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Old 12-02-2008, 09:56 AM   #76
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Just had this webpage sent to me. This is Valcomm Mototrsports in Trinidad Colorado where had out bikes dropped. These fellas in here where alo the absolute best. They did not want a dime from us, but we insisted. They put us on their webpage !
http://www.valcommotorsports.com/ind...d=10&Itemid=44
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:58 AM   #77
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:17 AM   #78
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Baker Nevada. A small outpost on the eastern edge of the Great Basin Desert & the Utah, Nevada border. There is nothing here except the bare nesscities (sp) and an albino bus boy/waiter. This is the state I was most anticipating.
Unfortunetly this would be the end of the TAT trip for Tony. From here he would head east for Salt Lake, then north for Idaho Falls. Safe ride home my friend. Your a good man inspite of being neckless.

Nevada would bring mining ghost towns, abandoned mines, wild horses, antelope, old cabins, old stage coach route, antelope trail, sage, more sage, and still more sage, and much more. It would around 700 miles and 4 days across northwestern Nevada. We loved every mile.

So now the 4 of us saddle up to continue the westward progression.
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Nevada is just the cat's ass on this ride!

In fact I hold that the day between Baker and Eureka to be about the best run on the trail !

From a little bit of research I did, the section of old Lincoln Highway you run on this day was pretty shortlived, maybe from around 1913 to 1920-ish, before it was rerouted to north on present US 50 alignment.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:16 PM   #79
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Nevada is certainly worth spending a lot of time in. The wide open emptiness, long dirt roads to stretch the legs, an occasional mountain pass and scads of wildlife make it a wonderful place to be on the bike.
I too am ready to go back and explore even more. Just unreal out there.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:20 PM   #80
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Nevada Continued

Note: I made a mistake earlier in saying it was 3 days across Nevada, it was 4

Now I mentioned in the begining of this report getting intel from Chuck (Arryoshark) a 3 time veteran of the TAT. He said many TAT riders end up bailing out on Nevada days because they get long and arduous, they then end up missing some spectacular TAT scenery. Here's an example of Chucks advise coming into play today:
"6. The section between Battle Mtn and McDermmit is deceptively long day. In 2007, I followed the mapped route out of Battle Mtn, which has you crossing under I70 at Mote Siding. This year, again to buy time forward so we could stop at Paradise Valley, we left Battle Mtn. in middle of town and headed northerly on Hwy35/N. Battle Mtn Road/Izzwenhood Road. We rode that until its intersection with Rock Creek Road, then bore left and back on route. Most of this is unpaved, except for few miles out of Battle Mtn. I've noticed a few other ride reports do this also.

After Chimney Rock Reservoir, it's neat to ride on into Paradise Valley. Stop at the old store and bar for a break. We posted a couple of dollars on the wall above a door from bar to store (look for arroyoshark and beemerdawg). Rather than back track to TAT route where we left off we rode Martin Creek Road/Greeley Crossing Road which intersects the TAT route. This avoids a really snotty rutted loose section along a fence line that proves no purpose."


We would do just that. Thanks Chuck
Another mention. John gets his leg X-rayed this am and it confirms a fracture and chipped ankle. oocch!
And so we head on out "westward" !



You'll be relying on your GPS


This day would bring some deep flour type soil conditions. Navigation was also a bit tricky in here. The trail becomes faint. Trust your GPS.



Cool little creek crossing. Water is scarce out here, so seeing this was a surprise.
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Another rareity: SHADE ! House. Abandoned and near nothing ! Which is why it's abandoned I guess.


Hot Spring just outside of Paridise Valley


Now for you fellas planning on this ride, don't pass Paridise Valley, as Chuck said it's right off the trail and the cold drink and lunch is a godsend today or they will be non available if you don't. Cool little, and I mean little, settlement.
Coming into PV



And the Paridise Valley Mecantile. A little oasis
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John & Bruce relaxing, waiting on lunch. $9 hamburger btw, but you know, I'd pay $20 for one out here if I had to.


The I spotted the wall and posted our TAT dollar along with Chucks and Beemerdawgs.


Now a local guy in the saloon gave us a tip. He said "boys I know they way your going for the last stretch to McDermitt. But I can tell you it's gonna look the same as this mormings ride. If ya want scenery and an great ride up to McDermitt go up over Hincky Pass and down into McDermitt. You wont regrett it"






And so we go for it and man was he right ! This was absolutly beautifull I believe it would take us up around 7,800' ! We needed our jackets up there.

Climbing. Paridise Valley is down there in the....well, valley


Looking for Bighorns



It says Hincky Summit 7,852 feet



I mean look at that sky




Decending


Figure about 68 degrees here. Alein lanscape. It felt like we were on another planet.


And we ride into Fort McDermitt for the night. It's around 1500. This town is about 1/8 mile long and literilly surounded by Indians !


Thats pretty much it. This Gas station/motel and the Casino/diner and few houses.


The only people you saw working in the fine establisments were squaws. I'm not joking !


Notice 2 things in this photo. The pictures on the wall in honor and Johns face. Yup, too much fire water again !


