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NV 2012 - In Memory of the Crewmen.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hodakaguy, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I don't think I could say it any better, so I'll copy it and say "+1"

    My dad was 42 years in the Air Force, so this story has a special meaning to me. Thank you very much.

    wartime crashes happened too often. This one is 15 miles up the road from me.
    http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM4AA1_B_24J_Mt_Holyoke
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  2. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Supporter

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    Great story. :lurk
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  3. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Momentum is your friend

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    Great job on the memorial. :clap Awesome area to ride in, I need to get back up there. Thanks for the report.
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  4. marty_uiuc

    marty_uiuc moran

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    Great ride report!

    I think I saw you guys at the Mama's pizza place in Battle Mountain. I moved from IL to BM, arriving saturday afternoon. while trying to get to the new house I drove by that pizza place and saw a gaggle of KTMs. can't beat that for a first bike sighting at my new home town! :clap
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  5. Clodhopper55

    Clodhopper55 Can you say ALFALFA?

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  6. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    Big Kudos on the Memorial - so well done! :thumb That was such a great idea and follow-thru; one class act you guys! :beer

    Thanks to all, d :ricky
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  7. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    DAY 4 - June 4 2012

    Miles on bike: 1852
    Hrs on bike: 68.1


    Woke up at Bog Hot Springs to another beautiful day...ready to head south.

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    Trever removing the GPS brackets and mounts from his bike since his Montana is no longer functioning.

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    Andy and his twin kick stands....LOL. He's getting ready to change his broken unit out for the good unit, since we arrived at the springs after dark he just used two kick stands for the night.

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    Some time during the night this cool VW Vanagon slipped into the springs.

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    We head into Denio Junction again to get fuel and a hot meal :-)

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    No ride report that includes Denio Junction would be complete without a picture of "Gods Ride".

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    With full stomachs we head south to Soldier Meadows to stop for fuel and say hello to Kathy. Kathy's husband Jim recently passed away and Kathy is selling the ranch. Hopefully it will remain open to people traveling through this barren country. Kathy and Jim will be missed!

    Rolling into Soldier Meadows.

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    Soldier Meadows has a rich history. It was originally called Mud Meadows and was used by the settlers as a rest stop as they made their was out west on the Applegate Trail. The US army built a Fort here to protect the settlers as they made their way westward. Read more on Soldier Meadows Here: CLICK HERE

    Kathy's house.

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    And the original Army Fort still standing!

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    Kathy is gone to Reno for the day taking care of paperwork for the sale of the ranch, bummer we were hoping to say hi. We chat with the ranch hand for a bit and check out the facilities.

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    We debate if we need to take on fuel or not. It's never wise to pass fuel out here so we all take one gallon of fuel. (we'll be glad we did!).

    We roll up to the "pumps". Soldier Meadows uses a very reliable way of measuring your fuel, a old 1 gallon cider jug :-). We line up and all get our gallon of fuel.

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    Trever sipping on a little unleaded...Hmmm....good vintage!

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    Filling my bike.

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    We leave Soldier Meadows and head up Fly Canyon, High Rock Canyon, and Yellow Rock Canyon. This is the original route of the Applegate Trail, Lots of History Here! The scenery is incredible!

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    Along the way trail markers share the settlers experiences with quotes from diaries. I can't imagine how hard it was to make that voyage.

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    Heading out in search of adventure!

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    We arrive in High Rock Canyon. We stop here to take a rest and check out a few historical items along the trail.

    Setting up Marks kick stand. Andy found a piece of tent pole along the trail so they propped Mark's bike up with it, it lasted till we walked up to the cave then the bike decided to take a nap :-)

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    A couple Panoramic shots of High Rock Canyon.

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    This is called Mail Cave. Settlers on the wagon trains would leave mail in this cave for family members or friends that were coming behind. It's hard to imagine what it would have been like to travel through this country with horse and wagon.

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    Here comes a dune buggy down the trail.

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    We take a walk down the canyon to check out a few more historical items.

    Looking for the 2nd cave...it's well hidden!

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    Historical Graffiti on the bluff next to Mail Cave, 1852!

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    The walls were a couple hundred feet high in places!

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    Arriving at the second cave.

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    I love looking at this kind of history....Amazing it's so well preserved.

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    Exiting the second cave.

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    One of the many stream crossings on the trip.

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    A couple dune buggies crossing a stream.

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    Sky's are starting to turn nasty and the temperature is dropping rapidly....Hmmm...

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    We reach Yellow Rock Canyon right as it starts to rain. We all stop at the abandoned shack to put on the cold weather gloves and rain cloths.

    Arriving at the shack.

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    Hey...this will make a great kick stand!

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    Foundation to a long lost cabin or ?

