Steep and Rocky's Winter Vegas Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by 650x, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. 650x

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    Winter has found its way to our new home in Payette.
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    Christmas is now over so time to load the bikes in the PU and head south. Decide to start our trip by riding around Las Vegas.

    After several hours of driving through snow and ice covered roads, we get far enough south to get out of the snow. We get to the Vegas area by mid day Thursday. Time to take a short ride before heading to or motel. Start here.

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    Kodachrome Road

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    Lots of bright colors along this road.

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    The south end of the road comes out onto this main road within sight of Vegas.

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    We turn away from Vegas and soon find this road.

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    Red Needle

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    It is hard to see in the picture, but you can barely see the Henderson in the distance.

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    Rock formation near Red Needle

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    Little bit of steep and rocky

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    Lava Butte

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    We then take Rainbow Garden road.

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    White Eagle Mine. Not much left except a hole in the ground.

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    We then take this road which should take us back towards the truck.

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    Before long we arrive back at the truck and head towards town to check into our motel. We head out to the "Strip" to look around a little as it has been a few years since we have been there.

    View from our room in the Rio Friday morning.

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    We leave on todays ride from the motel parking garage.

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    Had a really nice ride today, but it is getting late and I will work on that part of the report later. :lol3:lol3
    Stay tuned for Fridays report.
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  2. Idarider

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    :lurk As usual, at home waiting to see more pictures
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  3. oldx

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    Great pictures and report as usual.I have one more day left in Ridgecrest before I leave. Talk to y'all later.
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  4. 650x

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    Friday morning we leave directly from the Rio parking garage. Taking surface streets, manage to slip out of town with minimal traffic. Turn off a 4 lane hiway onto this road.

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    Once we get away from the hiway, we don't see another person until we get near Pahrump several hours later. :evil

    Continue on along this road.

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    Can see Vegas in the distance.

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    Not your normal view while out in the middle of the desert.

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    Cross this pipeline several times during the day.

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    Take this road

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    Old homestead site

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    Find a little rocky

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    Is difficult to see in the picture, but there is a steep and rocky section ahead.

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    Looking back at the section we just came up.

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    Continue on

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    Come out onto this paved road out in the middle of nowhere

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    Takes to Goodsprings. (We did see a couple of people in this town)

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    Leave Goodsprings on this road.

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    Head towards these radio towers.

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    Road gets very steep and a little rocky.

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    Reach Potosi Towers.

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    Note the elevation, over 6200 feet. Climbed 2000 feet in a mile or so.

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    We often ride to radio tower sites as the view is always worth it. However, not many sites offer a good view of Vegas in the distance. Would be quite a view at night.

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    First snow we saw. Too bad it was not the only snow we would see for the day. :evil

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    Looking off the other side (away from Vegas.) Will be down in that area soon.

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    Time to ride back down

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    Stop at this old mine site.

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    Take this road

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    The roads in this area are either in the bottom of a sand/gravel wash or a rocky section between washes.

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    Part of the old Potosi mine.

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    Old Potosi town site.

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    Nice house/cabin, but no one around to be seen.

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    Old Potosi Mill site. See a jeep parked, but see no people arond.

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    Leave Potosi area on this road.

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    Follow this power line for a ways. Not too bad of road except for the several steep "Vee" shaped gully crossings every hundred yards or so.

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    This would make a great "Name the Location" picture if it was not in Nevada and in the PNW.

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    Follow this road for miles towards Pahrump. Was a fairly fast road (4th and 5th gear) except for the many steep gully crossings that kept you from relaxing.

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    Not sure what the cross was about. Rocky took the picture. Maybe she will explain later.

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    Take this road for a mile or two.

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    Stop to look at this hole on the ground. Talked to two guys also looking at the hole and they said it was called Cathedral Canyon.

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    Continue on and soon reach the edge of Pahrmp.

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    Stop for a quick fuel and snack break.

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    Leave Pahrmp area via Lovell road.

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    Was a fun and fast paced road.

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    Was fast paced until we reach this.

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    Was in and out of snow for the next few miles. Part of it was slow going.

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    After a little struggle on the steeper uphill sections, reach Lovell Summit. At least it will be down hill now.

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    Turns out it was steep down hill, much of it snow covered.

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    Make it to the bottom of the steep part without incident.

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    Soon reach this paved road.

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    Could of stayed on the snow free paved road all the way to the hiway, but we have an hour of daylight left, so we take this road.

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    If you look at the sign post carefully, you will see it says the road is washed out ahead. :wink:

    Road starts out okay.

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    Little steep and rocky, but no big deal.

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    Getting into real steep and rocky. Also getting into snow again.

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    The GPS says this road will go through, but show we still have about 15 miles to go to get to a main road. We only have about 30 minutes of daylight left, are getting into more snow and it appears the extreme steep and rocky may go on for a long while. We hate to do it, but turn around and reach the paved road leading to the main hiway just as it is getting dark. The three factors; pending darkness, snow and extreme steep and rocky were more than we wanted to tackle at once. If not for the pending darkness, we may of pressed on for a while. As it was, we "wussed" out and took the easy way back to the motel. Besides, we had the Rio buffet waiting for us. Ate way too much and enjoyed every minute of it.

