2 Dirtbags Frozen Burrito Tour CO-UT-NV

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  1. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 16 Caliente to Boulder NV, 166 mi
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    We headed south on paved NV317 through a scenic canyon to the tiny farming community of Elgin. This route parallels a creek and a different set of RR tracks.
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    The old schoolhouse has been restored and is a State Historic Site but was closed.
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    Making friends
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    From Elgin there are a few options:

    1. Dirt Kane Springs Rd SW to US 93
    2. Dirt Pennsylvania Canyon Rd NE into the mountains and back to Caliente (I think). Next time?
    3. Dirt Carp & Rainbow Rds south to I-15 via Rainbow Pass

    We chose the last one, 50 miles of lonesome dirt.

    Leaving Elgin along the creek
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    We only saw one vehicle, which was stopped at a major intersection and 2 guys were relieving themselves. :jive I also stopped so The Hubby could see I went the correct way. Don't mind me! :robin

    After weaving out of the canyon, the road enters a broad valley and climbs away from the creek.
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    After crossing the pass, it rolls up and down through the desert.
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    There are a handful of side roads begging to be explored. Next time!
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    The road is often rough but not difficult.
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    The temp climbed as we descended a couple thousand feet toward I-15.

    After a short jaunt on I-15, we swung south to Overton. We found some shade and picnic tables at a gas station. Burrito time!

    We continued through scenic Lake Mead NRA. No pics. We’ve been here a few times and its always hot. Funny that two days ago we were trying to escape the cold.

    We stopped to pour water on ourselves then kept rolling.

    In Boulder we stayed at the comfortable Sands Motel. This is an older motor court that has been remodeled. The rooms have a fridge, microwave and small dining table. Perfect.

    The grocery store is a couple blocks away.

    Days 17 & 18 Boulder NV to Palm Desert CA to San Diego, 350 mi

    The rest of the trip was on pavement so I won't write it up but here are the maps.
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    Home Sweet Home
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    REFLECTIONS
    It was a wonderful trip filled with amazing sights and variety. As many times as we have been through some of these areas, we keep finding new places to visit and explore.

    We really enjoyed having our lunch on the trail, wherever appealed to us, usually with a view. No need to detour to a town searching for an open restaurant.

    At first I missed going out to dinner, but found it relaxing to eat in the peace and quiet of our room.

    Kudos to The Hubby for the great bike prep and maintenance — no mechanicals!

    Thanks for riding along, :wave

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    EBDB
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  2. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Do you have any pics of the jeep trail between Bumblebee and New Harmony?
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  3. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    As always well done and a true inspiration. Damn you people from the west and your endless dirt roads! Come visit the east and the green tunnel.
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  4. staticPort

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    Thank you for another great ramble around the West, frozen Burritos and all!

    Rediscovering the fun of preparing meals and finding new and convenient 'road food' options while traveling has been an unexpected positive 'side effect' of the pandemic. We are missing eating out far less now than we did a year ago.
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  5. thegraydog

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    Let me review. I suspect I have been north and south of your target.

    I see the Bumblebee Canyon route. I rode Pinto through to New Harmony a couple seasons back. Year before we were diverted to Cedar City for a broken phone, and ended up on pavement to Modena. A couple decades ago with the kids in the truck we poked around at Iron Mountain. So yep, there's still room in the west.
    Definitely stopped at Page Ranch, your picture of a double-ender brick home. If I recall it served as more of a hotel/roadhouse, and not for very long at that.
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  6. HardWorkingDog

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    Really enjoyed your photos. Thanks for taking the time during your ride to shoot them!

    Gotta ask though...the rancher donated 7 acres of his land for the Elgin Schoolhouse??? It's one room, for gosh sakes. :lol3 Sounds like some palms were greased there, or somethin'.
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  7. thegraydog

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    Well remember these are Mormons, they take their history seriously. And seven acres will feed a cow for twenty minutes....
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    Thank you.
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  9. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    More more! Thanks
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  10. TNC

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    Now hold on there...is that west Texas 7 acres or a Missouri bottom land near the river 7 acres?:lol3
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    Good stuff! I keep asking myself why I don’t live in Utah. :raabia
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  12. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks for the invitation but we wouldn't want to crowd you. :lol3

    We were fine with our frozen food meals. Eating out is often disappointing. We saved a lot of money on this trip.
    Based on your descriptions, you are right. You were north and south.
    Being a nerd I had to find out...
    7 acres is about 305,000 ft2, which could be a 305 ft X 1000 ft plot. Plenty of room for the kids to play at recess.
    Twenty clumps of grass, one minute per clump, sounds about right...
    Glad you enjoyed it.
    Thanks. That's it for now. We did a 6000 mile trip in July 2020. Maybe I'll post that.
    I bet you ask yourself that a lot during the winter! :lol2
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  13. Bob

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    Thanks for another great ride report!
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  14. david sowerby

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    From Elgin your choice number 2 back to Caliente is mostly good dirt -- but! There is a tough section soon after leaving Elgin, it runs up a streambed for a few hundred yards. Once past that it's pretty mellow. You can also loop around to Barclay from there and then to Panaca. Gas on the main highway there.
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  15. thegraydog

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    David, route advice noted. I'll be up to have a look....
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    Thank you guys for taking me along!! It was just what I needed here at work!!
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    We crossed paths. Maybe missed one another by days or a week. Excellent pics.
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    Amazing!
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  19. Comrade Arturo

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    Enjoyed your pics and storytelling :thumb
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  20. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks for the info. On the list for next time!
    Always happy to contribute to productivity at work!
    Thanks all. Glad you enjoyed it.
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