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Old 10-06-2012, 09:00 AM   #91
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Hey MasterMarine! My wife and I were the ones, riding a Harley that day, that you met at the restraunt in Duck Valley. Glad to see you guys had a great trip. The pictures and story are great. Since we spoke I've aquired a dual sported XR650 but have only had the time for day trips. The dirt bikes are just gathering dust at this point.

Anyway thankyou for putting a face to a name.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:06 AM   #92
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Here is some filler while we wait for day 4...

Denio Junction shots.


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Old 10-06-2012, 10:07 AM   #93
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Hey MasterMarine! My wife and I were the ones, riding a Harley that day, that you met at the restraunt in Duck Valley. Glad to see you guys had a great trip. The pictures and story are great. Since we spoke I've aquired a dual sported XR650 but have only had the time for day trips. The dirt bikes are just gathering dust at this point.

Anyway thankyou for putting a face to a name.

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This is Mark. I remember -- you were coming back from a big rally. The place was becoming swamped with bikes!...
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:17 PM   #94
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what kind of GPS

Just wondering what GPS unit u are using?by the way i love it that the KLR hung in there.keep up the good work.Sometimes we have to live our adventures thru others.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:26 PM   #95
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This is Mark. I remember -- you were coming back from a big rally. The place was becoming swamped with bikes!...

I believe that is the only place to gas up between Grand View and Elko so it is real popular during the the rally.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:15 AM   #96
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Hey MasterMarine! My wife and I were the ones, riding a Harley that day, that you met at the restraunt in Duck Valley. Glad to see you guys had a great trip. The pictures and story are great. Since we spoke I've aquired a dual sported XR650 but have only had the time for day trips. The dirt bikes are just gathering dust at this point.

Anyway thankyou for putting a face to a name.

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Cool. Thanks for posting up. Have a good time out there on that XR650. There are quite a few people in the Boise area who are into riding. You live in a great spot for owning a bike!

I remember you told me that the food was slow and you were still waiting for your order so I hurried in and placed mine before going into the store for some shopping. That was good advice!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:37 AM   #97
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June 19, 2012

Day 4

The track




We were up early and out riding by 7am. We were riding across the Owyhee Desert, some of the most remote country in the USA. I learned in my research for the last couple rides that wild horses mark their territory by crapping in one spot and making a huge pile. Over the last couple day, we had seen lots of piles but they had been mostly dry and old. This morning, I was passing by huge fresh piles so I was on the lookout for some wild horses. I spotted a group of horses on a ridge to the north of me on the right side of the road I was travelling on so I stopped. Once I had stopped, I noticed another horse away from the group. While I was stopped there trying to get my GoPro and Lumix to take some pictures of the horses, I began to hear a noise which I could not quite figure out. It sort of sounded like a helicopter was coming from behind me. I turned around and two more horses ran up from behind me, blew past me at full speed, and ran across the road to the right and over to the other group.




Of course, I did not get a decent picture with 2 cameras. How lame! You can barely see the 2 in the picture above as they were headed to the right to hang with their buds. The other guys pulled up and I told them of the cool sight I had experienced and I am sure they all were saying “Whatever!”.

We stopped at the mud hole that had held us up for quite a while the previous year. It was dry but you could still see our rut.




We rode further and then I saw another horse that came running up beside me. We seemed to be on parallel courses so we cruised along together. The whole time, I thought I was taking pictures with my GoPro (I had it set to take a picture every 30 seconds) but apparently it was not on. DUH! He slowed down and I slowed down thinking I could get a shot of him with my Lumix. He stopped and I stopped and just as I put my foot down, Kramsetac blew past me at insane speed. It kind of scared me. I had no idea he was there. He went chasing after the horse and I set my GoPro to video and went off after him. I saw he had stopped and just as I approached him, 2 antelope zipped right across my path between me and him. I did not see them coming so that was another surprise. I tried to get him to take some pictures of them but I think they were gone before he figured out what I was blathering on about. Wow!

We rode down a cool canyon toward the water crossing that had slowed us down a bit the year before. It was nothing to ride across this time. No group pushing the bikes across required.

From there, we were on a gravel superhighway until we reached 290. We waited for quite a while at the intersection for everyone to catch up. Then we headed to the intersection of 290 and 95 where there is a Chevron gas station. After filling up, washing up, eating, and spending some time enjoying the AC, we headed back north on 290 to Paradise Valley. We planned to have lunch in PV and then head to the north over Hinkey Pass. Unfortunately, there was no one at the Saloon in PV to feed us. The sign said they should be open but no one was around. Someone pulled up and told us they were over at the park and would be back in an hour or so to get back to running the Saloon. There was a funeral or something going on at the park and everyone was there. We did not feel like waiting so headed north.

Hinkey Pass was fun!












Dr. Dan took off up this hill to see what was at the top.




