Black Rock, 3 Corners, Owhyee, Jarbidge and Back to Black

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by T O Double D, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    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!


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    Rode with Jeff (50x50) once again.

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    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.

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    Had some minor mechanical problems.

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    The views were unbeleivable.



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    The riding was fast and fun.

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    And sometimes challenging.

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    Sometimes too hard... :D

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    Goals were met.

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    And obsticles overcome.

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    Shit happened.


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

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


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    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.

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    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.

    Cheers!
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Nice intro!!

    I'm in for the Super Enduro pictures. :deal


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  3. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    I'm waiting for this its going to be good.
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  4. GB

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  5. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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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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  6. onmttop

    onmttop Adventurer

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    Always like to hear good adv stories. Thanks for sharing.

    Ride safe
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  7. PonyBoy

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    awesome report so far, keep it up. one of my favorite rides was through Jarbidge.:clap
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  8. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Nice pic of the crux coming out of Crutcher Crossing. :thumb

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  10. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    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.

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


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    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.


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

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

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    The sun set was cool though...

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    Day 2: Fernly to The Black Rock Desert.

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



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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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)

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    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.

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

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

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

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    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)

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

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

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    While Jeff took the manly route.

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


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    Nice save Jeff! :clap

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    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.

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

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    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!

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    Then back out on the Playa to find a campsite.

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    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...

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    We camped at the far north edge of the Playa, near some very hot hot springs. (180 degrees hot! :eek1 )


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    More tomorrow.

    Cheers!
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  11. Jeff Opunx

    Jeff Opunx Go BaBy Go...

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    Great Journey.. :clap
    We Here Will Wait Your Continued RR.. :1drink
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  12. NWAF

    NWAF Been here awhile

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    Great story and excellent pictures Todd :clap

    Keep it coming
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  13. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Wish i was along for the ride.
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  14. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    So did the rock on the opposite side of each track help?

    Great pics.
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  15. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Awesome T oh double D! Great shots, looking forward to the rest of the tale - :clap
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  16. wamba

    wamba Adventurer

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    Subscribed. That was an amazing recovery over the train tracks! :clap

    wamba
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  17. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    I thought it was a waste of time, but then again Jeff pulled it so I don't know.
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  18. 50X50

    50X50 Been here awhile

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    I remember hitting the gas and as I look at the pic... the front suspension is fully collapsed ...and in the next shot the steel plate is being shot out from under my rear wheel. I don't think the rocks had a chance to get involved! Next time there will be no next time!:baby

    Todd...you really have an eye for the good scenery shots! Excellent RR sofar!
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  19. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    *You'll have to forgive this post if it's a little screwy. I'm a bit drunk and listening to John Prine*



    Day 3: BRD to McDermitt, NV


    Woke up to the sound of Coyotes fairly close by. Never did see 'em though. We signed the guest book at the edge of the Playa. I had brought an emergency radio that kept turning on inside my bags, so I left it with the guest book. If you're the next person to find it, now you know...


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    Desert two track for twenty miles or so on our way north to Soldier Meadows. It doesn't get better than this for big ADV bikes.

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    There's two short silt beds along this route.

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    The last time I came through here I was on my old GSA, with typical results.

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    This time being on the Super Enduro with the bare minimum pack into my Giant Loop the results were typical as well.


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    Mud Flats Reservoir.


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    And there it is in the grouping of trees in the middle right frame. The Oasis in this otherwise desolate land, Soldier Meadows. Kathy, one of the owners is a cool lady and loves to talk to passersby. If you're there between 7-8am you can get some tasty grub from the kitchen, but it's not a working restaurant and if you miss the breakfast hour you'll be SOL. They can put you up for the night and I've heard even supply gas for a fee. Give a call before heading in though and they'll be very pleased.


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    They have numerous animals.

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    Bonnie

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    And Clyde. These two are MUCH bigger looking in real life.

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    And Max. He likes to play stick, but you have to tell him to, "drop it" or else he'll think you want to play tug of war and beleive me he'll win!

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    Max looking quilty as charged after being caught sneeking into the kitchen.

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    After leaving Soldier Meadows I had planned a new route through the Indian reservation just north of SM. Garmin, Benchmark, and Google show a legal road going through it on the the east side of the lake. Here's the side road we took around the lake.

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    And here is the only sign we past.


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    It's faint, but I read it as...

    "No Fishing

    No Hunting

    Tribal Lands"

    Well according to the pissed off Indian we encountered a little ways down the road we were tresspasing and the sign clearly states that. We got him calmed down with apoliges and such and we got back on our way. Just be forewarned, if you see this view they consider it tresspassing and will be pissed.

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    Back on the main road we saw a bunch of wildlife. Several Pronghorn, birds of all types, and a coupla coyotes or other K9 animal. This was the only one I was able to capture as the all ran from the sounds of Jeff's twin Akrapavich pipes.


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    Jeff the animal terrorizer!! :D

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    Denio off in the distance.


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    Hey WoodsChick, I think we saw the same Jack Asses approaching Denio.


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    Denio Junction. I've been wanting to get up here for awhile now. The ham sandwhich was awesome!

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    Ok, I just thought this was funny. I mean it's the fricking 21st century fer fooks sake! There's gotta be a better way to make a living than cattle rustling! :rofl


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    After Denio it was time to head east through the Trout Creek Mountains. This in a lot of ways was my favorite part of the trip. The views were amazing and the riding was perfect for two heavy pigs loaded with a weeks worth of gear.


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    This is looking south east back towards denio.

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    And east towards Mcdermitt, although we were still 50 miles or so away.

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    And our first water crossing.


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    There were a few gates.

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    Hey Jeff, how do we get to McDermitt!?


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    Well we were still about a half day behind, so I suggested we get a motel in McDermitt to save time setting up and breaking camp. Someone else had a bad experience here in another RR. Ours was passable. Not great, not bad.


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    And now it's time for me to listen to a little Steve Earle before going to bed.

    Cheers!
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    picture quality is great, and the scenery was awesome...:clap


    posting them in a larger format captured the details and magnitude.

    thanks and your RRs have inspired us to go out and do adventure rides...:ricky
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