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Old 08-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #46
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Great RR Ratman!!!. I'm hooked keep EM comming

PS- cant wait to meet up w/ you again. I have leftover pizza if you're in the area...Island park just across from Mack's.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #47
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Yesterday we were going into Idaho. It was prolly a 150 miles of dirt and pavement, but the first 50 was thru this kind of country.
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Mike was leading on the 'Canonshot' route, then the other three, and I was bringing up the rear. I like to stay out of the dust and not be holding a rider up who's behind me.

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We got to the Dillon turn off and stopped for a BS session.
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While we were there a gentleman on a quad showed up to jaw with the boys. He mentioned that there was a blue grass weekend in a nearby town, Briggs I think.

We pressed on on shortish dirt sections that were taking us toward the Jackson National Park. Lots of plans were working in everyones heads. Gary and Max had never been to Yellowstone. Mike wanted to see Boseman Mt as a place to move his family.

Turns out that Pat liked the idea of taking in the Blue Grass thing. He also had friends there.....hummmm....could almost be heard as we rode.

It was noon and none of us had eaten much more than a snack so we stopped at this little cafe.
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All that hummmming came to light and we all decided to take a day off from the CDR, and do our own thing. We'd meet up in Island Park, ID at 9am the day after tomorrow to continue the CDR. If anyone was not there it would be understood that they had other plans.

We continued the rest of the day trying to see sights. The long distance stuff was dimmed by the smoke from fires in the area.
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Pat dropped out of the group when they wouldn't let him drive thru the Park free, Mike dropped out when he decided to go thru Yellowstone on the way to Boseman. Gary and Max stayed at Lunch a little longer than the rest. They were headed to Yellowstone as well.

So I was on my own headed over Grassy Ranch Road from Jackson Park to Ashton ID.
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Grassy Ranch Rd was an easy ride, and it broke out into Idaho ranch land. They love their historical buildings up here, and I'm happy they do.
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I saw a lot of wheat and alfalfa.
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I got into Ashton around 3pm. I checked out a couple motels. One said they had low rates. When I went in the office, I said that I wanted to know if he and I were on the same page when they said low rates. Turns out he was a lier. 79$ for an itty bitty room......but that's the way it is in the Rockies during summer.

The nice man did tell me about a campground that was associated with a motel down the street, the Ashton Inn. I went there, and it was only 10 bucks. No toilets or showers, but you could use the motel bathroom and pay 5$ to shower in a room. That worked for me. Wifi was free in the lobby and they have plugins by the sofas. Cool!

All I did that night was upload a bunch of pictures before sacking out.

........I got up this morning and knocked out a couple update to this RR, and I still had time to go for a ride. But first I had Mexican food for lunch at a little joint in town. It was like the Mexican food that I'm used to. I told the waitress, and she confirmed that the owner was from the Southern Ca area.

I'd been seeing promo signs about Cave Falls. I figured I'd have to see that . It was about 30 miles away. Turns out it took me into Yellowstone park. Ya Ya, and I didn't have to pay. It did rain on me on the way out there, though.
Quite a nice Falls....
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This guy has a fish on the end of his line.
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I was soon finished at Cave falls. There was a 15 mile dusty dirt road involved with this trip and 10 or so cars that had to be dispatched to get out of their dust. That's always a tricky time getting thru their dust so you can pass. No one contested the pass and I made an effort to get off the throttle as I passed so as not to throw gravel.

I returned toward town....Hummm....seems as though there are some Mesa Falls as well on Hwy 47 out of Ashton. Now these falls turned out to be summat else. They are on the Henry's fork of the Snake River just 15 miles out of Ashton.

....but first I see the Great Western Trail of Idaho. It's only legal for things narrower than 50" be it man, horse or machine. That means me and my bike. Very cool!
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I went as far as this railroad tunnel
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Then I moved on to Lower Mesa Falls. It was a freebie but far away...still a hell of a falls.
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The upper Mesa Falls was more impressive since you could get much closer.
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We'll be heading north in the morning....
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:08 PM   #48
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Great RR Ratman!!!. I'm hooked keep EM comming

PS- cant wait to meet up w/ you again. I have leftover pizza if you're in the area...Island park just across from Mack's.
Thanks, Mike.
Dang me....I'd go for some pizza, but I'm still in Ashton. See you in the morning.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:48 AM   #49
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Henry's Fork of the Snake River

....Interesting fact about those Mesa falls.....It all comes from a spring...
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Big Springs Producing over 120 million gallons of water each day, Big Springs a Natural National Landmark, is one of the 40 largest natural springs in the world. The springs create the headwaters of the Henrys Fork of the Snake River which travels across Fremont County creating spectacular scenery at Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. With a constant temperature of 52 degrees, the springs is home to rainbow trout, muskrats, ducks, moose and other critters. It is not unusual to see osprey and eagles dive for a meal of fresh fish from the springs.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:50 PM   #50
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This *really* looks like fun Pete, and those roads look almost easy enough for me!

