Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Shorter #MTB Ride But Lot's Of Vertical In The Boise National Forest.

Originally posted on July 4, 2018

Not all fire roads were created equal for mountain biking


On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, I took my first mountain bike trip of the season into the green and verdant parts of the Boise National Forest. There are some fire roads that really don't see much traffic and some that will truly test most people's physical stamina on a bicycle in this part of southwestern Idaho, USA.

This was a 13-mile ride but clocked in at over 2,880 vertical feet and took me to places I've never been before and some places that have already tested me. In any case, the ride certainly rekindled my desire to ride through the many tree lines dirt roads and proved it was time to leave the summertime heat and dust of our local desert and foothills until cooler weather returns later in 2018.

"It's time to expand my mountain bike range and locations." ~ Tim Bondy
During the last 13 months, I have explored a small sample of the trails and roads of the Boise National Forest. There are good points and not so good points about mountain biking in this area. If you are looking for an uncrowded place to ride, look me up.

Some Photographs

Even a complete blue-bird day with little wind and warm temperatures didn't make the initial climb up the hill any easier. 

The after-effects of a wildfire cast an eerie spell on this portion of the road

Stinging Nettles and wildflowers. I discovered one of them stings.

In some places, the views open up. This is one of the more dramatic places.

My hands and back were cramping from the extended downhill section. I stopped to rest here. Nice?

After this quite fun mountain bike ride, I headed down to Anderson Ranch Reservoir for an after-action swim. Refreshing, and swimming trunks will forever be packed in my bag for just such occasions.


This ride would make good microadventure for locals and even people just visiting the Mountain Home or Glenns Ferry area. I will be glad to work up some digital maps if you are interested.

The technical ability required for this ride is only a novice skill level but the scenery is well worth it even for more experienced riders. As "they" say ... Trust me.  Let me know if you are interested.

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Last updated on July 4, 2018

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Solstice Mountain Bike Ride Review

Originally posted on June 27, 2018



A new trail ride for me during the 2018 summer solstice, or June 21, 2018, in southwestern, Idaho, USA, turned out to be quite fun. Could the ride earn the title of "Favorite?" For a first time ride, I was impressed with the terrain, scenery, and easy access to this 100% public lands location.

The #mtb ride statistics came in at a little over 11 total miles, just under 1,700 vertical feet and clocked in at a 5.3% slope. Yes, there was some pushing, walking and even a few places I walked downhill because of the technical nature of the 2-track trail.

Some Photography From The Ride

Decisions to be made. I made the correct choice.

Thorn Creek and me.

A creek crossing in June? Normally, it would be dry by now. 

My riding/hiking shorts finally gave out after seven years and numerous repairs

The trail down into the drainage below was steep, slippery and dangerous considering my riding abilities.

The tall metal gate posts are unusual for southern Idaho.

The trail is easy to follow but the grade gets steep and rutted in many places. 

It's not a regular Benchmark marker. I emailed the BLM about this feature but haven't heard back from them yet.

"All motorized use limited to roads" but what about mountain bikes?


This ride would make good microadventure for locals and even people just visiting the Mountain Home or Glenns Ferry area. I will be glad to work up some digital maps if you are interested.

The technical ability required for this ride is novice-intermediate and above. Let me know if you are interested. Until the 4th of July, the cost for the maps are only $25.


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Last updated on June 27, 2018


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2018 Elmore County, Idaho Primary Results and Analysis

Originally Posted: June 19, 2018

The Idaho Primary Election was held on May 15, 2018. Looking at just Elmore County results, there are some interesting issues that arose and I addressed them below. I also added my uninformed guesses for the 2018 general election for selected Idaho and local races.



Governor's Race

There were more votes cast for "Tommy Ahlquist," the third most popular Republican vote-getter, and loser, than the total number of votes for all three Democratic gubernatorial candidates combined. Ahlquist received 585 votes to 553 votes for all Democrats running for the governor's seat. Mathematically and realistically, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate cannot win Elmore County in the foreseeable future.

The 2018 Governor race is, by far, the most interesting race this year. Democratic newcomer, Paulette Jordan, will probably pull in 35%-40% of the popular vote this year.

