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      08-12-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Brilliant Car, Awesome Scenic Roads (many pics!)

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Once a month through the season - that's my goal for a weekend or long weekend ride or drive. My August window was this past weekend. I was all set to take the Ducati, but on Thursday evening, I noticed that the forecast up north was calling for the possibility of some heavy thunderstorms on Saturday and maybe a bit on Sunday. Heavy. With hail. I don't mind riding in rain. Sure is nice to have the option of a pretty awesome car, however! So, Friday morning I decided that I'd drive instead.



Original plan was to do the route counter-clockwise, but the hotel where I like to stay on the river in Orofino was booked Saturday night, so I went that way Friday afternoon. Good thing I did, otherwise I would have had a problem getting home!

I shot this photo just north of Riggins, Idaho, along the Salmon River. A few hours later a big storm came through and caused a huge landslide, closing this highway! Good thing I went clockwise.



I had to stop at the top of White Bird Hill Summit to grab a photo. Such an amazing view from there.



It was too late in the day to run out to Elk City and back, so I decided to do that on Saturday morning. On Friday evening I just drove a few favorites between Grangeville and there, which led to some nice photo ops. You can imagine how fun this road is when zipping along at a reasonable (or unreasonable) rate of speed. Don't lose your concentration - or you'll be swimming!







I climbed the hill toward Grangeville to get a better view of the valley below, where that awesome road is along the river.



Friday evening when I got to the hotel, I really enjoyed the fiery sunset reflecting off the Clearwater River below.



Weather on Saturday morning was pretty nice, despite the threatening forecast for later in the day. I knew I'd have quite a few hours of fun and beautiful scenery before then, so of course I had to make a quick stop to make sure my foreground subject was presentable for the camera!



I did a quick run up Old Hwy 7 toward Cavendish, which is really fun and tight, and has amazing views.





Such a fun road.

Next it was east on Hwy 12 along the Clearwater River.



Then, back over to my favorite road in Idaho - Hwy 14 to and from Elk City. 60 miles each way - of pure awesome. So much fun to drive or ride (hard), and so beautiful.







I stopped for lunch in Kooskia, then headed northeast on Hwy 12 - the famous Lolo Pass route. 99 miles of curves along the river. Always a joy.





About 20 miles in, a police cruiser came screaming up behind me, with lights flashing. Oh no. Thankfully (for me), it wasn't for the usual reason. He roared past on his way to some other pressing matter ahead. Another 10 miles or so ahead I found out why. Traffic was stopped in both directions while they retrieved some people whose car had gone off the edge. Report was that they were injured, but thankfully no one was killed.



In 20 minutes or so we were on our way. Toward the top there's a spot off the road that has some really nice views.









Spent the night in Hamilton, MT. When I arrived in the area, the thunderstorms rolled in - and they were pretty intense! I'd have gotten pretty hammered on the bike for sure. I was hoping for it to be pretty dry in the morning for photo ops, but the roads were soaked. As I climbed the mountain to head toward the Montana/Idaho border, the temperature dropped to the low 40's, and the road was a bit slick. Still, there were some lovely photo spots, and thankfully hardly any vehicles on the road that early so I could stop here and there for a shot.











As always, the M2 was incredibly impressive throughout the trip. So fun, so fast, so responsive - and quite comfortable! I just love this little blue beast.

On the stretch of Hwy 93 between Salmon and Challis, Idaho, there's a really cool canyon where I grabbed this shot:



Had a few more thunderstorms along the route on Sunday, so it worked out really well to have the car this time instead of the bike. As always, I'm super grateful to live in this amazing part of the world. Nice to be able to have a quick weekend getaway of 1000 miles of intense fun to clear my head and recharge the batteries.

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      08-12-2019, 12:09 PM   #2
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Fantastic pictures!
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      08-12-2019, 03:35 PM   #3
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Gorgeous shoot!!!
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      08-13-2019, 06:44 AM   #4
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Beautiful shots! The smile on your face tells the whole story!
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      08-13-2019, 10:33 AM   #5
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I feel the way I would drive those roads and the small gas tank I would run out of gas lol.
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Beautiful shots! Will have to check out those areas when I do my M2C cross-country trip!
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      08-13-2019, 11:59 AM   #7
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Phenomenal photos, thank you for sharing!
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I feel the way I would drive those roads and the small gas tank I would run out of gas lol.
That's for sure! I definitely needed to stop several times for refills.
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great pics!!!!
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great pics!!!!
Thanks! I'm sure ready to go back.
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      08-16-2019, 11:55 AM   #11
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My goodness!!! You are spoiling us! And BMW should pay you for these great pics!

Seems like an amazing drive!!
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These are awesome photos!

Still wondering how that car went over tho. Seems odd
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Wow, amazing pictures! Looks like a fantastic drive.
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I think we also got those thunderstorms a day earlier. We had to cancel our hike near Mount Rainier because both Chinook pass and White Pass in Washington state were closed by a lahar type mudflow after one of the glaciers on the Rainier cracked open from be rainsoak on top, and released a deluge of water.

Beautiful pics!

Our PNW mountain highways are some of the most satisfying drives.

Have you ever run the highway from Enterprise, OR to Lewiston, ID? It's a hoot! Then there is the Lewiston Grade/Old Spiral Highway just north of Lewiston which is a great road, but more travelled and used by cyclists.
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I don't know if I misread but what state is this?
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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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Stunning scenery to partake in with a great car. Seems like Idaho is incredibly underrated.
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I want to do the 99 miles of winding roads in my Z4! Looks like fun if you can keep your eyes on the road and not on the beautiful scenery.
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My favorite shot!

Just added this to my bucket list.

Step 1: purchase M2
Step 2: drive it to Idaho
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