Steep and Rocky's Black Rock Desert Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by 650x, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. dhally

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    Hey Steep and Rocky, I'm glad to see you're finally settled in enough to do some riding! Those old mining roads sure look steep. The people who explored that area must have been tough.
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  2. 650x

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    Hi Sam:

    The DRZ would be fine for the roads we rode. However, in some places the big KTM would be perfect but could be a bit of a handful in other places. Not sure which one I would take if I had your choice of bikes. From the perspective of what I have for bike choices, I would not of wanted the wee strom for most of what we rode the first day except where we had to hit the main road near the last part of the day. In a few places, wished for my 525. The wee strom would of been fine for the second day except for the side trip up to the mine with the steep and rocky road. As it was, the X did fine for the entire trip and for me splits the difference between the wee strom and the 525 pretty well.


    Whatever you ride, make sure you have plenty of fuel and give yourself plenty of time as the distances out there are huge and the area very remote. We want to go back and explore some of the stuff we missed on this trip. Get with me some time and I can fill you in on the neat routes we had planned but didn't have time to ride. We don't live that far away anymore.
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  3. Bob

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    Thanks for the great ride, just wondering if you or anyone else has any idea of what this would be like in a couple of weeks. (Thanksgiving)
    I noticed some remnants of snow on one of those roads?
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  4. Sliverpicker

    Sliverpicker Been here awhile

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    Hey bob,

    I operate an LC-4 also and that area would be the bomb for those !

    Always wanted to do Nevada when it`s not 120 degrees out.

    Are you good on routes and planning ?
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  5. Remarksman

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    Looks like a nice ride -- lots of neat side trips and interesting stops. I could even handle camping at Stevens Camp :D
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  6. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Hopefully won't end up like the Stolpa's :eek1
    By the way we didn't hear The rest of the story.
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  7. 650x

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    Not sure myself why Rocky has not posted something about the Stolpa family as she is usually the one to tell the "rest of the story." Could be there is not that much available to tell. In any case, did a quick search and found this one article that tells a little about it;

    http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20041217/LIFE/112170011


    I also remember seeing the move about the incident when it came out on TV several years ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowbound:_The_Jim_and_Jennifer_Stolpa_Story

    Since being in the area, we plan to watch the movie again some time in the future when we have time. Can rent it for a few $$ from Amazon and stream it to our TV.
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  8. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Again Great Story. I guess they divorced many years later. I found this


    "Jim and I divorced because we grew apart, in different directions. We are still very good friends, we are both remarried, and the kids are doing wonderful! Clayton has graduated high school, and plans to go to college. He is VERY musically inclined; he writes, plays, and produces beautiful music.
    I know it's hard to think that after such an event we could grow apart, but life is funny that way....
    I will never forget what we went through, and what he did for me and Clayton. We still love each other, and we are proud of that fact! Most divorces are bitter and ugly, and the kids suffer.... ours have flourished.
    Thanks for thinking of us, and be sure to watch the Discovery Channels "I Shouldn't be Alive" series... we were the first episode of the first season!
    Best Regards, "


    Jennifer Stolpa-Repetti.

    So When's the next installment of the "Steep and Rocky Show" ... Hey Rocky watch me pull a....:lol3


    All you guys need now is a Mr Pee-Body
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  9. GSL

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    As always, great photo essay Alan! :clap:clap:clap

    Hi Katy! :wave

    Hope the move dust is finally settling. Would love to get together again for some rides!
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  10. GhostRunner

    GhostRunner Been here awhile

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    As always, really good ride report and pix..Northwestern Nevada is one of my favorite places. After three different week-long 4X4 trips down there, I still haven't had my fill. The last trip started out at Imlay, just south of Winnemucca and followed the Applegate Trail all the way to Cedarville, CA. That was the trip we spent Halloween night at Soldier Meadows.

    Your report brought back some great memories...Thanks for sharing.

    Mick
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  11. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Just wanted to say thanks you two, As I site here plotting, I just went back through and plotted the Applegate section into my spring ride (my Pony Express return route) Probably stay in Cederville, CA for the night though, and then follow on up toward Denio. Thanks for sharing

    Is winter over yet? OH, yea it's not really here yet :lol3 must be global warming.:norton


    To you and yours, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season,

    Sam aka: IDS
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