Idaho Backcountry Adventure Ride

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Day 4 – Bear Valley/ Fir Creek to Mountain Home, ID

Sunday morning was chilly. I really didn’t want to get out of my sleeping bag, but I really had to pee!

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

After releasing the night’s whiskey, I quickly made a fire to warm up. Brian was still dead asleep as well as Steve in his toasty hammock.

photo by Brian Hayashi
photo by Brian Hayashi

It was cold and the fire wasn’t enough, so I put on every piece of clothing I brought other than my riding pants. Brian woke up to me standing around the fire like an eskimo.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

It worked. I was warm. I took that ridiculous outfit off and walked down to the little waterfall with my coffee.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Steve wasn’t moving from his cozy hammock.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

The 3 of us had some of Steve’s tasty oatmeal.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route, taken by Steve Pinch

Then it was time for the morning planking to get the air out of my duffel.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

As we were packing up we laughed every time a trailer or toyhauler passed by our camp on the nearby road. We joked, “don’t ever buy a trailer from Idaho!”. We found that Idahoans don’t give a damn about towing their trailer at 50 mph down very rough roads for 30+ miles. The sound was crazy as each one approached. They all sounded like their axles were going to fall off! It was hilarious.

Steve was so excited to ride he almost jumped on his bike without putting his boots on. “Um, Steve? Your boots?” hahaha

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

We stopped for lunch in Lowman at the Sourdough Lodge. Friendly people and good food!

32 ounces of dairy after a night of drinking whiskey and tequila. What could possibly go wrong?

I wish we were able to experience the Kirkham Hot Springs, but it was full of people.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Minutes later it was milkshake evacuation time! Oh god! We found the closest campground to use the facilities. Steve had the same situation. I know, TMI, but we had a good laugh about it. Brian had the biggest laugh though. He chose wisely to forego the shake at lunch!

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

After using the facilities at Emma Campground, we worked on our southern route through dirt.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Brian decided 328A looked interesting. Hey Brian, where are you going? Is this actually a trail???

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

That fire was still going strong on Sunday.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Finally, the end of 328A! We rode 18+ miles to go 4 miles south. Our track ended up looking like a Ramen noodle! I was burning up in my heavy, waterproof jacket. I needed a mesh jacket for this ride!

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Then Steve picked an even more challenging trail, 328G! I’m guessing the further down the alphabet you get, the worse the trail is!

photo by Brian Hayashi
photo by Brian Hayashi

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

We were going to use Steve’s hatchet to get around the downed tree, but I decided it might be a good idea to take a walk down a little further first. Good thing we did!

photo by Brian Hayashi
photo by Brian Hayashi

We unloaded Steve’s panniers so we could get Oprah turned around on the fairly steep trail. He joked that we were his sherpas.

photo by Steve Pinch
photo by Steve Pinch

This map shows our crazy way of getting 4 miles southeast.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Finally after miles of switchback forest roads, we arrived back at the BDR, a faster paced dirt road.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Just as we pulled up to the intersection, a couple from Redding, CA pulled up and we chatted about our adventures. We both agreed the Idaho people drive like crazy on these backcountry roads and you have to be on your toes. Their adventure consisted of a ride through Oregon, then the IDBDR all the way up to Glacier. How awesome?

Continuing further south we were getting pretty warm, especially after those tight switchback trails. When we saw this square pool in the North Fork Boise River, we all said, “Happening!”

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Steve had great form getting into the water.

photo by Brian Hayashi
photo by Brian Hayashi

Brian & Steve were like a couple little kids, joyfully laughing with soap in their eyes. LOL

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

The water was cold, but felt great. That initial dunk into the water was difficult.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route, taken by Brian Hayashi

Seeing all these rivers along the trail, I’ve been wanting to do this the whole trip.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

I had to look at the GPS to see what this river was. It was the North Fork Boise River. Waypoint marked! This was an awesome place to take a dip.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

We headed west all the way to the HWY 21. I guess we passed our possible dirt route south but none of us ever saw it. It’s probably for the better that we didn’t take it. It would have been super late pulling into town had we taken that route. So we headed into Boise via pavement.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

We rode past the Boise River along the way.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

We arrived at The TK Bar in Boise to grab a bite to eat and a cold beer. Turns out they were only a bar so no food. We only had a cold one and had a cheers to our great adventure.

We noticed a guy literally laying in the gutter when we got there. Steve checked on him to make sure he was alive and ok. He gave a grunt and a nod so we left him alone. We asked the bartender dude if he was aware of the guy and knew what that was all about. He said, “I do! Let me tell you the story behind that”. Ok, this sounds interesting already. He went on to say he was drunk and riding passenger in his car who was being driven by his drunk brother. The brother drove over the center median and caused a head on crash totalling his car. He was arrested for DUI and the car was towed away. At this point he gathered a few of his things and took a nap on the concrete to sleep off his drunkeness…in the sun. Oh and he recently lost his job and was waiting for his former boss to come pick him up. Okaaayyyy. Strange!

The bartender’s body language while he was telling the story was entertaining in itself. Funny dude.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

After we sat there for while and cooled off with some waters, we hopped on HWY 84 towards Mountain Home and took advantage of the 80 mph speed limit.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

photo by Brian Hayashi
photo by Brian Hayashi

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

photo by Steve Pinch
photo by Steve Pinch

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Once in Mountain Home, it was time for some pizza!

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

There were 4 chairs at the bar. Hey, we’re missing our 4th guy, Brice! So we took a couple photos for him. We wish he could have joined us on this epic adventure.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

The bartender took his spot and we had a laugh over it.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

After dinner, Steve and I traded bikes and rode back to our hotel for the night. Now I want a GS and he wants a 690 to add to our garage.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

We loaded up and called it a night before the long drive home the next day.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

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Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

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Do more with less! That is my motto lately. I love getting outdoors and exploring new places, usually on my KTM motorcycle. My wife, Anna, and I recently bought and built out a Sprinter van to do more of the things we love. Traveling and seeing new places is always at the top of our to-do list.

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  1. Deven
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    I want a GPS lesson.. Lol one thing I’ve never been good at. What GPS were you using?

    Been looking to build an XR to do some adventure riding. Where is next years trip?

    • Pete
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      I was using a Garmin 62S. It’s very rugged and easy to follow a track. The most time consuming part is putting together a track from scratch. It’s not hard to do, but it takes a little time especially if you’re planning on going somewhere you have never been to. I’m actually going to be putting together an informative guide on how to build a GPS track and plan a trip like this using Google Earth, Google Maps, Garmin Basecamp, and other easy to use software.

      Next trip…good question! It’s been on my mind as soon as we were driving home. I’ve already been thinking alot about that. I’d love to get up into Oregon and Washington, but I feel there are more parts of Colorado that I want to explore first. Sign up for the newsletter on the homepage and you’ll be notified when I post up new stuff.

  2. Hail Dentboy
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    Wow what a great write up… Looks like an amazing trip. Makes me want to get a bike..Absolutely beautiful scenery. Awesome job documenting everything.

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