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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by MasterMarine, Aug 11, 2013.
More like blown off the mountain.
day4, after a fine ride down the twistys from Angle lake were on a good backroad headed to lemole canyon, the snow capped ridge in the back ground
A road side monument from an old fort sit in the long grass along this road
Lemole canyon is an up and back ride dead ending at a visitors parking lot. We split up going up each taking our picks of where to stop to view and take pics.
leap frogging up the canyon
pics don't it justice
Mike poaches the handicap parking sans a working kickstand.
one of many interpretive pull outs
ran onto this accident on the highway, nobody was around from the accident, just a paniced bystander who thought it just happened. Mike rode on the find a phone, we checked it out and rode around in the sgae to see if someone had crawled or walked off. Think it happened the night before?
Mike is at the payphone across the road as I check out the bar.
This bar has fuel ,,,sometimes, if open. Owner said he's in his 90's and never sure if he'll be open. So not a sure bet for fuel, don't plan for it.
off the highway were back into the badlands (or good riding)
more awesome roads ahead
lot's of crazy rocks though this stretch
we find camp in the trees, even then we could escape the wind. Don secures his for the night. Only night I used stakes. Could see nasty dust storms in the distance but we escaped them.
Mark decides it's time to shove a clean filter in the 610. We all brought an extra or two but never really had trouble spacing out as needed.
sun sets into the far away dust storm
next day we're off again and riding
You will like it! It is really a neat place. The Ruby range would be a cool place to hike. There is a trail down to the south end.
We did turn around there. It was super windy right as I crested the ridge and it blew me totally off the road. Once I got to where the pictures were taken, the concensus was to turn around. The climb up to there was fantastic!
Don has gotten a bit ahead of me and Wachs is already asking questions about Day 5 so I am going to post it up. I think Mark will be back from his bike ride soon and will catch up. Everyone is busy trying to enjoy the last little bit of summer...
June 19, 2013
We bailed out of the campground at 7:30 am. We rode south around the end of the Ruby Mountains and picked up a section of the Pony Express Trail.
Some of this was wide 2 track and it was very silty so we got pretty spread out.
We headed north to climb over the Diamond Range. At the turn to go up to the pass, we encountered a huge group of sheep and a few sheepherders on horseback. Those sheep really make some noise. We waited around 20 minutes for the group to clear our route. Mark decided he wanted to make friends with the sheepdog. I kept telling him to leave the dog alone but he really wanted to try to get bit. Finally the dog let him know that if he got any closer, he was going to get the teeth. :eek1
Sweet 2 track.
Don enjoying the ride.
It started to get a little difficult here but the flowers and views were just getting better and better.
Looking back at the grade I had just climbed.
We had just come up that cut going from the center of the picture down to the left.
At some point, I figured out that my camera had a panoramic mode so I kind of went crazy with it. Enjoy.
Bill arriving on the scene.
And finally Mark.
It is impossible to tell from these pictures but the wind is howling over the top of this ridge. There was another point down lower and in one of the other pictures where we had to make a right hand turn just as we made it to the top of the ridge. When I made that turn, the wind blew me about 6 feet off the side of the established road and into a bunch of loose rock parallel to the road. Where we are in the next picture is protected from the wind but that grade you see up above us had us a bit worried.
Mark rode down there to see how the hill looked and how the wind exposure was. We were concerned the wind would blow us off the trail right about where he is stopped.
Since we were on a multi day ride, and not everyone was feeling up to it, we decided to backtrack and take another pass thru the Diamond Range. These decisions are always hard to make and leave a feeling that is hard to shake. Luckily, we were able to ride back down the fantastic road we had just come up so it was not so bad.
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.
I found something to lean my bike against.
