Reno-'rump-Reno...Solo

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by brad21, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. brad21

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

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    First things first: must...have...coffee... Glad I had my own along.

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    And the breakfast of chammpeeeennnnsssss!

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    132 miles yesterday and I would have to do about that to get back to Reno today. I knew some of the route was going to be fast, but there were a couple of unknown sections.

    Such as...

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    This shoulda been my first clue, but I found a route up and around this gate and there weren't any no trespassing signs or anything. Actually the next gate said "please close gate" so I knew I was kinda okay.

    This is Cory Canyon.

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    This road went up. And up. And up. Beautiful, and not too cold.

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    Then, 14 miles up I run into this:

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    Now I'm generally not one to mess with the US Government (except at tax time) but I needed to be on the other side of that gate. I looked for alternatives...

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    No dice. So I hightailed it back down the canyon and managed to not ride off the edge of one of the switchbacks.

    One hour later I'm at the top of Lucky Boy Pass...again. Damnit.

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    Now I kinda gotta haul some ass to make up for the hour I just burned. A "locked gate 14 miles ahead" sign would've saved me a bunch of time. The view was nice though.:doh

    First snow of the season.

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    Here's where I would've come down.

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    Oh well, next stop, Flying M.

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    The search has been way scaled back since I passed by here last week.

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    Nice to have money huh?

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    No cop eyeballing me this time...

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    From here it was 60 mph into Smith Valley. Even with my heavy gloves on my hands got cold. Topped off, grabbed a burger and a cup o' joe and called it good.

    Wilson Canyon in between Smith Valley and Yerington. Looks like fun.

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    Back up the valley past Nevada Hot Springs. Well, what's left of 'em...

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    This creek was steaming.

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  2. brad21

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

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    On the trip down I rode thru Eldorado Canyon. That pretty much sucked on a loaded bike. Brunswick Canyon was the other option. And it was much, much better.

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    Things are looking familiar again... Slide Mtn in the distance. Used to ski there a lot.

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    Freakish swarm of Crows here...

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    I had never seen so many birds in one place. Strange.

    Ended up at the Brunswick Mill and couldn't find my way across the river. Eventually I found a route out and popped out right into the east side of Carson City.

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    Next stop, Mound House. Called my sis-in-law and told her where I was. She promptly called my wife.

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    Hmmm. Funny. I didn't even notice the Pony Express sign.

    Recently Mound House had had a fire. Check out the retardent.

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    This is the backside of Virginia City and the old American Canyon mine.

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    So much cool riding up here. Apparently the driving isn't quite as good.

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    Looking back down at Washoe Valley.

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  3. brad21

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

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    Let's finish this little tale, shall we?

    Looking back down the hill, Mound House and the "ranch" in the distance:

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    Dayton:

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    Reno:

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    Choices:

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    Critters:

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    So I'm up on the ridge between VC and Washoe Valley, almost back to my brother and sister-in-laws place. I feel it ending soon. My gps is telling me that there's another route down that connects to the Toll Road route that I took up when I left. I'm in!

    My first hint should've been the lack of tracks. Of any kind.

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    Most of the trail wasn't this bad, but there were a few spots like the above pics that I needed to get off the bike and scout ahead. I didn't hear any cougars or bears so I was good with it still.

    Then this:

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    The boards were way to precarious, even walking across. One actually dropped in the creek bed when I put my foot on it. I did think for about 10 seconds about pushing the bike across but figgered if I fell in that ditch I was SOL and would be hiking the rest of the way back to the truck.

    Back up the hill, bear poop on the right??

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    Uneventful ride back down the Toll Road and back to the truck. Whew! It's over! 179 miles on this last day for 520 total in three days.

    Thanks for reading!

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    PS all my pics are here...

    Northward bound:

    http://s188.photobucket.com/albums/z189/baconsandwich21/pahrump2 sept07/

    and southward bound here:

    http://s188.photobucket.com/albums/z189/baconsandwich21/pahrump sept07/
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  4. Henry James

    Henry James Looking for Adventure

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    You have givin me some ideas for new rides. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Nice work, Brad!! I enjoyed the tale.
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  6. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Nice report Brad!
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  7. brad21

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

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    Thanks guys, but my little ride kind pales in comparison to yours Larryboy! Wow! That a 450 or 510 you're riding?

    Check out Larryboy's (Rob's) report here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=264650
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  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    610..BRAAAAAP. :super

    Thanks for the plug. :thumb
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  9. brad21

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

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    Here's a couple of videos I shot along the way.

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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    That's strange with the crows. :scratch I've seen bats do that in broad daylight before. I wonder if there was some sort of bug hatch that they were feeding on?
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  11. CorkyC

    CorkyC SURVIVOR

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    Great ride.

    Alfred Hitchcock was taliking to you!!!

    I want your tracks but that GPS site won't let me join........


    Maybe you could email them to me directly???


    Maybe????
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  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Nice trip Brad - great shots, cool country. Glad you didn't get stuck on one of those playas.
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  13. demenshea

    demenshea 1% Angel 99% Hooligan

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    Enjoyed following this tale, Brad. Gave me new vantage points on where I live and showed me where NOT to take the Bandit!! :eek1 Talk about some desolate riding!!
    Thanks again!
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  14. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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    Thanks Brad!!

    Makes me want to trade the Katoom for a DRZ...........really:deal
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  15. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    all that done alone!must have had time to think things over.
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  16. brad21

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

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    Thanks for all the comments folks. Couple things of note regarding this solo ride...

    a) I had a personal locator beacon with me that I rented from these guys, just in case: http://www.plbrentals.com/

    b) my cell phone worked in a lot of places you would think it wouldn't. Thanks Unicel!

    c) I rode totally within my limits and at times I was thinking to myself "man, I am just putting along huh?"

    d) I only fell down once and I don't think I actually hit the ground. Can't remember. I did however drop the bike a couple of times trying to turn around. Pretty heavy beast full of gas and camping stuff.

    e) I had a spare GPS unit and RAM cradle with me in my backpack and a lot of batteries. One basic NV/UT paper map with me, wished I had had a couple good BLM maps too.

    f) spare clutch cable, didn't need it in the end.

    g) trickle charged my battery before I left just to make sure it was good to go. Never had any problems with the bike, but like I said I kinda rode in "self preservation" mode a lot. There was a lot to see out there and I wanted to look around versus having to pay super close attention to the trail all the time.

    h) I can count on one hand how many people I saw out there in the middle of nowhere. Desolate for sure.

    i) my gps tracks were pretty easy to follow. Only had a few instances where I was off track and had to turn around or follow a different route to connect back.

    j) I carried two full 2 liter Camelbak bladders in my pack most of the time. On the way home it was cool so I only carried one and a half. I also had a Katadyn filter in my bag, but sent it home with my clothes and computer from Pahrump.
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  17. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Glad you made it back safe and sound. Reading through this report makes me think that you've got to learn to trust your gps. It's good to know youi were able to enjoy the ride, not just get it done. Great pics too. You should write a book. Oops, guess you sorta did here!
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  18. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Man, it looks like there were some brutal "trails" you hit. Right on man, excellent report! :clap :clap

    Sigh... I miss the desert.
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  19. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Looks like a great trip Brad.
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  20. CA Stu

    CA Stu Thanks Super Moderator

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    Very cool. :thumb

    Thanks for posting it,
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