Six Days, 1747 Miles, a DRZ, Exploring the Nevada Desert Solo

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  1. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    This was a ride I did last month that I keep meaning to post, but haven't had the time.


    Work got slow and I had an area of Nevada I wanted to check out. I've been wanting to get up into northern Nevada for awhile now, but it's very remote, which means if I run out of gas I'm screwed. If I crash and can't ride or walk, I'm screwed. If my chain breaks... So I tried to get a few people to ride with me, but no one was able to make it. Bummer. Guess I'm going alone. I tried to rent a sat phone, but couldn't find one. Bigger bummer. Oh well, I'm still going.

    The plan was to ride to Bridgeport then take my usual route into Nevada of Masonic road, the start of the dirt/fun. Then ride as much dirt as possible through Nevada.

    Day 1
    Aptos CA to Yerrington NV. 354 miles mostly paved.

    Not much to say about riding a DRZ on slab to NV. Once in NV the fun begins.


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    Miles of easy dirt roads. This one goes right by the Flying M Ranch, owned by the Hiltons.

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    Stayed at a casino in Yerrington the first night. It was a haul the mail type day so nothing much more to say.

    Day 2
    Yerrington to Pyramid Lake. 185 miles 40 paved.

    Following powerlines.




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    There were a lot of cattle out on this road. Most were smart enough to just get out of my way, but there was this one cow that just ran along in front of me for a mile or so. It was sandy and at low speed with a load it was tough even on my DRZ.

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    Lahontan Reservoir

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    I was trying to find the Carson Trail, but got mixed up in a very sandy area. I was extremely happy to have left my GSA at home for this one! This house was just left here in the middle of the road.

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    Finaly I found the trail through the Forty Mile Desert. Lots of sand. A lot of people died trying to cross this back in the day and it was easy to see why.


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    A strange monument to those that crossed the desert here.

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    Good thing I wasn't depending on gas being here.

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    Both my map and GPS said this road went through, but it looked like a dead end. I finaly spotted the road across the wash, but no one had traveled it in a long time. There were no more tire marks on the road after the wash.


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    I had stopped to get my bearings and was wearing my earplugs, but suddenly had the feeling I was beaing watched. I turned to my left and saw this little dude less than three feet from me.

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    Making my way to Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation and camp for the night.


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    Pyramid Lake is really cool and a great place to camp if you're ever in the area. If you're the type of ADVer that likes to smoke a little something, something keep an eye out for Officer Gagne though. He's a cool guy to talk with as long as you don't have any drugs. He has a drug sniffing dog and zero tolerance. He was telling me stories of Burning Man, it's held about a hundred miles north, and people he'd arrested. No, I don't smoke. I just don't want any of you FFs going to jail for something so minor, IMO, as pot.


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    I'll post more as time allows.

    Cheers!
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  2. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Great shots . thanks
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  3. turbotiger

    turbotiger What's my credit limit?

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    MORE!

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  4. wnc96

    wnc96 Adventurer

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    Keep em coming ...
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  5. jeffrey hamlin

    jeffrey hamlin Been here awhile

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    I normally don't post on ride reports, but this one caught my eye. I think it is so cool that you just took off by yourself and went on an adventure. Sure, sat phones and friends are cool to have around, but the real adventure starts when you have no one to rely on. That being said...BE SAFE and keep the reports coming.

    JEFF
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  6. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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  7. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    +1
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  8. contacterich

    contacterich Been here awhile

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    ...great report too! I've been up around Pyramid Lake many times & really dig that area. Thanks for sharing the ride!
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  9. robincx

    robincx Wherever u go, there u r

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    Love it, I think you just sold my wife on a thumper.
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  10. Oldrice

    Oldrice oldrice.com

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    I can't wait for more dude. Brings back a lot of memories. I grew up on the west side and now I'm in Michigan and I long for wide open desert. Nice job dude. Keep it coming!

    Oldrice
    Originally from SoCal, born in LV.
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  11. Jedediah

    Jedediah Been here awhile

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    Nice read (and pics) so far. Looking FWD to the rest.

