“The country through which we passed today was diversified…”

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Revelstoker, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    Having spent hundreds of miles behind Revelstoker, I came to the conclusion, rightly or wrongly, that it was because the plate, when mounted horizontally, would interfere with the exhaust outflow - and there is the added benefit of an elongated mudflap.
  2. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    I can think of an 'authority' that has his mounted this way as well, and I'm pretty sure he's following this report :wink:
  3. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    When I was just a baby my mama told me son,
    Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
    But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
    When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry

    Johnny Cash

    We awoke with a very thin layer of frost on the tents. Gary's choice of campspots had been great as it was well hidden and quiet.
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    We were on it early today.
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    We rode back into McDermitt for breakfast at The Say When Casino. Gary had the heart smart breakfast of fried eggs, potato’s and pork-chops. There are some great historical shots on the walls of the Casino. The history of McDermitt goes back to the 1860’s when it had been a Calvary outpost.
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    The White Horse Inn had some character which the other motels in town lacked. Looked like it had been awhile since the last guest stayed there though. Apparently, word has it that the White Horse had been a brothel.
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    The route took us into Oregon for a brief glimpse and then shot us back down into Nevada for the rest of the day.
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    We started West on Disaster Peak Road which after the first few kilometer’s became a nicely graded ripper.
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    A good portion of the next few hours were spent doing a circumnavigation of Disaster Peak – a few gates, but nice cruising. This was a nice change from the last few days of low speed double track. Normally I’d have been all over having more single and double track, but both Gary & I were tired and we were starting to smell home.
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    We rode up a nice draw which had a pleasant stream running down. After seeing cattle all through our ride spending the Summer in the middle of the desert, I felt that the cows which were Summering here were in the lap of luxury. We stopped at this rancher’s outpost for a look around.
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    It was buttoned up pretty tight – up in the rafters was this leg-hold trap. Don’t know if was meant for rats or people feeling around for the hidden keys.
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    Cool shady spot for the horses no doubt.
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    Eventually coming out of the last draw we made our way to the next plateau. I hadn’t stood on a rock for awhile and felt compelled. Looking at this picture, I think that may be the top of Disaster Peak just off of my left elbow.
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    Gary had a real cloud hanging over his head today…a nice white fluffy one.
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    Wheelside view.
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    We proceeded through to Denio Junction. Our arrival was nicely timed as they had been out of gas for the last day and the fuel truck had just arrived. Apparently hunting season had just begun and the hunter’s had cleaned them out of fuel. Thankfully it appeared that hunters were indifferent about RedBull and they were well stocked - I was pleased.
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    Some of the Denio locals.
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    After Denio Junction, the riding became a perfect mix of double track, rocks and hills. We were still experiencing the ‘Groundhog Day Effect’ though – up one side of the range, down the other, across the flats and repeat. It is actually pretty interesting though as the terrain changes on a minute to minute basis.
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    There's a trail somewhere in this picture.
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    My panniers took a real beating on the way up one of these climbs! This was a great ascent that I’ll remember for awhile; it was a road that had narrowed down to double and single track and big rocks had been rolling onto the road from above. I was motoring up the road and it would get narrow in spots to the point that I hit first my left pannier hard on a boulder and then my right pannier on another a couple meters later. Not wanting to stop for momentum reasons, I kept the speed going until the top. Inspection of both panniers and mounts revealed some damage! They were still on…but the bag/mount interface was questionable!
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    Off they come for a massage.
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    Panniers back on the rack and off we went…but not before a nutritious snack.
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    The valley bottoms were dry as can be. Here’s a shot of what is ahead.
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    Flat and dry.
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    While I was taking this shot of the remains of the poor cow who’s skull had been placed like some pagan warning…
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    Gary was taking this shot.
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    Here comes Gary deftly picking his way through the sage and silty double track.
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    Riding through the Sheldon National Antelope Refuge we came upon the headquarter’s dating back to the years from 1885 to 1931. It is still in really great shape. It had originally been a ranch house for The Last Chance Ranch.
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    Gas tank view of the road ahead.
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    The Spence-Craft was probably a real beauty in it’s day – it even has A/C on the roof. Great era for trailers when this was built. I bet it weighs five tons! The roads must have been a lot better when it arrived here as I can’t imagine it was a pleasant trip otherwise.
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    I can’t even begin to describe the dust over the next section. Looking in my rear view mirror presented a plume that was thick and expansive. When I stopped to take a picture I became engulfed.
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    Gary a few kilometer’s behind in an effort to save his lungs and the 640’s filter from becoming clogged.
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    It was getting dark early and it was obviously going to be a Clif Bar, beef jerkey and Corn Nut dinner tonight as we made our way way through a very dry place…kind of like my anticipated dinner.
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    Gary approaching. It wasn’t really this dark yet, but the photo makes it look that way.
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    Gary, aka Rolling Thunder, making his way past an abandoned farm.
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    We did end up setting our tents up in the dark after having a hard time finding a good spot. We were, for all intent, done with Nevada. Tomorrow we’d be in California before clearing our eyes of the sleepy-bugs.
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  4. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    Caption: 'Captain Morgan does the TAT'

    Loving the ride, keep on keepin' on!

