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Old 03-02-2013, 08:53 AM   #46
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There are only 2 problems with retirement. One is you have to be so dam old and the other is you never get a day off.

What I like to do on longer trips is camp one day and then motel it the next so you can get a shower, good meal, and real bed. I like to stay flexible. I ride until I decide I want to camp. I change my mine a lot of times during a trip if I find something interesting to explore. I see a road I didn't know about so I decide to see where it goes. Too rigid of schedule makes it more like work. I like the freedom of going where ever and when ever. Packing your camp lets you do that. Plus you never know when something bad might happen, like a mechanical problem. I was a boy scout so I like being prepared.

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Old 03-02-2013, 11:04 PM   #47
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I don't know too many places that are a good ride that a pickup can get there the same day. There are lots places that you might ride 150-200 miles that a pickup would have to go 500 miles to get there. Plus you have the problem of running into a problem where you can't get through a route because of down trees or washouts. Then you can't hook back up with the pickup and they have all your gear.

I know more places where you can set up camp in a central location and come back to it each night. You can also many times come out and stay in a motel.
I like that idea of setting up camp for 3 or 4 days and ride out of there. Like at one of the hot springs down by the Steens or Hart mountain. A nice soak at the end of the day is always good. Are there any remote hot springs in Idaho?
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:19 AM   #48
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I like that idea of setting up camp for 3 or 4 days and ride out of there. Like at one of the hot springs down by the Steens or Hart mountain. A nice soak at the end of the day is always good. Are there any remote hot springs in Idaho?
This has got my attention! I have heard of Hot Springs down in the Cascade Idaho area that might be nice. Looks like I'll need to do some research about Steens and Hart mountain.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:28 AM   #49
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Steens would make a nice trip later in the spring; been away from the area so long I don't remember the normal times the high country down there opens up.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:35 AM   #50
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Here in N Idaho the high country should start to open up sometime in late May but it has been early July some years.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:50 AM   #51
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Idaho has lots of hot springs. Here is a link to them.

http://www.idahohotsprings.com/hot_s...ot_springs.htm

There are also private hot springs where you can camp or stay similar to Lolo Hot Springs in Montana.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:12 AM   #52
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I like that idea of setting up camp for 3 or 4 days and ride out of there. Like at one of the hot springs down by the Steens or Hart mountain. A nice soak at the end of the day is always good. Are there any remote hot springs in Idaho?

Try a Google of Burghdorf and Silver Creek Plunge for a couple good soaking spots
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:34 PM   #53
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I've done it on a KLR and 800 GS. It is all big bike friendly.

It is a 2 day ride. I like to stay at the Cayuse airstrip campground.
When ever you want to do that loop again count me IN. I'm
leaving most of my summer open in hopes I can hook up with guys I meet on this thread. The only rides or rallies I'm attending are the Hells Canyon /Wallow Valley gathering and maybe The Sasquatch Tour put on
by Ton at Sound Rider depending on where it goes. Won't know till the first of next month.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #54
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Idaho has lots of hot springs. Here is a link to them.

http://www.idahohotsprings.com/hot_s...ot_springs.htm

There are also private hot springs where you can camp or stay similar to Lolo Hot Springs in Montana.
How about a hot spring tour? There are a couple near Fields the Alvord hot Spring & Willow Springs, Then there are two just across the border in northern Nevada Virgin Valley Hot Springs & Bog Hot Springs. Then head west a little to Hart Mountain Hot spring and then over toward Summer Lake Hot Spring. Not sure how far away gas would be from each of those but I'll try and look into it. We wouldn't have to hit a new spring every day, we could space them out to every other.
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How about a hot spring tour? There are a couple near Fields the Alvord hot Spring & Willow Springs, Then there are two just across the border in northern Nevada Virgin Valley Hot Springs & Bog Hot Springs. Then head west a little to Hart Mountain Hot spring and then over toward Summer Lake Hot Spring. Not sure how far away gas would be from each of those but I'll try and look into it. We wouldn't have to hit a new spring every day, we could space them out to every other.
Now that sounds like a plan. Are you gonna be the tour leader? What time of the year would this be done? My dance card is full for March, late June, early August, and September. I can easily fit in a hot springs tour if the dates are right.
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Harley riders go bar to bar so I guess adventure riders can go hot spring to hot spring.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:50 AM   #57
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Harley riders go bar to bar so I guess adventure riders can go hot spring to hot spring.
Been trying to get to Horse Hot Springs for the last two seasons, but thwarted by fires both trips.
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Been trying to get to Horse Hot Springs for the last two seasons, but thwarted by fires both trips.
Are you talking about the springs just over the hill North of Shoup, Idaho? Didn't I hear that it burnt to the ground last year?? The buildings I mean.

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I heard they saved the buildings, but when I went up to check this last August, could'nt get close from the MT side due to the current fire between there and Salmon. Even Shoup was shut off. Cost me an extra 80 miles that day in a long weekend trip. So I still don't know for sure.

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Are you talking about the springs just over the hill North of Shoup, Idaho? Didn't I hear that it burnt to the ground last year?? The buildings I mean.

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Now that sounds like a plan. Are you gonna be the tour leader? What time of the year would this be done? My dance card is full for March, late June, early August, and September. I can easily fit in a hot springs tour if the dates are right.
I did a little homework last night just to see what the distances might be for the four springs I know of. I'm pretty sure there are more springs I don't know about. See how this sounds. We meet 22 miles south of Burns at Crystal Crane Hot springs ( it is a commerical campground ) for the first night. Next day we ride to Willow Hot Spring I think it's also known as Whitehorse hot spring.It is about 35 miles out of Fields. Day two would be from Willow hot springs to either Bog hot springs or Virgin valley hot spring in Nevada. Day three would be from Bog or Virgin to Hart Mountain hot springs. Day four would be from Hart Mountain to Summer Lake hot spring. All of these are in the area of 100 to 130ish miles apart but I just used my Benchmark following the more prominent backroads. But a good amount of gravel. The possibilities of lengthening them are endless if you get into the topo maps and use the lesser roads. If the distance between them is too short we could get there and set up camp and then go exploring in the area to get riding time if needed. We could skip any one of these and go see something else in that area as well. I have no idea at this point how soon this could be done with regard to snow issues, will have to make some calls. Anyway mix it up turn it around throw in ideas, and lets see what happens.
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