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Running on Fumes

Grave Robbers Run and Exploding Llamas

Saturday, August 1, 2009
The inaugural Grave Robbers Run completed its first day, with eight vintage bikes rolling thru 250 miles of mountain terrain from Boise to Salmon, Idaho. The route wound first from Boise to Stanley on Highway 21 – dubbed the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Highway. From Stanley, the Robbers followed Highway 75, shadowing the Salmon River - joining with the 93 near Challis up to Salmon.

Grave Robbers
Minor repairs needed for Grave Robbers after Day 1...
The rules for the Grave Robbers Run - bikes older than 1980 and less than $1000 to purchase - has generated some considerable interest at numerous food, fuel and fun stops as folks check out the eclectic mix of Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis – including a Hondamatic. The reaction from Sturgis-bound Harley folks has run from dismayed confusion to enthusiastic praise, with one ecstatic, “I used to own three of those bikes!”

The only downsides of Day 1 were a minor get-off from one of the younger riders (nothing too serious, but a little limping…) and waking up this morning to find a miniature Exxon Valdez spill in the parking lot from one of the Hondas. The affected rider is looking for a fix to his carb float at the moment. Until then we’re passing the time reading Salmon’s local paper The Recorder Herald – “the official newspaper of Lemhi County.” Please enjoy this quote from a hot story fresh off the front page (and, no, I am not making this up.)

Llama Struck by Lightning

“…there was the llama, on its back, with its legs straight up in the air. Cook [the owner of said unfortunate llama - ed] said the llama hadn’t been sheared and there was wool blow out 20 to 30 feet in every direction.”

The plans for Day 2, once back up and running, is to get on the road and dodge the exploding llamas over the Continental Divide into Montana.
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