Once we descended to the west side of the Diamond Mountains, it was a long ride on mostly gravel roads to Eureka. We filled up with gas and asked the gas station attendant where we should have lunch. We were told to go to the Pony Expresso Deli at the south end of town. When we walked in, the place was packed. All the seating was taken. There was a line of people placing orders. We all wanted to get out of the wind. Luckily, we were able to get some seating after placing our orders. I got a fabulous sandwich called the Mayor Special. It was one of the best things I ate on the trip.
We hit up the Raines Market. They have everything! Check out all the cool mounts on the walls if you ever get by there.
Don in Eureka.
We headed out of Eureka on a well traveled road. It had some very silty sections including one that almost took me down. When I stopped in the dust, it was over my axle. My heart was beating very rapidly!
We came across an old Impala (I think?) upside down at an intersection.
I scared up a group of horses and took a bunch of pictures after fishing my camera out of my pocket while still riding.
They decided to double back and made a surprisingly quick turnaround!
Then they crossed over the road behind me.
I found another place to get off my bike.
It is amazing what you can find to use to lean the bike against out there.
Here comes the group.
We came across these interesting rock houses and corrals.
More horses. I was getting tired of stopping to look at them by now and took off after taking this picture.
Down near Hicks Station, we came across a lone stallion who was quite interested in checking us out. I dont have any pictures of him but at one point, I am fairly certain he was planning to make Mark and his Husky part of his harem.
From there we headed south and then up Luther Waddles Wash which was marked with this gruesome sign.
We found a spot to camp and set up for the night. We did a lot of miles this day and were all spent. Somebody came up with the idea we should take pictures of everyones setup so here you go:
171 miles today.
we encounter some shepherds on horseback rustling the sheep out of the sage. Their dog holds us off till they pass through.
then marks a bush to let us know it's his turf, LOL
we turn off the sheep to cross another pass, this super cool violet covered road twisted and turned up to a high ridge, we were to ride it twice
at the top of the ridge was a great view of a dry lake below
Climbing up for a better view.
Wind was howling here, blew my bike over.
A look at the violet flower road as we descend back down. We had turned around on a group decision not to try a off camber climb into a unknown pass.
back on the pony express trail
if there was any tall object found...the ktm leaned on it
I had packed 2 rain pants. 0 rain jacket. Was told I could find one in this general store. Liked the sign in the window.
we hung out on the porch of the store for a bit as everone found something inside they needed or forgot.
Sister fiance had been looking a for a transmission for a 51 chev he's building so stopped and took this shot for him. Shouldn't be to hard to pull?
kickin up some dust on a smooth road
over cook this turn and your in someone living room
checking for water, none here
this old mare was grey with old age and just stood in the road and stared at us,
we jumped off the road and tried to route through to another passage, after trying a couple different dead end forks we back tracked. Was fun trying though. Some good gnar back in there.
we then found the throughfare we were looking for, someone should have told us it was marked !
Later on this route we found some flat ground and decided it was time to end the day.
ok think I'm caught up. Someone wanna start the next day's pics?
Thanks for posting your pics Bill. That old gray horse was definitely not a mare.
You almost got ahead of me but I just posted up Day 5. Let's wait to see what Chuck, Dan, Scott and Dale were up to on their Short Timer trip.
Mark is a couple days behind too and I think Don has some pics to post for Day 5.
haha, your right ! he started to "drop" when he saw the sexy dirt bikes. That';s when we got outta there.
This was the last of my Day 5 photos. A day at the the U-Pull-It Several more on the road pics. They include the Belmont visit.
A horse this close could be loose or abandoned. Later, NV residents told us a brand on the rump, or horse with shoes are good clues.
Luther Waddles Wash was excellent. Saving a few for posting. Didn't do well with taking pictures. Just being there put me on overload. Great the other three members did so well- brings back the trip memory.
The area from Wells back up to Austin was challenging and fun at the same time. Put it on your bucket list.
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.
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!
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...
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.
I'm flying the next two weeks but I'll try to get our last day posted soon.
until the end. The group effort is bitchin.