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  1. Eric Hall

    TrailTech Voyager Pro

    Getting myself one of these Voyager Pro gps units soon and pretty excited! Especially undertaking this LAB2V planning. I'm very interested in the buddy feature where you can see your friends (who have the same unit) on-screen. REVER has this feature too and it's how I found @motochefarwi at TOD last year although that does require cell phone signal whereas the Voyager Pro relies on antennas that have about a 1.5 mile radius but depends mostly on line of sight. I got to demo one at last year's Mojave Rally and I was very interested. I actually still have the antenna on my bike! It will also sync via Bluetooth to your phone allowing you access to your music, messages and phone dialing. I already have a tachometer so I can see that but it would be nice to try and integrate the tach and engine temp features. That's more of a small-bike thing though as this is designed to completely replace whatever existing display is on your dirtbike. I saw they sell a thermostat but it's not something I plan to integrate at this time. As far as mounts go, I'm really not sure how I'll do it. They have a RAM mount accessory and I could easily do that to the handlebars like I have with my current Garmin but that tends to vibrate a lot and move no matter how tight I screw it down. I'd like it above my current oem display but not really sure how to best install it. We'll see. But here's what really strikes me most about this unit from TrailTech, it's that it's a unit designed and built from the ground up for OFF ROAD USE! The screen is VERY easy to see, even in bright light. The tracks and waypoints, etc... are all easy-peasy like we all got together to decide how to best to a GPS for our type of use. I'll post up more later once I get it installed and then as I use it. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from those who have this unit already.
  2. Eric Hall

