Nevada ADVNV - Big Empty II

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Our group of ADV riders completed a loop of the Big Empty in Northern Nevada last year. Our route was based around the Battle Born North Route from Rocky Mountain Rides - Adventure Motorcycle Series - along with some TAT.

    It was an awesome ride for all of us:photog :photog:photog

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    The route hit a variety of trail, and the views were large!

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    See that old report here - https://advrider.com/f/threads/nevada-2018-the-big-empty.1338300/

    Based on that ride last year we all agreed that the Nevada wide open spaces were awesome, and this was a part of the US that we wanted to ride more often. So we have planned another Two Part ride beginning in Elko, NV. ending in Phoenix AZ. The ride is scheduled to roll on Saturday Oct. 19 2019

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    The second act of this ride will then begin in Phoenix and run the CABDR South to North in the Spring.

    In the mean time, we are expecting more of this and that:

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    Of course mostly dry weather:

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    Along with smooth and firm trails:

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    The plan is to update the days events each night while on the route. While this is the same way i have written ride reports for the past 10 years, i really enjoy the reports which are written post-ride. All of you inmates do a great job of relaying valuable tracks and impressive stories - Thanks

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  2. cmreimer

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    Looking forward to another great trip!!
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  3. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Most definitely in for this report :thumb.

    Hope you guys have better luck than we did a month ago in that neck of the woods :lol3 :lol3

    Safe travels and keep the knobby side down @Catastrophic Failure!
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  4. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    LOADED for the trip :smile6

    We are hitting the road today - Southbound from Tacoma WA. towards Elko NV. in this fresh Mobile Command Center.

    This sweet set-up (Trailer and Rig) will be escorting the riders, equipment and machines for the next 10 days - A big thanks to Mike R. :thumb:thumb:thumb

    How big is the fuel tank on that truck??

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    There will be a wide variety of machines on this ride - from Old school carb'd Adventure bikes, to New tech EFI scooters.

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    These bikes only have one job to do, and I plan to introduce the rest of the machines and their riders soon.

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  5. Little Bike

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    Looking forward to this, I rode the NVBDR a few years ago and would like to see more of Nevada.
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  6. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    That's frickin' sweet :nod :nod So you're going to have a chase truck following you along the way, even out in the remote sections? Going to drop the trailer and just have the truck follow?

    Regardless, it'll be nice to have that back-up support. Pretty cool transport too; that's one big effin' trailer :lol3 :lol3

    Looks like a great mix of bike, I'm envious. Can't wait to get back down to the big empty and finish the ride we started, missed far too many cool parts of NV (and OR).

    Safe travels as you chug south :-)
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  7. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Little Bike - thanks for following, we hope to explore and spice up this route with some Exploring Side Trips!
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    We had a long travel day of heavy + extreme wind, lightning and rain. We are in Elko tonight, and talked with some locals who educated us about the Gold Industry in this area.

    Goldstrike Mine opened in 1986 and is run by the world's largest gold mining company - Barrick Gold. The mine is located on the Carlin Trend near Elko. Goldstrike mine is considered to have the largest gold deposit in the world and is the largest gold mine in North America.

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  10. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    Carlin type gold deposits are "invisible gold", microscopically distributed in the ore and only detected by chemical analysis. Despite a recovery rate of only a few grams per ton, in 2016 Goldstrike mined over a million ounces which made in the number 3 producer in the world. (Wikipedia)
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  11. Catastrophic Failure

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    Due to Red Flag weather on Saturday, the rest of the team flew in early Sunday to Elko in the Cessna 340 - top speed 210 kt.

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    We began the route Southbound out of Elko, and rolled up Fourmile Canyon past S. Fork Reservoir. It was a blue sky day with temps in the 40’s

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    The Quad track turns into dirt gravel roads.

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    South of Jiggs the track became a 15 mile flowing roller through the Sage.

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    We paid the price for such awesome ness - with a flat on the 950. Bring your tools tubes and a pump! No chase truck out here

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    After the quick flat fix we rolled towards Telegraph Pass.

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  12. Catastrophic Failure

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    The riding up Telegraph included about 1000 yards of steep rocky first gear climb.

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    From there it was an easy ride down the West slope, and a fast flat run to our fuel/beer truck

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    Thanks Mike S. for chasing us on this 200 mile day. We appreciate you!

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    And your choice of food was right on!

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    After food and fuel we hit hi speed road through Grass Valley towards Austin. The sun started to drop along with the temps. We rode at about 6500’ late today.

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    Still have some miles to go before we reach Austin.

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    We passed a unique thermal plant on the way into Austin.

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    At dusk we rode a smooth section of the Pony Express Trail - finally into Austin NV 3F58219B-C69C-4B20-B07C-9316A3A94BB8.jpeg

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    Our Camp for the night.

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  14. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Awesome first day of riding @Catastrophic Failure! Sweet pics from the terrain you covered, like that rocky uphill section.

    Wonder what those bends in the pipes are? And what’s running through ‘em-steam?

    You guys cover a lot of ground, do you usually plan 200 miles or so each day? Having attempted and failed (lol) several rides, I’ve found 150 or less to be good. Allows me to stop for lots of pics or video, even if we end up hitting camp early.

    Looking forward to the next update, keep the knobby side down :ricky :thumb
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  15. outfront

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    Hey guys, I'll be following along. Already regretting my decision to sit this one out. I'll be sure I'm ready for B.E. III in the spring.
    Keep those pictures coming Mark!

    The other "Mike S."
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  16. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Outfront - hope to see you soon. PVD made some more custom Ride Sticker’s, same cool stuff he has done for years of our rides!

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    liv2day, our mapper Mike R. usually adds a technical section or two - which pushes us to an average of 175 - 200 mls. These add on’s make up for some long flat runs.

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    Thanks again Mike R. for all the map and GPS work over the years

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    What camera (cellphone?) are you using for these photos ?
    Great clarity and color.

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    We rolled out of Austin - 6500’ above sea level and about 35 degrees this morning - thank you Big Wan for the roller coaster ridge run route Southbound!

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    Great traction on these gravelly stony climbs up to 8500’

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    Our run up Kingston Summit uncovered some slippery stuff! Not the kind your thinking of... Nothing a few guys can’t help each other out of.

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    The small bikes found steep alternate routes and ruts.

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    It was a simple ride off of the Pass, and after a Link up with chase truck, it was on to Northumberland Mine Pass.

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    Then on to a long stretch of desert 2 track - into a Ghost Town!

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