    BTW, did you see any (rattle)snakes on your trip?
  5. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Only snake we met was Northern Traveller! I actually ran over a real snake just before the US/Mexico border. I turned around to see the carnage, but it had already slithered away. I guess TKC's are snake friendly tires.
    Thanks Bart by the way. Next time you need to be there - your company was sorely missed.
  6. nomad guy

    nomad guy A legal alien

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    love your writing, love the pics.:clap
    it is really refreshing reading an intelligent ride report.
    love the the 640 (though i ride a 950 )
    i hope to ride those views next year.
    cheers
    guy
  7. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Thanks. I've seen it a few times but never knew. It is funny because the USA has all kinds of laws on location but then you see street bikes with it mounted inside the rear fender where it is readable by almost no one. :dunnoSo you never know what you can get away with.

    Anyway - sorry to sidetrack things. Thanks again for the great RR. Loving every minute it. :ricky:kumbaya
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  8. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Rich, it took me some time to read ur "génial" RR !
    What a pleasure ! You crossed some wonderful places.
    but you should remember it's holidays and stay at peace ;)
    carpe diem. :D :norton
    Great pictures. As a matter of fact, if you dont mind, there are some I wish to propose for the Front Page.
    Please, keep going with this amazing of yours !
    bravo à vous 2 !
    /thierry
  9. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Thanks very much for the kind words...and point well taken Thierry.
    The front page of ADV for a picture would be an honour that my Olympus would enjoy immensely!
    Momento mori.
  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  11. trackhead

    trackhead Utard Wankster

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    Great report, great ride, great pics.

    Why does KTM make a dirt bike with a fender like this? It makes no sense to me at all.
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  12. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Now there is a friend!!! :jose

    Now that is trip planning!

  13. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    If I had a dollar bill
    Yes, I believe I surely will
    Go to town and drink my fill
    Early in the morning

    Townes Van Zandt

    I had pretty much set my tent up on the side of the road where we had planted ourselves the night before. I had taken the precaution of placing my 640 at an angle that would hopefully deflect some drunk on an ATV in any direction other than my tent just in case.
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    Today was the last day that Gary and I would be riding together&#8230;the end of our journey as a team. Essentially we were both out of time and the Oregon portion of the TAT will have to happen next year. We had done well though &#8211; neither of us had really expected to make it as far along the TAT as we had. I had a commitment to be back in Penticton, British Columbia in a couple of days and Gary had Long Weekend plans with friends in the Kootenay&#8217;s. We would appreciate the last few kilometers we had to ride together today.
    First though, I made sure Gary used the Gold Bond foot powder so he&#8217;d be comfortable today.
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    My SPOT had been flashing red lights for a few days. I would normally only replace the batteries with Lithium, but I&#8217;d not had a lot of luck finding them in places like Denio Junction or McDermitt! The general duty Copper Tops will have to suffice for now. The SPOT had proven to be very useful for our families back home in knowing how we were progressing. I didn&#8217;t want to let them down, or scare them, if I had been so negligent as to let the batteries die.
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    8700km&#8217;s in 26 days.
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    This shot really showed what fire can do even to the sage brush hills. The fire had hit the road/fence and had nothing left to burn. How many years until it&#8217;s back to looking like the left side I wonder?
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    We have officially finished the Nevada portion of the TAT and have entered California. This shot is right on the border according to US Topo.
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    Cruising California.
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    Fort Bidwell, like McDermitt, had been an outpost in the latter half of the 1800&#8217;s. It is located in the Surprise Valley &#8211; apparently emigrants leaving Nevada&#8217;s sagebrush, sand and heat had been pleasantly surprised to come upon this lush stretch of greenery in which Fort Bidwell is located.
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    A very pleasant 60F. this morning.
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    Gas was $1.09/gallon the last time this station was open. Funny enough, I am paying $1.09CAD/liter at the moment here in Revelstoke.
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    A very official building in Fort Bidewell. Not much to identify what it was though.
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    Next stop after Fort Bidwell is Lakeview, OR. Heading Northwest out of town is vastly different than anything we&#8217;d ridden in the last month. We were in a real forest. Last night we slept in the desert &#8211; the divergence of terrain in just a few hours was tremendous.
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    Very well marked trail system.
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    Lakeview &#8211; the end of the TAT for us. We picked up a couple of maps and stopped in at The Dinner Bell Café in order to figure out the next step. It looked like we could ride the asphalt together for the next couple of hours to Riley, Oregon on Highway 395. From there I&#8217;d continue Northwest and Gary would head East.
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    Now this is an expedition vehicle! Caught this guy lumbering through the streets of Lakeview.
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    Literally just before we arrived at the intersection we hit 9000km&#8217;s. Not bad, we had just ridden together for 9000km&#8217;s over 26 days and hadn&#8217;t punched each other yet.
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    I wanted Gary to lick his tire, and all I got was a tongue shot.
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    No this is not a close up of Gary&#8217;s tongue! Although there is a surprising similarity between the texture of his tongue and that of his tire judging by the last shot. The Dunlop had held very well considering Gary had a few thousand kilometers on it prior to our departure.
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    I enjoy my beer and this one tasted very good.
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    'One shot, one beer and a kiss before I go'
    Ryan Adams

