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Old 08-05-2012, 03:58 PM   #5251
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This was the second time I had been following a rider that has gone off the road. Believe me it's an unreal feeling of helplessness. My first reaction both times this has happened has been "what the hell are they doing?!" The next thought is "holy shit, hold on...please don't hit anything. Then as it became apparent that LDF was in control and the panic subsided for both of us, there was this feeling of amusement. Kind of like seeing a riding buddy go down and the first thing you do is grab your camera and give them a good ribbing. Sorry LDF I couldn't help it. The off road detour was actually quite spectacular and the control you showed impressive. You scared the crap out of me and I'm very happy you were safe.

By the way, the first rider I saw do this was ok too. He blew a rear tire 100miles south of Dawson, put in the ditch but kept it upright. And yes I giggled at him too.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:59 PM   #5252
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To our north

was the Dolly Varden range that we would not ride over,



A little further along, was the Pisgah / Goshute range we'd traverse via Morgan Pass.



I found the turn-off. I figured LDF would be ecstatic to get off the windy pavement and back onto the dirt.



A quick cross-check among us, and we dove in:



Little did I realize that LDF was harboring buckets of seething resentment towards me for taking her on this next section when she had just nearly lost her life by being blown off the road.



So on and on and on we rode up the valley.

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Old 08-05-2012, 06:07 PM   #5253
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I knew that

the summit and the pass were accessible at least from the Wendover side, since there was a maintained geocache at a cabin at the top. I think LDF believed I was on an OCD geocache quest, but in reality I'd just come across the posting when I was researching routes, and simply figured it as some intel that the road likely went through ungated.

The trail started to look all the world like the African savannah,



I fully expected to see zebras and lions.



Honestly, I thought it was one of the coolest sections we rode.

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Old 08-05-2012, 06:13 PM   #5254
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It was

mesmerizing, and it went on forever.



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Old 08-05-2012, 06:23 PM   #5255
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the summit and the pass were accessible at least from the Wendover side, since there was a maintained geocache at a cabin at the top. I think LDF believed I was on an OCD geocache quest, but in reality I'd just come across the posting when I was researching routes, and simply figured it as some intel that the road likely went through ungated.

The trail started to look all the world like the African savannah,






Honestly, I thought it was one of the coolest sections we rode.
I couldn't agree more. It was as if you were riding through golden fields of wheat. It was simply gorgeous.

However, I think you have the sequence of events out of order. I wasn't "seething" until we took a turn to head up Morgan pass AND I realized the next ten miles did not entail riding through more of the beautiful fields of golden wheat AND I dumped my bike right off the get go heading up to Morgan Pass AND I realized we were in pursuit of a geo cache at the end of an already long day........ok enough bitching....Ohh did I mention it was the same day I was blown off the highway by a gust of wind......Im just saying . Im trying to be a trooper here but by days end I felt like I was pushing the edge of the envelope after my days experience.

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:07 PM   #5256
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More awesomeness, thanks!
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:33 AM   #5257
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I couldn't agree more. It was as if you were riding through golden fields of wheat. It was simply gorgeous.

However, I think you have the sequence of events out of order. I wasn't "seething" until we took a turn to head up Morgan pass AND I realized the next ten miles did not entail riding through more of the beautiful fields of golden wheat AND I dumped my bike right off the get go heading up to Morgan Pass AND I realized we were in pursuit of a geo cache at the end of an already long day........ok enough bitching....Ohh did I mention it was the same day I was blown off the highway by a gust of wind......Im just saying . Im trying to be a trooper here but by days end I felt like I was pushing the edge of the envelope after my days experience.
Nice hear your side of it LDF. We men have our selective memory ya know. Sometimes we get so focused on a goal we forget to tell those who are tagging along (like our wives) why we're doing what we're doing. Mrs Taco could give you many examples of me doing the same thing. Funny thing is, I usually think I've told her about it the day before. Don't worry though, Dave will probably do it more as he get older.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:13 AM   #5258
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About halfway

to the Morgan Pass cutoff, we passed some old ranching structures.



I wasn't sure if they were used intermittently, or had been abandoned.





That's a root cellar, I think. Could also be used for fine wine.



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Old 08-06-2012, 08:23 AM   #5259
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Back on the savannah,



we were getting closer,



and closer to the canyon / pass road,



from a distance it was difficult to appreciate the height of the range, but as we got closer into the foothills it was a bit more obvious.

Scattered in the brush were bone-white tumbleweeds...



They looked like some kind of giant alien tentacled creatures, waiting to be re-animated when the mother ship returned. Kind of freaked me out. Long day. No shade. Lotsa wind. I think it was getting to me.



Finally, one more challenge for the day. One last push up and over Morgan pass.



It started out easy enough, wind to our backs,



And then it started to climb.

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #5260
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Between the hill climb

and the tail wind, my bike was overheating. I stopped to let it cool.

Looking back over the valley,



Someone had lit a fire (figuratively) under LDF, 'cause she'd taken off like a bat out of hell. She was tired and pissed, and was apparently taking it out on poor Blueberry. Dave waited up for me and when I asked where was Francine he said he couldn't keep up with her.



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Old 08-06-2012, 09:05 AM   #5261
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The views at

the summit were spectacular. Looking west from where we'd come,



(What snakes are to Indiana Jones, wind is to Dave Ranson. He wouldn't take off his helmet. )

and east across the Great Salt Desert and the Bunnyville salt flats where we were headed.



We got off our bikes to hike up to the summit and enjoy the view, but boy, was it windy! You could see huge salt/dust clouds over the desert,



LDF kept on her helmet in solidarity. I think they were ganging up on me.



I hiked up to try and find the cabin where the geocache was,





but quickly realized that it was quite a ways away up a side road that we'd passed just before the summit.



We were NOT going back down that way... No biggie.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:12 AM   #5262
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Thinking that

the hard part was past us, we enjoyed the beauty... I took a pitcher of a squat little cactus,





and some orange lichen,



and picked the tiniest little yellow wildflower I'd ever seen as a peace offering for LDF. We took a group photo... Unfortunately, both Ranson and Francine blinked.



And we hiked back down to the bikes.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #5263
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Fully expecting

a nice gentle roll downhill into Wendover with civilization and showers,



instead, we encountered a -34% grade. . Steep, narrow, and incredibly loose, it was like a controlled fall, sliding most of the way. Bikes were dropping left and right like fainting goats,



No pitchers of the carnage, I think we were too focused on not dying.





At one point, Ranson half-fell, you know when you've got your bike propped up at 45 degrees, but you don't have the leverage to get it back vertical, and I'm way above him saying over the intercom, "I'll be right there to help!" And then I start laughing, 'cause I'm like, "Who am I kidding?" You're on your own dude, it's gonna take me five minutes to get down to where you are.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:36 AM   #5264
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Soon

the pitch settled down to something more manageable,



and we headed into the next valley,



This is the basin of the Great Basin. The epicenter of the primordial Lake Bonneville. It was otherworldly.



Wendover, our destination now in our sights,



Whew.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:41 AM   #5265
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I'm not sure

if the videos add much in the way of visuals, but when I hear the exhaustion in my voice, it brings me right back.



Out of the foothills,



a short stretch of pavement,



we gassed up, and found ourselves the cheapest casino motel on the NV side, ate a pretty greasy dinner, and slept like babies.



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