Riding the road less traveled... NW Utah

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Idahosam, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Glad you enjoyed. Well, I'm back a little early, seems Utah just isn't welcoming me........... weather wise. This time the rains and winds chased me off. more later.


    BTW, I really enjoyed your ride last year, you know the "giant loop" run. you guys were animals on that one :thumb
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  2. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    We are booked for a return trip this summer. This time I plan to make a beeline straight across so we can make it Jarbidge. The ranchers I have talked to tell me we should not have the issues with high water this time. One of them told me the Nevada Owyhee desert is suffering from a serious drought that rivals the worst of them he has ever seen in the area. I think that means something coming from the head of one of the largest ranches down there.

    I learned a bunch about the area from our trip last year and plan to use that knowledge to get us around some of the obstacles we ran into last year. One of the things I learned is to contact the ranchers. I have spent a lot of time on the phone with ranch managers and BLM folks and it really helps to build up the excitement. I have spent hours looking at maps and reading books. I just received a cool book about the history of the Owyhee today and have been reading it ever since. Should be a blast! :D

    We should chat if you make another attempt to visit the Escalante NM and Glen Canyon NRA. There are some neat things down there.
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  3. Idahosam

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    So your coming back over cool! let me know what your plan is; if the timings right maybe I could tag along for a bit. :dunno

    Nevada is a magical plan indeed. The ranchers are pretty good folks in general with a few A-holes thrown-in but hey you'll find that anywhere.

    Now that book about the Owyhees wouldn't be "Owyhee Trails The West's Forgotten Corner" by Mike Hanley... would it? He lives in Jordon Valley laid back kinda guy.

    See you out there :ricky :muutt :thumb :ricky
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  4. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    That's the one! :lol3

    I also picked up "Get Lost - Adventure Tours in the Owyhee Desert" by Steve Silva. Unfortunately he does not go into Nevada much on his routes but there is lots of info in there too.

    Sorry for the derail on your thread.
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  5. Idahosam

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    Well, to finish this little ride up. To Quote


    "If we wait for the perfect moment to exercise our good intentions, we will live our lives in dreamy expectations while dozing through the realities of today!"


    —Ted L. Hanks, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, May 22, 1980.



    "... Good intentions are of little value if there is continual delay in putting them in practice. Some people muddle through a whole lifetime toying with the idea of doing something worthwhile--something that will justify their existence and make the world a bit the better for their being in it."


    —James G. Keller, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Feb. 11, 1954.


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    I had been watching the NOAA site pretty close and found a window of opportunity, that and I was caught up on the yard work :D.



    It was now time to go back down and wander around a bit more.




    So, picking this up just out of Oakley again...


    Here's the turn off to the City of Rocks, just up over the hill about a mile or so.


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    a couple of miles later I spy this :huh hey wait a minute!! I'm suppose to have sunshine for the next 3 days; sure hope it's not a bad omen.


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    All that's left of Moulton, ID


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    Now this is just not what I was expecting


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    Well, the bright side is it's just enough to keep the dust knocked down:brow


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    some random shots along the way


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    I did get puked on a little but the road managed to meander out of much of it.


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    YeeHaw dropping into Utah


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    Once again I rolled through the hamlet Grouse Creek and go figure the dang store was still closed. but they do have poggie bait, sodas and gas, if I can just time it right. rolled up the throttle headed out, the weather was looking good thunder boomers way off to the southwest.


    made it to Highway 30 took a short break

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    Then headed on straight south to the grade out of Lucin. You remember the place I camped last time



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    ...it's only 4 in the afternoon, plenty of time to keep moving.


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    I sorta thought I'd do a video travel journal on this, but things don't always turn out the way you expect.

