Great Basin Heavenly Loops 2010

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by trailrider383, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,779
    Location:
    NP, ID
    I just got back from 3 1/2 days of stellar riding in Nevada and Oregon. Disclaimer: Pictures don't do it justice. Get out there and see it for yourself. :ricky

    The last two years for my fall ride we have hauled camping gear on the bikes and headed out from the Boise area to the Idaho, Oregon, Nevada high desert.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390418&highlight=steens+forks+owyhee

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=512149

    This year I wanted to haul my RV and bike to a central point and do day rides without all the extra weight. After a little detour to go into Burns to get an alternator belt for my tow rig, we made it to camp Wednesday afternoon with some time left to do a 80 mile loop.

    Optima Red Top battery review: My alternator belt broke about 3/4 of a mile from my house. I remember hearing a tink noise and 100 miles down the road I found it was missing. (I finally remembered to go look for it today and it was laying right where I thought it would be) I noticed the volt meter was reading low, but it does that sometimes. The gauge is sticky. Anyway I barely made it to NAPA in Burns 142 miles later. And the first hour I was running the lights on the pickup and trailer. The voltage was so low the tach quit working about 6 miles from Burns and the engine started missing the last 2 miles. I kid you not, it died just as I pulled into NAPA. I am amazed it ran on the battery alone for that long. The battery is at least 6 years old. Good stuff. Anyway, back to the ride.

    The players:
    Myself on a DR650
    WhiskeySierra (Bob) on a DRZ400S
    Coolsen (Craig) on a DRZ400E with a fresh 435 big bore needing broke in. :evil
    DirtyWurty (Mark) on a DRZ400S
    Desert Drifter (Darrel) on a DR650
    All Suzuki's, weird. That never happens. :dunno

    Our first stop a couple of miles from camp.

    [​IMG]

    Thousand Creek Gorge

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Craig on the left and Bob looking at ???

    [​IMG]

    I like this picture with the clouds casting shadows over the valley. We lost Darrel here as he decided we were going too fast for him. (he is new to dirt) He didn't want to end up like this: :muutt

    [​IMG]

    On the way to the crash site.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Back at camp we have the full moon coming up to the East.

    [​IMG]

    And to the West we have the sunset.

    [​IMG]

    It was a great warm up for the next three days.
    #1
  2. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,557
    Location:
    The old pueblo, AZ
    :lurk
    #2
  3. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,815
    Location:
    DFW Area, TX
    Looks like a great ride! I burst out laughing when I saw thing pic, love it! :lol3 It really looks like Bob is photoshopped into the picture (look at the feet) great camera work getting everything clear and crisp :freaky
    #3
  4. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,779
    Location:
    NP, ID
    I noticed that too. Especially his left foot. It looks like he is hovering. :lol3

    Don't do it Bob, don't jump it's not worth it. :poser
    #4
  5. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,329
    Location:
    Payette ID
    I been waitin for this RR :clap
    #5
  6. CurbTiger

    CurbTiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    54
    Location:
    Great North West
    Ride reports from Oregon/Nevada are awesome. I can smell the sage already.
    More pics please...I especially like the one looking over the valley mottled with cloud shadows.
    I was at the Alvord Desert during that full moonrise this last Saturday. Frickin' fantastic!!! Especially with that fire that was going on north of Burns.
    Then south of WhiteHorse Ranch the following evening for those crazy sunset clouds.
    Eh, it's true, I was car camping,.......but with two pretty ladies.:wink:

    NE
    #6
  7. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Oddometer:
    12,429
    Location:
    Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
    :lurk
    #7
  8. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2002
    Oddometer:
    3,094
    Location:
    Corral de Tierra CA, Ketchum ID
    Nice photos.
    #8
  9. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,704
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
    :lurk Nice.
    #9
  10. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

    Joined:
    May 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,179
    Location:
    Back in the Saddle
    Well so much for day one! I know there's more to the story :lurk
    #10
  11. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,329
    Location:
    Payette ID
    :lurk:ddog:lurk
    #11
  12. WhiskeySierra

    WhiskeySierra Day L8, $1 Short

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2009
    Oddometer:
    162
    Location:
    Idaho
    I jumped off that cliff...........and was killed.

    The End.
    #12
  13. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,779
    Location:
    NP, ID
    Bob, I hardly knew ye. :waysad :fitz
    #13
  14. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,779
    Location:
    NP, ID
    Our camp on the morning of Day 2. I guess Bob is still alive. I think that's him in the background making a face or maybe dancing. :lol3 Today we are headed to Gerlach for lunch at Bruno's.

    [​IMG]

    Hee

    [​IMG]

    Haw

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Our route to Summit Lake

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Mark and Bob

    [​IMG]

    Summit Lake

    [​IMG]

    Soldier Meadows

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Getting near the Black Rock Desert. You can see the dust blowing in the distance.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    A lizard soaking up some Autumn sun.

    [​IMG]

    Getting closer to the dust storm on the playa.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I finally made it to the Black Rock Desert!! I have been wanting to see this since October 15th 1997, the day the land speed record was last set.
    763 miles per hour. :dood That would have been impressive to see in person.

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fmbH1ApUG8M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>




    <EMBED type=application/x-shockwave-flash height=385 width=480 src=http://www.youtube.com/v/-mgO1M3gyfI?fs=1&hl=en_US allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></EMBED>



    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Craig and Bob

    [​IMG]
    #14
  15. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

    Joined:
    May 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,179
    Location:
    Back in the Saddle
    Excellent, I am so sorry I didn't get to make it. Great group of of folks to hang out with. But now I'm working :(: but the wife is :D ing

    So as Oliver said.... "more please"
    #15
  16. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,779
    Location:
    NP, ID
    After a great lunch at Bruno's, we topped off the tanks and headed for High Rock Canyon.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    These wild horses were pretty tame for a few seconds.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Look at that BLUE sky. :thumb

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    Hey Bob whatcha doin?

    [​IMG]

    Bob had the only mechanical on the ride. His disc guard was hanging on by one mount. POS Suzukis anyway. :lol3

    [​IMG]

    Getting close to camp at sunset.

    [​IMG]

    There's that full moon again.

    [​IMG]

    230 miles for the day. There is some fabulous riding out there. :thumb
    #16
  17. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2007
    Oddometer:
    844
    Location:
    Central Coast, CA. USA & Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur
    Ran into you guys just north of Soldier Meadows, I was on the Husky 610. It was great to see some adv riders out there and was bummed I forgot to take a pic. Looks like you guys had a great ride, ride on.
    #17
  18. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,779
    Location:
    NP, ID
    Day 3 we come across this ranch just a few miles from camp. This is one of the neatest old ranches I've seen.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The barn

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    All the doors and windows are framed in this cool red rock. Some great stonework here.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Box canyon out back where they kept the livestock.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #18
  19. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Oddometer:
    881
    Location:
    The far east (of Oregon)
    Pretty cool Ed. That last ranch looks like a new challenge site for 2011. Your reports are always great. Sorry I missed this one:freaky
    #19
  20. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,329
    Location:
    Payette ID
    Hoping to see the geyser before it's to developed.
    #20