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Old 09-27-2013, 01:30 AM   #46
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Bear Lake/Logan Canyon

When I popped out of Logan Canyon it was getting late, as always. Looking down at the old GPS I saw a place called Beaver Lodge. Gave it a ring and the friendly lady took my reservation. I headed down into town and got some food.

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There are a bunch of people that I have failed to talk about in this report. The randoms that are unexpected and completely appreciated.

Like the guy out of dinosaur park, who's wife owns the gas station and sandwich shop. He led off into the conversation talking about solar flares. ok I'm down lets talk about solar flares. Ended up shooting the shit with him over lunch. Great dude.

I say that to say this, the fellow who manages the Beaver Lodge takes the cake for one of my favorite people that I met on this trip

I pulled into Beaver lodge much later than expected. There was a note on the reception desk, 'knock on managers door'.

I went up and knocked on it and the guy who answered the door had a big smile 'oh you made it after all'

'let me show you to your room, you're going to love it'

The room had a real comfy feel to it and best of all was the bed. Reminded me of one of those really comfortable ones you find in casino's like the Borgata

Woke up the next day and met the owner. I told him that I wanted to just see the area and ride. He highlighted a route on a local map and sent me on my way




When I got back the manager asked me if I wanted to stay another night. I thought about and said screw it. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse.


I inquired about riding one of the horses. He said no problem and then said, hey why don't we have a little fire tonight in the pit.

Thats when Joe opened up. He told me stories of his youth. Apparently in one his many former lives, Joe was a rocker. He sung lead in various bands from the early 60's to mid 80's. I'm a lover of music spanning all generations, so this was literally music to my ears.

Then it got serious. He showed me pictures and gave me some CD's to listen to.



Joe 'Dagger' pictured top right. Also looks like Danny Mcbride was in the group (standing left side)

I'm sure this will sound like bullshit to most, but for some reason I believed him. Joe 'the dagger' was living in California in the late 60's to early 70's. He ended up playing in a club with a very new and young group called Van Halen. Now Joe was known for an energetic set, jumping all over the place acting like a wild man.


One of his moves was the jump kick.

Apparently Mr Roth was watching and taking notes


yeah thats right, I met the guy who had his move stolen



I woke up on my 2nd day and took a horse tour


I had to join a group of 8 that were there for a company function.

When It came time to pick horses i just sat back and let everyone pick.


The wrangler with the nice ass, basically stated the horses characteristics and asked about people's riding experience. I was the last to get a horse. The wrangler told me that mine likes to stop for snacks.

I realized after the ride that the horse that I had ridden, had been staring at me while I was observing the corral prior to the ride. (cute wrangler chick was running late and I didn't dig the company retreat people)


tried to tie my gopro to the horses mane but it wouldn't stay

At first I didn't let my buddy snack that much. When I heard one of the ladies in my party start to complain/ask when is this over, I let him go on a munch fest.

When It was over, I tied my horse up and thanked him. No shit, he lowered his head and slightly nuzzled me. It just made me feel great.

The next day I headed out. Went around Bear Lake, down a bunch of tarmac. Got off in some town (I gotta start taking notes as I ride) and hit the trail…to be continued.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:48 AM   #47
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Sounds like you are having a blast. The pictures have been amazing and can not wait to see more. Enjoy the rest and see you soon.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:56 AM   #48
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C'mon Casey - get with the program. The anticipation of seeing more of those wonderful HDR pics is killing me.

It was great to meet you, ride a few miles on the trail in your company and swap some bs around the campfire. Hopefully you completed your trip safely and are now - like the rest of us - slowly readjusting to the depressing realities of earning a living.

If you're ever in the Atlanta area....

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Old 10-01-2013, 09:51 AM   #49
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C'mon Casey - get with the program. The anticipation of seeing more of those wonderful HDR pics is killing me.

It was great to meet you, ride a few miles on the trail in your company and swap some bs around the campfire. Hopefully you completed your trip safely and are now - like the rest of us - slowly readjusting to the depressing realities of earning a living.

If you're ever in the Atlanta area....

