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Old 07-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #61
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I've got a little time now to contribute.

First off, I have to applaud Bungholio for what a trooper he is! A guy who is willing to drive 6 1/2 hours (8 hours total) to go ride an unknown goat trail (even to us) at the drop of a hat with people he'd never met - that deserves commendation!


Next up, enough with the comments about my, um, "aged" bike! She doesn't appreciate being called "old" and a "dinosaur"; it just makes her want to put the spanking on your new KTMs even harder!

Red, in a sea of orange:


I have to set the background for KR's story with this: I told him when he dropped off his gas can at my house that we are meeting at the top of the pass at 6am, and in true ADV form, we are leaving with or without him at 6:30 sharp. I also told him I thought his plan was insane for attempting to ride that trail and expect to make it on time. Luckily for them, we were running a few minutes late ourselves. They just made it. I had my kick starter out, ready to kick and thought I heard a bike in the distance.) Insane, but impressive!

Every time I enter this trailhead, it is my goal and personal vendetta to make it the entire 36 miles from Thomson Pass to where the trail turns into road at a mountain called Idaho Point. My last solo trip I made it 17 miles to the Addleberry Creek trailhead before having to turn back. We stopped there again this time to eat some berries and relieve ourselves before moving on to uncharted territories. The trail turns to road for a few miles, and where I thought the trail should have started again was posted for non-motorized use. Technically the map shows the trail going straight up and over the mountain, so that is what we did. We found the trail again once we got to the top of Bloom Peak.





Here is one for you, Ladybug! Random flowers growing out of a tree stump.



KR and Dylan went ahead while Bungholio and I stayed back and dinked around while "Eel" was having issues with his contacts. You can't see them in the pic, but we could hear them. They are climbing Lost Peak in the distance:



2 miles of alpine singe track later, we came to this monolith. This is where KR, Dylan and Eel turned back and Bungholio and I kept trudging on.



We went another 2 miles to what I thought was Porcupine Pass (it wasn't... we still had 4 miles of mainly FS road to go to get there), and we decided to turn around there. The endless rock crossings were really taking a toll on Bungholio, and his gas tank's petcock had developed a-drip-a-second leak. The return trip was slow and arduous, but beautiful!







About halfway back, Bungolio's petcock's leak had turned into almost a constant stream. It needed attention, or we weren't making it back. He had to pull the tank and flip it over to work on it. It turned out, he was using the O-ring that the petcock came with and the gasket the Clockworks tank came with. The O-ring was forcing the gasket out beyond the edge of the petcock and neither of them were sealing. He pitched the gasket, and the O-ring by itself sealed just fine.

Around 7 miles from the trucks, fatigue and dehydration were REALLY taking a toll on the wetsider, probably not accustomed to our 9% humidity sucking every last bit of moisture from your soul. We stopped for about a half hour to let him rest and to see if his nausea would pass. Well, after suiting back up and ready to head off, I look back to see Bungholio with his helmet back off, He said his nausea was gone, but was still exhausted.

We kept trudging on, rock pile after rock pile, all the while wondering if the rest of the guys found their way back because there were certain clues pointing towards the negative (riding through fully-constructed spider webs, etc,...) We made it back to the truck and were relieved to find that they were there and gone. On the way out of the parking lot, I spoke to an old-timer on a quad. He asked where we had ridden that morning. I told him we had made it to Porcupine Pass (which I thought we had) and he said, "On THAT TRAIL? You're kidding me!"

Only 9 more miles to go, and I'll have conquered this bastard trail!
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #62
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thanks for posting up.. I hope to ride it someday with ya
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:49 PM   #63
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Glad to hear you guys got out safely....and that I wasn't the only one who had to pull their tank off yesterday.

Thanks guys for the great ride it was awesome.

One of these days we'll make it all the way.

For the record, had I not had my bike issue early, I think we would have made it by 6:00am.

