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Old 10-22-2009, 09:28 AM   #1
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Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Six Days, 1747 Miles, a DRZ, Exploring the Nevada Desert Solo

This was a ride I did last month that I keep meaning to post, but haven't had the time.

Work got slow and I had an area of Nevada I wanted to check out. I've been wanting to get up into northern Nevada for awhile now, but it's very remote, which means if I run out of gas I'm screwed. If I crash and can't ride or walk, I'm screwed. If my chain breaks... So I tried to get a few people to ride with me, but no one was able to make it. Bummer. Guess I'm going alone. I tried to rent a sat phone, but couldn't find one. Bigger bummer. Oh well, I'm still going.

The plan was to ride to Bridgeport then take my usual route into Nevada of Masonic road, the start of the dirt/fun. Then ride as much dirt as possible through Nevada.

Day 1
Aptos CA to Yerrington NV. 354 miles mostly paved.

Not much to say about riding a DRZ on slab to NV. Once in NV the fun begins.

Miles of easy dirt roads. This one goes right by the Flying M Ranch, owned by the Hiltons.

Stayed at a casino in Yerrington the first night. It was a haul the mail type day so nothing much more to say.

Day 2
Yerrington to Pyramid Lake. 185 miles 40 paved.

Following powerlines.

There were a lot of cattle out on this road. Most were smart enough to just get out of my way, but there was this one cow that just ran along in front of me for a mile or so. It was sandy and at low speed with a load it was tough even on my DRZ.

Lahontan Reservoir

I was trying to find the Carson Trail, but got mixed up in a very sandy area. I was extremely happy to have left my GSA at home for this one! This house was just left here in the middle of the road.

Finaly I found the trail through the Forty Mile Desert. Lots of sand. A lot of people died trying to cross this back in the day and it was easy to see why.

A strange monument to those that crossed the desert here.

Good thing I wasn't depending on gas being here.

Both my map and GPS said this road went through, but it looked like a dead end. I finaly spotted the road across the wash, but no one had traveled it in a long time. There were no more tire marks on the road after the wash.

I had stopped to get my bearings and was wearing my earplugs, but suddenly had the feeling I was beaing watched. I turned to my left and saw this little dude less than three feet from me.

Making my way to Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation and camp for the night.

Pyramid Lake is really cool and a great place to camp if you're ever in the area. If you're the type of ADVer that likes to smoke a little something, something keep an eye out for Officer Gagne though. He's a cool guy to talk with as long as you don't have any drugs. He has a drug sniffing dog and zero tolerance. He was telling me stories of Burning Man, it's held about a hundred miles north, and people he'd arrested. No, I don't smoke. I just don't want any of you FFs going to jail for something so minor, IMO, as pot.

I'll post more as time allows.


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