11-23-17 Turkey Day in Dixie Valley Nevada

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    First destination was some mining ruins in this general direction:
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    First road I tried was a bust, led to a deadend canyon.. however the view on the way back was nice:
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    Moved further north on the main road, past the hot springs:
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    Ended up at a rather extensive area of mine ruins, no clue what mine as this doesn't show up on anything I've got:
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    More ruins, and a pretty nice view PB230075.JPG PB230082.JPG
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    And here comes the best part.... first I must set the scene.. it's camp 173, what appears to have been a pretty nice ranch house.. the nicest one I've seen in the area: PB230086.JPG PB230088.JPG PB230089.JPG
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    Then in the next room.. zombie apocalypse!
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    Gobbets of flesh scattered around the place, it was horrible!
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    Do hunters cut off the forelimbs of deer for easier transport? Sure looked like they were sawed off, not a hunter so I don't know the normal handling for field dressing of pronghorn I suspect?

    On to nicer places, just south of the geothermal power plant is another abandoned ranch, nice rock building:
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    Smith Lane.. a bit hard to find, pretty much followed some faint tracks: PB230116.JPG
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    The smith homestead, I presume.. it was on Smith Lane:
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    Thought about doing a little farming, but forgot to bring enough WD-40
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    The sign said military training was in progress, but sure didn't look like it....
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    That's pretty much it. After the geothermal plant I headed to the east side of the marsh/lake and south on Valley Rd.. Lots of washouts, certainly doable on a big adv bike with a competent rider.. Worse part would be for someone not used to desert terrain, the washouts are often not visible until you're right on top of them.. so you have to be wary.

    A tad over 3 hours in the saddle (GPS track attached to first post may be missing some, relied on trailtech), 88 miles.. average speed 30mph.. max speed a bit over 50. It was a nice ride, I'm sure I'll be feeling this tomorrow.. Nice view down Settlement Road. If you're up in this area and looking for a place to boondock, there are tons of places here and lots to explore.

    Next time I'll do the southern portion, the Wonder mine look interesting and there seems to be tons of old mines/ruins to check out..

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    Looks like elk hoofs
    Probably poachers hiding inside while dressing it

    Nice area for a ride
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    The hooves were pretty small, I'd think pronghorn or mule dear. However I have no clue how large elk hooves are... Def a nice place to ride, explore in general. We'll end up boondocking out there next year.
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    Nice pics ! I love riding in Nevada!
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    If they are deer it was a doe. A buck curls out in the front.

    The fur color is very dark looking

    That's a cool place to ride. I'm just over in Portola
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    I need to carry a photo scale, so when I take pictures of items like this there's a frame of reference. Is it normal for hunters to saw off the limbs? I could see it making it easier to pack.. and there's not much meet there?

    A bit of a haul from Portola, lots of good riding/scenery up there. I remember the first time I rode through the feather river highway, that's purdy...
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    Nice ride. Nevada's the one place in the west I haven't ridden. Love the idea of being able to get to isolated places so easily.
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    Sometimes the roads in the boonies are nearly highways due to mining operations keeping them in good shape. I watched a huge CAT loader cleaning up a gravel road once, he was scooping up loose dirt from the side of the road, gently spreading it on the washboard and then dragging his bucket (front wheels in the air) to pack it down. Behind that the road was nearly as good as concrete, heavy equipment artistry.

    If you ever get in the area, there are lots of inmates around.. I'm sure you could find a 'tour guide'..
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    Thanks for posting, weather looked warm this late in the year. We rode through the area good to the Blackrock a few years ago.
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    Went out for a ride today, I'll take every nice day I can get until they are no more ;-)
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