Kramsetac also went up there or a look around. I had seen a radio site to the west of where we were so I headed over there to take a look. I met a guy, Chris, and his son up there. I spent some time talking to Chris. He was an interesting fella who was involved in Search and Rescue. He showed me some cool stuff on the maps including where the Chreiten van was found and where he wanted to go back to search for the missing husband.




You can barely see the road that Dr. Dan and Kramsetac went up and also the rest of the group in this picture.




We headed to the north making our way towards McDermitt. Kramsetac pulled up next to me complaining of a strange noise coming from his bike. I told him there was a building just down the road a bit and that we should stop there and take a look at his bike.




We stopped to have a look. Uhoh!!! It turned out his sprocket was only held on by one bolt with a nut and one without. I don’t have any pictures of it but I know someone else does! Everyone scrounged thru their kits and found enough bolts and nuts to reattach the sprocket.

There was lots of traffic on the roads up here. The wind was blowing as we made our way to Windy Gap.








We headed down the grade.










Then we hit Highway 95 and headed north to McDermitt for some gasoline and late lunch. We were happy to get in out of the wind as we made our way back into the Say When Casino for some chow.

We headed southwest out of McDermitt on the route. Supposedly we were on 798 but it looked like this:










Everyone was wondering what I was thinking including me!




More of 798…






And finally we ran across this, which turned out to be 798 too…




I was running down this super freeway at the terminal velocity of the mighty KLX for quite some time when I thought, maybe I should slow down a bit. I dialed back the throttle and then there was this. That gate next to the cattle guard looks open but it is not!




The road got more fun as we headed across the desert. Somewhere in here, I realized we still had a long way to go to get back to Denio Junction and the sun was getting kinda close to the horizon! We needed to hurry up a bit!























This gate was unlatched so I just pushed it open with my front tire.






And then, we ran into this fence crossing the road. And then we ran into it crossing the road again. WTF? It looks like an awful fancy fence. I wonder who put it there?




From there, we had to do another reroute on the fly to get us back. Luckily, we were very close to the route we had taken to get from DJ to McDermitt so I just had to get us back to there and then follow our track back to DJ. It was an interesting trip with some wrong turns, sandy hills, and runs thru skanky ponds before we were on the track from 2 days prior.
















We rode at a very brisk pace once we were on the old track to DJ. There were some challenging sections ahead and we wanted to get thru them in the daylight if possible. Bill was right behind me the whole way. He can really ride that KLR! My GoPro went dead so no more pictures of that. Here is a couple from a bit closer to DJ.




I was ripping down the road here and came very very close to hitting a barb wire gate across the road. I took some pictures with the Lumix back toward Ugo1st coming down the hill.






The sunset was beautiful as I rode back down Wilder Road to the highway. I made a right on the highway and then arrived at DJ. When I turned left off the highway into the Denio Junction parking lot, I spun my bike out. I blamed it on the bit of gravel on the pavement but it was mostly just because I was so excited to be back at DJ. It was not even dark yet! At least not totally…

I walked into the bar and Bobby was ready for each of us with a Denio Burger and fries and of course the appropriate ice cold beverage. It was around 9 pm and the kitchen was closed but I had called him when we were still in McDermitt and arranged for us to have dinner in the warmer for when we arrived. If you are ever headed for DJ and know you are going to arrive after the kitchen closes, be sure to call ahead and they will cook you something up and keep it in the warmer. Bobby told me that someone had come in and told him that a guy on a motorcycle had just crashed out in the parking lot. He told her not to worry about it.

What a fantastic day! Other than the wipeout and hurt ankle part...
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:26 AM   #98
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One quick post, regarding the horses. As Mastermarine said, you could tell they were near by the big piles of poop. Once sighted, however, they are extremely difficult to photograph -- they are skittish and run like hell when they see you.

Early that morning, we saw one in the open desert. Mastermarine stopped, but I was absolutely determined to get a picture of this one. I turned on my best desert racing stance and blasted past down a very rough two track route, then cut off into the desert chasing the horse. I was able to get within about 40 feet of him, but then had to lock up the bike, come to a stop, rip up my flip-up helmet, grab my camera out of the tank bag and begin shooting. In the five to ten seconds it took to go from full bore race to focused photographer, the horse was almost gone!

Sorry I almost ran ya over, Mastermarine!!


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Old 10-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #99
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this fence remains a mystery to me, if anyone knows? it's all made from expensive aluminum extrusion with the posts set in concrete, My guess is government? no rancher would spend that kind of money. never saw the end of it or what it encircled, gotta be a good conspiracy story about it out there, LOL

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #100
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There is an abundance of excellent ride reports on this site, but this one is fantastic!

I hope to follow in your tracks one day soon.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:42 PM   #101
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Ok, here are some of my Day 4 shots. Camping in the open desert, the sun came up early and IT WAS COLD! Frost on the seats of the bikes.




I climbed up on a small hill to try to catch some sun and get warm.


Zen Master Bill:


My 610 and its "dirt wall" kickstand:


Here is a rare picture of Mastermarine, who was usually in the lead. I think I was ahead because of my wild horse chase mentioned above.



