Nevada - food for the soul: delicious dirt on big bikes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigWan, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Kingsized

    Kingsized Kingsized Adventurer

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    Oh Yes!! I let out a hoot at work when I saw this report! I'm sure it will be as epic as all others in the past. :super
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Just obey!

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    Ha, first time that I've seen any other person take that route down into the opal mine. You guys quit a little early though, I made it to Walla Walla on the same day that I almost got swallowed in that water crossing. :evil
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  3. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Looks like another awesome ride report you guys! :)
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  4. Rips Millar

    Rips Millar capt. mediocre

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    looks like a great loop so far gentlemen, any chance of getting the tracks for real? I live in Reno with a 950 that is eager to see some terrain, looks like a great group too!
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  5. aganon

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    Glad to see the group is at it again! As always, this is going to be a great ride report. Thanks so much for posting it. It is a lot of hard work but no one does it better. Heck, the wife is even a fan and this is the only time she cares to see what is on this site. Keep up the good work
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  6. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Hi there Baja Ho, Nevada isn't just good, It's GRRREAT! It's so similar to Baja, only more remote.

    Hi TwilightZone, You're so right, there was lots and lots of rain while we were there - and so much wildlife.

    Welcome, nvklr.

    Thanks! glad to have you along.

    Hi Boooooris, welcome to the asylum and thanks for joining us.

    Glad to hear it, welcome.

    Hi Aimee, I know you're all in for Nevada reports. Glad to see you!

    Dave, I have to be honest with you. I wasn't sure if your comment was meant to be sarcastic or not. :dunno
    I had to ask LittleWan and she says "...maybe? :scratch" So, with that I say thank you.
    If you were being sarcastic, that's OK too, and pretty funny. :D


    Hi Kingsized, I'm glad you're excited about the report, and thanks for the pressure. :lol3

    That's no way to get a bacon wrapped hot dog, sir.
    I'm sure there's a compliment in there somewhere.
    :rofl


    Hi trailjammer :D

    Welcome Rips Millar, stick around and check out the loop...you may or may not want it.
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  7. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Oops, almost missed you aganon -
    We are pro- wife here at WanCo Industries, glad your better half enjoys the reports. :D
    Happy to have both of you along.
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  8. appliance57

    appliance57 Long timer Supporter

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    Just spent some time camping in the great basin area. This is where the salt dome that has shaped, and lies under utah, wyoming, and much of the south and north west, is closest to the earth's surface. It's a weird and strangely beautiful place.
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  9. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 2
    7/22/15
    Virgin Valley to a cow pasture near Orovada
    203 miles




    Before we start the riding on day 2, I must tell you how sleeping in the roach motel went. First of all, Virgin Valley Hot Spring is basically in a marsh.
    You know... lots of warm standing water for as far as you can see. As you would expect, the mosquitoes were freaking unbelievable, so relentless. Cruel, even.
    That had to have been the least amount of sleep I've ever gotten camping. I cannot remember dozing off or waking up, just a constant buzzing in my ears.
    The best part of it was when the sun came up and we climbed out from inside the torture tube and looked at each other.
    Ceasar started laughing really hard.
    I didn't see what was so funny, until I looked at Bartek's face. He had a bunch of smashed mosquitoes stuck to his face. Alright, that was kind of funny. :lol3


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    If I learned nothing else on this ride, I did learn that spending the extra money on one of those fancy light tents is totally worth it.:clap



    We made our oatmeal and coffee and hit the trail.

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    We went to check out Bog Hot Spring on our way to the B-24 crash site above Denio.

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    The water was pretty damn hot.
    Even if we had camped here as I originally wanted to, I don't think we would've gone in the water.
    Looks inviting though.



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    The day started off so beautiful.

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    The last little climb before the crash site was an unexpected treat.

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    We just sat quietly with the view for a little while.

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    Next stop, Denio Junction.

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    Unfortunately, we had cell reception here.
    Bartek was sucked back to work for a short time and Ceasar got some news from home that changed everything for him.



    While they were on their phones I had a chat with the new owner. She was really nice, but maybe a bit stressed out.
    I asked her how things were going and she filled me in on all the details.

    Here ya go:

    The hotel is open. The restaurant is closed, but there is a snack bar.
    She said they hope to have the restaurant and bar open by the end of August. Pending inspections and liquor license.


    She wants to get the gas flowing again, and is in talks with gas companies about above ground tanks. She wasn't real optimistic about it, though.


    We were off to Fields, OR for fuel, burgers and milkshakes.

