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Old 07-02-2014, 06:17 AM   #31
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I'm all in. Look forward to seeing your trip.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:38 AM   #32
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I think I like this trip. Nice posts and plenty of pics. Keep it up!
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #33
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Enjoying the ride report. You guys out the west really have beautiful roads to ride.
We might cross paths on the TAT.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:06 PM   #34
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This looks to be good!

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Old 07-02-2014, 01:41 PM   #35
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Following along with great interest, did this a few years ago with a friend, kudos to you for doing it alone. Safe travels,
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:18 PM   #36
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:38 PM   #37
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Great start Dean,
I am in, hope you have a great adventure!
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:19 PM   #38
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Hi Dean, i have been enjoying your adventure so far. Very brave to be doing this solo. I look forward to the next report.Ride safe and good luck.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:50 AM   #39
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Great adventure!!! Subscribed. Best wishes.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:40 PM   #40
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I'm back!

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay, but finding connectivity has been a challenge the last few days. I'm here in Hailey ID and will spend tomorrow here then head Eastword on Saturday. I'm well and comfortable and finally getting around to checking in with you all.

Great to see some familiar faces here. Hi Lou, Hi Steve, and hey Russ, welcome to the Asylum. Glad to have you all along. Steve, hopefully you can chronicle the Montana trip for us.

I will be continuing my story but let me first say that my biggest challenge by far on this trip so far has been this ride report.
Posting and dealing with photos on the iPad has been problematic and frustrating, and I'm really disappointed to discover that somehow I have lost a bunch of pics I emptied the memory card after uploading everything in Kooskia (pronounced "Koos-Key" by the way) but the pics I'm missing are from after that. Sigh.

But life, and the ride, goes on. And I still have some good pics. Here's a teaser:

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Old 07-04-2014, 12:25 AM   #41
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It was about 1pm when I left Kooskia, having wet my vest and chilly pad for relief against the 80+ temps, and headed South, I think on 13, through Harpster, and Grangeville, then onto 95 and Old 95 from the top of White Bird Hill (elev 4,450') to White Bird. Old 95 was a section of probably 20 tight switchbacks that descended into the valley, I had it to myself, and it was spectacular. Unfortunately those are among the pics that disappeared, but here are some from that segment:















Next stop was the Riggins Ranger Station, where I had the pleasure of dealing with a nice young man named Cade, (sorry for the crap pic, but obviously I'm not much of a photographer)





who was quite helpful. He directed me up Salmon Creek Rd (I think that's the name) towards Burgdorf, which he said was open for sure. He knew also that I could loop down to McCall for sure, but was not sure if I could cut over from Burgdorm through Warren, Yellow Pine, and down to Hiway 24 which I could take into Stanley.
The road out of Riggins started out nicely paved and followed the river for a while,



winding along leisurely until it turned into graded gravel.



I stopped and talked to a guy on the road and he told me pretty much the same thing Ranger Cade had, so I continued on. Eventually as he said, it then crossed a creek



and after some more serene views on fast gravel









headed up,



through more beautiful country. There were many flowers in bloom, lots of flying buzzing things in the air, and the smells of mountain flowers wafted over me in waves. High alpine meadows have a smell you just can't get anywhere else!

The flowers made me think of a hard core adventurer I had the pleasure of hosting once, so I took a couple flower shots in honor of Nomadgal.





Hi Esther!


The road began getting steeper, rockier and more rutted as I went.





Again more switchbacks and awesome views.




And around the corner was this, so I took a timer shot of me next to an old weird abandoned bus




Passed this evidently historical cabin







but didn't see anything to explain its significance. It's a little run down, but I think it has potential.

After passing a few nice camping spots, and more spectacular scenery,



it was getting late I came across a big wide spot that was parking for a trailhead. One side was covered with about 8" of this



which offered an oh shit moment, but I plowed through it and down this




which lead to this





so I set up for the night.



I didn't make it to Burgdorf, and hoped I am not too far (There was a sign at the turn that said 21 miles to Burgdorf, but I forgot to check my milage and I find it's hard to gauge how far you've gone on these roads.


