Nevada 2018 - The Big Empty

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Leaving Battle Mtn. this morning in the Smokey haze.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #41
    Shaggie, ArielNut, larryboy and 2 others like this.
  2. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Super terrain yesterday - looking forward to more of The Big Empty today.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #42
    Shaggie, Dillard, ArielNut and 9 others like this.
  3. advrockrider

    advrockrider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Oddometer:
    967
    Location:
    Norcal
    Jarbidge is such a cool town, surrounded by amazing ridding! Keep the pictures coming....
    #43
  4. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    We left later than planned, but made up time rolling through the Squaw Valley north of Battle Mtn.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    A little extra fuel for the Husky 701 - this is a 200 mile day

    [​IMG]
    #44
    Shaggie, Humunn, ArielNut and 4 others like this.
  5. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Then headed up Willow Creek, all the creeks were dry, or very low on water this time of year.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    PVD had a flat about this point in the ride, and fought his way through a flat repair. Nice Job!

    [​IMG]
    #45
    Shaggie, GAS GUY, ArielNut and 6 others like this.
  6. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Then the route went over the Tuscarora Mountains - down into Independence Valley.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #46
    Shaggie, Humunn, Hans Petter and 15 others like this.
  7. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Jeff L let his bag get a little too close to his exhaust! ADV’ers beware!!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Good thing the heat did not light up his fuel cells!

    [​IMG]
    #47
  8. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Finally into Jarbidge - via Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest #931

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    This land is diverse and large scale beauty!

    Jarbidge or Bust...

    [​IMG]

    We keep waiting for a team of horses to go racing through town - love this place!!

    [​IMG]
    #48
    Shaggie, Dillard, Humunn and 13 others like this.
  9. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Later in the day North of Jack Creek, the Sugarloaf burn spread for over 15 miles on the 729. The smell was very strong along this section.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    A cool 6500’ at Jarbidge - and we are headed to Wendover NV - about 195 miles of dirt today.

    We stayed at the Tsawhawbitts Ranch.

    Thank you to Corrin and Chuck for the B and B and breakfast! Super people and a huge 4700 sqft. home to stay in if you are in Jarbidge!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #49
  10. FixShit

    FixShit Middle aged adventure seeker having fun

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2018
    Oddometer:
    80
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    976231FF-C657-4A8D-9B28-DD7F3E79BC96.jpeg Brilliant RR!!! I know I had a lot of fun riding my DR on BLM trails in Sun Valley and Golden Eagle the last few days before I headed into California... Nevada is a wonderful place to ride!!!!
    #50
  11. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2006
    Oddometer:
    210
    Location:
    California, USA
    #51
    advrockrider likes this.
  12. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Another 200 miles today from Jarbidge to Wendover, and the State of Nevada continues to shine:1drink:1drink

    We gained 1000' in the first two miles up an out of Jarbidge.

    [​IMG]

    This little fella was interested in our group as we reviewed maps.

    [​IMG]

    Mike S. was patient today, as all 7 of the riders take turns in line.

    [​IMG]

    We are following the Battle Born North tracks here, through the Snake Mountain area. Fast and fun two track, from smooth to rocky in the blink of an eye !!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    8500' - Balsoe Bain break time :1drink

    [​IMG]

    Riders, if you want to enjoy this specific area, do your work and be prepared for steep climbs and shifty downhills. The big ADV bikes need a little more attention on this terrain! You Can Do It:wings:wingsjust take your time and ride strong!
    #52
    Shaggie, thirsty 1, ArielNut and 8 others like this.
  13. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Riding the Snake Mountain area today had some more climbing. But there aren't too many ruts to send you sideways!

    [​IMG]

    This time of year (DRY) there are some small sloppy mud holes, but a steady throttle and committing to good line will get you through.

    We always wait for our riding partners to cross successfully, just in case they need a push or pull out of the water :D:D

    [​IMG]
    #53
  14. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    After 150 miles we stopped for lunch and some shade in Montello.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Mike F. had a flat just South of town - and changing a flat in 85' heat is a bummer:knary:knary

    [​IMG]

    There is a very steep section in this same area, so heads up if you are coming from Wendover to Montello. Steepness awaits :-):-)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And finally onto the Salt Flats = Speed Week is this coming weekend!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #54
    Dillard, Humunn, ArielNut and 6 others like this.
  15. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,698
    Location:
    Gardnerville NV
    Great stuff
    #55
  16. Motobillb

    Motobillb NorCal Fastfar Riders (meetup.com)

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2015
    Oddometer:
    105
    Location:
    Mountain View
    Love it! Love Nevada too! I worked there - in all the Mtns and little towns in the 80s and can’t wait to get back... gpx files please!!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    #56
  17. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Thanks for checking in!!
    #57
    Bonnie & Clyde likes this.
  18. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Motobillb, here is some more of your old stomping grounds.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #58
    Shaggie, Humunn, DYNOBOB and 10 others like this.
  19. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    Today we roll from Wendover to Eureka NV.

    These are some additional shots from yesterday - all of the riders are taking photos and sharing them with me in the evening.

    [​IMG]

    As we discover the Northern part of NV, we are also learning more and more of its proud mining and ranching history - as many of the routes we are riding are on were punched in by early explorers and miners.

    [​IMG]

    The high temp yesterday in Wendover was 87’ degrees - so plan your off road tour with the seasons. Because no one wants to fix flats in this heat

    [​IMG]

    The local news is talking about Red Flag Warnings -
    #59
  20. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    264
    Location:
    Tacoma
    We left Wendover and had a simple ride over Morgan Pass.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The Goshute Valley had some deep silt bogs - stay on the throttle, or go around!!

    [​IMG]

    This Valley is 12 miles across... 50 to 55 MPH fast and fun!!

    [​IMG]
    #60
    Shaggie, Humunn, ArielNut and 9 others like this.