Adventure Is Out There! - 1500 Miles of Desert Fun. Mines, Hot Springs Etc.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hodakaguy, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. locrwln

    locrwln Adventurer

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    Great trip report. You are in my stomping grounds, I have been to or by most of the area that you covered. I love this state, so much to see and never a bad experience. Keep up the coverage, lovin' it. Heading out at the end of this month to do some more exploring.

    Jack
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  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Great report and photos! They look so familiar. I've been to many of those places too... been a few years. Used to have a group of people that I rode ATVs with, and we hit a lot of those areas.

    I'm hoping to get one of those 530EXC's sometime in the near future too.

    Rob
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  3. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    6-2-10.....Day 8
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    We were already topped off on fuel so we woke up early, packed the bikes, had a great breakfast at the restaurant beside the Hotel and then hit the trail again. After a short stint on slab we were back in the dirt again!
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    We stopped here for a quick rest. We noticed a trail going up the edge of a HUGE hill. Wow.
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    More desert flowers along the trail.
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    Hey what's this??
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    Whats left of a old Mining Mill Site. The equipment is long gone but a lot remains to be explored. Not sure of the history on this mill, but it was often common practice to remove all the equipment when the ore became non-profitable to work. There is a good chance the equipment that used to be here was moved to another mill site way back in the day. Very cool!
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    Looking back down towards the bikes.
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    Alan sitting up on top on his BRP.
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    Wonder what this was?
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    Craig standing next to some of the mill ruins.
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    This piece of glass was laying up on top, it was about 3/4" thick. Wonder what it went to?
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    Some kind of old metal tank and chute above the mill workings.
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    Not a lot left of the metal tank.
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    Standing up on top.
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    Our tracks would take us up the canyon above the mill ruins. Good chance we will see quite a few mine sites today, they didn't build a mill this big without a large volume of ore to process.
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    We left the mill site and continued up the canyon, wasn't very far before we came to the first mine.
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    Some kind of little shack, not sure what it was used for.
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    Looking back down the hill, some kind of old loading chute.
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    Just a little further up the road we come to a VERY large open pit mine.
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    A piece of the tailings laying around the mine site.
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    This little critter was hanging around the open pit as well.
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    Looking back down the valley from the open pit site.
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    Craig and I decided to head down and double back a bit to check out a few more relics while we were there.
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    A couple more Collapsing audits.
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    No way this is safe to enter. We'll have to settle for a picture at the opening.
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    Old rail tracks.
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    Whats left of an old outhouse.
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    We decided to check out this little shack. Is it a powder shack?
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    Nope it's a shed they used to store their core samples that were drilled about the area.
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    This little piece of tailing was sitting at the shed above.
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    With those mines looked at we headed up the canyon again. There was a lot of great riding here, fun stuff!
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    Looking back down the canyon that we just came up.
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    Shot of the mine workings that we are heading towards.
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    We waited here for Mark a few minutes and could neither see or hear him. Uh oh, better head back down and take a look.
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    There he is, he managed to get a little sideways on the rocky hill. We had him up and going again in no time.
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    Craig waiting at the top of the hill.
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    Here we are about to arrive at the mine at the top of the canyon.
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    Alan got a little sideways going around a corner here in the soft stuff, good thing I had the camera rolling LOL.
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    Here we arrived at the next mine site.
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    Hmmm...this looks interesting. We better check it out further.
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    Inside the mine shaft. We just went in as far as the entrance to take these pictures. Way to dangerous to explore this one.
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    After checking out the mine workings we rode some beautiful single track for a while.
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    Mark heading across the single track. This trail was awesome! High speed, felt like down hill skiing.
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    LOTS of pictures on today's post so I'll split it into two sections for Day 8.
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    Continued Below......
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    Hodakaguy
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  4. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    We stopped up on top to grab something to eat.
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    While we were sitting there eating lunch Alan asks Craig "What kind of souvenir is that you picked up" Craig decided not to keep it. Lol.
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    We started working our way back down to the lake bed through another canyon when we came across this cool rock formation.
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    Craig had to ride back up and try it again.
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    Just a little further down the canyon we came across these old school buses. By the looks of them they may have been used as camps or ??
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    OK...Everyone in the school bus for a picture.
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    Alan checking the bus out.
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    Taking one of the buses for a spin :-)
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    After checking out the buses we were back on the trail again. Hmmm...that looks like some sort of natural cave in the distance.
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    Better go check it out. Standing in the mouth of the overhang.
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    In the back of the overhang there is a little lava tube that you can crawl back into. Hmmmm.....
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    Some of the lava around the cave had cooled to a wild texture, this almost looked like coral.
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    Craig standing in the entrance.
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    And checking out some more lava formations.
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    Alan and Mark showed up so we yelled down to them to bring up a flashlight so we could check out the lava tube passage. Here Alan is grinding his way up to the cave.
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    And into the tube we go.
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    It was HUGE once you got inside. There was an old wooden ladder that would take you up over a rock formation and then the cave kept going. Unfortunately it smelled like bat urine so bad inside that you about gagged. We didn't spend much more time inside exploring.
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    Back outside again we walked around a bit checking out the cool lava flows ect. There were a couple more smaller entrances to yet another cave and someone had taken the time to stack a little rock wall around them. Hmmm....
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    The lava flow on this section looked like it had scales.
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    Back on the trail again...lots of wide open nothing. I LOVE IT!!
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    The trail started following some power lines, it was a fast section and we were hauling the mail. Fun Stuff! Here Craig is catching some air over a roller.
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    Soon we came to one of the many closed gates on the trip. Usually they just have a sign on them saying to please close the gate after you pass. Here Craig got off his bike to open the gate and found some old horse bones laying about in the brush.
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    We were sitting there and I thought, hey that could be the original Adventure Rider neck brace. We decided that we better try it on for size.
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    Mark in his "Modern" neck brace.
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    And with the robust cave man neck brace on. The fit is great! Look for a full review of the "Strong as a Horse" neck brace in the future from Mark. LOL
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    Craig hung he bones up on the barbed wire fence so other riders could see it better and wouldn't plow into it at high speed.
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    Soon we arrived back in Gerlach NV for fuel. We topped off here grabbed a bite to eat again at Bruno's and headed to Trego Hot Springs for the night. The wind had kicked up and there was a sand storm brewing out on the playa.
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    Bike took: 2.833 Gallons
    Total Miles: 1238.0
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    We soon arrived at Trego Hot Springs and got camp set up for the night. Hot Springs here we come!
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    It was windy and dusty out on the playa. Here Alan is playing with his sleeping bag wind sock.
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    Couple shots of camp for the night....home sweet home.
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    With all the dust in the air the goggles helped to get camp set up without getting a bunch of crap in your eyes.
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    This sign is posted next to the springs.
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    The Hot springs. The spring is made from a ditch that the railroad dug to get the hot spring away from the tracks that run right along side the springs.
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    And the source of the hot springs. This spring is pretty weird, the hot and warm water don't want to mix so you get about a inch of the top water that is boiling hot and the rest under it is warm. It feels great as long as you keep slightly moving to keep the hot water stirred up, if you stop moving for a minute it gets VERY hot quick.
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    Train passing by the springs.
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    We all headed into the springs for a soak. Felt great!
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    People have taken the mud from the hot springs and made faces along the banks.
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    Alan decided people pay really good money back in the city to get a mud treatment so he'd try it out for free while we were here.
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    Just playing around with the camera a bit..
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    And a nice camp fire to finish off an amazing day.
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    Total Miles so far: 1261
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    Lots more to come!
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    Hodakaguy
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  5. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    YOU ARE KILLING ME, STOP POSTING THESE AWESOME PICTURES!!! :lol3 What a trip , this is some cool country.:clap
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  6. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    :lurk

