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Old 10-12-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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These BARF Rally's keep getting better and better. When they come to and end, I get that vacation withdraw. Not this time.

This year, the Hawthorne rally would be my spring board to two weeks of freedom from work and the every day norm.

The only solid plan I had was to see my friend whom I've known since kindergarten that had recently moved up to Sandpoint Idaho from the bay area. That said, the loose plan was to visit some national parks and avoid bad weather when possible.

Having so much fun at Joe's bar made it somewhat difficult to wake up early Sunday morning but I guess the excitement of starting the second leg of my holiday kicked in and I was able to get out of Hawthorne by 9am. I wasn't sure how much endurance I had for the day but I wanted to at least get to Elko Nv.

I headed East out of Hawthorne on 95 then North on 361.

Here is my first stop to stretch and pee. Little did I know, those two tree in the distance on the left is Middlegate at the junction of 361 and Hwy 50.



Once on 50, I'm on the lookout for the often overlooked Hwy 722 junction. I notice a HD cruiser pulled over on a gravel turnout to my left but I don't see the rider. I pull over to take a look see and find the rider taking pictures of the Shoe Tree. I've seen pictures of it and have heard of it but I've never seen it in person. I've passed it many times without knowing it was there. I spoke to the rider and he said three days ago he left Pennsylvania and was headed to SF to visit friends. He took off and I took a few pics.



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I rode 722 last year for the first time and it was fun but this year 722 had a lot of gravel and dirt. It was still fun and beats the hell out of riding straits roads all day.

As I get to the end of 722 where it drop you back on to 50, I see a couple riding two up on a V-Strom heading into Austin Nv. I gas up at the Chevron in Austin but don't see the couple. I decide I'll take a energy drink/beef jerky break at the top of the hill on 50 overlooking Austin. I ride through Austin and see the V-Strom at another gas station and wave at the riders as I pass.

The view above Austin Nv.


While taking my break the V-Strom passes by and both rider and pillion wave. I finish my break 5 minutes later and head back on the road. Once over the summit I can see a long straight and at the other end the a spec on the road....it must be the V-Srom. Can I catch them? Well, let's give it a go. They've got at least a 5-7 minute start on me.

This is a pic from last year but I wanted you to get an idea of what I was seeing when I spotted the V-Strom at the other end of this straight.


The energy drink kicks in and having a carrot to chase fires me up. I finally catch and pass them about 14 miles from Eureka and wave. I pull into Eureka to get gas and see the V-Strom pass by. I guess they are headed to Ely. I fill up and head North back out of Eureka to catch Hwy 278. 278 is boring. It's a mixer of high desert farms and ugly desert scenery. There beautiful desert scenery and there is ugly desert scenery. 278 is no doubt ugly desert scenery.

The dull scenery along with a long night is starting to take it's toll. For sure I will not go any further than Elko. I need a bed to sleep in. I pull over some 10 miles from Carlin to pee and take a sip of water and the V-Strom couple pass by and wave. I quickly mount up and set out to catch them again. They don't have much of a lead so I get by them again just outside of Carlin and we all wave as I pass.

Once on 80 I get to Elko and take the 535 exit into town. I see the Strom still on East bound 80. I figure they are headed to SLC. I find a room in old downtown Elko, get a little dinner at Stockman's Casino. On the walk back to the motel I hit a bar for a couple cold beers then crash in bed while Sunday night football is on the tube. Man did I sleep well!
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:40 PM   #3
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DAY 2

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After getting breakfast at a local coffee shop, I load the bike and by 8:30 I'm heading out of Elko on North 225.


Once out of town I only have to pass three cars and them I'm free. The scenery is a bit better than 278 that I rode on the day before and gets real nice once I arrive at Wild Horse Reservoir. The road takes you pass the dam and then puts you on a fun tight twisty canyon road. I'm having too much fun to pull over and take any pics.

I reach the town of Owyhee which is on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. As I pull into the only gas station in town, I see a V-Strom. Could it be them?
I pull up at the pump next to them and ask if they were the couple that I kept running into yesterday and they said yes. After filling up, we pull our bikes over to take a break. The couple are from Washington and rode down to San Diego to visit their Son. They are on their way back and will stop in Boise to visit their daughter. It was nice talking with them. They finished up first and take off while I'm getting my gear on. Looks like I will be passing them one more time
I cross into Idaho and have lost an hour do to the time zone change. The road from Owyhee to Mountain Home is uneventful. I pull into Mountain Home to fill up then hop on to North 84. If I recall correctly the speed limit on 84 was 80mph but everyone was going 90, including some big rigs with two or three trailers. Man everyone was flying.

