NWP/IDBDR Day #10

Miles Total: 1286
Miles Today: 97

Today we slept in – our goal was to figure out how we’d like to continue the trip. We officially decided that finishing the BDR isn’t going to happen this time for various reasons. We’ve had a great trip up to this point, and we can still get some nice pavement in before heading home.  We’ve arranged to stay with my daughter in Pullman this weekend, and then we’ll probably make our way home after that.

Here is our campsite at the Powell Campground last night.

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We took a stroll down to the river to check it out, it was pretty neat.

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We decided to ride to Lolo for lunch and then make our plan for the afternoon ride/campground. On our way to Lolo, my dad decided he wanted a hamburger for lunch. We cruised through Lolo and didn’t see any good candidates, so we continued on to Missoula which was 8 miles further up the road.

The first task in Missoula was to find gas before my dad’s bike went dry again, after driving all the way through town with no luck, we finally gave up and did a search on the GPS. My dad really wanted a Red Robin burger, and he found a Red Robin in his GPS – we still had issues finding it. After driving all around a mall, we were about to give up when we spotted it.

At lunch, we decided that we would head back to the same campground as last night. That would put us in striking distance of Pullman and to allow us to go south for a bit on highway 95 which has some cool areas south of Lewiston.

On our way out of Missoula, we got caught in the traffic jam from hell. There was road construction between Missoula and Lolo and the light timing in town kinda sucked. It was a move 10 feet forward and turn off the motorcycle for a bit. We were in that mess for about 45 minutes.

I was leading the way back when I spotted a sign for the Lolo Creek Campground. I missed the turn, but called back to my dad to pull in and check it out. I went down the road a bit, turned around and missed the turn AGAIN!

I turned out that there was a good spot for us, so we decided to spend the night here.

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Tomorrow we’ll start making our way to Pullman. The Lolo Corridor section of highway 12 should be a spectacular ride. If we have time, we’ll head south on 13 to Grangeville. We’ll try and make a loop out of Old 95/White Bird and the new highway 95. Lots of twisties!

NWP/IDBDR Day #9

Miles Total: 1190
Miles Today: 103

I actually slept pretty well last night, even though logging trucks were going by all night long, or at least every time I woke up for a little bit. It only got down to 32 degrees, so a bit warmer than the last couple of nights. We took our time breaking camp, and were still out by 8:30a. My bike started this morning – no battery issues! That’s because we had jumper cables and a full jump start battery pack.

The first leg this morning was on pavement and there were nonstop logging trucks…so I took a picture.

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The first stop of the day was Pierce, Idaho to top off my dad’s tank, we didn’t want a repeat of yesterdays gas debacle.

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Out of Pierce, we were on pavement for a bit…when we transitioned to dirt, a whole bunch of turkeys ran in front of me. The roads were pretty easy all the way up to the Lolo Motorway. When we got on the actual Motorway, we were greeted by this sign.

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The early part of the motorway was fairly laid back gravel/dirt roads with occasional rocky sections and hill climbs/descents. As we moved along, the trail got a bit more difficult. More ruts, more loose gravel/rocks. Here we are at our first rest break.

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Along the motorway, there were occasional signs that discussed the history of the area. We tried to pull over and read all of them.

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and then it happened…Going down a fairly long descent with a few ruts and rocks, and had a nasty section of loose, large rocks in the middle. I powered through it ok, but I have to say my butt tightened a bit while I did it. Once I made it to the bottom of the hill, I waited for my dad to catch up. I waited and waited and waited, and then I figured he must have fallen along the way. So, I turned around to look for him. Of course he crashed right in the middle of the nasty section. There was no good place for me to stop, so I had to power on by. I couldn’t find any place close to park my bike, so I went back through the nasty section again, and found a spot to park a couple of hundred yards down the hill.

I grabbed my camera and walked up the hill to see how I could help – it was way worse than I could have imagined. He took the bike into a culvert that was almost as deep as his bike is tall. There was no way we were going to get it out without assistance.