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Old 08-12-2012, 07:46 AM   #51
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Your adventure is coming along just fine Pete. Keep em comin!
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #52
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Great memories Pete

I rode the cdr with two friends last August. The
greatest trip ever. Enjoying you tales. Keep it coming!
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:44 PM   #53
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I rode the cdr with two friends last August. The
greatest trip ever. Enjoying you tales. Keep it coming!

Terry, Ron and Dave. It's been a blast....and the roads are generally easy. We completely bypassed Fleeser's ridge today and drove past the turn to Lava Mtn. We could see the Lava Mtn difficulties....it was over my head....Mike could probably have made it....he has dirt racing experience and is a strong guy.

We're in Lincoln Mt tonight, and I don't think my rerar tire will get me the 200 miles up and back to the border and back to LD's where I have a tire.

I think I'll call the ride off tomorrow and work at getting home.

I have seen a lot of the USA's west.....One more item off the bucket list.

BTW, I picked up a horseshoe nail in my rear tire sometime yesterday......
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:29 AM   #54
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Change in plans

I met up with Mike for breakfast this morning..... He's convinced me that stopping now is like getting 500 feet from the top of Everest.

He also noted that we've done 80 riding hours in 2 weeks time. That's just like having a job.....don't you think?

Mike gets the credit for that one.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #55
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I met up with Mike for breakfast this morning..... He's convinced me that stopping now is like getting 500 feet from the top of Everest.

He also noted that we've done 80 riding hours in 2 weeks time. That's just like having a job.....don't you think?

Mike gets the credit for that one.
well... maybe the best job ever!

Roll on Pete. Whatcha gonna do about that tire?
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:48 AM   #56
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The Final Leg

Well, the trio, Pat , Mike and Pete, reconnected in Columbia Falls last night. We all had a celebratory steak dinner in honor of the end of the ride today. We have 50 mile of easy riding dirt roads left to do.

There's about 3 days of story left that I'll get out as soon as I get a chance.

Much thanks to those of you that rode along with us.
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The Canadian Border

The Pat, Mike, and Pete show rolled out of Columbia Falls this morning at 8am. The anticipated 60 mile run was actually 120.

The three Musketeers completed the ride today at 1pm. We took pics at both border crossings

This crossing is closest since 9/11, about 20 miles east (as a crow flies) of Roosville.
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Approaching Roosville
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Here's a pic at Roosville also
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A funny story....I've been following Pat and Mike with the route in their GPSs for 14 days. I have eaten a lot of dust. But today a sign said that the border was 16 miles away.

I had a chance to get in the lead, and didn't think anything could go wrong. I went for it. I'm riding in clean air. Ah, shit I'm getting signs of dust up ahead. It was a car.

I was probably going 5 mph faster than the car, so I decided to wick it up, and get past the car. That meant going about 15 mph faster in order to not be in his heavy dust for very long.

Passing them like that usually surprises the driver. Now that I'm passing, I don't want to throw gravel at him, but I do want to get out ahead far enough that he's not eating my dust so I kept the elevated speed going.

Crap, at this higher speed, I'm not getting away from him. Who is that guy? Finally I get to the closed border from pic #1 above.

I stop and a minute later a Border patrol guy pulls up...just a little irate about being surprised like that.....but he was sputtering about I shouldn't drive like that up there. He said it was dangerous. Scheesh!

I think he was a little surprised that I was a geezer, and not some 20 year old squid. He eventually calmed down and settled for a 'don't do that again'.

As to where I now after saying goodbye to Mike,...I'm 250 mile south of the border back in Lincoln Mt. That's where I spent a night going north. There a town campsite and free wifi in a casino/cafe/pub.

....and tonight was Taco Tuesday. 4 tacos, 3 dollars. So cheap that I had a beer...and I might just have another.

My rear tire looks like it's just might make it. I have another 1000+ miles to go to Westcliffe, Co where my trailer is.

