Tuesday, July 28, 2015

People are Crazy and Times are Strange–Blacks Creek 7/27/2015



Loop ~ 19-20 miles
              18 miles trails , 50 miles “Adventure”

Riders – IdaSpode , Spode Daddy

IdaSpode’s first ride in quite a while.
My 1st ride on the FreeRide in a couple of months and it had a new shock spring and Rekluse .
I rode like crap, worse than my first outing on the FreeRide with the stock spring and  the manual clutch.
Again it took me 7-8 miles to adjust to a different bike, but found if I rode “slow” just off the pilot I did
better in the dry slick. I decided I really don’t like the Maxxis Trial on the rear either.

The bike does have a lot of grunt in the slow technical stuff, putting predictable torque to the
ground whether deep loose cobbly stuff or rocks.

The clutch is slipping more than I want and the bike ( rear ) felt too “springy”.
I need to tune both the clutch and suspension.

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About 6 miles into the ride Dave had a rear flat. He left the wheel on and pulled the tube out.
No snake bite , no holes, no water creek water to look for holes. We stuffed the tube back in and used
3 CO2’s to air it up.

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Nice afternoon sky.

After a 2-3 miles David’s rear tire was flat again – 2 more CO2’s .


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Waiting for David to come up the Ridge.
It was dry slick and had short section straight into the evening Sun. 

Right before the climb we had to air up the rear tire with  2 more CO’s on a loose sidehill.

We made it back to Willow Creek TH before dark !

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Watch Out–Deadwood 7/18/2015






Trail Boss – JimBob
Riders – Spodedaddy

Loop ~ 76 miles

JimBob had a big day planned :
Deadwood Ridge , Steven’s Point ,White Hawk Basin , Lighting Ridge , Onion Creek , Scott Mountain LO , Nellie's Basin

He estimated a 60-65 mile loop. I packed extra food but thought I could make it on tank of gas. 
We were on the bikes by 9:30.

My first single track ride in 6 weeks. I did the Nevada adventure ride , then it turned hot.
100’s in the valley and  high 90’s in the mountains . For the most part I hunkered down in the AC until
the heat wave broke, did a few day rides on the 950.

It took a few miles to transition back to the dirt bike. It felt like it had no mass and “it did something” when
you twisted the throttle. I stayed in 2nd gear until after the granite slab , then felt more comfortable in
3rd and 4th .

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One of the views from Deadwood Ridge about ~ 2500-3000 feet above the river below.



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Steven’s Point trail. I saw it on the IPR database and wanted to check it out.
Doesn’t get ridden that much, it’s over grown in spots . It was worth doing once.



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Granite out cropping at end of trail . Views of the Deadwood and Nellies Basin  it you climb on top of the

On the trail next to the river from White Hawk Basin into the dam we started to encountered some traffic.

The first was a group of three.  I stopped on flat spot and waved the last rider to go on by. When he was passing
he stalled , bobbled into me and almost knocked me over !

Past the bridge I was trying to catch up with JimBob and I came up on some hikers .
I locked up the brakes and washed out the front wheel right in front of them !
Laying on my side under the bike I told them “your not suppose to see that “.
The fellow laughed and helped me lift the bike.

Just after the hikers I met four other bikes.
JimBob said he and lead rider tattooed front tires in some bushes that created a blind spot.
Both fell over , JimBob thought we was going to slide into the river.



Lightning Ridge trail head .



JimBob doing the heavy lifting



Much of the trail is through a lush north facing canyon.



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Lunch break .
Up to this point the trail  had several technical spots through some side drainages, then it started the climb up to
the ridge line.




Cobby climb , not real steep but steeper than the photo looks.
I took the line on the right and while paddling high sided ,
really just dropping the bike when my down hill leg wasn’t long enough.
I had to walk it up to trail.


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JimBob discovered a leak in a radiator hose.
I had smelled antifreeze through the slow stuff but didn’t think much of it.
We decided to turn around.

