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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.
Thanks for throwing us a bone, Ding Weeds
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After this, and Dockingpilot's epic report, there may need to be an ADV traffic light up on the Gravellys next season ...
We were up early... it was a bit chilly, if I recall.
A quick breakfast and coffee. Everyone got themselves all packed up without incident.
and then it was a "Good Morning" and introductions:
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And then... wheel's rollin'!
Today's route would start by gently easing us down out of the Gravelly's, and then trying to punch through a back way to Virginia City. Tony and I had gone back and forth speculating whether the route would be open or private, and we'd decided it was worth a try.
Unfortunately, Bob's bike got up on the wrong side of the bed. We were hoping it was just the altitude, but he was way down on power, and sputtering.
these wide vista shots are the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. Must be the autumn sun light or something.
I've been there ( Colorado) and it didn't look that good.
Thanks, Tom (I think ) I fully admit that I run all our shots through Lightroom and tweak them. My only objective is to clean them up, level and crop, and make the scenes look the way I remember them. The Canon and the Leica both capture RAW data which by definition just records what the sensor sees with virtually no consideration for how our eyes or more importantly how our brain sees. The P&S Olympus spits out JPEGS following a pre-determined algorithm to pare down the RAW data to what Olympus engineers feel is how the scene looked. Problem is... they weren't there, I was.
Sometimes I'll pull up an photo in Lightroom and I'll say to myself, "what the heck was I thinking taking this shot?" And then I'll adjust the white balance, push some sliders back and forth and then a light bulb goes off, "Oh yeah... that's why". It's an interesting exercise in technology and perception. I can't say that the way my photos are presented is exactly how reality looked... our riding partners can better speak to that. All I can say is that is how I remembered it.
was almost the mirror image of the evening light that ended yesterday's ride.
I think Tony might be right about the Gravelly's being a destination.
It's a beautiful morning, we're riding an easy pace, early start, and we've nicely spread out:
We spy the Madison River to our East. We won't be going down there, but rather approach from the west, skirt north along it for a bit, and then head back up in elevation, west again towards Virginia City.
takes the opportunity to split off, and ride pavement to V-City and meet us, 'cause the next section is a big unknown.
Big Dog lets everyone pass as he takes photos, and then passes us back:
We swap taking pix of each other:
Just havin' fun.
these guys were hanging out having brunch,
then it was back in the hills via the back way to Virginia City.
apprehensive. I mean, here I am, a NYC city slicker, spec'ing a backroad route that I "think" maybe might just connect. A route that I've traced out on possibly outdated and inaccurate maps, and cross-referencing that with some grainy satellite images from Google Earth. And six other riders trust me enough to follow. I mean "Ive only been here in my imagination."
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It's pretty tastey.
It's not a super long stretch... 15 miles or so,
but it's loads of fun,
and gosh darn it if it doesn't actually punch through to Virginia City!
Bob manages to find us amidst the urban sprawl. He decides he doesn't want to risk his bike crapping out, and decides to stick to pavement, and head back via calmer waters.
We hold our first graduation ceremony of M10: Bob, it was an honor to ride with ya'. Hope we cross paths again.
We poked around V-City a bit,
Then saddled up, and shoved off.
we got a better sense of Virginia City's tourism draw.
You get the idea... they even had a little train station with a little train.
we resisted all temptation sucking us in to the tourist traps.
it was back to the two-track:
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which eventually widened out to a proper dirt road.
It would have been a really fun section if only the weather was a bit nicer.