    Recently read Roughing It by Mark Twain. Yes!
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  7. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Just when you thought it couldn't get any better... yet another incredibly well documented and entertaining day on the trail. I feel like I need to take a hot shower to wash off a days worth of dust after each read. Give me more please...
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  8. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Frickin' Excellent Ride Report!!!

    :lurk
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  9. Dual Badger

    Dual Badger Adventurer

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    Good to see my buddy Mark having way too much fun!
    Great trip report! Thanks.
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  10. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Yeah we all had a great time, I'm glad Mark enjoyed the trip :thumb

    Hodakaguy
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  11. Jakeoff

    Jakeoff Need to Ride

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    Looks like an awesome ride. I think my dad and I met you heading the opposite way at Miretta. Made us with our over-night trip look like pussies
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  12. crash50

    crash50 Idaho Back Country

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    I have been following this from the first since I am on the saw-bones list to not do anything right now.
    Nice pictures, great scenery.
    The mine pictures remind me of when I was living in Northern Nevada by Elko.
    We used to ride the old mine roads and check out the mines in that area.
    Saw a Mtn. Lion in one near Mineral Hill, south of Carlin about 60 miles.
    Scared the crap out of me. They have very "distinctive growl".

    I can't wait to see what the B-24 wreck looks like. We found a B-17 wreck north of Elko one time, near Jack Creek.

    The neck brace looked great.

    Keep it up!
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  13. owensdrylake

    owensdrylake Adventurer

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    No, we were out at our farm/orchard about 7 miles due west of the hot springs. Up working before dawn and saw plenty of quads, rhinos, jeeps passing by. Busy weekend for sure. Even had a rhino load of kids stop by and mess with our irrigation ditches.
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  14. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Spectacular - really. You guys took some great photos, can't wait to see the vid too! :clap
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  15. K80JIM

    K80JIM Super Tanker

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    Great ride report boy's !!:clap
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  16. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    I think you may have talked to Craig while Alan and I were up checking out a few mines. Awesome country out there!

    Hodakaguy
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  17. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    6-3-10....Day 9


    We woke up at Trego Hot Springs and started the morning ritual of packing the gear up. We are going to head into Gerlach and get breakfast before heading north again.

    Alan found this living under his tent when he went to fold it up.

