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Old 09-12-2013, 06:37 PM   #31
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Crooked Creek is a great place to stop. When we went thru every cabin was taken and the owners went the extra mile for us and made one of their family cabins available. Fantastic! The trout stream there seems to be a little secret and is not over-fished according to one fisherman who was at the lodge. He's been coming every year for over a decade. Just sayin'.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #32
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Here's some of my pics from today.... Trails as far as the eye can see all day long. I can't belie e how many valleys and dirt roads there are to explore here...so glad we decided to get off the trail and stay at Crooked Creek. They have been amazing... Got one of the Loft units... Very very nice. They even offered to cook us bkfast anytime we wanted to wake up ...( and they aren't actually serving bkfast right now )


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Old 09-15-2013, 06:00 AM   #33
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Over 1000 miles in... Taking the trail Counter Clock... Rain chasing us for 8 days now.... Yesterday was the first day we didn't have to stop and throw on the rain pants. We still got sprinkled on but it was light. Hoping for Sun today. Beautiful riding thru Idaho / Montana & Gravelly range area. The mileage and weight of the packs have taken their toll and we have had to do some roadside repairs. The Ktm's exposed forks led to dried mud causing a bad fork oil leak just before pulling into the town of Ashton Idaho... which happened to have everything we needed. We made A "seal saver " out of a 1 gallon water jug with my Gerber, then pressure washed the bikes and headed to Warm Springs CG ...Bear Country for sure. Warning signs everywhere.




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Old 09-15-2013, 06:22 AM   #34
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Day 8: Sat 14th, lots and lots of awesome off-road trails thru Idaho /Montana and the Gravelly Range loop. ...Saw a group of 6 coming thru on Gs's while we were pulled over in middle of nowhere figuring out an inconsistency between the gps's. They blew by, more annoyed that we were stopped near the trail I guess... No concern or worry whatsoever if we needed help. Luckily we didn't. What's up with that fellas.
A little while later the Hondas frame finally succumbed to all the weight I piled on it and the factory welded fender mount at the rear section finally broke off. I watched it go day by day and had a plan to fix it by inserting a rod/bolt/tool into the hollow frame and tie off that.
John found huge old bent nail and bailing wire on the side of the trail.
Another "found object" repair :) ...day got late and clouds darkened into rain again so we went North instead of looping back South after the spectacular Gravelly Range road loop.
Found an Awesome road called Sweetwater cutoff...took it 25 mi West to Dillon. It descends from the Mountains an gives a gigantic Valley view all the way into Dillon. We pulled in blindly as stumbled up on an auto parts store which we needed to source parts to fix the KTM's head and taillight which just went South toward the end of the day.

The white collar broke off the end of the frame leaving a nice hollow tube to work with. Here the plastic fender holds the rack from inserting itself into the spokes...


More repair pics to come...




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Old 09-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #35
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Some pics from the last couple days. The riding, weather, and especially the scenery have been great.
We are currently in Idaho Falls heading counter- clockwise on the route.
I have had a few issues of my own, a fuel cock that won't shut completely causing my carb to fill and overflow (also a float seal issue apparently). We rectified this by adding another shutoff valve.
Also my headlight and tail light decided to stop working two days ago. We took off the mask, checked fuses, cleaned connections and they are back on.
The most nagging problem is my leaking fork seals. I now do a morning cleaning with our homemade seal saver and adding a little fork oil.
Hopefully I can get it to stop because I don't see us being able to find 50mm seals on the road.
It's not that big of an issue other than getting my boots and bottom of my pants oily, and me obsessively looking down at them.
Here are some pics.






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Old 09-16-2013, 08:41 AM   #36
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #37
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:53 AM   #38
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Idaho Falls repair

Ben @ Ben's Quality Cycle in Idaho Falls may be able to assist with the fork-seal issue. Ben's the Best:

208.525.8183

He's just a few blocks from you ... as are most things in Idaho Falls.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #39
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Ben @ Ben's Quality Cycle in Idaho Falls may be able to assist with the fork-seal issue. Ben's the Best:

208.525.8183

He's just a few blocks from you ... as are most things in Idaho Falls.
Yeah, what he said.
And bring Tony and me Beer.

I'll provide Tent Space and BBQ.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:33 PM   #40
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I think I got the bleeding stopped on the forks.

We left Idaho Falls monday (i think) and had a great day riding up in the Caribou NF, descending down to the nearly dry Palisades Reservoir. We had a very protective sheepdog chase after us, but we escaped unharmed.

Rode in to Alpine and had a burger before heading east in to the Bridger-Teton NF once again. Great scenery along the Grays River. We camped at a beautiful primitive spot on the river.
The nearly full moon lit up the river nicely.






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Old 09-19-2013, 06:43 PM   #41
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:02 PM   #42
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Sweet. Some dry weather it looks like.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #43
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If you guys come across a New Jersey License plate around the Great Salt Lake, could you grab it for me?

My route incorporates Heart of the west and I'm going the opposite direction as the two of you.

Maybe we will cross paths. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Enjoy your trip.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:23 PM   #44
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Tons of adventure the past few days.... Mud, Hail, lighning, Rain, Mud combined with with Sheep Dogs....and Bears ? Really can't believe how huge the areas are out here... Feels like you could go full throttle for days and hardly see a soul. In fact, I cringe when we head into a town.... I can't wait to get back on the trail. Pics from last few days, Alpine to Wendover ... PS: We are doing Heart of West Going counter clockwise. Old Bikes and riders still going strong.






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Old 09-22-2013, 04:27 PM   #45
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Back on reliable cell so I'm gonna update with a few pics... Going from Alpine all the way to Flaming Gorge where we wait out rain... Just like at the start of the trip ...

This note was left at the primitive camp we chose along the Greys River :)) thanks alot "Claire "





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