Giant Loop - Oregon, Nevada 08

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by wachs, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. idahojoe

    idahojoe shut up and ride

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    Thanks for the shell Wachs, it made the trip home comfortable as it gets a little cool in the high desert at midnight at 70 mph. Thanks for the gas and hydration. next time I'll bring more tamales.
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  2. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Back to the skeeters. Godddddamn they were relentless, but we nicknamed them the "junior varsity" because they were tiny and were mostly confused by the dirtbikers in their Cordura outfits.

    Pegz' hobo camp:

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    Kinda had a "feeling" about camping in between a mudhole and a creek, but we had cold frosty beer and soaking on our minds:

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    Even at the tub we were getting hassled. Skeeters everywhere and the cheap spray bottle of Cutter didn't seem to phase them. Kinda like "hey, that stuff's our favorite, can we have some more?" :lol2

    Whodathunk. Road construction stop in the desert:

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    And the coffee and constitutional stop, out of skeeterville.

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    Camelbak fillerup:

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    Upward:

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    Down the saddle after the rock field. THAT was gnarly. Why I follow directly behind Dave sometimes I do not know. :D

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    At the lower saddle we came upon this little critter:

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    From whence we came. Straight down more or less.

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  3. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Man, the high desert is soooooo beautiful!! Nice work!:clap
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  4. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Down below Wox collects some barbed wire in the tall grass:

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    Coulda been a real mess. There was a buttload of wire hidden in this grass.

    Pristine ass-hauling two-track:

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    We came upon a fairly high speed section that was riddled with the trademarked embedded Oregon rocks. I whacked dozens with the front wheel and cussed repeatedly in my helmet, but a heavy duty tube carrying 20psi in the 908RR was apparently sufficient to ward off the flat demons. Not so for Pegz:

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    This particular section I think they groomed for us. Swooping high speed S turns along a ridge top. Only thing keeping us in check here was our loads and high pressure:

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    Across a valley, up and down Domingo Pass and we drop into Burgerville. Top notch operation here in Fields. Great service, friendly and awesome food. I even tried a milkshake this time thru. Remarkably I didn't have to make a stop and find the baby wipes in my pack later.

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    IdahoJoe!

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    I don't know if you remember or read Wox' "other" Giant Loop RR...

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    ...but we're in the thick of the silt beds cutting across to our destination for a few days when I run over something that looks familiar:

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    We think this is Pegz' rad shroud that he lost 2 years ago out here!

    "We didn't notice the missing radiator shroud till the next morning."

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    And finally we're at camp and meet up with StihlRigg and N2Moto (Jason and Pat). Pat's got the all-star moto hauler and the beer and food we'll consume for a few days out here. Oh, and Pat can ride the wheels off any machine and fix it if need be... more on that later.

    World class hooligan:

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    IdahoJoe's signature line should be, "oh okay, one more"

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    The 690SE is a beast and he gave us a full helping of it's beastliness upon his departure. We laughed for about 20 minutes after that! Yep, this is his lingering dust storm:

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    No shit. It hung in the air for at least 10 minutes...

    Now time for a soak:

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  5. Captain Hobo

    Captain Hobo Complete Bastard

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    Just in time for "The Hatch" but at least you missed the cows. The south side of that old volcano is usually deep in cowshit by the end of July.

    I almost bought that spring that's near the spot where this was taken.

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  6. StihlRigg

    StihlRigg Dog Farkler

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    Hey Brad21 this bike is a 950se not the 690se, just so there's no confusion.

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  7. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    HA! I'm glad you were able to use it. Shoulda warned you about the super tiny diameter cuffs on the sleeves. Hopefully you just cut that elastic out of there. Yes, more tamales please!
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  8. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Thanks.


    SpongeBrad had a gps but we've been poking around out there for some time now and didn't even look at the map until day 6 and 7. Used the compass everyday though.
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  9. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    so jealous.
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  10. StroupDog

    StroupDog Shut-it Beotch

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    Nice trip report as-shats! I'm jeleous. Great pictures Wachs.
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  11. N2moto

    N2moto Adventurer

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    I was invited to ride with the Giant Loop Group. I am N2moto. Pics of the group arriving.
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    Dusty and Hot, Everyone heads to the Iced Beer Coolers.
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    We all know that a bike runs off of gas. I now know that Idaho Joe runs off of Beer and Jose Cuervo.
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  12. N2moto

    N2moto Adventurer

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    We broke out the iced beer and Idaho joe brought out the tamales.
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  13. N2moto

    N2moto Adventurer

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    After hours of drinking and story telling, we went to soak. Look someone left the light on for us.
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    This trip was a dream come true.
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  14. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    DAY THREE:

    Yikes I&#8217;m sure uh, dehydrated this morning. Yeah that&#8217;s it, blame the headache on the desert!

    Today we are doing the &#8216;Master Loop&#8217; which is truly a full-spectrum ride. If all goes right we should see everything and use the entire throttle on every machine several times over.

    Right out of camp is a super fast 2-track road that I have memorized, there&#8217;s only a couple actual corners and you can just pound the crap out of it to the first feature of the day. A water crossing.

    I&#8217;m all paranoid about water and secretly hope somebody else volunteers to &#8216;test the water&#8217;. Stihlrigg just wades right in and goes in over the boots. He&#8217;ll be regretting that later but I for one felt a lot better knowing it was no big deal, that there was no hidden drop-off or anything like that in there.

