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Old 03-14-2013, 07:29 AM   #16
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:32 AM   #17
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:32 AM   #18
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:14 AM   #19
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #20
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:39 PM   #21
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Day 4: June 17th, 2012 - Part 1

So I guess we had a good time the night before.
When I crawled out of my tent, I received a lot of complaints that I had snored loudly all night. Sorry...

So we packed up our camps, and headed back to Joseph to get more of that great breakfast we had two days before.


With full bellies and full fuel tanks,


we headed back East, towards Hells Canyon.
Today was going to be another spectacular day.

We would cross Hells Canyon on the two steepest roads, Hess Road and the Kleinschmidt Grade, and cross lots of remote National Forest to McCall.

On the map it looks like this.




We would cross the ten mile wide canyon, descending and then climbing over 8,000 feet of elevation and cross the Snake River. Just so you know, this is the single deepest river gorge in the United States.

We rode a small section of NF-39 again.


But soon took a left and headed towards the Hess Road down into the bottom of the canyon again, but in a different place.



After a brief section of forest we emerged into a really great vista.


The mighty SE admires the view and the road ahead.


Looking out across the canyon.


Tyler likes the location as well.


But we have distance to cover and need to get moving.
The road beckons.


So this is the Hess Rd which descends the West side of the canyon.


The views are distracting, and the consequences are, well "steep".
If you look carefully you can see the road we will be taking out of the canyon on the other side. That's about an hour from now.


We made it to the bottom of the canyon, and had to ride upstream a while to cross the bridge.


We go through an old railroad tunnel or something.




We cross the river, and ride downstream, to the base of the Klienschmidt grade.


Up we go...


That's the road ahead hugging the cliff overlooking the canyon.


Looking back where we came from, you can see the Hess Rd we were on on the West side of the canyon.


I think that's so cool!

Nearing the top of the grade.


The route gets easier as we head to McCall.


Green farmland...




I think we stopped in the town of New Meadows to get some snacks.


In the town square we saw these old locomotives.












Notice all the safety guards so you don't get your hand caught in all the spinning parts...


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With our curiosity satisfied, we continue to McCall via Forest Roads.










The town of Cascade is on the other side of that lake ahead.


On the decent we saw some leftover snow...


We make it to the lake.


Some cows as we head into town to get gas.


It's probably around three or four in the afternoon.

Tyler has to get back home by heading down south back to Boise, so we say goodbye and part ways.

Thanks for a good ride Tyler. It was great fun and it was good to ride with you.

More to come.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #22
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Nice Write-up

Very nice pictures, the Hell's Canyon ride is definitely on by Bucket List.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:59 PM   #23
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sweet! would like to see a full map route...

may be down that way this year...
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:59 PM   #24
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:04 PM   #25
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:57 PM   #26
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Very nice - perfect big bike routes...
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #27
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Hi Questor!

Great roads and excellent scenery!

Looks like you had a blast.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:50 AM   #28
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Awesome views...

It's great being up that high and looking over several mountains ranges without seeing any civilization. Makes you feel like you're on top of the world. Great stuff!
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:01 PM   #29
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Day 4: June 17th, 2012 - Part 2

So I noticed an error in my last post, we weren't headed to McCall we were headed to Cascade.

But anyway, when we last posted, I had just parted ways with Tyler in Cascade. I filled up the thirsty KTM, and headed into the Salmon - Challis National Forest.

The plan was to take the National Forest roads and cut out the long detour that the pavement route would require.

The intended route looks like the blue line on the map below.


And that was the plan until I hit snow, and had to turn around after some 50 miles into the National forest and got to where the Pink line is.

So here's the scene as I headed East into the National Forest.


The road wasn't bad, nice twisties and good views.






Looking back down the way I had come you can see all the nice turns.


I was riding quickly, since I wanted to be in Stanley by 5 or 6 pm.

The road had turned to dirt and we were headed south.


We rode down a nice remote scenic valley.


We were ripping right along.




But as I slowly gained elevation, I started to see snow...


Oh CRAP! I hope not...


I got of the bike and hiked ahead.
After about 1/4 of a mile the road became impassable.
If you look at this picture you can see the lonely KTM in the distance.


This is what the road ahead looked like.



CRAP. We have to turn around and ride some 50 miles back the way we came.

So we had to race back the way we came.


At some point I grabbed a detour and took it out to Rt 55, where I would have to take pavement back around to Stanley.



Eventually I got out to Rt 55 and headed south.







After about an hour I headed East on the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Highway.


This is actually a really nice road.


But I was in a hurry, I had a date in Stanley.

I'm not going to say how fast I was going, but I was in danger of loosing my license if I was caught.
Go KTM GO!!!
I was riding to fast to take pictures....


For over an hour I sped along passing cars like they were standing still.




My heart stopped when I saw this. I thought perhaps a motorist had called ahead.


But fortunately, it was just for another forest fire.


Getting closer to Stanley...






In Stanley, I met up with MotoAdventureGal.

We got more gas, and headed to the best place in the world...


It's a natural hot spring on the edge of the river!

You use the hot water coming out of this pipe which comes from a spring, and mix it with cold river water to get the perfect soaking temperature.

After four days of riding this felt SOOO good!


After a long soak, and a few cold beers (courtesy of MotoAdventureGal) we headed to our special campsite just downstream.


We parked and unloaded the bikes.
Set up camp.


and set up the Kermit Chairs that Dr. Rock and LDF gave us when they stopped by on their Mobius trip last Spring.

Portable luxury.


We spent the night relaxing by the campfire, eating steak, and roasted Idaho potatos.



A long, but excellent day.

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Old 03-19-2013, 04:15 PM   #30
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Bravo!!!

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