SoCal Motography Adventures...(........)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. black 8

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    I arrived at Middlegate Station around 12:30 or so and I just took it all in... I must admit that I'm a bit of a history buff and I like seeing/visiting places steeped in history so here's a little info on Middlegate Station:

    "Middlegate station was named in 1850 by James Simson as he mapped the route for the Overland Stage Company. In his journal he writes that he thought the cuts in the mountains looked like 'gates' so he named each cut Westgate, Middlegate, and Eastgate to identify the route he took across the desert. It was at this spot at Middlegate that in 1859 the Overland Stage & Freight Company built a station to serve the gold and silver mines near Tonopah and east to Ely. When the Pony Express began service on April 3, 1860 Middlegate Station served as a changing station on the route for 18 months until October 24, 1861 when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for it's existence. Middlegate continued to serve as a stage and freight station until the early 1900's to deliver personnel and much needed supplies to the gold and silver mines in Eastern Nevada until the mines closed. Automobiles soon came into service and the Lincoln Highway replaced the long and uncomfortable stage routes. The romantic drama surrounding the Pony Express and early history of the era has made Middlegate Station part of the legend of the American West."

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    After making my way inside, I ordered a Middlegate Monster Burger... I knew it would be a while to build that monster so I just walked around and took photos inside the station and looked at the old memorabilia...
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    Naval Air Station Fallon is only 45 miles from Middlegate Station so I'm sure many a service members have visited this place as evidenced from all the unit patches alongside with some LE patches...
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    dollar bills adorn the ceiling of Middlegate Station...
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    D@MN THAT'S BIG! I said to myself when they brought it out...
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    I watch a lot of the Food Channel with the likes of Andrew Zimmern's Bizzare Foods and Adam Richman's Man vs. Food... one thing I learned was it takes 20 minutes for you to hit the Food Wall when your stomach says ~ I'm done...

    This was me at the 45 minute mark... my strategy was to tackle the first layer by cutting and eating it in sections and work my way down... every now and then I would have a couple of fries to try and whittle that down but my stomach was filling up fast... finally I had to throw in the towel... that sourdough bun was just too much...
    Although I was full, I had not reached that sick-full feeling yet and I could have kept going... instead I was thinking ahead with that three hour ride back down to Big Pine with temps in the high 90's and 180 miles of undulating terrain... :puke2
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    my @ss got beat by the Middlegate Monster Burger...
  6. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    When you figure it out, please let me know. I'll bring the beer and my laptop and maybe you can walk through it with me. I frikken hate Basecamp and need a hands on, live face to face lesson on it.
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  7. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    ... dang!
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  8. black 8

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    I hung out for a while chatting with the staff and even walked around outside taking some more photos until I felt I could throw a leg over the saddle...

    just getting some last minute memories of the place.. who knows when/if I'll ever come this way again...
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  9. black 8

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    One thing that I noticed about the F800 was its outstanding fuel economy... prior to leaving for the day, I filled the 6.3 gal tank with as much gas as it would take. The design on the fuel gauge only tells me that the fuel tank is above half a tank even though the tank is completely full. There is a pyramid above the halfway mark and once the fuel falls below half, the pyramid disappears indicating I'm down to half a tank... At first I thought the gauge was broken cuz' after 200 miles it still had not moved, then finally at the 210 mi mark the tank read half full. After it was all said and done, I was able to range 325 miles (@ 60mph the F800 got 58mpg)... that's from Big Pine to Middlegate Station and back down to Bishop where I refueled before finishing my day back at Big Pine...

    The ride back to Big Pine was uneventful and I arrived sometime after 6:00 in the evening... the campground was the same way I left it, plenty of open spots and I was able to pull right into the same one I had just left...
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    mission accomplished with the Middlegate Monster Burger so I plan to head back home in the morning... I'm sure there are things that I could explore in the area but I have to save something for the next time... As I rode up US-395 I noticed road closure signs for Tioga Pass headed into Yosemite so I'm definitely coming back sometime this year when it opens... I'm sure there are motography opportunities in Yosemite National Park for me...

    cheers for now,
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Wow that’s some great fuel mileage!
    I take it you got the Adventure model F800?
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    Will do Kelly... I'm still getting used to the Montana and how it communicates with BaseCamp...
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    Yes, a leftover 2017 GS/A...
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Oh nice! I missed it was a GSA.
    I get 210 on my 2009 F800GS.
    That’s pushing it...ha.
    Good looking bike.
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    Wow... I'm surprised... I guess it has to do with the engine tweaks on the 2014 and later models...
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Interesting.

    Maybe I’m a little throttle happy!
    I try to cruise when I ride it but still haven’t hit those numbers.
    Then again it says 62 mpg @ 55mph.
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    My average speed up and down from Middlegate Station was between 60/65 mph; BTW I'm also using an Omni-Cruise throttle lock on long stretches of road so my hand doesn't cramp up...
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that RR.
    Been looking at other places to ride north.
    Going to put this one in the to ride list.
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    Yeah I have the kaok throttle lock on mine.
    May have to use it more.
    I’m usually between 65 and 70mph.
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    ADK .........................

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    When I was a teenager I could've made that burger disappear with ease,:dukegirl now that I'm nearly retirement age, no way. :(
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    kickstandsup Long timer Supporter

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    Basecamp is like pounding your head on concrete...it feels good when you stop.

    I gave up and went with a TomTom...easy, peasy...
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