Exploring Amazing Northern Nevada and SE Oregon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MasterMarine, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    what a great thread
    wonderful pictures... enjoyed the stories behind them, as well
    thanks for sharing with us
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  2. MasterMarine

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    Here is one of Chuck’s shots from the night before. It needs to be in here too.

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    I forgot to mention yesterday that we saw tons of antelope. They were a very common occurrence. They are so quick that it is difficult to get a picture of one. In fact, I do not have any pictures of them. Sorry.

    Woke up and all was good (Chuck’s pic).

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    Getting packed up in the morning.

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    Here is where we went:

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    We headed up Rock Creek toward Toe Jam Creek.

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    Lots of cool rock formations up here.

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    The road ahead! What fun!

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    The runoff was flowing so some of the crossings were a bit deep! I blew thru a pretty unexpected drop in the last crossing so I knew there would be some good pictures coming. I was lucky to make it through without a dump. I stopped on the other side and pulled out my camera. They both knew something was up when they saw me ready to record their mistakes! If you look carefully at the pictures, you can see where the water is running clear in the middle. That is where it was DEEP!

    Here comes Chuck!

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    This will wake you up!

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    Not looking so good here. At least he was in the shallow water!

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    Help!! Chuck!! Help!!!!!!!

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    Insta Chuck to the rescue. Dan is saved.

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    We found a place where the road just went right into the river (Chuck’s pic).

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    After a little looking around, we found a go around and went around. We continued down the road for quite some time.


    Unfortunately, we found another problem area. Dan noticed that the road and river ahead seemed to be headed into a rather narrow, steep walled canyon so at this point we decided to find an alternate route. The map seemed to confirm this too. It was a bummer because we were not too far from Tuscarora at this point. This caused us to do some serious backtracking to get fuel.

    I consulted the maps and GPS and figured out a way to get us headed south. When we were in Midas, I had talked to a guy who told me there was gas in Dunpy down on I-80 so we headed in that direction.

    While leading, I came across a deep ditch going a bit too fast and fell over. I ripped the rear strap out of my Wolfman Beta Bag. I also lost some of that precious fuel as my bike laid there on its side. I fixed up the bag with an extra strap.

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    We continued south thru more fantastic countryside. We rode some really rocky roads. We came across this ranch (Chuck’s pic).

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    We passed a huge substation and then found ourselves driving right thru the middle of an open mine on a small route marked “County Road” (Chuck’s pic).

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    Then it was another “Haul Road” forever to Dunpy. I caught a truck and tried to pass it but the driver was having none of that and swerved at me. What a prick!

    We arrived in Dunpy to find nothing there. No gas station! No store! Not even a bar.

    Shit now what do we do?

    Chuck was already on reserve. I was getting low. We decided to head to Carlin. It was about 30 miles to Carlin and there was a 6089 foot pass on the way called Emigrant Pass. We hit the highway and hoped for the best.

    Chuck ran out and had to pour in his 2 extra bottles of gas. I ran out of gas at the off ramp to Carlin and coasted down to a wide spot to pour in my extra gas bottle. After doing so, I found Chuck and Dan at the Texaco filling up. We went into the Subway and had some sandwiches and tried to figure out our next move. We decided to head north along Susie Creek. Dan bought a Magnum ice cream bar for each of us for dessert. MMHH! Ice Cream!

    After filling up our CamelBaks again, we headed out.

    We rode up Susie creek for a while but then ran into a gate that was posted “No Trespassing” by Maggie Creek Ranch. If you contact their ranch office, maybe they will give you permission to go thru? It is worth a shot.

    Here is a shot of us backtracking after hitting the “No Trespassing” sign (Chuck’s pic).

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    I did some more map consulting and then we backtracked a few miles to another road that appeared to go where we wanted. It was hot so we decided to try to make camp a bit earlier so we could get our wet boots and socks dried out.