    TrailTech Voyager Pro

    I'm really not that stupid but I did find it hard to decipher how to load tracks so I thought I'd put together this video. The instructions simply listed a series of what seemed to be menu hierarchy commands: Screens > Map > Tracks > Load GPX but when I looked at the main menu I found nothing saying Screens or Maps. Figured out they mean you should actually switch to the Map screen then click the three dots on the lower left of the screen and you'll see a sub menu pop up. Touch "Tracks" and then you'll see the option to load tracks. Just pop your MicroSD card in to the side and you're ready to upload tracks!
  3. Since I first did this post I've had a LOT of pushback; most of which has been knee-jerk politically motivated stuff. But once or twice a few riders have made some excellent points about not just choosing who you buy your kit from but actually DOING something more constructive which is getting involved in the greater community. Get to know your local groups, BLM, etc... so you have not just a voice in what's done with the trails you like to ride but an active participant in keeping things working well and going smoothly.
  4. This is a great question that comes up time and time again. I think the first company I heard about avoiding was Camelbak due to their funding groups who want to shut down riding areas. I'm not an adv-fascist and you are certainly free to do whatever you want with your money. These companies are the problem, not you. I'm not going to try and shame anyone. This is simply for you to make an informed decision. On the one hand we have rabid OHV activists who are ever vigilant in protecting and preserving our off road areas and I applaud that. On the other are the die hard green environmentalists who pretty much want to shut down everything to access via anything that isn't "human-powered." In the middle you have those who say we have to work together to share outdoor spaces and support the outdoor industry. I'll let you decide where you are and leave it at that. I will try to keep this list up to date so follow along so as not to miss any updates. 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    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    I've been an AMA member for quite a few years and have done LAB2V twice. My first time was 2011 on the GSA and I basically destroyed my rims (20 psi was too low obviously). I did it again in 2015 on the 990 and it was much more fun given I could actually ride better and had a more dirt-appropriate bike. I followed @motoguru and his buddy on small bikes and we finished quite early on day 1. Day 2 we split up but it was still a lot of fast fun tracks. Me in 2011. Such the Starbucks noob in my BMW whale foreskin suit and Schuberth C3 touring helmet! I think there were about 60 adventure bikes this most recent event and unfortunately I know of at least a few who had some unfortunate spills with injury like @William Howard and Evan Brown. I met the AMA D37 director, Kieth Huff, that year in 2011 as well and he's been trying with some degree of success to build a better ADV showing each year. He's asked for help putting together a route before and I did give it some consideration but I was concerned the BLM was just going to say "no" and force us down the same power line roads they always go; roads I'd never choose to ride on a weekend fun ride let alone an adv-appropriate trail. But this time Kieth says don't assume that's the case; that this event brings in quite a lot of fees to BLM and they've actually been very cooperative. He's confident they'll work with us and may even prefer the more road-friendly motorcycles on the more tame roads out there. End of first day So LAB2V has been historically quite the experience, for small bikes and especially for adv bikes. But that's also meant not many can ride it on an ADV bike without a considerable risk to injury or damaging their bike. Whoops and deep fluffy sand aren't really the type of terrain that's going to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the average ADV rider. "But Eric, THAT'S THE DESERT!" many crusty old dirtbikers will say. "SACRILEGE!" they'll say at the idea of creating "some kind of Starbucks poser route!" Exactly!!! This really strikes at the core of what XLADV is all about from the beginning. Our motto is "size matters." It does! Bigger adv bikes are made for different purposes. They're made with stiffer rear subframes to carry gear, bigger tanks for longer range and more power and wind protection for long distance comfort on the highway. They don't handle the same way as a dirtbike and aren't designed for the same terrain/riding style. This is apples/oranges to compare big with small and somehow say "big bikes don't belong." Bent my paralever strut in to where it was rubbing on the tire. Found some ATV people camped with their RV who loaned me a pipe to bend it back out. This is nothing more than tribal bs akin to a "locals only" mentality that says unless you live and surf there regularly, don't bother trying to surf here. The fact is that our public lands are public and belong to no particular group. They are there for everyone's enjoyment. Except for quads and side-by-sides! Just so we agree on that! lol Last day I hit a rock early in the morning before Baker and couldn't find a tube so used Slime to no good result I think this is a great opportunity for the AMA D37 to expand further in to ADV. After all, it's the American MOTORCYCLE Association, not the American Dirtbike Association. I'm sure there will be much blowback and wailing as well as "Starbucks" jokes thrown out there but I'm actually counting on that! I'd love to leverage this in a number of ways. I'm sure we can get sponsors and volunteers to set up "Starbucks bistros" along the way for photo ops that are then leveraged on social media (Instagram, Facebook) for points. Prizes will be awarded the final night for those with the most points. I'm sure many sponsors will have an interest here and perhaps each coffee station could be sponsored/manned by a particular company who'd LOVE the opportunity to also display their wares under their EZ-UP. With over 100 riders posting snapshots of each coffee station (and sponsor) online I'm sure they'd be more than willing. You'd need a selfie of you holding a Starbucks cup with the sponsor's sign behind you. Managed to limp to the finish via highway from Baker stopping a few times to add air to the front wheel. I'm aiming for a truly tame course that the average rider on a GS could do with minimal "difficult" sections, no more than 10% of the total miles even. Like the stretch between Husky monument and Inscription Canyon can be sandy (depending on time of year) but not impossible. The route would be even a bit easier than the BDR-style Beyond Starbucks Gold route I came up with. That would be a good practice run for those wishing to get some practice in. I will be scouting routes with Mike Neagle who does the dual sport and hard routes for LAB2V in the next few months. He's out of town this weekend but I'm going to do some scouting myself this Sunday if anyone would care to join? Meet at 8:00 am at the Starbucks (of course) in Adelanto on Hwy 395.
  6. Eric Hall

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    I got the opportunity to go to the AMA D37 meeting last night with all the LAB2V committee there and it was really something! Met a lot of great people who've been there since the event started (35 years)! I already knew three of them and saw a few other familiar faces. The agenda was basically going over what worked well and what didn't from the most recent event. The topic of big bikes came up and it triggered quite the discussion! I'm pleased to say though that they are extremely excited about offering an adventure bike route and very welcoming of "our kind." We did address the pushback some have voiced but they were clear that the AMA D37 welcomes adventure bike riders. What was really cool was a few of the old timers told stories of basically "when I first did the route in '84 I was on a 650L and had no idea what I was doing! The sweep was pushing me all day and I went out there with no tubes, no pump, etc..." The point was that we all start somewhere and that this event has always been a significant milestone and accomplishment for many people in their riding careers. That being said, I'm going to be spending a lot of time talking about preparation for this event for the average rider. I'll talk about practice, training, bike prep and what the big bike rider can expect. This isn't going to be a "Starbucks" ride either. It's the Mojave desert and even something we create for the big bikes is going to have its own series of challenges. I haven't ridden the southern portion of the CA BDR yet but I'm told it's actually quite challenging. This route will be similar I'm sure.
  7. Eric Hall