The road numbers (if if it doesn't just say "unpaved road" on the GPS don't seem to match the paper map, and it's really hard to see where a road goes on the GPS. You have to zoom in close enough to see the road number/name, then scroll and scroll trying to follow the road. Sometimes I can just tell it to find the next nearest city (and avoid hiways) but today it couldn't find Burgdorf, Yellow Pine, or Warren, so that didn't help me.


Total milage: 203
Horizontal Bike Events: 2
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:52 AM   #42
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Day 4 Weds July 2

All of the pics from yesterday are nowhere to be found, so you'll just have to use your imagination. I feel like I got robbed!

Got on the road at 7:58 after a quick cup of coffee. Turns out I was 8.5 miles from Burgdorf, which was closed down anyway. Not really much to see, just some cabins and a few old buildings. More 60MPH gravel.

Frrom there I followed the road down into McCall for gas, and a check with the friendly Ranger, Robert, who, after checking the latest update, told I could get over the gravel roads through Yellow Pine, and down into Stanley
So I took Lick Creek road out of McCall, and had a beautiful ride up to Yellow Pine, a town of 35 people in the winter, and many more in the summer. I was surprised to see an Espresso sign on a little trailer at one end of town, so I stopped and visited with June, the proprietor, for a while. She and her husband used to run the Warm Lake Lodge nearby, but retired to Yellow Pine, and now snowbird in Arizona in the winter. She sells coffee for something to do. She let me fill up my camelbak and water bladder with ice and freezing cold water! Thanks June! You rock!

From there I headed South, down 413, a nice twisty gravel road with awesome views. I took a little side trip up up this really steep and rutted 2 track, with a sign that said there was a lake at 6 miles and another at 10, but turned back after about a mile when it turned from challenging to really freaking difficult. I should have shot a couple pics of that, it was gnarly. But I didn't want to crash, and it was pretty much a certainty if I tried to keep going on on that road, so I headed back to the mainline and continued South.
When I got to the pavement again, I saw a sign for Warm Lake, and being only 9 miles away, I headed for it. At the top of a hill which turned out to be the summit of the climb from the lake basin, I ran into a group of about 8 bicyclists, and stopped to chat. They were from Portland, Seattle, and Montana, and had gotten together to ride a week long loop they'd found somewhere. They had just pedaled up from Warm Lake.

Holy Crap! I knew it was downhill to the lake, but it was a steep descent that switched back again and again, with really tight turns. Damn fun, but I couldn't imagine pedaling up that sucker! And in 80+ temps! They were all young and buff, but still, what a workout. Probably 3 or 4 miles of steep ascent with no relief until the top. Hard core for sure.

Warm Lake turned out to be a bit of a tourist trap, at least by my standards. I didn't check the temp of the lake.

At that point I was starting to think about finding a place to camp, and had already burned up a good bit of gas, so I searched and found the nearest gas to be in Cascade, about 25 miles away.

After thinking about it, I decided to play it safe and top off, even if it meant a bit of pavement to get there. But what a bit of pavement it was! Yet another well maintained twisty windy road through awesome scenery. I was really feeling good, and riding well too, at least it seemed that way. Carving through one corner after another for miles, with a big smile on my face. After a while it straightened out though, and the last few miles into town were pretty, but boring.
I went straight to the gas staiion and while there I talked to a guy on a BMW, I think it was a K bike of some sort? Sorry I'm not up on my BMWs. He said he also had a Honda 650L dual sport. Matt, if your with us, it was nice meeting you and chatting at the gas pump.

So back the way I'd come, past Warm Lake, up that awesome set of switchbacks, and back onto the gravel road 413 where I settled on Buck Mtn Camp. It's a tiny campground with 3 sites, kind of a crappy little place, but has a nice stream running next to it, has a pit toilet, and picnic tables. Good enough! My site was not next to the water, but close enough to hear the stream.

