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Well, I've been busier than a one legged man and a square dancing convention, but I was able to squeeze in a ride last week and just now have the time to post it up.



As are most of my rides, this was a day ride, and this time I started and finished from my house, rather than trailer up to a start point. First and last part of the ride was on pavement, with BLM dirt/gravel roads in-between.



Map visual of the ride

Northern portion





Southern portion





So I'm just tooling along on hwy 201 south of Adrian, Oregon along the Snake River when something catches my eye on the Idaho side. You just never know what you might see!





I've got a long ways to go





But it's worth it. Here I've entered the Succor Creek canyon area. Nice and green along the creek. Nice green shade tree too





Some impressive views of the canyon. Much more impressive in person than what the photo's can depict.





Just about out of the canyon, but I get one more cool view. A camp area is just a mile or two back from here (left of photo) that looks like it would be nice camping when it's not so darn hot





Headed out for some sagebrush riding again





Gotta stay on your toe's. You never know when you might run into the herd





Headed for Leslie Gulch and Owyhee Reservoir





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About half way between Succor Creek road and Owyhee Reservoir, you start the decent into Leslie Gulch.

The gulch is named after Hiram Leslie who was killed by lightning at this spot





Some more really impressive "you have to be here" views of the volcanic rock formations





Dago Gulch branches off Leslie Gulch, but you can't ride or walk very far before you encounter private land





Looks like this cabin is still in use by somebody. Bars on the windows. Probably to keep the not-so-nice perpetrators out





and then what do I find? A TW landing strip!





Well, as much as we would like to believe we are high flying on our TW's, turns out it's just the boat ramp





Nice little campground before you get to the boat ramp. I'm guessing no one is here because the temperature out

is about 1,000 degrees or so. Feels like it!. Because of some potential sunburn, I put my long sleeve shirt on here.

Actually, kept me cooler throughout the rest of the ride with the long sleeve shirt on.





Needed to head back home so I continued on the loop part of my ride. Depending on the map, this is either Sans Basin Rd or Poison Creek Rd,

or both. It comes out on Poison Creek Rd and you never get off the main road, so I'll call it Poison Creek Rd





I know this is part of Sans Basin. I stopped here to pee (which was a good thing and means I was staying hydrated). But looking

back in the middle of this valley, 2 great big mule deer jumped right out in front of me and crossed the road. Yep, I wasn't expecting that!!! Which is why

I have to pee now!





Just before re-entering civilized territory, I come across the old Poison Creek Stage Station. It was built in the mid 1880's and was one of the

stagecoach stations on the old stage route between Caldwell, Idaho and Jordan Valley, Oregon. The road I was riding was part of the old stage route.

The new(er) highway (U.S.95) is a few miles east of here and is of course the main route now between the Treasure Valley, Jordan Valley and points beyond.

Oh, one more thing, the stage station is on the National Register of Historic places, though it's falling into disrepair.





Well, that's all folks. It was hot, but very pretty for desert riding anyway.
 

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Great pic's! that boat ramp is as far away from the water as some here in UT. It's amazing how those rock formations remain standing all these years. that is one picturesque little canyon!
 

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very nice looking area to ride in. Its been really hot here too so have been into swimming and staying cool but this weekend its finally supposed to drop to low 90's so time to dust off the tdub and do some exploring. Thanks for the cool pics.....Did you decide to leave the dog home for this ride?
 

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Another enjoyable ride report. Thanks, it does a fellow good to see that when getting out myself is not an option.
 

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1,000 degrees! Wow, that's pretty hot!
. I hear ya. I liked the rock formations, awesome! Can you imagine what that area was like when all those volcanos were active? I also like the shots of the wide open spaces. Riding the old stage road and finding the old stage station-very cool. Glad you got out for a ride. I always enjoy your ride reports, thanks for posting up.
 

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Great looking ride Admiral, how long was it time wise and miles??
 

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Another great ride report!



But please, 1000 degrees? It was only like 950 down here so there's no way you topped 875 fahrenheit!



Thanks, and keep the inspiration coming!
 

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Nice ride. Wish the 1 mile road to my house was as good as that one on which you were getting there. Great photos and your report made me feel like I was there - except for the heat part, and that was okay. Thanks.
 

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Did you decide to leave the dog home for this ride?


I did. Too much pavement and highway speed for me to feel safe having her ride on the back. Probably some law against it as well. And boy does she pout when I leave her home. Matter of fact, I have to leave her in the house or she'll chase me down the driveway. I can hear her yelp (not bark) when I drive by the house on my way out! She happy when I get back though.
 

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Great looking ride Admiral, how long was it time wise and miles??


I think it was about 140 mile(ish) and about 5 hours taking into account of my brief rest stops. Felt better temperature wise to keep going so I never stopped for too long!
 

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Water is way down from our spring visit: BLT Offroad - Succor Creek




The caves look cool. I'm going back to that area for sure now . . . when it's cooler. Did you have to cross the bridge near that campground to get there?



This is my first time to Leslie Gulch. Fairly quiet this time of year with the low water level.
 

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The caves look cool. I'm going back to that area for sure now . . . when it's cooler. Did you have to cross the bridge near that campground to get there?
No. it is about a mile from the campground. Right by that big cottonwood.







I think this is the place. Just look to the right of that tree up there.

Watch out for black widows. Someone smoked it out with straw at some point. Maybe for the snakes?



There are tons of trails to explore around there. I need to make another run too. There is a waterfall west of where we camped. Also a road in to the East side of the lake.

We will have to give you a shout the next time we go. We could share some trail dust with you
 
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