We decided to start our ride in
Glenns Ferry, Idaho, instead of the
official starting point of Jarbidge,
Nevada. This option eliminated a couple hundred miles of dirt road through
dry desert, which neither one of us
was interested in seeing. I headed
out from my home in the Southern
California desert, arriving at Keith’s
house a day and a half later with 785
miles on my BMW’s trip odo.
The following morning we were
set to start our 1200-mile adventure.
Glenns Ferry, Idaho, was our official
start point, so a quick fuel stop and
a couple pictures were in order to
document our trip. As we were fuel-
ing our bikes, we had two other rid-
ers on adventure bikes pull into the
station. It looked like we were not the
only ones who thought this would
be a good time to start the ride. The
Reservoir and into the town of Pine,
where we topped off our gas tanks
and hit the trail again. Fifteen miles
out of Pine we decided to take one
of the alternate routes and ride up
to Trinity Lakes and the highest driv-
able point in Idaho. We set up camp
next to Bear Valley Creek and began
looking for the Chinook salmon that
makes the 500-mile trek from the
ocean to spawn in these waters. The
next morning we woke to a frosty 32
degrees, a little cooler than we were
The bike part of the trip on Bum’s side was his personal BMW 1200GSW, naturally
well-adorned with proper bags, boxes and gadgets that are critical to a big adventure.
Anderson Ranch Reservoir,
outside of Pine, Idaho.
Trinity Lakes, the highest
drivable point in Idaho.
Keith Mertz and his Suzuki 650 V-Strom, along with Bum and his Beemer, outside of
Keith’s house in Caldwell, Idaho. It got a little cool at the Bear Valley Creek.