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    Pascal Girard fpgirard's Avatar
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    Lewis/Clark Trail (93) Vs Lolo Pass (93 In Idaho...

    Reaching out to my Western fellow riders. We're finalizing our western trip this fall (2 week of sept) and was hoping someone has experience with both 75->21-55->95->12 (lolo pass) in Idaho as well as 93 (Lewis & Clark Trail) could tell me which route they'd choose between the two. The lolo pass route adds about 3 hours to the trip but butler maps shows that it has 3 G1 sections in it - then there's Lolo....

    Any advice? Here's a pic of the alternatives - any help would be great - tia

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    I've ridden both several times, in both directions. They're different, and both lovely. Can you ride one outbound, and the other on your return?

    55 and 95 are fairly scenic, but full of traffic. I found 93 is emptier; it runs along the Salmon River and I think it's prettier.
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    Just came back from a VT to OR round trip and took Lolo on the way out. Major chip sealing happening and we spent a couple of hours total waiting in construction zones, but by the time you ride it should be done and you'd have perfect pavement all the way. The scenery was good, the curves mostly sweepers, and there were plenty of places to pull over and soak in the river. I wouldn't call it a phenomenal ride, but it was certainly an enjoyable interlude to the desert on both ends.
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    *GREAT* feedback

    Thanks dbrick & glenfiddich.

    Leaning towards 93..... I can't do both as we then head eastward towards home from there. Want to avoid as much traffic as possible - have enough of it here in DC/MD that it's driving me westward.

    As an aside note, I noticed GF's name - I'm bringing a bottle of single malt with me - but it's American - Balcones..... Got good reviews in

    http://goo.gl/SYup0z

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    75/93 is a beauty; one of my favourite rides.

    Local aboriginals and environmentalists blockaded Highway 12 last Tuesday, protesting a mega load that was going up to the Oilsands. But according to our local paper, the next load won't be read to ship for a month.

    Here's a website to monitor construction and chip sealing on 12:

    http://hb.511.idaho.gov/main.jsf

    I had one of my most memorable rides on 75/95 after the 2007 Stanley Stomp. It was 28 F when I left Sawtooth Lodge, the rally site, at 7:00 A.M. on Sunday morning. You can see frost on the bike here:





    There was a beautiful golden light in the Salmon River Canyon that morning, I had the highway to myself, and with a generous speed limit of 70 mph, I motored along at 80, just right for the overdrive on the RS.

    I should be there this weekend.
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    Nuff Said

    That does it - it's 75/93..... Thank you all. I will try and post pics/status of our Motorrad 2013 ride.

    Don't you love those frosty mornings that promise a great day of riding? We have those in WV and they're memorable.

    If anyone is interested in joining us for all or part of the ride - about a dozen riders from all over the country, ping me. We leave SLC on 9.14 and do a clockwise route:Screen Shot 2013-08-10 at 8.13.55 PM.jpg
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    Rode Lolo a week or so ago. Chip sealing operations are done, but there were still stretches where the gravel was still an issue. I'd give the HWY 12 Lolo road a 7-7.5 out of ten on a good day.
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    Well we had a gorgeous day here in DC - can it be August? It was cool and clear. Here's a pic of my riding buddies at Lost River WV..... looking lost.... A fitting end to this thread - thank you ALL for your feedback. You literally made my day (at least Sept 15th).....IMG_20130811_105720.jpg
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    Have a great ride.

    It just came to me that I did ride the 95/55 a few years ago, between Grangeville and the Banks Lowman Road, but remember hardly any of it, except that it was really busy.
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    Forget Lolo try St. Joe River Rd from St. Maries, Id to St. Regis, Mt. Great ride, more scenery, more corners than Lolo. Unfortunately will have 10 miles of GOOD gravel road from ID-MT border to St. Regis. Seen many road bikes do it. Piece of cake if on a F or G series.

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    Highway 12

    Highway 12 is one of the best rides in the Lower 48 in my opinion. Just beware that services and places to eat/sleep are very limited. Plan ahead and check your equipment. Cell service used to be the exception in that canyon. I can't speak to road conditions as it's been two years since I was up there. Neither route will be a disappointment though.
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    55/95 traffic

    PS - I used to drive this all the time to Moscow, ID - 55 is busy on Fridays and Sundays up to McCall, ID as everyone from Boise makes a weekend run up to Cascade or Payette lake. Once you pass that going north, there is minimal traffic on the remainder of 55 and the section of 95 most any time.
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    Hi fpgirard,

    You are beginning to understand why a single trip out west is just not enough. I have the very same problem, and I live out here...

    Regards, Marty
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    Quote Originally Posted by nakwakto00 View Post
    try St. Joe River Rd from St. Maries, Id
    That's nice country around there. I've taken the back route into Moscow (3, 6, 9 and 8) several times. Even passed a Maserati in there, last year.
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    Western Trip

    Thanks all for great advice. Marty is right - this is my first trip out west and it's like being in a candy shop..... I can't seem to fit all the roads I want to do in a single outing..... We're leaving out much of Colorado and not even doing southern Utah which I heard is nothing short of spectacular. I'll need to return....

    I did buy the Butler maps and been jonesing for routes that hit the best roads. And now I'm toying with advrider routes COBDR.

    Just put a new tires this week, did all the fluids, packed a thousand times in my head and at least 3 times for real. September 12 can't come fast enough.

    Pascal
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