    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    Was not able to make the ride this weekend. My son had a volleyball tournament that I thought was Sat so I scheduled the ride for Sunday. Then I find out late that the tournament is actually Sunday so I had to bail but I think 4-5 still showed. It was Nich, @Trailzrider, @Bip Schkaboden, Rick Giroux and Drew. I heard that long straight road north was sprayed down with what smelled like sewage. I heard there were a lot of deep puddles from the rain and then a rock field over by Inscription Canyon but not too bad.
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    KTM Rally 2018 Park City, UT

    Who's going? I keep playing this game with KTM on being invited but then not getting any response via email so I haven't gone the last two years. Their brand manager said "aw man, you should have just come!" when I saw him at IMS Long Beach in Nov so screw it, I'm going. Just sent them an email saying we'll be there. Looking forward to it! And yeah I'm riding it whether they let me or not! 😂
  9. Don’t you just love that propaganda? “Thrillcraft” [emoji23]
  10. Eric Hall

    The New BMW R1250 GS

    Could this be their new bike? @Was.Once.There posted a pic on his feed today
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    The New BMW R1250 GS

    I got to see both the new 1250 GS AND GS Adventure yesterday at Irv Seaver BMW in Orange, CA. Devin (one of their sales guys) gave us his initial impressions and I will try and recall them to the best of my ability... He says at first it was difficult to tell the difference between the previous version but once he got on the throttle as well as the highway it because immediately apparent. This bike obviously has more total power but he says it has a much better bottom end now and will better lay down that power in ways the previous model wouldn't let you (with the traction control, etc...). He says it still has traction control but you don't necessarily feel the power cut out like you used to. He mentioned when Ducati first came out with variable valve timing that there was a pause or flat spot in the torque curve you could feel as the engine made those adjustments and he says this new GS has none of that; you won't feel any adjustment whatsoever. He says the previous model felt very good between 70-80 mph on the highway but pushing it to 90-100 and it didn't feel as planted. He says this new one feels good at 90 and will easily hit 120 although he says he's not going to attempt that (cough: liar). He says with the previous engine you could hear the engine at speed but this new one when you're up to cruising speed and the cam assist shifts into low that the engine is almost silent. He said 3rd gear wheelies are quite easy although I know the previous model would do that too. I obviously have a dirt bias and he really had nothing to offer here which is fine. The GS is such a great bike on the road. It's hard to ignore that.
  12. That time of year again! Location will again be Panamint Springs Resort weekend of Nov 2. Working right now on getting Tracy to cook. He did our Mojave event. You'll need to book your own tent site/cabin/tent cabin/hotel room with PSR. Will have prizes and raffle to raise funds for CORVA. Registration link here Attendees Warren Windham Warren Windham Guest Doug Schramm MotochefArwi @Ross W Ljubomir Zagorac Ljubomir Zagorac Guest
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    2018 Ken Mooty Memorial/CORVA Fundraiser

