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Old 12-09-2012, 07:45 PM   #71
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Day 8: Monday, Sept 17th 2012

McDermitt NV to Denio Jct NV and Willow Creek OR – 176 miles

After a previous long day, we took our time this morning. This was a planned rest day. Thought was ride into Willow Creek Hot Springs, setup camp, then visit the B-24 crash site in the afternoon.

Started the day by walking across the street to the casino for breakfast. Then packed up and topped off our tanks as usual.

I would classify this place as a dirty biker hotel. Not recommended to take the Mrs....

just outside of town started out on this 2 track heading north, good way to start the day

quickly ended up on whitehorse ranch road heading west, super fast graded gravel. This was a freeway compared to the roads traveled the previous day.

Much of the area between Jordan Valley and McDermitt was involved in a recent large grass fire. Significant grazing was impacted so this herd was being fed daily from trucked in hay. What a hardship for the ranchers in the area. I'm sure there will be fewer ranchers in business next year as a result. We past by a number of burned dead cattle. Very sad situation. We were told by locals that the cattle losses were in the hundreds, and most likely in the thousands. Not to mention the wildlife. Story here...

Quickly made our way over to Willow Creek hot springs,unloaded the bikes and setup camp early. Surprised to find the place packed with 4 other camps. We took the luxury of riding the rest of the day on unloaded bikes.

Heading towards Denio Jct, road thru a large herd being relocated to better grazing. Hard to see in pic. Cows on right wanted to join the fun...

Stopped in Denio Jct (TAT fame) to eat lunch

Next up visit to B-24 crash site...
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