Yesterday I rode Indian Springs outside Kimberly, ID. Great hand built single track. I have ridden there several times and plan my route to ride here. Met Mike @ Spoke and Wheel in Twin who gave me a new trail map. All by myself. 30,000 acres of BLM land, just big country. Worth riding as I make this a stop on my travels. This time I met none of the trail builders.
Finished there and drove to Pocatello. The new issue of MBA printed a small picture of the City Creek trails taken during peak fall colors. Going to ride here today then move down to Green River, WY.
Web research for rides is sketchy. I remember riding in Poc years ago and liked what i experienced. If you are a local you know the trails but don’t necessarily share them non line for a touron to get sucked into.
Web research selected Scott’s in Poc & let the GPS find the shop. Eric at the shop gave 2 maps and some ride ideas, one out in USFS land up Mink Creek and the other on Poc city property, City Creek. I drove out to FS land for camp spot way up high @ 6400′ on a logging road. I researched the Mink creek ride that would go thru where I was camped and decided after walking off the gravel road that the ground was saturated and sticky. It seemed that much of the trail was old double track. OK, I blew it off. If I were a local I might have known better or more info. Instead I drove back down to the assured ride on City Creek right out of town. Lots of ST winding around the hills w/ patches of color. Trails are buff because that is what is underneath the grass. Death Valley and Lower Bench were the chunkiest i found. Lots of small patches of color:
Chilly and windy here in Poc. This is just a short note that will be added to if I am in internet range later today. I have to believe WY has internet not just horses. I found a shop in Green River, WY that must be out of a guys house. i called and left a message and he never called back in spite of his message.
Going to travel US 30 thru Lava Hot Springs for a commercial soak. Drove to the hot springs and sprung for a $5.50 soak in a commercial establishment: no slimy bottom. I cooked myself. Noticed an increased heart rate.
I looked @ the road map and found last USFS land down near Georgetown. Between the map and the GPS I could not find access. All the land up on the mountain sides above the ranch and farming land in the valley and no way to get into it. Frustrated I continued east on US 30 to Montpelier. I am camped in a back lot just off the main drag.
Tomorrow is into Wyoming down along Flaming Gorge Nat Rec area. The road I will travel is open range land. Years ago the first time I drove it I remarked about the cow road kill. Imagine driving after dark and a black cow is standing in the road that your headlights don’t pick up at your 65mph driving speed. Hamburger of beef and human meat splattered. Savage.
Vernal, UT is next stop.
Indecision is the key to flexibility. I have been studying the maps figuring out where I want to go. I am limited by $ for fuel.
Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers has to be one of my most favorite songs is playing on XM. Phil Spector production.