There still a bunch of story that hasn't been told yet.....
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LOL, I can't tell you how many times I'd be flying down a dirt road in 4/5 gear power sliding the corners and hammering the throttle in the straights..thinking to myself that at the next intersection I'd have time to take a break, grab a bite to eat and water up. But it never happened!!! Within minutes I'd see Ratman blazing around a bend foot in the air, bike spitting rocks and dust and the biggest smile you've ever seen . Even the border patrol can't slow him down . I'm pretty sure the only reason I was in front is because I had the gps . For those of you who don't know Pete, he is an amazing person and rider. I'm honored to have spent the last few days with him and to be able to call him a friend. Thanks for the ride Pete!!!
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.............Even the border patrol can't slow him down . I'm pretty sure the only reason I was in front is because I had the gps. For those of you who don't know Pete, he is an amazing person and rider. I'm honored to have spent the last few days with him and to be able to call him a friend. Thanks for the ride Pete!!!
I call Bullshit, AC. Keeping up was a constant problem. I'm just glad that I didn't hold you and Pat up too much.

Speaking of honor. I was a lucky guy to meet the both of you, much lest spend 2 weeks riding with you all.

Speaking of Pat, when Mike and I missed the turn to Roosville and cruised the six miles up to the north Fork Rd Border crossing, well Pat made the turn so we were at least 45 minutes behind him when he hit the Roosville Border.

He was headed to Jaspar and the real end of the CDR, so we didn't get to have a threesome at the border.

I'm in Lincoln Mt. I slept in the park with no tent as I pulled in to the park in the dark at 10pm. Scared the shit out of me.....Got about a 100 drops of rain at 2am. Sky looks angry this morning.

The weather radar says it's clear to the south and the rain band is crossing Lincoln but going east. I should be good to go.

Luck beats good...as I always say.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:37 PM   #60
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Island Lake...to Wise River ...almost

After our day off in and around Ashton Idaho, we all met at Island Lake Id. All 5 showed, but Max and Gary had run out of time and needed to get back to Alabama. So there were just the three of us left, Pat, Mike, and Pete.

Gary and Max saying goodby at Island Park....
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We first went out to Big Springs. That's the spring that feeds those Mesa Falls. Not near as impressive as the Falls.
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It was a long ride across to Lima, Mt. of course the mountains to the south were beautiful. We followed along them for 50 miles and crossed to the north side of the valley before going into Lima.

Notable, was passing a pack of 25 ADV riders going south. No contact was made...talk about a dusty ride.

We also Met a southbound couple on Bicycles. We chatted for 20 minutes. They were 2 singles that were riding together. Very interesting Canadians.

........on to Lima for late lunch....huge hamburger. From there we rode along a scenic creek that looked to me that it went up hill. Then North on the Banack Rd to a nice FS camp at Grasshopper.

You can tell from my prose that I'm getting road weary. The views are remarkable enough for pictures.

Here they are....Just out of Island Lake...
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Coming across to Lima...
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The Canadian Bikers...
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While riding across to Lima..at a rest break, I noticed what looked like a small rock stuck in my back tire. I grabbed my 4" pocket pliers and started to work on it. It turned out to be a 1" long horse shoe nail.

Nows the time to tell me...if you know how a nail that's laying down gets in a tire, straight in mind you....but this one did. It wasn't leaking till I pulled it out. So I pushed it back in while we mulled it over.

I was for leaving it in. Pat said why not plug it now before it went flat and popped the bead like it did before, and makes it hard to re-air up. That made sense to me. Pat went to get his plug kit out, while saying that he didn't know why he was carrying one as his bike had tubes.

Turns out he didn't have plugs...or even a tube patch kit.. He'd left them in his other bike's kit. So I dug out my plugs, and plugged it with a string plug in a minute or less. The tire didn't have time to go flat. It had dropped from 20 to 10 lb while I plugged it. I pumped it back up to 20 and was ready to go in no time.

I think that I like the tubeless conversion.
That's the plug on he right of the tire.
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After Lima....
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Going toward the backwards running creek
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There it is, looks ok there
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Cliffs along that creek
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This is a group of southbound Canadians on the Banack Rd, but one of them was English. He said that he'd been trying to teach the heathens to hold their little fingers correctly during tea, as well as how to speak English. Also said that so far, it looks hopeless.
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Lots of old ranches along the way....
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Lots of Sheep history thru here as well
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We made another 40 miles before we found the Grasshopper camp ground for the night. It was cold at 9pm, but didn't seem to get much colder. We were about 30 miles short of Wise River.
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More tomorrow....I think.
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