Into the Puckerbrush

I spent a few days battling wind and heavy rain in the Owyhee high country last weekend. The side roads out here are epic if you know how to get around. Rough 2-track became barely-discernible single track. A pair of creek crossings. Several downed trees. Stumbled across this little gem just before sundown. Unknown reservoir, […]

New Year, New Machine

In 2016, I hope to cover a lot of ground on a new ride that will feel a little more at home in Idaho’s back country–the Honda XR650L Specs: Jetted FMF pipe Pro Moto Billet goodies Clark 4 gallon tank With around 14-inches of ground clearance and a decent amount of torque, this new thumper […]

Chasing Snow

Here’s an expanded write-up on the first couple of rides of 2014, including Cuprum, the Kleinschmidt Grade, 10 Mile Creek and Garden Valley: Just over 12 months since I tore my Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Lateral Meniscus, broke my leg, and severely damaged virtually every other structure in my right knee, I’m thrilled to report […]

First Ride of the Season

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: Tour de Rad The first back country road trip of the summer By Andrew Mentzer Andrew Mentzer Friday, 8:10 a.m. Me, via text: “Give me a call when you get a second. I have a rad idea.” 8:55 a.m.: ring… ring… ring. Me: “What’s good, man?” Nolan: “Nothing. What’s […]

10 Mile Creek, Garden Valley and Round Valley

Here are a few pics from my Memorial Day weekend ride from Rocky Canyon to 10 Mile Creek to Garden Valley to Round Valley. We were the first ones to make it all the way over road 670 in 2014, as evidenced by the previously untouched snowpack in several places on the ridge. Total ride: […]

Lolo Motorway Happy Trails Rally

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: Tackling the Lolo Motorway A motorcycle haven in North Idaho by Andrew Mentzer The Lolo Motorway provides the adventurous with access to countless mountain lakes and viewpoints. From Boise, head north on Highway 55 through McCall. Continue on Highway 95 to Grangeville. Turn right toward the Harpster Grade and […]