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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by KarmaSect, Oct 1, 2017.
Very cool read! Thanks for sharing and making my day!
Great report, being able to visit the nuke site is a pretty interesting stop along the ride. I can see why the AEC chose that area, not allot to disturb except the coyotes.
Day 2 pics to the nuke site- On the road from Currant to Faultless
Entering the site
7 riders with lots of dust end up with collection points. This was the first ride In Reach was used. It paid off in turn around time, and spent fuel several times.
That's all I have to this point in Day 2.
The Kiln Canyon Crankcase Caper is next. After climbing to 7800 ft, it was a 3 mile trek of scree rock. Looked easy on google earth.
Perfect summary of day 2!
Awesome RR so far, Hooked!
Don, you have a way with words!
Great stuff ... and thanks for reminding me I need to get out in NV again
Some places I recognize, but a few new waypoints now added to future trip plans
Hey, WTF? This is an unauthorized use of my likeness. Expect to hear from my lawyer.
We just got back a last week and obviously covered some of the same ground. Nevada is incredible. A dual sport Disneyland.
"Another Rider", "Average Joe" sounds like same thing to me!
"Lowly" DR 650??? Them's fightin werds boy!
Day two, part two — The Cottonwood and Kiln Canyon Crankcase caper.
After leaving the gamma ray tanning salon, we headed south through Hot Creek Valley (yes, the Faultless site is really in a place called Hot Creek) for about 15 miles before turning west up Cottonwood Canyon and the Tybo ghost town.
Here is the map I included in my previous post:
At this point, Greg peeled off and headed for Tonopah, as he was feeling a little under the weather. So…his 690 didn’t have the opportunity to experience the ass-beating that was to follow.
Tybo — Quite a few old buildings and mines to ramble around.
Then it was on west up the canyon to the first set of Charcoal Kilns (Tybo Kilns). The road up to this point was in decent shape and accessible by any size bike.
Some pics of the Kilns
Questionable structural engineering:
However, right at the kilns the road turns to a very rough 4x4 road, and it was immediately apparent that no one had travelled this far up the canyon in a while. The road soon started a pretty dramatic climb and became a real challenge, given we were hauling camping gear and probably still each had 2.5 gallons of gas (we started this segment with about 6 gallons each). No pictures of the climb — too busy maintaining momentum.
Detailed topo map though:
At the top, my 500 was right on the verge of a boil over — a combination of luggage/gas, the temperature (85+), elevation (7800’ at the pass)…and my new Rekluse. Rather than rolling over the pass, I stopped and figured we could have a snack while the bikes cooled down.
Its a good thing we stopped, as we soon discovered that Scott’s DR650 was leaking oil from the bottom side of the case. Crap. The top of a pass with rough 4x4 climbs on either side. Hot temps and miles from nowhere. Oh…and we didn’t have a Torx tip for the ski plate screws.
Sane people might panic (actually, sane people would not be here) — hot, difficult access, middle of no where. Not to worry. Six guy, plenty of skills, plenty of ideas. And Inreach communication to our Overload back in Seattle and Greg, now in Tonopah.
With some creativity, we were able to get three of the four screws loose — by filing two sides of each screw flat, then using vise grips. The fourth screw would not budge. We tried the vise grips, a screw driver crammed in the torx hole along with beating on the end with a rock. Oil. Water. We were just about to pull out one of the gas stoves when it popped loose and were were able to expose the bottom of the engine.
As it turns out, the ass-beater climb cause the low-clearance DR (lowly, get it?) to bottom hard several times. One of these apparently flexed the frame to the point that the end of the screw holding the skid plate flexed up and punched into the bottom the case.
No problem A little aluminum bond and boom, we were back up and operational. 45 minutes of beating on the skid plate…10 minutes for the bond to setup.
The west side of the pass was also no picnic, but soon we were into Kiln Canyon and two more Charcoal kilns. Unlike the east side of the range, these had no markings or signs.
