Nevada Hemi'

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by wachs, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Day 6 -

    There was a huge mine down the mountain and barely in sight from our camp. All night long you could faintly hear some big machine grinding away on a project.

    Slept like a king but I awoke at about 4:30 am and snapped this pic.

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    There’s Jim’s tent. My VE25 rain fly worked out great as it didn’t rain and there were no bugs at all. No poles, lines or stakes to put away, just jam it into my drybag and strap it on the back. Might just be onto something there! :lol3

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    Leaving camp, we all elected to ride this extra credit climb to the summit we were camped beneath. Several of us picked the absolute wrong lane and bashed Nevada stones to the top.

    Great way to start the day!

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    You can see part of the mine way down there on the left, ‘town’ was in the drainage to the right of that.


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    It’s already warm and looks to be hot today.


    This is the general direction we’re headed.


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    Kenny and Colin have graciously volunteered to put together a route for us and did a great job navigating on the fly.

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  2. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Still can’t figure out how to make those dang animated gifs (#%@&*%##@@)(@:kboom



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  3. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Tony

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    Didn’t mention this earlier but Tyler’s shock is blown? He’s consistently up front so I don’t see him very often but when I do that thing is kinda wallowing all over the place.

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    Today is spectacular and we got a decent start.

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    I could see this canyon from quite a way back and hoped we’d be going through it.

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    You can see the rider just coming out of the greenery.


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    Would’ve liked to poke around here for a bit but we’ve got quite a ways to go today.

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    Ken and Colin did a great job navigating and found some of the best tracks of the last couple days.

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    Tony picked up a nail.

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    While those guys slipped a 21” tube, I patched his 18” rear for later if needed. Sure was nice having instant access to the tools and tubes without unpacking the whole kit.

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    We’re back on track for Paradise and headed through this breaks country.

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    Another one of those strange places with no fuel or sense of humor, but it is beautiful.

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    We talked about having lunch here but wanted to keep moving, grabbed a snack and headed back up into the mountains.

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    Leaving town.

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    Back on big gravel roads, we torched this one up into cool mountain air.

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    Jeremy’s riding like normal - he must not be too injured.

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    Tony’s back in the flowers!

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    Strange rock formation up near the first pass.

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    Pockets, cracks and bulges - wonder if anyone ever climbs this crag?

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    It’s dusty today and we’re spread apart fairly far.

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    We rolled down off that pass and headed for the next one to the north.

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  4. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Can't wait for the rest but will anyway. Great as always Dave!:clap
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  5. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Thanks Taco - Here's rest:




    Tony -

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    Didn’t mention this earlier but Tyler’s shock is blown? He’s consistently up front so I don’t see him very often but when I do that thing is kinda wallowing all over the place.

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    Today is spectacular and we got a decent start.


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    I could see this canyon from quite a way back and hoped we’d be going through it.


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    You can see the rider just coming out of the greenery.

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    Would’ve liked to poke around here for a bit but we’ve got quite a ways to go today.

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    Ken and Colin did a great job navigating and found some of the best tracks of the last couple days.


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    Tony picked up a nail.

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    While those guys slipped in a 21” tube, I patched his 18” rear for later if needed.

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    We’re back on track for Paradise and headed through this breaks country.

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    Another one of those strange places with no fuel or sense of humor, but it is beautiful.

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    We talked about having lunch here but wanted to keep moving, grabbed a snack and headed back up into the mountains.

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    Leaving town


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    Back on big gravel roads, we torched this one up into cool mountain air

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    Jeremy’s riding like normal - he must not be too injured.

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    Tony’s back in the flowers!

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    Strange rock formation up near the first pass.


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    Pockets, cracks and bulges - wonder if anyone ever climbs this crag?


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    It’s dusty today and we’re spread apart nicely.


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    We rolled down off that pass and headed for the next one to the north.


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    We’re getting close to McDermitt, NV and the end of the trip. Another reason we didn’t take the time to have lunch in Paradise was to give us the chance to ride the 25 miles of ridge top north of this pass.


    Jim and I had done once before, I think Ken has too but it’s not easy to figure out.

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    Absolutely beautiful weather up here.


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    Looking south.


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    This will be our last major summit at almost 9000’.


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    More snow!

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    Even having been here prior, we still got tangled up with a few wrong turns and had to back track a little bit.


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    Kenny’s probably looking forward to not leading.

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    We put that together well enough and rolled down to the last water of this mountain range. Thanks again to Colin and Kenny for navigation! :freaky

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    Jeremy’s laughing as it’s deeper than it looks and there's a ledge on the exit.

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    Down through Devil’s Gate and towards McD.

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    Amazingly, it’s still not too hot and staying out of the dust is not too hard either.

