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brad21 09-12-2007 07:22 PM

Heading out tomorrow, start riding on Friday. I'll post up pics and start the "actual" ride report when I make it to Pahrump on Sunday. Returning a week from Saturday.

Here's a snapshot of the probable route. Cyan is southbound and yellow is northbound, although the two may intermingle a little in either direction. Red is an alternate route. There's a little "Cabin in the Rock" diversion outside of Mina not shown on this map that I might take too.

Riding right by the Flying M ranch where Fossett took off from. Should be interesting.

Wish me luck! :wave

And thanks to all of you that have helped with the routes.:thumb

AngryScot 09-12-2007 10:50 PM

get going already!

GB 09-13-2007 03:55 AM

Good luck :thumb


tahoeacr 09-13-2007 02:08 PM

Keep us posted on your return trip times. Might come meet up with you and ride a day back up(if you don't mind a little company). Plus, I'll be in Bend for the AMA supermoto race at the end of the month. Might need your profession services:wink: .

brad21 09-17-2007 08:39 PM

Made it to the Rump. One flat (nail 7 miles from town) and 177 pictures. Epic ride. Working on a spotty internet connection here but will try to upload some pics and get the report started.

Planning the return trip on Saturday/Sunday/Monday.:thumb

brad21 09-17-2007 09:33 PM


wachs 09-18-2007 07:49 AM

go Brad GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob 09-18-2007 10:06 AM

Seen any plane debris?
Looks like pretty nice weather and scenery!

brad21 09-18-2007 10:24 AM

So I'll try to start my actual ride report here and keep the babbling to a minimum. All I can say is that the ride down from Reno to Pahrump was awesome and challenging. The real challenging part was getting caught on the damn racecourse for Vegas to Reno, the other challenges were mainly rocks and sandy washes that had my overinlflated and top-heavy bike struggling to stay perpendicular. Otherwise, totally awesome.

I trucked my bike down to my brother and sister-in-laws house from Bend on Thursday and left Friday, headed towards the hills above Virginia City. They live more or less at the bottom of Geiger Grade so it was a great starting point.

Above VC and Reno after the sendoff from my nephews and their buddy:

Reno in the distance. Got buzzed by three Fossett hunting Blackhawks here and missed the pic:

Washoe Lake

I was headed towards the Eldorado Canyon just outside of Dayton, where I ran into an old patient of mine at the gas station. Go figure.

This was tough...

American Canyon

more to follow...

DualSport650 09-18-2007 12:09 PM

Great pics Brad! Keep 'em coming.

I recognize some of these places from our
Virginia City Grand Prix race from last year.

Your old mine pic:

Here's a close up:

Adventure riding in ruins:

Riding straight up the mountain
My bro Dave gaining 1500 feet of elevation in just 5 minutes!

Washoe Lake view from the TOP!

There's great riding down in Nevada!

Don't mean to steal your thunder. :D

Please post more PICS! :clap

GB 09-18-2007 02:10 PM


AaronJohnston 09-18-2007 03:51 PM

Awesome B, keep the pictures coming :clap

brad21 09-18-2007 08:14 PM

Eldorado Canyon was a handful with a fully loaded and gassed up bike. I wouldn't recommend it for anything much bigger than a DRZ. My load was not packed the best either. Sorted it out on the second day and got the heavy stuff lower.

First water crossing:

Critters... one of many lizards. Only saw three snakes, no rattlers.

Not sure how long this had been here. I'm thinking the only way it made it down this far in this canyon would be floating down the Carson River.


brad21 09-18-2007 08:47 PM

Finally got out of the canyon and was headed towards Smith Valley where I bumped into these guys looking for Steve Fossett. The Hummer in the background got it's rear window broken out by a flying rock flung from the quad trailer it was towing a little earlier.

Gassed up in Bybee, just outside of Smith Valley and then got into this area called Mickey Canyon. Soft, sandy, whooped out, hell on a heavy bike. But awesome nonetheless.

Had my only "crash" of the ride here:

Didn't even hit the ground, just kinda stepped off.:thumb

Heading towards the Flying M. My goal was to get somewhere past Hawthorne today and set up camp.

Flying M, the hunt was still on... that jet sitting there took off and scared the crap out of me just down the road when it flew overhead.

The front door of Flying M, guarded by a suspicious Sheriff that kinda gave me a half hearted wave back when I waved at him.

Looking back towards the Flying M. The canyon that it is in is ouutttt theerrree. Pretty much gotta fly the richies in lest you beat them to death in a 4wd or something.

Dropped down into Hawthorne, an army ammo dump. Weird looking from up high. Lots of bunkers.

Looking towards Walker Lake.

Gassed up, called the wife, got a big beer for camp and headed out again. Still had about 2 hours of daylight.

Rode past Marietta and thru the wild burro reserve. Didn't realize I was in the reserve and saw no burros dangit...

Crossed Hwy 360 and ran into the ghost town of Belleville.

Time to set-up camp. Little creepy in a "The Hills Have Eyes" kinda way.

Big beer with a whiskey chaser, or vice versa...

Yes, that was the only big beer I could find in Hawthorne. Not a micro in sight.

Camp Creepy:


HMR71 09-18-2007 08:54 PM

Awesome pics and report!!! I've looked at those trails outside of Hawthorne and always wondered where they went.

Keep it up!!!

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