Hey Bungholio, thanks for making the drive out. Dylan and I were running short of water and feeling it on the way out too so I feel your pain.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:24 PM   #64
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Hey Bungholio, thanks for making the drive out. Dylan and I were running short of water and feeling it on the way out too so I feel your pain.
Thank you guys for letting me join in the fun.

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First off, I have to applaud Bungholio for what a trooper he is! A guy who is willing to drive 6 1/2 hours (8 hours total) to go ride an unknown goat trail (even to us) at the drop of a hat with people he'd never met - that deserves commendation!
Thanks XR, I was worried about the last third of the trip out but having you there gave me confidence.

Shortly after XR and I turned around I started getting a headache which I am sure didn't help any with the nausea. It was nice to ride with some better riders since I mostly ride alone.

Dylan says "Are you kidding me?"



Kootenai and Dylan scaling the peak.



Checking for cellular service.


Thanks again to all you guys.

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:21 PM   #65
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Thanks for the ride report everyone. I sure miss North Idaho.

I'll bet that's the most traffic on that trail at one time..................... ever.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:03 PM   #66
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Next up, enough with the comments about my, um, "aged" bike! She doesn't appreciate being called "old" and a "dinosaur"; it just makes her want to put the spanking on your new KTMs even harder!
How come we didn't hear any stories of stopping to work on the red dinosaur like we did about the orange bikes?

When I come I'll bring my XR250 to even things out a bit.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:08 PM   #67
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thanks for posting up.. I hope to ride it someday with ya
Hey, sorry I didn't make a ride in the Cascades with you yet, I got side tracked by some knee surgery.
I hope to be trail worthy by Labor day. Maybe that would be a good time for a panhandle ride.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:00 PM   #68
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[QUOTE=lamotovita;21983052]How come we didn't hear any stories of stopping to work on the red dinosaur like we did about the orange bikes?
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His bike kept wanting to explore "off trail" locations, or "alternative viewing points" if you catch my drift.

All kidding aside, this was a great group. No question about skill or speed. One of the better group rides I've been on.... less stopping and shorter stops.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:39 AM   #69
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How come we didn't hear any stories of stopping to work on the red dinosaur like we did about the orange bikes?
That is a common theme when I ride around newer bikes...
I'd love to ride with a fellow XR!

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His bike kept wanting to explore "off trail" locations, or "alternative viewing points" if you catch my drift.
My bike's thirst for adventure is so strong, I sometimes can't restrain it! Like a wild, unbroken stallion!

Take a bike that is already top heavy and add 15 pounds of chainsaw at chest level, things can get a little hairy on a 6" wide trail.....

KR, those were great pics, BTW!
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:40 PM   #70
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I saw this last year but kinda forgot about it.
Nice pics, can't wait till you finish it.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:14 PM   #71
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Great report and pictures from all of you but this one gets most of the Ladybug points. Minus one point for no bike in the picture although it is very cool


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Old 07-30-2013, 05:31 PM   #72
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KR needs an XR250 - - - Just saying.

This one was begging to be nominated for the front page rotation so I nominated it:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...7#post21990617

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Old 07-31-2013, 09:45 AM   #73
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Great report and pictures from all of you but this one gets most of the Ladybug points. Minus one point for no bike in the picture although it is very cool
I barely even stopped when I took this; you're lucky it wasn't a blur! I saw it and thought, "Gotta get a pic to keep Ladybug interested..."

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Maybe he'd have more room on that to carry some tools.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #74
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Great report...thank you! XR is a MACHINE on that machine. And I do think that trail was approximately 14" wide on my 'tape measure'

At 7 as we were working our way out of Thompson pass I was regretting the last coupel drinks I had the night before...then after leaving Thompson on the way back I was regretting not bringing more water...obviously an epic ride that makes an adventure rider thirsting for more!

Oh yes....my favorite quote from the ride from Bungholio 'holy hell!!' as he was entering a 100 yard shale slide crossing
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:56 PM   #75
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Oh yes....my favorite quote from the ride from Bungholio 'holy hell!!' as he was entering a 100 yard shale slide crossing
And those slides seemed much more difficult on the way out. Same for you guys?


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