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Silver Creek - Later the Search and Rescue was called off

This turned out to be quite the adventure. My son and I went for a ride this past Monday. We left at 11:00 a.m. and were gonna be back at the trailhead no later than 6:00 p.m. that day!

Prologue:

As we pulled into the trailhead at 5:30 a.m. TUESDAY morning, I saw some parking lights on a vehicle next to my truck. When we stopped, my wife came running over to me, asked if I was ok, threw her arms around me, kissed me, told me she loved me. Then she said I gotta call the Valley County Sheriff's Department and call off the Search and Rescue! We were way overdue, but I had no idea the wheels were turning back home!



As Paul Harvey would say, "Here's the rest of the story".

The adventure begins. The plane was a ride the trail up to Silver Creek Summit, continue on to Bull Creek trail up near Rice Peak Lookout, and then ride Telephone Ridge. Time permitting, we would take the Sixteen to One trail connect to the Lower Portion of Bull Creek trail, thus making a loop. We ended up riding the loop. Barely!

Here is my son and the bike's at the Peace Creek trailhead Monday morning.


Silver Creek Summit. No ATV's beyond this point.


The trail heading down off the summit to Bull Creek.


Bridge at Bull Creek


The bridge is one of the things our off-road sticker money goes too.






Bull Creek from the bridge


Rice Peak L.O. as we approach


Our approach for lunch


Rice Peak L.O. from our lunch spot


Time for lunch


and map reading


Looking down at the bikes from our peaceful lunch spot


Part of Telephone Ridge we ride after lunch


Departing after lunch


Telephone Ridge trail


Long Lake as seen from the trail








More to come
 

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Kris, you have us on pins and needles worried and wondering what happened to you and your leg. I don't see any warm clothing for overnighting in the back-country in those otherwise beautiful photos. This sounds like it has all the elements of an epic post. Let me add my best wishes for a speedy recovery to what will surely be a long list from your fans.
 

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Silver Creek ride continued.

At 3:35 p.m. we believe we have time to ride Sixteen to One and Lower Bull Creek trails and head back to the rigs. No problem!!!

Sixteen to One trailhead. Admiral gets to ride the KTM 450 EXE for a little trail action (Note I'm still smiling)


The only easy part of Sixteen to One that I remember!


Things go south!

No photo, but short after this while back on the TW. My right foot caught the side of the hillside, ripped my foot rearward, then the TW fell on it. My
ankle is pointing back while the rest of my body is headed forward. I remember yelling help a bunch of times before Kyle got to me to lift the TW off
my foot/leg. I was in a little pain!

Kyle's turn.

Kyle hits something which pitches him off the trail tumbling down the bank to the creek! This was not good.


You can see his tire tracks end in the trail and his KTM down by the creek. Thank goodness he's not hurt. One hurting rider is bad enough.


Here is where we (Kyle) cleared the brush so we can get the KTM back on the trail. I'll tell you it was not easy pushing and pulling that KTM back up the bank.


When darkness set in, we knew we were (in trouble, over our head, inexperienced, stupid etc.) to have continued, but we did (or had too)!


With darkness, a trail we shouldn't be on, me hurt, we didn't think things could get worse...but they did. The trail had some really nasty surprises for us.

This is the last picture I took as I needed to take the batteries out of the camera and put in the GPS. This is looking downhill at one of the most steepest,
tree root infested sections of the trail. It took us about 2 hours to push and pull both bikes up over it.


To give you a timeline perspective. It took us from 3:45 to 11:30 p.m. just to reach the lower Bull Creek trail junction. From 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. to reconnect to the
main trail we road earlier in the day. Then another hour just to get back at the Peace Creek trailhead.

Oh, and to make matters worse and worser, the KTM's headlight wasn't working and we ran out of water. Hope I don't get sick, we drank creek water latter on. We had too!

I have a bunch of video to post from the "daylight" part of the ride once I get it edited.

This is a ride I'll not soon forget!
 

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Kris, you have us on pins and needles worried and wondering what happened to you and your leg. I don't see any warm clothing for overnighting in the back-country in those otherwise beautiful photos. This sounds like it has all the elements of an epic post. Let me add my best wishes for a speedy recovery to what will surely be a long list from your fans.
You know, with limited space to carry stuff, (and right now I can think of a whole bunch of stuff to take), we didn't plan to be out after curfew, so we didn't take any extra cloths. Kyle did have a jacket, but it was not needed. We kept moving ever so slowly, but we both kept sweating and never got cold. Even in the dark it felt like 70-80 degree's to us. It wasn't until we got back to the trailhead that my wife said it was 31 degree's out and my truck had frost on the windshield. But we never got cold!
 

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Hope you will be ok Admiral!
Everything is ok. I've only sprained my ankle real bad. Bruised, swollen, and I'm limping, but otherwise in good shape. Well almost. Few years ago I went riding with Ron in the Danskins. Our muscles were so sore I named the video "Tylenol Run". Muscle wise I would call this "Morphine Run". Every muscle in my body hurts including my fingers. Death grip you know! Giggle.
 

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WHEW!! what a story! Glad to hear you are both OK. It just goes to show you that regular, everyday journeys can go bad pretty fast. One of the reasons I carry a Spot locator.
 

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WHEW!! what a story! Glad to hear you are both OK. It just goes to show you that regular, everyday journeys can go bad pretty fast. One of the reasons I carry a Spot locator.
So interesting you mentioned this. Because of the cost, my wife has been against getting me a Spot locator. Because of this ride, my wife is getting me a Spot locator!

She mentioned this to me at the trailhead. Apparently a real world experience has changed her mind.

