan and Twin Bridges. From there I take a cross country gravel road to meet I-15 and get up to Butte.



This was interesting on top of a big hill



Now I'm just heading back to Missoula, and have hunnerd and some miles to go. One thing that Dakar can do is eat pavement, comparitavely speaking to my DR650. Rolled along at 75 pretty comfortably and gets 60MPG doing so.

I glide into Missoula in time to see my wimminz win a softball game and we relax over a cool one afterwards.



The Dakar makes a real nice middle distance touring unit; more comfy on the road than I'm used to, the aluminum boxes are cavernous and I can carry an embarrassment of gear, still handles the mountain roads well although I'm kind of driving it on them as opposed to my Suzuki where I'm dirt bike riding. Overall just about right, and a heck of a good getaway for an overnighter.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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Beautiful! So green back there right now, nice bike too
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Who needs hi tech, lightweight camping gear? Give me cast iron! Gotta' admit, you can't beat its utility. I'm envious of your proximity to beautiful scenery. Good post.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:35 PM   #4
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I was in bear country and only had my 22 pistol, kept that cast iron pan handy.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:05 AM   #5
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:58 AM   #6
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Gravelly Range

That is awesome country, sir. Did you happen to notice whether there's much snow yet up on the Gravelly Range? I know the roads are scheduled to remain closed till July 1, but I'm hoping there's a chance they'll open a few days early this year. Your thoughts?
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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Didn't look like much up there besides the peaks. I think almost any of that would be good to go right now.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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The Forest Service locks the gates on the access roads, trying to protect the roadbed from yahoos who would love to go mud-running up there, and they schedule opening for July 2. I'm just hoping that given the lesser snowpack last winter, it'll open up at least a few days sooner.

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Old 06-22-2012, 08:21 AM   #9
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Great trip, thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:14 AM   #10
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Truely BIG SKY COUNTRY. Beautiful area
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:07 PM   #11
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Hopefully you hit the Iron Horse Saloon!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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Hopefully you hit the Iron Horse Saloon!!
We went to the Elbow Room, softball you know, they sponsor a lot of teams and tournaments. Mostly I was pounding water so didn't care where I was!
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Have I reminded you lately of how much I hate you?






























I miss The Bitterroot Valley.
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Have I reminded you lately of how much I hate you?




I miss The Bitterroot Valley.
We get y'ass back on up here!
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