Winnemucca Wanderings - North Central Nevada Loop

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  1. Sumbike

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    Exiting the range into the Monitor Valley we headed straight for the Geographic Center of Nevada, no doubt there is a big visitor center, restaurants, tours, etc there - yeah, right!
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    Going south to Forest Road 001 up through Sam's Canyon to Pete's Summit and Toquina Caves, we hiked about 1/2 mile to view the caves. Pretty vivid petroglyphs, good views too.
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  2. Sumbike

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    From the caves we went generally north west down out of the mountains to Spencer Hot Springs and set up camp near the round cattle trough like pool. Had a nice soak in the evening, the temperature of the water was perfect!
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    Day 6: We tried for an earlier start, were loaded and on the road by 8:15, we planned to reach Winnemucca by the end of the day. Our first goal was to go over Kingston Pass. We'd camped at Berlin a few times in the past years in the spring and have never been able to make it over the pass due to too much snow. Shouldn't have that problem on October 1. This is looking down the west side of the pass, we'd previously been as far as the road below, just couldn't make the last switchback over the top.
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    Then on into Austin for a late breakfast.
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    We slabbed it on 305 about 40 miles to Fish Creek Rd and headed west.
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  3. Sumbike

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    Fish Creek Rd was a nice track through the Fish Creek Mountains, it dropped us out in the Buffalo Valley.
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    Turned south west to Golconda Canyon and took that west over Golconda Summit. Lots of wash outs on this road. Fortunately and ATV or something had gone through there and made some work arounds, a challenging and fun section.
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    Golconda Summit, another of the many gates we went through on this trip.
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    And down the other side, scenic and very little used.
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  4. Sumbike

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    Here was a real treat of Golconda Canyon, a group of big horn sheep, so cool!!!
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    Then another herd of Nevada cow elk who weren't too sure if they would let us go by.
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    And then the long, straight Grass Valley Road north to Winnemucca, load the truck and drive back to Sacramento.
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    That's it from me. Hopefully, Dave can add in his thoughts and pics. A great trip, amazing riding and scenery, some real surprises in what is out there - or not, like so few people. The bikes worked perfectly on this ride and were the perfect choice especially for places like Telegraph Canyon and coming out of the Owyhee River, no hick ups, no mechanicals, no flats - am I jinxing myself by saying so? It was a bit cooler than expected, generally fine during the days. Good times with a good friend!
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  5. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    I love this state. Thanks for the excellent Ride Report.
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  6. Countdown

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    Didn't go by Diana's Punch Bowl?

    Are you going to post GPS Tracks?

    Need waypoint for center of state?
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  7. liv2day

    liv2day Been here awhile

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    So glad I started reading this report and followed along, excellent pictures and story of your trip :thumb:thumb

    I just listed my 690 and plan to replace it with a WR250, have read a couple reports on guys taking these bikes on treks like this - outstanding.

    Thank you for taking the time to post all the pics and write the report. Curious - how many miles did you end up covering in total? That's one hell of a loop to cover in 6 days :ricky

    Super cool signs from the 1800s, crazy to think of how hard it must have been back then.
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  8. Sumbike

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    Countdown - Didn't go to Diana's Punch Bowl, hadn't heard of it. Will research and put it on the list. I can post the tracks once I up load them. I think Dave has the way point for the center of the state, I can get really close.

    Liv2day - Thanks for the nice words regarding the report. Always fun to "relive" the experience through pictures and reports. Think my camera is at the end of its life though, the colors just didn't seem as vivid as I remembered. Total miles was 795 with maybe 15% paved. The WRR is an amazing tool, surprisingly so, all around dirt as well as on the interstate. We found we got right at about 55 mpg loaded, typically unloaded 65-70.
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  9. avejoe

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    IMG_1098.JPG IMG_1147.JPG IMG_1148.JPG IMG_1163.JPG It was a great trip. Just the right amount of getting lost, changes of plan, foul weather, scenery, and great trails.
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  10. Sumbike

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    Geographic Center of Nevada:
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  11. Sfcootz

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    ooooh. Just saw this thread. I know what I am doing after work tonight. Can't wait to read this whole report.
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  12. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Great report... looks like an excellent adventure! I would enjoy following this route. It seems you picked the best time of year... cooler temps and snow is gone from the previous winter. I was surprised to see the stock tank on your WR's. I guess the rotopax is a good option for an extra stash of fuel (just in case). Thank for sharing your route/story.
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  13. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting, great RR:1drink
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  14. avejoe

    avejoe Been here awhile

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    We both have the IMS 3.1 gal tanks and we carried one gal rotopax. I rolled into Owyhee on fumes and put 3.12 gals into a 3.1 gal tank. We never needed to tap the rotopax, but it gave peace of mind. We calculated we were getting 55 miles mpg.

    We may have been in trouble if we couldn't get across the Owyhee River. The work around may have added more than 55 miles.

    The WR is an awesome bike for this kind of trip. Reliable, fairly easy to pick up, and enough guts to run 65 on the freeway.
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  15. avejoe

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    So here's the background about the "cow elk".

    We figured to run into lots of hunters on our trip given the dates. We didn't run into many until the weekend. I'm not going to lie and say the increased quad/side by side/4x4 traffic, road hunters, and being around unknown folk with rifles made me real comfortable.

    Anyway, we we're headed down a trail and a couple in a Suburban were coming up. Not much room to pass so I stopped and said hi. The guy says hi and I ask how they're doing. Guy answers good and says "she has a deer tag and I have a cow tag". "Cow tag!?, why there are several right around the next corner". Guy starts to get excited sits up and reaches for his gear shift. Then he stops, slumps and says, "NOT THOSE KIND OF COWS!".

    Heyoooo!

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    Thanks for the report. That looks like a great area to ride. I've been contemplating getting a WR. At 62, my 990 is getting a little bit too much. And the KLR is not much better.
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  17. Bonnie & Clyde

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    Good stuff!
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