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Old 03-30-2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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Base camp in Berlin - Nevada!

AVjoe, The Boy and I set up a base camp at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park last week for a few days and rode from there. Lucked out on the weather as the day time temps were hitting the low 60's. Some really good riding! Excellent camping sites with covered tables though the water in the camp ground was off due to freeze potential until mid April. Did the fossil tour to get our scientific and historic education and the mandatory pic in front of the full size portrait of Itchy.



Then out through Union Canyon which takes off right out of the park. Nice road, little snow here and there. About 7,500 feet.



AVjoe checking checking for oil puking out the air box, siphoned off a bit and ready to roll. Arc Dome Wilderness mountains shown across the Reese River Valley.



AVjoe having a discussion with the Tribal Police . . . .



Lunch break at the Cow Canyon trail head, Arc Dome in the background.



Sage brush on the road south of the Reese River Valley - end of day 1. Count for the day: Sumbike - 1 fall, The Boy - 1 fall, AVjoe - 0.

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Old 03-30-2014, 09:28 PM   #2
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DAY 2 - Berlin-Icthy

On our first day we did a loop from Berlin over the Shoshone Mts. to the Reese River Valley and the Yomba Indian reservation, then south to a road east over Golden Summit and back north to Berlin.

Day 2 our "Plan" was to do a long loop around the Arc Dome Wilderness which lies due east of Berlin in the Toiyabe Range. From Berlin we went a bit south and over the Shoshone Mts. through Grantsville Canyon. Some cool mining ruins and fixer upper cabins in the Grantsville area.






Road over Grantsville Summit, Arc Dome Wilderness in the distance - what we plan to ride around.



Road north through the Reese River Valley, Nevada Superhighway!



Finally off of the "freeway" and on to real dirt heading for Big Creek Road that will take us over the Toiyabe Range to Kingston. The road goes up through the canyon just right of center.



Nice road, beautiful mountains! Some creek crossings.




Then we hit the snow, turned around at this point as we had at least another 500 feet of elevation to gain before the pass and would be over on the east side which may have even more snow.



So did a map and GPS check and found another route a bit north that may be lower in elevation and less snow.



Okay, so much for that plan. By now it is getting a bit late to go all the way around Arc Dome, especially since we are not even a third of the way around. Another map and GPS check, we plot a route to Austin to get gas and something to drink. Great trails/roads, one was marked as mountain bike trail #4 - really fun! Didn't get any pics in this area for some reason other than Stokes Castle.



Gas and a Mexican Coke in Austin!



Then left Austin heading south on Big Creek Rd. Yep, the same one we were on earlier, but turned off on to the Reese River superhighway to Elkhorn Canyon and took that east. A heard of 6 or 8 deer crossed over the road right in front of me. Didn't get any more pics of the ride that day, but it was awesome! We picked our way using various marginally traveled forest roads that took us through Pinon pine covered hills to Midas Springs and Idlewild eventually coming out near Ione, then south back to Berlin. About 165 miles this day.



Great day, beautiful open country and scenery!
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
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Love Nevada!

Great photos! Looks like a fun trip. I rode that area 14 years ago,need to get back!
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:49 AM   #4
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Day 3 - The ride plan is to go north a bit from Berlin, then do a loop up into the hills just south and east of Ione. One of my maps shows that a "road" goes through so we head east on some double track to Knickerbocker, an old mining mill site with some stone structures remaining.





From here we turned north and traversed across the hills to the north and up into a canyon going east. The canyon is called Sheep Canyon. Here we encountered a bit of snow, but not enough to stop us.



The "road" we were on sees very little if any use, eventually we came into an open valley with pretty extensive mining ruins and cabins.





After exploring around we went up over a hill that was a bit slippery with melting snow and mud and dropped down into the Shamrock Canyon and more mining ruins and this impressive looking but very shallow mine.



From here we rode on down to Ione, a semi ghost town and had lunch in the "city" park opposite the Ore House Saloon. Kinda creepy there, we saw no one but felt we were being watched . . . . .



After lunch we rode west of town out into and across the Ione wash and up into the Paradise Range toward the old mining area of Downieville that is a few miles north of Gabbs. The roads across the wash were a bit sandy, then up into the hills.



We climbed up close to the top of the range and were dumped out on the paved 844 that goes from Gabbs to Berlin. Over the summit and down the other side we jumped back on the dirt and followed various tracks including a wash/road over to the Downieville site.



Not much remains of Downieville, but there is one very impressively deep vertical shaft mine and this one that goes down a an angle.



By late afternoon we were all pretty beat so slabbed it back to Berlin and camp to be treated to a beautiful sunset.



We'd heard that a storm was on the way so we loaded the bikes after getting back to camp. Woke the next morning to this, time to go!



By 8:30 am we had cleared out. All of us were very pleased with the quality and the quantity of rides in the area. Still so much more to explore so I see future trips on the horizon.

Hope you enjoy sharing our adventure.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:48 AM   #5
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Great rides! Thanks for navigating and letting me focus on the scenery guys. Sorry about putting a hole through your trailer Dad/Sumbike.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:54 AM   #6
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Came across these guys just outside of Berlin on Day 3.

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Old 03-31-2014, 11:56 AM   #7
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Gas and a Mexican Coke in Austin!



Just curious as to what that is ??
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
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I put on a 5-day 1,000 mi ride from Middlegate to Ely and back in June and found out it was a July route. Got blocked by snow drifts in two places.

Left Gabbs for Fallon first week in May and ran into 12" of fresh snow on a county road. Northern Nevada is a summer ride!
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:27 PM   #9
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Nice RR. Love the ghost town pics. Nevada . . .
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for the pics and report!
Gotta love those Mexican Cokes on a hot day.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:20 PM   #11
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Great report.

I think we will go hit that area as soon as it warms up.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:46 PM   #12
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More photos of area along Hwy 50

http://s996.photobucket.com/albums/af83/C046066/
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Mexican Coke made in MX with sugar instead of high fructose corn shit.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:37 PM   #14
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Gas and a Mexican Coke in Austin!



Just curious as to what that is ??
Coca Cola made in Mexico. Think it is really the "real thing" may be made with cane sugar, don't know. But, they are good!
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More photos of area along Hwy 50

http://s996.photobucket.com/albums/af83/C046066/

Those are GREAT pics!!! I'm ready to go back! Need to wait for the snow to melt a bit though.
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