|09-05-2013, 04:28 PM||#451|
Joined: Jun 2013
Location: republic of Texas
rodes and trails
what amasing me the most, and makes me extremely jealous, is the awesome amount of backroads and trails available up in the rockies. Or, maybe its just the lack of them here in East Texas. There are some great spots here and there not far from me in Arkansas; but, nothing like up there.
How is the accessibility back around you in Baton Rouge?
|11-18-2013, 10:44 PM||#453|
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Now serving just Snohomish County
I am just reading this report so am way behind on the current comments so bear with me if this has already been talked about.
Anyway, I am pretty sure the place they were was actually private land owned by the YP (Petan) Ranch. While I was preparing for our ride in the area in 2012, I talked to the ranch manager to secure his permission to cross his land. He was not really too excited about granting me permission but eventually did. He is often frustrated with rafters who bring their boats in to launch at the YP Ranch Launch Site. While they are guests crossing the ranch, they complain about cattle ranching and that pisses the ranchers off. In fact, one of the last things he told me after giving me permission to cross his land if I had to was to make sure that all the riders in my party were carnivores. He did not want any "whiny vegetarians" on his roads.
A ton of Nevada is controlled by the BLM. The ranchers can get permits to graze on BLM land and part of that permit includes allowing the public to travel over the roads. The permit holders cannot lock the gates on BLM land. They can of course lock the gates on their private ranch land if they want to. Generally the ranchers are pretty cool and the last thing they want is for someone to cut open a fence so most gates are unlocked. Every rancher I talked to was sure to mention that we should leave the gates as we found them.
It always seems to be harder to find a way thru the private land when you get close to a town. I have ridden up to many ranches thinking I was on a public road only to find out I was on private land. Just be cool. Most of the ranchers think this whole motorcycle camping exploring thing is pretty cool.
If you are planning to go out in the desert, try to figure out if you are going to be crossing private land and ask permission beforehand. Every ranch I talked to gave me permission to cross their land. It is not too hard to find their phone numbers with a quick Google search.
2013 KTM 500 EXC
Exploring Amazing Northern Nevada and SE Oregon 2011
Returning to the desert – Nevada and Oregon 2012
Exploring a whole lot more of Nevada – 2013
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