    N2Moto (Pat) goes first:

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    Then Pegz gets all sassy.

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    We get this awesome little valley circumnavigational warm up that takes us up off the desert floor and into our first mountain range of the day. It&#8217;s almost chilly the air is so cool - or maybe it&#8217;s just excitment giving me the jitters.

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    Sure it&#8217;s a little dusty but who&#8217;s complaining? No one in this group.

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    Doing the leapfrog method, we&#8217;re in no hurry.
    Stihlrigg brought his TE 450 and looks like he&#8217;s having fun.

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    There&#8217;s an alpine connector between these 2 mountain ranges and it&#8217;s easy to miss, You can burn a ton of fuel looking around up here but we know the route. Next stop, a little homestead up a deadend. We&#8217;ll be on the horizon after that.

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    You never know if guys like the ride, N2Moto is smiling inside that helmet.

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    No camping gear on the bikes - yeah, we&#8217;re free!

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    That 450 is making Stihlrigg happy. look for the other guy way back there.

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    Don&#8217;t know exactly how long these little flowers will live but they&#8217;re at their peak right now.

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    Successfully transfered to the next mountain range now, we&#8217;re heading to the homestead.

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    Didn't take a photo of this but we had to pass by a very large, black bull. He let me go then SpongeBrad, Pegz and Stihlrigg but by the time N2Moto goes to pass the bull had had enough and he charged him! Quick on the throttle though and out of danger.

    Tiny water to park at the homestead.

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    Came through here once during hunting season and guys were actually using the barn for their horses. not a good idea to cruise this country during &#8216;season&#8217; though and I don&#8217;t now.

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    Back to the good stuff.

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    I&#8217;ve been through here in rain, lightning, thunder, fog and even snow. It&#8217;s always fun but I think this was the best day yet.

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    The shade of these mahogany trees is a great place to take a break. We&#8217;ll be dropping down off the mountain and into the furnace of the desert floor.

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    Blooming lupine.

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    Stihlrigg is coasting by at about 45 mph to save fuel.

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    SpongeBrad

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    N2Moto is a great rider, he has a righteous 650R that&#8217;s all pimpin&#8217; (among several other MX bikes) and I had told him that he could really let&#8217;er rip on this section. It&#8217;s about 15 miles of perfect desert gravel that transitions into this baked, white playa bottom. He&#8217;s doing probably 50 or 60 mph around this corner and by now I know he&#8217;s enjoying the ride for sure!

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    Some other hooligan:

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    Pegz cuttin&#8217; a corner.

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    SpongeBrad.

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    I didn&#8217;t take any shots of the last 30 miles or so but we landed on this little pass before dropping down onto our second playa of the day. This road had been bladed sometime in the last 6 months or so. It had these absolutely perfectly formed berms on the edges of the road. We roosted teh crap out of that sucker. Sorry, no photos of that.

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    Rolled down to Fields for lunch and fuel. A comfortable 85 degrees.

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    N2Moto has sampled every kind of dirt surface except for playa until now.

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    I ran out of image space and didn&#8217;t take anymore photos but I&#8217;m sure the other guys did. We got back to camp and I spooned on a brand new set of Maxxis Desert IT, front and rear. And I reset my sag to save what&#8217;s left of my plate.

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  15. N2moto

    N2moto Adventurer

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    I will add pics as Wachs and Bacon tell the story. This is the start of day (2) for Stihlrig and Me. First water crossing.
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    This is truly were the magic happens.
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  16. N2moto

    N2moto Adventurer

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    We came across these lush, green homesteads.
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    This is dave talking to us about the high speeds on the Plia. He talked about people crashing into each other.
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    This is Bacon and I taking pictures at 60 + miles an hour. We started to go upwards of 90 + miles an hour. Wachs didn't realize that Bacon was behind him and turned towards me to race and he almost clipped Bacon's front tire. It was so close.
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    Bacon " Damn that was close"
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  17. N2moto

    N2moto Adventurer

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    :1drink As Wachs had stated it was 85 degress. We decided we needed ice for the coolers. It was a 30+ mile ride back to the camp. I made it with the ice strapped down to the BRP.
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  18. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    I'm not sure how many beers we drank that night, but one cooler was depleted by the time IdahoJoe left! And yes, I knew that it was a 950SE. What else could make that beautiful noise??

    The water crossing:

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    Man, what a ride this was. But any time Wox says this is just gonna be a cruise thru the mountains DON'T BELIEVE HIM.

    Oh yeah, one other thing that must be mentioned. There was a big announcement the night before that Wox' son had picked up a new skiing sponsorship, which basically means less money out of Dave's pocket. It was a two part announcement and I quickly slipped in "oh yeah and your wife is pregnant" and this is what ensued...

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  19. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Full spectrum ride.

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    Right below where this picture was taken I had a little high-side get off when I used a little too much rear brake thru a left-hander. There was no photographic evidence and nobody saw it, so I guess it didn't really happen. :thumb

    We never did figure out what this was, but it looks like something blew up. Not a dust devil.

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    N2 and the Steens in the background:

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  20. dwrads

    dwrads Right Wristed

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    Very nice, thats the kind of ride I love.

    Do you have GPS tracks?

    DW
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