What’s shakin’ in Mina? Nevada that is!

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  1. Sumbike

    Sumbike Been here awhile

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    Avejoe and I were tired of all the Covid stuff getting in the way of fun so headed over to the Nevada desert for some riding, setting up camp in the Sunrise RV Park at the south end of Mina. Arriving mid afternoon, we had time for a short ride. Dave had seen a mysterious black hole while checking out the area from Google Earth. The black hole was south of town and south of the playa (dry lake), he had a way point set up. After some roaming around on the dirt tracks and not finding it we noticed some slight mounding about 100 yards off the track. Riding the the sage and the sand we came across this.

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    No idea what it is. A well, a mine, maybe 30-40 feet deep, no fencing, road or debris to it either. A mystery!

    I wasn’t sleeping too well when all of a sudden my trailer started shaking violently. I thought someone was shaking it outside or something weird was going on. Stumbled to the door and opened it looking out at a light blink on and the earth moving! What the.....??? Then I hear other campers talking and realize that was one hell of an earthquake! Grabbing my phone I did a quick search and see that at 4:03 am a 6.4 magnitude earthquake had just hit with an epicenter about 35 miles north west of Tonopah. That’s just a few miles south of us! So much for sleeping as the aftershocks would shake you awake on a regular basis. Heck of a start for the day!

    Next day we rode north east of town up through Volcano Canyon. Much of the road is in a wash, lots of sand and gravel, occasionally the track gets a bit hard to follow. Eventually we came to the junction for the Dumbarton Mine to the east.
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    And New York Canyon to the west. F5D8DAE8-BEAA-460E-AF96-FBFA1E4498ED.jpeg
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  2. Sumbike

    Sumbike Been here awhile

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    We checked out Dunbarton Mine.
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    Nice wall paper!
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    Nice view!
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    From here we continued north on the Volcano Canyon road looking for the Simon Lead Mine.
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  3. Sumbike

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    Continuing north on the Volcano Canyon Road to Calvada Flat and turning to south east we made our way over the mountains near Muller Peak, down the other side and then along a poleline road to the road through Stewart Valley. Turning north for a few miles got us to the road to Simon. This was a big mine site! CD36464B-21DF-4C50-BDF6-BB5F2DC0DAC7.jpeg

    The vertical shaft is really deep based on how long it took the rocks to hit bottom!

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    A huge amount of cores and core boxes! 43DBA7CF-D61E-4134-AFC1-6A61F799537E.jpeg

    Big site! Good place to stop for lunch.

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    Moving on from the Simon Lead mine we went east over the Cedar Mountains around the east side of Little Pilot Peak over Cedar Summit and west back to Dump road and Mina. Good ride! Enough challenges to keep it interesting and no one else out there! Some pretty blooms!
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    Finished off the day out on the playa trying to figure out how to get the drone to follow the rider. Hmmm, a work in process.

    Oh yeah, about 9:10 pm a very nice shaker, another aftershock!

    I don’t know why the pic is sideways.
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    Sumbike Been here awhile

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    Saturday we decided to ride somewhat of a hybrid of out tracks, start off with one Dave created and then move into one I’d put together. What could go wrong? We headed out south east of Mina spotting a pronghorn a couple miles out. It was running parallel to us and just kept running! A beautiful animal, so fast and such endurance! A few miles out we turned south on a poleline road till we came to a well traveled track into Telephone Canyon. Even though it wasn’t on our plan we decided to follow it a ways.

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    we rode in several miles seeing that it went to the radio tower on Pilot Peak. We decided to save it for another day. Some pretty steep sections but nice views!
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    Back down out of the canyon almost to Hwy 95 to pick up our road that took us past Rhodes Salt Marsh to Long Canyon.
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    Dave lost his track somewhere near the Long Canyon area, not many options so we continued on. Looking back behind the bikes a few miles is the epicenter for Friday morning’s earthquake. 314D4959-5C6E-4E84-85C3-93178D7066FB.jpeg
    A lot of these nasty cacti!
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    We continued on eventually connecting with the track to Gunmetal Mine that I’d put together. We started following my track, but something in my head wasn’t happy, something wasn’t right, we were heading north and it didn’t feel right. After almost 5 miles we did a GPS and map check realizing we were close to Gunmetal Mine but there was a range of mountains between us and the mine. We’d gone the wrong direction when we intersected my track. So we back tracked and got back on course eventually getting to the mine. Time for lunch taking in the view from the deck! D04CBDBA-65BE-4A4D-BF55-3492C69E8A5E.jpeg
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    Several buildings and collapsed ones at Gunmetal and some fixer upper vehicles. Odd, none of the vehicles had a chassis or frame. Hmmm

