On the Road
The Konkolville Motel is located in Orofino Idaho.
Orofino Idaho is located just off of Highway 12 on the Clearwater River in Northern Idaho. Orofino is Spanish for “fine gold” and was originally a trading post set up in the 1890’s. The expedition of Lewis and Clark along the Clearwater is well documented in the book Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Authored by Stephen Ambrose the book is a must read for exploring Idaho. Another resource is Discovering Lewis & Clark.
In 1805 Lewis & Clark stayed nearby at what is now called “Canoe Camp” and built five dugout canoes for the trip downstream to the Pacific Ocean. They departed from Canoe Camp on October 7,1805.Continue reading
Optimal 1000 August 2016 Day 1
The adventures of two men on their KLR’s as they travel through Idaho, Oregon, Washington and back into Idaho.
Day 1 would take us from Boise To Imnaha Oregon. I had traveled this route quite a few times and every time was a unique experience, some good and some bad. I had not traveled the true route since July 18 2011.Continue reading
By Alexander Tolchinsky
From Lethbridge I took Hwy 3 west to Hwy 22 north, before connecting with the TCH west into Banff National Park. The road was no longer straight, in fact a straightaway of more than a couple of miles would not come again for a very long time. As I climbed ever higher into the Rockies, my little 4-cylinder Honda made no complaints regarding altitude (I wish I could say the same of my KLR).Continue reading
Part 1 of 3 By Alexander TolchinskiCrossing the world’s second biggest country felt like a daunting task: more than 4000 miles through at least 6 climate zones, the inevitable rain, wind, and snow, and incredible stretches of solitude. This was certainly no “easing into” my journey around the world. But I had to start somewhere, so off to the Great White North I went with the hopes that succeeding would mean a great beginning rather than an end. From Eastport, Maine, the eastern-most point of the United States, I, and my '99 Honda Magna VF-750, caught a ferry to Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada. It was getting late, and as usual I was planning on catching the last ferry out. I pulled up to the dock just in time to witness the boat pushing back from the dock! I crossed a time zone, a half-hour difference, without knowing it. I had but a moment to be distraught before I witnessed something I never thought happened in the “Screw you, the doors are closed, you cannot get on the plane which is still sitting 30 ft. away” society we live in – the ferry started coming back - for me! I was only a few days into my journey and had yet to learn the magic of the road, and the kindness people have for travelers. The ride was quick and surprisingly painless. This was my first time putting a motorcycle on a boat, and I imagined every wave knocking it over. But the boat was steady and the steel horse didn’t even tremble. By the time we arrived on the island, dusk was upon us in earnest so I made my way to the closest campground. I pitched my tent facing the water and the sun setting over the bay. The time passed easily with whales, porpoises, jumping fish, and whirlpools. It was a stark northern beauty softened by the colorful warmth of the setting sun. It is exactly the kind of place one would come to to write in peace and breathe the crisp, clean, inspiring air of the north. But I was still new at long-term travel and felt eager to get back on the road. Sadly, I could not make myself stay for more than a day.
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Dateline: Virginia to Washington, D.C. By “moto” photojournalist Douglas Graham
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Although I travel a lot, as a photojournalist covering national politics I also spend a lot of time in Washington. Sometimes weeks at a time bouncing from the White House, U.S. Capitol, State Department, Pentagon, Smithsonian, etc.
I thought I'd give a glimpse of my daily commute, because I found myself marveling at what a nice trip I've had to get to work this past week. Its an adventure ride each day! Most people heading to Washington get into their car and sit in traffic for up to two hours on a good day. I’m pretty lucky as you can see from the photos.
From my house in the blue ridge mountains of Virginia I take about 15 miles of dirt roads up and across the mountain and then north down the toe into Maryland and across the Potomac River. The road is a mixed bag of fire road, improved dirt and a touch of one lane asphalt. Sometimes I take a little longer route and follow the Shenandoah River north to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia across the Potomac and into Maryland. Once in Maryland I take the MARC train from the Brunswick Station to Union Station in downtown Washington.
