2012 Summer adventure.
(Bavarian Mountain West) motorcycle club of Idaho sponsored a
"44 Idaho Counties Tour" in 2012. The tour time was from
April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013. The tour involved riding to
each of Idaho's 44 counties, finding an objective and getting a picture
of you and/or your motorcycle in front of the objective. Each
entrant received a tour guide and decal to start on their adventure.
This was not to be a group tour but an individual quest for
entrants and friends.
friend Alan Messick came up with the idea and I did the research to
the objectives and produce the tour guide during the winter months of
February and March 2012.
We presented the tour plan to the club at our April meeting
and it was accepted with unexpected enthusiasm by about 15 members at
the meeting. We charged $25 to cover the cost of producing
the tour guide, decal, tour patch and t-shirt. There were 24 people who
entered the tour, three were not club members, and we will award
certificates, patches and t-shirts to finishers at
meeting April 2013.
I started our tour the first of April going to near by counties then in
May we set out to visit all the counties of south eastern Idaho, an
eleven hundred mile trip. We made a little back tracking trip to
central Idaho to the objectives in Custer (Stanley Id. and Lemhi
(Salmon Id.) counties a week or so later, that was a six hundred mile
round trip. The BMW club had a campout weekend scheduled at
the Three Rivers Resort at a place called Lowel Id. about twenty miles
east of Kooskia, Id. on the famous U.S. highway 12. Alan and
left for the campout three days early in order to visit the last ten
counties and get our pictures at the needed objectives finishing up at
the Three Rivers campout. All together Alan and I rode nearly
four thousand enjoyable miles visiting parts of Idaho I have never seen
before and probably would never visited if it had not been for our
My friend Hank Bierman, a fellow railroader who I worked with for
over twenty years, decided he wanted to do the tour. Hank had
other commitments when Alan and I were traveling around the state and
couldn't go with us. Now it was July and Hank had the time
but wanted me to go with him. With an offer by him to pay for
the motels how could I refuse. So off I went again with Hank.
We made a sweep though southern Idaho, about twelve
hundred miles then a thirteen hundred mile ride though the northern
Idaho counties doing 15 counties in three days. It was the most
riding I have done since starting to
ride again four years ago and the most enjoyable travel in a long
specially enjoyed riding the Spiral Highway (old highway 95 up Lewiston
grade), the country highway P1 from State Highway 3 over the
mountain to Orofino, ID highway 3 from the Clearwater River to St.
Maries then ID 6 on to I-90 and Highway 36 from Malad to Montpelier.
These are all very curvy and/or scenic routes.
The 44 Idaho
Counties Tour guide will be available from the Bavarian Mountain West
motorcycle club for 2013 with a few changes and will only be a guide
with no deadlines, awards, or rewards other than the enjoyment you
receive riding around our beautiful state. Expect the guide to cost