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post #1 of 21 Old 04-24-2016, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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For what it's worth, I'm gonna be settling my Toyhauler Travel Trailer in Victor, Idaho for the months of June - September. I've a son and his family that live in Jackson, WY and need to be spending some time with him, his wife, and my two grandsons ages 7 & 5 (WooHoooo!!). So if y'all see a black '12 650 Adventure cruising around with Massachusetts plates, it just might be me. Perhaps, we'll meet up somewhere. I've been involved a bit with the New England forum here and have organized an annual camp out x about 6 years. I ride mostly roads. Not adverse to unpaved roads, but not a die hard off roader.
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-25-2016, 01:43 AM
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You'll have some great riding. Do not miss 212 the Beartooth Pass highway to Red Lodge, Montana. Be careful of your speeds down the steep ones like Teton Pass from Victor to Wilson, and 212...when going up, watch for fools getting out of control going down. Enjoy Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks. The northeast entrance of Yellowstone is kind'a special to me...Cooke City & Silver Gate. US93 by Lost Trail pass is a good ride. Dillon, MT, off I-15, has a Patagonia outlet store...worth a stop. Fossil Butte National Monument near Kemmerer, WY is interesting if you like fossils. Kemmerer is the home of John Cash Penney's original store.

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Are you sure this is going to be a good idea?? I mean, do they even have Dunkin Donuts in Idaho? And what about Football season, Brady's only got a coupla good years left.... jeez!



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Thanks for the local knowledge PTRider. Beartooth Pass Highway is already on my "to do" list. I've been reading about it and know to respect the perils that accompanies such beauty. I white knuckled it through The Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina/Tennessee a couple of years ago, along with the Suches Loop and the Skyway. Will definitely refer to your other suggestions. I learned to take the huge elevation differences into account, also a few years ago on a ride ( on a rented bike ) from Las Vegas to a cabin situated at 7000' between Zion and Bryce..... started out at 2000', sunny and warm and ended up with three feet of snow on the ground, and snowing by the time I reached 7000'!
Hank..... I hear ya! If not Dunkin' Donuts, I'm sure they have their western brand. Tempted to mention that the cops gotta eat SOMETHING out there, but won't out of respect, lol ( retired emergency nurse here! ).
I got a dose of the sports in last week at Fenway when the Sox lost to the Rays..... that should keep me immune from missing the hometown sports for a while. There's much I'll miss about New England, for sure. It's freakin' beautiful here in the Berkshires. And the roads for riding are multiplied in their challenge with the sand and potholes of winter. But, as I said, the real reason for this adventure it to REALLY connect with those two little boys in Wyoming. And when winter starts to set in there, it's down to the high desert outside of Vegas to connect with two little granddaughters there!
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Are you sure this is going to be a good idea?? I mean, do they even have Dunkin Donuts in Idaho? And what about Football season, Brady's only got a coupla good years left.... jeez!



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As a MT/CO'an that has moved to Mass, let me just set the record straight... Dunkin is terrible. Every King Soopers, Buttrey's (are they even still around?), City Market, etc. had far better donuts in their bakery every morning than you can get at Dunkin. Dunkin's food is salty, and their coffee is burned.

And Brady wears Uggs...

(no disrespect as a football player, he is def one of the greatest of all time)


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Thanks for the local knowledge PTRider. Beartooth Pass Highway is already on my "to do" list. I've been reading about it and know to respect the perils that accompanies such beauty. I white knuckled it through The Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina/Tennessee a couple of years ago, along with the Suches Loop and the Skyway. Will definitely refer to your other suggestions. I learned to take the huge elevation differences into account, also a few years ago on a ride ( on a rented bike ) from Las Vegas to a cabin situated at 7000' between Zion and Bryce..... started out at 2000', sunny and warm and ended up with three feet of snow on the ground, and snowing by the time I reached 7000'!
Hank..... I hear ya! If not Dunkin' Donuts, I'm sure they have their western brand. Tempted to mention that the cops gotta eat SOMETHING out there, but won't out of respect, lol ( retired emergency nurse here! ).
I got a dose of the sports in last week at Fenway when the Sox lost to the Rays..... that should keep me immune from missing the hometown sports for a while. There's much I'll miss about New England, for sure. It's freakin' beautiful here in the Berkshires. And the roads for riding are multiplied in their challenge with the sand and potholes of winter. But, as I said, the real reason for this adventure it to REALLY connect with those two little boys in Wyoming. And when winter starts to set in there, it's down to the high desert outside of Vegas to connect with two little granddaughters there!
Ride safe all.
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I hope the grocery stores still carry the amazing selection they did back when I lived out west.

And before I look like and eastern basher with my hate for DD, you're right, New England is amazingly beautiful. I personally prefer jagged mountain vista's over colorful leaves, but I am very glad that I've lived here and gotten to do some of the riding and hiking around here to see the leaves change (which really is as spectacular as it looks in pictures).

I'm jealous of your trip! I'm mentally planning out my own trips out west for when I move back. I hope yours goes well and you post up some pics (it helps inspire me to move back west), and have fun with the GK's!
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The Emporium in Victor has EXCELLENT huckleberry shakes!
The ride along the Palisades reservior (US26) is awesome..
Idaho Falls has a baseball team, the Chukars, that enjoys a loyal local following...

I'll be up there June 10 - 12 doing a roadside clean up in honor of a friend that passed away a few years ago. At the north of Victor, just before Driggs if you see the "Friends of Ted Sessions" roadside cleanup sign, thats where we'll be. A ways before that sign is a large garden shop....they have a small cafe on the top floor (Marigold Cafe) that is a GREAT place to have a nice lunch, and check out the cool things they have in there.

North of Jackson at the Headwaters lodge there is a dirt road that goes from US 89 to Ashton, Idaho. Grassy Lakes road, USFS 261. Its closed in the winter, but usually traversable by mid summer.

The Strom Cache rally in June will be west of you a ways...
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Ya know, guys, just today I mentioned to my lovely wife, Patty, that I'd miss riding with long time friends and friends I'd made through riding bulletin boards just like this. Take a look at New England threads MTSFMCW ( Mohawk Trail State Forest Motorcycle Camping Weekend ) and you'll see. Look at past years camp outs and the pictures. And I KNEW that once I posted here the ice would begin to break. 2mstone, perhaps I'll take a ride up and check out your friends memorial event. I'm sorry for the loss. Please feel free to give me a shout out then. Nelson, sounds like we coulda talked about healthcare around a nice campfire. Perhaps lament at the direction it's going with all the governmental micro-management! Do check out the MTSFMCW Plan B thread in the New England forum..... a fellow from Maine is carrying on the tradition in Vermont. It promises to be a great time with great rides and great folks. You can tell 'em I sent you! lol
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2mstone, perhaps I'll take a ride up and check out your friends memorial event. I'm sorry for the loss. Please feel free to give me a shout out then.
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Be careful...we might put you to work for the day!

We'll be there Saturday the 11th about 9:00am with trash bags and orange safety vests...if you ride by give a honk at the old guy and I'll wave back..

We'll have lunch at the Marigold cafe after the work is done, join us you'd like.

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Be careful...we might put you to work for the day!

We'll be there Saturday the 11th about 9:00am with trash bags and orange safety vests...if you ride by give a honk at the old guy and I'll wave back..

We'll have lunch at the Marigold cafe after the work is done, join us you'd like.
Thanks for the invite. Might just take you up on it. Not at all afraid of good work for a good cause. I'll mark the date. :-)
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