    Outhouse?
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    RV!
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    Nice pickup
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    View!
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    About this time this old fart is getting tired. After going past a few more mine sites we found a little used two track going east down out of the mountains taking us to the north south road through the Monte Cristo Valley eventually connecting with Dump Road leading back to Mina. About 80 miles in total for the day.

    Back to Mina, a welcome beer at our camp then out to rustle up some grub! Best place in town, great burgers! DE45FC34-2ADC-4325-BF94-A2B6A00C1DC8.jpeg F498083C-9E8D-4B30-9490-DBC3BA8EC903.jpeg

    Next morning we packed up, loaded the bikes and headed back over the Sierras to California. Fun, interesting and sometimes challenging riding. Good to be out with a good friend and forget about the whole Covid thing. Then throw in a 6.4 earthquake centered just down the road, couldn’t be better!

    Thanks for visiting!
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    Nice little adventure!
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  10. avejoe

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    May I suggest your sideways pictures provide an excellent perspective of your typical views on our rides?
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    Yes, Bob and I had been planning a spring trip to Mina for several months. We felt relatively comfortable coming out from under the COVID rock and socially distancing in the Nevada desert.

    There is a seemingly unending number of interesting routes available when staging out of Mina. We set up our trailers at the beautiful Sunrise RV resort in southern Mina on Thursday afternoon. I even had a new trailer!

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    As Bob mentioned, I had spied an odd feature when flying over the area via Google Earth. Thursday late afternoon we followed my GPS waypoint to a big hole. It did not seem to be mining related. As usual when observing a large hole in the ground, we threw some big rocks down it. Little did we know the tectonic repercussions this would have.

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    A quick ride, some beer, and dinner and we were both ready to turn in.

    I didn’t sleep great and at just after 4:00am all hell broke loose. I felt like I was in a paint shaker. Turns out our rock throwing triggered a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that had an epicenter about 20 miles away. It also had a shallow focus which made the shaking even more crazy. Fortunately, there was only some minor damage to Highway 95 and some moderate damage to my shorts.
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    The next day we did a great loop with lots of trail diversity and some awesome mining history. The riding weather was perfect. Mid-70s with a stiff breeze to keep the dust off the trail.

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    Our last day of riding (Saturday) was also great.

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  14. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Thoroughly enjoyed the report @avejoe & @Sumbike! Man, I miss riding in NV (though not the gumbo mud) - such an amazing place to explore. Haven't been that far south to date, wonder if the Battle Mtn south route loops through Mina.

    @Sumbike - how do you like the Beta compared to the WR? More maintenance intensive? How is it for hauling luggage (ie what's the subframe made of)? Though I really like my little mule, I'm thinking about the future and wanting something with a bit more oomph. Had a 690 prior and the torque it offered was great, really wish Yamaha had made their 450 dual-sport like the 250.

    In any event, great pictures and looks like a fantastic outing guys. Crazy to be camping when the earthquake hit, probably good to be in your camper with suspension and tires.

    Appreciate you taking the time to craft the RR :ricky :thumb
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    Sumbike Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your nice comments @liv2day. Mina is an interesting place to ride, a lot of old mining history, good for base camp and day trips.

    The Beta is a pretty big change from the WRR, as expected, lighter and more power, puts a smile on your face. This was the first "real" riding I've done and it was great, I do like the responsiveness and nimbleness. I actually stayed upright too - I've got some history. . . . . . . Too soon to give much of an overall evaluation at only around 500 miles. I'll be doing a test ride with full on camping gear using a Giant Loop Coyote and probably an Enduristan duffel, this weekend. The shorter maintenance intervals will be a change, but, I don't put that many miles on and generally was changing the fluids on the WRR much more frequently than the published schedule. The WRR is tough to beat as a camp mule as you can easily load it up and it does just fine.

    After this weekend, I should have a much better feel for how the Beta does.
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