Once out of Kiln canyon, we turned south down Stone Canyon Valley. As we rode, we encountered at least three large herds of wild horses.
Between our lost rider earlier in the day and the injured DR, we have burned a number of hours, so cut out one section and headed straight to Tonopah to reunite with Greg and grab a late lunch.
On the way to Tonopah, we encountered the only real rain of the trip, despite being under clouds most of the next several days. Riding the pavement, a squall hit and immediately the temperature dropped from the mid 80s to below 70 degrees. I stopped and put on my jacket. Mistake. It immediately dried up and the sun came out. By the time we hit Tonopah 15 miles later it was well over 90 degrees again. Such is the case in the Nevada desert.
Graph of the temperature variations:
( as side note — two weeks after we returned, our staging location, Eureka, recorded the lowest temperature in the US — 25 degrees). Huge swings in the late season.
In Tonopah, we debated our next move. It was now 5pm and we needed to find a camp by 6:30. But its super hot, so we need to find a camp that has some elevation and some shade. But this is new territory for all of us…so we finally decided to find a cheap motel and stay the night.
Day 3 — Our first truly CFD (Cow Free Day) and a visit to America’s saddest town
Day 4 — A six pass day, including 10k' Ophir pass and...the ever worsening Jefferson Pass.
Day 5 — Spectacular 9k’ ridge runs, strangely difficult desert valleys and a quick dip before the pavement.
More when work gives me a break...
Joe, I have great 5.5 day ride along Hwy 50 (I prefer mountains to wide high speed flat roads in big valleys). When Karma gets his s--- together and has edited tracks, lets start a thread in GPS "West" and post all three sets of tracks for our trips in Northern NV? I will only do it if there are no stupid photos of food. We all eat, we all shit it out and I don't need any photos of either form.
See my post above and the DR! Lowly = LOW.
Secretly, I'm frustrated by Scott and his DR. I'm a "B" rider and get by on my super trick (and expensive) 500. Scott is "AA" and taunts us by riding the DR better than I could ever dream. So...I guess I was also secretly happy that its not all fun and games when it comes to clearance!
I love the saying, "The adventure starts when things don't go as planned". No better times than sitting in the middle of no where trying to figure out how to fix a busted case. Seriously.
Jerry, I can send you the tracks this weekend. After all, a lot of it I got from your site originally. There are really only two places that need to be removed/rerouted. One is a section I wrote about above -- just prior to the Faultless site. About a 1/4 mile north of the not-a-road-anymore thing we rode is a legit two track. The other is in the valley just east of Kingston (Day 5) -- We made what should have been an easy 10 mile crossing into a two hour fiasco. More on that later!
A few pictures to double up on Mark's pictures- entering KC
Not the safest building to be taking a picture
It was fairly cool & breezy at the top
That was the torx which drove into the case causing an oil drip
Best part of the canyon trail so they did a repair check
Herds of wild horses on our way to Tonapah
That's about it. Anyone else on this trip have a camera that didn't leak oil?
I love the shot Don. I think this was coming down the west side of the pass. Kip had a special "ejection" system on his skip plate. I think it was jettisoned several times throughout the trip.
I think you mentioned "Kip" way back and above. Is that Kip Wood I see in a photo a few above?
I was on a ride scheduled to go to Tybo and up same (Crank case) canyon. I punctured lung on day two, did not continue. My friends reported on difficult canyon but never mentioned all the stuff at Typo. Back on my bucket list!
Be happy to edit tracks for you. I do it all the time from crap posted here and GpsX. I usually add all my way points with info that are anywhere near the Track in question.
That's the kind of ride this was; He couldn't get it off:
and he couldn't keep it on.
Excellent ride report. Kinda funny seeing my pic at the center of NV. Unlike Avejoe I probably won't send the lawyers after you. Nice sign a couple weeks back. More to see in big NV! Thanks for posting.