Thursday, July 25, 2013
Getting lost, Klim, and Hardley Ableson's.
Woke up early, kind of excited for the day. Ate, broke camp, loaded up and was on the road by 8.
The Hog Catcher was rarin' to go.
While I was bumbling around in the dark the previous night I found a very small very dead tree. It didn't like me much...
The ride into Salmon was pretty good. Neat little town. Got out of town and was a 'goin...
And a goin...
and a goin some more... but wait. Ain't I sposed to be on the OTHER side of those mountains?!
DANG IT. I missed the turn back in Salmon, and now I'm in Leadore. 44 miles wrong. I could go on, I'm more than half way to my destination and this road will definitely get me there, but the road is looong and straight.
I'm going back.
Made it back to Salmon, filled up with gas, and got on the RIGHT road.
The Hog Catcher strikes again...
Mountains and me.
THAT'S the side of the mountains I'm sposed to be on!
And then it got boring.
Miles and miles of desert.
There was NOTHING and NO ONE around. Turns out the Hog Catcher has some pretty long legs.
Saw this thing out on the desert- It's HUGE.
Turns out it was a hanger for the nuclear jet they were building back in the 60's(?). Now it's where they manufacture the depleted uranium armor for tanks.
Made it to Rigby pretty early even with the 90 mile detour, so I stopped at the Klim plant to see an old friend that works there. He took me on a tour and tried to sell me some new gear.
One of his bosses walked into the showroom while we were there- Told me I was a brave man to show up at a Klim factory wearing MSR pants. Good thing he didn't see my jacket or gloves!
It was plenty cool. Got a stack of free stickers too. I'll explain the Hardley in a minute... Took this picture on the way back when the parking lot was empty.
After the tour I headed over to my Brother's house. He lives about a a mile away. He was still at work so I got to hang out with Ridge, who was having a hard time letting me take a picture of him...
So my brother "won" a Hardley rental at a benefit auction. I rode in to meet him at the dealership. Should have seen the looks I got when I parked the Hog Catcher in the special motorcycle parking. Then I put on my propeller head hat and got outright laughter.
My brother with the dealer guy checking out his new ride.
He may be taller than me but I'm much better looking.
Got it figured out, and after the Harley guy and some other random dude got done drooling over my bike (What the H$&* is it?!) we headed back to his house.
Map of the day. Notice the big long spur out to the east. Whups.
Totals for the day:
Odo start: 57,394
Odo end: 57,837
Total Day 3: 443 miles.
TOTAL: 1,142 miles.
Money spent (Gas, Lunch, Gas, Campground): $25.69
Lots cheaper today for a couple of reasons- Only bought one tank of gas (barely), and didn't have to pay for a campground because I got to sleep in a bed!