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Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials
« Last post by trialsguy on March 12, 2017, 02:41:15 PM »
So let's finish this up.

On into Wyoming, looks like Hwy. 89, which will duck back into Idaho for a bit, then pop back into WY.

Didn't have time to take a hike....

Into different country... the SW corner of WY.

Onwards towards Green River.

Stopped at a Harley dealership in Green River to get some chain lube to nurse my dying chain along.  Nice place, nice people, but I was struck by the boutique-ness of it.  Spiffy 'branded' displays, and the thing that really struck me (or else I wouldn't be commenting on this at all, other than to mention the nice people) was that the stuff like PJ-1 chain lube was on a separate table, with a disclaimer that that was NOT a Genuine Harley Item.  Like it was somehow tainted and inferior. 

Well, I bought some Genuine Harley chain lube.... went to use it, put the tube into the little nozzle, pressed the button....

BLOOSH!... spit right out, chain lube all over.  Couldn't get it to stay in.  And the lube came out thinner than water, sprayed and made a big mess.  Used it, as that's what I had. 

This is not to besmirch Genuine Harley stuff, just a recount of my experience.

Onward through Green River to Flaming Gorge, Utah.  Cool place.

Camped here before, nice memories.

South to Vernal.  Now, this is cool.   

Towns in that corner of Utah always have great big pots of geraniums all over the place.  On the sidewalks, up on the lampposts.... really makes the place pleasant.  I'm glad the folks that live there have the pride and put the effort into doing that.

But I have to move on.

Through Dinosaur, but not without stopping at the great rest area there.  I know, rest areas are just... rest areas.  But I've always found this one to not only have great facilities, but to be staffed by very friendly people.  I like it.

Southwards through Rangely then west on... 64... to Kenney reservoir.  Kinda dramatic evening, rain showers elsewhere, really dramatic light.

Next to me were a grandma who was visiting her *kids*, and took the grandkids out camping because she liked to get them out.  Nice lady and kids.

Weird situation with dogs, the Nice Grandma had a really mellow dog that wandered down the way, started a blue-streak top-of-the-lungs hollering fit with the lady down there.  I guess maybe her dog wasn't civilized and couldn't socialize with other dogs.  Dunno.

Next morning headed down to Meeker.  Another thumbs-up for historical signs.  Lots happened here, without the sign, I would have ridden through.... nice valley... ride on.

South to Rifle, just missed James McMurtry by half a day..... rats.  Catch a bit of slab to Glenwood Springs, then south to Aspen.  Given my disposition, I slid right through Aspen the best I could, ended up leaving....

(PS, I'm sure Aspen has a lot of neat places to explore... I was just on a cheap camping trip and had to get on to Canon City anyway....)

Heading up to Independence Pass, saw this mine frame.

Closeup.  I like woodwork.

Continuing to Independence.

At the top.  I took a careful photo, left out the zillion tourists out.  (Note: I was NOT a tourist, I was a traveller passing through.  )

Twin Lakes, down (more or less) off the mountain.

Time to lube the chain, put the cut-off-aluminum-crutch trail jack to use.

Made it to the trials!  Held on a ranch outside of Canon City.  Nice camping in a field, riding was up a canyon from there.

Daughter-in-law Lia, loves trials, rides trials, loves camping... what more could a father-in-law want?  Oh, dawg Jones in the background.  Part of the family.

Along that canyon were these nests. 

So the sections are strung out in this canyon bottom, on a ranch... and here comes this unauthorized rider. 

No!  You're not signed up!

Well, allright then, I'll just chew on this little girl's water bottle.  I love the crunchy sound!

Ok, on to the real riding.  Here's a staunch member of Team New Mexico hard at work.  A 'Minder' for a competitor.  Their job is to 1) carry water for the rider and 2) keep the bike from killing them if they don't make it up something big.  And 3) give words of wisdom if they're of that status.  I've done 1 and 2, not 3......

Seriously, here he is at work.  He was just waiting for his rider.