I should also mention that I've always told someone where I'm riding. This is why she was able to locate the trailhead I parked at. In addition, I gotta give a hugh kudos to my daughter. She jumped on the computer, located my GPS Planning program (which she has never used before), found the file of the ride I planned and printed a map off for my wife when she came looking for me. Was gonna provide the SAR folks with my route. Not as good as the spot, but at least someone was gonna know where to look.
 

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Admiral, your wife and daughter must have been so worried but they did an admirable job rounding up the posse so to speak. Level headed ladies. Glad you and Kyle made it out eventually, that must have been a very painful hill to negotiate in the last pic. KTM = Kill The Master?
 

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Thank God everyone is no worse for wear. Just a tiny little sling pack or fanny pack that takes up very little space would have been a real comfort to have with you. This gives me an idea for a new thread. Glad to hear you and your boy are OK. Heal quickly.


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wow, glad all turne out ok. but i have to ask: was the transplant motor just acting up? phantom motor syndrome?
 

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Admiral, glad you two are safe & relatively sound!

Recently, I was reading posts on boots, & I believe it was a picture of your foot with a bruise on it that made me buy a pair of "Real" motorcycle boots last week. After your account of the twisted foot on this latest ride, I am feeling far more justified for the $$ spent on my new boots.

Thank you twice! m.
 

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Admiral, your wife and daughter must have been so worried but they did an admirable job rounding up the posse so to speak. Level headed ladies. Glad you and Kyle made it out eventually, that must have been a very painful hill to negotiate in the last pic. KTM = Kill The Master?
Wife took my son's girlfriend to the trailhead with her. Girlfriend was totally spazzed out. You're right, my wife wasn't too worried. Me and Kyle were way to tired after riding all night to be worried about anything. We kept going and that was good enough for us. Ya, when Kyle didn't make it up here with the 450 KTM, I knew it wasn't looking good for the TW. I have a couple of thoughts on some equipment and other things I'll share in a "Lesson's Learned" part I'll add later in this thread.
 

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The trail will close before he is fully healed up this year; but I could really see a group get together next year when the trail opens again (June or July) titled:

Admiral's Sixteen-To-One Morphine Run

I'm in, if he'll let me. Hopefully we could skip "Kyle's Creek", except for photos. -j-
Generally it was a real nice ride. I'll never go on the Sixteen to One and Lower Bull Creek trails again, except on the mules! However, I can say I did it!

Oh, thanks for the call, but my ankle is getting better so no need for a Cain. Maybe when I get older though!:p
 

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Thank God everyone is no worse for wear. Just a tiny little sling pack or fanny pack that takes up very little space would have been a real comfort to have with you. This gives me an idea for a new thread. Glad to hear you and your boy are OK. Heal quickly.
Tom
We did have some food and water with us. I did have some extra gas, saw and a couple other small items with as well. I have some idea's for similar back country rides I'll include in a "Lesson's Learned", later on in this thread. Still going through all my thoughts.

Oh, and it was nice to hear my son's muscles were just as sore as mine. Young guy's can get sore too!:D
 

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wow, glad all turne out ok. but i have to ask: was the transplant motor just acting up? phantom motor syndrome?
Man, the transplant motor ran great. I did have problems with the battery going dead after I tipped over a few times, but only time this was an issue is when I turned it off. Thinking the electrolyte drained out. Not sure yet cause I still haven't unloaded the bikes. Maybe today!:D

I do want to say that if one rides in the backcountry, a kick starter is a must. I would have been sunk without one on this engine. Thank you TW-Brian and Evan! Saved my(our) bacon, as my bike was the only one with a working headlight.
 

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Admiral, glad you two are safe & relatively sound!

Recently, I was reading posts on boots, & I believe it was a picture of your foot with a bruise on it that made me buy a pair of "Real" motorcycle boots last week. After your account of the twisted foot on this latest ride, I am feeling far more justified for the $$ spent on my new boots.

Thank you twice! m.
You should see the bruise I have this time. Glad I could help in your boot decision. You'll be happy you got them...at some point. Not only did my boots probably saved my ankle, but I banged, jammed, and knocked both feet many times off rocks and sticks on this ride. Sometimes it stung a little, but nothing got broke. I can't even imagine not wearing protective motorcycle boots. Leather boots wouldn't have protected me from anything on this ride. I've broke my foot before while just wearing leather type boots. Never again!
 

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Boy oh boy and holy cow. Good to hear you and Kyle made it thru ok. What a Father and Son adventure.

The Ladies were really on the ball. And you were even given hug and kiss therapy.

Advice to all on the Spot. Do yourself a favor, invest a bit more with helicopter transport insurance and 24 hr. tracking. No need to fiddle with button pushing as the unit sends a message every ten minute automatically.

Remember, gear is good. Make sure you can remove it from the bike quickly should you need
to lighten things up. If my bike where in that creek there it would stay.

One helluv a memory. Again, kudos to your Wife and Daughter. Gerry
 

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Boy Admiral, you know how to push the limits. Being prepared to some extent is the biggest part of safety, being able to execute them is the second biggest part. Glad to hear both of you are ok, and nothing more serious than a scare for a few people, particularly your family. Hang in there, it is part of the fun.
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Thanks for letting us all Monday Morning Quarterback your mis-adventure. I was curious about boots and other gear but read now you were well prepared for your self-rescue. Seeing the last photo made me cringe imagining pain from sprain as you two struggled up that trail, could not imagine it without some good ankle support. My Marisa wants to add her best wishes to long list of those hoping Admiral Nelson will sail again soon, she thinks you should not try to unload TW untill better. Women can be pretty smart at times.
 
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