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The Bender Creek Experience - Part I



"this is a ride not a race, so it's suppose to be fun" Ron



Here is my first installment of the ride a bunch of us from all over the United States took 5/8/2012 in the Danskin OHV recreation area. And by "all over the United States" I mean Stubby traveled all the way from Union, Oregon to go on this ride. I hope you enjoyed it Stubby. It was also enjoyable for us to see Larry, first time riding trails come along. Larry would have to deal with a few minor falls and an ailing XT, but he made it without going over the edge! Way to go Larry.



Now before I begin our ride, I want to flash back to November 2010 when I rode some of these same trails. It wasn't as friendly as it was today due to some snow covering the trail in spots. Snow was not my friend this day!





Anyway, here's the crew L-R. A-1 Dan -TW; Dan' brother Larry - XT250; Ron -TW; Stubby -TW; my son Kyle -KX250; and Georgie. Yep, she got to go on this trip





Oh, and me -TW. In my admiralty uniform





Here's Kyle on the "Green Machine mosquito sprayer at humor corner. You'll know what I mean when you watch the video. Ron's a hoot!





Another break on the trail





Here's Part I video. Enjoy! Oh, and the video presented here is from both Ron and myself.




More action packed photo's and video to come...in a day or two, so stay tuned.
 

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Fun!!! Makes me want to go riding right now instead of being stuck here at work. Beautiful blue sky!
 

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That was fun! That looks like a very fun trail, and yes, more so without the snow. Great scenery and a good bunch to ride with. The video was really enjoyable, I see what you mean about staying upwind of the 2 smoker. Thanks for taking us along. I'm also looking forward to Part II.
 

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Part II - The Bender Creek Experience - Willow Creek:





Admiral - "I pulled that tree off the trail"



Ron - "the bunny huggers probably came back up here and drug it back on the trail"



In this segment, we have a discussion during a break about the trail clearing crew we saw. We then crossed Willow Creek, stopped at a pass to take a break and then start our descent into Fiddler Flat. Larry played catch up with Stubby and "rested" his XT a couple of times before we reached the pass. Dispite this, he (we) pressed on. Too late to turn back now!



Here's Kyle speeding through Willow Creek on the Green Machine





The crew at the pass





View from the pass









Ron before we depart the pass- "Some of the panorama's are really impressive...save one eye for the trail"



Part II video








To be continued soon, Part III - Final Chapter
 

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Final Chapter - The Bender Creek Experience (Fiddler Flat...and beyond)





Admiral - "if I fall here, that'll leave a mark"





Kyle - "I just took out that sagebrush"



Admiral - "ha ha ha ha ha", he fell



Well, we finally make it to Fiddler Flat. We have an awesome cliff top view of the South Fork Boise River and the surrounding canyon rim. As we head out, we take a short break at an old steam boiler which was apparently used at a long gone sawmill in the area. Kinda cool. Not long after we depart Fiddler Flat, both Ron's and my photo/video recovery devices batteries run out. At this point, because Larry's XT is running poorly, Ron leads Larry and Dan back to the trailhead via some local roads. Longer, but easier, especially if Larry's XT decides to quit running. The safe route! Stubby, Kyle and myself head back to the trailhead via the Danskin trails. Still a long haul, but fun none-the-less. In the end, Stubby, Kyle and myself get back only minutes before Ron, Larry and Dan. Everyone one is safe, and I think I can speak for the whole crew, we had a great day of adventure trail riding!!!





Couple views of Fiddler Flat before we get there









Ron retrieves Larry's helmet which rolled ALL the way down the trail





Kyle at the cliff edge...yikes





South Fork Boise River





And for you Dan. Proof the cache is near the boiler (Photo courtesy of geocache.com)





Remember . . . save one eye for the trail.




The End...For now!
 

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This was a very pleasant day for a ride. The trails were mostly cut for ATVs. They were in good shape and not to much dust yet. There was a total of 42 miles of trails that day.



Both the Admiral and I took videos. The Admiral did a really good job of editing and posting all the videos and photos of our adventure. He was not only the Master of these trails but also the Master of the Video Technology. It is fun to be able to share these adventures especially for those that are pavement bound.



Several of us are planning another ride for this coming week. I will post the details tomorrow.