    @WADE-O Potato we have three events here in SoCal I do. Mojave first weekend in May, High Sierra Labor Day Weekend and this Death Valley event first weekend in Nov (may change that next year due to ADV Rally in Julian pulling riders away). Mojave and High Sierra are for @MotorradAngels and the DV one is for CORVA. We could always add an event. @Ben Wood wants to do an event in Oregon which I think is a great idea. It would be up to him who he wants to dedicate that to. I'm sure there are similar off-road advocacy groups up there he can pick from. I'll have to start thinking about another event! I'm working on a pretty exciting one now but it may not be the right one for CORVA right now.
  14. Has adventure riding become the new gluten-free? Everything in the grocery store now seems to carry a label “gluten-free!” I bought bacon the other day and saw it on the front. It’s BACON! Of course it doesn’t contain any gluten! Likewise it seems with “adventure.” Everything seems to be “ADV” this or that. Even BMW’s new S 1000 XR comes with the “adventure” moniker even though it’s probably the last bike I’d ever use for what I define as adventure riding. Look at me, I’m going adventure riding! It’s not really that important to me how people ride their bikes or what terms they use to describe their riding. But for me, “adventure riding” does still hold more of a finite than infinite description. I guess the classic and more narrow definition of adventure riding would be something like this: Any motorcycle journey of perhaps a week or longer, probably international or at least out of one’s comfort zone involving travel over multiple road surface types (not solely tarmac/bitumen/asphalt) where the rider is most likely camping off their bike and/or sleeping in a different place most nights, raising money for X charity and documenting their epic selfies with a GoPro camera and becoming social media commodities. Okay, so I might have been kidding about those last parts. Personally, it’s meaningful to me to understand what I consider adventure riding is as well as what it’s not. I’m very open minded and have become even more so over time but there are still some things I find bug me about it. I understand that adventure means different things to different people but when I hear someone talk about throwing their un-plated dirt bike in the back of their pickup and going “adventure riding” for the day, I just kind of shake my head. I understand that guy sees it as an adventure of some kind. I just don’t see that as “adventure riding” myself. I recently had the opportunity to pose this question of how does one define adventure riding on a Facebook group, IBAR (International Brotherhood of Adventure Riders; 8,300 followers) and got some really fantastic responses. I learned a lot! My perception of adventure riding has definitely been expanded, but I find I’m still clinging to my own tastes in certain areas. Believe me, if there’s one thing I hate it’s a “bike nazi” who sets up rules of what you can/can’t do. I don’t want to be “that guy.” But when a word starts to mean anything, it means nothing. I’m really good with broad brushes but if all I’m seeing on a canvas is a blob of neutral color with no shape, definition or story, I’m lost. I also know that simply owning an “adventure bike” doesn’t equal adventure riding. I own an adventure bike and on the rare occasion I commute on it, I call that commuting, not adventure riding. I might go ride some twisty canyon roads on a weekend and prefer to call that canyon carving, not adventure riding. I might go do a track day and would call that track riding, not adventure riding. Recently, Tolga and I took his new camera assistant, Gozde, out for some dirt training and a little trail ride. I’d call that trail riding, not adventure riding. I sit back and look at all the riding I’ve done over about four years and 56k miles and guess that maybe only about 20% of my miles were what I personally would call adventure riding (e.g. Bolivia, Baja, AZBDR, COBDR, etc…). I do a lot of these three day weekend trips to say, Death Valley, and camp in one spot and ride trails out and back each day. I guess that’s really more trail riding than adventure riding. To me, that’s totally fine. I don’t feel like I’m some kind of adventure rider poser because I’m not “doing it right,” nor does anyone else. There’s no right/wrong answer and no test to pass. It’s really irrelevant. I’m not an Alex Chacon, but I do still love following adventure riding topics via this site (of course) as well as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc… I also don’t think one even needs an “adventure bike” to go adventure riding. Some of the best examples of adventure riders did their journeys on bikes most wouldn’t consider adventure bikes: Harley Davidsons, Honda Goldwings, Honda C90’s, old Triumphs, BMW RT’s, etc… This being XLADV, I still don’t think adventure riding requires any kind of “XL” or big bike component (doesn’t hurt). Not everyone has the time/money to be a Ted Simon, Austin Vince, Lois Pryce, etc… I think the longest motorcycle trip I’ve done was just two weeks. A lot of the riding I do for fun locally I view as kind of training for future adventure riding, so in a sense I kind of see how the term gets expanded. Interestingly, I find the more regional trail riding I do is many times more adventurous and enjoyable than the two weeks of riding I did in Bolivia. The