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Old 09-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #16
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So we prepared. And we waited. The days ticked by until finally it was time to go. We drove down from throughout the Puget Sound and finally would meet up in Denio Junction.

On the way down, we stopped up above Frenchglen for a quick break. This is probably all burned up now.




We unloaded our bikes and prepared them for the first part of ride that would start in the morning. We were headed to Jarbidge!

June 16, 2012

Day 1

Here is the first day’s route.




And here are the bikes lined up and ready to go.




So we headed out on the highway and I take the first turn and start heading up Wilder Road. After I got past the houses, I turned around and saw no one was behind me. I stopped and waited a minute. No one came. I turned around and headed back. I saw everyone around Kramsetac’s Husky. It was dead. Already! I could see Denio Junction from where we were. WTF!!??




After a few minutes of troubleshooting we figured out that no fuel was leaving the Husky’s full fuel tank for the carburetor. When we loosened the gas cap then the fuel started flowing. We originally thought the issue was caused by the vent hose being pinched over by the tank bag but later found out it was due to the gas tank vent on the tank being plugged and the gas cap not having the vent drilled thru it. The problem did reappear a few times before we sorted it out totally that evening.


Off we go again! Hopefully we would all get off the pavement this time!


We did and stopped to enjoy the view.




Before making it down to King’s River Valley, we stopped at this cabin.




We traveled up Basco Canyon and then thru the desert toward the Zimmerman Ranch. I spent some time talking to the ranch owner who mentioned the ranch is for sale for $15 million. It is some beautiful country if you have the money to spare.






After the Zimmerman Ranch, it was mostly just easy dirt roads and some pavement to McDermitt where we fueled up and had some lunch at the Say When Casino. I had a bit of trouble finding our way back onto the route out of McDermitt. It always seems like the biggest problem with gates and closed roads is when we were close to towns. The road we were looking for was right next to the BLM Fire Station and took us up into an area called Devil’s Gate. It was a long mostly straight route thru some very remote and unpopulated landscape until we made it to the Oregon / Nevada border.




Opening the border gate.






Here is a shot of my bike setup at the border.




Soon we were to 3 Corners (where Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho all share a corner). Here we messed around a bit and found a geocache and Dr. Dan tried to spray hot beer on Duckspanker and I.




We were not far from the Star Ranch where there was the first water crossing that I was concerned about. It turned out to be dry but it was pretty rough going thru even dry.




There is a pretty steep rocky and rough grade climbing up from Star Ranch and it claimed a victim.




Regrouping at the top.




The route to the pipeline crossing was pretty remote and faint.




We made it to the Pipeline Crossing without any issues. Here is a view of where the pipeline crosses the river. I don’t have any pictures of the actual crossing but I am sure some will pop up here soon. The water was hardly moving but not deep at all.




Consulting the map near Josephine Lake on the way to Owyhee.




The route got a bit rocky, or maybe it was that we were all getting tired. We decided to try to find a good spot to camp. I had seen some roads heading up into the mountains south of Owyhee that I thought might hold a nice camp spot so we headed that direction. The road we took up into the hills had a sign stating that it crossed Petan Ranch property. I had spoken to the Petan Ranch manager before we left and knew he was not especially fond of people trespassing on his private ranch lands.




It was rough and we were all getting very tired.




I stopped where I thought we were past the Petan property but Duckspanker reminded me that we still had not gone far enough yet. Here was the sunset from that spot.




Our camp spot for the night. Time to get things set up. This was my first day with my new Giant Loop holding my camping gear and I really liked it.



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Old 09-23-2012, 09:55 PM   #17
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Outstanding report. Keep it coming.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:35 PM   #18
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more 1st day pics. after lunch we were in the trees for a bit trying to follow a grown over grade, At this point there was a washout. We did a gnarly side hill ride to the left and got up around it.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:38 PM   #19
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this part was a lot like home, trail hard to find overgrown brush beating face slappers, NICE! had a minor tipover here at a break. One of those classic put a foot down and there is nothing there fails.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:41 PM   #20
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Thanks, Mike for getting your report going... Here are a few of my pictures from day 1...



Duckspanker's rig @ Denio Junction




Just before the launch.




McDermitt, NV




Maybe a tad overloaded???
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:48 PM   #21
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here's an example of the miles of typical 2 track roads, You switch sides a lot trying to find the best, Saddle bags are not the hot setup on these roads with the tough brush knocking them around. I wouldn't have wanted hard cases on this trip because it would have knocked the bike around more than what my soft cases would have. Scott had the wolfman system and was getting knocked around too, The giant loops the other guys had proved to be the best system in this stuff (but I packed the kitchen sink on the klr).

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:53 PM   #22
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a desert dug out near the old cabin mike posted up thread, about a 1/2 mile of plastic pipe layed down the road to a faucet here, the other end shoved into a dry creek

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #23
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this pass was pristine, pic doesn't do it justice. After riding a bunch of gnarly stuff to get here everyone was pumped.
There was a single track up that fenceline and to the top that was tempting. But riding a loaded klr next to barbwire? didn't go there, (I did later in the trip though on a missed turn fail)

last for tonight, cheers wB
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:43 AM   #24
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Right on Mike! So looking forward to the rest of the adventure.

Hope all is well.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #25
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Sweet! Keep them coming fellas.

I fell in love with the Northern NV desert this summer and I want to plan an epic trip out there next year. I'll be PMing you with some ?'s after you get the photos uploaded.

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Old 09-24-2012, 01:41 PM   #26
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Day 1

I'll post some of my Day 1 pictures tonight from home, but these are two of my favorites. After leaving at 7am, we rode all day and didn't find camp until 8:30pm. 13 1/2 hours in the saddle. This shot is after 8pm as we ascended off the desert floor into the national forest.



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Nice pics! I remember that moment. We were all absolutely whipped and ready to setup camp and were just figuring out that we needed to continue a couple more miles up some rough road to get thru the private land corridor to the Federal Land where we could camp.
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I had already taken my dry bag off my bike when we determined our location...I did NOT want to get back on the bike and keep riding. I was tired (and grumpy). Final camp (and a nice looking Husky):



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More of Day 1

Ok. Home now and ready for some posting. As Mike said, our ride hit an immediate snag with my gas tank venting problem...something we finally resolved in camp that night (after we finally got setup at about 9pm)...

After leaving Denio that morning, we climbed up our first ridge into the next valley:



Looking back at Denio for the last time in four days:


One of the first water crossings. We kept thinking that the crossings would get deeper and deeper. We were only partly right:


Duckspanker on the gas. I guess freshly minted ankle was feeling good:




Mike and Bill confer on routes at our first break stop:


Bill closes the first of the 7,364 gates we passed through (I counted me, trust me on the math):
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On the way to McDermott

Mike shows his navigation and leadership skills:


Three corners as seen from above (three feet above). This place is just like Four Corners, only without any roads, scenery, or tourist draw of any kind.


A cool old ranch:


Climbing up from the ranch, Scott encountered some problems -- one of the few places his 250 didn't kick ass. In this case, the small displacement and large pile-o-stuff on his bike made gravity the winner. Bill, powered by awesome KLR power, roosts right past. Truthfully, it was a tricky solid rock switchback that was no place to want to stop (or fall).



Scott, Mike and Dan pause after picking up the 250.


The valley behind us was spectacular!
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