BBS - Nevada Fall Ride - 2021

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  1. Catastrophic Failure

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    Clear, cool and windy… perfect for adventure riding :pynd

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    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!
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  3. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    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.

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    But we hit a small step up which slowed us down a bit.

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    We walked/pushed a couple of the big bikes up the rock face. But the semi-pro riders snapped up and over!

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    The best example, is a bad example :beer HOLD ON!!!

    Good news, Mike S. ended up just fine, same for the 690!

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    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 :clap:clap:clap

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    The sand was blowing, and we were powering through the deep stuff.

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    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.

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    We had lunch in Goldfield at Dinky's Diner. Great food and a outgoing hostess/owner -

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    We rode through the International Car Forest of the last Church in Goldfield.

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    The final run back into Tonapah shot us right back up Paymaster Canyon. Perfect Nevada dirt!

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    Eric on the 690 rolling in the soft stuff.

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    Mike R. on the 890.

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    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 :thumb

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    The main takeaway of this ride so far is Teamwork. Each guy in the group has helped another rider several times each day.

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    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.

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    These bikes can be heavy and awkward on their side, on a hill or in the deep stuff - teamwork lightens the load.

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    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.

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    We rolled over the Monitor Range - and specifically up Hunt Canyon and back down McCann Canyon.

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    Then down a rolling two track in Hot Creek Canyon.

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    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'

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    This is the casing that remains on site - :hmmmmm:hmmmmm

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    After a quick flat fix, well not thaaat quick :photog:photog the team rolled to the Lunar Crater site.

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    We have seen a few of these craters over the years. This was used by NASA to train astronauts for training purposes, cool!

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    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.

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    The washed out, boulder strewn climbs punished - if you chose the wrong line. Even the steep loose downhills made everyone pay attention!

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    We left Tonapah and headed up the Rolston Valley.

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    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.

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    Near the summit we ran into Claude, a local hunter who confirmed we were in prime ADV country!

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    As we wound our way back down out of the hills, we hit some fast two track.

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    Brian got caught and spun sideways in some very nasty deep silt, and other than having his leg pinned - he was unscathed.

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    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!

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    The fast flowing two track over the Monitor Range into Eureka is around 7000' above sea level and very green!

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    There was perfect traction for most of the ride, until the white stuff caused us to slow down.

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    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!

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    The morning routine of prepping/gassing loading bikes is a little easier with the warmer temps.

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    PVD is trying out a new type of Grip Heater - maybe it will take off?

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    We headed up towards 7000' immediately, and we were rewarded with wet soils and lightly used tracks!

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    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 :clap:clap:clap

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    Lots of Nevada Fall scenery today, along with a good number of hunters in the hills! Bang Bang

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    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!

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    Now the race home between the truck/trailer/bikes and the plane - i think we know how this one ends!

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    Back to the NW, but Nevada wins the ADV competition :photog:photog:photog:photog

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  16. rjnutt

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    Great report, thanks for taking us along!
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  17. tele-steve

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    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.
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  18. Catastrophic Failure

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    rjnutt, thanks man, not a ton of details get included when I update during the trip - but glad you enjoyed!

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    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.

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    This area is high desert, and as always the weather this time of year kept us layering, and rerouting.

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  20. Catastrophic Failure

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    Thanks to the entire crew for an awesome Nevada adventure.

    Total Miles ridden: 1085
    Moving average speed: 31
    Average riding Temp: 42
    Number of re-route/get outs: 6
    Total go downs: 7
    Average drinks per day/rider: 5
    Total hours of fun/day: 24

    Now get some rest, and prep your bikes and bodies for the next ADV!

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