A couple of shots around McDermitt

Not open


Also, not open


Open


One of the few Palefaces we would encounter here. Very nice couple btw, they even invited me in and told what it was like to live there and with the savages, I mean injuns, oops, I mean Native Americans. In a nut shell:Their still pissed off we took their land. Can't blame them I guess.


Our Wigwum for the night


The patented "Bigdog washing process".


Looking east


Looking west


Tommorow night we will be in Oregon. I'll be back to bring you there.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:52 PM   #81
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I think you don't need to hear it, but I need to say it, Simply Outstanding.

Love the details you choose.

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Old 12-02-2008, 02:32 PM   #82
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Neat ride report. I did the TAT 2 yrs. ago, about the same time of year. We left Tn on Sept.5,06 & got to Port Orford on Oct.3,06. Amazing weather. We hit about 4 hours of rain the entire trip! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:02 PM   #83
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DP, where are the Shaffer Switchbacks?

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Old 12-02-2008, 04:27 PM   #84
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DP, where are the Shaffer Switchbacks?

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Hi Dan,
The Shaffer Switchbacks


and also here:

are outside of Moab in Canyonlands NP. You have to take 279 along the Colorado river, then go through a hole in the fence on Potash Rd. Follow the 2 track dirt road. through the canyons. You'll look up the 1,000 foot canyon wall and see the small ribbon of switchbacks going up. Thats it. You cant miss it. And YOU CAN'T MISS IT ! Awesome !!! It will link you right back up with the TAT.

For that and other awesome dirt road adventures see my friend Tony's website at www.backcountrybyways.com
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:43 PM   #85
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Thanks Frank...great report by the way! I hope to do this next summer and I'm still debating between the 950SE and the 525?

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Old 12-02-2008, 05:13 PM   #86
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Thanks Frank...great report by the way! I hope to do this next summer and I'm still debating between the 950SE and the 525?

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Thanks Dan !

If your a big guy and a really good rider, take the SE. If your the average guy, take the 525.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:37 PM   #87
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Now a local guy in the saloon gave us a tip. He said "boys I know they way your going for the last stretch to McDermitt. But I can tell you it's gonna look the same as this mormings ride. If ya want scenery and an great ride up to McDermitt go up over Hincky Pass and down into McDermitt. You wont regrett it"


So true although I discovered this by accident trying to cross the King's river to the west. I rerouted and dropped into Paradise Valley from the north wondering why this wasn't on the route. Thanks for a really great report.

This is what it looks like in early June.


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Couple Questions

DockingPilot:
  1. Were your Dirt Bagz big enough to carry your stuff?
  2. Did you wish for more bag space? If so, suggestions?
  3. If you have a packing list from the ride, would like to see that too as it would help in putting together the trip.
I'm the logistics mans for me and my Pop for TAT '09. We are doing it on WR250Rs starting in Colorado to make for 10 days of riding and a week in Oregon with the families.

Sure appreciate your input of the ride. Without ride reports like yours, very few folks would discover this stuff on their own.

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You didn't happen to run into these guys did you ????
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Note: I made a mistake earlier in saying it was 3 days across Nevada, it was 4

Now I mentioned in the begining of this report getting intel from Chuck (Arryoshark) a 3 time veteran of the TAT. He said many TAT riders end up bailing out on Nevada days because they get long and arduous, they then end up missing some spectacular TAT scenery. Here's an example of Chucks advise coming into play today:
"6. The section between Battle Mtn and McDermmit is deceptively long day. In 2007, I followed the mapped route out of Battle Mtn, which has you crossing under I70 at Mote Siding. This year, again to buy time forward so we could stop at Paradise Valley, we left Battle Mtn. in middle of town and headed northerly on Hwy35/N. Battle Mtn Road/Izzwenhood Road. We rode that until its intersection with Rock Creek Road, then bore left and back on route. Most of this is unpaved, except for few miles out of Battle Mtn. I've noticed a few other ride reports do this also.

After Chimney Rock Reservoir, it's neat to ride on into Paradise Valley. Stop at the old store and bar for a break. We posted a couple of dollars on the wall above a door from bar to store (look for arroyoshark and beemerdawg). Rather than back track to TAT route where we left off we rode Martin Creek Road/Greeley Crossing Road which intersects the TAT route. This avoids a really snotty rutted loose section along a fence line that proves no purpose."

We would do just that. Thanks Chuck
Another mention. John gets his leg X-rayed this am and it confirms a fracture and chipped ankle. oocch!
And so we head on out "westward" !Tommorow night we will be in Oregon. I'll be back to bring you there.


Hey Frank....thanks for the kind words. Just to clarify something you said, I've only ridden the western TAT twice, but am planning to ride a third time next July with a connecticut rider. But, I have learned a couple of things along the way to help me better manage time.


For a TAT fundamentalist, taking the mapped route north over the Santa Rosa Range from Paradise Valley is also a spectacular ride. It is similar to the Hinkly Divide route you guys rode, except there is rugged two-track. There are some steep climbs and then you ride along the very tops of the range, which is pretty neat. Here's some pics of this section:


Beginning the climb to the tops:






Running the tops:




Having done this a couple of times, I am curious to try your route next summer.
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