The whole trip takes about 1.5 hours door to door and I always leave really early so I can relax and shoot photos along the way if I feel the need. I also stop at the farmers market in Hillsboro, Virginia, to have coffee and breakfast. Nicest people on the planet run the market called Stonybrook Farms and they have the best coffee, hands down, on the East Coast. You can’t often enter a store and hear your name from the proprietor and know they really are glad to see you.
I’m pretty lucky as far as being a D.C. commuter, since I never really have to deal with the traffic gridlock because of the train. Yes, it can be a long day if I’m working downtown but as a newspaper photographer every day is a long day. Its just part of the job and no day ever repeats itself.
Re: My trip from Elko Got about 1000 miles so far. I'm just south of Memphis were I will be visiting a friend tomorrow. Rode through an area hit by a tornado a couple of days ago. No houses destroyed but lots of trees down, roads and bridges washed out. Got around them all and had a little excitement crossing one flooded area. Ever try standing on the seat in the middle of a muddy washout while moving? That's what I tried to do when confronted by a water moccasin making the same crossing at the same time. It certainly increases your intensity as well as your speed. Motorcycle boots are snake proof...............right??????????? (Ken's SPOT on June 2)
Well, Dave and I are on the road… Hwy 395 south of Bishop along the Eastern Sierra Mountains. On our way the the Rawhyde Rally.Saturday I found the trailer with standing gas on the floor from a cut O Ring (on tank QD fastener) on the 1150 GSA. This is a common occurrence so in March/02 I’d bought spare O Rings from Big Twin and had them in my KLR pannier. After unloading the KLR and the GS, I repaired the fitting, then hosed the trailer down and scrubbed it out. The next news was from Sherry… the Motor Home fridge was off and the freezer defrosted! The night before I had thought about plugging in the land line but I was just too tired. And anyway, the fridge would be fine with propane so no problem. Well, now it was a problem … it turned out that when the propane was filled the tank valve didn’t get turned back on. I turned it on. I dropped Sherry and Booker off at Costco to buy road supplies and went to Big Twin to get spare O Rings to carry with me. Fred suggested I update to the new metal style (the plastic fittings get brittle and break). I said “Gimme 2 so I’ll have a spare.” Useph cashiered me out and those two fittings and two clamps were over $80! I coughed and Useph said “They have the BMW logo on them”. We laughed. We all know what a logo does to the price. On top of everything else I was fighting intestinal problems all day. In the middle of everything we were doing I would suddenly say: “I gotta go” and I really meant it. To make matters worse, Sherry was laughing at me! By the end of the day, thanks to a lot of help from Booker and Sherry we were repacked and all set to go. Sunday started watching the sun come up as I soaked my tired bones in the hot tub. I went to work for a while, cleaned up the office and got a few last things done… then home to breakfast. Thanks Sherry. After breakfast Church, and then off to get Dave with the first stop Fred Meyer to gas up. No gas … data network was down. So off to the Maverick, filled up with no problem and even got one of their cards for discounts! Picked up Dave and we took the back over to Walters Ferry and Sommer Camp Road to Hwy 95. Dave Driving. I checked the weather for Death Valley. It was heading to over 100 degrees so we decided to bypass that part of the trip. With the forecast showing HIGH wind going south for Tuesday we decided to get to Rawhyde earlier and ride from there. We planned to have dinner with a high school friend in Yerington. With 56 miles to go we pulled off in Fernley to catch 95A and get gas. Getting out we discovered a shredded left front trailer tire! So dinner was off. We went to Tom’s (Sherry’s brother) in Fernley where we changed the tire and then went to dinner at the famous Mary & Moes’ Wigwam in Fernley. With a new tire ($122) we traveled until after midnight, stopping at Chalfant Ca. alongside the road for the night, and pulling into Bishop this morning. We’re now on Hwy 14 headed south. Thanks to the Happy Trails staff for all your help in getting the “Road Show” on the road. Tim