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Old 02-22-2013, 09:29 AM   #61
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Anybody??

Timmer,

Is this ride something that is open to anybody?? I don't know anyone that I see replies from, but it sounds like fun.

Would a 1200 GS or a dual sported XRR 650 better choice for the trip? I can do 200 miles and haul my camping stuff on either one. I've done the Magruder on the 1200.

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Old 02-22-2013, 08:20 PM   #62
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Timmer,

Is this ride something that is open to anybody?? I don't know anyone that I see replies from, but it sounds like fun.

Would a 1200 GS or a dual sported XRR 650 better choice for the trip? I can do 200 miles and haul my camping stuff on either one. I've done the Magruder on the 1200.

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The ride is open to anyone on any bike they determine to be feasible. Since you've done the Magruder on the 1200GS, that would be the bike I would take unless you have desires to ride more difficult side trips.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:46 PM   #63
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Wansfel and I have been playing around with some route revisions that will lead to more dirt and less pavement, some new scenery, and provide some slight route tweaking from last year. How's that sound to everyone? We're working to keep the trip to 7 days not counting transit time from everyone's home locations.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #64
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:01 PM   #65
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More dirt and less pavement sounds good.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #66
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More dirt and less pavement sounds good.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:31 AM   #67
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Bitterroot Snow Levels

While it's not good for MT or ID, the news from the mountains is good for us. The Bitterroot snowpack was about 85% of normal for January. There's lots of winter to go yet and NOAA is not seeing a trend, one way or another in the North Pacific, spelling out the El nino situation. I'm cautiously hoarding a bottle of Dom Perignon till spring equinox. dd
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:04 AM   #68
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Hey....we LIVE in Kamiah....we might want to do this. I've subscribed to the thread, so will stay in the loop. That's a very busy time of year for us, but we'll see...sounds good! Also, we know most of the area you are going, so could help a little along those lines. You go right by our house to get to the Lolo Motorway...fun ride!!!



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While we were riding the 2012 Best of the Montana 1000, we chatted about re-doing the event. Since the event concluded, several of us have batted around the prospect of doing it again. Here's what I'd propose which is essentially to reverse the direction of the route from 2012 and provide for two days in the Gravelly Range:

For 2013, we'd start around the last week in July or early August in Kamiah, ID and ride the LOLO Motorway West to East and camp near the top of Lolo Pass. Day 2 would find us heading east over MT38 to Georgetown Lake for the night. Day 3 would find us travelling North to South on a scenic byway. Day 4 we'd continue east over a very cool gravel road which deposits us at the foot of the Gravelly Range. Then we'd spend two days touring the Gravelly Range from north to south. A ride up the Bannock Wagon road would follow along with a stop at Bannock. We'd finish up by riding the MacGruder Corridor from East to West and finish up in Elk City, ID. I'd prepare the 'official' route and circulate that to the riders. This would be a full on adventure riding trip with camping every night. Any dual sport bike can do this and it's big bike friendly.

Is there any interest or questions? If so, post a reply in this thread.

In case you are new to the event, check out the pictures from the 2012 event which were posted at: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=812886

BTW, for those in the Seattle area, Steve Stone and I will present a slide show on the 2012 trip at Ride West BMW on February 21, 2013 @ 7pm. Check out the Ride West site for details.

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Hey....we LIVE in Kamiah....we might want to do this. I've subscribed to the thread, so will stay in the loop. That's a very busy time of year for us, but we'll see...sounds good! Also, we know most of the area you are going, so could help a little along those lines. You go right by our house to get to the Lolo Motorway...fun ride!!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:35 AM   #70
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I checked Snowtel's snow information this morning. Lolo pass currently has 64" of snow. I checked the history for this date for the last 3 years and it shows 16-31". I checked the upper North Fork and South Fork of the Clearwater and the results were about the same.

Another site showed over 100" in all the Clearwater Mountains. It appears that the high country has been getting snow while the lower country has been getting rain.

What happens in the next few months will be based on how much precip. and temperatures.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:44 PM   #71
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BOM 2013 Ruff Route

This is inidcative of the route we are planning. Gives a general idea. Tim and I will be refining the details as the next few weeks/months roll by and we will have final GPX files. 7 days, different color for each day.

We are looking at making the Gravellys a single day, but it will have plenty of options and timed to get us into the area quickly that day for general sightseeing and exploring some potential new roads.

Anything special any of you might want to see on this general route?

Quite a bit of slab on days 2 and 3, but they are scenic and very mucho more gravel on the rest.

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:53 PM   #72
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Wansfel has discovered a real treat in reaching the Gravelly Range that will add another ghost town to the route for you ghost town fans. The route just keeps getting better and better. . .


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Old 03-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #73
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Got my calendar updated for this event. I'm in the Spokane area and looking forward to this. As I am an ORF( old retired fart), I hope that this is not a race but more of a tour. Gotta smell the flowers....
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #74
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Got my calendar updated for this event. I'm in the Spokane area and looking forward to this. As I am an ORF( old retired fart), I hope that this is not a race but more of a tour. Gotta smell the flowers....
You can take it to the bank that it is not a race. A tour describes it nicely. The 2012 pics should convey that.


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Old 03-05-2013, 06:47 AM   #75
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Got my calendar updated for this event. I'm in the Spokane area and looking forward to this. As I am an ORF( old retired fart), I hope that this is not a race but more of a tour. Gotta smell the flowers....
Double what Tim says. There was a wide range of riders last year and I expect the same this year so there will be groups that run ahead and those that stop to smell the roses. This is definitely a scenic trip though and I think we are setting up routes and daily mileages that will allow time for stops.

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