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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Oct 9, 2021.
Clear, cool and windy… perfect for adventure riding
Don't ask the dude working the counter at Jim Butler's about his rock hound hobby unless you've got an hour or two!
Jeff L. caught up with the group early this morning, by connecting in Las Vegas and renting a U-Haul, nicely done!
We started down Paymaster Canyon and detoured up and around Weepah Hills. It started out as a simple canyon run.
But we hit a small step up which slowed us down a bit.
We walked/pushed a couple of the big bikes up the rock face. But the semi-pro riders snapped up and over!
The best example, is a bad example HOLD ON!!!
Good news, Mike S. ended up just fine, same for the 690!
We came off of Weepah into Clayton Valley. The wind was a steady 40 MPH, and the sand required heavy throttle. These pics don't really do it justice, but be prepared for SAND in this valley
The sand was blowing, and we were powering through the deep stuff.
The 990 needed a couple pushes/pulls out of the deep stuff. We all agreed we need to be in better shape to pick up and push the big bikes.
We had lunch in Goldfield at Dinky's Diner. Great food and a outgoing hostess/owner -
We rode through the International Car Forest of the last Church in Goldfield.
The final run back into Tonapah shot us right back up Paymaster Canyon. Perfect Nevada dirt!
Eric on the 690 rolling in the soft stuff.
Mike R. on the 890.
Sid left his key/lights on at the lunch stop, and came out to a dead battery.
No one wanted to push start the 990, so we put it up on the center stand, and backed up the 640 to it.
3 rd gear friction bump start - success
The main takeaway of this ride so far is Teamwork. Each guy in the group has helped another rider several times each day.
It can be a comment like ‘you got this’, to get someone through a challenging section. Even the morning prep/checking bikes or making small repairs is usually done in pairs. Fueling during the day always has a helping hand to steady the pour. There have been a dozen assisted pickups, from the parking lot to the bottom of an unexpected hill.
These bikes can be heavy and awkward on their side, on a hill or in the deep stuff - teamwork lightens the load.
Thanks again to the Rocky Mountain ATV crew for putting the Battle Born South track out for all. We appreciate all you do for the ADV. community.
We rolled over the Monitor Range - and specifically up Hunt Canyon and back down McCann Canyon.
Then down a rolling two track in Hot Creek Canyon.
We ran through some open country - random faint two tracks - to get to the Faultless Nuclear Test Site. There was an atomic bomb 'tested' 3200' underground in 1968. The entire valley dropped 6' to 8'
This is the casing that remains on site -
After a quick flat fix, well not thaaat quick the team rolled to the Lunar Crater site.
We have seen a few of these craters over the years. This was used by NASA to train astronauts for training purposes, cool!
Railroad Valley was fast - with more perfect Nevada dirt. But climbing the rocky passes on the way back to town, had the riders pushing their limits.
The washed out, boulder strewn climbs punished - if you chose the wrong line. Even the steep loose downhills made everyone pay attention!
We left Tonapah and headed up the Rolston Valley.
Then the group diverted into the Mckinney Moutains, around Big Ten Peak and Hat Peak. The track was a great rip through the pines and up tight rocky climbs.
Near the summit we ran into Claude, a local hunter who confirmed we were in prime ADV country!
As we wound our way back down out of the hills, we hit some fast two track.
Brian got caught and spun sideways in some very nasty deep silt, and other than having his leg pinned - he was unscathed.
One of the 690's showed a known soft spot on these bikes, with a failed subframe pin. Time to upgrade to the reinforced aftermarket world - The team did a great job using what we had to get the bike moving again - a screw driver and a piece of the failed bolt!
The fast flowing two track over the Monitor Range into Eureka is around 7000' above sea level and very green!
There was perfect traction for most of the ride, until the white stuff caused us to slow down.
We have stayed at the Gold County Inn. Jeff is the owner operator who is a Moto-Friendly dude! He often has dozens of road bikes, ADV riders and other two wheelers staying at the property. Please let this great guy the ADV community appreciated him!
The morning routine of prepping/gassing loading bikes is a little easier with the warmer temps.
PVD is trying out a new type of Grip Heater - maybe it will take off?
We headed up towards 7000' immediately, and we were rewarded with wet soils and lightly used tracks!
We had to cross an incredibly soft soil two track valley - to get to the next pass. Dirt bike heaven is the only words i can think of to describe
the 10 mile run
Lots of Nevada Fall scenery today, along with a good number of hunters in the hills! Bang Bang
We ended up in Battle Mountain and loaded up the bikes. Extra thanks to Mike S. for driving the truck for a several days. He had a rib injury that prevented him from riding the last few days, but he kept on supporting the team. THANK YOU!
Now the race home between the truck/trailer/bikes and the plane - i think we know how this one ends!
Back to the NW, but Nevada wins the ADV competition
Great report, thanks for taking us along!
Killer report! I love Nevada riding. We've done several trips through some of the zones you guys hit and it never disappoints.
Thanks for sharing.
rjnutt, thanks man, not a ton of details get included when I update during the trip - but glad you enjoyed!
tele-steve - you are right! This part of the country is awesome. Mike R plans the general routes from a variety of sources - including maps, previous ride reports, and even the BBS tracks to keep us exploring.
This area is high desert, and as always the weather this time of year kept us layering, and rerouting.