    As we were zooming along this road, I came around a corner and noticed something moving quickly in an effort to get away from me. I realized it was a very big brown cat. It was amazing to watch it run as its tail swung around to keep it in balance. I just stopped my bike and watched it run off into the distance. I had never seen a cougar before. Unfortunately, no pictures. That guy was gone almost as fast as I could stop my bike. What a cool sight!

    We stopped at an abandoned ranch house and took a break.

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    It was really hot. We decided it was definitely time to find a camp spot. Time for a look at the maps (Chuck’s pic)!

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    Again, Dan conjured up a vision of an ideal camp location in our vicinity. We followed his guidance to yet another sweet spot! We all stopped our bikes and were glad to be done for the day. We started unloading our gear and setting up camp.


    Shit!

    Mother F*^$%er!!


    I heard some cursing. Dan realized that his bag with his tent was missing. At first he thought someone must have stolen it. I pointed out that the buckles on his Rock Straps were still clipped together. I could not imagine a thief would have taken the time to buckle the straps back up. He and Chuck jumped back on their bikes to backtrack and find the missing gear. I set up camp and took some pictures.

    I think this picture is of the road on the way up to where we camped.

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    Only one tent now…

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    Another fantastic sunset!

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    After a while, I decided to see if I had 3G so I could look at Dan’s SPOT to see where they were at. I saw that they had back tracked all the way to the gate posted by Maggie Creek Ranch and appeared to be headed back. I made some calls to home and posted up on Facebook.

    Finally they arrived back at camp victorious! They had found the gear. They had ridden pretty far and found most of his stuff on the return trip. Apparently it was hiding behind the grass in the middle of the road so they did not see it on the way out.

    Dan jumped off his bike only to find his bag missing AGAIN!

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    He was really pissed as he headed back down the hill again. It did not take long this time to find it but the sun had already set and darkness was setting in. We all scrambled to get Chuck and Dan set up and then went to sleep.
    Here is what our camp looked like once everyone had their tent up (Chuck’s pic).

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    So much for an early end to the day!

    Good Night!
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  3. trailrider383

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    Wow, nice creek crossing! Deep SOB! Good job on all of you getting across. :clap Do you know what creek that was?
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  4. MasterMarine

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    I was all set to tell you that it was Rock Creek but after looking at my tracks and a map, I cannot be absolutely sure it was. It could have been one of the other creeks coming into Rock Creek. I am pretty sure it was Rock Creek tho. The part where the road disappears into the creek is Rock Creek.

    I do not think this route would generally be a problem but we were up against the late and high runoff coming down all of the waterways. This would not be our last creek to cause us problems!
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  5. benwiggin2

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    Damn, this is awesome....:deal
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  6. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Bold water crossings there! :clap:clap:clap Deep and FLOWING!
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  7. liv2rydktms

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    For this RR since the desert 100. Great start! :clap
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  8. Bob

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    Great stuff.
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  9. Throttlemeister

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    Nice ride, thanks for sharing:clap:lurk
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  10. HAULINDAVE

    HAULINDAVE Adventure Rider

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    :lurk:beer Love that area ! Got to get back !
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  11. DRDANTDC

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    +1... great write up Mike...or as I like to call him "MIKE-GYVER"!:evil
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  12. MasterMarine

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    Hey Dan,

    We have not got to that part of the story yet...

    Those shots of you in the river are quite dramatic! I forgot how close you came to taking a swim. In that last picture you are looking at me like you think I should be helping you rather than taking pictures! It is a good thing we had Insta-Chuck along. I actually had the thought that I should stop taking pictures and help you but then I realized you were in the shallow part and it was my job to continue shooting.

    I will post some more tonight.
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  13. DUCKSPANKER

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    :clap Great job Mike! We make a good team or as Dan would put it, Wolf Pack. Did you get a new battery yet?

    Chuck
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  14. MasterMarine

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    I don't know what you are talking about??!?:wink:
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  15. MasterMarine

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    Day 3 of 4 day loop

    Map of the day.

