Thursday- The night was quiet and dry except for the massive splatter of bird poop on my rainfly. I was up and gone earlier than
most folks and headed north. While taking down the rainfly I found 2 stonefles on the inside- the first I’ve ever seen as live bugs.
I tossed them in the river but no fish took them. I was hoping to ride the backroad that parallels US 93 starting from about Shoup, Idaho.
But shortly after heading out I ran into rain so put on raingear again.
|Here we go again.|
Was passed by another rider on a
newer, bigger BMW in
raingear. I caught him at the gas pumps in Salmon and we talked briefly.
He admired my 30 year old motorcycle. I continued in the rain.
At the wide spot called North Fork I
turned west on the
North Fork road toward Shoup. Last night the fellow said that Spring
headed north the way I wanted to go and was ‘big bike friendly’ so I rode west toward lighter rain and lighter skies. The rain had stopped
when I reached the intersection with Spring Creek Rd so I turned up the road. It was graded gravel. As it neared some residences the
gravel got less and less and as I went onward I finally came to a fairly steep hill with no gravel but recently wetted sand/mud.
Once again I considered my risk factors and decided to turn around. Actually, the descent was kind of hairy as my engine was a bit
high-geared for good holdback and using much front brake was raising the risk. But I made it back down to pavement safely.
|Spring Creek road started out ok but the gravel went away. Decision was because of the steep hill (can't tell in the pic)|
I turned east . Since the rain had stopped I took off my raingear and enjoyed cruising the twisty paved road. Back on US 93 headed I north.
Over Lost Trail Pass and headed down – uh oh. Put the raingear back on barely in time.
|Lost Trail Pass - 48 mi to go. And into raingear - again.|
And so I arrived in Hamilton in light rain. I had lunch at Subway, refueled then headed over to Steve's (ShadyRascal) place.
Thurs, Fri and Sat made that kind of a waste of time. And it slowed my dryout for Monday departure. Oh well. I showered and shaved.
|Bikes under cover because of the rain|
|Destination - between rain showers|
Last Modified: 7/2/2018