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Fortunately, my dad had made a bike rescue kit, just for this situation. I almost think he did this on purpose just to test it out – there happened to be a tree on the opposite side of the road in perfect position to pull the bike out.  The rescue kit consisted of some climbing rope and pulleys to get a 6:1 advantage, and some prusik knots to keep the bike from sliding forward when we rested. It still took nearly an hour to get it pulled out.

Here it is on the road again – you can see the rope going across the road to the magic tree.

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After that ordeal, we pulled over at a dispersed campsite to grab some lunch and recover.

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Once we were going again we passed the “Smoking Place”

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We kept motoring along and around 2:00 or 2:30, we came up to a sign that showed we were only half way through the motorway. When my dad saw that, you could hear the disappointment and fatigue in his voice. The sign also showed an alternate fast way down to highway 12 (which is a cool pavement ride in itself). I gave him the option of bailing early and he took it.

One the way down, we discussed how we’d like to proceed. It is going to take a long time to finish the BDR if we can only get in 75 miles of dirt at a time. At this point, I think we are going to reroute to some nice twisty pavement for a few days. Then go visit my daughter in Pullman and catch a football game. Don’t know for sure yet, we are going to sleep on it and decide in the morning.

NWP/IDBDR Day #8

Miles Total: 1087
Miles Today: 191

Got up this morning and it was cold, cold, cold! 26 degrees was the low last night. Here is the proof – notice the frost on the windshield.

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Here is a picture of the whole bike with frost on it.

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We got all packed up and ready to go. It was still below freezing, so I got out all of my heated gear and hooked up the controller. I went to start the bike, and it wouldn’t start! The engine was turning over, just not starting. This is a known issue with the model year for my bike – I believe you need to bug the shop about it and they will swap out the battery wires to something bigger. The solution in the field is to wait until the bike warms up enough to start. We tried doing that, but I was a bit impatient and ended up killing the battery with all of my start attempts. No problem – my dad has a jumpstart battery with him. We pulled it out and it wasn’t charged! Fortunately we were staying at a campground and found some help with jumper cables.

Now we had a dilemma – our next camp was likely to be very remote at high altitude, so it would be cold and we would not be passing through any towns. We elected to slab it out to town to buy some jumper cables, and then head down to Pierce on pavement to make up for the time we lost. I have to admit I was very grumpy until we stopped for lunch…

We stopped at a park in Boville for lunch. Had my usual jerky and nuts that I picked up from a gas station. Made a quick call to my wonderful wife who gave me a bit of a pep talk which made some of my grumpiness go away.

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The pavement route really wasn’t that bad – we had a couple of nice twisty roads. One thing you need to remember – if you have a small fuel tank, you have to pay attention to the gas stations, otherwise you’ll be filling your tank from backup bottles.

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After our little fuel stop, we cruised into Orofino to an actual gas station and filled up both bikes (plus the spare bottles). The goal for tonight was one of a couple of campsites just short of Pierce – they only showed up on one map and not the GPS, so we were a bit nervous.

The first site we looked at turned out pretty nice, so we are staying here (Campbell Ponds).

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Tomorrow we are going to do the Lolo Motorway!

NWP/IDBDR Day #7

Miles Total: 896
Miles Today: 198

We start the Idaho BDR today! Starting in Bonners Ferry, we woke up in our hotel room to a cold foggy morning.

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So, we went and got some breakfast from the hotel restaurant, but things didn’t really warm up or clear. The plan was to head down to Clark Fork and skip most of section 8, before heading south into Wallace. Since this was quite a bit of highway riding, decided to put on my heated jacket.

It was my turn to be an idiot when starting today. We got down the road and my heated gear was having an issue, so I pulled over to reset the controller. After moving on again, I realized that I hadn’t strapped my helmet…had to pull over to fix it.