Just before I get into Boise something hits my neck and drops down my suit. Afraid it was a bee or wasp, I squish whatever it was against my chest to make sure it was dead. I get on to Hwy 21 and pull off next to the damn at Lucky Peak lake to remove what was down my suit. It appeared to be a wasp. Lots of yellow guts and wasp parts on my under suit.


Hwy 21 out of Boise is fun until I reached Idaho City. The next 13 miles pass Idaho City is the worse chip seal I've ever been on. Some parts of it was patches of loose gravel a quarter inch deep. It sure ruined some good corners but lucky for me there are plenty left.





I'm not the only one enjoying 21.


From 21 I reach Lowman and hop on to Banks Lowman Road which is one of my favorites. Once again I just couldn't stop to take any pics as the road flowed so well I didn't want to interrupt the fun.

I get onto North 55 which follows the Payette River so you know this is also a good fun road. As I get into McCall and pass by the lake I hit another bug but this time it got it's stinger in my neck. I can feel it. I pull over next to Payette lake and find a bee in my suit still moving but not doing well. I also see the stinger sticking out of my neck. I pull the stinger out and take an antihistamine just in case things decide to go bad.



I reach New Meadows and decide to call it a day. I find a motel and then hit the BBQ joint and have some good pull pork and some beer. It was a good day.

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... some good pull pork and some beer. It was a good day.
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A light misty rain had invaded my morning while walking to get breakfast down the main strip. The precipitation had moved on and left me with a cool overcast morning. Roads were wet but at least it would dry up the further north I rode. I left town by 8:30 and headed north on 95 out of New Meadows. I'm looking forward to this mornings ride as it is very scenic. It starts off on the flat lands but soon the mountains start to rise on both sides and I'm in a canyon following the Little Salmon River.







95 then moves away from the river and then starts climbing in elevation as I reach the town of White Bird. Fast sweepers are the highlight of this hill climb that takes you from 1500ft to 4300ft in 5 miles. I pull over at the historical vista for a break.



The Nez Perce War started at the base of this hill. Some 100 cavalrymen were killed trying to stop 60 to 80 Indians from crossing the Salmon river. Not one Indian was killed and the white men retreated. Once over the summit I notice the smell of burning weeds and start seeing blue layer of smoke all over the valley below towards Grangeville.

Once I reach Grangeville I get onto hwy 13 to enjoy a little tight twisty action before reaching Kooskia. The valley below is so smoky I thought this maybe from a fire nearby. I'm told later by Warzone that the farmers are burning the fields. Well, it sure ruined the scenery for the rest of the ride.

From Kooskia, I get on Hwy 12 (Lolo Pass) towards Lewiston. It's a nice ride but this section of Lolo is not nearly as fun or scenic as going East towards Lolo. The smoke fills the canyons and just puts a sad feeling in me. Oh well.



Once I reach the Hwy 3 intersection I notice it's starting to get hot. I was hoping to stay on 3 until I got to Lake Coeur d' Alene but I run into a fleet of lumber trucks. It's getting hotter and passing lumber trucks one or two at a time is not my thing. I pull over in the town of Kendrick and check the map. I need to get out of this and just get to Sandpoint. Lucky for me hwy 99 is just a half mile back. I pull out in between the lumber trucks and make a U turn and head up 99 to Moscow. The plan is to get back on 95 and just get to Warzone's house.....It's hot and I need a drink so I puss out. 99 is a fun little side road and free of lumber trucks along with other traffic. 95 from Moscow to Sandpoint is uneventful and hot. Coeur d' Alene needs a bypass. Having to ride through town was a pain. It felt like I hit 20 plus stop lights. Fuck this shit!

I reach Warzone's house and unload. He makes me a cocktail and we catch up.

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Day 4 and 5

Just spending time with Warzone and enjoying the country life. We take his Ridgeline on a few forest roads to explore the local mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. As you can see, the smoke from the farmers burning their fields dominates the atmosphere.


Scenic Bay to the right and Idlewilde Bay to the left.


1100ft above the lake on a forest road.


The US Navy Acoustic Research Detachment has a base at Bayview in Scenic Bay. We have lunch in Bayview after getting a flat. Lucky for us the spare had air We were some 12 miles out of town on forest road 278 I believe.


Not sure if this is the Navy's or not. Wonder what it is?


Had lunch one day at the World Famous Libby Cafe in Montana.


I recall a story on 60 minutes about Libby and how the Mines were putting Asbestos in the air which is believed to have caused the death of over 400 people in the town over a few decades. Keep in the mind the population is only around 3000. It's suppose to be fine now after the feds spent some 400 million in cleanup. I suppose the mines are close now.

Ok, here is my first experience with exploding targets. They are legal in Idaho.


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