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Old 08-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Idaho Ride North to south the dirty way

OK, I am normally very hesitate to start a Ride Report in the middle of summer, but since I just got in from riding for 12 days my bike and I are tired and it's a 100+ outside... What the Hell. I will be making this a work in progress as I add to this in a slow burn process.

Now for the Ride, or should I say how it came about. As some of you may know I pieced a motorized ride together predicated on the official "Idaho Centennial Trail" through Idaho back in 2006 ICT link

I rode it back in 2007 on a KLR and been toying with riding it again, when I received a email from one of our local riders about the the ride and do I still have my route.....well my retort was yes and I sent it out he then asked if I wanted to come along. Well twist my arm, I'm..... He then says GREAT, you can lead the ride.

Well here is a little trailer of things yet to come from this ride....










Keep the popcorn and beer close by and check in as I tell the tale for 1200 miles through Idahos' beautiful back country


And so it starts
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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The trip started formulating back in May for a departure of July 28th, but finally with everyone's work and other commitments it was settled on to meet north of Sandpoint NLT the 29th with a departure of Monday.

I had some friends I wanted to see up north and to pop in an visit my daughter in Moscow beside it was too hot here in the valley, so I headed up Thursday and stopped in to see Bgunn, Live2ride just outside Coeur D Alene good to see old friends and they helped me sort out some issues on my bike. Then I headed up to Post Falls area to visit Rainbow007 and the famous Ladybug0048 where we had dinner and chatted away. Next morning I headed on up to Priest Lake where I camped for the night then hit the ICT back to Sandpoint



Only shot I took that night.

Next day I arrived at the designated rendezvous just afternoon, no one was around so I just chilled out



Finally walked around and found the setup spot..... SWEET!







As I was getting ready to reset my GPS I noticed how many miles I'd rode to get here it's only 480 normally



This Zumo has been through hell and back with me, the tropics were particularly hard on it

Later Steve rolled in..
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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Day 1




That's all for now.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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Matt's Tunnel footage

One of the Tunnels

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Old 08-07-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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Looks like fun, more please.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:53 AM   #6
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Looks like fun, more please.
Morning, thank you for popping in.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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We headed out around 9 am but first we needed substance so I remember a good local Mom & Pop diner... very popular with the locals in Ponderay




Took longer than we thought because the place was friggin packed on a Monday morning no doubt About a hour later we emerged well gorged.

Headed on around to Clark Fork where we are about to leave the pavement until Wallace. Started following my old route and I had to figure out how to get the Zumo to reverse route got on track and the 332 to 412 right on the Montana/Idaho border. Traction was perfect still a couple mud holes before I knew it I was on the pegs with Curtis right beside hauling it.

Stopped to wait for the group to catch up waited like 15 minutes ... humm... starting to worry... we weren't going that fast were we?? Curtis was turning his bike around when we hear engine noise, Whew! Seems in the shadows out chuck wagon hit a cut off tree piece knocking off the pannier and planting said rider in a mud hole (sorry no one took a picture)

No wait a minute here you go






Notice the road about 50 miles of this good stuff



Onward:


At one of the rest stops Steve decided it time to start force food and snack upon to lighten his load as his pannier is now held on with ROK straps ( a good set of ratchet ties downs are also a good investment for those using panniers)







All-in-all not a bad start.


We rolled into Wallace late afternoon and took a break, Wallace is a very interesting place with a colorful history. BTW the movie "Dante's Peak" was filmed here.




















So after a little refreshment it was time to move on toward Avery and the Mighty St Joe.










can't remember but I think 7 of these




fueled up in Avery made sure the spare tank was full (a gallon), cause from here to the next gas is a... loooooonnnnnnng way

Found a nice camp along the river and setup and proceeded to clean up










End of Day 1
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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Quite the fancy video there, Sam. Love seeing this first section, my "stomping grounds," and excited to see the rest.
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Day 2

Enjoy I'm taking a break now....

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Quite the fancy video there, Sam. Love seeing this first section, my "stomping grounds," and excited to see the rest.
Thanks Jason, looks like you had a good time with your brothers too......... the places you take that Panzer
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:55 AM   #11
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Great into Idaho Sam!

This is going to be good!


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Old 08-08-2012, 10:26 AM   #12
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:41 AM   #13
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Looks like a nice group, Sam.

I rode with Steve and Bill W last year.

Hey to ya all ! !
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:48 AM   #14
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Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for posting the RR so I can live vicariously through your adventure. I have gotten soft in my older age and just find the idea of giving up the comforts of home a little more than I care to do at this time. But.....seeing this, and others, great trips is slowly giving me the motivation.

Will you be posting the route? How the heck did you get the GS's over that log?????
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:56 AM   #15
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Timely Information!

I am thinking of riding some Idaho back roads in September and will be following along.

Followed some of your trips in the past to Mexico and such. Thanks for the report...
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