We fueled up in Clark Fork and I pulled my bike forward from the pump so I could go into the store and buy some snacks. As I was taking my gloves off, the bike started to fall over – not sure if it was too steep of a slope…Fortunately I was right there to catch it.

Just out of Clark Fork, a couple of whitetail deer jumped out in front of me and ran along side for a bit. They were tiny, which is probably good for them because there were hunters everywhere today.

The ride to Wallace was not as scenic as the other days up to this point, mostly a ride through the forest. We did go along a cool ridge, and along a couple of creeks, but those sections didn’t last for very long.

We stopped for lunch at the top of a ridge.

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There were hunters everywhere along here. Every wide spot had a truck or a camp set up.

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Random rest stop before we got to Wallace.

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The road south of Wallace had much better views. We spent quite a bit of time following along a river. We made it most of the way to the town of Avery and are staying in the Telichipah campground. We couldn’t find a single site that could accommodate two hammocks, so we each took our own.

Here is my spot.

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Here is my dad’s.

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My hands are getting cold – it is already in the low 40s, I think it is gonna be a cold one tonight!

NWP/IDBDR Day #6

Miles total: 698
Miles today: 0

Rest day today – just a short post. Still only slept in until 7:15a. We hung out in the hotel for a bit this morning before heading over to the restaurant for brunch. We had 1/2 off coupons for the Sunday Brunch Buffet.

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After breakfast, we reinstalled the steering stabilizer on my dad’s bike. Took us just over an hour. In this picture, you can see the blue loctite oozing up from the fasteners that were causing the issue.

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Once the stabilizer was installed, it was time to go inside and watch the Seahawks game. While the game was going, it rained a bit, so we picked a good day to skip riding. The Seahawks come up with a last second win as a bonus!

We spent some time planning our ride tomorrow. We are just going to cruise down to Clark Fork and head into section 7 of the Idaho BDR. The dirt section just north of Clark Fork has some washouts that are supposed to be manageable but may require walking the bike through. Don’t really feel like dealing with that. The northern most part of section 8 doesn’t look too exciting – we’ve already been to the Canadian border on this trip. There is a campground between Wallace and Avery that we’d like to make – we’ll see how things go.

NWP/IDBDR Day #5

Miles Total: 698
Miles Today: 184

Our goal today was to get to Sandpoint and stay in a hotel room. This stretch should have quite a bit of pavement, so I didn’t set any kind of alarm, figuring I could sleep in. Well, I made until 6:30a.

We started off easy today with my dad leading. We wanted to let him get used to the bike without the steering stabilizer on it. The first bit of the ride was along pavement into the town of Metaline for some fuel.

After the fuel stop we had another short section of pavement before hitting dirt again. We saw some turkeys and deer along the road today – no pictures. We also crossed into Idaho, which was marked by a post next to the road.

We decided to take the easy bypass option as we neared Priest Lake. Well, the track that we were following did not match the road we were on. Fortunately, there weren’t really many choices for us to make…just stayed on the same road and it eventually connected with the main track. I’ll bug BestRest Products when I get home and see if they want my track for that section.

Rest break before the easy part.

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All along this dirt section, there were these yellow bear identification signs. I guess there are enough grizzly bears around that this is an issue. Should make camping in my hammock more exciting going forward. Fortunately I got used to sleeping with the grizzlies on my Alaska trip. (Not…).

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When we got to Priest Lake State Park, we decided to pay the day use fee and eat at the picnic area. We paid the fee at the entrance to the park, but when we got to the picnic area, it was closed! So, we went to an overflow parking lot and improvised a picnic spot.

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While riding along today, we decided that we would take a rest day at a hotel tomorrow and watch the Seahawks game before starting the Idaho BDR. I tried to use Expedia at the state park, but had a poor connection. It was good enough for me to see that most of the hotels in Sandpoint were full.

