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Old 09-15-2013, 10:14 PM   #136
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So after passing the turn, I led us up Telegraph Canyon to Overland Pass. It was not the easiest ride right at the end. It is pretty darn rocky. Here comes Mark.



Last summer my trio of Nevada explorers camped on the east side of that pass at a nice green corral, just before the road got rocky.

The top

And the west side near where Telegraph Canyon dumps out onto the road that goes along the west side of the Diamond Mountains, and my bike lost its chain due to a failed master link.


Last year's failed chain epidemic for Nevada explorers was crazy!

Loving the report you guys! Thanks for writing (and riding) and keep it coming!
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #137
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My God look at that trail....
That is the hiking trail up at the end of Lamoille Canyon. I went up it a bit with my son on a hike at the end of August. They don't even let mountain bikes go on it according to the sign. (We saw one on it anyway ) Lamoille Canyon was so cool that I decided when we were there on our bike trip that I needed to work it into my family road trip to the Grand Canyon.

Don't worry tho, there are plenty of sweet places to ride your motorcycle in Nevada...
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:01 AM   #138
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Last summer my trio of Nevada explorers camped on the east side of that pass at a nice green corral, just before the road got rocky.
Hey oregonlmd,

Next time you should camp out on the way up the Diamond Mountains. That section was fabulous! Just don't tell anybody about it.





There is still much more to come. It is just difficult to keep everyone going and posting. We all have been trying to enjoy the summer and it is a lot of work and uses a lot of precious time to create these reports. Positive comments help keep us all motivated. It also helps to know that we have people out there reading the nonsense we are writing...




I am also really enjoying reading about what the other 4 guys (the Short Timers) were experiencing on their ride.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:05 AM   #139
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There is still much more to come. It is just difficult to keep everyone going and posting. We all have been trying to enjoy the summer and it is a lot of work and uses a lot of precious time to create these reports. Positive comments help keep us all motivated. It also helps to know that we have people out there reading the nonsense we are writing...




I am also really enjoying reading about what the other 4 guys (the Short Timers) were experiencing on their ride.
I'm flying the next two weeks but I'll try to get our last day posted soon.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:05 PM   #140
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until the end. The group effort is bitchin.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:57 AM   #141
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Mark's had a great summer. His pictures would sync with the rest of the long rider post. I'll post up to Belmont tonight. Tough to knock a rider for having a great life. Mark should be posting next - standby.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:58 PM   #142
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In the morning we continued down the old primitive road. A wet trickle of water started to show up in a rut and got more pronounced as we moved on. It led to this capped well head 30' up the bank on the side of the road. Good clean water was bubbling out.



Water was likely fine but Mike set up the filter setup and we all refilled our containers and had some cold sips.



a few miles more of cool road and numerous little creek crossings in lush vegetation we came into to conehead land



I'm think they were coke furnaces or kilns but could easily be wrong? Cool anyway and reason to stop and walk around for a look see.


inside looking up


here's one that collapsed with an amazing cliff backdrop


This was the last water we'd see for many miles. Last chance to cool off. Mike wets his neck thingy.


Spotted this on the back side of a ranch we road thru, not sure if the other guys saw it so I took the pic. This was probably many child's 1st bull ride, LOL
We ridden through the ranchers front yard, he informed us the county road was "over there". Unintentional as driveways to home get more use than county roads so look like the main route sometimes. All was cool though.


we then procede through an amazing valley gated , private property, but signed welcome. High cliff walls abound.




several gates to keep the cows honest, we sort of leap frog through taking turns managing the gates


one of the private but OK signs


this route was more scenic than I expected


Maybe the last gate out of the valley. a mile or so of sandstone formations coming up. I could see where dirt bike had made some tracks up and around some, looked like fun
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:26 PM   #143
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After the valley we road several miles of loose rutted "good" road at rat race pace. With a wheel in eech rut , cross rutted sometime a little speed is your friend, LOL.
Then we turned of on another "is this a road" road. Typical of dotted lines on a detailed map. What a hoot railing the half pipe washout road avoiding boulders.



the rocky climb continued to a recent burnt out forest, we pick our way though wondering where the road is a few times


After clearing another pass we cross another desert in one swift non stop (it was hot) scramble on a tough old silty dusty grade. no pics, Climbing out of the desert floor there was remants of the old belmont mill. waiting for the others had time to take some pics




into the old town of Belmont.


assembled at the saloon, but it wasn't open


Nice folk from the saloon up the street saw us and told us they'd open if we wanted something eat or drink. So we moved up there and had a cool drink and some lunch. Lunches are $10 , dinners $20 and they have some rooms to rent if reserved. Nice people! this was mid day for us with more routes to conquer so we didn't stay the night.


in cast iron "don't steal, the govt hate competition"


"two theorys argin with womin, neither one works"


the old courthouse, Charlie Manson supposedly rented a room here till an old lady with a shotgun escorted him out of town. Some of the doors or walls were supposed defaced by some of his weirdness. We didn't go in.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #144
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wanted to take this truck home so bad, it's was super straight with no bad rust holes, just sitting there.


continuing the route we find more old structures, many along this stretch


we detour a few miles to see a working open pit mine. Thing was huge with giant trucks crwling out it's bellly that looked the size of ants.


rented a room for the night for a shower and bed and laundry in the bath tub, LOL. Miners rent these portable buildings so it wasn't the Hilton. Think someone said, out of 5 stars it was like a negative 1 star or something to the effect.