    This would be our official last team shot for a journey that had taken us down the spine of America on The Great Divide Trail and West from Colorado through to Oregon on The Transamerica Trail. The fact that we as riders are still able to bisect the United States of America on dirt in either direction is an opportunity not to be passed. This is a call to action; do this ride. Feel the heat, the rain, the dirt, the greasy food, the fatigue, the camaraderie&#8230;there&#8217;s no better way to spend a month of your life than being your own pioneer.
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  14. HD4MTNS

    HD4MTNS Adventurer

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  15. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Cause movin is my stock in trade
    I&#8217;m movin&#8217; on

    Gordon Lightfoot

    The remainder of my trip would be in more or less a straight line Northwest from Riley through to the Canadian Border and then up The Okanagan Valley finally ending back home in Revelstoke.
    Gary and I parted ways at about 3:15pm, so I still had a few hours of prime riding time. My plan was pretty loose. Topo showed me that services were available in Paulina, OR on Highway 380 so I aimed the 640 that direction.
    Three pieces of old equipment. The 640 wasn&#8217;t quite ready to be put to pasture yet though.
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    Up in the Coffee Creek region I ran across the real deal. In 9000km&#8217;s of back-country riding this was the first time I had seen a someone that fit the part of a cowboy. We chatted for awhile &#8211; ends up he is from Vancouver, BC and works the Summer months at the cattle ranch in Oregon.
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    Oregon backroads are in great shape and extremely well marked. I was using my GPS, but having signs at every major intersection gives an extra bit of confidence &#8211; makes you feel better about going down a road knowing that it is still open&#8230;a problem that would affect me tomorrow to no end!
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    I pulled into Paulina and was sorely disappointed &#8211; no gas or real services to speak of. Right about now I was kicking myself for not having filled up when I parted ways with Gary back in Riley. While I wasn&#8217;t on reserve yet, I was getting very close and it looked like I had just under 100km&#8217;s range until I was sucking fumes. Panning out the GPS made Mitchell, OR look viable. And viable it was&#8230;I pulled in on fumes. I had missed the gas station hours by an hour &#8211; there was a message from Hugh & Skeeter confirming that yes, indeed, they were closed.
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    Conveniently across the street was The Oregon Hotel. I pulled up and rented The John Wayne Room. Lots of nice cowboy art&#8230;most of it featuring The Duke himself. I paid extra and got a room that has a lock on the door. Fellow motorcyclist with some interesting extremely right leaning views on American society was staying there as well. That is him waving. Nice guy despite his politics. Hell, he was riding a BMW...he must have been okay!
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    Dinner right down the street at The Little Pine Café. Great selection of Oregon micro-brews&#8230;the food is good as well. Very nice library of old Audubon & National Geographic Magazines to peruse whilst dining.
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    Back to the room after a fulfilling meal to crash out&#8230;but not before catching up with a little MSNBC. No rush in the morning as the gas station doesn&#8217;t open until 9:00.
  16. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    Bravo! :clap

    Proud to call these guys my buddies. Till we ride again!
  17. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Great job guys. :thumb
  18. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    I spent 24 hours in Lakeview OR. last year on my way to the Baja when the driveshaft in my GS 100 blew. Had dinner at the same restuarant. After returning from the KTM Ralley in Riggins I had been planning on staying closer to home and riding all the great terrain here in BC. This ride report has me planning a CDR ride to Colorado for next August or September. Thanks a lot Rick. :rofl
  19. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    Great ride report:super I just spent the last few days reading and now I am ready to go:thumb About how far are you guys making it on a tank before needing to fill up?
  20. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Thanks unlawfulsm. I thought I was having unexpectedly good range - the two times I can think that I ran dangerously low I had 480 km's or so on the trip meter. This really was due to my own negligence of not having topped up when I had the opportunity. The 640 rocks with the range!
    I like your handle by the way.