Returning to the desert – Nevada and Oregon 2012

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

  1. ugo1st

    ugo1st Adventurer

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    only crummy $20 camera pics from me from me Marty, sorry :1drink thanks for checking in though



    This was one of the places the guys hit deep water last year, was just a trickle so no wet boots.....

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    don't remember where this was, but if there was a way up to the top of that hill we were there shortly


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    nice road, wind must have been blowing dust off quickly

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    we hauled but on this road, it was fairly rock free for a change and we were making time late in the afternoon

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    this was a hill that we had come down the 1st day, of course the pic doesn't show the gnar, But Mike had asked me the 1st day if I thought I could get the KLR back up it. No problem other than I had a clogged filter foam and was riding using 1/4 throttle trying to beat nightfall so didn't want to fuss with it.

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    this one was a classic case of picking the wrong line, doesn't look like much but there was a shelf right there, the good line was on the right,

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  2. ADVENTURE FINDER

    ADVENTURE FINDER n00b

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    The pics are great and the RR is well written but get to the good part, like when you guys try to stuff "5" bikes on the trailer this year!!:D
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  3. MasterMarine

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    Hi ADVENTURE FINDER,

    It took me a minute to figure out what you were talking about. That was last year. Look [thread=713333]here[/thread] for that story.

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    Wait, that was only 4 bikes. I am still confused... :huh
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  4. ADVENTURE FINDER

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    you guys were sucessfull in getting 4 bikes on it last year just thought you would want to challange yourself and fit 5 on there this year,it looked like there was plenty of room for another:D
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  5. Skowinski

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    What an incredible trip! Shows that you don't have to cross international borders to have a serious adventure. Thanks for taking us along. :thumb
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  6. MasterMarine

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    Thanks for all the positive comments! They really help to keep these ride reports going. :D


    Hey Mark,

    How about if you put up some more of your cool pictures while we wait for Scott to come back from wherever he is?? :clap I know you have more! :evil

    More from day 3 from me:

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    A happy Dan is a good Dan!

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    Everyone is trying to figure out where the hell we are! Actually, I think we are all changing routes on our GPS units.

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  7. BUSdriver

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    Mike... I'm in New Delhi, India at the moment... I thought I already posted for Day 3. It should be on page 5. I'm waiting on Day 4 to start.
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    I guess I'll throw up a few more shots from Day 3 while I'm sitting here in the New Delhi Hyatt Regency...

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  9. OUTLAND MOTO

    OUTLAND MOTO And then suddenly....

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    What a great part of the Nation!!! And thanks for giving us such a great look at it!!
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  10. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Looking good, I am enjoying it! :thumb
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  11. Tcob

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    Hey MasterMarine! My wife and I were the ones, riding a Harley that day, that you met at the restraunt in Duck Valley. Glad to see you guys had a great trip. The pictures and story are great. Since we spoke I've aquired a dual sported XR650 but have only had the time for day trips. The dirt bikes are just gathering dust at this point.

    Anyway thankyou for putting a face to a name.

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  12. KarmaSect

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    Here is some filler while we wait for day 4...

    Denio Junction shots.
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  13. KarmaSect

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    This is Mark. I remember -- you were coming back from a big rally. The place was becoming swamped with bikes!...
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    Just wondering what GPS unit u are using?by the way i love it that the KLR hung in there.keep up the good work.Sometimes we have to live our adventures thru others.
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    I believe that is the only place to gas up between Grand View and Elko so it is real popular during the the rally.

    Tcob
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  16. MasterMarine

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    Cool. Thanks for posting up. Have a good time out there on that XR650. There are quite a few people in the Boise area who are into riding. You live in a great spot for owning a bike!

    I remember you told me that the food was slow and you were still waiting for your order so I hurried in and placed mine before going into the store for some shopping. That was good advice!
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  17. MasterMarine

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    June 19, 2012

    Day 4

    The track

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    We were up early and out riding by 7am. We were riding across the Owyhee Desert, some of the most remote country in the USA. I learned in my research for the last couple rides that wild horses mark their territory by crapping in one spot and making a huge pile. Over the last couple day, we had seen lots of piles but they had been mostly dry and old. This morning, I was passing by huge fresh piles so I was on the lookout for some wild horses. I spotted a group of horses on a ridge to the north of me on the right side of the road I was travelling on so I stopped. Once I had stopped, I noticed another horse away from the group. While I was stopped there trying to get my GoPro and Lumix to take some pictures of the horses, I began to hear a noise which I could not quite figure out. It sort of sounded like a helicopter was coming from behind me. I turned around and two more horses ran up from behind me, blew past me at full speed, and ran across the road to the right and over to the other group.

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    Of course, I did not get a decent picture with 2 cameras. How lame! You can barely see the 2 in the picture above as they were headed to the right to hang with their buds. The other guys pulled up and I told them of the cool sight I had experienced and I am sure they all were saying “Whatever!”.

    We stopped at the mud hole that had held us up for quite a while the previous year. It was dry but you could still see our rut.

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    We rode further and then I saw another horse that came running up beside me. We seemed to be on parallel courses so we cruised along together. The whole time, I thought I was taking pictures with my GoPro (I had it set to take a picture every 30 seconds) but apparently it was not on. DUH! He slowed down and I slowed down thinking I could get a shot of him with my Lumix. He stopped and I stopped and just as I put my foot down, Kramsetac blew past me at insane speed. It kind of scared me. I had no idea he was there. He went chasing after the horse and I set my GoPro to video and went off after him. I saw he had stopped and just as I approached him, 2 antelope zipped right across my path between me and him. I did not see them coming so that was another surprise. I tried to get him to take some pictures of them but I think they were gone before he figured out what I was blathering on about. Wow!