Son Trevor, Expert-Sportsman class. Came in #2 for the Western Series.

Big dab!  That's Micah doing the dabbing, Dad Chris doing the minding, ready to hop in, but not needed.  Brother of the guy sitting on the stool a couple photos back.  Great trials family.

So here's a top rider.  Pro Class.


But they don't always make it....


A nasty uphill, lots of loose crap then a hard right across that skinny ledge.

... and there were some downs...

Time to pack it up and head home, after kicking back a bit.

Won't make it home to Albaturkey tonight.  Son Trev knows of a great hot springs at the north end of theSan Luis Valley, we'll soak and campout there. 

On the way.... not Photoshopped.

A few deer along the way.

Last photo.  Twas an absolutely fantastic sunset in that valley.

Next morning, stopped in Alamosa at the restaurant that's part of the San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

We wanted beer, but they said, "No, it's breakfast time".  Oh well.... great breakfast then on home.

Have to check the total mileage yet.... about 4k.  Great trip, but a bit scheduled and rushed. 

Onward to the next ride!

Canada / Ho do I delete my account
« Last post by belvedere1953 on February 18, 2017, 10:42:15 PM »
Could someone please tell me how to delete this account?
Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials (Part 8)
« Last post by trialsguy on February 04, 2017, 09:50:55 PM »
The Salmon Sign.

As always, there are LOTS of interesting things all over the place.

Without the sign, I'da just passed on by, maybe noticed the gash... maybe not.

Onward, I thought this was a cool bridge, and a pretty dramatic mountain behind.

Well, remember the oil cap disaster?  Heading south from Grangeville along the Salmon, then the Little Salmon, I stopped in McCall, spent a godawful amount of money at a laundromat de-oiling everything that was on the right side of the bike.   Well, actually, I washed the whole thing, as you can't wash just one side of a pair of pants.   $10 for a little box of soap.... argh, but I gave the rest to a young couple in the laundry mat.

South to Cascade and Banks, then east along the South Fork of the Payette.... the roads follow the rivers, as there's nowhere else to go.   :Hap1:

Here 's a raft, there was a whole string of them, chock full of excited people.

Heading towards the Sawtooth Nat'l. Recreation Area, I stopped at Warm Springs Creek Campground.  Nice night.

Next morning, heading out, saw this dramatic road cut.... white rock with dark brown stripes.

Onwards to Sun Valley/Ketchum.

Stopped at a pulloff, there was this guy/gal with something to take home to the kids.

Up at the headwaters of the Salmon...

South through Sun Valley/Ketchum.  Never been to Sun Valley.  It's amazing how different towns can be.  Looked like a fun place to explore, but I just pretty much wanted out. 

Ended up a Picabo, a nice little store that's half museum.  The nearest stream is Silver Creek, favored by Ernest Hemingway for it's good trout fishing.  Also, the name 'Picabo' was made familiar by Picabo Street, an Olympic skier who grew up nearby.  Bet ya didn't know that.  (Thanks, Wikipedia).

After a nice break, I headed to Craters of the Moon.  Monstrous, dramatic lave fields..... here's a picture from the western edge.  I like the grassy hills and the tongue of bare lava.

Nice park, camped there previously, met the Mobius Trip couple, great people.  Too early to stop this time.  Did stop at a big pulloff..... drawn in by this.

No, it's not a dinosaur skeleton.... It's a sculpture reproducing the shape of a lava tube.

The explanation....

On across the Snake River Plain, through Idaho Falls, and on to the Swan Valley, almost in Wyoming.  Time to stop for the night.  Supposed to be a campground up a side valley.... kept going, no campground... that's ok.  There were a few pulloffs, I found a nice one.  Except for the smell.  Pretty swampy, and the place was rank, but it did the job.  Wanted to get out early and make time.

Onward to Wyoming.....

