Returning to the desert – Nevada and Oregon 2012

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MasterMarine, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    The first time I rode my bike loaded down I was surprised how it changed the ride.

    With that said, I'm extremely impressed by the teams that take on this stuff 2 Up and Loaded down
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  2. BUSdriver

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    I agree... I'm constantly impressed by guys like Wild Bill who can ride a heavy bike over terrain that I struggle with on my much smaller bike.
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  3. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Than you for the postive comments! :clap We really had a great time.

    The report is just getting started. We are only on the 2nd day of 8. I hope you all enjoy the ride! :D




    June 17, 2012

    Day 2

    Father’s Day!

    The day's tracks.

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    In the morning, I plotted a course to get us to town for some fuel and breakfast. We made some wrong turns and the terrain was often more difficult than expected but I really had a good time getting down to Owyhee.

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    Eventually we made it down to the Duck Valley Gas Station. We all filled up on fuel and food. There were a ton of Harley riders down there who were out enjoying the beautiful day. I spent some time talking to one of them whose name I cannot remember. I do remember that he recognized my bike which does not often happen. We waited for a long long time for our food to get cooked up. Don’t bother with asking for English Muffins there as they had no idea what I was talking about. After the long long long wait, the food was good. It was Father’s Day so we all made quick calls to our dads while standing out in the parking lot in just the right spot to get reception. Finally we headed out of Owyhee to the south.

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    The route from Owyhee to Jarbidge was great. A lot of it was harder than I expected. It was fantastic!

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    Wild Bill

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    Great stuff!!!!

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    We crested a hill with huge grins on our faces and saw this!

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    More sweet roads and then I had to stop to fix my extra fuel bottles. I used 2 Gatorade bottles to haul fuel on my front fender for at least 1000 miles without any issues other than they were trying to shake themselves off of there. No leaks at all. I finally got wise and tied the loose strap to my handlebars here to keep the fender bag from falling off anymore.

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    More sweet roads as we headed down into some drier country.

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    Then, all my GoPro batteries were dead. We went down a sweet grade right into Jarbidge.

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    We fueled up in Jarbidge at the 24 hour card lock fuel pump. Then we went over to the Outdoor Inn for dinner. It was great. I think the Outdoor Inn had the best food of any restaurant we ate at on this trip. After dinner we headed south of town and camped out along the river. We all enjoyed a dip in the river, put our electronics on the charger, and crashed out.
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  4. Beelzabob

    Beelzabob Meep Meep

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    Damn Mike! Sweet adventure for sure. You going agoing next year? :ear

    Hope all is well.
    B/
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  5. BUSdriver

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    A quick Day 2 recap...

    The morning of our second day we got up and headed into Owyhee, NV to get some fuel and a bite to eat. The store in Owyhee was well stocked and had almost anything you might need. The deli had decent food but it took forever to get the food you ordered.

    We then made our way over to Jarbidge, NV and the scenery along the way was well worth the rough ride the day before. Jarbidge is a tiny mining town located on a dirt road in the hills and has fuel available 24 hours which is very cool. The local cafe was a nice little place with good food and nice people. Our campsite near Jarbidge was next to a small river and was a very nice spot to relax.

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    Mark took most of the pictures during the trip.
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  6. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    You can see in this picture how we were able to put everyones gear just on Scott's and Bill's bikes so the other 4 of us did not have to carry anything. :lol3 Just kidding.

    The day from Owyhee to Jarbidge was great. We did a bunch of 4x4 roads on the Benchmark map. They were harder than I expected. It seemed like every time I saw Scott, I would tell him that from here on out, the road would be a nice smooth gravel road and then I would start down the trail and it would turn into nasty rough rocky stuff. I was feeling pretty bad. Having not been there before, I was never very sure. Everything looks easy on the map and Google Earth! But, we made it and I really enjoyed the rougher terrain. There were a couple places in there where my bike was suffering from vapor locking due to the slow speeds, long climbs, and warm temperatures. Dropping into Jarbidge was really cool.

