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Old 04-09-2014, 08:05 PM   #16
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Past the Sheldon Antelope Refuge.



Cool little cabin. Was still warm from someone staying in it the night before.



Headed to Hays Canyon and Eagleville, CA









Really cool camp along the way.




Headed up toward Hays Peak. It was really slimy, but not in the goo yet.








Down the other side. This is where the goo starts!




From this point to the next pic of LittlePosum below, it was the slickest, stickiest goo, I've ever ridden in. Sliding down the grade in first gear slipping toward the edge was a real treat!





I had to remove the counter sprockets off both bikes to remove that crap!









Luckily it dried up as quickly as it came. From here on it warmed up, and was beautiful weather the rest of the trip!

Headed down the canyon.









Really cool rock features along the way, but this one stood out.





One look back into Nevada








And into California



And the town of Eagleville



Where we washed and parked the bikes for a day.





End of day 2 and more to come.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:54 AM   #17
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Nice work you two! I love that stretch of Coleman Canyon as you leave Adel. On the 990 that was a 90 plus mph zone. Really pretty through there. I have stayed in that cabin at the entrance to the wild life refuge a few times. Killer views and a wood stove for those cold nights. Cant wait to see the rest of the report!!!
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:51 AM   #18
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A few more pics of Eagleville.



The road we came into town on. Rode over the top of that range in one of the snow covered sections.



Posum's relatives place.







Doing some maintenance and fueling up the bike before we leave.



We leave late morning Sunday and head south to NV. It's a really short trip to the border and we where on dirt again within 20 miles

Along the way this retarded turkey was laying along the road. Stopped to see if it got hit and nudged it with my boot.
It got up and walked around a bit then laid down in the middle of the road. Stupid turkey, probably got hit by a car.





Back on dirt and headed to Gerlach! Perfect sunny day with temps in the 60's. No goo, no dust, just perfect!





Cool road, had several water crossings and a reservoir.
































We went east for about 30 miles then started heading SE





















Lots more....
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:30 AM   #19
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I really wish I had some pictures of the next section. I think Posum does. We got on the Black Rock playa 10 miles or so north of Gerlach on the west side.

I saw a train going south on the east side of the playa and dropped into a tuck and gave the XR WOT in 5th for several miles to catch it. When I finally caught up to it, we were about 2 miles from Gerlach.

All of the sudden my XR's engine that I just rebuilt started bogging. Bad, really really bad.
I dropped it into to 4th gear and all seemed fine again. That's when I looked down....

The playa was turning to quicksand!

Posum was still right behind me but took the lead, we're about a mile from Gerlach now. Out of nowhere her bike hits a hidden puddle of slop and sinks like a foot but she makes it through it!

The last half mile was spent in third gear with both bikes pinned full throttle going like 10mph!

Somehow we made it through and came out right behind the gas station.

We fuel up the bikes, then grabbed a bite to eat and some Coors to go from Bruno's.




Then headed north a short ways up the east side of the Black Rock, set up camp by the described RR tracks and drank some well deserved beers.






















End of day 3. 3 more to go!
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:14 PM   #20
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This ride was sick! Started out f-ing cold and we weren't sure how much of our route would be completely snowed in. Driving in cages sucks! So we were riding regardless of conditions, it's just what we do.

Up and over China Hat was dicey and kind of slow going with the slick snow.
Got caught up in the wet storm just outside X-mas Valley after hanging out in the hay barn we stopped at the store to warm up Justin got me a sweet new pair of gloves.

I loves me corn dogs on the road.



Hog Back road was clear but from what we could see through the high wind snow flurries the grade up to Hart Mt looked ominous.



Camp on the top was cold and sloppy but we made it!





Nice to thaw out in the warm spring. Started getting dark so back to the tent we went. It was so cold Justin cooked dinner from inside the vestibule and we stayed inside until morning.
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:12 PM   #21
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:54 PM   #22
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Hold on, I gotta go put on a sweatshirt... Nice ride and RR. You guys are hard core. Thanks for the effort - enjoying it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:23 AM   #23
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Hold on, I gotta go put on a sweatshirt... Nice ride and RR. You guys are hard core. Thanks for the effort - enjoying it.

