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Old 09-20-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Black Rock, 3 Corners, Owhyee, Jarbidge and Back to Black

I got back last night after riding 2000 miles or so from Fernly Nevada, through the Black Rock Desert, up into Oregon and Idaho, and back to Nevada via Jarbidge, finaly coming back to my house in Santa Cruz California. Here's a very approximate map of the route.

It was good times and I had a blast!




Rode with Jeff (50x50) once again.




And met a cool FF named Sam (NorthLeftCoast), from Oregon, in McDermitt, NV. He was out riding solo and I invited him to join us.



Had some minor mechanical problems.








The views were unbeleivable.

















The riding was fast and fun.




And sometimes challenging.




Sometimes too hard...



Goals were met.







And obsticles overcome.




Shit happened.





I'm really learning to use these things, and *shudder* even liking the damn thing.




But it still aint a replacement for the map and compass!




After a lot of trail and error trying to get the SE to work as a hardcore ADV/Dual Sport bike I think I finaly have it figured out and am very stoked on it! There were times I wished I had a lighter bike, but for the most part this thing fucking kicks ass! I couldn't have asked for a better bike on this trip.






Anyway I'll post a report over the coming days. This was an amazing trip and I was able to cross a few goals off my life's list. Namely seeing the Owhyee Wilderness. A place my dad took my mom backpacking before I was born. That was back when they were dirty hippies hitchhiking across the country. He choose it because it had the least, as in none, paved roads of anywhere he could find in the lower 48.

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Old 09-20-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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Nice intro!!

I'm in for the Super Enduro pictures.


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Old 09-21-2010, 01:03 AM   #3
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I'm waiting for this its going to be good.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:28 AM   #4
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:22 AM   #5
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On my way to Jarbridge, Mountain City, Midas etc next week!! Your post will get me even more stoked, so keep it coming.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:31 AM   #6
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Always like to hear good adv stories. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-21-2010, 10:18 AM   #7
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awesome report so far, keep it up. one of my favorite rides was through Jarbidge.
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:40 PM   #8
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Nice pic of the crux coming out of Crutcher Crossing.

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Old 09-21-2010, 06:21 PM   #9
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:18 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trailrider383
Nice pic of the crux coming out of Crutcher Crossing.
Good eye! I actualy used your RR to help plan this one... Thanks!


Day 1:Santa Cruz, CA to Fernly, NV.


Well actualy I live a little south of Santa Cruz in Aptos, but most people have never heard of it. Not much here excpet a cement boat left over from WWI.



And looking North from Aptos towards Santa Cruz. I gotta say it's a rough life living here on the coast...




Anyway we packed the bikes away in Jeff's toy hauler. This is great as it takes us between five and eight hours to get anywhere good to ride and most of that time is spent slogging through Bay Area traffic and it sure saves the tires! We stayed at the Desert Rose RV park in Fernly. Price was $25 for the night we spent there plus $10 to leave the rig there for a week.





Other cool things about toy haulers... Free gas!




Lame things about toy haulers... not very adventurous!



The sun set was cool though...




Day 2: Fernly to The Black Rock Desert.

Slow start to the day, as Jeff got a flat before even leaving the RV park.






We had breakfast while the local shop fixed the tire. This guy runs a descent shop for a town this size and was pretty cool. He has some very basic supplies and charges a reasonable rate.




Are you ready for the ride to start? Yeah, well so was I! Mid day and we're just getting started. I'd done this section, from Fernly to the BRD, last year and it was fun to see it again.



We got to open our first gate just outside of Nixon, NV.




The road follows some power lines up to one of the best view points I've ever come across. These pics just don't do it justice. This is looking west towards Nixon and Pyramid Lake. (the blue area)







Getting to it can be a challenge on the big bikes though. See the very straight road off in the distance? That's where we're headed next.











That eventualy turns into some very easy single track for about a mile.



Jeff salutes the ADVers that ride single track. Yeah, yeah, it was easy single track, but easy single track is better than no single track right!?




The single track turns into double track that lasts for about thirty miles or so. Great fun with ups and downs, twists and turns.



The BRD's Playa slowly comes into view as we make our way through the double track. (It's the light and flat area in the very middle of the pic)









We finaly make it to the Playa and are presented our first obsticle. Jeff sees to it that the passing will be smooth.



I went first, but chickened out at this point. I ended up dismounting and pushing/clutching it across.




While Jeff took the manly route.













So, what do you think... Did he make the right descision? Will he pull it!?
































































Nice save Jeff!




If you've never been out to the BRD you owe it to yourself to ride there sometime. It's incredible. The Playa is so massive and so flat you just cruise for what seems like forever. We were riding along at about 80 when my back tire started to feel really weird, at first I though I'd hit a mud patch, but then something hit my leg pretty hard and I stopped. This is what I found wrapped around my hub.






It took me several minutes to unwind the damn thing, but finaly... Victory!



Lunch at Bruno's in fabulous downtown Gerlach. They're known for having something that's mighty tasty. I forgot what it is, but can say it's not the spaghetti!








Then back out on the Playa to find a campsite.













Burning Man was being cleaned up while we rode through. It's amazing how well they clean up after themselves. They hadn't taken down the fencing though and we were trapped, until I cut it down...




We camped at the far north edge of the Playa, near some very hot hot springs. (180 degrees hot! )




More tomorrow.

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Old 09-22-2010, 04:30 AM   #11
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Great Journey..
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:36 AM   #12
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Great story and excellent pictures Todd

Keep it coming
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:54 AM   #13
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Sweet ride

Wish i was along for the ride.
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:01 AM   #14
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So did the rock on the opposite side of each track help?

Great pics.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:26 AM   #15
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Awesome T oh double D! Great shots, looking forward to the rest of the tale -
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