I called my awesome wife and asked her to book a hotel for us with a good internet connection from home. She ended up getting us a room for two nights at a Casino in Bonners Ferry. I programmed the destination into my GPS and hit the go button. It ended up taking us down on some highways. When we arrived at the hotel and I checked our track, it turns out our planned route to the area cut the corner to Sandpoint, so if you are following along on spotwalla (http://tinyurl.com/zlmpeta), you will see the discrepancy.

As we were passing through Sandpoint, we stopped to pick up some tools so my dad could reinstall his steering stabilizer. And then it happened! As I was pulling out of my parking spot, the pavement jumped up and pulled my bike down to the ground…after 5 days of riding on dirt, I finally dropped my bike on a flat paved parking lot. I didn’t get any pictures, if you want to see one, you can check out my dad’s blog at https://charlessk.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/nwp-idbdr-2016-days-5-6/

The hotel room is nice, and should be a good place to rest up.

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There is a restaurant here with a view of the river.

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I ordered the Prime Rib with a loaded baked potato.

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Got some apple pie for dessert.

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After dinner, we went back to the room and watched the WSU/Boise St game. The Cougs did not have a good start, but almost pulled it off in the end. Go Cougs!

NWP/IDBDR Day #4

Miles Total: 514
Miles Today: 64

Up at 6a again today and had the same old breakfast before packing up to leave. I charged my InReach last night and noticed that the mount was loose when I put it back on the bike. So I opened up my fancy red tool tube, grabbed my tools and fixed it up. Unfortunately, this would not be the only time it was opened today…

There was a bit of mist on the lake this morning…grabbed a quick pic before we took off.

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We continued on dirt for a bit, passing through some active logging areas. There were a couple of spots where machinery had to pull over to let us by. Everyone was very nice about it.

Our first stop of the day was in the town of Northport. They had a very nice park along the Columbia river. They restrooms were well maintained and heated! There was nice grassy picnic area and a boat launch. We actually had cell phone service, so I gave my wife a quick call.

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After I hung up, a train came by…Later on, we caught up to this train again and I got some pretty cool 360 videos going along side.

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After the park, we grabbed some gas and started off toward Boundary Dam. Just after we passed the train, off in the distance, something big moved across the road in front of us. I’m 95% sure it was a bear – I tried to get some 360 video, but when I reviewed it on my phone I couldn’t make it out. Perhaps when I get home on a big monitor I’ll be able to tell. Not 5 minutes after that, there was a big grouse standing on the side of the road.

Eventually, we moved from pavement on to gravel again. The terrain was pretty straightforward and not very difficult at all. I was leading the way and came through a hairpin turn that was a little bit loose. I called back to my Dad on the intercom to see if he made it ok, just as he said he crashed. He wasn’t going very fast and was not hurt at all. I found a good spot to turn around and go help him lift the bike up. I had to take a picture before I helped lift…

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Well it turns out this was a blessing in disguise. After getting the bike up and resting for a bit, we tried to continue on our way. Immediately my dad started freaking out – his handlebars wouldn’t turn in one direction.  The issue – a couple of fasteners on his steering stabilizer had vibrated loose (it was a miracle he didn’t lose the fasteners). The crash had finally pushed it to the point of failure.

If you look at the picture below, the red piece moves with the handlebars, the black rods behind had shifted up to prevent things from rotating. If you look at the close one, you can actually see that the top is scuffed up. If this had happened at the wrong time, really bad things would result.

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Now the problem became tightening those fasteners. Normally they are tightened before the stabilizer is installed on the bike. There was no clearance to get a tool in on either side. After quite a bit of finagling, he got one side tightened up – the other side was just impossible, and was basically not threaded at all. There was so little clearance, the the fastener couldn’t even come out. So, we added a zip tie for insurance, and started toward the Boundary Dam campground. We figured at that point, I could run for tools to do a better fix, or call for extraction if needed.

Here is a pic of him on the side of the trail fighting with the fastener.