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  6. Idahosam

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    So, riding along the grade is... well... what you would expect of a railroad grade, relatively straight and level. most of the trestle's were not usable therefore bypasses around them ( I caught the only one you can ride over in the video) many of the bypasses were loose gravel or rutted and fairly deep poof Dust (some call it Talc)

    I don't know what I was expecting but as far as structure out there........ Nada, zip, zilch, except for some modern structure like a runway (paved and hanger with plane sitting next to it) UPDATE: This answers the question as to the aforementioned Runway and Hanger Thank you ADV Rinty

    Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/g...fe-alone-in-a-hangar.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all


    After my intro video I put my HD camera away because in reality you saw pretty much the ride in 2 minutes, with exception of the beauty of the vastness and beautiful vistas.

    OK, what little I found I'll share with you

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    Looks like something is brewing back to the west

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    TERRACE...... or what left of this once bustling hub.

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    The only legible graves in the cemetery

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    This one had a good life...
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    I think I like the epitaph



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    Alright moving on down the line...

    There are numerous sidings along the way, just some random shots along the line:D


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    From what I was told by the Ranger when I was at the Golden Spike site about every 25 to 30 miles towns cropped up at the whistle stops as the trains could only go about that far before needing more water and fuel.

    So, that said the next stop was Kelton...


    This cemetery had a care take of a sort, as every grave had a plastic flower placed in it. Most the names are long lost unbeknownst but to God. Life must have been brutal out here as most of the graves were children.

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    Getting late in the day now, a little after 7 PM and I'm about half way through, so I think I'll find a spot out of the wind and call it a day

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    Yea that'll do!

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    Now for a nutritious dinner

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    This tire is holding up pretty good ( I put it on in Houston TX)
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  7. Idahosam

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    Figured for those interested in a little history of this area..
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  8. Bob

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    Thanks for this report Sam, I drive the section from Sacramento to Wells several times a year.

    Back in 2000/2001 I read "Nothing like it in the World" by Steven Ambrose, any interesting book about building the RR and their trials and tribulations.
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  9. SparkyL

    SparkyL Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the cool report Sam. I thought your video was un-lame. But those wide open spaces are still bending my mind. It's nothing like that here.
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  10. Idahosam

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    Your welcome, glad your enjoying. you need to come out and see this for yourself.

    :wave Hi'ya Bob, how you been?
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  11. Idahosam

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    So, I had myself a nice dinner, and figured it time to settle into bed about dark. As I lay in my tent being serenaded by the coyotes they went silent to be followed by quite the light and thunder show... one that made the ground shake:eek1 Then came the wind accompanied by rain. Oh please stop raining. I drifted in and out all night as my tent fly would snap in the wind.

    Got up first light to a heavy overcast, and a tacky ground, thankfully most of the moisture was absorbed. Packed up and started out thinking it will clear-up... nope not happening, I rode in and out of drizzles, so after 20+ miles I came to an intersection sign said Snowville 24 miles. dang I have covered 70 of the 90 miles so far... I headed to Snowville a good hard packed road I ran 70 easy into town. Well, might as well get something to eat and warm up a bit.

    Deju vu I feel I've been here before :lol3

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    My waitress was asking if I got wet? and that the weather reports are predicting high winds and rain today increasing tomorrow...:becca:baldy:hmmmmmgot make lemonade out of these lemons, I ain't putting a tent up in the mud and rain.


    Well, once again I'll head home since it's clear Utah is not liking me much. Headed up 30 towards Malta, nothing special but when I stopped in Malta..... and this is the truth, I saw two young gals come out of the small store literally bare foot and pregnant jump into a car that looked it was used in a demolition derby with kids strapped in the back seat. Move over East Kentucky :lol3........... :jack

    Just out of town I ran across this marker

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    See the rain chasing me

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    Took a left in Malta and rode up 77 to Albion, beautiful valley. Some random shots of the valley

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    Rolled into Albion took a short break at the city park and snap these shots

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    Rain is catching up again time to move out


    I remember years ago reading about the Minidoka Interment Camp in the area, so I decided to side trip over and look for it; all the time darting in and out of rain showers.


