Nevada Toiyabe Ranges in five days. Mountains, Valleys and Atomic Bomb sites

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by KarmaSect, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. Countdown

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    Thought this was a motorcycle message board, not a culinary review board?

    Its just calories that ends up shit.
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  2. Gregarious

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    If anyone is thinking about following these tracks, I'd recommend skipping the section in red. What appeared to be an open grass field turned out to be more akin to a swamp - even in September. There wasn't anything terribly rewarding from a terrain or view perspective. We probably should've turned around but the rider who opted to scout ahead disappeared before we could recall him. So off we went.
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  3. squidchief

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    I know it's just a type-o, but the Pony Express Meats and Deli is in Eureka. East end of town, south side of the highway.

    Given Eureka's size, isn't everything close to the Owl Club? Ha ha. You are correct about the Urban Cowboy though.

    Problem with most little places in Northern Nevada is lack of consistency. I've raved about the International in Austin a number of times. I've had the best Reuben sandwich I've ever eaten there. Went through there again a couple of weeks ago and it was terrible. I've never been a big fan of the Toiyabe Café, but I haven't been in there for a while. Of course, it's closed quite often. The International has a well stocked bar so that's something.....

    Most of my rides center around where to get something to eat. I try to plan rolling in somewhere for food right around 12-1pm. Takes a little bit of good out of a day if the food sucks!
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  4. KarmaSect

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    By the time we got to the Toiyabe cafe, we were really, really interested in real food. The day prior it had only been Deli sandwiches in Carvers (is there hot food there? All I've ever hit is the Deli) and Gabbs bar the day before was not serving food (any may never again from the looks of that town)!

    We always carry a dehydrated meal for every day of riding. In some trips, we use em all, some they all come back home. Depends on when and where you hit towns. This trip I think we used two of the four we had along.
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  5. squidchief

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    It's been a while since I've pulled in to Gabbs looking for food, but I was surprised to hear the café was closed. I typically fuel up with food either at Middlegate, or Cold Springs Station, depending on which way I'm riding. One thing that's for sure, after a day of riding, most hot food tastes pretty spectacular.
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    Obviously you were following my Tracks. When I scouted it, it was dry. Came back next Spring it was wet, looks like it was wet all this summer but we had the wettest year in a decade. However it was not a swamp, just a few inches of water on a hard surface. We used it as the shortest way to the canyon on east side of valley but if you are going to Spender going around is probably best choice if wet.
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  8. deserteagle56

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    As someone who used to live in Gabbs many years ago (a great place to live back then), I keep informed as to the goings-on. The old folks who used to run the cafe retired and the permit for the cafe expired at the same time. When someone else tried to get the requisite state permits to reopen the cafe the state inspector reeled off an updated list of requirements that would have essentially required them to burn the building down and start over. Under the old permit the cafe was grandfathered in and didn't have to meet the new requirements. There's not enough business in Gabbs to justify that kind of expenditure.

    On a similar note, those of you who ride northern Nevada/southeast Oregon had been aware that the gas station at Denio Junction was closed by the state a few years ago because of some kind of paperwork snafu. Only gas station around for a long, long way! Well, that's straightened out now and Denio Junction is again selling gas and diesel. $3.80 a gallon for regular a few weeks ago when I fueled. The below sign has been removed from the Highway 140/US 95 junction:
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    Bureaucrats..........
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    Denio Junction is again selling gas and diesel. $3.80 a gallon for regular a few weeks ago when I fueled. The below sign has been removed from the Highway 140/US 95 junction:

    This is good to hear.
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  10. KarmaSect

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    I actually had a couple of sets of tracks going across...making me think this was a solid super highway! However, the entrance through the fence was overgrown, there was a huge washout, then the water. Things change. Part of the adventure! I think you are right, Jerry, that there may have been hard pan below the water. We didn't stop to check! Just realized what we were in and tried to maintain momentum.

    On the positive side, we did encounter a small pack of burros just on the other side of the wet area. Burros are always fun because they don't run! I didn't get pictures due to my camera malfunction unfortunately.

    Regarding Gabbs and Denio...one place is going down and the other up. Again, things change. I knew Denio was in trouble a few years ago when they lost their gas. And the owner at the time could never get it back up and operational...ultimately killing them. I figured that was the end...and that Fields would always be the new gas location in the area. But amazingly, Denio has been resurrected from the ashes! Great news of us! Lets hope a similar rebound is sometime in Gabbs future.
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    At the bottom of the grade in this picture is where I ran out of fuel a few years back on my way home to Winnemucca from Oregon. That is when I learned that standing up (because your butt hurts) greatly decreases fuel economy. It was Fathers Day so my son happily rescued me out of my predicament.
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    A key saying for remote ridng: “The only time you have too much gas is when you are on fire”.
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    I love it, ok to use it?

    In Mex2Can we tell riders:

    1.Never Pass Gas, You can't have too much unless you are on fire.

    2. Never ride Faster than your Bike.

    3. Never Trust a Fart.

    4. Never Waste a Woody, even if you are alone.
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    Its lore. I stole it from a friend who stole it from somebody else. If its useful, plagiarism rules the day.
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    Nice write up ! Miss you guys!
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    Happy Thanksgiving Dan. Mark did a good job.
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    Hi Dan!! :wave:wave
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  18. gaff

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    Great job on the ride report. Very interesting.
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