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    Since Chuck and Dan had wandered all around looking for Dan’s missing camping gear, we had to return to Carlin again for fuel. We took down camp and got on our way. Dan and Chuck had the road to Carlin pretty well memorized by this point. We filled up with gas again and then scoured the place for breakfast. I filled up my Camelbak with water and ice at the pop machine. I must have accidentally squirted in some Lemonade because my water tasted a bit lemony for a couple days after that. I do not remember what they had for breakfast but I had ice tea and an ice cream (a Drumstick). It was hot already!

    Back up the same road we go again! We were riding the same road for the 4th (at least for me) time so we were not stopping for many pictures.

    We rode thru flowers!

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    Chuck’s pics

    Consulting the map.

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    Staged shot.

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    On our way.

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    We came to a sink and I had trouble finding the trail. While wandering around trying to find it, I dropped my bike.

    Meanwhile, Chuck and Dan found the route and were waiting for me on the other side.

    We rode thru more flowers.

    And over more hills.

    Here we are getting closer to Maggie Creek. I stopped to wait for the others. This last part was a long descent down a very rocky road that had not had much use in recent times. You could only tell where the road was because you could see where a Cat had cut the grades in. There were no tracks. The road bed was all potato size or bigger round rocks with little earth to hold them together. There was not enough dirt for the grass to grow in so it made it easier to try to keep track of the road. Off in the distance, we could see an old ranch house that we seemed to be heading toward. It was a grueling ride down to this point but we could see the telltale green of Maggie Creek in front of us so we were all thinking of how refreshing the cool water would be.

    Back to my pictures.

    Waiting…

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    Here comes one. Who is it?

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    Someone is making their own route.

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    Looks like Dan was the cheater.

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    Dan looks happy and exhausted!

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    This is looking down the road the way we need to go. It is looking more developed now that we are closer to the cattle and water.

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    I like these clouds.

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    Chuck going for the flower shots.

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    The results (Chuck’s pics)

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    My flower shot.

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    More clouds.

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    I knew we were getting close the next road we needed to turn on. I also knew the road was on the other side of Maggie Creek and it looked like it might be pretty big as we were getting closer.

    As we went thru the gate, my bike died and I knew it was not going to want to start. It seemed like the fan was drawing the battery down pretty quick.

    We ended up across the creek from the road as I expected. It was pretty hot so we decided to soak our jerseys in the water to cool off.

    As we were enjoying the water, we noticed a white flatbed Dodge truck with a 5th wheel horse trailer on the back coming up the road (across the creek). It stopped and pretty soon we saw a cowboy come walking over toward us. I realized he was probably coming to talk to us about something so I started over toward him. As I approached him, he said,” You probably do not know this but you are trespassing. In fact, you have been trespassing for about the last hour.” He was right. I did not know that. There were no signs, no gates, no nothing. He told me there was no way for me to tell. We had a nice conversation about the area. He was a very nice guy, as everyone we had met was, and told us to go ahead and cool off in the creek and then showed us the easiest way to cross it. We were trespassing on Maggie Creek Ranch land. That was the same ranch as the other signs we had seen that had turned us around the day before and sent us down this road.

    After we cooled down a bit, I tried to start my bike and it would not start up. The battery decided it was time to die and would not crank the bike either. So, Dan and Chuck pushed me and got it started.

    We headed across the creek, thru the gate and out onto a big gravel road toward the north. We were headed toward Owyhee. We rode north until we hit NV226.

    There were some more wild horses on the way. I wish they would just wait a moment when they see you so you can take pictures of them. They are so beautiful.

    Here are some pretty sorry shots of them.

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    At the highway there was road construction so we had to wait for a pilot car. It was hot!

    Stopped at this sign for a moment.

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    We decided to stop at a small grocery store / restaurant near the turn to Tuscarora but unfortunately it was closed on whatever day it was that we were there. I think it was Tuesday. Anyway, no food.