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    Gerlach off in the distance. If you look close you can see a bunch of 42" pre-coated pipe being stacked on the Playa.

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    After eating breakfast one more time at Bruno's we topped the bikes off again and headed north across the Black Rock Desert.

    Bike took: .961 Gallons
    Total Miles: 1280

    On the Black Rock, this Playa is HUGE!

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    Had to stop and take a few pictures out on the playa.

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    A few stills from the Helmet Cam out on the Black Rock.

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    On the other side of the Black Rock we came across this great Hot Spring. A little hot for soaking!

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    We stopped for a few minutes to check it out. Here's a sign at the hot springs.

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    And a few shots of the spring itself.

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    Around the other side of the spring was a soaking tub that someone had set up. You could regulate the temperature of the water with the pipes. Nice!

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    After leaving the springs we followed a set of tracks that would take us back up into the mountains, unfortunately after grinding up a long rocky mining road we came to a freshly staked Wilderness Area sign. No motor vehicles! Dang!!

    Here we are sitting at the sign, planted right in the middle of the road. What does it hurt to follow this road? It's in the middle of know where!

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    We turned around and headed back down the rocky mining road to the valley below.

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    After reaching the bottom we headed for Soldier Meadows to pick up a little fuel before heading back up into the mountains again. The weather is a lot better than when we first came through here.

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    This is Cathy, the owner of Soldier Meadows. We asked about getting some fuel but she said their meter was broken and she wasn't sure if we could get any fuel. Luckily their ranch hand said they had a system in place to measure the fuel so we would be able to fill up. $7.50 per gallon....cheap when your out in the middle of know where!

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    We headed over to the fuel tanks to get some fuel. He had a funnel and a 1 gallon cider jug for measuring. Pretty reliable and accurate!

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    We all took 1 gallon of fuel figuring that would be enough to get us to Denio where we can re-fuel again. After getting the fuel we checked out the original Soldier Meadows Army Building. This building was built in 1865 and is still standing! Very Cool!

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    After leaving Soldier Meadows we were quickly back up in the mountains again. Beautiful country!

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    A small cabin up in the mountains. This one had a No-trespassing sign so we just took pictures from a distance.

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    Soon we were up on a ridge and stopped for a few minutes, that's when we noticed Mark was missing..Hmmmmmm. I decided to head back to see if something was wrong. As I was heading down the valley I noticed his bike laying on it's side near the trail, although I didn't see Mark. When I pulled up to his bike I noticed Mark was laying under the bike, not hurt but couldn't get out from under the bike. I asked him if he was ok and he said yes. Then I asked if the bike was hurting him being on top of him? He said nope. I then said great, I'll get some pics before getting the bike off you. :-)

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    Fuel was running out of Mark's vent line on the tank so while he was waiting for us to return he plugged it with a couple roots. Did the trick!

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    I took a shot of my bike while we were there also.

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    Antelope

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    An endless playground.

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    A couple more cabin remains

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    Great two track. The scenery up in these mountains was amazing!

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    Craig out having some fun.

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    Soon we reached the abandoned bulldozer. The view from the top of this mountain is incredible!

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    Mark up on top.

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    More dry lake beds off in the distance. Soooooo much cool country to explore here!

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    Group shot on the Dozer.

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    Looking over the nose of the dozer, the view the operator had when it came to a stop to forever rest in this spot.

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    Zoomed in

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    Uh oh. Weather closing in fast! I was going to take a Panorama shot from this spot but we decided that being on the top of this mountain wasn't the brightest idea in the middle of a storm. We headed back down the mountain and towards Denio Again.

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    We had planned on finding the B24 Liberator after checking out the Dozer then working our way up to the Alvord Hot Springs for the night. Unfortunately a solid rain storm moved in and wasn't going to let up any time soon. We rode the next 50 miles in the rain to get to Fields OR where we had parked our trucks. With the rain socked in we decided to load up the bikes and call it a trip, we were wet, tired and no one wanted to set our tents up again in the rain. We would grab a famous fields burger and hit the road.

    The B24 escaped me yet again...Grrrrrr. I will be back to find it though!

    Loading the bikes up at Fields.

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    Well the kitchen at Fields was closed for the night so we settled for some chips, soda pop and a little Jerky. Mark headed back to CA and we headed back to WA. We arrived home about 2:30am. It rained the whole way home!

    Total Miles: 1491
    HRS on bike: 111.3

    Can't wait to see where our next adventure will take us!

    Hodakaguy
    #57
  18. Backwoods Boogie

    Backwoods Boogie High Desert, High Mileage

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Oddometer:
    80
    Location:
    Kennewick, WA
    :thumb:thumb 2 'thumbs up' for this one!

    Thanks for the great report!

    Next time.....:wink:
    #58
  19. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty Rhinestone Cowboy

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2007
    Oddometer:
    216
    Location:
    Bend, OR
    Frickin' rad! :clap
    #59
  20. mamacone

    mamacone Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Oddometer:
    152
    Location:
    Tri Cities, WA. It is not green or wet
    Great adventure, thanks for the ride.
    #60