2021 Idaho Trip. July 22nd-August 7th

SkunkWorks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2018
Messages
878
Location
Colorado
Day-11, Sunday August 1st
215 Miles

IMG_0194.PNG

With the previous evening's Shower, Fresh-Laundry, Clean Helmet, and comfortable Bed, I woke up refreshed and reset for the next week of this Adventure.
We made breakfast at the Cabin, and then loaded the bikes for the day's ride.
We refilled all our extra water containers, and got ourselves ready.

My fore-arm was really sensitive where the Yellowjacket got me the day before. It had a decent sized redness around the sting site that had become swollen and warm.
Ron had some Benadryl with him, so I took one in hopes that it might help a little.

IMG_E0169.JPG

We geared-up and set off, riding through town and then north on Moon Pass Rd.

I had been looking forward to this stretch, and was the main reason I planned the route through Avery.
This road follows an old Railroad Grade. The Tunnels are all still there, as well as the High-Trestles.
You ride through them and over them as you make your way along this fork of the St. Joe River. It is an awesome Route!

IMG_0170.JPG

IMG_0172.JPG

IMG_0173.JPG

IMG_0171.JPG

IMG_0174.JPG

IMG_0175.JPG

IMG_0177.JPG

It was along this stretch where, at one of the Trestles, I stepped off the bike to take a couple pictures.
As soon as I started walking I could feel something wrong with my right Boot.
I turned around to find the entire SOLE laying next to the Bike.........................UGG!
Can't fix it right here, so I quickly strapped it to the luggage with my Sneakers, got my pictures and we continued on towards Wallace.

This section of the road was fast-gravel!
There was no traffic whatsoever, so I could open it up and blast down the straights and get a little sideways throttling out of the curves.!
It was a fun section up and down through the Forest.

IMG_0179.JPG

I waited for Ron where the road becomes paved again, and we rode together the rest of the way into town.
We planned to get fuel in town, and the first gas station we came to was chock-full! Each pump had another vehicle or two queued-up in line waiting.
This wouldn't do, so we rode to the other end of town to try the other fuel-station.
We had better luck, as there was one pump open. We stacked the Bikes to save time and fill them both together, as there was now other people waiting.

I pumped first, and was in the middle of a conversation with Ron on Comms while fueling, when a Gentleman walks up to me and starts asking questions about my Bike.
I answered a couple of them politely, whilst also paying attention to Ron's conversation in the middle of trying to pump gas.
I think I confused both the Gentleman and Ron with my answers.................Hell, I think I even was confused myself.
I don't know if it was a combination of being slightly frustrated at having to ride to the other end of town, coupled with people waiting to use the gas-pumps and me wanting to hurry up and finish.
I turned to the guy and simply shook my head and said "I'm sorry".
He replied "I can see you're in a hurry" and he walked away.
Ron finished topping up his bike, and we left the gas station headed back to the other end of town to continue heading north.
As we rode away I could see the Gentleman who came to talk to me was standing next to another Blue Super-Tenere.

I later felt bad that I didn't take the time to pull over to where he was parked and chat with him for a bit.
That is my one and only regret of the entire trip!
So if you are on the Forum, Mr Blue Super-Tenere Guy, that I crossed paths with on August 1st in Wallace Idaho, I truly am sorry....................I wish I would have taken the extra time to talk Bikes with you!
I do regret not doing so.
 

SkunkWorks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2018
Messages
878
Location
Colorado
After riding north out of Wallace, we missed a couple forest-fire closures on our way to Prichard and then headed east on Thompson Pass Rd.
We met up with Hwy-200 at Thompson Falls and continued north.

We stopped for Lunch in Trout Creek at the "Naughty Pine Saloon"

IMG_0182.JPG

IMG_0180.JPG

The Pizza was absolutely delicious!
I finished mine!
IMG_0181.JPG

Wheel of Mis-Fortune?

IMG_0183.JPG

After our lunch-break we continued north.
A little farther up the road we decided to check out Noxon Rapids Dam.
It was Dam-Impressive!

