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Bikepacking trip, 2 days, 1 night or if enough riders are on board, we can leave on the 25th and make it a 3 day, 2 night ride. The weather will be changing, days will be shorter and nights will be colder so plan accordingly. Sunrise will be around 7:30 so lets meet at 7am, load up and start the ride @ 7:30. Travel from Spring Shores Marina to Atlanta on a sub par grave road, tighten those voiles, it will shake things loose. There are no places to stop for food until you reach Atlanta but many places available to filter water from the river. There are also many hot springs to explore along the route. Bring what you need, use what you brought, pack out your trash and leave no trace. Each rider is responsible for their own tools and bike maintenance, make sure both you and your rig are ready for the ride. 67 miles one way, 3800' gain with no serious climbs. Its not a race, we have all day to get there. The Beaver Lodge is available for lodging, food and beverages. For those of you without a bikepacking rig or not looking to camp outside, lodging starts at $85 per night and each individual will need to call and set up their own reservation(s). [masked] or email [masked]. For those camping in a tent, hammock or under the stars Bear Grylls style, we will be staying at the Riverside Campground, I am contacting the ranger district to confirm the campground will be open and will update this when I have more info. I will also be contacting the US Army Corps of Engineers and asking them about overnight parking at spring shores marina. check back for updates. last updated 8/4/20 @ 1:45pm UPDATE 8/5/2020 @ 8am - I received a return call from the Idaho City Ranger District and they have informed me that Riverside Campground and Powerplant Campground will still be open during this time, however, we are required to bring our own toilet paper, filter our own water and pack out all of our trash. UPDATE 8/6/2020 @ 11AM - *** from The Beaver Lodge owners - We open at 11am on Friday and 10am on Saturday and Sunday. We close the kitchen at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. We also have cabins available during that time if you'd like to call and reserve one. ***Overnight parking is permitted @ Spring Shores Marina as per their answering service message. They do not keep normal business hours and never answer the phone. here is the route on Ride with GPS https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33647054 Here is the event on Ride with GPS https://ridewithgps.com/events/134555-swift-industries-great-equinox-campout-2
Herb and I scoped out this route a few weeks ago... Great First time Bike-packer Route (***Not a beginner bike rider event***) I am not setting the date, so if you are interested, please post a date that would work for you. See route below: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22300710 Drive up Hwy 21. Turn right on E. Spring Shores/Arrowrock Road, Just after the Bridge. Drive past Mack's Creek Park, to where the pavement ends and you arrive at the Arrowrock Dam. Go a little farther and park at the large gear on the left. This is where we will begin the ride. Light Traffic on this road, but it's dirt, so they can't go tooooo fast. 14 Miles one way with about 500 Feet of Elevation Change. Let me know if you would like to have a practice "Packing" or "Gear swap" event prior to this ride. Please ride within your limits, we will take it pretty casually, but heat, elevation gain, dirt, etc will all make it feel much tougher than 14 Miles City riding. The entire ride is on a dirt road, not technical, but will require wider tires. The weather will probably be extremely Hot, so bring plenty of water. Not a lot of amenities at Willow Creek, so come prepared. We can have lunch at Hilltop Station on the way back (2nd day) Great Food and Beer, sometimes live music, super nice people. Ride up from Boise, if you are capable of an additional 21 Miles of Hair Raising, no Shoulder Hwy riding. Camp at Mack's Creek Park the night before optional (Very nice small campground) See pictures from an earlier trip Happy Trails!