Woke up next morning. Had set up the tent in the dark. Love this tent. So easy to throw together. You can do it blindfolded with one hand tied behind your back.
Loaded up again....got pretty quick at it. 10 minutes to go time:
Nice place to camp:
The moon. No reason why.
Hmm, couldn't find her.
Now into Idaho.
I spent a LOT more time in Idaho than I was planning on.
Started the day off with a decision. I'm going to do the little house on the prairie thing and ride off into the scenery. It's going to be AWESOME. Haha......yeah. Of course. Retarded I can be at times....
Turn off the main road.
Turn off the side road.
Turn off that road.
Promptly get stuck trying to ride through a ridge that's like a foot or so high.
Managed to get out....
Prepared!! Oh yeah.
Back on the "road" again....
After like 20-30 more minutes of what can only be described as a terrible idea, decided to get back to a road. Haha. Worst idea ever. Was not the carefree putting through the scenery that I thought it was going to be. Haha. Lesson learned. Find and use trails you retard.
Tried to get up there to have a sandwich:
Haha so anyway, I was initially planning on ripping through it in as little time as possible. But the scorching heat in the central desert bit, and a couple EPIC roads, made me decide to enjoy the day and take it easy.
I saw this road on google maps and decided I had to check it out. Looked like a piece of spaghetti. Good call.
On the way to Oregon via spaghetti road.
But still it was time to make some time back and get through it. End of day should be deep into Oregon.
While on the way there though I got distracted.
Cooool. How do I get up there?
Ah, no problem. No problem at all....
Oh shit. Yes problem. Problem indeed.
Haha parked it there and decided maybe it wasn't work almost dropping the bike. Rocks were not helping.
Walked to the top.
Decided, suck it up and stop being lame. Just use the throttle you sissy.
Success! Haha. So lame yet so awesome.
So turns out if I had gone around the corner there was a MUCH easier way to get up there. Haha....idiot.
After poking around up there for like an hour or so I decided I had no idea how to get back to where I came from.
Technology FTW. Waypoints!
On to spaghetti road.
Didn't take a lot of pictures as it was just so much god damned fun. I was amazed at how aggressive you can be on knobby tires even with a fully loaded machine. Adjustable pre-load really helped.
What also helped? Knowing how to dial it in haha.
"Don't dial it to 11 for awesome"
OTP suspension class......highly recommended. You learn a lot about a component on your machine you have overlooked tremendously in the past (least I had anyway). There's a reason people in the know spend as much time/money/effort on their suspensions as they do. It's a critical component.
Anyway, I digress. Knobby tires on a scorching hot day on the cleanest bit of twisty tarmac ever. Great riding. Note: ABS brakes....get used to them BEFORE you need them or you will piss yourself the first time you experience it running in a little hot into a corner and being heavy on the rear brake. Haha....was good that it wasn't locking but it's a pretty awkward time to have to figure out what that weird pulsing sensation is.
Still, Idaho was epic. It's tough to explain why but you do feel like you're going to see a dinasaur on that bit of road at some point. They actually call that area something to do with Jurassic something or other. It's a scenic byway and one of the best bits of road I've had the privilege of enjoying. You see nothing and nobody and the road is clean and twisty. The scenery is pretty epic and there's a ton of trails shooting off into the heart of it. Some of them you could ride for a couple days if you felt so inclined.
This looked too good not to check out. To hell with schedules. http://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3909.jpghttp://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3911.jpg
Spent couple hours poking around I think. Honestly would have loved to camp there. Had food water and everything but I really wanted to spend more leisure time on the west coast this time. Idaho would have to wait till next time. http://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3919.jpghttp://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3922.jpghttp://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3936.jpghttp://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3942.jpghttp://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3943.jpg
How to fine dine on a budget......http://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3946.jpghttp://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3947.jpg
Total cost of meal.....$2. Oh hell yeah. Most delicious thing ever. Seriously. http://i1104.photobu...z6/IMG_3948.jpg
Found a place to camp after a little while and called it for the day. So exhausted. Central Idaho gets stupendously hot during the day.