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    Bear/Cuprum, ID - Lakes, Lookouts, Viewpoints, Mines and Hell's Canyon

    It was a good weekend to ride.

    We rode from about 8,000 ft. down to 1,550 ft. Roughly 6,500-foot difference.

    Still going through pictures and video's, but thought I'd post a couple teasers.



    Fall Mtn. colors were captivating.


    I'm speechless. There are a lot of words to explain what we see and enjoy, I just don't have any to add!


    Yep, good times.


    to be continued
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    I just want to thank The Admiral for finally letting me be in the lead!
    Normally I'm in the back, trying not to choke on dust.. He thinks I'm so far back because I can't keep up so he goes slower which makes me go slower....but when I'm in the front I can go as fast as I want and he can choke on my dust! Apparently I CAN drive a lot faster than he thought I could. Giggle

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    That's a pretty amazing area. I was elk hunting just east of there and really wanted to get over into that country but couldn't make it. Traveling Forest Service roads takes a wee bit longer than running the pavement into the area. If you made it up to Black Lake, what was the campground like there. From the maps, it looks like a very beautiful area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BkCntryCrwlr View Post
    That's a pretty amazing area. I was elk hunting just east of there and really wanted to get over into that country but couldn't make it. Traveling Forest Service roads takes a wee bit longer than running the pavement into the area. If you made it up to Black Lake, what was the campground like there. From the maps, it looks like a very beautiful area.
    The photo's we took are mainly of the lake. We rode to the S.E. by the vault toilet and a few camp spots. I'll pull a few photo's from the video I had rolling when we rode in and out. Other folks were camped at the north end but we didn't go there with all the vehicle parked there. I think the south end we were at has the trails which lead up to the old mine. I read the townsite was at the north end.

    Briefly spoke with a couple guys who were camped there and hunting in the area. They mentioned "goat" so I suppose they may have been hunting something other than Elk or Deer. Just a guess though.

    And your maps didn't lie, very beautiful.
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    Mrs. Admiral: In the lead, up front or on top we like it all. You go girl. When my wife and I are riding on the street she wants me to lead, but she is and always has been a safe car driver. When she sees a yellow light if she can stop she always does even if very quick. I am surprised she hasn't been rear ended. Any way she follows me on the motorcycle @ 3-5? car lengths back and we are always getting seperated. I have to pull over and wait for the light to change. We have had some discussions about it and finally she is following at a safe distance and to the side but not so far that we don't go through the same lights together. That also keeps someone from pulling out in between us and hitting her. Plus two of us riding closer together is easier to see so we don't get hit. On the dirt I don't mind her leading sometimes exactly for what you said, it's only fair.
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    The photos that you folks post just keep getting better and better. Thank you so much.
    Keep it up!!
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    Thanks for the photo of Black Lake, was just curious about camping there and if "The Wife" would like it. She is much more, shall we say "selective", than I am about where we camp.

    I was glassing the Smith Mountain Lookout from about two canyons away, reminded me of the Great Pyramid with the lookout sitting at the point. Must be one hell of a view from up there! Would get pretty exciting in the middle of a lightening storm, might have to change my Depends a time or two!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweaker View Post
    Mrs. Admiral: In the lead, up front or on top we like it all. You go girl. When my wife and I are riding on the street she wants me to lead, but she is and always has been a safe car driver. When she sees a yellow light if she can stop she always does even if very quick. I am surprised she hasn't been rear ended. Any way she follows me on the motorcycle @ 3-5? car lengths back and we are always getting seperated. I have to pull over and wait for the light to change. We have had some discussions about it and finally she is following at a safe distance and to the side but not so far that we don't go through the same lights together. That also keeps someone from pulling out in between us and hitting her. Plus two of us riding closer together is easier to see so we don't get hit. On the dirt I don't mind her leading sometimes exactly for what you said, it's only fair.

    On one hand, I'm not exactly sure Mrs. Admiral in the lead is a good thing. Who is it who hasn't had a speeding ticket? Oh yeah, that would be me!

    On the other hand, she led for a short bit in the Black Hills. My instructions, as much as she will listen to me, are to stop at the next intersection and then we'll proceed to the next and so forth! In the Black Hills, it was easy enough to find a loop trail back to the place you intended to turn!

    ...but truth be told. All my career I've had to be the leader. I'm actually enjoying just tooling along lagging behind. Just not too far as it may cause the initiation of a search & rescue!fpalm.gif
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    Day 1.

    We take off from camp


    and ride through the Bear, Id area.


    It's so friendly! I suppose frustration has led to anger which is translated by us as unfriendly. I understand and we obey and ride through Bear very slowly!


    Black Lake & Smith Mtn. lookout our are first destinations on the day.


    History. Though we didn't see any remains, the Forest Service has placed a lot of these signs in the area to inform us of some of the local history. Without this sign, I wouldn't have known.


    On the road towards Smith Mtn. L.O. & Black Lake we are alerted to Placer Basin & Placer Basin Mine.


    We're probably seeing the remains of the 1930's era.




    As we continue riding Smith Mtn. L.O. comes into view.


    This picture of Mrs. Admiral I posted earlier is zoomed in on the road below the lookout.


    to be continued
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    Quote Originally Posted by old w/2 many guns & bikes View Post
    Dang Kris; didn't your mother teach you not to talk about a woman's age?

    I probably should clarify eh?
    Cement footings from 1930's era, not the motorcycle helmet!
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