    So we thought we should try Tuscarora. Well, there is not much in Tuscarora. There was a post office so I decided to send my son a postcard. The postmaster was so nice that when I realized I had to go out to my bike to get some cash to pay for the postcard, she offered to pay for it out of her own pocket. As we were about to leave, she popped out of the door and asked if we were planning to stay in the area. We told her that we were planning to get outside of Owyhee that day. She said ok and to ride safe. I think she was going to invite us to have dinner. What nice people. I think almost everyone I talked to in Nevada told me to “Ride safe!” as I left.

    Chuck took some more pictures of Tuscarora. Maybe he will post them.

    I took some pictures of the graveyard in Tuscarora. It was an interesting place.

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    Leaving Tuscarora.

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    We were finally back on the route so we started following it again. It took us to the north of Tuscarora on some cool old roads. We eventually hit a gate marked No Trespassing so we headed over toward the highway again. It was a beautiful ride up into the hills.

    The pavement ended and we took the 728 toward Owyhee. It was a nice big gravel road. There were some beautiful mountains to our east. Some of the road had just been graded so it was loose and DUSTY! We continued north up to Owyhee. Fantastic views the whole way! I was traveling at near WFO the whole time!

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    Upon arriving in Owyhee, we started cruising around town trying to find a gas station. I knew there was supposed to be one but we could not find it. We gave up and went into a place to eat.

    Here is a picture of the place we ate at (Chuck’s pic).

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    Here is how they mow the grass at the school in Owyhee (Chuck’s pic). It is kind of hard to see but there is a horse there eating the grass.

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    I wish I could remember what the place was called because they fed us well and it did not cost much. It was a very small place and is across the street from the school. They did their cooking on a George Foreman grill! I had a chicken salad to try to make up for our steady diet of back town cheeseburgers and truck stop food. They told us the gas station was 3 miles north of Owyhee and is a 24hr pay at the pump station so we relaxed and ate up. That is some important info and bears repeating. The gas station in Owyhee is actually 3 miles north of town.

    After dinner, we talked about if we were going to try to make it to Jarbidge, which was the original farthest point east that we wanted to reach. It had taken us 3 days to go where I had planned for us to be in 1 ½. I was also concerned about the water crossings and snow we would be attempting to cross to get there. The latest information I had was that both roads from the south to access Jarbidge were washed out and closed. We also had some cool day trips planned for the second half of the week that we would be sacrificing if we pressed on to Jarbidge. We decided to head back for DJ.
    We went up to the gas station and fueled up. Then we headed back south on the road we had come up on. There were a bunch of horses standing in the road as we were leaving Owyhee. By the time I had stopped, they were mostly off the road.

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    We headed west toward Paradise Valley. It was getting dark so we were looking for a campsite. No more pictures because we were whipped, dehydrated, and looking for a place to sleep.

    The sun was low. We were riding straight into it with dusty goggles and long shadows on the road. It was bright and then totally dark the next second. The road was rutted. It had been graded while wet and then someone had driven up while it was still muddy creating some rusts.

    At one point, I got my front tire hung up in a rut and went down pretty hard. It hurt and I could not pick my bike up before Dan and Chuck showed up. They picked up my bike. I pulled off my glove to find a nice bit of road rash on it. (It actually has just finally completely healed over.) I had also scraped up my shoulder a bit. They got a piece of gauze on my palm and taped it on with electrical tape.

    We pressed on looking for a campsite. We ended up camping in the sagebrush. We let Chuck find the spot so it was not as nice as the previous nights but the sunset was sweet! I was sore that night and took some Naproxen.




    Good Night! Finally! :D
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  16. Blacknblue

    Blacknblue "I'm outa' here."

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    Wow.
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  17. mountainfever

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    excellent rr , keep it coming
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  18. lowbudget

    lowbudget _twin brothers on the go_

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    Nice trip! Thanks for sharing...
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    Loving THIS~~!!!!!
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  20. DRDANTDC

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    Yeah Mike...BATTERY!!
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