    I forgot to mention that Bill lost a jacket out there somewhere. :cry I am sure he can describe it or post a pic so if anyone finds it they can get it back to him.
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  7. KarmaSect

    KarmaSect The Dude Abides

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    My Day 2 pics. From camp, we traced a mystery trail (overgrown but on-the-map road) up and over a ridge back into the Duck Valley reservation:

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    Loitering around the gas station:
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    Back into the wild, Scott practices manhandling his top heavy 250, as he goes through one of the mystery cattle guards -- totally out in middle of nowhere on an overgrown road.
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    At times the road deteriorated to being almost untraceable save the GPS route, These are a couple of favorite pictures from the trip:

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  8. KarmaSect

    KarmaSect The Dude Abides

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    And on down into a narrow cedar forested canyon:

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    What the hell are these guys looking at?
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    Oh, they're looking at this guy:
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    Out across another small valley before cresting a ridge for an awesome view:
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    And down across a spectacular desert valley. Another one of my favorite pics:
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  9. KarmaSect

    KarmaSect The Dude Abides

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    As we got closer to Jarbridge, the scenery just got better and better!
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    And the decent into Jarbridge Canyon:
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    Camp on the river:
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    Happy Campers!!!
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  10. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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  11. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Nice ride, you guys!

    I'm so sad that much of that area has burned.
    Not ideal for 2up, but BigWan and I always had a lot of fun.
    From what I've seen on other reports, it sounds like much of the land between McDermitt and Denio is just moonscape now. :cry

    Good thing your group took a lot of pics in june (and in 2011)...

    looking forward to more!
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  12. XStatic450

    XStatic450 ouch

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    All caught up. Looking good. :lurk
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  14. KarmaSect

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    OK. A few more Day two shots. I love the National Forest sign -- miles and miles from anything and certainly no where near a tree:

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    After several days riding in rocks, we each encountered some type of minor issue. Bill dealing with his issue:

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    Culprit found:
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    And back on his way:

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    In some ways, I'm sorry that Bill brought his KLR -- It makes people think this eight day saga of ours is something that could or should be done on such a bike. While it make it through just fine, I think that was more a reflection of the rider (Wild Bill) than the bike. It was the biggest and heaviest bike of the lot, and we went through some pretty tight nasty stuff over the course of the trip.
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    A few scenery shots from the first two days:
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    And finally, our first Wild Horse sighting. There would be many:
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    Enough for days 1 and 2. It only gets better!

    Mark.
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  15. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    My favorite type of riding....big landscapes, few people. Thanks for posting! Keep it coming!
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  16. DUCKSPANKER

    DUCKSPANKER Adventurer

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    Here are a few of my pics from day 2

    This is where the Scott lost his MSR bottle and then Mark ran it over, tuff little bottles no damage at all.
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    Hey where is my MSR bottle? I put it on my bike only because even a few lbs of gas missing on Scott's bike could only help.
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    We had a few 2-way radios with us that did come in handy a few times when we lost sight of the road or needed to check on the bikes that stopped to adjust gear.
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    Just about every stop Mark (bubbles) had his camera in action mode.
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    Here are a few pics from the road down to Jarbrige. To get to this road that had a big road closed sign at the start of it you have to ride right through a ranchers front yard, but we did run into the family on dirt bikes out for a ride and they informed us the road was open and we would have on problem getting to town on bikes.
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    Made it, and Mike is right! it was one of the better places we ate.
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    We set camp and washed of the dirt off in the river, burrrrr very cold just ask Dr. Dan he was the only one that would brave a full dip.
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    Ready for day 3, but wish we could have stayed an extra day in Jarbrige, it was to much to see in one day.
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  17. bigdon

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    I'm N!!
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  18. MasterMarine

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    June 18, 2012

    Day 3

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    After another fantastic meal in Jarbidge at the Outdoor Inn, we headed out. Did I mention how good the breakfast was? They even used homemade bread for the toast! It was really tasty.

