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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Mr Dual Sport, Apr 5, 2014.
Hold on, I gotta go put on a sweatshirt... Nice ride and RR. You guys are hard core. Thanks for the effort - enjoying it.
Cool! We do these RR's so we can look back and remember parts that may be forgotten over time. I'm happy others can enjoy it as well!
Today would be a long stretch with no fuel options. The best ESTIMATE I could come up with on the maps was 200 miles. That's if we didn't make a wrong turn, hit a locked gate, deep snow, or have my estimate off by 20 miles. No fuel at Denio,NV still, making Fields,OR the closest fuel.
Both bikes have a range of 220 max.
Today would be spent riding conservatively, trying to get every MPG out of the bikes.
The bum camp next to the RR tracks just north of Gerlach.
We head a few more miles north and find the Trego Hot Spring. It's huge! I bet there's some crazy parties here.
Most likely would have had it all to ourselves the night before had we known it was there. Oh well, next time.
We continue riding north with the Black Rock Wilderness bordering both sides of the road.
Find this cool canyon and stream along the way.
Headed west toward the Leonard Creek Ranch. There was a route north of here we wanted to take, but the upper elevations were still very white. With over 140 miles down and a ways to go we decided not to chance it. Again, next time we're here.
Almost back to highway 140
So we come out on 140 just west of Bog Hot Rd. with 172 miles on the clock. Denio is still 13 miles away and Fields another 30 something after that. Pushing it on fuel! We chose to slab it to Fields for two reasons. 1 I didn't bring my Oregon map and 2, Domingo Pass could still be snowed in anyway.
We make it to Fields with some fuel to spare. I got just over 40mpg on the XR, Posum got a wopping 62mpg on her DRZ 400!
Fueled up, had a milkshake, got beer and food for dinner, then headed for camp.
Now we could try Domingo. It looked possible from down low.
Then a sweet 2 track to camp
Posum headed up the hill to camp
Done for the day
End of day four, two more to go.
Some of my pix from day 2.
Made some new friends in Adel
Boarder crossing in to Nevada
Sure was pretty down there. Up to the mountains we go!
The top! Steep, snowy, slick. :eek1
This should have been our last day, but a navigational error on my part changed that. More on that later.
Started the day shooting stuff. It was Posum's birthday!
Off to the Catlow Valley
Stopped at the cabin.
Where Posum signed the wall with Peterman and others.
Then started to head to Beatys Butte Road.
This is where I screwed up.
I didn't want to take the big road all the way back to the wildlife refuge. So I tried a different route. But I didn't bring an Oregon map with me. Hey look there's the butte in the distance, let's head that way! We'll run into the big road eventually. Right?
Started going north on a 2track that was beautiful for the first 10 miles, then turned to this.
This is where we should have turned back.
But the big road has to be right ahead soon, right?
And that was the last pic. Shortly after this we came upon a dried up waterhole. That's where the road ended. After riding 15+ miles of rocks.
BUT, the big road HAS TO BE OVER THERE!!! Right?
Well it wasn't. Nothing but huge rocks bush whacking through the sage. After 30 minutes of wandering we come along another 2 track.
Let's go NE, it has to cross the big road! I was never more wrong in my life.
Sections of the 2track were great, others were trials sized boulders strewn about. It was 70 out and I was sweating like a pig dragging the bike over that crap.
So this 2 track finally hits a big road.
Where? At the north end of Funnel Canyon. 12 miles from Fields where we last fueled. We have ridden over 140 miles to this point.
So we have enough fuel to make it Plush and not go back to Fields if we slab to the Hart Mountain Road.
It's 1pm now so that's the way we went.
Got to Plush and had jalapeño bacon burgers for Posum's Bday.
More, and more pics too!
From Plush we take Hogback to 395 and get off the highway just north of the rest area. Rode to Christmas Valley Highway via some 2track and Brim Well road.
From Brim Well you can go west about a mile on slab then north again on dirt to Frederick Butte. That's the way we went.
At around 7pm we called it a day. About 100 miles from home it would have been dark well before we got back and it was still really nice out. Plus we had beer. :slurp
Cool little camp dubbed "cow pie camp"
Where the sky would put on the best show of the trip.
1 more day to go.
I looks like you two had an amazing ride, I can't wait to see the last 100 miles to home...
I'd love to sit down with you sometime over a couple cold ones and check out your maps for ideas on 2track east of here...
Happy belated Birthday LP!!
My pix from the top of the Hayes down to Eagleville.
The last of the snow flurries and mud.
Mr. Dual Sport riding towards Devil's Gate.
Town is just a few miles across the valley floor.
I sure enjoy watching the two-a-yas seeing and riding the stuff that very few get to see and ride.
Awesome stuff!! And HBD, LP!!!
It sure was! I know you love it down there.
I'll have to take you out there. Maps are pretty much useless in that area. It's all about knowing the landmarks.
Thanks AJ! See you in about a month!
Day 6? What day is it?
Camp in the morning.
Lot of water from the snow melt. I've never seen this Lake here before.
Nasty, nasty rutted road. Got a lot worse than this.
Headed toward Fox Butte
Then back on some really nice to track to Pine Mountain.
Came back into town on Ford and got to watch a heli practice some water drops. Something tells me they're going to gets lots of practice this summer.
That's it! Till the next one...