Part II: Dockingpilot & NJ Crew Ride TAT West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    I just love that vintage photo of DockingPilot.
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  2. Snuffy

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    :lurk Got a question when you get into Nev.
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  3. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Baker Nevada. A small outpost on the eastern edge of the Great Basin Desert & the Utah, Nevada border. There is nothing here except the bare nesscities (sp) and an albino bus boy/waiter. This is the state I was most anticipating.
    Unfortunetly this would be the end of the TAT trip for Tony. From here he would head east for Salt Lake, then north for Idaho Falls. Safe ride home my friend. Your a good man inspite of being neckless. :lol3

    Nevada would bring mining ghost towns, abandoned mines, wild horses, antelope, old cabins, old stage coach route, antelope trail, sage, more sage, and still more sage, and much more. It would around 700 miles and 4 days across northwestern Nevada. We loved every mile.

    So now the 4 of us saddle up to continue the westward progression.
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    It was really cold this eary morning, the Gerbings, if you had em, were ON.
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    We start to break up. Here's one of the guys spreading it out.
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    How far out did we sometimes spread ourselves I'v been asked. Well this is a close encounter. Look in the backround and you can see one of my partners dust cloud as he wicks it up across the desert. Today I dont think we saw much of John. If I remember right, he was in front and we would not see him until that evening at the motel. And he absolutly loved the solitude of it.
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    In this photo a herd of Antelope are crossing our path at full speed.
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    We noticed the Mustangs were extremely skitish. When they caught the slightest sense that we were around they just bolted. Here is a band of them trying to put as much distance between us as they can.
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    We are pretty far out there now. Suddenly we come into this small mining ghost town in ruins. I just love this shot. The folks who built these towns out here had balls let me tell you. I just cant imagine the nerve it took to come out here back then.
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    Bruce snacking on jerky
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    Morphing ahead in time a bit, here we see the old Lincold Highway marker
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    Again, mid day temps in the mid 70's
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    Just before we pull into Eureka for the night. It was around 1530 when Bruce and I rode in.
    Here's DK's shot, he was solo for most of the day as well.
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    Eureka was cool. Wooden plank sidewalks, not touristy at all, the real deal here.
    When I continue, we'll head north to Battle Mountain where we have oil/filters and fresh tires waiting for us.
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  4. Pockethead

    Pockethead Been here awhile

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    5 stars for sure!
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  5. docgonzo

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    Great report, Frank! Sure am jealous, though most of the pictures look just like the Pine Barrens of NJ.

    Yeah, right! :lol3 :lol3
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  6. johnpitts01

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    Frank is correct. Straight ahead in this photo was the promise of some deep sand. With my problem leg and the heavy KLR I was not looking forward to that. So I turned right @ 1 mile ahead. I sort of went around the mountains while Frank and the others went over. Spent the entire day alone in what must be the most remote sections of the USA. I took lots of photos, but to be honest they all look the same. Me, the bike, a long straight section of road ahead and behind, mountains on both sides. I didn't see anyone all day. It was fantastic. And as you can see the weather could not have been better. This is normally where I would discuss the relative insignficance of man in the universe, but I won't go there.:D
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  7. Snuffy

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    Frank, remember some old fart on a x-challenge at the chevron in Eureka just about dark time? I just came up from the southeast on some dirt road that i don't remember and was needing gas and a place to stay. You and your partner said yall were doing the TAT. Was that you??? I must have been a few hours behind.
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  8. WIthumper

    WIthumper The 610 guy

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    Awesome ride report DockingPilot!! :thumb
    It looks like that Husky is taking it in stride. :ricky
    Two thumbs up and looking for more! :lurk
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  9. Xfool

    Xfool Been here awhile

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    Installing the other bookend for Nevada.

    ude-ude-hoo. wa-wa-wa.
    How fitting, an Italian western.
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  10. DockingPilot

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    Snuffy ! Yes that was us and of course I rmember you !! Very cool. Small world here. Ill be continueing here shortly.
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  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :lol3 Youll see just how much I was thinking that when I post the Nevada video X.
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  12. DockingPilot

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    A morning deaprting shot of the Eureka Opera House. Crystal clear skies again today, but the electrics are on also this am.
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    Today we would see many wild Mustangs on our way to Battle Mountain which was only about 125 miles away. This was good because we had planned bike maintence for this afternoon. We had fresh tires, oil and filters waiting on us at Nelsons Racing in BM. I called Colt Nelson and told him we'd be there right after lunch barring any mishaps.

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    You might remember this shot from Bigdog and Gaspipes RR
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    You'll see the Mustangs in the upcoming video. We saw quite a few bands of them on this stretch.
    We pull into Battle Mountain around High Noon :jose
    This was around the 1,200 mile & 1/2 way mark for us.
    Colt Nelson is ready and waiting for us so we head for his shop.
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    Now, we have a pact on these trips. The dirt from the journey stays on the bike and is not washed off until it's back in your driveway (of course I now have Nevada sagebrush growing in my New Jersey lawn :huh ). A small exception was made for today only. You could only wash off the dirt from your motor because we were doing oil changes. But clearly in the photo below, you can see the defendent, I mean John, washing his swingarm, a non essential part to the maintence. Verdict: 2 point deduction. :lol3
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    Colt Nelson. Great guy. He said: "basiclly, I'll service any bike you guys want or you can have total access to my shop and tools and do your own" :huh We're not in Jersey anymore Toto........
    I mean the guy is terrific. If you need any maintence on the trail go see Colt.
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    Besides Donna's Brothel is practiclly right next door where "Dinner and coversation without obligation" is their motto :lol3
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    Now we didn't go in. We really didn't ! :puke1 Colt said in Battle Mountain Nevada, all you see in there is 4' girls who weigh in at 300lbs ! :lol3

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    Air Filter and Oil/Filter
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    Ill be back with more in a bit. We'll head up to Fort McDermitt which makes Battle Mountain look like NYC :lol3
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  13. larryboy

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    Each or total?