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We went very slow through the rest of the dirt section, which gave us an opportunity to chat about our options. We didn’t have the tools to do a proper fix (or did we…) for the stabilizer. The obvious solution – you can actually remove the red piece in the picture above, which essentially returns things to the stock configuration of the bike (my Dad added the stabilizer after his crash on the Dempster a few years ago).

We arrived at the campground and nailed down a spot in case we needed to spend the night. Then it was time to start taking apart the bike. Below, you can see the handlebars off and the stabilizer out.

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With the handlebars off, he tried to get access to the fastener that was still loose. After a long battle, he gave up and put everything back together. To fix the problem, you need to remove the large nut in the steering column – go back and look at the close-up picture of the dampener. The issue was that we didn’t have a tool big enough to take it off. Then it hit me – that nut looks like the same size as the axle nut on my bike, and I have a wrench to take the tires off with me. Sure enough, we gave it a try and it worked.

He really, really, really, really wants that stabilizer installed on the bike. He has had issues with head shake on the freeway when trucks pass by, and the dampener solves the problem. We decided to head into Sandpoint tomorrow and get a hotel room. We’ll take Sunday as a “rest” day, go to a store and get some loctite, and reinstall the stabilizer. It should also give us the opportunity to watch the Seahawks game.

It is about 100 miles to Sandpoint from our current location (at least following the path we are taking, we will complete the Northwest Passage). At this point it is getting to be later in the day, so we decide to camp here for the night.

I haven’t had a shower in 4 days, and my current clothes needed to be washed. So I decided it was a good time to jump in the lake and go swimming. On the way down, I noticed this sign.

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I’m not sure if I should be happy that there hasn’t been a cougar sighting in a couple of weeks, or worried because they have a semi-permanent sign to update the sightings.

Here I am in the lake.

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Here is our campsite.

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That’s about it for today!

NWP/IDBDR day #3

Miles Total: 450
Miles Today: 123

My alarm woke me up at 6a this morning. It was a bit chilly out – 39 degrees, and I didn’t want to leave my warm down quilt, so I hung out in bed for another 15 minutes. Breakfast today was the same as yesterday…I didn’t take a new picture today, if you really want to see it, you can go read yesterdays post again🙂

We hit the road about 9a today. There was another group camping at the same campground as us and they left about the same time, so we spent much of the day hop scotching with them along the route.

Today was a day of routing challenges. Things didn’t start off too well less than 1/2 hr into the ride, I turned left into an old corral, thinking it was the road we needed to turn on. I had my GPS on too small of a scale, my actual turn was about 100 yards away. To make things even better, the corral was overgrown, and I didn’t take a good line to turn around, and basically got stuck. I had to get off the bike and muscle it around by had to keep from dropping it. To make things even better, I had a big audience – the group from the campsite stopped to watch me struggle. Oh well…

After maneuvering my bike out, and getting on the correct road, I realized that I was a bit thirsty. So we pulled over for a quick break so I could grab a drink of water. This presented an opportunity for another bike photo.

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The next routing issue came shortly after this…I was cruising along in a groove and not looking at my GPS – we came to the next turn and I almost missed it. Locked up the rear wheel trying to stop in time so I wouldn’t have to turn around (I am turn around challenged, most frequent time I drop my bike). Didn’t make it in time, fortunately we did not have to pick up my bike.

The roads today were a bit more difficult than yesterday. We had some climbs with loose rock, some mud, and roads that were just not in as good of shape. Didn’t really have any issues with them though. Here is my dad coming up to a rest stop after one of the harder sections.

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Now, we didn’t really get any pictures of the harder sections because the last thing you want to do is stop, get out a camera, take a pictures, and then try and get started again. Hopefully I got some good video – won’t know until I get home. For now, here is a not-so-hard section shot.

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We stopped in Curlew for some gas and lunch. My lunch plan of buying jerky at gas stops broke down here – the gas station was unattended. So, I had to break into my breakfast kind bars for lunch. I suppose that means I’ll be having jerky for breakfast at some point. We at lunch at the ‘Ol Swimming Hole park.