Cheers,

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You must have talked with Dirtmongrel, always getting on me to move this along

I did make it back safely and I'm still in denial that I'm at work. I'm ready to boil some water and whip up some chili mac and beef, go suck down some dust for a few hours, scare myself at least twice but instead i'm looking at a word document

I'm just getting some pics and videos organized. I should have something up soon enough. Get to introduce the guys who I had to constantly wait for.

Same to you Douf, if you ever want to come up and ride. We have some organized events coming up in November and you are always welcome around my campfire.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:45 PM   #50
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September 2013, the month of RAIN!
Nice report, thanks for posting.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:23 AM   #51
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Wicked Nice pics and rr

Halfway thru your RR.. Great stuff. Look forward to finishing soon.
So much to do after being away for the month. I still don't feel normal back at home yet.

RRs give me the fix I need to relive it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #52
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By the way Casey, how did u end up riding that trail leading to Lucin at nite ? Did u ride much at night ? That trail had serious issues and were were on it in the morning !


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Old 10-04-2013, 08:58 AM   #53
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September 2013, the month of RAIN!
Nice report, thanks for posting.
Defiantly dealt with the elements. Last few days I had a decent size snow system chasing me away.



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By the way Casey, how did u end up riding that trail leading to Lucin at nite ? Did u ride much at night ? That trail had serious issues and were were on it in the morning !


All who wander sure as heck ain't lost
First two weeks it seemed that I was always pulling into someplace late night. I don't try and do that nor do I like being out at night riding. I just had a ton of energy and enthusiasm that day. The long loop out of bonneville brings you back to where you pretty much started. So it was go left to highway or go right into the cool night of the desert.

Looking back at the entire trip I would say the only photos or videos that I did not take and regret, would be shots from that night. At least some evidence of what I did.

I'm a relatively new rider, been back at it for 2 years. I can say that night and trail was my biggest test to date. I'm sure a good rider would have zero problems doing those washes. It tested the shit out of me though, both mind and body

do you have more pics? I saw the one of you or your buddy standing in one of the washes.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #54
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Great story and photos/videos. I love the tale of Joe Dagger.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:26 AM   #55
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do you have more pics? I saw the one of you or your buddy standing in one of the washes.[/QUOTE]

CB, didnt take a ton of pics during that stretch but ill look for 1 or 2 more from my phone. That was me In the wash. It was easy to go around on the uphill side but that might have been tought to see at nite. There was one area that was a road running up the hill that turned into a real wide wash with lots of interesting features to negotiate. Easy enough in day but would be pretty stressful at nite I think. To make it from Wendover to Lucin, mostly at nite by yourself took alot of balls and a good amount of skill. I would not choose to do that but if you had to and u made it thru fine good for you !

Shot of the mud ruts on the Loop near Wendover


Dolphin John may have more.





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Gun 4 Hire -
I would put my decision making more into stupidity and ignorance, rather than balls

I have a few of the same shots and I think that was the misleading part. If it was all this:


No problem. I think it kinda became slightly tedious, the saving grace was the views for me. Maybe that was the reason for me to continue on towards Lucin, once I saw the terrain change. I was excited for something slightly more challenging than a graded gravel road. Overgrown jeep trails are probably one of my favorites to ride.

I ended up getting everything I wanted and then some.



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Great story and photos/videos. I love the tale of Joe Dagger.
Thanks Brian. Joe was a real trip to hang out with. I think he enjoyed the company of someone with a similar mind set and I enjoyed hearing his stories.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:33 PM   #57
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Leaving Bear Lake, I made my way to Alpine then Greys River Road.

Over the last week or two the amount of hunters I passed has been significant. I also found the amount of waving to being dusted out changed from region to region.

This day was a day of being dusted out by everyone. At one point I had stopped to wash out my mouth, take some pics and have a cig.




I heard a roaring pickup off in the distance coming up the mountain road. As the pickup rounded the bend I saw two fellows, two cowboy hats and a trailer containing some horses. I was expecting a large amount of dust to follow. Instead they stopped and inquired if I was alright and then asked about what the heck I was doing. After briefly explaining my route, they invited me to come by their campsite 10 miles down the road.

I had been thinking bad thoughts regarding the hunters in this region and these two dudes were erasing that notion right quick.