    Back to the story.

    I had seen a rough looking power line road that comes right down into Jarbidge from the west. I tried to climb up it but it was too loose and rocky to bother with while carrying all of our gear. I fell over at least twice and came upon a small tree across the road before I finally figured this out.

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    So we headed out to the south toward Charleston. What a fantastic road!

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    We climbed up some sweet roads to a high ridge.

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    We did some exploring of the ridge.

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    And then headed further south. It was amazing!

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    I had a little trouble with finding a way to stay on our route near this house so we changed to another one that would follow the river to the north.

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    More fun stuff!

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    I was looking for a place to take a break near the river and found the perfect spot.

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    So then we got on a road that I thought would just be a dull road out toward Owyhee. I was wrong. It was a great twisty gravel road with huge canyon walls on both sides. It reminded me of some of the canyons I had blasted thru in my boat down at Lake Powell. It was freshly graded which was great for me but not everyone else as I kicked up a lot of dust.

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    After the cool canyon, we took off on a smaller 2 track road that led us up onto a high plateau that we rode on until we hit the highway south of Owyhee. It was great! The weather was a bit cooler and unfortunately a bit windy but it was still awesome!

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    Ready to hit the pavement for a while!

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    Somewhere in here in the last part of the day, Kramsetac’s kickstand broke off. It looked like it broke just like it had when the bike belonged to Robdogg.

    We rode north on the highway to Owyhee. Even the highway was cool with some crazy huge rock formations on the sides of the nice curvy road. We ate another unremarkable meal in Owyhee. I ran into the lady who had fed us last year at the little “restaurant” while I was standing in line to buy some water. I could not believe it when she recognized me. What a trip! We all filled up with gas and then headed SW toward the IL Ranch crossing of the Owyhee River. It was getting late so we were trying to make up some time and wanted to find a place up in the hills north of Midas to camp for the night.

    My GoPro batteries were all dead so no pictures until the next morning.

    We rode thru the area where I crashed last year at about the same time as last year with the sun burning right into our eyes at the same angle just like last year. I was trying really hard not to crash in the same spot just like last year. I was sure happy when we headed south toward Midas and I knew I was past the spot, plus not riding directly into the sun. I stopped and Dr. Dan pulled up. I reminded him of his duty as the official camp spot finder. He took off ahead and rode for a while. Suddenly he stopped and I pulled up alongside him. He said, “How about that grassy spot over there?” as he pointed out into the dry sparse desert. It took my eyes a minute to find anything out there that looked grassy but eventually my eyes settled into a green spot on a shelf above the wash off in the desert. It looked to be pretty well protected from the wind so I agreed and we headed off to set up camp. Everyone else arrived and tents were set up, chairs were assembled and the Jet Boil was fired up. It was not long before we were all ready for some sleep.
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  19. BUSdriver

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    In some ways, I'm sorry that Bill brought his KLR -- It makes people think this eight day saga of ours is something that could or should be done on such a bike. While it make it through just fine, I think that was more a reflection of the rider (Wild Bill) than the bike. It was the biggest and heaviest bike of the lot, and we went through some pretty tight nasty stuff over the course of the trip.
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    Mark... I couldn't agree with you more. As much as I struggled with the weight that I carried on my WR... Bill quietly rode through all the crap that we all did on a machine that weighed significantly more... and he made it look easy (it wasn't).
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  20. ugo1st

    ugo1st Adventurer

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    Never underestimate the versatility of an old KLR with dirt tires, fresh rider on comfy big seat too...


    the day 3 campsite was especially good for Mark+Husky, an old dry wash provided the perfect "kickstand" for the Husky

    It was also as much fun riding into and out of this spot as it was to camp there!

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