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Thanks for making these badges mhomadness. Special acknowledgment to mhomadness for making these badges for the ride. They're pretty darn cool and everyone who came got a pin. littletommy, your's is in the mail! mhomadness considered driving all the way up from someplace in California, but other obligations, time, & distance were contributing factors for not making the trip. We don't blame him, but he did miss out just a little!:D


Admiral's Spuds & Suds Operational Overview.

1. Take the youngest daughter to the university for "Rush Week". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraternities_and_sororities#Joining
2. Extend rush week for Admiral & Mrs. Admiral by riding TW's around North Idaho after completing parental duties at the university.
3. Offer the ride to other forum members (and their friends)!
3.1. Meet 2 Adventure Rider Forum members on their return trip from somewhere other than where we were riding.
3.2 Meet littletommy and sister Sue for lunch in Wallace
4. Receive Honda CT110 for further transport to the eventual new owner in Michigan. Until then, I'll ride the CT110.:rolleyes:
5. Retrieve 3 each grandchild en route to homeport after ride conclusion.

Riders for the Spuds & Suds Ride were:

Admiral & Mrs. Admiral-Idaho
SanDue's-California
Washington Larry and his XT225 riding sidekick Chad-err from Washington
Eric-not from Washington...or Idaho...but from Montana
Plumbstraight-Washington

Lunch Riders:

littletommy & sister Sue

Virtual Riders:
mhomadness-wanted to come but made the Spuds & Suds Pins instead
Devil's Advocate-Possible recipient of the CT110 if we make it and who also paid lunch for all of us at Clarkia on Day 3. Wa Larry kept the paid lunch a secret. Thanks a ton D.A.

Special Guests, I met from Advrider Forum:

Ladybug0048 and Rainbow007

D minus 2 days, Loaded and ready to roll.


D minus 1 day Part I, Locate and occupy ride camp. My original plan according to my auto-corrected txt, was to camp at "Turn Her Flat" CG, but it was full so I then proceeded to my next auto-corrected txt campground of "10 Cop" CG. For clarification, the campgrounds in non-txt lingo are Turner Flat & Tin Cup Campgrounds. For further clarification, I wasn't actually camped at Tin Cup CG, it was down the road a mile or so. Oops!


D minus 1 day Part II. Participate in parental duties at the university during rush week. (Note: Parental orientation sucks, so we skipped it. Waiting in line when food runs out at university BBQ sucks. But not for us, we were first in line. No beer sucked too!


BBQ held in University of Idaho Kibby Dome. Nice, no mosquitos or hot sun, did not suck!



more to come.
 

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D-Day. We had planned to arrive early and ride a day by ourselves. With no particular destination in mind and with a suggestion of direction offered by Wa Larry, we headed up the St. Joe River towards St. Ives Historic Ranger Station.


St. Joe River






We then backtracked a couple miles to NF303 and headed up the Beaver Creek.


Posing as bridge inspectors, we inspect the bridge which crosses the St. Joe River and heads up the Beaver Creek


Bridge view of the St. Joe River is satisfactory


Mrs. Admiral's view of the Admiral on the bridge is satisfactory as well


Mrs. Admiral is satisfied with the bridges construction which crosses the St. Joe River.


So we proceed up the Beaver Creek to the junction of NF303 & NF201 near Bad Bear Peak.


We then head on the NF201 in the general direction of East Sister, Middle Sister, and West Sister Peaks. Along the way we stop in to check out Mammouth Springs Campground.


Even though nobody was here, I think they knew Mrs. Admiral was coming and left here some flowers


Short distance down the NF201 we come across Dismal Lake. Doesn't look that dismal to me. Have to keep note of this place as there are a couple camp sites.


As we go whizzing by Whistling Peak we spot this funny looking thing on the top of Middle Sister Peak. Me/we thinks it's a Lookout


Yes sir by golly, it's a lookout on Middle Sister Peak


The person in the lookout must have been taking a nap 'er sump'in as the blinds were pulled down by the time we got there


As we're expecting some of the riders to start showing up to camp, we didn't stay long and try to find our way back without backtracking. While it looked promising on the map, in reality, it wasn't such a good idea.


We ended up backtracking and swiftly headed back to camp where we found Eric from Montana waiting for us. Later Wa Larry and his sidekick Chad showed up. We chatted a bit and headed to bed.

End of Day 1

To be continued
 

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Those love birds are at it again! Looks like the beginning of another fun get-away adventure.
Kris, I notice your video's audio seems really crisp and noise free without the annoying traditional white noise from wind. New secret? New Mic? New camera?:rolleyes:
 

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Nice riding gear there lady. Gone are the no helmet and no armor ATV days when we would cringe at the idea of you somehow crashing in the outback. 100_3006 (800x600).jpg
Nothing like a little Idaho greenery to contrast and really show off WILBUR'S awesome new paint job. Nicely done Admiral!
 

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Those love birds are at it again! Looks like the beginning of another fun get-away adventure.
Kris, I notice your video's audio seems really crisp and noise free without the annoying traditional white noise from wind. New secret? New Mic? New camera?:rolleyes:
Same ION Camera. The white noise reduction is better but still not where I'd like it. I think ION did fix the problem with newer models by having an external microphone plug-in so you could put a microphone inside the helmet.

What I did was buy 2 each "skins" for the camera. They are rubbery and are more for color change than anything else. Putting on just 1 skin didn't work so I modified a second skin and place both over the camera housing. I think the weak point in noise level is the on/off switches but have never fully figured it out. Still, on some of the highway shots which are upcoming, there is more noise than what you hear at slow speed but at least now you can hear the TW a little bit.

