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Old 10-07-2012, 08:42 PM   #101
kramsetac
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Ok, here are some of my Day 4 shots. Camping in the open desert, the sun came up early and IT WAS COLD! Frost on the seats of the bikes.




I climbed up on a small hill to try to catch some sun and get warm.


Zen Master Bill:


My 610 and its "dirt wall" kickstand:


Here is a rare picture of Mastermarine, who was usually in the lead. I think I was ahead because of my wild horse chase mentioned above.



Here is a picture of the infamous mud hole that the guys encountered last year, complete with their wheel marks. In the foreground is my GPS setup: A Garmin 62csx that I use for displaying topo maps and capturing tracks (spool to memory card). The other is an older Garmin 276c, which I use most of the time to display our route and an alternate map set. Besides these two GPS units, I also have pages cut out of the Oregon/Nevada Benchmark guides and custom maps that we printed to topo and route information.



Miles and miles of open desert and barb wire fences:


The crew confers:



This is another water crossing that apparently was much deeper last year. This year it was just good for a little splash:
Dr Dan:


Duckspanker Chuck:


Wild Bill and some KLR action:


Mastermarine likes it:


After a very long (30 mile?) gravel road and a short pavement blast to get gas, we ended up on Paradise Valley. Unfortunately the Cafe was closed as everyone in town was at a funeral.



A bad ass looking Husky and a nice wall to hold it up:


Strange alien hieroglyphics or ranch brands?



Then it was up, up, up out of the valley:


Ok, enough for now. You and Mr. Lizard will just have to hang out and wait for the rest of the Day 4 posts. Lots of amazing scenery and some mechanical McGiver stuff upcoming!

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