riding conditions there were pretty bad, actually. There were lots of narrow, dusty and dangerous dirt roads and no interesting single-track, challenging hills or beach riding like I’m more used to. The adventure there for me was in the places I got to see, the people I got to meet rather than the riding itself. I guess the “death road” and seeing a hillside road slide down a thousand foot cliff in front of me was adventurous. It’s also just a convenient classification we use to distinguish ourselves from other motorcycle sub-cultures like café racer hipsters, sport bikes, choppers, cruisers, tourers, moped gangs, etc… (yes, there are moped gangs). In sum, I guess I can say that while my definition of adventure riding is already quite broad and has been expanded, it still holds specific meaning to me. That meaning is just one person’s opinion and not a test, label or judgment passed on anyone else. I’ll leave the reader here with some of the responses I felt were noteworthy: Notion of picking a spot on the map and going seems to fit. Something new, different, destination unknown, more for the journey than the destination. Live, ride explore. Not everyone can take a multi week multi country trip. For some, a good day ride on a new more challenging track is all we have time or allowance for. Anything new, or more challenging that pushes our bubble just a bit bigger is an adventure. It is to each of us a personal experience. For me it's travelling. Whether it a weekend of logging roads near Algonquin (& camping) or longer, mostly pavement trips. 10 days in Canada's East Coast & 6 weeks through Western Europe. Just getting out there and being. I think the term "adventure" is relative to each person. Hey, if it's an adventure to you based on your everyday life, then more power to you. Live your adventure. Single definition of adventure riding don't exist!! All depend what adventure means to YOU.. My idea of adventure riding. It's not about the route but about the journey. Alone or with a friend pick a spot on the Map and go there. It's always different, take pictures, enjoy the people places and the ride. I think you can define it as whatever you like. My personal definition, is having the ability to go off road and find a nice camping spot. I'm on an adventure every time I ride, even if I don't hit dirt that day. For me, an adventure ride HAS to include some dirt/off-road sections. Adventure to me is not being on Tarmac 100% of the time. Gravel, OHV trails, minimum maintenance roads and preferably not sleeping in my own bed. Explore riding is what I do riding to see where a road goes I've drove past a hundred times in my truck. Riding is fun and every ride to me is an adventure but if you can ride trails fire roads freeways you are an adventure rider. Adventure is a mindset (Harold Olaf Cecil) Adventure is in the heart. In my opinion. If you can't go out and have a good time, no matter what. You're NOT an adventurer. If you break down and say, "that really sucked"...but it was AWESOME! You ARE an adventurer. If you're on a ride with friends and have something to complain about. You're NOT an adventurer. If you can jump into a ride, last minute without caring where the destination is, you ARE an adventurer. I don't see it about being on dirt or bitumen or related to time or distance traveled. I see it as being open to try new places, roads, tracks and experiences, and being willing to go out of your comfort zone to have those experiences. It's about learning and living all at once. Well I have to say this much for you Eric Hall, you do ask some great questions and start some good threads. The marketing department at BMW really knew what they were doing when they attached the word Adventure to there bulked up GS back in 2001/2002. At that time the GS was just a moderate seller in their lineup of bikes. Now today it is their biggest seller. I think as a definition in the motorcycle world the Adventure bike was meant to be a do everything machine. Tour the freeways and highways with ease and comfort as well as get you though some fairly rugged stuff if you had the balls and the skills to ride it there. KTM soon produced a twin to compete and now there are more and more bikes that have a wider range of capabilities because that is what people think they want. One thing is for sure, the Adventure market has opened up a lot of opportunities that did not exist before. Look at all the companies like Touratech just for starters who have thrived because of this segment of motorsport. I echo the sentiments that riding in general is an adventure, but that does not mean you are necessarily doing it on an Adventure bike. If you are riding and you want to call it "ADV" riding have at it I say, want to put knobbies on your bike and run back and forth to Starbucks well maybe it's not so ADV'ish To me if it’s all pavement it’s not ADV. All pavement is touring or sport touring. ADV includes some dirt and generally longer distances. Dual sport is similar but shorter distances. The original intent of the term was to draw a distinction vs. other forms of riding My definition......the bike has to be plated and at least some of the riding must be off the pavement.......now if you're lucky.......MOST of the riding will be off the pavement and involve tents, sleeping bags and a bourbon of some kind!
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    990 Adventure VS 990 Supermoto engine