    Todays plan is to check out of the Rio and head towards Bullhead City. Will take a short ride on the way. Stay tuned for the next installment of our ride. Thanks for looking. :clap:clap:clap:clap
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  5. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

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    It looks like you two are having fun and enjoying the warm weather. I'm looking forward to the rest of your report.
    Thanks for sharing it! :clap
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  6. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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    Miss you two:deal
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  7. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    You two always have the best vacations! :clap
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  8. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    First off, awesome report! Makes me want to hop int he truck and go myself!

    ...and I'll say you absolutely made the right choice here. ;) Fun as it would have been to continue, given the circumstances, it was the smart choice. Go back another time to explore further, but no sense pushing your luck in the cold, dark and rocky.

    Hope the rest of the trip goes well. :)
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  9. Apple Jam

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    Kodachrome road. !!
    Looks so pretty....
    I sure never thought about riding around Vegas before this.
    Thanks for the journey!.

    BTW....You didn't "wuss" out near dark on that road,
    seems to me that you "smarted" out.
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  10. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Another great Steep and Rocky adventure!
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  11. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I didn't know you guys knew that maneuver. :eek1 :D



    Thanks for the pics. I had seen some Nevada dirt roads a few years back when flying into Reno, and had wondered what the riding would be like. Now that I have seen some from ground level, I'm thinking I need to ride them one day.
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  12. BSkye

    BSkye Been here awhile

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    Hi guys!

    Awesome ride report!!!!

    Love the scenery, soooo different !:D
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  13. Ladybug0048

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    Another great Steep and Rocky ride. The two of your really know how to enjoy the world around you.

    Last week I was reading about the Old Spanish Trail, while I'm reading about it the two of you are experiencing it. :D

    Looking forward to the rest of your ride. :lurk
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  14. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Steep, rocky and snowy! :clap
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  15. 650x

    650x Long timer

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    We had a great ride today. Am currently in Bullhead City AZ. Just got done planning tomorrows ride. Am too tired right now to do a report for todays ride. Am headed to bed. Will post it later when I get time. :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3

    It will be worth the wait.:wink::wink::wink::wink::wink::wink:
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  16. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    Great story and photo's again :clap. Looking forward to the rest of the story.
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  17. 650x

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    Saturday morning we leave Vegas behind and head south. On the way to where we planned to ride, these two ran across the road in front of us and then stopped to pose for a picture.

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    We park and unload the bikes between Nelson and the Techatticup Mine.

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    Tours are available at the mine and we make reservations to tour the mine in about 2 1/2 hours. Time for a little ride first.

    Head out this road which should take us to Lake Mohave (Colorado River below Hoover Dam)

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    Aztec Wash road. The road mostly followed the actual wash.

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    After riding for about 45 minutes, reach the river/lake.

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    Since we still have an hour and half before we had to be back to the mine, we decide to take this road that follows the nearby power line.

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    Road begins to get a little steep and rocky.

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    It turns out the road does follow the power line, but we never realized that it crossed several ridges on its way back towards the mine. The road is a lot like the Hess road in Hells Canyon, but goes on several times further. A really fun road, but was fairly slow going and we had some where to be so we had to hurry. Only stopped for a few pictures.

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    We finally reach the other end of the power line road just a few minutes before our tour time. After a very high speed run down the last few miles on a sandy wash road, we reach the mine just before our tour is to begin.

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    The mine tour costs $12.50 per person and requires a minimum of four. Our tour had four.

    Our tour guide.

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    The tour begins in this room where we learn a little history of the mine and surrounding area.

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    We then walk over to the mine entrance.

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    The tour takes you well into the mountain and down several branch tunnels off the main shaft.

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    Won't bore you with to many pictures from in the mine, but will say the tour is well worth the money and recommend it to anyone that happens to be in the area. After leaving the actual mine shaft, we walk around the grounds for a while before continuing our ride.

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    Interesting rock Rocky found.

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    After leaving the mine, we pass through Nelson where we see this marker.

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    Take this road

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    Turn off the main road onto this road.

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    After several miles, reach this area, called Keyhole Canyon.

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    Take this road

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    Then ride to the radio towers you can see in the distance.

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    View from the towers

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    After leaving the towers, we stop to check out a couple of mines.

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    Back through the town of Nelson before heading back to the truck.

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    After loading the bikes, we drive to Bullhead City AZ.

    End of Day 3.
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  18. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    Ah Las Vegas, my old stomping grounds!
    Spring Mtn range, Potosi, Good Springs, Sandy Valley, Lovell Canyon, all cool areas.
    There is so much more around there. Been through all of that! :thumb
    Went to keggers in Lovell canyon, shot coyote and rescued a dog at Mt Potosi, caught in a trap. Made the newspaper.
    Walked out of there brokn down in the snow. :eek1
    There is more treasures around there!
    Oh the stories..........:freaky

    Good on you two for searching out that area. Real good.
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  19. dhally

    dhally Hammerhead

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    Hi Alan and Katy. There's still snow on the ground here. Looks like a nice winter vacation!
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  20. GSL

    GSL Team Big Wheel

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    :clap:clap:clap As always, great report Alan! Talk to you soon... :wink:
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