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Old 07-14-2014, 05:50 PM   #46
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Good points NVKatoom

I chose BM, being the one who screwed up....!
There was absolutely no screw up! Accidents happen and they suck - especially when friends get hurt. No one was riding beyond their ability or taking risks (aside from the normal risks associated with back country riding).

We all felt horrible for you, Dano, and would've much preferred your (and Marc's) continued camaraderie for the next 5 days.

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Old 07-14-2014, 09:45 PM   #47
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I wonder about response time with my Delorme Inreach out in a places like that .I ride alone alot.And my XRR is hard to start if injured.Nice job of teaming up to help out an injured rider.
Not from personal experience, but I was told that devices like this and the SPOT are great if you are injured beyond riding yourself out. A friend of a friend (right!) told me at the VC Gran Prix that he fell and broke his arm south of Ely down by Cave Lake and hit the SPOT. They scrambled search and rescue and he was hit with a pretty sizable bill. He said he was feeling sick after the crash and didn't want to take a chance, but in hind sight wish he had ridden out.
I don't know exactly how they work, his notified his wife and she placed the call to the sheriff department. For my money a sat phone for a short week long trip is the best. It allows you to check in and make an emergency call if needed. The only draw back is sometimes in canyons you have to wait for the satellite to get overhead. Or you have to hike a little. Last one I rented from a local cell phone/ 2way radio company it was 150.00 for the week and 25 cents a minute. Makes the calls home short and sweet.
Some of the mountain peaks out there, I have got 2 bars on my Verizon cell phone. Mt Jefferson and the top of the Clan Alpine.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:36 PM   #48
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:04 PM   #49
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Nice report, it gives me ideas.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:33 PM   #50
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Nice report, can't wait to see how you guys continue the adventure.

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Old 07-16-2014, 09:44 PM   #51
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I rode Jefferson and Ophir east to west last week. I would have been heartbroken to see that snow bank at the top after the climb. Jefferson was in great shape and a pleasure to ride. Ophir was a bottomless zero traction bitch. The climb kicked my ass. I think a descending it would have been very difficult if not impossible to keep ones speed in check.

Sorry to hear about the broken wrist.

Nice ride report.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:01 PM   #52
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I'm sure Mark and the rest of the crew, are shifting priorities. He does a ton of photo editing not used by pocket camera riders. Some good places for you to check out - on the way.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:37 PM   #53
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Day 4 - and then there were 4.

I'll jump in and initiate day 4

Due to the previous day's issues we ended up back in Battle Mountain a day early. We'd missed some really cool sections of day 3's intended route and all of day 4's route. We had two options:

1) Shift our days forward - i.e. begin day 5's route on day 4.
2) Take a day off - or partial day off - and improvise an easy day 4.

We opted for #2. So we took advantage of the extra night in the hotel to do laundry, a little bike maintenance, and do a relaxing ride.

We figured we could make an easy loop leveraging part of day 4's planned route which included part of the TAT. We'd also spotted a cool observatory on the mountain range east of 305. Having ridden 305 three times the previous day I'd plenty opportunity to look around. The observatory was Mt. Lewis Observatory.


Tracks for day 4


The terrain was easy, the pace mellow, and the views outstanding. Combine that to riding without any of the camping gear and we had a wonderful day of rejuvenation.

Taking in the views at Maryville Summit


Don enjoying the easy pace.


Mark staging a shot
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:41 PM   #54
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Day 4 (cont'd) - the pace quickens

The pace quickens.... well for a section anyway.

The climb to the observatory was a hoot. Plenty of twists and turns over a 12 mile section that climbs from 5000 to 9600 ft.





Final section




Mark pointing out Battle Mountain










Riding the saddle over to the radio towers






Must get some strong winds here


Looking back to the observatory




Well earned dinner at El Aguila Real


Daily stats: 95 miles. 4.5 hours.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #55
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nice pics you guys , Greg the Google Earth pics are cool.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:25 AM   #56
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Adding to Greg Pictures.

This is the morning Marc took Dano to Reno Air where he had a full day waiting for flight. The Husky was secured on trailer at the ABV Inn. We looked for a day ride before starting the Northern Loop w/ 4 riders. Looks like a giant golf ball on that hill. Let's go see:

Good road with some view


Greg zooming in on Mark



Some of the canyon scenery




Climbing in elevation - 9200' to the top


Lonely out there and dark. Darker than a black cow's tucas....


They stopped to reload




Biggest golf tee ever

Danny climbing the Nevada OSHA approved ladder


Almost anything transmitting wireless is here. Mark spotted some seismic equipment. Mike's a com guy, but we had to make up our own stories on this trip.


Do something exciting

still waiting
Nice loop in perfect weather. Back to ABV for the night and on to the Northern Loop.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:34 AM   #57
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Excellent!

That track that goes through the snow will take you back down the east side of this mountain. We came up that way a few years ago and it was magnificent. Com guy working on the golf ball told us this is an FAA/USAF site and that they keep the road open 365 days a year. In the winter, they have 2 snow machines to plow the road, one of them parked about half way up.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:55 AM   #58
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Great report you guys. I'll have to get down there sometime.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:59 PM   #59
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Great stuff guys....keep it comming!
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:09 AM   #60
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First gotta get Mark on board for the Mt Lewis day ride, and next day's ride to Denio from Battle Mtn.
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