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Old 10-08-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Laugh The quest to find another lost "trail".

I posted this on TT, but I have yet to get a response. I know there are a few rock hounds hiding in the corners in here...

I'd like to get one more alpine ride in this season before the snow hits. There are a few "trails" (I use that term loosely) that may or may not be on the map that cross very technical rock sections over mountain peaks. I was up there on Saturday with my wife, but I wasn't about to make her drag her high-strung YZF any further through that hell. We turned around where we lost the trail, but the map shows it continuing along the ridge. I'd like to make it to the lake that is a few miles from where I last made it.

I am opening this invitation to anyone who has enough experience in this type of terrain and thinks they won't be holding up the group (any more than can be expected). Please be honest with your abilities and respect this request. A trials bike would be perfect, but there are about 20-25 miles of high-speed FS roads to get to the good stuff that might make a trials bike uncomfortable and out of gas. I'd like to keep a small group, maybe open to the first 4 who respond. The plan is to head up there next weekend (Sat, Oct. 12 preferably, weather - and wife's permission - pending). The days are getting short, so I'd like to get an early start. (Maybe meet over there around 6 or 7?) The location is over towards, but not technically in, the Silver Valley, ID.

If you choose to go, you have to accept the fact that you will be following a bone-stock, 13 year-old, air-cooled bike with a rider who has carpel tunnel so bad he can barely make it 10 minutes without shaking feeling back into his hands. If you are cool with that, then let's do this!

There will be plenty of....
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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Why do you have to be 600 miles away from me?

Maybe a better question is why do I have to live 600 miles from there? Because if it was only 2 or 300 miles I'd be there in a second.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:02 PM   #4
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Orange your only a day drive away:)

I wish I could help you with info but I will sit here waiting for the report on your findings instead.

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Old 10-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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I'd hit that, but I'm riding a club event that weekend. Next time.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:45 PM   #6
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Because if it was only 2 or 300 miles I'd be there in a second.
Your bike must be faster than mine.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:34 AM   #7
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Why do you have to be 600 miles away from me?

Maybe a better question is why do I have to live 600 miles from there? Because if it was only 2 or 300 miles I'd be there in a second.
This winter when you reflect on all the rides you went on this season, this is the one you will think about the most... "Dangit! I should have made the drive out there!"

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I'd hit that, but I'm riding a club event that weekend. Next time.
Club events are a dime a dozen. Come to the dark side. We have candy.

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Old 10-09-2013, 12:20 PM   #8
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I wish I lived in Idaho sometimes...
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:58 PM   #9
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This winter when you reflect on all the rides you went on this season, this is the one you will think about the most... "Dangit! I should have made the drive out there!"
Oh I'll be reflecting the most on a trail ride in Idaho where we explored lost trails and rode through rock fields. It'll just be the one in July where we went out to Baumgarter for a week


We all have to draw the line somewhere, and my line is three 600 mile trips to ride my dirtbike in faraway places in one year.

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Well, not this second, just a second that might happen about 7 or 8 hours after I get out of the driveway
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #10
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I just realized I have video from where we lost the trail. The trail should hook right along the highest ridge, and the lake is down in that valley below. The wide-angle lens flattens the landscape dramatically....

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Old 10-10-2013, 09:54 AM   #11
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Saturday's forecast for that trail:



Maybe I should get my redneck snow tires finished for Saturday. Brrrrr
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #12
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If you are going again, count me in! I was riding Utah/CO for the last week. This type of ride looks right up my alley.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:07 PM   #13
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If you are going again, count me in! I was riding Utah/CO for the last week. This type of ride looks right up my alley.
You bet!

It turned out to just be me and Kootenai Rider. We decided to bail on the original plan and go find some gnar at a lower elevation. I checked the forecast the morning of, and it was up to a 60% chance of snow. I was worried we would get in and not be able to get out. My 2 year old had me up at 3:30am, so I got up, plotted out a new route, went down to the shop and put my new rear tire on (I didn't want to shred it in the rocks) and mounted up the chainsaw (ended up only needing it almost once). Then I watched all day as Paul picked up is light little ring dinger while I was powerlifting my pig-iron + saw. But we found some of the "best" switchbacks that ID has to offer. I will get some video posted if our internet ever decides to cooperate.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:55 PM   #14
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...went down to the shop and put my new rear tire on (I didn't want to shred it in the rocks)...
Wish I had a new tire... maybe I could have actually made it to Lemonade Peak.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #15
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Definitely want to see some pictures of this ride.

XR will test you with his "Trails". Better be in shape.
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