I jumped into my swim trunks and went and laid down in the stream. brrr! but it felt great! I also washed some clothes in a ziplock bag, and later even took a shower with my solar shower. It didn't have a chance to warm up completely but was not too cold at all.

Cooked up some dinner and typed up my notes from the day, and started a small fire in the fire ring hoping to drive some of these mosquitoes away. They are pretty thick :(

Total miles: 262
Bike nap count: Still holding at 2

Day 5 coming up, then if I don't screw up and lose all my pics, I'll share the Hailey Idaho Independence day celebration with you.
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:34 AM   #43
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Day 5 Thurs July 3

Getting caught up finally! Good thing cause it's getting late!

Day 5 Thurs July 3

Man it got cold last night. Not freezing cold, but cold enough that I woke up shivering and had to put on my shirt and camp pants. I slept in a bit but was on the road by about 8:45am.

It was a beautiful morning and I felt great as I stood on the pegs and let the beauty flow by. The bike is running sweet, and even loaded down I can throttle steer through the gentle sweepers, especially as the rear tire wears down. I love the feeling of the bike skittering around under me as I drift over the marble covered road, just pointing the bike where I want it to go and gassing it. Sometimes you just find your groove, and I was feeling it this morning. Spectacular!

My senses were barraged by the sights, scents, and occasional oh shit moments, due to the numerous deer that like to leap out in front of you, and by the 4 wheeled road hogs who seem to think that nobody else uses this particular road except them. I learned a long time ago to always hug the right side of the road because too many others don't.

I often take left handed photos on the go, but have the camera on a lanyard so if I drop it I won't lose it.

It was a zen-like ride down the fast gravel enjoying the views





but watching out for these:





most of which were to rude to allow me time to get my camera out before bounding off manically into the woods, or across the road again. I must have seen a dozen deer in a few mile stretch.

Also other things to watch out for



More really beautiful scenery



A selfie in motion



You can't see it in the pic but I'm grinning


Lots of this forest had burned not so long ago making for striking views






Eventually I reached the pavement that led to Stanley.



More nice views, but a long straight road





I've been to Stanley a couple times before, on a Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour, and with Michele on the Goldwing, and I had assumed I would have cell service, but no such luck. I stopped at the visitor center where the nice lady let me use here cell to call Diane, who I was to meet here. It was about 10:30 by this time and I worried she would be on the road and not answer, but Luckily she did, and told me to hang out at the Bridge Street grill, where her brother is a chef. So I did.
I ordered smoked trout eggs Benedict, because I have low will power, and because I didn't want to hang out here for a couple hours and only order coffee. The trout was fresh caught and smoked this morning. Yes, it was quite tasty.
While waiting I talked to these nice people, Craig and Terry



who were out for a ride to Boise, I think? Anyway, had a nice chat with them.

Then my host Diane rode up on her Fat Boy (I learned that's what it's called today) and Craig snatched my camera out of my hand and took this



Diane grabbed a mushroom burger and I had the first beer I'd had since Saturday (Hey, I'd had breakfast!) and then we headed out to ride the 70 some miles South to Hailey.

The parking lot was filling up. Quiz: Which motorcycle is different?



A couple left handed shots on the way to Hailey





And now I'm in my about done for the night. I've had a shower, dinner, I'm caught up on my Ride Report (although I'm still pissed about all the missing pics, I'm going to have to be more careful and develop a better protocol to prevent this), caught up on laundry, and have a real bed to sleep in.

Happy happy.

More to come, so don't touch that dial!

Total miles: only 96
Motorcycle spontaneous repositionings: Still holding steady at 2
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:50 AM   #44
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A couple more photos

I just figured out how to get my phone pics up to Smugmug (I thought I'd had it set to do that automatically) so here is the view from the deck of the Bridge Street Grill in Stanley



Tough to have to look at that all day!

And the obligatory food pic of my delicious smoked trout eggs benedict



OK, off to bed I go!
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:53 AM   #45
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What an AWESOME trip!
Loving the photos and the backroad meandering!
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