Once I watched a video where they modified the model camera I have to have an external plug-in type microphone but it looked like too much work for me for the few video's I put together riding.
 

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Wilbur looks awesome!

Glad to see you included the requisite Fire Tower photos!
 

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Admiral's Spuds & Suds Day 2 The Tunnels Avery to Wallace

Today we have the full crew riding from Avery to Wallace on Moon Pass Road, part of which is the old Milwaukee RR bed for about 9 miles or so. We'll then have lunch in Wallace and then head back to Avery via NF225, which was fun.

Assembling of the group in Avery on Friday morning


L-R: Sue, me behind Sue, Sidekick Chad (lone non TW rider), Eric, & Plumbstraight



Wow factor has started. It wasn't far up the road before we started riding through the old railroad tunnels. This is the north entrance. We rode south to north.


Near this entrance was one of 6 Geocaches along the route.


Nice little waterfall near the cache and tunnel entrance.


Cache was just a small log only cache but it's the view of the waterfall which is the real reward


Even rode across an old trestle which has been upgraded with railings so we can't drive off the edge like Evil Knievel. By the way this is Eric not Evil Knievel!


Found another geocache on the north end of the trestle


At Loop Creek, Moon Pass Rd. continues north and the old RR bed turns into a hiking & biking trail.

We continue north. I skipped a couple geocaches but we did take a break so I could find one more before we passed over the pass.
Sidekick Chad before the XT Catastrophe, Dan, Eric, & Sue


While I was wandering around in circles looking for the cache, Dan goes into the weeds and finds it! Funny, Dan doesn't look like a GPS but I'll take it!




Like most of the caches along this route, it's the view rather than the cache which is the real reward


Once over the pass we dropped down into Wallace for lunch. So people we be scared of us biker types, we parked in front of a Church to make it look good.





After a lengthy discussion and Dan asking a local where a good place to eat in town was, we decided to eat the lunch at the Historic 1313 Club where there was "real" food. I think!
The 1313 Club Historic Saloon and Grill in Wallace Idaho is FOR SALE

This is where all the couples ate. Mrs. Admiral, Admiral, Eric & and I'll count the waitress behind him so he doesn't feel like he was all alone. He was a good boy Mrs. Eric I just funn'in.


Plumb ate alone. By alone I mean he ate with us but by himself. The kids looking at him over his shoulder are not his, I swear!


SanDue's. For clarification, Dan is on the left and Sue is on the right with the purple shirt for those of you who are left & right impaired.


Wa Larry left, and his Sidekick Chad on the right. For my protection, so I don't get my ass kicked at the next ride, these two guys ARE NOT A COUPLE. They just happen to be sitting sort of next to each other. You can see there is a gap between indicating they ARE NOT A COUPLE!


And it was really nice for Sue and her brother littletommy to come all the way over from Spokane to eat lunch with us "real bikers"!

Forum Political Disclaimer. Sorry for Sue's shirt, I didn't even know Reagan was running for President again! Who knew!

So after lunch, we stopped for dessert


Ok, so we did stop for a quickie, I mean brief stop at the Wallace Bordello Museum. For some of us the menu got confusing because we are...unknowing I guess is the best way to say it! Humm, what's on the dessert menu again?


Before we left down we filled up the motorcycles and Plumb treated us to some Ice Cream at one of the local gas stations! Yummy and it was real ice cream with waffle cones, not that fake stuff!



Day 2 to be continued
 

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Day 2 Continued

After eating lunch, visiting Whore House Museum, and Ice Cream, it was time to get back on the trail.

We headed south on NF225 and climbed up over Slate Creek Saddle down to what everyone thought was the best part of this weekend's ride. This trail had a super fun factor. Little challenging here and there, twisty turns, ups and downs, and pretty scenery.


Everyone was having fun...until the XT Catastrophe! I think Sidekick Chad got a bit concerned!


Turns out Sidekick Chad had a rock deflect off the skid plate and punctured the engine case on the front clutch side.


And this is where Eric came to the rescue...sort of. Eric had some JBWeld with him and Sidekick Chad was able to seal the leak. Several of us watched the sealant dry. Sidekick Chad did keep a great attitude about the situation.


The only problem now, there was an audible ticking sound when the engine was running. Something was amiss inside the engine. Things weren't looking promising.


As a precaution so we didn't ruin anything, Plumbstraight pulled Sidekick Chad and his XT down to the highway. Once we got to the highway, Eric rode into Avery and got his trailer and then hauled the XT back to camp for further repairs.


Once at camp Wa Larry and Sidekick Chad changed the oil and removed the right side cover. They discovered the rock had dented in the side cover enough to make contact with the clutch basket which made the not so nice engine noise. They were able to hammer out the dent, replaced the side cover and oil and sidekick Chad was good to ride another day. Yee Haw!


End of Day 2
 

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At your table but ate alone? Lol. Totally engaged with Lt's sister, what a cutie. Sure was a great ride in the mountains and sleeping under the stars at night with a few meteors streaking across the night sky made for a nice show. The main show was at 1 to 3 in the morn, but after riding no way to stay up that late.
 

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That trip is exactly why I purchased my TW... I definately am interested in doing something like this in the future. I only live a couple hours from where you guys were. I was too chicken due to being such a nube at this motorcycle thing. The odometer on my T-Dub says 802 miles and that is literally all the miles I have on a motorcycle other than the 3 day training I took before buying one. Count me in next time!!!!
 
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