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Our trip to Idaho was totally unplanned. We were at our place in Cle Elum Wa last wednesday night sitting by a nice campfire when we got a phone call from my girlfriends sister telling us her father who had cancer had just passed away. Figuring that we would be there a while i figured i might as well load up the TW. On saturday the girls and their brother went to make all the arraingments and go through some of his stuff, Jason (brother in law) and I decided to go exploring. After a short jaunt down hiway 12 into Weippe we headed up the Lolo Motorway to the Lolo trail.

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Lolo Trail or NeeMePoo trail, but the Lolo Motorway parallels them for the most part. We did ride parts of the Lewis & Clark trail



Lolo Motorway













Jason was riding a quad (honda rancher) and i on my TW. In Idaho you can ride a quad on the roads if you purchase a street license for them.... The scenery along the way was breathtaking, Jason made a pretty good guide since he grew up there and knows the area like the back of his hand. We came across a small lake along the way that they figure was the spout of an old volcano. Geologist tried to measure how deep it was years ago and let out over 1/2 mile of line and didn't hit bottom.



Bottomless lake















 

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We also went up to the North Fork of the Clearwater River

Switched to phone cam as my Nikons battery died













We logged almost 140 miles, had sandwiches along the way and had a great ride considering nothing was planned.
 

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Monday afternoon we decided to go for another short ride in the Ford's creek area and found more spectacular sights...



This is an old powerhouse that is still in use part of the year. A friend of Jasons dad ran a Case 580 up threw the rocks to lay the pipe that feeds the powerhouse. He used the bucket to pull himself up a couple feet each time while using the outriggers to wedge himself between the rocks to get another bite. almost straight up. crazy people up in them hills. Check out the rock formations above the powerhouse



















The temps were in the 90's, it was real dusty and i'd do it again in a heartbeat
 

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View from Jasons front porch...... lucky bastard



 

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Really great picture's. Lolo Motorway is on my list some day. If you ever come back to Idaho, I would also recommend the Magruder Corridor road, which I've been on. Magruder is on my Big Loop ride I'm planning next year. Similar to Lolo, the Magruder goes through the wilderness area and for the most part you need to stay on the road. Magruder is usually not open until mid to late July due to snow, but is a great ride. Fires are also a problem along Magruder and it is frequently closed.



Although not on the TW, I once tried to drive up to Hemlock Butte L.O. up out of Weippe, Pierce and Headquarters, but unfortunately to much snow. This area has a really rich history in logging, as you probably saw. Also, last year the wife and I went to Kamiah and thought about driving on the Lolo in our jeep, but alas, not enough time. Your last photo from Jason's porch reminds me of the Clearwater Valley Orofino-Kamiah areas.



Thanks for sharing, brings back the memories.
 

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That's exactly where it is, about 2 miles out of weippe towards orofino. Next time i go over there maybe you could hook up with us and go exploring. Woof
 

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Very nice! interesting rock formations.
 

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Beautiful scenery!



From the looks of that stream I'd think strapping a fly rod and creel to the ol TW might not be a bad idea.
 

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I saw a few fly fishermen along the way.... didn't see em catching anything.... i was thinking a worm on a bobber would work
 

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I saw a few fly fishermen along the way.... didn't see em catching anything.... i was thinking a worm on a bobber would work


The joy is in the process my friend!



It's not called fly catching, it's called fly FISHING!



Catching something is just a welcome bonus.
 

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Woof, nice R/R ! Thanks !



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The joy is in the process my friend!



It's not called fly catching, it's called fly FISHING!



Catching something is just a welcome bonus.




I always tell my wife that fly fishing is my favorite way to not catch fish. Meaning that if I am not going to catch something, fly fishing is better than just sitting there.



But when you see a trout hit the surface fly and you hook it, wow(!) amazing thrill!
 

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I'm less than two hours from that trail head. It looks like a great ride. Thanks for the pics and for sharing.
 

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Check out the rock formations above the powerhouse





the rocks are columnar basalt, they crack along hexagonal fissures, to best release pressure as the rock cools and solidifies. devil's postpile national monument near mammoth lakes california is another example, very cool!



thanks for a great ride report.
 
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