    Just taking notes. :augie








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  14. DockingPilot

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    :lol3
    Each !
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    Where is the :crosses-off-list smilie?
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  16. DockingPilot

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  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :shog :lol3
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    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Nevada is just the cat's ass on this ride!

    In fact I hold that the day between Baker and Eureka to be about the best run on the trail !

    From a little bit of research I did, the section of old Lincoln Highway you run on this day was pretty shortlived, maybe from around 1913 to 1920-ish, before it was rerouted to north on present US 50 alignment.
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  19. Snuffy

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    Nevada is certainly worth spending a lot of time in. The wide open emptiness, long dirt roads to stretch the legs, an occasional mountain pass and scads of wildlife make it a wonderful place to be on the bike.
    I too am ready to go back and explore even more. Just unreal out there.:freaky
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  20. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Note: I made a mistake earlier in saying it was 3 days across Nevada, it was 4

    Now I mentioned in the begining of this report getting intel from Chuck (Arryoshark) a 3 time veteran of the TAT. He said many TAT riders end up bailing out on Nevada days because they get long and arduous, they then end up missing some spectacular TAT scenery. Here's an example of Chucks advise coming into play today:
    "6. The section between Battle Mtn and McDermmit is deceptively long day. In 2007, I followed the mapped route out of Battle Mtn, which has you crossing under I70 at Mote Siding. This year, again to buy time forward so we could stop at Paradise Valley, we left Battle Mtn. in middle of town and headed northerly on Hwy35/N. Battle Mtn Road/Izzwenhood Road. We rode that until its intersection with Rock Creek Road, then bore left and back on route. Most of this is unpaved, except for few miles out of Battle Mtn. I've noticed a few other ride reports do this also.

    After Chimney Rock Reservoir, it's neat to ride on into Paradise Valley. Stop at the old store and bar for a break. We posted a couple of dollars on the wall above a door from bar to store (look for arroyoshark and beemerdawg). Rather than back track to TAT route where we left off we rode Martin Creek Road/Greeley Crossing Road which intersects the TAT route. This avoids a really snotty rutted loose section along a fence line that proves no purpose."


    We would do just that. Thanks Chuck :thumb
    Another mention. John gets his leg X-rayed this am and it confirms a fracture and chipped ankle. oocch!
    And so we head on out "westward" !
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    You'll be relying on your GPS
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    This day would bring some deep flour type soil conditions. Navigation was also a bit tricky in here. The trail becomes faint. Trust your GPS.
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    Cool little creek crossing. Water is scarce out here, so seeing this was a surprise.
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    Another rareity: SHADE ! :lol3 House. Abandoned and near nothing ! Which is why it's abandoned I guess.
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    Hot Spring just outside of Paridise Valley
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    Now for you fellas planning on this ride, don't pass Paridise Valley, as Chuck said it's right off the trail and the cold drink and lunch is a godsend today or they will be non available if you don't. Cool little, and I mean little, settlement.
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    And the Paridise Valley Mecantile. A little oasis
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    John & Bruce relaxing, waiting on lunch. $9 hamburger btw, but you know, I'd pay $20 for one out here if I had to.
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    The I spotted the wall and posted our TAT dollar along with Chucks and Beemerdawgs.
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    Now a local guy in the saloon gave us a tip. He said "boys I know they way your going for the last stretch to McDermitt. But I can tell you it's gonna look the same as this mormings ride. If ya want scenery and an great ride up to McDermitt go up over Hincky Pass and down into McDermitt. You wont regrett it"
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    And so we go for it and man was he right ! This was absolutly beautifull :clap I believe it would take us up around 7,800' ! We needed our jackets up there.

    Climbing. Paridise Valley is down there in the....well, valley
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    Looking for Bighorns
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    It says Hincky Summit 7,852 feet
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    I mean look at that sky
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    Decending
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    Figure about 68 degrees here. Alein lanscape. It felt like we were on another planet.
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    And we ride into Fort McDermitt for the night. It's around 1500. This town is about 1/8 mile long and literilly surounded by Indians !
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    Thats pretty much it. This Gas station/motel and the Casino/diner and few houses.
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    The only people you saw working in the fine establisments were squaws. I'm not joking !
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    Notice 2 things in this photo. The pictures on the wall in honor and Johns face. Yup, too much fire water again ! :lol3
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    A couple of shots around McDermitt

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    Open :lol3
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    One of the few Palefaces we would encounter here. Very nice couple btw, they even invited me in and told what it was like to live there and with the savages, I mean injuns, oops, I mean Native Americans. :lol3 In a nut shell:Their still pissed off we took their land. Can't blame them I guess.
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    Our Wigwum for the night
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    The patented "Bigdog washing process".
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    Tommorow night we will be in Oregon. I'll be back to bring you there.
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