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Had to go take a picture of the swimming hole as well…or at least the bridge up from the swimming hole.

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We were cruising along a burnt out area, coming to our next turn, when we catch up to a group of riders stopped on the road. I start to take the corner and they waved me down – just up the road, a gate was closed. Kind of a crappy picture, I was too lazy to walk up and get a better one.

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Fortunately the group of guys stopped were the guys who created the route in the first place! One of the bikes in their group had a flat and they were trying to plug it. They were kind enough to let us know that if we continued on the current road instead of making the turn, we would eventually get to some pavement that would take us around to rejoin the route.

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So, that is what we did. As we found the route again, it started to rain. Both of us had down coats that were not in waterproof bags. We pulled over to get them stored properly. We get going again, and after about 2 minutes, my dad realizes that all of the vents are open in his jacket…we pull over and get that fixed up. Guess what happens next…after about 2 minutes of riding my dad realizes that he did not do the chin strap on his helmet.

This did happen along a pretty cool stretch of road. We were right next to the Canadian border. So close in fact, there was a small barbwire fence along the road with US Border signs on them. I wonder if Trump wants to build a wall there as well.

We cut our day a little bit short today. We pulled into a small campground at summit lake. It was a bit small and windy…There was a nice forest service lady there who told us about the Pierre Lake campground just down the road a bit and not too far from our route. It sounded much nicer, so we went and checked it out – it is a pretty nice place. Set up camp during a little bit of a rain squall, but everything cleared up shortly thereafter.

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Here is a picture of the lake.

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Stopping early today kind of messes up the timing of our route. We had hoped to get to the Roman Nose campground tomorrow, but at the pace we are going it is going to be a bit of a stretch. Right now, our revised plan is to stop in Sandpoint and get a hotel room – it will be nice to take a shower and wash some clothes.

NWP/IDBDR Day #2

Miles Total: 327
Miles Today: 122

Woke up a little before 6a this morning, just as it was getting light. Had my alarm set for 6, so I guess I didn’t need it. Since I had cell coverage, I surfed around on my phone for a bit before I actually climbed out of the hammock and made some breakfast.

Today’s breakfast consisted of high protein oatmeal, hot chocolate, and a Kind bar. This is going to be a theme throughout the trip because I brought the exact same thing for breakfast every single day! At some point, we may end up in a hotel and perhaps there will be a restaurant nearby for a change of pace.

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After I broke camp, I made my way down to the river to filter some water. It was a neat little river that was not that far away – made for some good white noise while falling asleep.

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Once the water was filtered, it was time to gear up and get ready to go. Then the first issue of the day struck…I continue to be zipper challenged – somehow I busted the zipper on my riding pants. Now, I’m not exactly sure why there is a zipper on the pants – the area behind the zipper is a piece of waterproof material. Anyhow, not a catastrophic failure, so we could continue on with the trip.

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I was ready to go a little earlier than my dad, and I spotted this squirrel that was going up and down a tree like crazy. It looked like he was collecting pine needles and moss to build a nest.

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As we cruised along, we would stop at some of the campgrounds for rest breaks. This works out nice because there is plenty of parking and a bathroom. It is always a good opportunity to take another picture of the bike! This is at the Tiffany Spring Campground.

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Today’s ride was about 40% dirt, 60% pavement. I had expected a bit more dirt today, but the paved sections were still really nice. Many cool views along the way – I took videos w/my 360fly, but I won’t process them until I get home. The dirt was pretty easy today – you would occasionally have to stand up for some ruts or short rocky sections. This picture is typical of the roads we were on.

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I would ride ahead of my dad a bit, I tend to ride a bit faster, plus it keeps the dust down for him. Periodically (usually at intersections), I would stop and let him catch up. This led to an opportunity to get an action shot.