Packing our gear down the hall..


end of day.... Tommorow the Ophir pass climb to 10k'
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:27 AM   #145
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Bill or MIke or Mark- Was this the stretch with 3 vertical steps, 15-20 ft in height?

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Old 09-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #146
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This looks great!


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Old 09-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #147
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Bill or MIke or Mark- Was this the stretch with 3 vertical steps, 15-20 ft in height?

This was more or less an ATV trail that took us over Eagle Pass. It was basically a wash. I don't remember vertical steps that tall but it did have some difficult parts where you had to ride up on the wall around stuff. I almost turned around and went back down to take another route but then I realized I could see the top ahead of me so I continued on.



Bill got ahead of me so I am going to post another day. Let's all stop at the end of day 6 when we were staying in Carvers to wait for everyone else to catch up on their posting.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:53 PM   #148
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Day 6
June 20, 2013




We packed up camp and headed down the wash. I was looking for water to filter and soon came across a great spring setup. We all filled up our water containers and headed on. This was one of my favorite sections of the ride. The air was crisp and cool. The road was curvy and smooth with just the right mixture of rocks and sand and gravel and moisture to make traction perfect. The morning was flowing. And then, what was that up ahead? Cones? Sweet!




I had to turn my bike around to pose it in front of those majestic structures!




More cone shots.






And then more of the sweet road until this. Broken cones. Bummer.




We continued over Sixmile Summit. And then down South Sixmile Road. All fantastic stuff. I accidentally passed the intersection where we were supposed to turn right over by the corral but it was ok because this spot was a way nicer place to wait for the others with the shady spot to lean my bike and the water to soak my neck cooler in. I thought it was interesting how the water flowed out of the lush canyon out into the huge expanse of open desert in the background.




Oops. What happened?




We went thru Hot Creek Ranch. If you go this way, please take the county roads around the ranch. The ranchers were not so happy with us but let us continue thru.




We headed up Hot Creek Valley which included opening and closing about 10 gates. I have several pictures of the gates while I waited for someone to come along and open them for me.

Here is Don with a ruin behind him.




Hot Creek Valley was cool. The whole section from the Luther Waddles Wash sign almost to Belmont reminded me of Northern Utah.












We took a turn on a road that was more or less an ATV trail over Eagle Pass. It was pretty hectic up near the top. I was feeling for Bill on his KLR. Here is Don after cresting the final hill.




Mark making his way up the last bit.




And Bill clears the grade.




Here is a better view of where we had come from.




We had a break at the summit.




Then down a long soft sandy ATV trail. Then it got rocky. Then an intersection. Sweet a sign to use to hold up the bike!




Here come the guys!




Mark






We headed up thru a section that had been recently burned.




And then another pass. This one was Barley Creek Summit.




Don looking at the next range we would be crossing.




There was a long straight section of 2 track across the valley to Belmont. Here comes Mark.




Belmont, NV








Unfortunately, Dirty Dick’s Saloon was not open. We were all interested in having a drink with ice cubes floating in it in a shady spot after so many days in the open.










Belmont had been a goal for me to include in the trip since Mark had told me about it a few years ago. He told me about the courthouse that is still standing there. Check that one off. Here it is.




Belmont was the furthest south we would get on our trip and was roughly halfway.

Don walked over to the Belmont Inn and asked if they had any cool drinks available. They did so we all went in and enjoyed the ice, a tasty lunch, and a tour of the Inn. It is so cool to learn about the history of a place. The new owner told us he plans to have a General Store with fuel available next year. Check out their website at http://www.belmontnevada.com/ . They have lodging available too including a bunkhouse out back for us cheap bike riders.

From Belmont, we rode some fun 2 track up to Jefferson Canyon Road. This road was pretty rough and rocky on the eastern side. Not so bad on the western side.

There were some ruins up in Jefferson.






Here is Mark.








We headed over to the edge to look down into the mine from Round Mountain. It is HUGE! Look how small those MASSIVE diggers and dump trucks look down there.










An old abandoned service station in Round Mountain.




We stopped for gas in Carvers. We were all whipped and decided to spend the night in a motel. We stayed in Jack’s Inn. It was a shithole. My bed’s box spring was broken and would fold the bed in half like the old taco bed if it felt like it. No tossing and turning in this bed. But, our room had AC and a shower. That part was great. At the end of our sixth day in the dust and heat and wind, the shower and shelter were fantastic. To be truthful, it was just exactly what you should expect in a town where the only people who stay in the motel are miners on a long term work stay. There is no way you should ever consider taking your wife to Jumping Jack Motel or Jack’s Inn.

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Old 09-18-2013, 07:49 PM   #149
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Don, think there were some big steps in there. Must have cleaned them all or I would have remembered to mention them.

Mike comments about not taking wives there may partly be because some working girls (legal in this county) were leaving as we were arriving
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #150
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So...its been hard to keep up with this thread between more cycle trips and...tons of work. I'm back for a few weeks though and will get caught up soon. Here are my pictures from Day 3. It takes a little while to post them as I shoot in RAW and have to do a fair amount of post processing. So...back on Day 3 we camped along the river in Jarbidge (no pictures of camp this year). After breaking camp, we met up with the "light weight" contingent who stayed in the motel overnight. Before leaving, we took a tour of the old town hall/community center:










Hey, lets make the roof from cyanide containers!






After leaving Jarbidge, if was off to the south using the same route as last year:





And the same hill climb as last year:







And the most beautiful valley on the planet...again for another year. Yawn.


















And then back down to the desert. At this point, the "short timer" crew split off, and Mike, Don, Bill and I continued on south. This is a good point to stop for a few minutes.




More in a few.

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