Just returned from a 1500 Mile off road adventure through the outbacks of NV. Words and pictures will fail to capture the beauty of the NV landscape through which we passed, but I'll do what I can with the pictures we took along the way.
First a little history....We decided to ride NV after riding Oregon's deserts last year Click here for our Oregon Ride Report
. Last year we made it down to the NV boarder and turned north again, before finding the crashed B24 Liberator that rests in the mountains above Denio NV. At that point we decided we would return this summer to find the bomber and then continue south to explore the deserts of NV. Our planned route would take us from Fields OR, around Reno, into Death Valley then back to Fields Again.
This year we would have 4 riders on the trip, three of us returning from last years trip and one new rider that I met through ADVrider. After a lot of planning, phone calls and prepping the bikes we set out for Adventure!
Start: Hrs on Bike (Hodakaguy's bike): 65.5 hrs.
I'll kick it off with a picture of our tracks from the trip.
Tom - AKA: "Hodakaguy". Riding a KTM 530EXC
Alan - AKA: "Mamacone". Riding a Honda XR650R
Craig - AKA: "Craig2211". Riding a KTM 530 EXC
Mark - AKA: "Catsailor". Riding a Honda XR650R
We left the house at 3am and headed towards Fields OR. Mark would be leaving at the same time in CA to meet us at Fields around noon. Our plans for the first day was to unload the bikes, head south to find the bomber then stay at Bog Hot Springs for the night.
Here's a shot of the bikes loaded in the truck. It was raining a good chunk of the way to Fields. The bikes look so clean in this pic now!
We arrived at Fields Station at 12:20pm. Mark was waiting for us so we all got busy unloading bikes and getting our gear on. The weather was dry for the moment but the clouds in the distance told us rain was on it's way. The owner of the station let us park our trucks out back for the 8 days we would be gone, free of charge! Real nice people.
The bikes all packed up and ready to ride.
We left Fields and headed south to find the bomber. We stopped at Denio Junction and Alan topped off his tank, the rest of the bikes were pretty much full. While we were there it started pouring rain so we all got out the rain gear and weather proof gloves.
It started raining pretty good by the time we were ready to leave. We headed out in the rain to find the B24 Liberator.
We started up the dirt road that would eventually lead us to the bomber although the rain was making this road a tricky one. The dirt was turning into the constancy of a well greased baking pan. The tires would pack up with a clay like dirt and you would slip and slide all over the trail. Mark got a little sideways on a hill so while we was getting his bike straitened out Craig and I checked out a mine off the side of the road.
Since the trail was so slick we decided to skip the bomber and check it out on the way back when the weather would be more favorable. This decision put us ahead of schedule though and it was still to early in the day to stop at Bog Hot Springs like we had planned. We decided to continue south to Soldier Meadows Hot Springs and camp there for the night.
Along the way to Soldier Meadows we spotted this group of wild burros. We would see several packs of wild burros on the trip.
The views were both amazing and endless!
We stopped along the trail to check out this natural rock formation up on the hillside. It looked like something strait out of a Dr. Seuss book. Very cool.
Alan in his Frog Toggs. With the Flight Vest that he was wearing he looked like a genuine swat team member. No one would mess with us as long as Alan was wearing this setup
Since the weather was crappy and it was already getting late (we had been on the road since 3am) we decided to take the lower roads to Soldier Meadows and play in the hills above on the return trip north.
We arrived at Soldier Meadows for the night and stopped in to the ranch to pay for using the Hot Springs. I had emailed Cathy (the owner of the ranch) about a week before the trip to see if they had fuel and to find out what the fee was to use the hot springs on their property. She said fuel was available and it was $10 per person to use the springs, sounded great to us! We paid for the springs and decided to get fuel in the morning since they were right in the middle of cooking dinner when we stopped by.
The forecast was looking like more rain for the night so Craig and I decided to use the Noah's Tarp that we brought along as extra rain protection.
You can see the storm already moving into the area.
Alan and Marks Camp.
After setting up the tents we ate dinner and headed for the hot springs for a soak.
Craig heading to the Hot Springs. This picture was taken from the spring looking back towards camp.
Here's a shot of the larger of the two Hot Springs at Soldier Meadows, and the one we camped at. The springs is actually warm, not hot....about body temp. The thick mud on the bottom is HOT! just under the surface. You can regulate the temp on your feet by how deep you dig into the mud. The weather was moving in and by the time we got out of the spring we had a COLD! run back to the tent to get warm again.
Panoramic Shot of the Soldier Meadows Springs
That's it for day one. The rainy weather kept me from taking as many pictures as I would have liked.
LOTS! more pics to come though
End of day one:
Total Trip Miles: 105 Miles
Hrs on bike: forgot to write it down