Monday, July 1, 2019

Upgraded the camper - and on to new adventures in "Voyageur"


Here we are at the Mountain Folk micro-Fest in Beckwourth, CA, one of several shake-down trips we have taken to work out the bugs and prioritize modifications we add to Voyageur to best suit our needs and preferences.






Right after we picked up the camper in Phoenix - we sure are glad we live at 6,500 feet in the mountains and not down in the desert valley.










Broken bolts on the anti-sway bar - needed to custom fabricate some metric bolts in some isolated town in western Arizona. Lucky, this mechanic had boxes of parts to pick though.



Home from Phoenix - glad we built the barn with this size camper in mind....

First big upgrade was to add more solar power and bigger batteries...



Friday, August 10, 2018

Basic Route, recent trip, summary notes

One Month travel time:

Truckee-> Wild Horse Reservoir State Recreation Area-> Rails to Trails paths all over-> Alturas Lake, Stanley Lake-> Elk Mountain Bike Trail-> Salmon River near Stanley -> Custer and Custer Day -> Cascade Lake -> Lower Redfish Lake, Redfish river-> Lower Middle Fork Salmon River -> Payette River -> Coeur d'Alene ->Hiawatha Trail, MT 


Coeur d'Alene, - > Sand Point, ID -> Priest Lake, ID -> Upper Priest Lake, Priest River -> Syringa Provincial Park  Columbia River -> (good rails to trails riding -> Columbia and Western Railway route -> Slocan Lake -> Valhalla Provincial Park - Slocan River Bike Trail -> Ferry across Kootenay Lake -> Riondel -> Crawford Bay Craft Village -> Fernie 


Crawford Bay Craft Village -> Fernie -> Waterton Lakes Provincial Park - Glacier National Park -> St. Mary Lake -> Augusta and the Cobb Ranch -> Lincoln and the Blackfoot Wild Art -> Big Sky, MT -> Gallatin River, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir -> Truckee

Great Rails to trails riding in northern Idaho and southern BC/Alberta (use this resource all over US and Canada:  https://www.railstotrails.org/ )

Great class 1-2 Rivers in northern Idaho and southern BC - (get the guidebooks)
  • Canoe Trips - British Columbia - Jack Wainwright
  • Paddle Routes of the Inland Northwest - Rich Landers and Dan Hansen
  • Guide to Idaho Paddling - Katherine Daly and Ron Watters
  • Paddling Montana -Hank and Carol Fischer


Redfish Lake is unapproachable in the summer - absolutely mobbed - avoid

Do this trip in September - would be much more enjoyable in cooler temperatures