Cool! We do these RR's so we can look back and remember parts that may be forgotten over time. I'm happy others can enjoy it as well!
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:24 AM   #24
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Day 4


Today would be a long stretch with no fuel options. The best ESTIMATE I could come up with on the maps was 200 miles. That's if we didn't make a wrong turn, hit a locked gate, deep snow, or have my estimate off by 20 miles. No fuel at Denio,NV still, making Fields,OR the closest fuel.
Both bikes have a range of 220 max.

Today would be spent riding conservatively, trying to get every MPG out of the bikes.


The bum camp next to the RR tracks just north of Gerlach.










We head a few more miles north and find the Trego Hot Spring. It's huge! I bet there's some crazy parties here.
Most likely would have had it all to ourselves the night before had we known it was there. Oh well, next time.

More trains!










We continue riding north with the Black Rock Wilderness bordering both sides of the road.








Find this cool canyon and stream along the way.

















Headed west toward the Leonard Creek Ranch. There was a route north of here we wanted to take, but the upper elevations were still very white. With over 140 miles down and a ways to go we decided not to chance it. Again, next time we're here.







Almost back to highway 140



More...
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:58 AM   #25
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So we come out on 140 just west of Bog Hot Rd. with 172 miles on the clock. Denio is still 13 miles away and Fields another 30 something after that. Pushing it on fuel! We chose to slab it to Fields for two reasons. 1 I didn't bring my Oregon map and 2, Domingo Pass could still be snowed in anyway.

We make it to Fields with some fuel to spare. I got just over 40mpg on the XR, Posum got a wopping 62mpg on her DRZ 400!

Fueled up, had a milkshake, got beer and food for dinner, then headed for camp.

Now we could try Domingo. It looked possible from down low.















All clear!





Then a sweet 2 track to camp































Posum headed up the hill to camp









Done for the day













End of day four, two more to go.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:38 AM   #26
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Some of my pix from day 2.

Made some new friends in Adel



Boarder crossing in to Nevada



Stone lodge



Sure was pretty down there. Up to the mountains we go!



Climbing higher



The top! Steep, snowy, slick.

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Old 04-15-2014, 05:21 AM   #27
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:12 AM   #28
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Day 5

This should have been our last day, but a navigational error on my part changed that. More on that later.

Started the day shooting stuff. It was Posum's birthday!



Off to the Catlow Valley






Stopped at the cabin.




Where Posum signed the wall with Peterman and others.



Then started to head to Beatys Butte Road.

This is where I screwed up.
I didn't want to take the big road all the way back to the wildlife refuge. So I tried a different route. But I didn't bring an Oregon map with me. Hey look there's the butte in the distance, let's head that way! We'll run into the big road eventually. Right?
Wrong.

Started going north on a 2track that was beautiful for the first 10 miles, then turned to this.






This is where we should have turned back.
But the big road has to be right ahead soon, right?
Continue on.









And that was the last pic. Shortly after this we came upon a dried up waterhole. That's where the road ended. After riding 15+ miles of rocks.

BUT, the big road HAS TO BE OVER THERE!!! Right?

Well it wasn't. Nothing but huge rocks bush whacking through the sage. After 30 minutes of wandering we come along another 2 track.

Let's go NE, it has to cross the big road! I was never more wrong in my life.

Sections of the 2track were great, others were trials sized boulders strewn about. It was 70 out and I was sweating like a pig dragging the bike over that crap.

So this 2 track finally hits a big road.

Where? At the north end of Funnel Canyon. 12 miles from Fields where we last fueled. We have ridden over 140 miles to this point.

So we have enough fuel to make it Plush and not go back to Fields if we slab to the Hart Mountain Road.
It's 1pm now so that's the way we went.

Got to Plush and had jalape๑o bacon burgers for Posum's Bday.

More, and more pics too!
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:55 AM   #29
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From Plush we take Hogback to 395 and get off the highway just north of the rest area. Rode to Christmas Valley Highway via some 2track and Brim Well road.

From Brim Well you can go west about a mile on slab then north again on dirt to Frederick Butte. That's the way we went.
At around 7pm we called it a day. About 100 miles from home it would have been dark well before we got back and it was still really nice out. Plus we had beer.

Cool little camp dubbed "cow pie camp"



Where the sky would put on the best show of the trip.





























1 more day to go.


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Old 04-17-2014, 07:34 AM   #30
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Thumb Great Ride!

I looks like you two had an amazing ride, I can't wait to see the last 100 miles to home...

I'd love to sit down with you sometime over a couple cold ones and check out your maps for ideas on 2track east of here...

Happy belated Birthday LP!!
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