The Lieutenant Governor's Race

The two Democrats in this race received 506 Elmore County votes while the winner of the Republican primary received 686 votes. The #2 Republican raked in a losing 624 votes. Again it seems, a Democrat couldn't win in this Elmore County race.

Come November, Kristin Collum the Democratic candidate will receive less than 33% of the popular vote ... Statewide.



The Secretary of State (SOS) Race

The lone Republican candidate in this primary, Lawerence E. Denney, killed it with 2,200 votes or four times the total amount than the entire Elmore County Democratic Party pulled in. Only 494 people voted for the Democrat in this race.

Come November, the Democrats challenger, Jill Humble (https://www.jillhumble4sos.com/) will not even get 33% of the statewide popular vote.

The Attorney General Race

The numbers in Elmore County weren't even close in this race. Lawrence Wasden will represent the Idaho government in legal actions and protect the public through criminal and civil litigation again. It seems unlikely, with an 84% to 16% vote ratio that a Democrat will win in Elmore County ... Maybe ever.

Democratic challenger, Bruce S. Bistline (no website?), will have trouble getting 30% of the statewide popular vote in November.

Superintendent of Public Education Race

The two Democratic candidates in this "Top Educator" race could only muster 483 votes while the two Republican candidates received 2,534 votes.

Cindy Wilson, the Democratic challenger will lose badly in the 2018 general election. My guess is she will receive less than 25% of the statewide popular vote.



It Gets Worse For Elmore County Democrats

The Democrats didn't even have a candidate in the following races:

  • State Controller
  • Elmore County Commissioner, District 1 and District 3
  • Elmore County's Clerk of the District Court
  • Elmore County Treasurer
  • Elmore County Assessor
  • Elmore County Coroner 
I predict all of the Republicans running for a commissioner, clerk of the court, treasurer, assessor and coroner seat in Elmore County, Idaho will win in a landslide victory during the November 6, 2018, general election.  

The Results

ELMORE COUNTY
GOVERNOR
DEMA J Balukoff2066.5%
DEMPeter Dill80.3%
DEMPaulette Jordan33910.8%
REPTommy Ahlquist58518.6%
REPHarley Delano Brown240.8%
REPDalton Ben Cannady80.3%
REPRaul Labrador74023.5%
REPBrad Little1,07433434.1%
REPLisa Marie1123.6%
REPSteve Pankey501.6%
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
DEMKristin Collum44215.4%
DEMJim Fabe642.2%
REPMarv Hagedorn39613.8%
REPJanice McGeachin62421.8%
REPBob Nonini34712.1%
REPKelley Packer30510.6%
REPSteve Yates6866224.0%
SECRETARY OF STATE
DEMJoseph J.P. Chastain1465.4%
DEMJill Humble34812.9%
REPLawerence E. Denney2,2001,85281.7%
STATE CONTROLLER
REPBrandon D Woolf2,160100.0%
STATE TREASURER
REPJulie A. Ellsworth88518039.3%
REPTom Kealey66429.5%
REPVicky J McIntyre70531.3%
ATTORNEY GENERAL
DEMBruce S. Bistline42316.3%
REPLawrence Wasden2,1771,75483.7%
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
DEMAllen Humble913.0%
DEMCindy Wilson39213.0%
REPJeff Dillon76925.5%
REPSherri Ybarra1,76599658.5%
APPELLATE COURT JUDGE
David W. Gratton2,462550.1%
Jessica M. Lorello2,45749.9%
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
DIST 1
REPFranklin "Bud" Corbus2,180100.0%
DIST 3
REPAlbert Hofer2,153100.0%
CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT
REPShelley Essl2,188100.0%
CLERK OF COUNTY TREASURER
REPAmber Sloan2,212100.0%
CLERK OF COUNTY ASSESSOR
REPJosh Dison1,2814851.0%
REPDebra S. South1,23349.0%
COUNTY CORONER
REPJerry L. Rost2,350100.0%
DISTRICT JUDGE DISTRICT #4
Deborah Bail2,4576110.3%
Jason D. Scott2,38810.0%
Jonathan Medema2,38310.0%
Lynn G. Norton2,37910.0%
Melissa Moody2,38210.0%
Michael J. Reardon2,3649.9%
Nancy A. Baskin2,38310.0%
Richard D. Greenwood2,3469.8%
Samuel A. Hoagland2,39610.1%
Steven Hippler2,3419.8%

What's the point of this statistical commentary? The point is, the Democrats, even when energized won't make any significant gains in 2018. If anything Elmore County will become more "militia" and definitely more conservative in the coming years.



