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Old 06-22-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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What a great trip. 1209 miles of back country cruising through deserts, canyons, playas and several mountain ranges that we've seen before and some new territory too. So many stories and lots of photos. Hilarious jokes and situations that will be hard to translate but suffice to say we saw some top-drawer Oregon Hillbilly country, Nevada surprises and even a pretty good sized pile of modern day hippies. It started out in town where we all met up at the gas pump and headed out for the desert. About 30 miles into it we saw this cool guy and his partner on an R80 (?). Brad has lots more photos of the beginning of day one so I'll let him fill in.

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Old 06-22-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Brad21, where are the pics?
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:50 PM   #4
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Wow. All I can say. Been wanting to tag along with Herr Gaylord of Wox for a few of his last trips out to the promised land. FINALLY my schedule meshed with his and it was ON BABY!

Day One:

Wox, Spongebrad and Pegz meet at the Chevron for a 10-ish departure. The plan was to make the Hart Mtn. hot springs by this evening with a gas-up in Plush.



the before:



We motor out of town via Ford Rd. and Sand Springs, where we saw the old Bimmers. Cool.



Wox collects a bee or something in his Tron suit and proceeds to dance like a hippie:



Motoring south to Fandango past Crack in the Ground:





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Old 06-22-2008, 06:05 PM   #5
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:31 PM   #6
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Left turn down Fandango and we shortly are presented with this WTF moment:



The vid kinda spells it out, listen for the Banjos:



Yeah, jeez guys you're miles from nowhere without the help of another vehicle and you're mudding the bunny wagon. Your Darwin award is in the mail.

Yes there was dust, but it could've been much much worse.



The first of many wild horse herds we saw during the ride:



Outstanding powerline road:




Short helmetcam vid of this section:



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Old 06-22-2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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I'm so jealous..... My riding this summer is done. Ended up with sugery to reattach the tendons in my thumb. I was soooooo looking forward to one of these long trips... Ok, enough about me.... More please!!!!!
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:07 PM   #8
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Oh, this ought to be good.

Bring on the ride report and pics!
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:01 PM   #9
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Nice trip report as-shats! I'm jeleous. Great pictures Wachs.
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:57 PM   #10
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I was invited to ride with the Giant Loop Group. I am N2moto. Pics of the group arriving.

Dusty and Hot, Everyone heads to the Iced Beer Coolers.

We all know that a bike runs off of gas. I now know that Idaho Joe runs off of Beer and Jose Cuervo.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:04 PM   #11
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We broke out the iced beer and Idaho joe brought out the tamales.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:08 PM   #12
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After hours of drinking and story telling, we went to soak. Look someone left the light on for us.


This trip was a dream come true.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:15 PM   #13
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I will add pics as Wachs and Bacon tell the story. This is the start of day (2) for Stihlrig and Me. First water crossing.


This is truly were the magic happens.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:09 PM   #14
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DAY THREE:

Yikes I’m sure uh, dehydrated this morning. Yeah that’s it, blame the headache on the desert!

Today we are doing the ‘Master Loop’ which is truly a full-spectrum ride. If all goes right we should see everything and use the entire throttle on every machine several times over.

Right out of camp is a super fast 2-track road that I have memorized, there’s only a couple actual corners and you can just pound the crap out of it to the first feature of the day. A water crossing.

I’m all paranoid about water and secretly hope somebody else volunteers to ‘test the water’. Stihlrigg just wades right in and goes in over the boots. He’ll be regretting that later but I for one felt a lot better knowing it was no big deal, that there was no hidden drop-off or anything like that in there.

N2Moto (Pat) goes first:



Then Pegz gets all sassy.



We get this awesome little valley circumnavigational warm up that takes us up off the desert floor and into our first mountain range of the day. It’s almost chilly the air is so cool - or maybe it’s just excitment giving me the jitters.







Sure it’s a little dusty but who’s complaining? No one in this group.



Doing the leapfrog method, we’re in no hurry.
Stihlrigg brought his TE 450 and looks like he’s having fun.



There’s an alpine connector between these 2 mountain ranges and it’s easy to miss, You can burn a ton of fuel looking around up here but we know the route. Next stop, a little homestead up a deadend. We’ll be on the horizon after that.



You never know if guys like the ride, N2Moto is smiling inside that helmet.



No camping gear on the bikes - yeah, we’re free!



That 450 is making Stihlrigg happy. look for the other guy way back there.







Don’t know exactly how long these little flowers will live but they’re at their peak right now.



Successfully transfered to the next mountain range now, we’re heading to the homestead.



Didn't take a photo of this but we had to pass by a very large, black bull. He let me go then SpongeBrad, Pegz and Stihlrigg but by the time N2Moto goes to pass the bull had had enough and he charged him! Quick on the throttle though and out of danger.

Tiny water to park at the homestead.



Came through here once during hunting season and guys were actually using the barn for their horses. not a good idea to cruise this country during ‘season’ though and I don’t now.



Back to the good stuff.







I’ve been through here in rain, lightning, thunder, fog and even snow. It’s always fun but I think this was the best day yet.







The shade of these mahogany trees is a great place to take a break. We’ll be dropping down off the mountain and into the furnace of the desert floor.







Blooming lupine.



Stihlrigg is coasting by at about 45 mph to save fuel.



SpongeBrad



N2Moto is a great rider, he has a righteous 650R that’s all pimpin’ (among several other MX bikes) and I had told him that he could really let’er rip on this section. It’s about 15 miles of perfect desert gravel that transitions into this baked, white playa bottom. He’s doing probably 50 or 60 mph around this corner and by now I know he’s enjoying the ride for sure!



Some other hooligan:



Pegz cuttin’ a corner.



SpongeBrad.



I didn’t take any shots of the last 30 miles or so but we landed on this little pass before dropping down onto our second playa of the day. This road had been bladed sometime in the last 6 months or so. It had these absolutely perfectly formed berms on the edges of the road. We roosted teh crap out of that sucker. Sorry, no photos of that.



Rolled down to Fields for lunch and fuel. A comfortable 85 degrees.



N2Moto has sampled every kind of dirt surface except for playa until now.



I ran out of image space and didn’t take anymore photos but I’m sure the other guys did. We got back to camp and I spooned on a brand new set of Maxxis Desert IT, front and rear. And I reset my sag to save what’s left of my plate.

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