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    After leaving Yellow Rock Canyon we started to climb in elevation. The trails were absolutely beautiful....unfortunately the rain was making them take on the consistency of a well greased baking pan! The trail was not only slick but the mud will pack onto your bike so thick it will lock up your chain, front wheel etc.

    The bikes are handling like a humming bird with a bowling ball duct taped under one wing!

    It was slow going for a while.

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    Oh yeah...this has to be good for the bikes lol.

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    Mud and more mud....

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    Hey Trevor....Look at the camera....It's for prosperity LOL.

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    Here's a short video of Andy riding a slick section of mud like a pro!

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    The last of the nasty mud...back on a solid trail!

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    After this picture the weather turned really cold and our tracks took us right up to 7500' where we were riding in snow! It was starting to get dark and we were all cold and hungry, not having eaten since breakfast in Denio Junction. We look at the tracks and find the fastest way down off the mountain to try to get to Gerlach before Dark, a nice hot shower is sounding pretty good at this point! We are all really glad we took on fuel at Soldier Meadows since are tanks are starting to look pretty low.

    We didn't tank any more pictures after the mud section, it was just to cold and we were all concentrating on making it to Gerlach before dark...the prospect of camping in the snow at 7500' wasn't to enticing!

    Gerlach! We made it in right before Bruno's restaurant closed and had a great meal. We got some rooms at the Bruno's motel and settled in for the night.

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    Trever found a hose and decided to get some mud off his bike....I was to tired to care and figured I'd get it off in the am.

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    Another great days riding!!

    End Day 4

    Miles on Bike: 2086
    Hrs on Bike: 74.9


    More to come!

    Hodakaguy
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  8. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Excellent! The mud is challenging for sure. Came through Summit Lake in the rain once solo, barely made it.
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  9. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    Awesome guys, really cool. I can't wait to go see the memorial at the crash site. An amazing tribute. I am heading out there next week, I will be in your tracks part of the way. Thanks for RR.:clap
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  10. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Holy Mud oly, not looking forward to that crap.
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  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    in the video, the mud is flying off in what looks like dry chunks. Never saw anything like it.
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  12. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Another great report, thanks!
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  13. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    This report is on my favorite list! :clap
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  14. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    A really cool tribute! Thank you for taking us along.
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  15. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Good thing you got that extra gallon to burn in the mud!!

    Sad about the ranch being put up for sale, I'd buy it in a second if I hit the lotto. :deal
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  16. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Husqy pilot too...

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    I remember reading this back in June of 2010...

    "The B24 escaped me yet again...Grrrrrr. I will be back to find it though!" (Adventure Is Out There)

    Not only did you find it, you found a way to honor a fine group of American heros of long ago.
    Being the granddaughter of a proud WWII United States Army Colonel, I thank you and the fellas for making the trek and the story known. :clap

    Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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  17. mamacone

    mamacone Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the report, glad i could be part of it. The mud made it an adventure.
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  18. gunnr

    gunnr optimsm

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    Nice job guys. I hope to get up and see the crash site. Great report. Thanx
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  19. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Day 5 - June 5th.

    Miles on Bike: 2086
    Hrs on Bike: 74.9


    We woke up after a good nights sleep at the original roach motel lol. It was a fresh day and Trever was starting to get over his PTMD (Post Traumatic Mud Disorder!) LOL. The weather had turned cold and nasty, the high country was covered in a fresh blanket of snow! We decided to clean up the bikes a bit and head to Bruno's for breakfast.

    Our haven out of the weather for the night....I decided to throw the sleeping bag on the bed instead of using the 1940's sheets lol.

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    Lots O Mud!

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    Breakfast at Bruno's.

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    We warmed up, ate a good breakfast and decided on a game plan. Trevor's shoulder was bothering him and our planned tracks would take us right up into the snow within minutes. Our detour back north earlier placed us in the way of the cold front, we were trapped. We could hit pavement and bomb south until we hit warmer weather but then we would be pinched on time to get back. Or we could ride north and base camp at the Alvord Desert, explore some abandoned mines and soak in the springs. With the weather cold and rotten we changed plans again and decided to head north... Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.

    Trever and Mark would take a separate route, pick up Marks truck and meet us in Denio Junction. The rest of us would double back through Soldier Meadows.

    We filled the bikes with fuel and rolled out for adventure.

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    Alan on the move.

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    Andy ready to head out.

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    We decide to cut across the Black Rock Desert and check out another Hot Springs on the way to Soldier Meadows.

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    A little time for playing on the Playa :-)

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    Couple posing shots

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    Rolling out for the springs.

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    Right as we arrive at the springs the road turns to the gumbo mud that we were riding in yesterday. I manage to get sideways and drop the bike as I roll to a stop....Sorry didn't get any pics lol.