    Thanks for posting,

    Jed.
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  12. RogerDe

    RogerDe Dust In The Wind

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    Keep the pic's & ride report going...Ride On...
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  13. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    I got a nice peaceful feeling of solitude while checking out your report.
    It took me away............................
    Thanks for sharing!
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  14. mievil

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    Awesome awesome awesome. As long as it's not ultra hot. Looks like a very, very good and almost euphoric solo trip.
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  15. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Nice rabbit picture!!!:bow
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  16. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    Day 3
    Pyramid Lake to Fernly. 260 miles about 40 paved.

    This was my favorite day. I was in the groove, riding with a load well and still fresh on the ride. I covered a lot of dirt this day and traveled some very remote areas. I did however chicken out/come to my senses and realise I really shouldn't be going north past the Black Rock Desert like I had planned. If something were to happen it would be awhile before my body was found. So I decided to do a loop from Pyramid lake up to the BRD and back down to Fernly.

    The Needles, Pyramid lake.

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    Looking North towards the Smoke Creek Desert. This was an abandoned quarry, with some buildings scattered about. The land was now owned by the Piute Indian Tribe of Pyramid Lake. They had spray painted the buildigns as such, making sure to say, "No firearms." Guess those Indians just don't trust white people with guns. :evil

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    Finally found it.

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    There are a lot of abandoned ranch buildings out here. This was still in use for cattle to get a drink though.

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    I found this little used road and decided to take it. I was just cruising along at about 45-50 checking the veiw when I notice about ten feet in front of me the road is completly washed out. I had enough time to yell, "OH SHIT!" before hitting the gas hard to get the front wheel up.

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    This was the first time this has happened to me and I'm stoked I passed the test this time. If I'd applied the brakes, which is what your fear is screaming at you to do, I would've ended up coming to a stop very abruptly, as I impacted the other side. The outcome could've been very bad. I was out in the middle of nowhere, off the main road. I wonder how long it would take to get help. I'm also very glad I wasn't on the GSA as I'm sure it would've broken the frame. I noticed latter on that I had lost my plate and I figure it happened here when the suspension bottomed out.

    Smoke Creek Desert on the left and Black Rock Desert on the right.

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    Gerlach is the area with the trees straight ahead.

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    The only evidence that Burning man and 35,000 people were out on the Playa a week before.


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    It wasn't always clear which way to go. Finding my way back south was a little tricky at times.

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    This road was fun. Not used in awhile with no one around and about 30 miles or so with rocks, turns, rises and descents, and best of all no damn whoops!

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    Looking back towards the BRD's Playa, it's the flat, tan area way back there.

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    There was a lot of map reading going on for this ride.

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    Ok, I need to speak with both Benchmark maps, and Garmin. This was supposed to be a well maintained dirt road not single track! Not that I'm complaining mind you.

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    opps.

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    I'd done a complete loop back to where I had decended to Pyramid lake the day before. This is looking down on that same road from above.

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    And out over a valley I'd crossed yesterday as well.

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    Another very cool thing about Nevada, most gates are unlocked. Just leave 'em as you find 'em.

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    That night I had a few too many beers with my new buddy Pedro. It was a very fun day!

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  17. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    She'll love a thumper. Best damn ADV bikes out there, barring the 950 SE of course! :deal There's nothing a thumper won't do, besides haul ass on pavement, and who wants to ride pavement anyway? :evil

    Cheers!
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  18. TurnerR

    TurnerR Getcha Pull

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    Awsome pics man! I love this report. I also love your bike! I just grabbed a drz and this bike is a big inspiration. What tires are you running and what gps mount is that? Edge taillight? I hope you got more pics man!

    This pic is my Favorite. Makes ya feel pretty small in the world.

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  19. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    Day 4
    Fernly to Big Pine CA. 265 miles with far too much pavement today.

    For some strange reason I decided to go to Death Valley after all that. I really should have just gone home, but there were a few things I really wanted to do down there, besides I was trying to push myself.


    Nevada, I absolutely love this place. Making my way south past Hawthorne to Big Pine CA. There were some really fun sections of high speed desert hardpack. This day was all about getting south as fast as possible, while still hitting up some new dirt. I made pretty good time, but didn't take many pics.

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    The ammo dump at Hawthorne NV.

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  20. AllenTC2

    AllenTC2 Pokey

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    Awesome pics......but that is the evilest hare I've ever seen!
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