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Old 08-05-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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12 Days 2 WeeStroms

So here goes for the ride report attempt................................
The start.




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Old 08-05-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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So I goet all my work done early in the month, and the payoff was some extra days. 12 days to be exact.
Even got a kitchen pass from the wives. And we were off. RadRak AKA Rich, and me oldmanb777 AKA Norm.
Starting in the mile high city, we already have a jump on things. But of course our gridlock would have liked to play havok with that. We got lucky though, and i-70 was gridlock east bound, and light traffic westbound. Then up over Berthoud pass to breakfast in Frazer.

I think one of the best breakfast burritos I have ever had. Can't remember the name of the place in Frazer, but on the south side of the road, in the strip mall accross from Safeway.
Anway, the weather was great for a start. And some dirt was in order, so over Cottenwood pass. Old dirt road bypasses Granby.
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That road comes out about Hot Sulpher Springs. So you can enjoy the canyon down to Kremling. Then on to Gore Pass.


Gore Pass is a great ride with typical wonderful scenery.
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Not too much traffic on that stretch either as you wind down the mountain toward Hayden,Co. All that is amazing ridin'



Then its a bit boring. Long stretches of desert through Craig,Co. The first night was to be at the Green River. Place called the Gates of Lordore.

Lots of soft deep loose gravel on the 20 0r so mile stretch to the camp spot.

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #6
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The second day proved to be great in the morning. Riding through the Colorado,Wyoming,Utah borders near Flaming Gorge. Great roads, great scenery!



That night we found outselves in Wyoming. No real plans for a place to camp, and it was getting well past "5:00 O-clock, somewhere"! and that somewhere was here. Here was Kemmerer,Wy. The forest service office really didn't have any good ideas of camping spots. They suggested the city camping area near the river. We checked it out. A picknick table, and a trash can between the river and the hiway for $10. We noticed a BLM office in town, so stopped there to look at the map. I was planning to just camp anywere bLM and call it good at this point. When BLM guy who was closing for the night came to our rescue. He suggested, since we looked like we could handle some dirt, there was a nice road to a spring, a couple miles out of town. Lots of good BLM land to camp on. Pretty good road as well. So off we went. The road was all burried sofballs. It beat the snot out of us, but was found a veryu nice line camp to camp at. And it became Happy hour right were we were.
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More to follow when I get a chance.
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The next day we headed to Idaho. Nice riding until after Idaho Falls. We expected that. But accross the Idaho Falls National Lab area is brutal. afternoon winds are hazardous One dust devil almost pulled me off my bike! At one point I really thought it would seperate me from the bike at 80 mph.
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So that was a long day. We were certainly ready to find a camp ground. But from looking at the map, that didn't show too much promise. The comercial camps looked pretty spartin. I really don't like the KOA style places anyway, but they sometimes have thier place in life. As luck would have it, as we proceeded up river there was a small non descript camps sing next to the hyway. So i turned in. Down a short dirt road, it opened up to a nice camp ground, right next to the river. The best part, it was FREE! Maintained by a wild trout fishing club. They had cut down some trees, to thin out the camp. So we even scored firewood. and the river was really good for an afternoon swim.
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So now we are in Idaho. Some wonderful Scenery to match the wonderful riding
We passed a backcountry "bush" airport.

On the way over a dirt pass that heads into Sun Valley. This would be one of those places that would be fun to fly into. Pretty easy, and doable airfeild, with some great opportunities around it.
The rest of that road was spatacular.
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This road through the Sawtooth N.F. turned into a spactacular shelf road. It was really beautiful going up on the east side of the pass, but going down the west side was GREAT


It kind of reminded of Wolf Creek Pass, only dirt.
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Then down into the disaster that is Sun Valley. Reminds me of Aspen
But the roads into and out of there are really neat. From there we headed north, toward Salmon. This whole road is really great!


When we got to Salmon,Id we needed to make some decissions. Like where do we go from here? Since it was ALL good, the decission wasn't easy. But after a burger it became clear that staying in higher country would be cooler, and thus better. So we headed off toward the "Custer Motorway". The whole valley that this road goes through was mined heavily. There is a restored dredge back in there. And the old ghost town is largely restored. The road is in good shape, but getting info on it wasn't easy. I got into the habbit of asking people,"Would you drive your Subaru on it". I figured that even loaded down as we were, we could handle Suburu type roads.
This was in Custer,Id.
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This valley was gorgous. The hyway down to the turn off to it was also a great twisty river canyon. When we got to Custer, it was again almost happy hour. So finding place to camp became a pressing issue. There was a F.S. Ranger working on an old screen door. She had rescreened the door for one of the old buildings and was about to rehang it. So I asked about camp spots. She informed us that the Custer Motorway was closed 10 miles farther up the road. Since Idaho is on fire, and there was a fire burning in the River of No Return Wilderness. She looked at our bikes, and asked "How are your single track skills?" "If you can handle some single track, I can show you how to get around the fire area." That would have been great, but loaded like we were, we decided to chicken out instead.
She informed us that one of the best camp spots in the Valley was 8 miles on down the road. She thought there would not be any one else there!
So we pressed on up the valley. She was right, it was a great camp spot, right next to a beautiful river. The kind of place that at any moment, you expect to see a canoe loaded with pelts and a mountainman comming down river.
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In the morning we know we would be backtracking, but well worth it.

The next day we stopped at a Buffalo jump. Interesting places. These were cliffs that the Indigenous people would stampede the buffalo over a cliff. The buffalo would fall to thier death, and thus allow the people to harvest what they needed for survival. The Native americans used ever part of the Buffalo. Food ,clothing, shelter, tools, weapons, etc.
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