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    This was a travesty........ let's remember to think before we over react.


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    Dang rain is catching up again.


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    There was no more out running the rain, so cameras put away and 160 mile in the pouring rain to the house, and so that was my Day trippin; hope you all enjoyed.

    Let's see what I can dream up now.
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  12. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Crazy to believe all the people that moved through some of those areas, and how empty some of it became.

    Will have to find that Ambrose book
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  13. Bob

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    Hey Sam, I've been right here!:D Waiting for the weather to improve so you can make more additions to this most interesting report!

    I went to school with a guy whose parents lost everything when they were relocated. I also worked for a guy who was a young boy during the war who was also relocated from Monterey/Salinas area to Poston AZ. In the late 1970's He went to AZ to bring back memoribilia for a memorial in Salinas.

    A sad day in our history.

    On a happier note, I should be in ID the end of June.:clap
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  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Moya's lookin' good!
    Wow, you get such excellent mileage!! :eek1



    Looks like a nice ride (when the weather's not messing with you). Bet you're breathing some sweet, clean air. :D

    I really love these photos...

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    (Idaho? Bob, are you going to a Glorp party at Questor's place?:evil)
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  15. Idahosam

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    Hey there littlewan :wave. I too have been out playing in the desert:lol3 What do you mean good gas mileage? I forgot you guys have a 950? also 2 up and gear for 2.


    Yea I like the new gearing, but I think it's getting time to look at the water pump soon $%^&

    Funny, I was just looking over my map of Death Valley and going over your guys ride so I know where all the cool places are.

    OK, :scratch Whats a Glorp Party.
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    Yea Bob, well I can tell you it's cold here right now, only hit about 48 for a high today.
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  17. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Nice videos of the joining of the two RRs. For that event being such a big accomplishment in that time in history, it is sad that the rails are no longer there. Hell of a day trip!:D
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    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Haha, it's just something from our last ride report.
    If you remember from his many RRs, Questor always makes 1 pot meals (various combos of canned meat, veggies, soup, etc. all mixed together) and calls them "Glorp."


    Matt and I were teasing Questor that he should have an ADV party at his place since there's such great riding in Idaho.
    We said it would be B.Y.O.G. - bring your own Glorp.

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    anyway. I think I'm the only who laughed at that one...

    We had a 950 and got pretty good mileage (in the high 30s). Now we're on a 990 and we're often getting 25mpg. I'm excited to get 32 mpg.
    Part of it is the fuel injection, it seems like 2007 is a bad year for that.
    Part of it is the driver :evil (he sometimes gets worse mileage when he rides alone).

    Death Valley seems like the perfect place for you visit when ID is snowed in!
    Maybe you'll find the marble bathtub that we missed...
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  19. Idahosam

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    OMG :eek1 that looks like something I ate in my Army days... but we had a different name for it :augieif you know what I mean:brow so GLORP sounds good. Seems now I remember when reading his RR's YES! East Idaho has some beautiful country along with NW Montana and Wyoming. Come on over.

    Weird, My Moya is an 07 too but the worst I've ever gotten was 36 mpg and that's when my back tire only lasted 1600 miles:D Maybe cause Moya's my Maui girl.

    In case you were wondering

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  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Would that be "S.O.S.?" My dad was in the air force and he was always talking about SOS (as he spooned it onto my plate :puke1).

    WTH? I think Matt needs to look into re-mapping.
    How come all the other hooligans get better mileage than us? :huh



    Whoa. You about made my head explode with that Farscape link..

    the direction in which a Leviathan travels depends on the its entry vector into one dimensional space-time, but the information that makes up the entry vector is converted into a scalar value in one dimensional space-time, thus making the exit vector a completely random value. Because of this random exit vector, reverse navigation is not as simple as turning the ship around and Starbursting again. The ships pilot must replot an entirely new vector based on their current and previous navigational positions (the latter of which can often be pure speculation and intuition on the pilot's part)..
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