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IDBDR (Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route) - Posted by Jon Beck

The first impression of Idaho was that this land had been lost in times. The time zone displayed on the wall of the Outdoor Inn restaurant did not match the one on my phone - at least from the last time it had reception, which - of course - was not here. Even when we reached less remote places, there seemed to be no more time. At 6 a.m. it is pitch black near Boise in August. Fortunately, the morning walk around Trinity Lake was so extremely quiet that it would have impressed even a Buddhist monk. As soon as the whole group had peeled off their tents, we drove up the Trinity to the lookout point there. When you stand on the top of a 3000m and enjoy the 360 ​​° view of the surrounding mountains, you almost expect that some wizened sage will appear out of the rocks and explain the meaning of life to you. The volunteer in short sports pants who accompanied us on his quad bike had a lot of knowledge about the region.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing we found out was the fact that our BDR team was the very first group to ever reach this place on large dual sport motorcycles. Rocks, extreme loads and tight serpentines that climbed steeply awaited the experienced or even daredevil riders who dared to try to climb the mountain. Some of our group chose to leave their motorbikes at the base of the mountain while others drove up. Wise decisions have been made - in any case, it is advisable to know your own need for comfort. Hiking to get a view is better than missing out on the view altogether. Remember that you can only see the sky when you are strapped to a stretcher.

Going to Deadwood Reservation the following day was possibly the best way to show what Idaho adventure travel is all about. Nothing is overly technical, the landscape is lovely, but you really have to drive a long time! Roads and curves, it just goes on and on. Miles turn into hours, and hours turn into the hope of finding a place to camp that always seems to be just a few turns further. The terrain is epic, epic in its expanse. What the explorers Lewis and Clark achieved in this country without paved roads is beyond imagination.