IMG_0184.JPG

IMG_0186.JPG

After that we turned onto Hwy-56 and rode on to US Hwy-2
We stayed on our northerly heading

Cap'n Ron had no clue where we were going to end up.
I kept it a surprise.
Once we reached Moyie Springs, we stopped for Fuel once more and then I took the lead.
We didn't have much farther to go...................
 

SkunkWorks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2018
Messages
878
Location
Colorado
Just up the road from there we turned on to Meadow Creek Rd, and followed that until turning onto Deer Ridge Rd.
It was gravel the rest of the way, and began climbing up the ridge.
It was slightly steep in spots but decently maintained. It became more narrow the higher we went.
Eventually we reached our destination for the night...............What a treat this was!

IMG_0187.JPG

Deer Ridge Lookout.

IMG_0189.JPG

It was nice and cool up there on the Mountain, and the beds were plenty comfortable.

IMG_0190.JPG

40-feet above the ground!

IMG_0198.JPG

Luckily there was a Bucket attached to a rope and pulley at the top.
It made hauling up our gear a breeze!

IMG_0191.JPG

IMG_0203.JPG

The views were a bit smoky, but that was to be expected with the season that Idaho was having.
We did hear a thunderstorm rumbling over the next ridge on the Montana side, but it stayed away and we ended up having a peaceful evening up above the trees.

IMG_0195.JPG

The whole area around the base of the Tower was filled with wild Huckleberry bushes.
I picked a bunch of them and ate them as I went. They were ripe and sweet!

After dark, as we were gazing off into the distance from the Balcony, we could hear rustling in the bushes and some twigs snapping.
It took awhile but eventually a couple Deer emerged to feed on some plants in the clearing. Don't know if they were eating the berries but they stuck around awhile.

IMG_E0215.JPG

This was an amazing experience! I've always wanted to stay in one of these, but they are almost impossible to get. I got lucky when I booked this one.
I spent a little time reading the Binder of historical info about the Tower, and we enjoyed the peaceful solitude.
We were pretty sure we were the only people up on the Mountain that night.

Here is the "Relive" Video of our Route today.
Stay Tuned!

 

SkunkWorks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2018
Messages
878
Location
Colorado
Yeah, the schedule of the trip didn't really work out for meeting up with people.
With the advance reservations that were booked, a lot of the days were about riding to the next destination.

I have a good friend who apparently lives in Salmon. We ate lunch in town and apparently rode within a couple miles of his House.
Didn't meet up with him either.
 

AusTexS10

Active Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2020
Messages
188
Location
Austin, TX
That cabin looks fantastic. Did you find out what those numbers on the hill sides in Arco meant? The sail of my sub (USS Boston/SSN-703) ended up in Buffalo NY. No telling where they're going to show up.
A drier fate than my brother's boat (USS Redfish/AGSS-395) that he served aboard in the early 1960's. It ended up getting sunk by another sub in 1968 while serving as a target.
 

AusTexS10

Active Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2020
Messages
188
Location
Austin, TX
Any bladder will work. You can get generic bladders at Wally World for about $15. I used to have a Geigerrig bladder in my CamelBak carrier. I prefer the Geigerrig due to the huge opening for easy filling. It can also be pressurized, but I never did. But, I wore the CamelBak instead of carrying it in a saddlebag. It was easier access, and I got used to the feel.
I loved my Geigerrig for mountain biking and used it pressurized so I could drink when I didn't have any suction left in my lungs after a climb. Also great for a face rinse to get that Texas humidity off the face. I'd usually fill it halfway with ice first, so it would stay cool throughout my ride.
 

Sierra1

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2016
Messages
8,369
Location
Joshua TX
. . . . I'd usually fill it halfway with ice first, so it would stay cool throughout my ride.
Almost the same. I'd completely fill it with ice, put two Propel powders in, and fill with water. By the time it was loosing it's cool, it was gone.
 
Top