Here is a picture of the infamous mud hole that the guys encountered last year, complete with their wheel marks. In the foreground is my GPS setup: A Garmin 62csx that I use for displaying topo maps and capturing tracks (spool to memory card). The other is an older Garmin 276c, which I use most of the time to display our route and an alternate map set. Besides these two GPS units, I also have pages cut out of the Oregon/Nevada Benchmark guides and custom maps that we printed to topo and route information.



Miles and miles of open desert and barb wire fences:


The crew confers:



This is another water crossing that apparently was much deeper last year. This year it was just good for a little splash:
Dr Dan:


Duckspanker Chuck:


Wild Bill and some KLR action:


Mastermarine likes it:


After a very long (30 mile?) gravel road and a short pavement blast to get gas, we ended up on Paradise Valley. Unfortunately the Cafe was closed as everyone in town was at a funeral.



A bad ass looking Husky and a nice wall to hold it up:


Strange alien hieroglyphics or ranch brands?



Then it was up, up, up out of the valley:


Ok, enough for now. You and Mr. Lizard will just have to hang out and wait for the rest of the Day 4 posts. Lots of amazing scenery and some mechanical McGiver stuff upcoming!

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:48 PM   #102
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Great route planning and even better ride report Mike, Bill, Chuck and Mark.
Looks like a great time. Photos are incredible!! Sure beats the rat race trail riding we parade every week and call a fun day.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #103
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I enjoyed reading your last trip and it looks like you a had another great time.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:53 PM   #104
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Wild Bill and some KLR action:
Um... this isn't a KLR... and it's not Wild Bill.

Nice picture though.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #105
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ok, I'm sitting in Germany now so I thought I'd post up Day 4 while I still have an internet connection.

DAY 4

We woke up to frost on the bikes and some frozen water in the camelbak tubes. Of course once we got riding we all got warmed up soon enough. This day our goal was to get back to Denio Junction and the route that we took was amazing in many ways. It felt like we were ahead of schedule so we initially rode at a leisurely pace. We had a great ride over various passes and had many good photo opportunities along the way. At one point during the day Mark noticed that 4 of the 6 bolts were missing from his rear sprocket and fortunately he discovered it before another one let loose. We were able to come up with enough bolts to secure his sprocket to make it back to Denio.

There was a very long stretch of nicely graded road that basically allowed us to cruise at top speed for a long period of time. Somewhere in the middle of this "highway" I realized that I wasn't going to make it all the way to the next fueling point without having to use the extra gas I was so diligently carrying around for the last 3 days. Being that the 2 gallon fuel container was located underneath the DVD player and the kitchen sink, it took me awhile to get at it. This is why the rest of the guys (except Wild Bill who stopped to assist) were waiting "forever" for me at the intersection to the paved road a dozen or so miles ahead. Sorry again guys.

We eventually stopped in McDermitt again for a late lunch and to refill our tanks one last time. At this point we started to realize that we were actually somewhat late and getting back before dark was now in question. We began to pick up the pace in order to avoid a night-ride. A couple things hindered our progress heading west... the sun was setting and was directly in our eyes which made it difficult to see the trail ahead. In addition to that, the wind had died down and the dust from the bike in front of you would just hang there and further hinder the visibility.

One last thing that was an issue for me was a very long hill climb that was littered with softball-sized rocks. We had ridden down this hill on "Day 1" so I knew it was something I was going to have to deal with on the way back... and I had been dreading it for 3 days due to my overloaded bike and my lack of skill riding the laden Yamaha. I was the last rider of our group to tackle this hill and when I started up the incline, I just "gave 'er the onion" and hoped for the best. Everything was going well... I was seeing and anticipating the line well and was gaining confidence every foot I ascended. About halfway up the rocky slope, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. It was an antelope running across my path not 20 feet away. Normally it would've been a welcome sight because it's very impressive to see them run across such rough terrain at high speed... but during the dreaded rocky hill climb... I definitely didn't need any distractions. I felt like I needed to focus on the task at hand fully in order to coax the overloaded WR to the top of the hill. Somehow I was able to stay on course and ultimately made it to the top under control. It felt good to get that behind me.


We eventually made it back to Denio Junction as darkness was setting in. Bobby had cooked us each a burger and fries and it was a very welcome sight after a long 212 mile day.


Hinkey Pass (I think)




Shortly before Mark discovered the missing sprocket bolts.




Amazing it was still attached (photo by Chuck)




This is where the sprocket repair occurred.




Scrounging to find useable sprocket bolts





Miles and miles of this stuff




The very aptly named... Windy Gap




This was taken just prior to the most amazing jump I've ever seen on a fully loaded KLR... you should've seen the air he got... stuck the landing too. (or maybe he was just taking pictures, I can't recall)



The rest of the day was a bit rushed due to our having to race the sun to Denio Junction so there weren't any photos taken by me from this point until the next day.
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