Fun before the Fun: The trip to Elko

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jean-Luc, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. Jean-Luc

    Jean-Luc Throttle committed

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    We had a good time on our way to the KTM Rally in Elko and I met some really cool people during the trip. Here's a way to share pictures if hopefully thoses guys have some to share :evil.

    Our group was the one leaving from San Francisco at 9 am, organized by Don, Scuderia's owner. 6 riders, one being Daniel with a damaged hand and wearing a cast :huh. Tough guy!
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    Don had sheduled 2 days to Elko so we were able to take some nice roads like the 108 and the Dardanelles Pass.

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    Aren't we lucky to have a dealer like Don in town?!? :wink:
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    Jeremiah (Balzac) bleeding his clutch...
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    See, Don can be serious (and useful) too...
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    Before and after that break we were just hauling ass on one of the greatest pavement on earth so no time for more pics... We then arrived in Bridgeport for the night and since it was still relatively early (i.e: daylight to leverage :evil) most of us went for a quick ride in the dirt.
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    Soon the trail started to be really fun
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    The issue is that after a while waiting, the others were still not catching up with Jeremiah and me...
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    We came back to hear that they wanted to go back in town 'cause their reserve light came on. Lame excuse if you ask me :lol3.
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  2. Jean-Luc

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    A few pics on the way back...

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    Don again...
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    And Balzac...
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  3. VDG

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  4. Jean-Luc

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    At Bridgeport we joined a 2nd group coming from So Cal, the "Pointman group", with 6 riders too. It was nice to meet them at the Virginia Settlement: ErrinV on the right, Pointman at the center and (sorry can't remember your name).
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    Pointman had beers on ice in one of his cases and nothing tasted better :clap.

    Bad news though, the hotel (or me) had my reservation for the following day and no room was available :huh. Good news, they were cool about it and gave me a cabin for free. Just a tad above camping but with a good bed:
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    C-dub, LKN4DRT and Randy were sharing a room and offered me to use their shower :thumb.

    Back to Bridgeport for dinner...
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    Bridgeport is a nice town
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    But quite expensive, gas included :huh
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    If you are really, but really not in hurry (did we wait 1.5 hour?) the steak is quite good at Sportmens...
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  5. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    You guys are good riders. :nod
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    I really should have gone!
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  7. Playa Shark

    Playa Shark High Desert Prowler

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    Just a couple of pics from the Northern Route through Gerlach, Midas Tuscarora. Griffon took a few more including the cool Black Rock Desert one in the main ride post. I will see if he will post some more.
    Griffon at Frog Pond on the Black Rock:

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    Tuscarora Post Office. Closed during work hours on Thursday.
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    Tuscarora Gas Station. Closed permanently I guess.
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    Free Masons Temple:

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    And finally, Griz who hooked up with us in Winnemucca. Little later photo but really decent guy so deserved a hiddy-ho.

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  8. McSpeed

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    Thanks to Orange Roughy for the insight on the Northern Nevada Off Road Route. Here are some pic's of my solo trip from Tahoe.

    Midas Backroads:
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    Willow Creek Reservoir:

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    Tuscarora Cemetery:
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  9. Jean-Luc

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    12 people at dinner and it's a great party :freaky. 12 Adv Riders in one riding group and it's a...:turkish. Which road to take? More dirt? Less dirt? Faster? Slower? :lol3

    At least we all agreed on stopping at Bodie:
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    Bodie is by far my favorite ghost town and is now a state historic park. In a middle of nowhere (accessible only by dirt road) at high altitude (over 7000 feets?) it's recovered by 6ft of snow in winter. That didn't stop it for having 10,000 people with 2,000 buildings in 1879!
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    Yes, there was a church... but also 65 saloons!
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    I like that they kept a lot of stuff intact in the houses like plates and bottles still on the tables or the safe like it had just been opened by some bank robbers...
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    And the site itself high in the hills is awesome
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    4 riders didn't want to visit Bodie so here is the remaing group of 8
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  10. TimeOnMyHands

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    Nice shots. I'm going to be in that area over Labor Day- Now I know what to expect!

    Looks like fun.
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  11. Playa Shark

    Playa Shark High Desert Prowler

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    Nice Pics Jean-Luc! :D Bodie is way cool. Definitely lots of cool ghost towns in Nevada also. Bodie would be occupied if it was in Nevada. Nicer than some of the actual towns.
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  12. rcniss

    rcniss Not that way!!

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    Why oh why did'nt I go :2cry
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  13. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    Great pics and story, J-L. My dad talked about how the bars were the last thing to close in Bodie and he and the other truckers during the great depression in the 1930's would stop there for it was the only place around to drink back then. I think about him when I see pics of the old town or I visit there...Thanks :nod
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    Why do so many guys take their bikes into rock/dirt land without tank protectors/guards and fork protectors. Are these just considered extraneous bits by some? :ear
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  15. Jean-Luc

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    I'm glad you guys liked the pictures. I had visited Bodie before but always enjoy going back there. Rad, that must have been incredible to hear the stories from your father! Especially if he went up til the end. A town becoming a ghost town... that must be a sad moment especially for some who might have lived their whole life there.
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  16. Jean-Luc

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    Not sure... All the 950 have fork protectors though, even if you could add dust protectors for them. About the tank protectors, some had just got their bikes and had no time to install them or others like C-dub are so good (and have very long legs :wink:) that they haven't dropped their bikes once. Some others might just ignore that one tank cost $1100 and that it's the first thing that hits the ground on a 950 :dunno.
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  17. Don Lemelin

    Don Lemelin Scuderia West

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    What a great time!! Great riding, great folks.
    FYI Jeremiah was by the shop yesterday and he looks great.
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    Bikers, a scary lot.
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    A couple shots from on top of the pass.
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    Bridgeport....
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    Jean Luc would be going faster here but I'm pretty sure he's run out of gas.....
    Cheers
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  18. ErrinV

    ErrinV D Boon!

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    That's amazing Rad. To know someone actually visited Bodie in it's "living" days.
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  19. RockyRaccoon

    RockyRaccoon Found:Gideon's Bible

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    Always love to see pics of trips to the high desert! Looks like a nice trip. :wave
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  20. Jean-Luc

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    Hey Kurt :wave

    Not too many pictures left for me of the high desert (besides the ones in the Elko thread) since we had 370 miles to do to reach Elko and we still tried to hit the dirt as often as possible. So not much time for pictures. Besides, with all the dust we we're quite spread apart.

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    But hey, we had some stops too and it was quite funny (but long :evil) to have almost everyone jump on compressors and all to adjust the pressure when going from dirt to pavement.

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    C-dub and Randy

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    The dirt roads we took were mostly smooth and easy so we ended going faster on them (triple-digits) than on pavement. Quite fun I must say...

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    LKN4DRT keeping busy during the stops...

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    And... back on the road

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    Thanks for the ones who chimed in with more pictures, please keep them coming :1drink.
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