I just found this post from Marty about his klx250s and riding in the Ocala forest. I have an 07 klx250s and I ride in Ocala as well. Marty, if you are around, how is your 331 holding up from bill blue? I've been hesitant to get one because I'm a big fan on nikasil. I've read everything I can find all over the blogosphere but you are the first from my neck of the woods and my same generation bike. My bike is stock, minus race tech suspension. My next move is fmf pipe and header along with a new carb (I'm still trying to decide if I want to do the TM36 instead of the 33/34 because people say it fits right in without modification). I bought my klx because it is lighter and more nimble than our drz. HOWEVER, it is super squirrelly in our Florida sugar sand. More-so than my Honda crf230f and my drz400s. I'm trying to figure it if it is a lack of power problem, tire choice problem, or a rake/trail problem. You really have to really ride it like a bat out of hell to get good traction. What has been the experience with your bike? Did you have that problem prior to your mods? Would you do anything differently?

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Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials (Part 7)
« Last post by trialsguy on January 21, 2017, 09:35:14 PM »
Wow, this is dragging on.  Life and work interferes with important stuff.  Like, spent all day (literally)  adjusting the valves in Mom's Subaru.  First time, didn't hurry, wanted it to be right.   :thumb:

Anyway, it was on back past Lapwai, only time lost, and I was on a schedule, which isn't the way I usually ride.  Onward on 95 to Grangeville, then east to Elk City, the start of the Magruder Corridor.  I gather it's a great ride over the mountains to Montana.  I'd heard of it for years, it really sounded interesting.  So on this trip, I'd be far north enough to do it!  Since most of the trip had been pavement, it'd be the high point so to speak.

I checked web sites, and there were scheduled road closures.  Luckily, I just happened to be between 'em.  Looking good.

Around Grangeville were a lot of these fields, an amazing amount of yellow.  Turns out they are canola.  Now the word has a whole new meaning.

Cool trestle, the country is a prairie, cut by rivers and streams.

The sign explains it much better than I could.

Then I get somewhere east of Grangeville and see a big highway sign, that the road to Elk City is closed from 7:30 to 5:30, with a one-hour open window at noon.  Otherwise closed.  Turns out there was a major (yeah, it was MAJOR) slide that actually had the road completely closed, I'm guessing for a month or so. 

So I need a place to camp, and find one on the river (South Fork of the Clearwater), towards Elk City. Not as close to the road closure as I'd like, but it's a steep, narrow canyon with precious few places to get off the highway.  I didn't want to press on, and not find a decent place.  Figuring... there'd be time to get up and make the 7:30 cutoff.

Nice camp, but got there kinda late, no fire, no steak.  Life is rough sometimes. :'(

So, I wake up at 4 am., and.... it's light???  Came the dawn (figuratively speaking), must be up against a time zone.  Am I screwed?  Made it in time, though.  Turns out they were on Pacific time too, so I was 45 minutes early, not 15 minutes late.   :mol:

I wish I could have gotten a picture of the slide,  it was this bare dirt thing, and waaaay up there was an excavator, looked like a toy.  Wow.

In Elk City, I decided to get some grub, stopped in a little place, only me and two old guys.  We got to talking, "Well, the Magruder is closed".

WHAT!!??   :bugey:

Turns out there was an unscheduled slide and it's closed.   :(

I go to the Forest Circus place to get the lowdown, yeah, it's closed.  I wonder about sneaking through, but given the terrain, that's not likely. 

So here I am, the highway's closed behind me until noon, and I have to get to Colorado...... and the Nice FS Lady says "... but there's a way around that slide..." (meaning the one between us and Grangeville).  Thank you Ma'am!   :mol:

I guess the Elk City people used that 'back way' for quite a while while the highway was totally closed, the only way in and out of the place.

Okay, okay, just don't shoot me.  NICE road.

Through the valleys and up the mountain......

The things you find..... I sure am glad somebody took the time to put up this sign.

I thought this tree, probably a spruce or Doug Fir was dramatic.  New growth.

Maybe 20 miles of that nice road, around the slide, and back down to the highway along the river.