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    We gas up in McDermitt, and head west out of town to get back into Oregon. A brisk and rocky traverse of the final mountain range drops us into the last of the water for this trip. No biggie but apparently Jim did tip over in the mud. I came back through here the next week and saw his hand print in the mud.


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    So we roasted the track down to a big gravel road where we had agreed to split up. These fellows are going to ride back to Fields, load up their bikes and drive home to the Seattle area. I’m scheduled to spend another week out here with a different group of friends.

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    Hope this tire can handle another 800 miles.


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    It was fantastic trip with some top notch riders, old and new friends.


    See you guys up in Washington for more!


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    ps. turns out Jeremy not only had a fractured fibula but his achilles tendon has been torn off for the last 5 days. Talk about a tough mofo!


    I had 160 miles for this day and they put another 40 on top of that to get back to Fields.
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  6. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Could you put the dates in your RR? It would be cool to see where you were versus where we were on the days our trips overlapped.
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  7. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition Supporter

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    Good stuff, Wachs- one helluva cool trip report. I sure need to get back out there.
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  8. canuckAME

    canuckAME Been here awhile

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    Great report
    I'd love to ride terrain like that but it's 2500 miles from here:cry
    Thanks for sharing
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  9. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

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    wachs-are your tracks pre-programmed into your gps units before you leave or do you just find a road/trail thats going in the correct direction?I did a run out to Jarbidge last summer but my choice of routing was kind of boring.Good to see the Honda xrr's out being used-I own 1.
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  10. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    IIRC, Dave doesn't use GPS.
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  11. SpudBob

    SpudBob Been here awhile

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    I hate you guys, JK!!!!! What an awesome ride report. I NEED to get out there. Heading down that way soon, Sept late me thinks. Getting too hot for my tastes as of late. 100's in Boise. Ill be interested in the next report and the temps.
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  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Mike - we were out there 6/14 - 6/20 - for some reason, I cannot edit my posts?!?!? If I try, it comes up as blank - no content at all - weird.

    Thanks - there's another week with the next group that I'm writing now.

    Ship a set of tires and some oil to Fields, get on that bike and start heading south bro!
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  13. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    I don't use a GPS mainly because I can't see the stinkin' thing without glasses and my friends usually have one. This trip only had a few holes in the route that we did not know. We all looked at Google earth, some maps and we had some routes from another buddy (in combination with some of our old jaunts) in one of the 2 GPS units. Actually riding it helps a ton but things look different every year due to fires, new fencing and depending on the winter prior, trail/track conditions. Big winter snows can mean big washouts and creek diversions so you never really know until you go. We love the XRR!


    HA! Hey sharing is caring - we're trying to get you out there man! September/October is usually a great time to explore N. Nevada and SE Oregon. I try to schedule that trip during the one week between hunting seasons as those guys are working hard to get their deer, elk, pronghorn, etc.. Some hunters are tolerant but others don't appreciate us spooking up the wildlife even though there's a low possibility of harvesting during the mid-day.
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  14. utefan

    utefan Been here awhile

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    :clapAs always - EPIC!
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  15. wmrra13

    wmrra13 Adventurer

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    Dave,

    Your RR is so freakin' good you *almost* make the trip seem better than it was.

    It was my first ride of this type and I'm hooked - I can't thank you guys enough for inviting me - I *might* even keep the Honda!

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    Cheers,
    Tyler
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  16. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Thank you sir!


    Hey Tyler - It was really an amazing trip for sure, glad you and Tony came along! Keep that XR and let's do one in Washington this fall. Go here to see what the next week was all about: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=992760
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    great to see another rr from dave!

    big thumpers, camping gear, lots of dirt miles, new riding areas and beautiful landscape pics....awesome.
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  18. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    I know your pain-2600 miles from GA.

    On the positive side I got 6 years of riding similar terrain (like Fandango Canyon!) and got to know Dave a little when we lived in Redmond, OR. Now life has taken us other directions but its still great to see those wide open spaces and know that somebody can still enjoy them!
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  19. dakardad

    dakardad Not waiting for anyone

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    Wow Wachs, you must ride with a lot of wheel spin. You ate through that desert HT pretty fast. I've always gotten way more miles out of mine.
    But these days I do more sauntering around than real riding.
    ps. I cant read a GPS either without glasses. Totally sucks. I just carry more gas:wink:. Accordingly I find myself in unplanned locations. Mores the fun.
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  20. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    I've gotten 1500 miles on a rear MOTOZ but that was with no gear on the bike and almost zero pavement. I'm carrying about 35 pounds of gear, tools, parts and food so it must contribute to the wear - plus we had some asphalt.

    Yeah, I've been really lucky with my vision so far and only need glasses for reading or in poor light. It must suck to have to wear glasses all the time and there is no way I would enjoy sticking a contact lens to my eyeball.
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