I gave them a 10 minute head start and ended up catching them in under 5. As I was behind them I played out in my head whether I should just follow them or pass them and continue on.

I get so sidetracked, I probably would of ended up camping with them then going on a hunting expedition. If my prior experiences of meeting strangers was any indication.

Just as this is all going through my head, they pull to the side and all I see come out the drivers side window is an arm holding a bottle of whiskey.

Answer given. 10 minutes of more chit chat and a snip of the hooch and I continued on.


Fueled up in Alpine and headed onto Greys River Road.

With the light quickly fading, I saw right off the bat an organized campground with nobody in it. As I was pulling money out to put in the envelope I questioned myself and just what the hell I was doing. Tons of free camping around.

Was I thinking that my fee into the site would keep me safe from bear? Maybe a bit.

I believe I already mentioned that I have a pretty big Bear paranoia. Riding in isolated areas and being alone does not bother one bit, actually the opposite. The only thing that can hinder my experience is when I let my Bear Paranoia get to me.

Based on that fear and trying to not let it get the best of me, I made myself go and find a nice free site.



Actually slept great. I obviously didn't stumble onto Claire's sign left at the "flatlanders" spot. I would of been up all night

Woke up the next day to the sound of a babbling brook and just smiled.

Rest of the day was spent leisurely meandering along park roads.


This spot was so very peaceful. The pics and vid just doesn't capture it.

I was aiming for Idaho Falls where Questor had offered up tent space and where I had planned to meet Byways and put a face to a name.


TWO DAYS STRAIGHT OF RIDING GRAVEL (not including the previous hundreds and hundreds of miles)

I finally hit the pavement, literally. I had just passed some awesome windmills and the gravel ended. Made a right onto pavement, went 50 yards and made a left onto more pavement.

I was paying attention to the Subaru at the stop sign, not wanting it to pull out and T bone me as I was making my left. But what I had failed to recognize was the tiny spot of gravel.

That’s all it took. Without any warning I was sliding on my side towards the second vehicle in line at the stop sign.

Mr. Pickup shithead just blew his horn at me as I’m sliding towards him. I guess I never released the bike and I kind of pulled it towards me mid slide to stop it.



TOP OF PIC IS THE GRAVEL. TOWARDS BOTTOM IS THE DIRECTION OF SLIDE
Damage:


HDB BARK BUSTERS DID THEIR JOB. GIANT LOOP COYOTE BAG HELD THE REAR UP FROM ANY DAMAGE AND IT DIDN'T EVEN TEAR


TORE IN TWO SPOTS. FOREARM FROM SLIDING with a pressure suit underneath


AND THE POCKET FROM HAVING MY GOPRO IN IT


I WEAR KNEEE AND SHIN GUARDS WITH SOME ATHLETIC SHORTS THAT HAVE THIGH AND HIP PADS. SO I ONLY WEAR THOSE ZIP OFF REI PANTS WHICH SHREDDED AROUND THE LEG

Pictures look rather mild looking at them now. I've fallen harder off road but I find it crazy how fast everything shreds away on pavement. The knee guard, while it looks like nothing as far as damage to them. But those small gouges out of the plastic and the slight tear on the knee cup surely would of been painful on an unprotected leg.

After I got the bike up and everyone left, I saw a 990 coming down the road. Dave stopped to inquire if everything was ok. We shot the shit and we both admired his new purchase. Dave offered up the snakebite as a good place for a burger and beer and I was off again.

Made it to Questors house and met all the other ADV guests. Five guys riding the heart of the west on four 990’s and one 950.

More to come very soon. I wanna rap this puppy up.
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Shorty after arriving at Questors, we all piled into his truck and went out to dinner. Byways joined us and I finally got to meet him face to face. Wonderful guy and great to talk with. I wish I had more time to hang out with him and Q.

During dinner I was amongst 7 people who I had never met. But it was very easy and comfortable. I was thankful for that.

After dinner I asked the five guys if they minded if I tagged along for a day or two considering they were going the same direction. No problem was the answer.

Got back to Q's, used the head, signed the shower curtain and went outside. 4 of the 5 guys were already in their tents heading for REM's.