Nice rock, but I was in too much of a hurry to stop and take a picture that morning.

Back to Grangeville.  Again.  Kiss the McMurtry concert in Rifle goodbye (I'd go through there the morning after).

This doesn't look like much, but man, was it good.  Little wagon-kitchen in a parking lot.

South of Grangeville is White Bird Grade.  I have vivid memories of the 'old grade', as our overloaded fire-crew school bus would have to go up and down that 'tortuous' hill.  I love the name too, and the song 'White Bird' by Beautiful Day... anybody remember that?

The road's been bypassed for quite a while, so these signs are on the 'new road'.

The old road.

Next is heading down through Idaho through the Salmon River country.  I think most of Idaho is "Salmon River country".  This is going to take some figuring, as there's the Salmon, Little Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon, East Fork Salmon, South Fork Salmon, and probably some Forks I missed.

To be continued....
Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials A short Part 6)
« Last post by trialsguy on December 30, 2016, 09:37:44 PM »
RarePartBuilder, I'd love to ride back there.  Ridden trials and street in the east, nothing in between.

The next installment?  Well, this is serious.  There's been a major recall on the KLR oil cap.  Have you heard about it?  I got mine replaced with the new version, here it is:

It seems that the old cap, being a simple screw-off type, could be unscrewed, oil added, and then not screwed back on.  A major design flaw.

Happened to me after Lewiston, ID, I stopped at a casino campground and added a bit of oil.  Carefully set the cap on the fairing, topped off, put the oil bottle away, geared up, and rode off.  Not my fault.

Through Lapwai (familiar place from 45 years ago), after about 20 miles, I stopped for some reason or another.  Looked down, and my riding suit was saturated with oil. 

Major, major "Oh Shit!!!!"

I guess the oil was coming out in a fine mist, not hot enough to get attention but enough to soak me after a while.

Enough oil left to ride the bike, so I found a pill bottle, "modified" it and took it easy back to Lapwai and topped up.  (Never in 1968 would have I imagined being in this situation in Lapwai!    :gerg:   )

So it's back to the casino, hoping that's where the cap was.  Yup, right there, even right-side up, no dirt on it.  I don't know whether to feel cursed or blessed....

So it's back to Clarkston, see my old buddies at the Honda shop.  The rear brake pads are soaked, but they have some new ones.  I plan to put 'em on later.  Find a car wash, blast everything off as best I can, including the rear brake.  Surprisingly, it comes back to life, not perfect, but good enough.  After a bit of use, it was like new.

Back outa town, pick up the pieces.

That's the  :Aarrg:   :banghead:   :Hap1:   -laf   :rollinglaugh: oil cap story. 

On to the Magruder Disaster....
Stablemates / Re: Scratched the itch
« Last post by larry31 on December 30, 2016, 05:46:29 PM »
Interesting comments on which bike to buy. 
He ended up with one.
Stablemates / Re: Scratched the itch
« Last post by hotshot on December 30, 2016, 05:14:24 PM »
Hope you enjoy your new toy. I've had the hots for a red one just like your's minus the side boxs at my dealer. It's just alittle  bit out of my budget. I keep saying one of these days.
Your Ride Reports / Re: Chasing Trials
« Last post by rarepartbuilder on December 29, 2016, 09:05:05 PM »
Bob... you are leading by example... if that gps  line ever heads north east ... shoot me an email and we make sure some rolling the throttle days simply happen  :smiler:
 got to say..i'm enjoying the read... umm umm ... December here slammed in like a lion... with mucho... less than desired weather ..even for the heated gear die hards  :ricky:..

If ya dont mind..i'd  like to dedicate this to your thread ...keep it coming

Stablemates / Re: Scratched the itch
« Last post by Yellow Jacket on December 28, 2016, 10:08:30 PM »
Heck of a bike you got there Mac, looks like you've moved up to the big league. I'd like to get a look at it before it gets all scratched up.
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