Denver to Portland on dirt

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jhax, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. jhax

    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Solitude. No more to say.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    On the other side is Jarbridge. Saw a mom, dad, and son on horseback herding some cows. Actually herded some up the road myself. Dumb cows.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Nevada is completely underrated.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    I'll stick with computers. Just making sure I still exist.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Did I look tired in the last picture? I was. The riding was spectacular though. Headed to the summit. This view is of the route up.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Finally. Nearly was barreled over by a Nev DOT truck. We were both shocked to see each other.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    The funny part of that sign in the previous pic is that they don;t give a distance to Elko.:D
    Here is the road down to Jarbridge. Been riding for about 7 hours at this point. Did I mention I hate loose gravel. the next ten miles are steep, loose gravel.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Ever have regrets in life? Well up to this point mine all involved not having a relationship, however short, with a lady when it was possible. However, not having a picture of me, my bike, and a beer at the "IN n Out" bar in Jarbridge is at the top of the regret list. Actually saw one guy on a KTM headed up the pass above Jarbridge. I was eager to converse and he was eager to get away on a one night camping trip. Guess we all need a little socialization.:1drink

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    I thought Utah was desolate. I think the pictures here speak for themselves. The ride north out of Jarbridge takes you up on to the snake river plain. Where low and behold there is another Air Force bombing range.:clap

    Picture is of the canyon north of Jarbridge.

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  10. kurien

    kurien adventurer

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    Brilliant Jhax, you living what many of us dream of! let the RRs keep on coming.

    On the side, was your bike as dirty as that when you left home?:D on ADVrider, a 'before' and an 'after' always helps ;)

    Well, keep the pics coming ... and keep on riding!
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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    A confession. I should have spent the night in Jarbridge. I think I had been riding 250 miles that day. For some reason I was thinking I needed to get to Bruneau.
    Remember - it's about the journey not the destination.
    I had food, fuel, and water and could have stopped anywhere with a beautiful campsite. Not a cloud in the sky for hundreds of miles. Stupid!
    I still had about 150 miles to go, the area was very remote, and I was tired.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Long lonesome stretch. Would have appreciated it more if I did not have a destination in mind.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    I want to go back and ride this again.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Perhaps 9pm or so. Still a while to go.
    Pulled in to the CJ Strike Reservoir around 10:30 at night. Took off my gear and was immediately assaulted by mosquitos.
    Found a site right by the lake and went for a quick swim. Cooked dinner and was just about to doze off when a massive RV, boat in tow, came pulling in. Husband yelling at wife, wife screeching back. I'm lying on a thermarest on hard dirt, exhausted, listening to couple fight, with a big dodge diesel 20 feet from my head and headlights on.:waysad

    Should have slept up on the Snake River Plain.

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    ozmikl Been here awhile

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    Mate great job, next time I'm over I might try this one.
    Oh and did you ditch the cook or patch things up?
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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Had to ride some pavement from Bruneau to Grand View. Boring. I find that my mind just wanders on pavement. The "immediacy" of dirt is what I like. Even though there are more scenic routes on pavement.

    So this picture is an old Catholic church. Services on the first Sunday of every month.
    Afte this point I took the wrong route out of Grand View. Spent a good 3 hours finding the correct route.
    "Not all who wander are lost. But sometimes they are".:D

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Finally Oregon! Nine days of riding. I think it is friday and I have to be back at work in 3 days. I hate reality.
    This was really fun riding. I know I have said this before in previous posts. But this was seriously good.:D
    In and out of gullies and the road was really consistent. Probably helped that there was an occasional sign of civilization.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Not much to report on the route from Jordan Valley west. Looks an awful lot like southern Idaho. I was growing tired of pictures.
    So in the middle of Oregon is a huge lake called Malheur. All the water from central Oregon drains in to this region. I'm not a fan of birding but it was still very cool. More so after 5 days of desert.

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    jhax "No matter where you go, there you are" BB

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    Can't say I have too many pictures of this section. One reason is that it looked very similar to where I ride in the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Part of it is that I was tired and ready to meet friends in Portland. I think there is some incredible riding to be had in the Cascades.

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  20. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer Supporter

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    Great stuff Hax I'd love to try that route sometime. I have a lot of family in Colorado and Wyoming... wonder if the wife would let me ride and meet me there... ;)

    Next time you come through Bend give me a yell, I'll buy you a beer or three.

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