It was at that point that I had realized that my schedule was probably about to change haha. Up until this point, I had been riding solo. Briefly rode with Doug for a few days, but mostly had ridden by myself. Even my riding history, I had never ridden with more than one or two other riders. Both of which I know very well

At the crack of dawn I heard tents being collapsed, bladders being emptied, air mattress’s being deflated and some banter back and forth. I said to myself ‘shit you better get your ass moving.’

It already seemed I was 10 steps behind. I’m still cinching down my load, my boots aren’t even buckled up yet and all I hear are the bikes firing up. I looked up and saw 5 riders mounted up staring at me. Not a good start haha

So we hit the road. I may get some of the following mixed up but here goes it (def. taking notes for the next ride if I try a RR again)


Highlights of riding with the crew


OLD SCHOOL HOUSE & SHITTER

We found a nice camp spot at the end of the day. No pics due to the rain

But that meant I finally was able to use my tarp and pole setup. Been questioning bringing that gear since packing it up at my house prior to departure.

Next morning I was determined to get ready before the rest of the guys. So I got down to breaking down my gear, packing up and getting ready. I thought I was doing well until once again I looked up and there were 5 riders fully ready, mounted up and engines purring…..dohhh

Met these guys on the road (I know how the little black guy felt)


690 surrounded by 9XX's


Made our way over to Bannack (preserved Ghost town in Montana) and took a stroll through the past




INSIDE THE OLD HOTEL, THIS HALLWAY REMINDED ME OF A SCENE FROM THE SHINING


We continued on our route and we eventually came across one of the larger waterfalls i've ever seen.


Here is the crew that I didn't properly introduce. Three of the guys were from Georgia and two were from Aspen.

TONY, STAN, ANDREW, DAVE & PHIL

AND HERE IS ONLY THE SECOND PIC OF ME IN THIS REPORT )

THEY WERE YELLING AT ME FOR TRYING TO PERCH MY CAMERA ON A NARROW RAILING SET TO A TIMER. WHAT CAN I SAY? I LIVE ON THE EDGE.

Prior to getting to the Grand Tetons, we were on some forest roads that I was very much enjoying. Slightly rutted out sections with tons and tons of cornering.

Here’s Andrew taking a moment while we waited for Stan to get his second flat of the day fixed. Nails and screws were just fascinated by his tires.
We pushed on towards the Grand Tetons.


*I have very little photos from riding with the guys besides the two stops. By this point I had broken one gopro, ripped off a few sticky mounts and wasn't using my canon t4i at all. Second side point: vast majority of pictures in this report are from my iphone then messed with in Snapseed (phone app). Bannack, waterfall were taken with my canon and are single exposure. The only HDR in this report is the shot of Mt. Evans

Once we made it to Jackson Hole, we decided to get a room. Easier said than done. Rooms were crazy expensive and the amount of tourists was shocking to me. A so so room was going for $230 plus and everyone of them were booked.

Dave took the lead and went outside of town to inquire about a motel we had passed. Ended up being a bit cheaper so we went two per room and split the costs.
Went out for some grub and a beer.


Walking into the place, the bar had horses saddles as bar stools. After riding a couple hundred miles that day just looking at the bar stool made a tear come out. We opted for a table

I'm not a fan of country music but "Outlaw Jim" was pretty good.

It went up a notch of a ‘good night’ when one of the many Asian tourists staying in Jackson hole, got up on stage and sang route 66. The women could not speak English but sang the song like she was fluent in the language.


I loved it and maybe a slight crack has formed in my dislike for country music armor.


I let the guys know that I was going my own way the next day. It had nothing to do with the company. I really enjoyed the crew and the two days riding with them, everyone had a good attitude and were easy going. Which is normally a prerequisite for me to want to hang out with a person or group.

They wanted to get up early, ride hard all day, rinse and repeat. I just wanted to get up slightly later (much later) and meander as I please. Knowing what I know now, there was no way I would of finished my route if I hadn't of ridden with them.

As it would turn out, we switched roles over the next two days going our own ways…..

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I have about one installment left and maybe a vid for all my lurkers out there.

So here are a bunch of panoramas that I never used in this RR.














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Nice panos and great report.
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