    We rode down a cool canyon toward the water crossing that had slowed us down a bit the year before. It was nothing to ride across this time. No group pushing the bikes across required.

    From there, we were on a gravel superhighway until we reached 290. We waited for quite a while at the intersection for everyone to catch up. Then we headed to the intersection of 290 and 95 where there is a Chevron gas station. After filling up, washing up, eating, and spending some time enjoying the AC, we headed back north on 290 to Paradise Valley. We planned to have lunch in PV and then head to the north over Hinkey Pass. Unfortunately, there was no one at the Saloon in PV to feed us. The sign said they should be open but no one was around. Someone pulled up and told us they were over at the park and would be back in an hour or so to get back to running the Saloon. There was a funeral or something going on at the park and everyone was there. We did not feel like waiting so headed north.

    Hinkey Pass was fun!

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    Dr. Dan took off up this hill to see what was at the top.

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    Kramsetac also went up there or a look around. I had seen a radio site to the west of where we were so I headed over there to take a look. I met a guy, Chris, and his son up there. I spent some time talking to Chris. He was an interesting fella who was involved in Search and Rescue. He showed me some cool stuff on the maps including where the Chreiten van was found and where he wanted to go back to search for the missing husband.

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    You can barely see the road that Dr. Dan and Kramsetac went up and also the rest of the group in this picture.

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    We headed to the north making our way towards McDermitt. Kramsetac pulled up next to me complaining of a strange noise coming from his bike. I told him there was a building just down the road a bit and that we should stop there and take a look at his bike.

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    We stopped to have a look. Uhoh!!! It turned out his sprocket was only held on by one bolt with a nut and one without. I don’t have any pictures of it but I know someone else does! Everyone scrounged thru their kits and found enough bolts and nuts to reattach the sprocket.

    There was lots of traffic on the roads up here. The wind was blowing as we made our way to Windy Gap.

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    We headed down the grade.

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    Then we hit Highway 95 and headed north to McDermitt for some gasoline and late lunch. We were happy to get in out of the wind as we made our way back into the Say When Casino for some chow.

    We headed southwest out of McDermitt on the route. Supposedly we were on 798 but it looked like this:

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    Everyone was wondering what I was thinking including me!

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    More of 798…

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    And finally we ran across this, which turned out to be 798 too…

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    I was running down this super freeway at the terminal velocity of the mighty KLX for quite some time when I thought, maybe I should slow down a bit. I dialed back the throttle and then there was this. That gate next to the cattle guard looks open but it is not!

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    The road got more fun as we headed across the desert. Somewhere in here, I realized we still had a long way to go to get back to Denio Junction and the sun was getting kinda close to the horizon! We needed to hurry up a bit!


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    This gate was unlatched so I just pushed it open with my front tire.

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    And then, we ran into this fence crossing the road. And then we ran into it crossing the road again. WTF? It looks like an awful fancy fence. I wonder who put it there?

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    From there, we had to do another reroute on the fly to get us back. Luckily, we were very close to the route we had taken to get from DJ to McDermitt so I just had to get us back to there and then follow our track back to DJ. It was an interesting trip with some wrong turns, sandy hills, and runs thru skanky ponds before we were on the track from 2 days prior.

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    We rode at a very brisk pace once we were on the old track to DJ. There were some challenging sections ahead and we wanted to get thru them in the daylight if possible. Bill was right behind me the whole way. He can really ride that KLR! My GoPro went dead so no more pictures of that. Here is a couple from a bit closer to DJ.

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    I was ripping down the road here and came very very close to hitting a barb wire gate across the road. I took some pictures with the Lumix back toward Ugo1st coming down the hill.

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    The sunset was beautiful as I rode back down Wilder Road to the highway. I made a right on the highway and then arrived at DJ. When I turned left off the highway into the Denio Junction parking lot, I spun my bike out. I blamed it on the bit of gravel on the pavement but it was mostly just because I was so excited to be back at DJ. It was not even dark yet! At least not totally…

    I walked into the bar and Bobby was ready for each of us with a Denio Burger and fries and of course the appropriate ice cold beverage. It was around 9 pm and the kitchen was closed but I had called him when we were still in McDermitt and arranged for us to have dinner in the warmer for when we arrived. If you are ever headed for DJ and know you are going to arrive after the kitchen closes, be sure to call ahead and they will cook you something up and keep it in the warmer. Bobby told me that someone had come in and told him that a guy on a motorcycle had just crashed out in the parking lot. He told her not to worry about it.

    What a fantastic day! Other than the wipeout and hurt ankle part...
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  18. KarmaSect

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    One quick post, regarding the horses. As Mastermarine said, you could tell they were near by the big piles of poop. Once sighted, however, they are extremely difficult to photograph -- they are skittish and run like hell when they see you.

    Early that morning, we saw one in the open desert. Mastermarine stopped, but I was absolutely determined to get a picture of this one. I turned on my best desert racing stance and blasted past down a very rough two track route, then cut off into the desert chasing the horse. I was able to get within about 40 feet of him, but then had to lock up the bike, come to a stop, rip up my flip-up helmet, grab my camera out of the tank bag and begin shooting. In the five to ten seconds it took to go from full bore race to focused photographer, the horse was almost gone!

    Sorry I almost ran ya over, Mastermarine!!
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  19. ugo1st

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    this fence remains a mystery to me, if anyone knows? it's all made from expensive aluminum extrusion with the posts set in concrete, My guess is government? no rancher would spend that kind of money. never saw the end of it or what it encircled, gotta be a good conspiracy story about it out there, LOL

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  20. TooTallRacing

    TooTallRacing Been here awhile

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    There is an abundance of excellent ride reports on this site, but this one is fantastic!

    I hope to follow in your tracks one day soon.