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Escaping CoVid Ride 2020 - Yuma to Denio

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    The route took us through a gate - down some isolated two track - to wide open county.

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    We ended up on the valley floor - and headed to Shoshone for lunch.

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    Thanks to Mike R. for running the Chase Truck for us today:photog:photog:photog
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  2. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    After lunch we jumped South and cut West to the Harry Wade Rd in Death Valley.

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    The wind was blowing and the trails were perfect.

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    No traffic out here, just smooth sailing.

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  3. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    As we got near our destination for the night - Furnace Creek - the traffic picked up.

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    Below Sea Level -258'

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    Old School Death Valley

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    There is a little water in Death Valley, the Armagosa River and we found it!

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  4. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    No sign of any virus this route yet, so we will keep running. Day 4 we had a plan to loop around the North end of Death Valley.

    So we started over Titus Canyon, with cold temps and blue sky.

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    The first 15 miles are flat gravel, then you begin a climb up towards 5000'

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    The top offers up some nice colors and views, and the ride down does the same!

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Continuing down from the Summit of Titus Canyon, you roll through miles of box canyons... and a few hikers.

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    From there, we rolled up to Ubehebe Crater and on towards the Racetrack. It was windy and cool up at these elevations, with traces of snow in the hills.

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    Yes the GPS has taken a tumble or two.. along with the rider.

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    We left some DNA at the Junction.

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    But left nothing on the Racetrack

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Dropping down Lippincott Pass was next on the route. This rocky section had us paying attention, and has awesome views of the area. We rode down and it was a blast!

    If you intend to go UP Lippincott on a larger ADV bike, be prepared to bring your A+ riding game - no joke.

    While the top and bottom sections are harmless...

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    The heart of this monster is about 2000' of large cobbles - this section is the real deal for big bikes.

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    Wouldn't be too bad on a 450 :1drink

    Close up.

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    After the descent, we rode to Panamint Springs and had a beer and pizza - there were plenty of bikers.

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    Some were camping and riding the area, others were just passing through.

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    Back to Furnace Creek 225 total miles today, again no virus.
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  8. outfront

    outfront Been here awhile

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    Great pictures Marc. :clap:clapWhere to tomorrow?
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    Lunch with Lee at Gold Point, who always welcomes ADV riders with cold beer. Then we take a back route to Tonopah NV.

    Gold Point rest stop.

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    The group headed North out of D.V. and after an hour of slab and some washboard, the trails got very good in Nevada.

    First stop was at Goldpoint, for a quick stop.

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    Back on the trail - headed to Silver Peak for another beer/break.

    Mike R. covering some desert on the 950 SE.

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    The group continued to enjoy ripping smooth trails past Silver Peak, on the way to Tonopah, NV.

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    In the mean time, I drove the truck and trailer from D.V. to Tonopah - unloaded the bike and headed out to meet the rest of the team on their way in.

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    We ended up meeting about 40 miles out - and then all rolled back towards Tonopah. The trails out here see very light use, and are smooth and fast. The views are wide open and scenic, with plenty of abandoned mining sites along the way - with a lot of aging equipment still standing.

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    Mike S. taking a minute to check out a mining site.

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    Day 5 - ended up being about 180 miles total, and again no virus sightings at all.
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    36 degrees this morning at 6000' above sea level - Tonapah NV. So we headed North up and over pipeline road.

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    We explored another old mine site and had lunch at Gabbs NV. home of the largest Magnesium Mine in North America.

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    After lunch we went through a couple of sandy valleys - which opened up to nice two track runs.

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    Rawhyde Cemetary

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Towards the end of the day we hit Alkalai Lakebed and the Pony Express Trail into Fallon NV.

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    We were buzzed by both military helicopters and a fighter jet.

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    The Pony Express

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    More detail later tonight!
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    A few shots from Day 6 - 186 miles

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    Across the Monte Cristo Valley

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We dropped off 2 riders at the Reno NV airport, and got set to ride a 175 mile loop out of Winnemucca NV

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    We used maps and made some educated guesses, on which routes to run.

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    The soils and tracks got better late in the day.

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    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    Dude, fantastic ride report of a region that I'd love to spend some time exploring. Are you guys camping along the way or hoteling it?
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    Although we climbed up to 7000’ the sun and light wind kept the riding temps perfect.

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    Then we explored the valleys below on lightly used trails.

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    No time for a soak today at Kyle Hotsprings.

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    A slide into a tight corner produced some dust.

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    Thanks again to this awesome manufacturer- KTM puts together some stout machines! And Nevada provides epic riding opportunities!

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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We are hitting major mileage - trying to identify areas prime for future rides - so the cabin program works best for us.

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    This group had discussed the idea for the Chase Truck for years, and we use it for beer/food/fuel/support.

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    We first saw the support vehicle program on the TAT - when Vinnie the Snake had Walking Man driving ahead with food/fuel.
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