The Right-Of-Way Trail – Idaho – Part 1 of 3

August 21, 2020
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This is the trail that all other trails will be measured by.
We had just come off the Ashton to Tetonia trail and had planned to ride the Right-of-Way trail because the two trails were so close. With Ashton, Idaho being somewhat “central” to these two trails and with Ashton being 351 miles away from where we live, we decided on a twofer!

June 22, 2020

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“This is the trail that all other trails will be measured by.”

Gravel Grinding Boys

We had just come off the Ashton to Tetonia trail and had planned to ride the Right-of-Way trail because the two trails were so close. With Ashton, Idaho being somewhat “central” to these two trails and with Ashton being 351 miles away from where we live, we decided on a twofer!

The campground at the southern trailhead of the Right-Of-Way Trail is located right in the Warm Creek Campground. From our campsite, we coulda thrown a rock and hit the trailhead. This is definitely the campground to stay in if you plan to ride this trail.

As I write this, I have not contacted Rails to Trails or TrailLink to offer my suggestion as to the “typo” on their link. I plan to send a message to Trail Link to make sure others have the correct information before heading out on such a tough trail. Truth be known, we struggled on this trail. Not because of the hills…not because of the distance…because of the surface conditions. The trail bed is torn up and soft (not just a little soft either…it was like riding in the dry sand of a beach). I am surprised that no one has brought the typo to the Rails to Trails Conservancy. At first, I thought it was 32 miles long (I still don’t know where I got “32”). The website reports that the trail is 34 miles. But we ended up traveling 38.1 miles to the northern-most trailhead. I think that somewhere someone wrote “39” but when it was transcribed and added to the website, the “9” looked like a “4” and…the rest of the “story” is in the video.

Which brought up a point while we were on the trail. Why hasn’t anyone notified Rails to Trails Conservancy? I am not sure ATV’ers keep up with miles; what’s a “mile” to a fella on a machine? If you are ridding a bicycle on this trail, you are not watching the miles either…you’ll be counting your progress in feet…we were traveling at a snail’s pace. And with that being said, if someone has ridden this trail…in its entirety…on a bicycle (if they got their information from Rails-To-Trails), I am guessing that they would have been like us and have let the Rails to Trails Conservancy know that there is nearly a 5-mile (10-mile round trip) discrepancy.

Sulae’s Dutch Oven Hungaridahoian Goulash

That’s Hungarian and Idahoian all mixed up…The word “Goulash” comes from the Hungarian word Gulyás. This also means, in Hungarian, “Cowboy.” The Cowboy would go on cattle drives and they’d eat the weaker cows along the way by making a stew…goulash…out of them. Hummm…good thing I didn’t tell Travis this on the trail; I definitely fell-back on the trail often. He got pretty hungry a few times along the way. I wonder what I’d taste like all Goulash-ed up?

Here is the recipe for those cooking in a 12” Dutch oven. All you have to do is cut the recipe in half if you are cooking in a 10” Dutch oven. As Lodge Dutch Ovens go (they make two kinds of 12” Dutch Ovens ( Lodge Preseasoned Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Quart and their 8 Quart Big Brother. The 10” Lodge Dutch Oven will hold about 4 Quarts or 5 Quarts.

WAIT!! This Article is TOO LONG…the recipe will be on the end of PART 3…Ain’t that a tease???

Video Index Video 1 – 25:04

00:00 – Introduction
00:16 – It is Raining…HARD!
00:36 – At Warm River Campground
01:00 – Map of Trail
01:29 – Reviewing the Trail Ride Plan
01:34 – Cooking Goulash
02:50 – Waking Up at Camp – The Next Morning
03:32 – FINALLY – Ready to Ride
03:48 – View of the LOADED Bicycle
04:11 – History of the Trail
04:27 – ON THE TRAIL
04:58 – Trail Commentary
06:00 – Trail Montage
06:52 – Trail Commentary
07:30 – Trail Montage
07:50 – Mamma’s Texting
08:09 – Trail Montage
08:16 – A Tunnel!
10:16 – Ridding Around the Tunnel to the Back of the Tunnel
11:22 – Back of the Tunnel
11:50 – ATVs???
12:02 – Did Someone Fall? There is a Loose Dog on the Trail
13:28 – Back on the Bike
13:41 – Trail Montage
13:51 – Now Where’d He’d GO??
14:07 – Trail Montage
14:33 – Trail Commentary – Starting to Get Rough
14:46 – Trail Montage
15:09 – First Cattle Guard Crossing
15:25 – Cows vs Trail
16:00 – Trail Conditions Turn Muddy – Is that Mud?
16:26 – Trail Montage
16:46 – Be Careful Around Those Cows
17:34 – Trail Montage
17:55 – We’re Coming Back in the Fall??
18:13 – Trail Montage
18:28 – About 11 Miles into It
18:42 – “I Don’t Like This Trail.” – Trail Commentary – Kept Getting Stuck!
22:08 – Trail Montage
23:03 – Taking a Break – Commentary About Rail Trails – Being Optimistic
23:45 – Trail Montage
24:00 – Snake on the Trail
24:38 – End of Part 1 of 3 (Watch Part 2 of 3)

With that being said, here’s the link to get you over to Video 2: https://gravelgrindingboys.com/right-of-way-trail-2-of-3/

Did You See Video 2?

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