Last updated on June 19, 2018


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Friday, June 15, 2018

A Hike Towards Granite Mountain

Originally Posted: June 15, 2018

This was my turnaround point at 5,931 feet

This cross-country hike was my second attempt to stand on the summit of Granite Mountain (43.375007, -115.499462 / 6818 feet). It's a strenuous hike for me and probably for many people in my age and weight class. The scenery is the reason I will continue to hike this "non-pathed" route again and again. That, and it's close to home.

The views from my turnaround point were pretty amazing. I could easily pick out mountain peaks in the Owyhee Mountains, 65 miles to the southwest and Bogus Basin 40 miles to the northwest. There were also other closer recognizable peaks and geologic features visible.

The trailhead

The stark landscape is stunning ... to me.

Looking downstream - The South Fork of the Boise River

A puffy bloomed flower/weed with Peak 6048 in the background

The South Fork of the Boise River looking upstream.

A bluebird day at 5,931 feet above sea-level


A trend has emerged this year. I'm failing to hike/bike to my goal on almost all of my recent adventures in southern Idaho. I'm good with that type of failure. I try to set my goal a little too high or too far as a way to challenge myself. And it's working.

In reality, to summit out on Granite Mountain, it would have added 2.5 miles and about 1,050 vertical feet to the hike. That's a challenge I hope to meet in the coming years. 

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Last updated on June 15, 2018

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Riding Hawk Gulch and Thompson Creek in Southwestern Idaho

Originally published on June 13, 2018

It's easy to see where I'm headed but getting there isn't as simple.


This June 12, 2018, mountain bike ride on the fire roads and trails of the Sawtooth National Forest provided some excellent scenery, strenuous hill climbs and a promise to return for more adventures in this area.

For the most part, this ride is in a treeless environment except along the streambeds. The fire road ranged from groomed to very rocky and rutted. The trails I rode ranged from 2-track to barely a cow trail.

The Photographs


Beaver ponds next to a 2-track. I saw no fish but ya never know.

Another dead-end trail. But quite scenic.

Single track via deer, elk, and cattle

Another obstacle. The creek was pretty deep even though it doesn't look it. Dead Ended, again

This was the final dead end. I turned back right here.

Another view of that last dead end.

Single track

A trailside creek. 

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."  I did.

No avoiding getting wet crossing Maxfield Creek. 

Hawk Gulch Summit (self-named)


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Last updated on June 13, 2018

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Ride From Reservoir And Up Lester Creek

Originally Posted: June 8, 2018

This June 7, 2018, southwestern Idaho, USA, mountain bike ride started at the Evans Creek Campground and I turned around just short of my goal of the Lester Creek Road Summit. "Lester Creek Summit" is a name I appended to the location so locals and foreigners alike will not know where this place is located 💁

While not one of the most scenic rides I've completed, I did discover a new trail I can explore in the future and rode through a small portion lands of I'd never been before. And to me, #mtb, mountain biking is all about the scenery, exploring strange new lands and getting in shape. I stopped 7/10 of a mile (1,200 meters) from my goal because I was exhausted and starting to dehydrate. But 15 minutes of rest and water and I was good-to-go for the homeward leg ... which was mostly downhill 👍

FYI: This 22.2 mile (36 km) bike ride was done 100% on dirt roads or fire roads, depending on the vernacular you use.

Almost back to my truck but the water views stopped me. 
FSR 641 doesn't open until July 1, 2018


Decisions to make? I went left.

I rarely take off my helmet but the heat and exertion got to me at the turnaround point

This was my view from the turnaround point

The dirt road seems to go on and on and on!

Pre-ride shadow selfie 


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Last updated on June 8, 2018.

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Shorter #MTB Ride But Lot's Of Vertical In The Boise National Forest.

Originally posted on July 4, 2018 Not all fire roads were created equal for mountain biking On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, I took my fir...