|06-23-2009, 11:05 PM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Everett, WA
Reno to Nampa with some help along the way
Why do I plan? I check out routes, post for some intel on ADVrider.com, pour over maping software and Google earth to formulate a plan. And a Damn fine plan at that…
I was riding down to Reno for a week of classes, so the plan was to ride down on Sunday, attend class all week, then take a couple days to get back to Nampa. Depending on the time class got over, I would either ride straight to Winnemucca or take some back roads past Pyramid lake up to Gerlach then east to Winnemucca for Friday night. Then on Sat. shoot over to Golconda and take backroads to Jarbidge for fuel and food then camp someplace north of there. Sunday ride to Nampa, any route that sounds good at the time. That was the plan, so why was I home by 1 am on Today?
The ride started as expected, cold and a few showers. The only pic I took on the way down was when I stopped to put on my rain pants. Some place between Jordan Valley and Burns Junction, yes the rain would start soon.
I never got soaked just rained on here and there. I could see many dark clouds and some very heavy rain, but I was lucky. The ride was on the cold side, but what was hard about it was the wind. Sometimes pushing me all over the place. By time I got to Reno and checked in all I wanted was to rest, my right shoulder was killing.
Next morning showed up for class and they asked me why I was there? Class is July not June… What??? I showed them the flier they gave me, it says June. They apologized and covered my expenses. Cool, They just paid for my motorcycle ride, I am good with that. I have things to do at home before heading to Washington so heading back now just gives me a head start on things. But now I am thinking of taking a different route.
After Lunch at Paisan’s, (sorry no pictures, but is was good) I headed out of town on the Pyramid hwy. Some shots along the way and of the lake.
Then north on 447 to Gerlach, liked planned. A few Pictures along the way.
Got gas then turned around to pick up 49 to the east. The road was a well used with some rough spots and a few small ditches to watch out for. There are some sand flats out there.
Followed the road all the way to a sulfur mine then turned north towards Denio.
This road was a bit rougher, and somewhere along the way I donated my bar weight to the Nevada Off-Road Surfacing Volunteer Project (NORSVP). Had some GPS confusion for a bit, it had me routed through a pasture road at a ranch along the way. I stopped to verify the main road went to Denio, I was worried about fuel so I did not want to make any wrong turns. No one was around so I headed out on the main road and sure enough I was back on track in about 100 yrd. Enjoyed the scenery along the road.
Denio just up ahead.
Did not stop, wanted to get food and fuel in Fields, because I have heard so many good things about it.
Well It was about 7 pm when I rolled into Fields to get gas. Shoot they close at 5 and do not open until 8am. Fumble with the GPS for awhile looking for the next closes gas. I Decide I should go back to Denio Junction and hope they are open, but as I start to leave a see a couple sitting on their front porch and decide to ask them where I should go. Turns out they run the place and said they would get me gas. Many thanks to them . I will come back and eat there one of these days . They give me some ideas of where to camp and what routes I could take. I decide to take the Whitehorse Ranch rd and to camp at Willow springs. But along the way I find that my output seal is leaking, and I want to get home before my folks take my boy up to Washington, so I press on. Stop for some pictures and to eat dinner along the way.
Sun going down still not to Highway 95 yet.
Pulled off of 95 to just lie and watch the stars for about 20 min. Also found out that my loaded Wee much have the lights adjusted too high, I got flashed my more truckers then I care to count. I could tell too, I road most of the way with low beams because it had better usable light for me, only in corners was high beams better.
It was almost 1 am when I got home, cold and tired. It was a good ride. And I got to see my little boy before he headed off to the farm. Now if I can only get my chores done here and the bike in good shape I will meet up with him in a day or two. Sure enough the great guys at Happy-Trail where able to replace my output shaft seal today and make it so I can get on the road tomorrow. Thanks Ed, John and everyone at Happy-Trails for taking great care of me, their service has been outstanding .
'12 Tiger 800 XC
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