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Old 07-22-2012, 11:48 AM   #5161
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From Clark's Valley rd,

we turned on to Tuledad rd. Somewhere along the way we saw a herd of these guys in the distance,



try and get closer and they run,





We were still in the highlands, and had a few nice water crossings,





Which we duly took advantage of.



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Old 07-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #5162
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Before we knew it

it was time for our mid-morning break and de-fleece.





On past Red Rock Lake,



across Windy flats, and through some small unnamed canyons





we were pushing mid-day and hadn't seen a soul.



Observation peak at nearly 8000ft rose above in the distance,



We wouldn't be going that far south, though.



It was time to turn left, and head east into NV.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:14 PM   #5163
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We were on

the kind of roads we love,



but had to take a little detour around a locked gate that was a shortcut to Buckhorn Rd.



The Benchmark maps had Buckhorn labeled as a National Scenic route, and it was dirt, so I was keen to incorporate it into our route.



It did not disappoint.





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Old 07-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #5164
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We'd crossed into NV

and were back in the desert.



Our next objective was to get to Buffalo Meadows road,



and we had some great two-track riding, following North Fork Buffalo Creek, to get there.







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Old 07-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #5165
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We were back

in the rhythm of valleys, canyons, and ranges.

When they tell you in your MSF course to "look around the curve", I don't think this is what they mean:



It's hard to appreciate the scale. What, you can't see LDF riding up ahead there? Let me get a little closer:



Right there in the middle of the frame. Would it help if I zoomed in?



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Old 07-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #5166
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How about this one...

Honey, I shrank La Donna Fugata:



It was pretty awesome in there. Just went on for miles,





I'm not sure they believed we weren't lost,



The GPS was coughing up landmarks like Tin Canyon, Stockade Canyon, Wildcat spring, and Eddie's Garden. They were beautiful.



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Old 07-22-2012, 12:44 PM   #5167
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Down in the canyon

to our left was the North Fork Buffalo Creek,



where it met the West fork is where we'd pick up Buffalo Meadow's road. I hoped, anyway.

The GPS said up in the distance was the confluence of the two forks, probably that green patch.



Our intended route had us cutting across this field, but the road went to the left. We followed the road.



The mighty Buffalo Creek forks (once mighty?) had carved a nice canyon where they joined.





Crossing the North Fork. Remember, this is wet season.

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Old 07-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #5168
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Buffalo Meadows

was a little more developed road surface, but the visuals were no less beautiful.





This guy was walking all by himself with a pretty bad limp.

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Old 07-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #5169
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Way ahead,

we could see our next navigational point, Smoke Creek road,



WAAAaaay in the distance.



We'd follow Smoke Creek to HWY 447 into Gerlach for a fuel stop.



Loose gravel, and straight.





Gas, but no groceries at Gerlach. Not much of anything, really.





at the gas station, we were told that we could find groceries at Empire, up the road. Two miles up and back past our turn off the pavement. Seemed worth it since we were out of water, booze, and food.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #5170
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The Empire general store

was pretty spartan, but we were able to get what we needed. The woman at the register told us about how different it is during Burning Man. We commented that we didn't see much evidence of the festival, that they seemed to clean up and clear out. She said that if you were local you'd notice, and that there were already festival organizers setting things up on the Playa.



Well, we did see a pickup pulling a small camper crossing the playa, but I didn't see much else. We rode along Black Rock Desert on the south side.



I'd considered riding across the playa, but we stuck to the road.



I wasn't sure where we'd get across the Union Pacific tracks.



We passed near Trago Hot springs, but it was still a bit early in the day to stop.

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #5171
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The next section

would have us heading east, away from Black Rock Desert onto Pioneer rd., and through Rosebud canyon.







we started to see historic trail marker signs,



I'm a sucker for these things.



Just to put it in context:

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:21 PM   #5172
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We did

some doughnuts on a dry lake bed... getting sideways...



Pioneer road is notable for



mining operations, both active and inactive, these trail markers







Painted canyon,





more mines,





Imlay summit, and Rye Patch State Recreation area where we hoped we'd find camping near some water.
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Rosebud canyon





took us up, up up,



to Imlay summit ahead:





Where we enjoyed the view of the Rye Patch reservoir ahead and below.







On the way down,

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:36 PM   #5174
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Rye Patch

turned out to be a bit of a bust when it came to camping; no shade, hot, dusty. Stagnant water, prolly buggy.

We passed a few more trail markers:



context:



I had to climb to photo this one:



looking back the way we'd come:



The last section to get to our next fuel stop at Mill City looked impassable, so we cut over to the I-80 frontage road. We were debating where to stay the night.



the Devil box had us check out an RV park that looked pretty dicey. We went to Mill City and gassed up, and used the bathroom and figured out what to do.



We'd been riding all day and were tired. There was nothing here that wasn't interstate-related, or derelict casino.

With a flagging morale, we agreed to stop at the first decent cowboy camp, and pressed on.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:40 PM   #5175
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Said it before but I'll say it again: LOVE THE VIEWS OF NORCAL, NV, SE OR!

Thanks for reminding me of the AWESOME beauty!!
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