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    Anyone with recent "Lolo Pass," experience?

    The "boys," (most of us over 50) are planning our 10th annual ride, and the thought of Lolo Pass (AKA 12) is rolling around our heads.
    Anyone been through there within the last year?

    I'm looking for a fairly recent road report plus some restaurant suggestions, if you have 'em. m

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    i went through there in june 2010 it was wonderful very scenic , not many decent places to eat on the pass from what i remember.. we rode through it all in the same day on our way to montana, so not much help i can provide sorry

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    Was through last summer. Not worth it IMHO. Not much to see but trees and river, twisties aren't that tight or technical.

    I would recommend a road trip hitting the different grades in and around the Pullman/Lewiston area. I spent the better part of one morning doing laps of the Spiral Highway.....

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    Was there last August too........BOOOOOORRRRRIIIIING.

    Long sweepers/sleepers, absolutely no technical stuff, SO many fantastic roads in that area, this was a let down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIA View Post
    Was there last August too........BOOOOOORRRRRIIIIING.

    Long sweepers/sleepers, absolutely no technical stuff, SO many fantastic roads in that area, this was a let down.
    Actually DC wasn't another reason we turned around was that there was chip seal on the road or the roads were shit?
    I did the whole thing in 2010 and it was still fun but you had to be averaging a 150kph or yes 160kph for CDG lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakwheeltango View Post
    Actually DC wasn't another reason we turned around was that there was chip seal on the road or the roads were shit?lol
    No, road condition was fine, was just not fun for me, agreed, have to go 150 to "tighten" it up.

    After so many fantastic roads with 35-45mph posted speeds, full of twists, it's hard to get excited over Lolo Pass.

    Most of the S2S feels technical after a ride on LOLO.......LOL.
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    Hi Michael,
    I think Lolo is a challenge to enjoy at the posted limit, but I don't think it's as bad as the others here are sayin'. I had the misfortune of getting a ticket 3 miles in, so the rest of the ride was not terribly spirited. I'd suggest you try this route to the north:

    http://www.fjrtech.com/wfo-8/RIDE_Secret.cfm

    And please tell me how it goes, as I'd like to head that way myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP View Post
    Hi Michael,
    I think Lolo is a challenge to enjoy at the posted limit, but I don't think it's as bad as the others here are sayin'.
    That's probably a fair statement, but I would go further and say even 20-30 over is kind of a yawn.

    I guess for me, by the time we had arrived to that day, me really excited about Lolo, after hearing others rave,
    I had pretty high expectations. That and the fact that we had hit some spectacular roads every day up to that
    point, many of which were challenging, technical, and had fantastic scenery, Lolo was a let down.

    Not my video, but a quick youtube search pulled this up, which gives you a good indication of what it was like:

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    The road to ride off of Lolo is hwy 11 Greer to Weippe , also the ride to Elk City is mind blasting. The roads around Grangeville also much better than Lolo. Stay in Lewiston (Red Lion) for a couple of days and ride the roads in the area. Spiral Hwy, Rattlesnake Canyon, Old Idaho Hwy 7 , Winchester grade just to name a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kawiPG View Post
    The road to ride off of Lolo is hwy 11 Greer to Weippe , also the ride to Elk City is mind blasting. The roads around Grangeville also much better than Lolo. Stay in Lewiston (Red Lion) for a couple of days and ride the roads in the area. Spiral Hwy, Rattlesnake Canyon, Old Idaho Hwy 7 , Winchester grade just to name a few.
    Were you with us last summer????? EXACTLY!! Did em all, just a frickin blast!

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    Yes Chia I was with you guys!! Riding that Blue Connie

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by kawiPG View Post
    Yes Chia I was with you guys!! Riding that Blue Connie

    cheers
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    You sound vaguely familiar, do you look like this this guy? Took a quick pic of him
    on Old Spiral Highway,sorry, kinda blurry, he was going too fast to get a clear shot:

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    It's been a couple of years but there was a small, but very nice cafe across from the Three Rivers Resort. And there was a nice old place up near the summit; again, old but nice and much bigger IIRC. Sorry for being so vague but I didn't see any other restaurant comments.

    I'd also agree that some of the other roads in the area are better. Lolo is nice, but a bit over-rated IMHO. If you're in the area, ride it anyway so you can see what the fuss is all about.
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    Thanks folks.
    A few of our group haven't ridden it, my experience there is over 7 years ago and of course, the pre or post ride restaurant gathering is so important!

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