Friday, January 22, 2016

Purple Sage | Grand View 1/22/2016

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Loop ~ 60 Miles
Riders – OffRoadRider , Spode Daddy

We both wanted to see what was on “the other side” of Hog Pen Gulch.

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Scouting for trails.

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The Big Water Fall

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We found a trail that took us across Castle Creek toward the Bachman Grade Road.
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Mouth of one the canyons on Castle Creek .

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The trail took us through a neat basin surround by cliffs. Poked around a bit then took the main route
out of the basin.

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We followed more single  track that intersected a road. The trail continued across the road , but I was worried
that I was already at the halfway point on gas.



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We followed the road to the Spiry Place.
The gate was open so I road up to the ranch house and asked for permission to cross the
property. Told the rancher we were exploring and ended up on the wrong side of the fence.
He immediately knew where we had crossed the canyon  and  said OK.

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Hog Pen had these Voodoo Hippie trinkets through it, some sort of
Electric Kool-Aid ritual . They were brand new , no weathering .

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The waterfall was iced up .

If you were an Enduro –X  champ you might could find a line up the rock faces.

Back tracking down Hog Pen my right knee locked up. I might of tweaked it , but don’t
remember doing so. It was hard moving from sitting to standing and back. Probably a bit of cartilage
wadded up in the joint. The rest of the ride back to the trucks was more awkward than normal,
worried about jamming / tearing something and not being able to ride at all.

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The big Birch Wash was nice and smooth .
I cruised along ~ 40MPH . About a mile from the trucks I hit reserve .

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Couldn’t Stand The Weather | Grand View 1/17/2016

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Riders – David, JimBob, Tim, John

Loop ~ 60 miles

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video – David

The weather forecast for Sunday looked like a warm , dry lull between storms.
We set up a rendezvous at the Dead Cow wash at 10 am.

Sunday morning the day looked promising  but as we drove to Grand View we could see that the
Snake River was fogged in.  It was thick along HWY78 , I could barely make out the landmarks
and sign posts.  At the wash , ~ a couple of miles off the highway the fog was much lighter but it
was still cold, ~27F.

Jim Bob and David pulled in right behind me said the fog had iced HWY78 past Sinker Creek.

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JimBob and Dave’s trek down HWY78.



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We took off up McKeeth Wash then hooped over to Vinson Wash.
Vinson had been washed this winter , hardly any tracks and no whoops !
At the top of Vinson we were out of the inversion and had patches of blue skies .

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Side Canyon off of Poison Creek.

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Dave talked us into riding up Doyle Mountain.
The trail is rutted with a couple of cobble step ups , then on top the ruts are filled with snow. 

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At the saddle intersection on Doyle.

 

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The decedent down was slick in spots .

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Birch Creek wash at the bottom of Doyle .

Sunday, January 10, 2016

MUD DADDY | MURPHY 1/9/2016

 

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LOOP ~ 42 MILES

TRAIL BOSS – JIMBOB

RIDERS – JOHN , DAVID

PHOTOS – JOHN, DAVID
VIDEO – DAVID

Jim Bob and David took me on a mud ride.
Kicked my ass . I need to work on my balance so I can keep some speed through the mud.

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On Tiddy Creek there was a south facing slope of bentonite clay. I didn’t keep enough speed to keep
the tires clean. The forks and swing arm packed up and froze the bike.

I had to drag  the bike off the jeep road to a firm spot. I used a pair of light summer gloves to
clean off the bike and tires with my hands. The bike probably still had 50 pounds of clay.

I was spooked the rest of the ride. Riding along a fence line there was 1-2 inches of grease on top
of frozen ground, I poked along in 1st & 2nd gear  . The bike felt like a lead balloon through the greasy frozen whoops. 




A portion of the ride was through a burn from the SODA FIRE , it looked like images from
Mars Rover .

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Common Sense Dirt Biking - Murphy , Idaho 12/29/2015

 

 

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Loop ~ 32 miles

NO FLY LIST -  BRIAN , OFFROAD , SPODE DADDY

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Video – David

My first ride in 3 weeks . David's first ride in 4 weeks since getting his knee cleaned up.

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I set the KTM up with ice screws . Hauled it and the TE250 ( w/o screws ).

I hadn’t ridden the KTM in over a year maybe two years. It felt kind of ratty in the parking lot.
At 2800 feet the ground was frozen but no snow. I decided to ride the Berg.

 

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Brian , David

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We rode some gravel , rocky washes and I was glad I didn’t have the screws.

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Following a single track just above Diamond Basin at ~ 4500 feet.

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The snow was ~ 3-4 inches , powered and no tracks.
Deep enough you couldn’t see the ruts , rocks ………
Traction was ok but I sat and putted in 1st gear through most of it.

 

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David wanted to ride the side hill single track above Diamond Basin.
I talked him into dropping into the sand washes .

 

We followed a few hundred yards of road by the corrals.
I went down hard, body slammed my right side.
One of those where you have to collect yourself to make sure your OK.
I stung my head/helmet  but didn’t ring my bell.
Made me more cautious and timid the rest of the ride.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BIG FUCKING RIDE 2016 - PLANNING

EASTERN IDAHO LOOP ~1300-1500 miles / 6-7 days

WHEN – MID JULY – END OF AUGUST - SEVERAL PASSES ARE > 8000 FT WOULD NEED TO VERIFY WHEN THEY ARE OPEN

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DAY1 ]  BOISE –CITY OF ROCKS /ALMO ~ 250 MILES
 

POI- SOUTH HILLS , CITY OF ROCKS

IF WE LEFT EARLY AND HAULED ASS WE COULD GET TO THE SOUTH HILLS BEFORE NOON &
THE CITY OF ROCKS BY MID AFTERNOON.

ROOMS - http://www.almocreek.com/ 

 

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DAY 2 ] ALMO- COKEVILLE  ~ 250 MILES

Don’t think there is much wrt sightseeing , mostly a transfer day.

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Preston – Bear Lake may be the most interesting leg.

DAY 3 | COKEVILLE  - MACK’S INN  ~ 260 MILES

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Cokeville – Alpine via Smith  Fork & Grey River ~ 100 miles

Should be a spectacular leg on forest service roads

http://www.cheaprvliving.com/blog/smiths-forkgreys-river-road-part-ii/

 

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The second half of the day is following pavement thru the Teton Valley.

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Day 4| Henry’s Lake – Salmon ~ 250 miles

SHOULD BE MORE SPECTACULAR RIDING

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RED ROCK PASS
HENRY’S LAKE – DUBOIS  ~ 80 MILES

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DUBOIS – SALMON  ~ 145 MILES 

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http://backcountry-byways.blogspot.com/2009/09/idaho-to-montana-on-old-bannack-road.html



DAY 5| SALMON- STANLEY   ~ 150 MILES

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RIDE PANTHER/MORGAN CREEK AGAIN PLUS A THIRD ATTEMPT ON THE CUSTER MOTORWAY
(THE 1ST RIDE WAS IN RAIN , 2ND IN SMOKE BOTH OBSCURED THE SCENERY )  .
aLSO WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIDE TWIN PEAKS LO AGAIN.


DAY 6 STANLEY-BOISE

 
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