We're all interested in vehicle-dependant travel - this includes trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and even bicycles. A new back-country cycling route called the 'Wild West Route' has been designed by bikepackingroots dot org. It stretches from Rooseville Canada all the way down to Mexico. I was fortunate to be a test rider for the Idaho section of the route. I rode 550 miles of it, mostly off pavement, during a seven day cycling adventure in early August 2018.
The reason I bring it to NWOL's attention is many of these roads are accessible to trucks (ie, not closed to motor vehicles), and would make a superb overland trip next Summer 2019 (I plan on hosting the trip for NWOL, stay tuned).
The route encompasses the Magruder Corridor, the Custer Motor Road, crossed unbelievable fishing streams, high mountain passes, desert wastelands, lonesome realms and lost highways. It was truly incredible.
During my trip, there were a number of wildfires that choked the air with smoke, and the heat index became quite savage as I moved South toward Utah.
I'll post a few photos and circle back in a few months with a proposal for a NWOL trip this area for next Summer.
South of Darby MT
The Salmon River
Avoiding the Rabbit's Foot fire, North of Challis ID