    Wish I could help you there
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    KTM Rally 2018 Park City, UT

    Another video from Jordan who won the competition. I got to meet him last Sunday out in the desert at the Husky monument
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    That time I met Malcolm Smith

    MSR hosted a book signing for Malcolm Smith's book "Malcolm!" Right here in my neighborhood in Irvine. Nice sunset Paul Krause's 2004 Redbull KTM factory 950, the last lc8 to race in Dakar Alexander's first Dakar jersey from just two weeks ago! Mark Samuels Colton Udall Alexander is definitely a mini-Malcolm for sure And the man, the legend himself, Mr Malcolm Smith!
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    LAB2V 2019 Adventure Route

    Not that we know yet. It's basically Palmdale to Barstow then Barstow to Vegas and has to share the same lunch/gas stop as the other routes which we don't know yet. Will most likely hit points of interest like Husky monument, petroglyphs, crash sites, dry lake beds, etc...
  19. I was at the KTM Rally a few weeks ago and snapped a pic of a new set of tires they are releasing for distribution soon, the Motoz "Tractionator Adventure" series (70/30; tubeless). This one pic alone got a reach of something like 17,000 on Facebook! I'm happy to announce that I'll be testing a set of these shortly on the XLADV project 990. I've seen their Tractionator Desert H/T tire and it is IMPRESSIVE! These are 100% natural rubber tires and are built to LAST longer and keep their grip even when worn down. Motoz is pronounced "moat-oz" with the "oz" referring to Australia, where the company is located. The tires are manufactured in Thailand, which is the #1 supplier of natural rubber. Got news today that Motoz has yet another new adventure tire they are releasing Spring '16 and can be seen next week at AIMExpo, booth #613. All I've been told is that it's a 50/50 tire and is also tubeless (can also take a tube if you like); also that 17" rears will also be available in 2016. Motoz is being distributed here in the US by Pacific Powersports of Temecula, CA. Behold, the "Adventure GPS" Which of these tires would you be most likely to try and for what type of riding?
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    Motoz Tires

    Kyle Bradshaw from Chapparal reviews the RallZ tire. I'd review mine but they're not worn out yet! lol
  21. I'd like this thread to be a place where we can put videos of big bikes being ridden well. Videos you look at and you're like "wow, I wish I could ride like that!" Something like this... or
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    Post your XL offroad photos

    @Ride200mi nice bike!
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    Videos of Big Bikes Being Ridden Well!

    This is how a big bike should be ridden and epitomizes the GS brand which stands for gelande/strasse (dirt/street). @Isaac Feliu is the best!
  24. Eric Hall

    TrailTech Voyager Pro

    My go-to wiring guy, @SeaWolfe, helped me (once again) wire up the Voyager Pro today. We connected it pretty much the same place as the Garmin Montana (now for sale) that we put on about a year ago. I decided to go ahead and try to install the tachometer wire even though I already have a tach display on the main panel, just to see what it looks like. It's essentially just a wire you loop around the spark plug wire and tape but in the case of the 990, it has a coil over the plug. They suggested I go ahead and wrap it around the lowest point of that coil and tape but said they won't guarantee that will work. They were right! It worked for a while but showed half the actual RPMs as my main tach and then quit working after about 20 min. No big deal because like I said, I already have a tach. This more for a dirt bike anyways where you're replacing your main display. I'm not replacing mine in this case so no worries. I'm going to start fiddling with the unit to get more familiar with how it works and see if there's any firmware upgrades I have to do. I need a micro-SD card and have to format it a certain way (EXFat or something like that). I'll be riding this weekend so I'm going to try and upload a gpx track and see how easy it is to load and follow. More Sunday...
  25. Eric Hall

    TrailTech Voyager Pro

    @ToddMac Is that Martin Hackworth? We're social media friends. I'll ask him. Jimmy Lewis did a cool video with Klim on his experience on the Tour of Idaho.