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    Big Creek Idaho - Single track and more!

    I spent a long weekend in Idaho at Sidekick Chad's cabin for Independence Day. On the 5th, we took this ride. We looked at the maps, planned a loop route and uploaded it into the GPS units, and set out. We started in Calder, ID, rode up Big Creek, then up, way up, onto the ATV Divide ridge trail. We followed this east to Slate Creek Road which took us back south to the St. Joe. Finishing back in Calder.

    I'm going to make this a multi-part series since there was a lot of footage which is all fantastic. Also, since my GoPro lens was still damaged from the Moab trip, this footage was shot on Chad's new Garmin Virb chin-mounted to his helmet.

    In Part 1: We are riding Big Creek Road, which is a nice gravel road along and crossing Big Creek. Eventually, it gets a little rougher and starts narrowing to two-track for a little while until it turns to a single-track motorcycle trail. As always, the camera makes it look more tame than actually experiencing it. It goes up fast, with loose and some larger rock. Immediately, we struggle with the first little steps/ledge area. I think we both felt like we could've made it easier by just gunning it, but that drop off to the left was very scary and intimidating.

    With temperatures getting above 90 degrees, and being in full sun, the next small challenge got me hot and pooped and needing a short break before proceeding. Man-handling the TW wears you out quick! When SC realizes that we're going to be doing switchbacks up that hill, he looks back wondering how in the hell we can turn around. We can't. It's do or die time. When he gets to the top, you can see the climb for the switchback to the right. I think his plan was to stop and game plan. Plans don't always go as planned. Enjoy...

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    That trail looks very challenging. And it looks like one little mistake and you will fall into the abyss. I am anxiously waiting to see part 2.
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    I hate those type of trails with the step drop off on one side.
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    I hate switchbacks with a passion. Even on mules, I hated switchbacks. Good time to set up the suspense for part 2. A real "cliffhanger" if you will.
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    Nasty TW trap. Everyting looks great until you realize you’ve committed to something were you might just might die.
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    Excellent video. Far better than anything on the tv box.

    Looking forward to part 2. You left us hanging for the sequel.
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    all seems so innocent until BAM! too late. crazy how fast that narrowed down to a butt-puckering cliffhanger. btw much better idea to fall right too.... i gasped at your tumble left "0h SH*T" is that a grasshopper that jumps left to right at 6:20?

    Oh, have you had that second bike checked out? so skinny those tires...it looks so anorexic, i hope it's OK!

    thanks for the beautiful ride report.
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    It's funny, as I started getting things ready for Part 2, I'm like, "Geez, I must really suck at this! It's almost been a week, and I can't even get a 'like' from littletommy!". So, thanks for the kind words and for checking out my stuff.
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    We continue on the tight side-hill singletrack after a couple of switchbacks where the camera wasn't on. Follow us as we experience the scary heights, multiple water crossings, and mechanical difficulties. Enjoy Part 2.

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    looks like a completely different state compared to mr and mrs admiral's stomping grounds! nice dodge of that road boulder stuck in the creek... i had a creek crossing once upon a time with multiple hazards! never heard of a chain derailment from a rock like that, just flooded boots and carb.
    thanks again!
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