Day 15
July 21th, 2007

From Idaho (Wallace) to Montana (Missoula)...Part 1

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Before we leave Wallace, we check the map and see a mountain called Polaris Peak. Got to go there...

On the way, we see signs for the town of Polaris...


...Polaris avenue...


...Until we finally get to...


...The top of Polaris Peak (5600ft).


For us, flatlanders used to live at 300 above sea level, 5600 ft is a BIG deal!
Hey! The first time we hit 3000ft, we were all excited!

Yeah ! Back to the trails and life in the great outdoors!
Yeah ! AAhhh! Feels like home...
Bof... First time we meet "anti-ATVers"...
Bof... We respect the choice of other trail and public land users. But some people have no respect whatsoever for us simply because we chose to prefer motorized recreation. There's room for everybody out there...


After coming back down from the summit, things got a little nastier...A not too accurate map combined with totally unmarked trails...The ideal reciepe...For not knowing where you're going! Since the GPS does'nt indicate those tiniy trails, we have to take out the lap top and check on the TOPO software, hoping it mihgt be of some help.

Like we said earlier, there's tons of trails near Wallace. Seems every 100 ft there's a fork in the trail. Luckily, our TOPO tells us which way to go.


"But, but...that can't be it!! It's bearly large enough for the quad! And right on the mountain side...Going down..."

"It's either that or we have to go back the way we came from, over the mountain top and back to Wallace..."

"Lets push a little more...Without knowing where that will take us...I sure hope it does'nt dead-end...Don't feel like undoing all this!"


"Now what?? Hey Marc! My engine keeps stalling everytime I take my thumb off the gas."

"Simonac! Great timing! Of course it's been eating a lot of dust and we're kind of high in elevation, but that should'nt affect it that much, it's should compensate."

Seriously, the trail is so narrow, there's no marging for error. If you ride too much to the right it's "Goodbye! She is gone!!" (5000ft is kinda high, you know...). France tends to drive too much to the left (who would blame her?) so she keeps hitting rocks that are sticking out a bit and that makes her quad lean to the right towards the ravine...

"Honey, try to stay centered in the trail..."

"HEEYYY...Pleeaase...Mind your....With this engine stalling all the time..."

"Euhh...Won't happen if you keep you thumb on the gas a little bit..."

Yeah right!! Going down!! Across the hill, loaded like a mule..."

France just about had it now. The tears a right there in the corners...She knows she does'nt have a choice. There's absoloutely no way to turn around. We are certainly not going to sleep here...There's not even enough room to open the tent! And even if we were too sleep here, she'd still have to drive out of here tomorrow...

I must also say that France has a little tendancy to be...afraid of heights...In fact, she gets dizzy standing on the at 5000ft...

A few miles later (yes, yes a few miles...), incredible! We come across 3 quadists that confirm to us we are on the right track. Poor them! They were really kind to back-up for a couple hundred feet to let us go by. Luckily, we were not too far from a wider spot!

They say there's no more than 5 or 6 miles more of that stuff before we're out of it...5 or 6 miles...seems like a long ways...

But we made it! (Evidently, since you're reading this..:)

After a little inspection of Frances' quad, I notice the locking nut for the idle adjustment had become loose from all the vibration. So the idle speed came out of adjustment and slowed down...until it made the engine stall. One quarter of a turn on the adjustment, tighten the locking nut and...Voilà! case closed!

   Polaris Industries - Canada                            Polaris Industries - USA

So here we are back on relatively more flat trails. We are now looking for a place to spend the night.

We find a perfect spot but we're greeted by a very aggressive "Anti-ATVer".
He pretends we ruined his dinner. Because of the noise of our engines, he could'nt enjoy a peaceful meal...

It's the first time something like this happens. Normally, people are curious, interested and friendly to us.

Marc is kinda frustrated of that reaction but France calms him down and tells him: "Baahh... don't bother, let's go someplace else. There's all kinds of nice places."

Matter of fact, this one's not bad!


AH HA! A visitor!  Nope! Not big enough for dinner...


It's definitly the most remote spot we camped at this trip. And also of course, the place where we are most likely to see wildlife...



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Lat    N   47 22 35.9
Long W 115 51 24



By now, pretty sure you figured it out, it's always sunny and hot. If ever it rains, we'll let you know!
50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
meteo_soleil_3.gif (4118 octets) SUNNY!










It's all or nothing. Though on the ridge. easy on the roads.


Les statistiques


40 Milles today
10.7 Av. m/h
530 Milles total
$0 Resto
$0 Food
$0 Gas
$0 Camping
$0 Misc
$0 Total today

Please note: All amounts are in US $$. All distances are miles


Lunch: Cold cuts + cheese

Dinner: Cold ham + veggies

Les Oscars-The Oscars: le gagnant est... L'ITEM LE PLUS APPRÉCIÉ:



The GPS + the maps + the Topo software




Nous sommes fiers de vous présenter nos partenaires.
Ils nous ont fourni un soutien important afin de nous aider à réaliser cette aventure. MERCI À TOUS



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Their precious collaboration helped us live this fabulous adventure.


Polaris Industries - Canada
Polaris Industries - USA

RM Motosport

Durocher Transirt


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