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    On our way to Fields, Ceasar ran out of gas at 203 miles. He was using his two front tanks and rear tank - 26 mpg.
    He had a few more liters in bottles, so no problem.



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    While we were having lunch the heavens opened up.
    After lunch Ceasar told us he needed to return home and take care of things that just couldn't wait.
    We were really sad to see him leave after only 1 day. Ceasar is such a nice guy and a pleasure to be around. That was a bummer. :(:



    Bye, Ceasar...

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  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    The morning's tracks

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    getting to Fields

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    When Matt called me from Fields, the first thing I said was, "How's that milkshake?" :evil

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    Haha, called it! :rofl

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  11. loco4ridin

    loco4ridin Bossmyword

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    Hell ya keep it coming, thanks for sharing the Nevada ride. The Wans, Bartech, Ceaser and the Canadian boys get the nod wish I had a 990 and was on the callout list. Rubicon, single track in Baja, Utah, the Canada ride. that's if I could even hang with these osos.
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  12. KTMADV

    KTMADV Hammer Down

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  13. Team Vegas

    Team Vegas ((̲̅ ̲̅(̲̅C̲̅r̲̅a̲̅y̲̅o̲̅l̲̲̅̅a̲̅( ̲̅̅((>---

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    IN!:clap
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  14. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    I like "lots to read". And pictures too.

    It looks like you rode the Convoluted Heart of Nevada ride from your overall GPS track snapshot on the first page.

    You are bringing back the memories for me. I have not ridden in that part of NV for a couple years. I was bummed to see you rode the pavement from DJ to Fields. Going over Domingo Pass is defitely more your style. I also don't think most dual sport riders would refer to that last hill up to the crash site as a "treat". Good info about the tarp versus tent. I can't wait to see the rest.
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  15. scottmac

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    "Make mosquito netting Your Friend":lol2
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  16. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    HA! Bed bugs in Lovelock, no surprise. We got stuck there once with a leaking 525 and spent the night. Yeah dang it Domingo the first time is mind blowing but you'll just have to come back (we'll be cruising through there in late Sept.)

    Carry on please!
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  17. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    On it.
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  18. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Day 2 continued



    After lunch at Fields Station we were headed to Willow Hot Spring to check it out.
    LittleWan and I tried to find it once when we were on the TAT, without success.
    To be fair though, all we had for information back then was a drawing and a few scribbled directions given to us by a complete stranger we met at the McDermitt gas station.
    We didn't find it that first time, but damn, were we close.



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    It was much more developed than I imagined it would be.


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    We were catching up with the storm that got us in Fields, so we decided to hang around for a soak and let that storm pass.


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    Little did we know, this wouldn't be the only time we got wet today. :lol3

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    Soon after leaving Willow we had a boggy crossing to deal with.

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    I've seen this crossing in other reports. I guess it's just one of those constants out there in NV.


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    We were going south on Trout Creek Rd. when our route and the rain became one.


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    When we made it to Zimmermzn Ranch Rd. we had a choice to make.
    Left for 19 miles to McDermitt and get a room with a dry bed and no mosquitoes, or right for 50 miles of ? and another enchanting evening in the roach motel.
    You can probably guess which choice I was in favor of.
    But, Bartek was determined to stick to the plan, come hell or high water. Key word there was "water." :lol2

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    Not too bad yet.

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    There it is - that's the stuff. Good times!



    In the video, you can hear Bartek say, "we're almost there." He had no idea that we had another 39 miles of that crap ahead of us.
    He didn't care, he was having a great time.:D









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  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey, it's nice to see some familiar faces out there!
    and new ones are great, too. :clap




    I'm pretty sure the guy who gave us directions to Willow Creek HS was the owner of Ideal Market in McDermitt.
    He told us to watch out for the jackass who likes to "wave his weenie around" at the hot spring. :lol3




    Here's something I had dug up for our 2010 ride report.
    These directions make more sense than the hieroglyphics we had on the napkin.


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    OK, back to SPOT tracks.

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    I was envious when I saw this:

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    Not so much for this - the mud bog :puke1
    (make mud your favorite!)

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  20. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    Hi appliance57,
    Yeah, we've ridden and camped in that area and we also like it.


    Hey loco4ridin,
    Love your enthusiasm! Give me a shout when you get your 990. :super


    Hola Osito,
    Did you follow through with the bed bug treatment when you got home?


    Hi Team Vegas,
    Glad to have you along.


    Dude, you're funny. Is friend like favorite? :lol3

    Welcome tundrabiker
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