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There were a few hunters out and about. Grouse is open and apparently it is archery season for deer and bear right now. At one of our campground stops (Long Swamp Campground), we chatted with an archery hunter who had just driven in.

When we stop for longer breaks, I take my 360fly off of it’s mount and put it in the charger. At this particular break, I dropped it as I was putting it back on the bike. Of course it landed lens down – there are a few chips along the edges, hopefully it doesn’t mess up the pictures too bad.

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On our way to Oroville, we cruised along the Similkameen River. It was a very cool road with great views of the river. There were a few boats that looked like they were dredging for gold – I wish I would have stopped and taken a picture. A small herd of deer crossed the road in front of us, hopefully I got them on the 360fly video – my Dad messed up his camera opportunity…We pulled into Oroville for some gas and to pick up some munchies and then cruised on down the street to this little park so we could sit down and eat lunch.

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My lunch plan is to pick up snacks at our gas stop every day. My Mom bought my Dad a bunch of cup-o-soup for his lunches, so he took our park stop as an opportunity to heat up some water and make lunch.

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While we were there, there were quail calling each other. I tracked down the source to the front of a house across the street from the park.

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We opted to skip the extra loop up to Molson so that we could get into camp early today. It turned out to be a good thing because it started to rain just after we got camp set up. Here is my Dad lounging around before things got wet.

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Here is the view from my hammock.

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It’s been raining for a solid hour so far. I did a weather request on my InReach and it sounds like it is going to clear up tonight. I have not had dinner yet, I’m writing up this blog entry to kill time waiting for the rain to stop. I suppose if the rain doesn’t stop soon, I’ll get hungry enough to go eat in the rain or make dinner under my tarp – don’t want to attract the bears though!

NWP/IDBDR Day #1

Miles Total: 205
Miles Today: 205

We hit the road today! Had a bit of a late start, we stalled until the rain stopped. This worked out perfectly – we didn’t get rained on at all. While I was waiting for my dad to show up, I had to take a picture of the bike fully loaded and ready to go,

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We got on the road a little after 10a. It didn’t take too long before we hit our first problem. My phone was not connected to the charger correctly and it kept making noises in my headset every 30 seconds. I figured that the cable was loose or something. We pulled over in a Target parking lot so I could check it out – it seems to be an issue w/the USB port I was using to charge. I switched to a spare and all was good.

We stopped in Darrington to pick up some snacks and so my dad could top off his tank. We met a couple there from Metaline Falls (which is on our route) who invited us to camp on their property if the timing is right. We got directions, hopefully I’ll remember them if we need to use them.

Next stop was the Diablo Lake overlook. I ate my munchies that I picked up in Darrington, and then walked around to take some pictures…

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Bikes in the parking lot.

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The next stop was at the Washington Pass overlook. Not much to see here, too many trees and we didn’t feel like getting off the bikes and hiking. Another bike picture

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Did get a peek-a-boo view of this…Looking at the map, I believe that this is Early Winters Spires South.

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From here we motored on to Mazama. We topped off our tanks and aired down the tires – it was time to hit some dirt! Didn’t stop to get any pictures. We were on some pretty straightforward gravel roads that didn’t really present any challenges. There were some rocks here and there, but you could easily have taken a passenger car down the entire route. The views were pretty cool in spots, with cliffs going straight up on one side and straight down on the other. Tried getting some 360 video – hopefully they’ll turn out.

We are camping at a WDFW campground just north of Winthrop. Not a ton of amenities here – just a couple of pit toilets. There is a ton of room and only a couple of other rigs here. I did almost tip over while trying to turn around in the campground – while we were exploring around, I tried to do a u-turn onto another road, and it had a bit of a rut in it. Just gave it some gas, and powered through ok.

Here is a quick pic of my hammock setup for the night

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Once camp was set up, we rehydrated dinner – I think mine was pineapple chicken.  I also had some freeze dried cheese, which was kinda nasty.

Amazingly, there is cell phone coverage here, so I should be able to get this posted in a timely fashion!