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JimBob stopped at this small creek to add water to his radiator.
He dumped the gas from a small Gatorade bottle then used ~ 2 1/2 bottles to fill the radiator.

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On the way back down Lightning.

We were almost to the ridge line when we decided to back track to
Scott Mountain Road.

On the road to Nellies Basin I hit reserve about the 55 mile mark.
On previous rides I hit reserve at 65-70 miles. 
JimBob had another ~ 4-6 inches in his tank compared to me.

When I started Lightning I thought my gas looked good, but I must have
burned a lot more gas spinning the wheel through the technical sections
and then spilled some when I dropped my bike.


First time for both of us on Nellies . It seemed in better shape than Julie Creek but
would still be hard pull starting at the bottom.

Just as we dropped off the top we got into the backside of a rain storm. The rain itself
wasn’t bad but the wet bushes soaked you.

In order to conserve gas we were dead engine coasting when ever we could. The trick
for me was finding  a comfortable speed that still had enough momentum to carry through
the flats and over the small inclines .

What complicated the task was finding neutral, most the time I had to be a dead stop .

Near the bottom on a flat piece of tread ( looked like a recent re-route ) I was trying to find neutral,
some reason fixated on a cut log and must have tapped the front brake. I took a header off the trail with a big loud
“FUUUUCK”.  The bike stayed on the trail but I kept going & going, didn’t think I would stop on the slicked up
leaves and litter.


My view when I finally got on my feet .
It was a struggle but I climbed back to the trail. JimBob and I lifted the bike back up.
He suggested I go ahead and use the engine the rest of the way down.

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I made it all the way back, 76 miles , without running out of gas  ~ 20 miles on reserve ! 
JimBob never hit reserve.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Afternoon Spin | Prairie–Middle Fork–Barber Flat–Idaho City 7/13/2015




Loop ~ 167 miles

Prairie – Middle Fork of  Boise – Alexandra Flats – Barber Flats – Idaho City

Monday morning I got my errands done then decided to do a loop thru Prairie and back through Idaho City.
I estimated it was 110-125 mile loop and I could stop in at Trudy’s for snack but it was closer to 170 miles. 


I nailed the timing riding right behind a rain storm.


Smith Creek below Prairie .
Prairie got dumped on, the road was wet slick I had to ride right off the pilot to keep from spinning the

Long Gulch & Rattle Snake were awesome just enough moisture to improve traction.
I was in my groove zipping along 50-60 mph.


Rattle Snake


Middle Fork drainage



The Middle Fork is a spectacular  ride .


View of Idaho City from Rabbit Creek Summit .

I met Marilyn and Scott at Cancun for a great Mexican meal for dinner.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Big Ol Dusty Dusty , South Fork Adventure Ride 7/5/2015



Loop ~ 255 miles

Did a adv ride with Loyal. I waffled because I thought it would be hot, but it turned out to be a wonderful
day. In the 70’s most of the ride. I wish I had gone dirt biking !


I was expecting lots of crowds,  a demolition derby with Razors  but most the roads were reasonably
empty. The serious dust eating was coming down Crouch summit – Post 4th of July Parade.

One of the entrants was driving a Electric M&M 40 ft Motorhome Bus. Must have been Ken Kesey 
reincarnate on his way to Grateful Dead Show. He was driving 45mph over the pass !

The other dust was on the South Fork behind some fishermen. They never look in their mirrors !



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Fuel stop in Pine


Deadwood Creek blow out



Deadwood Creek trail head. Only one I know that starts with a river crossing.


Lunch stop at the Wrangler. When we left the line was out to the parking lot.


SF of Boise below Anderson Ranch Dam




Stopped in Prairie to change to clear goggle lens and call home. 
The Bar has a mini Verizon Cell Tower hooked to their internet .


South Fork Canyon north of Neil Bridge .

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