We ride along the HWY toward Gerlach then veer to the left, and drop into the Playa.
It is pretty hot out there already and it is still early in the day. The sun feels good after a long winter in Susanville.
Out of the desert and into Gerlach for gas. Luckily Shell had premium. Maybe there is a better map?? No such luck.
We head out of town and take the first left back out toward the BRD. We are shooting for Trego hot springs.
but we go right instead of left. Before turning around we see a huge coyote and this lone antelope.
My awesome view!!
Finally, we come across Trego Hot Springs. There are no signs, the only landmark is a radio tower of some sort. Oh to have a GPS.
Back to the Playa. Destination--the black mountain straight ahead.
We learn that we need to avoid this deep stuff. As we are riding across the desert I can feel us sinking and slipping about. The bike is quite heavy with both of us and all of our stuff.
We get out to the harder dirt and keep going toward the black mountain. Below the mountain, we come across our next hot spring Black Rock. We see a pioneer wagon right off the trail.
The spring is beautiful and the color is amazing. Nice and warm.
It is still light, so we decide to go on to Double Hot Springs. On the way we crash in the sand, fatigue is setting in. But we get there. These springs are HOT.
The sun is starting to set, so the decision is made to B-Line back across the desert to the Black Rock spring to set up camp. Right after leaving Double Hot we see a rattle snake in the road. The ride across was pretty rough. At one point we came to a gully with that deep dirt. As we dropped in we proceeded to sink due to the heaviness of our load. The thought of camping right there would not have been cool, so I jumped off to lighten the load. As he rode the bike out of the gully, I ate it face first in the dirt. I got up with my belly scuffed up, and no broken nails. Finally we make it back to Black Rock spring where we jump into the warm water and wash off the Playa dust.
After a long day of riding, camp is all set up. We eat some food, drink some Pepsi and Capri Sun, and laugh about how my jumping off injury would now be considered my "taking one for the team".
...to be continued.