We gained back another group member since Ron caught back up with us after riding to Idaho with Richard and the support trailer. This day started with riding similar to the day before, but quickly changed with several roadblocks through out the day. The first major road block was a backhoe loading a semi with dirt. The only way around was to drop down the fairly steep hill to the left and climb back up the other side. We all managed the detour with ease and even surprised a woman operating a dump truck who wondered where we came from. It didn’t take long before we encountered gates across the road where we would have to stop to open and close them as we passed through. There is one part of the trail in this section that doesn’t look like a trail at all. We missed the turn onto the trail because it didn’t even look like a road. I imagine most of the traffic this section sees is from TAT riders. Once in the National Forest we were led to a dead end due to trees completely blocking the trail. We had to detour around this part which added about an hour to our ride. Once around the trees, we were greeted with fantastic riding with incredible mountain views and even a herd of Elk crossing the road. Without a doubt, this was an adventurous day that left us exhausted but incredibly satisfied.
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