Sunday, April 8, 2018

WOKE–Desert Single Track , Doyle Mountain 4/7/2018

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50 mile loop around Doyle Mountain.


Riders – John C , Scott , Chad , JimBob , John , JB , Glen 

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Friday the local media were forecasting Biblical floods , frogs and pestilence.
We decided to push the ride back a couple of hours and do a weather check Saturday morning.
Saturday morning the radar showed the storm passing by 10-12 AM. 

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We had a couple of mechanical problems -
*John’s tailgate latch broke and we had to muscle the bike out of the truck.
*I left my backpack unzipped and lost my roast beef sandwich.
*On the way home the engine light came on in my RAM3500.
 

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Totally different weather in the Owyhee's , dry but not too dusty .
JB and Glenn were there when we arrived . They tagged along for about 20 miles.

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Halfmoon Pass

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Upper Birch Creek

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Mule Deer watching us from side of hill.



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Portland Gulch

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Squaw Meadows lunch break.
Chad fed me with a tuna salad wrap and cheese stick .

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Castle Creek crossing , very shallow.

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Trail into Savage Crossing

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Just before Doyle Mountain  side hill

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Dropping down Doyle

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We decided to have dinner at the Y-BAR.  The Y-BAR specializes in vegan items .
In spite of a Help Wanted sign in the window , they give wouldn’t Scott an interview.

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Scott and John loading up.

Monday, January 22, 2018

THE 300’S–GRAND VIEW 1/21/2018

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Riders – Dave , Scott , John
Loop –   50 miles

Second ride on the 300. Saturday I did a short 30 mile ride by Murphy
with Gary  then changed the oil when I got hone. I used 1.5 gallons , ~ 21 mpg.
rich but ok for the break-in rides, I figured I would be safe at a 50 mile loop.

While I was picking up Scott , I got a text from Dave asking if we were riding
out of “Dead Cow “. I let him know we were  but first eating breakfast at the
Y-BAR.

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Small shrine just above the Grand View feedlot. It’s been up a couple of
years . At one time it had a small plastic 4-wheeler.

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Jack  was an early investor in Micron ,larger than life character , American hero !

Jack made a billion dollars off his Micron investment but I think he loved
his AG business more .

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Scott and I got to Dead Cow ~ 11AM and it had warmed up to 37F.

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Scott’s bike died while idling and he thought he must have fouled a plug.
He changed the plug but it still wouldn’t start !
Dave rode to the other side of the bike and saw the gas was turned off. Smile

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Dave had me lead but after 6-7 miles I missed a turn and “lost” the single track.
Scott & Dave took over and we picked up the single track again.

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Just past the Oreana Cutoff .

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Side hilling around the Water Fall .

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Mouth of the Castle Creek Canyon.

We looped above Doyle Cabin and made our way to Vinson Wash.
The wind was whipping over Doyle Mountain so hard I didn’t want to stand up
and it was cold .

About halfway down the wash  @42 miles I hit reserve !

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We found the first trail that took us to Missile Base Road and took the
road back to Dead Cow . I was running on fumes !

As we loaded up the storm front was rolling over the Owyhee's but it
stayed dry all the way home.
 
When got to Scott’s to unload , I saw I had a flat on the driver’s side
of the trailer . The tire was shot but I don’t think it happened on the
interstate , it would not have survived  at all.

I might want to invest into TPS for the trailer as I can’t see it at all with the
camper loaded.

Scott got his floor jack and light . It took the two of use to break the lugs
with Scott standing on the tool.

So ok , new tire on the trailer and short 10 minute drive home !

Nope, ACHD started barricading the roads between Maple Grove and Cole in
preparation for the Lake Hazel intersection work.
I thought no problem I’ll work my way through the subdivision but as I almost   
reached Cole there was a line of barrels blocking Cole. I had to back track to
Maple Grove , then to the airport to Pleasant Valley to get home.

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Cole will remain closed until August !
On the plus side no more commuter traffic on Hollilynn for a few months.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Winning !!!!- Grandview (not a shithole) 1/14/2018

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1st ride of the year !
1st ride with Donald !
1st ride after suspension serviced by  BRAAAP !

Loop ~ 50miles
Riders – John, Scott

Had a couple of senior moments before I got on the bike :

*I forgot to empty yesterday’s coffee when I started a new pot – the pot overflowed .
*As we got to Dead Cow I had to make an emergency deposit in the Iranian “food bank” behind
  a tall sage brush .

Despite the bad omens it was an awesome ride , blue bird skies and hero dirt.
The bike worked much better with the serviced suspension .Hill climbs and descents
were much easier .


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Almost ready to ride.

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Doyle Mountain

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Spode Daddy

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We stopped at Doyle Place for lunch. Cheetos of course .

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Owyhee Mountains

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

BIG FUCKING LOOP–WYOMING BIG HORNS

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Interactive Snotel Map

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DAY 1 BOISE – IDAHO FALLS
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~350 MILES

POINTS OF INTERESTS :

ARCO-MINIDOKA ROAD
SOUTHERN BUTTE                
ATOMIC CITY
HELLS HALF ACRE

DAY 2  IDAHO FALLS -  THEMOPLIS

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~ 355 MILES

POINTS OF INTEREST :

LOUIS LAKE ROAD
THERMOPLIS

DAY 3   THERMOPLIS-STORY

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~ 225 MILES

POINTS OF INTERESTS :

BIG HORN MOUNTAINS
STORY

DAY4  STORY-CODY

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~ 215 MILES
POINTS OF INTEREST:
BIG HORN MOUNTAINS
MEDICINE WHEEL 
Bighorn Recreation Area

             
DAY 5  CODY-DILLION

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~300 MILES

POINTS OF INTERESTS :
CHIEF JOSEPH HIGHWAY
YELLOWSTONE
REDROCK VALLEY

DAY6  DILLION-ARCO

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~200 MILES

POINTS OF INTEREST :
BANNACK STATE PARK
GILMORE

Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns


DAY 7 ARCO-BOISE

POINTS OF INTERESTS:

GOODING CITY OF ROCKS







 
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