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    Another quote from a settlers diary.

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    The springs.

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    Right after I took this shot I slipped walking down the hill and packed my camera up with mud! Luckily it was the back side of the camera and after some time with some baby wipes everything was fine again.

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    With the prospect of riding numerous miles in more gumbo mud we turned around and headed back across the Black Rock to the gravel road on the other side.

    A ways up the road we came across the license plate art display and stopped for some pictures.

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    Doing a little repair work on a fallen piece of art.

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    I decided to leave my own piece of art on the display :-)

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    Alan pointing at the snow above soldier meadows that came in over night.....bummer, that's where we were heading.

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    A quick stop at soldier meadows, we were hoping to catch Kathy home but she was still away on business. We chat a bit with the ranch hand and continue north.

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    There is some great riding in the hills above Soldier Meadows....but with the snow we decide to stay low and continue north to Denio Junciton.

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    I stopped along the road to take some pictures of the snow...cold!

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    Getting close.

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    The Pueblo Mountains above Denio Junction where we placed the Memorial Plaque on the first day....now dusted with snow.

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    Back at Denio Junction...ready to warm up and get some grub!

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    A Syncro Vanagon at Denio Junction when we arrive, owned by a nice couple from Oregon.

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    We arrived just after Trever and Mark arrived...Perfect timing! We all grabbed a bite to eat then will load up the bikes and move the trucks up to the Alvord.

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    Yummmm!!!

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    Ok....which one is out of place for the NV desert? lol.

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    And a few shots from Trever and Mark's journey north to Denio Junction.

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    These are some cool rock formations!

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    Would make a great shelter in a pinch!

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    Back to Denio Junction. We loaded up the bikes and rolled to the Alvord Desert. We had planned on riding up to the mines above the desert and I was going to show the guys the old miners orchard that resides up there as well....But. When we arrived at the Alvord Hot Springs we find this...

    The entrance road that leads to the mines, orchard etc is blocked and fenced off! This is also the spot where a lot of people camp that stop to soak in the springs. Hmmm......

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    The dirt access road the connects the lake bed to the springs is also blocked off. To get to the lake bed you now have to drive a mile or so down the gravel road then drop onto the playa from there....no more riding up from the playa for a quick soak.....this sucks!

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    Later at Fields Station we learn the scoop. The Alvord Hot Springs is on private property and they let the public use the springs...but the owner is wanting the BLM to take over liability of the springs as well as install a bathroom at the site. I guess he hasn't got it yet so he closed off the road and the entrance to the hills....the hills are BLM but the entrance is on his property. If he doesn't get the bathroom etc then he might shut down the springs all together. That would be a real shame...such a cool place to visit and enjoy a soak. I hope it all works out in the end.

    Well we can't ride up here where we were planning either....we decide to take a nice soak then roll for home, we will return again to complete our original 1700 mile loop!

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    There are two pools at the Alvord Springs. It looked like someone had just finished cleaning out the "outside" pool and the hot water pipe was still open to it when we arrived...it was WAY to hot to soak in. The inside pool was warm but not hot...to cold for me to want to get in since it was really cold and windy outside. Something had to be done to cool down the outside pool!

    Where there's a will there's a way! Inside each pool are several washing machine drums turned upside down for seats, in a pinch they can become buckets to scoop cool water to the hot side! Oh yeah....Nice hot soak here we come!

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    The piping that brings the hot water down to the pools from the source.

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    Panorama of the springs, Amazing scenery!

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    While I waited for the hot pool to cool a little I checked out the inside of the changing room, here's a shot of a memorial left for Carl. Carl lived down the road from the Alvord Springs and did a lot of maint and upkeep at the springs. He knew the area very well and was very friendly....rest in piece Carl!

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    Trever is first in the hot side. It was still HOT but you could get used to it and get in eventually. The heat felt great!

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    Mark instantly turned into a lobster! lol.

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    After the soak we left the Alvord, headed to Fields for fuel and rolled towards home. At Fields a young Ukrainian women named Elena was getting fuel and was asking how to get to British Columbia, she was on the way up from Vegas to visit friends. Not wanting to get lost she joined our caravan towards WA and was now part of the RR....Smile for the camera :-)

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    Every time we stopped she would stop with us. She followed us till John Day and we convinced her to stop and get a hotel for the night while we continued on, she had been on the road a long time and looked pretty drowsy.

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    We arrived home around 2am. Another trip in the books.

    Can't wait to return to NV again....I love that area!!!!!

    End Trip.

    Miles on bike: 2225
    Hrs on bike: 78.0


    Hodakaguy
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  20. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    Yep----kudo's again for putting up the plaque for the bomber crewman.

    To me that shows the great character of you guys.

    Thanks !!!

    BigDog
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