50 Adventures

  • August 20, 2018
  • 16 photos
Brother Ride 2018 Part 4:Mex Mountain

There always has to be one, a day that keeps the “adventure” in our travels. Fifty degrees and rain is all we get from morning until early evening. That and an unplanned dead-end makes leaving our campsite and reaching the next an exercise in endurance.

  • August 19, 2018
  • 25 photos
Brother Ride 2018 Part 3:Rocky Ridge Lake

We had to come farther down the motorway than planned to find an available campsite, putting us much closer to the night three lake than planned. It still ends up being a ride we’re glad to be done with when finally we pull into the empty campground.

  • August 18, 2018
  • 32 photos
Brother Ride 2018 Part 2:Selway

We are on plan, my brothers and I. We camp aside the scenic Selway then finish Magruder Corridor in Montana before enduring some highway miles and turning back to Idaho to ride the Lolo Motorway. The hoped-for campsite doesn’t materialize, however, and just like Joseph and Mary, we have to go searching for a place to lay our heads.

  • August 16, 2018
  • 33 photos
Brother Ride 2018 Part 1:Magruder

It is a special prime number year, eleven, for the annual Abbott Brother Ride. We finally make good on three years of intention to ride the historic Magruder Road Corridor and are also able to return to the regular five days of riding instead of just four. Let the good times roll.

  • August 30, 2017
  • 32 photos and a video
Brother Ride 2017 Part 3:North Fork

On the third and fourth days of our annual Brother Ride, we leave the beautiful campsite along the shore of high mountain Big Trinity Lake with plans to descend to historic Atlanta, Idaho, then venture on trails unknown to camp along the North Fork of the Boise River before returning home.

  • September 7, 2015
  • 32 photos and a video
Brother Ride 2015 Part 4:Huckleberry Lookout

The fourth of our five day ride begins with single track. We climb through trees from our meadow campsite to ridges that lead us to the historic Red Ives Ranger Station. Then we speed through showers on the little highway along the St. Joe River for much needed fuel in Avery before continuing back to forest climbs up to Huckleberry Lookout.

  • September 3, 2015
  • 51 photos and a video
Brother Ride 2015 Part 1:Up Big Creek

We meet for the eighth year in a row, my brothers and I, to ride and camp off our motorcycles for a few days in Idaho mountains. Fires and a funny forecast mean we aren’t sure what we’re getting into. For the first day of five, we ride from our mother’s house on forest roads to tiny Calder, Idaho, along the St. Joe then up the tributary Big Creek.

  • August 31, 2014
  • 44 photos and a video
Brother Ride 2014 Part 3:Washington Basin

From our wet campsite along Canyon Creek below Pinyon Peak, my three brothers and I ride over Loon Creek Summit to visit the Yankee Fork Dredge then, deviating from earlier plans, we take lunch in Stanley before finding our way to camp high in Washington Basin.

  • August 30, 2014
  • 53 photos and a video
Brother Ride 2014 Part 2:Pinyon Peak

Along Deadwood Reservoir, through Bear Valley to Pinyon Peak, our second day of riding treats us to vistas even more vast. We are held up by mechanical troubles but not deterred. Rocks in our path are an integral and expected part of the experience.

  • August 10, 2013
  • 32 photos and a video
Brother Ride 2013 Part 3:Long Road to Yoosa

Plans for an easygoing day go the way such plans usually do. We take an unexpected run at Windy Ridge and make an unexpected visit to one of our 2010 campsites. “Unexpected” is the word of the day. We conclude the day laughing around a fire under tall cedars. All’s well that ends well.

  • August 8, 2013
  • 26 photos
Brother Ride 2013 Part 1:A Night in Pierce

I haul two motorcycles — one for me, one for Jeremy — to Pierce, Idaho, starting point for the year’s Abbott Brother ride. I am there an evening in advance to secure our spot so I use the extra time to visit historic sites around the town.