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Old 06-07-2009, 02:36 PM   #1396
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Rise after rise

if there were trees, we'd be above the treeline.



and you have to squint, sometimes, to see the trail, but the GPS marks it out.



This is the kind of place where it's crucial to have the "lock to road" function turned off.



it was a breathtaking section,



and we felt like we were earning every yard of it.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:10 PM   #1397
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Bummer... photos? RR? How far did you get? Is it just typical spring-time clean-up, or are they leaving it closed?
The gate was across the road at the beginning just past the Widforss Trail head parking. The gas station attendant told me it was closed for deadfalls. I don't know when they plan to open it. I saw some other neat view points, but was really looking forward to this one. The RR is under construction.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:15 PM   #1398
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An old decrepid

sign post. The sign was long gone. I hope it wasn't announcing anything important.



We're above the snow, and below the clouds...



wait, no. below the snow, and there are no clouds.



One thing's for sure... there ain't no trees up here,



An' I'm thinking it's gonna get mighty cold up here on this ridge once the sun sets...



On the other hand, I'm pretty sure once we come down off the ridge, we're ALMOST to McDermitt.



I seem to remember something about the Quinn river as the landmark just before McDermitt,



Hmmm.... nothing over that way, maybe up ahead...

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Old 06-07-2009, 03:20 PM   #1399
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The gate was across the road at the beginning just past the Widforss Trail head parking.
Wow, that's too bad... not very far at all. We made it to here: N36 16.153 W112 09.419 . I wanna go back.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:28 PM   #1400
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Still nothing



Up ahead, I can see some cliffs, and the color of the earth changes... more red, somehow...



I bet that's where the Quinn River is... shadows getting long. Gonna be close.

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Old 06-07-2009, 03:31 PM   #1401
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We're on the

downhill side now... freefall.



time to pull the rip-cord,



and hang on with both hands.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:38 PM   #1402
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It's almost 5:30

and we're clearly descending. The Scala's are awesome... we can cut into each other's music...

"Hey, David... purple flowers. Photo"

"Got it"



"Back to music?" "Yes"



"Hey, are you there ?"
"Yeah, I just went through... it's easy"
"Oh, I didn't see you. Thought maybe you were underwater, or swept downstream."



We followed the canyon / valley down,



it was in full bloom

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Old 06-07-2009, 03:47 PM   #1403
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:53 PM   #1404
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The road was starting to look



more like a road, and it crossed the water several times.



LDF was exercising discipline and restraint with her clutch rev'ing affliction. The sun was sparkling off everything;



Setting up for another splash... I always get a little nervous this time of day. Physically tired, mentally fatigued, visibility is compromised from accumulated dust and low angled sunlight, hypoglycemia is setting in...it's like the last run of the day on the ski-slopes. I definitely remind myself to slow down, and sharpen the reflexes.



She has me go through first:



mostly, I think, just so I can get good photos of her... but I blow it:



mid-shin... that's wet feet.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:59 PM   #1405
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Amazing

green colored cliffs:



almost fluorescent hi-viz.



The whole time here, we're discussing whether we should stop and set up camp, or push on... and the reality is, there's not such good options for pitching a tent.



Everything's on a pretty steep incline,



or close enough to the water that I'd be concerned with flash flooding. Plus, there's no cover, no trees... we could figure something out, but it's pretty easy riding, and we decide to just keep moving.

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Old 06-07-2009, 04:08 PM   #1406
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It's now 6pm

We pass through this fence line, and we can see into the valley below, and there's McDermitt.



way, way in the distance... but it's down there... We have only so much daylight left, and we can spend it making camp, or getting to McDermitt and hoping there's a hotel room for us.



We love camping, but it seems silly when there's an opportunity for a roof and a shower so close. We figured there'd be plenty of times where we wouldn't have a choice but to camp, so it seemed to make sense to get to town.



The landscape was how I imagined Scotland, or Ireland to look.
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:18 PM   #1407
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Down on the valley floor



we realized that Sam was going to get in a few last kicks before letting us take a shower... We saw the remains of some ADV TAT rider from last season who just had had enough of this habited valley meandering:



Probably their chase / support vehicle:



Oh, fer chrissake...



Just get us there.



The "gate" is actually a "fence"... and we've got to re-route in this godforsaken hot valley, and we just want to get there...



"are we there yet"
"are we there yet"
"are we there yet"
"are we there yet"



The roads disappear, reappear, dead-end... there are gates,



fences...



are those wild horses? If so, that means WE're fenced in... But we're making progress, slowly, and we finally pop out onto a main road through this gate.

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Old 06-07-2009, 04:29 PM   #1408
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Aptly named

"Pioneer road"



That reminded me of my idea for a reality show... get a bunch of people to take covered wagons across the West, using pioneer technology and equipment. Now THAT would be tough. It'd make Charley and Ewan... shoot it'd make ALL of us look like a bunch of pampered pansy whining cry-babies.

Yeah, we had a long day... but compared to the pioneers... we had it easy:

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Old 06-07-2009, 04:55 PM   #1409
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We were so beat

I didn't even take a proper photo of our luxurious accomodations.



We stayed at the McDermitt Motel, behind the Sinclair station and Mini-mart:


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Decent rooms



We kept the bikes right outside the door, and we were back off the road, tucked in the corner.



I don't know what possessed LDF to buy bad beer. It just goes to state of mind... she wasn't thinking clearly.



We took showers, and headed across the street to the "Say When" casino for dinner.

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #1410
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Dinner was

er, interesting. The good news is that they serve food 24/7.

The cowboys were finishing up supper...



They all wear their hats inside all the time, don't they? At the next table, was a family. All large. Mom, Dad, daughter. Twin boys. Maybe 20 year olds. 300lbs easy.



We start hearing "yip"-ing and "yelp"-ing. We can't figure what the heck is going on. It seems they're having a quiet dinner, and then the table erupts with all this cowboy yelling, and then it stops just as suddenly.



Our food arrived: I had the chorizo sandwich... not that bad.



LDF had the Cobb salad... not that good.



We finally figured out that one of the twins had Tourettes.

It was just such a strange sensation to have spent the entire day with only ourselves for human interaction, and then to land in such a bizzare place.

Guess you had to be there.



We sure slept well that's for sure.
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