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Old 05-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #16
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I'd go Caliente only because it is less freeway and less miles.

They are both equal to me other than that.
+1. I take that route at least once per year, sometimes more frequently. It's the best way to get across Nevada mid state to mid-state California.

Be mindful of the Sierra passes though., if you plan to keep going West to California. Check here to see if your chosen route is even open. We had snow this week, and that could affect your route once you get to 395.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:55 PM   #17
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Yeah good call on the pass situation. First they opened Tioga then closed it again Sunday I think.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:26 PM   #18
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thanks, filed that site
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:16 PM   #19
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I have an all dirt route. We ran KOTW on it last time. Cedar City to Caliente to Tonopah. Two days of hard riding.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:17 PM   #20
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thanks Notmy, but I'm looking for pavement. Big heavy roadster. Always wanted to do dirt, but never have. Never had the op. And our "dirt" is swamp. However our streets are off road if that counts
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:00 PM   #21
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Deserts in the West are a whole new thing. You'd be surprised what a street bike/car can navigate out here, just ask Charlie Manson. However, if the shit hits the fan out there, you best be prepared.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:44 AM   #22
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Done!, thanks

Finally shaping up, more or less firm.
Leaving Monday 5/13 and I hope the roadster is reliable. You do EVERYTHING you can to prepare and at some point just have to cross your fingers. Carrying gas ..

John

Maybe preaching to the choir here.. but if you haven't had much desert experience yet.. you need to pay attention to keeping yourself thermo-regulated and hydrated also. Though only May, it can still be quite hot out there. Riding in the heat can take the fight out of you before you know it.
S0.. here are two BIG favors you can do to prevent a health disaster..

a) keep yourself covered. You want to protect your skin from heat and wind. Resist the temptation to ride sleeveless as the road wind across your body will dehydrate you quickly. It's not a crime to douse yourself with water (so take plenty).

b) drink frequently. Like.. take a couple swigs every 10 minutes. We use Camelbak packs out this way to have water available without stopping. If you wait until you feel thirsty, or tell yourself you'll get something to drink "at the next stop".. that won't cut it in dry heat + speed.

There are other measures, but sometimes long lists of "things to do" get tedious. The above 2 concepts are really important, though.

Again, apologies if this isn't your first day in the dez.

Have a great ride! Envious here.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:42 PM   #23
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If you can't make that (don't push it..strong winds come up out there and can drop your mileage), consider riding the 12 miles or so down to Alamo on Hwy 93 to top off. That will give you an extra 30 or so miles of 'cushion'. Or take an extra gallon with you from Caliente.
What he said!! Though you can buy gas in Rachel if you ask nicely, say it's for a bike, and pay for the privilege.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:00 PM   #24
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Did Shiprock to Chinle on BIA roads via Shiprock, the rock. VERY VERY nice and paved the whole way, despite what the maps say.

In Tonopah. Your two points are well taken. Not my first desert ride, but always a good reminder. The route from St George to Tonopah was fun. No gas in Rachel, but there is a new? Shell station in Ash Springs and that's only a few miles down 93, far closer than Alamo.

Really liked the extraterrestrial highway. I pictured boring flat terrain, but there are some mountains along the way and I thought it was very scenic in its own way.

So, thanks for the advice on the route.

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Old 05-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #25
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Did Shiprock to Chinle on BIA roads via Shiprock, the rock. VERY VERY nice and paved the whole way, despite what the maps say.
John
Rode that route last year.. IR 13. I rode it West to East from Lukachukai though that red rock canyon.. great ride!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #26
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I did the straight route to Cali from tonopah.
Got on 120 to Lee Vining past Mono Lake, 395 to 108 and into Sonora.
What a treat! Loved the dips on 120 and re 108, I'll quote Oscar Wilde: Nothing succeeds like excess!
Whoa. Just terrific!
Was that really a 26% grade?????
Deals gap and Coronado trail have nothing on this!
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:35 AM   #27
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I did the straight route to Cali from tonopah.
Got on 120 to Lee Vining past Mono Lake, 395 to 108 and into Sonora.
What a treat! Loved the dips on 120 and re 108, I'll quote Oscar Wilde: Nothing succeeds like excess!
Whoa. Just terrific!
Was that really a 26% grade?????
Deals gap and Coronado trail have nothing on this!
You did one of the best rides in California! How much snow up on top of 108?
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #28
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You did one of the best rides in California! How much snow up on top of 108?
it felt like I did! it was awesome. That's good to know, but I think there may be a couple of others

only patchy snow up there. no issue at all. temps were in the high 50s

about halfway up 49 now.
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