Happy Trails All



Ron in Boise
 

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Great videos and ride report. I look forward to more.



I did a little Google research about Danskin OHV. Did I read it right? 60,000 acres is huge! And only 150 miles of trails. Compared to the local OHV parks, Hollister has 3,300 acres with 128 miles of trails, Carnegie OHV has 1300 acres, and the Santa Clara County OHV park is 459 acres with 20 miles of trails. You guys got it good! I am so jealous. You have so much so close.



Here is a link to a Danskin OHV map. Perhaps you can show us which trails you have been on. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5026618.pdf
 

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Great videos and ride report. I look forward to more.

Here is a link to a Danskin OHV map. Perhaps you can show us which trails you have been on. http://www.fs.usda.g...prdb5026618.pdf


Tony,



This is a great area to ride. On this day we saw the trail clearing crew out. Nice to see some of our OHV sticker money at work. Ron mentioned to us there was a big fire in 1989, which burned most of the Danskin OHV. You can see lots of the old burnt trees, now bare of bark and needles, blown over. I would have loved to see and ride here when it was much more forested. So would my son Kyle, who was on this ride. He made the mistake of wearing a t-shirt and really got sunburned. His sunscreen was left in my jeep. Silly boy.



Ron has ridden much more of Danskin than I, but on this ride we started at the Bender Creek Trailhead. Took 300 generally S.E. then left when it connects to 317. (Note: 317 is now converted to an ATV trail, not just proposed). 322 is the spur to the cliff we took. Continued on 317 till it meets 321. This is where Ron, Larry, and Dan split to take the roads back to Bender. Stubby, Kyle and I continued on 321 till it met 317 again, then back to Bender the same way we came in on. Ron was originally gonna take us back a different route, but because of the ailing XT, we didn't get this in.



Will be going back to the area this Thursday as Ron mentioned above, to ride mostly single track trails. A little more technical in some places than the ATV cut trails. Should be fun. Don't wanna bore folks here with too much photo/video of basically the same area, but you can bet I'll have the camera rolling, should evidence be required. Ha ha.
 

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Good times, and beautiful scenery. I know it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare the videos and pictures, thanks so much for doing it. They are very enjoyable. The videos are just like riding behind you looking over your shoulder. Were you extending your range by coasting down some of those hills?
 

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Looks like some nice country to ride in.Thanks for sharing.

Ron


From what I've seen of posts from TW & Advrider forum member posts, where you live looks like some great riding and scenery too. I'd like to visit the Island in the not too distant future, but I have to get past the whole border patrol crossing thing! You don't have snakes right? Just joking, I really want to visit in the next couple years.
 

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Good times, and beautiful scenery. I know it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare the videos and pictures, thanks so much for doing it. They are very enjoyable. The videos are just like riding behind you looking over your shoulder. Were you extending your range by coasting down some of those hills?


Funny you should mention the coasting thing. I'm in the planning stages of a Central Idaho Big Loop ride (most likely next year), and was thinking how to extend my fuel range, though I've already got a larger gas tank. Extra external gas supply of course is one option, but just last night I thought about coasting down hills! So funny you mention it today. Though we could coast down quite a bit, a stock gas tank will do you just fine in the Danskin OHV area. You can ride all day like we did, and only put on 50 miles or so.



This was the first time I used two video sources to come up with the YouTube's. It was fun to put together. Between Ron and myself, had 3 hours of video to sort through to come up with the 3 segments. Would have had more video, but both of our video batteries ran out of juice 3/4 of the way through the ride. Of course to keep the video's somewhat short and not bore the viewer or embarrass us riders, I had to chop tons of good riding footage out. Well, I guess keeping the video's short means folks watching don't have to press the pause button in order to go to the bathroom or get popcorn!



I know making the video's can be frustrating for some, but I like to make them, though this one took extra time for a couple of different reason, but it got done. Glad you enjoyed. I still love watching yours as well.
 

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Thanks for the videos, I had a lot of fun, well, cept for not finding the mysterious geocache, oh and an update on Larry's bike: apparently if you lay your bike down on the trail too many times you end up with an oil soaked air cleaner and a cracked spark plug and an ill fitting spark plug wire. All is good now! Thanks again.
 
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