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For engine-sports enthusiasts who need more speed than human-powered activity offers, Steve Silva's book Get Lost: Adventure Tours in the Owyhee Desert is a perfect match. Silva's intention, clearly stated in the book's introduction, is to provide readers with a detailed guide to dirt biking in the Owyhee desert of Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, and he accomplishes that using a fairly simple format. Silva chunks the area into six bite-sized regions, then details specific routes within each section, including brief descriptions of the loops and exact directions using GPS coordinates. So much emphasis is placed on GPS coordinates that dirt-bikers who aren't comfortable with that technology will need to read their GPS manual first.
This is not a curl-up-on-the-couch kind of read, although Silva does include great information on the history of the area. He highlights terrain features and he offers sage advice about dealing with the risks inherent to desert riding--like running out of fuel or water.
Silva is an outdoors person's outdoors person, so count on accurate information in this publication, which is exactly the kind of tool you would use not only to plan a route, but to make sure you get home as well. [Disclosure: Steve Silva is a contributor to Boise Weekly.]"
Eastern Oregon, Southwest Idaho and Northern Nevada represent some of the most remote riding possibilities in all of the lower contiguous United States. Comprised of mainly high altitude desert, or steppes, this area of interest is one of the largest tracts of unimproved land in the lower 48. Bordered by the Snake River Plain to the east, the Jarbidge Mountains to the south, and the Owyhee River canyons to the west. This area is host to dry arid sagebrush, jagged granite spires, dark canyons, volcanic lava beds, juniper forests, and a stillness that has led many to call it “The Big Quiet”. Not for the faint of heart, this land has had settlers and immigrant historical implications for hundreds of years. Their marks are still here for all to see.
Dual sport motorcycles, adventure riding, or whatever tag you put on it has opened up a whole new array of access to this wild and lonely land. With only fuel availability restricting the range of discovery, the average rider can enjoy this vast land and all it has to offer. The area is crisscrossed with old roads and trails. From maintained gravel roads at the high end of use, to faint double tracks that are whispers of a direction at the seldom-used end. Terrain includes spectacular vistas, flat “tables”, deep shadowed canyons, and tree lined mountaintops. Wildlife abounds, with deer, antelope, and coyotes howling in the starlit night skies. Constantly changing, the area offers a fantastic choice for the rider to enjoy, and explore. With the burgeoning group of dual sport riders, bikes, equipment, and technical mapping info, the adventure rider now has at his fingertips this entire region to enjoy.
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Dual Sport Tour in Death Valley
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2013 Hike of the John Muir Trail
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Sunnyslope Poultry Co. is up and running!
locally grown clean and natural chickens for your table. check it out!
Our First Newsletter! for 2012
Late season hiking trip in the Sawtooths
Back from the Sierra High Route
initial trip report from the trip
The full on trip report!
On the Trip Reports Page:
a crazy river trip that almost went bad;
Self Rescue on the Bruneau River
Owyhee Homestead story from an Owyhee County Historical Society Field Trip
Checking out some amazing Homesteads
On the Ultra Light Page:
see the UL Primer that I uploaded.
check out additional info on stoves and food ideas.
new links to lots of gear and products.
On the In the Works Page:
more info and updates on trips and trails and what I'm doing to get ready for the upcoming season.
A July UPDATE on my Sierra High Route trip! Its almost time for me to head out onto one of the most demanding routes in the country. MY FINAL GEAR LIST.
My Bruneau River trip will be featured in the August issue of Idaho Magazine. Buy a copy and check it out!