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Old 08-31-2010, 05:14 AM   #91
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We gathered back up at Denio Junction and went on to McDermitt for the night. It was glorious














It was an absolutely great day.

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:09 AM   #92
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We gathered back up at Denio Junction and went on to McDermitt for the night. It was glorious
Glorious is the right word. Nevada is an amazing state, and the best of the TAT in my opinion. Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:22 PM   #93
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Glorious is the right word. Nevada is an amazing state, and the best of the TAT in my opinion. Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back.

I agree total. Nevada and Utah, fun time!!

I hope I'm not jumping the gun, but where did you stay in McDermitt?
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:39 PM   #94
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I agree total. Nevada and Utah, fun time!!

I hope I'm not jumping the gun, but where did you stay in McDermitt?
Things kind of run together in my head but I think it was and RV park on the north side of town? Maybe Longcliff will jump in and correct that.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:28 PM   #95
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The next day started out wonderful.


















Then some scrub brush started to cause some problems. Nevada has about a million miles of trail where the scrub brush is tearing at saddlebags. Mike had a ratchet strap in a pocket of his saddle bag and the brush ripped it off. It the wrapped up in his rear wheel locking it up. Turned out to be no big deal. Unwrapped it and moved on.



This is the kind of scrub brush I an talking about.



I was running at the back when my right side bag tore off.



I stopped and got all my bags strapped up on my trunk. This made the bike very hard to ride.





But ride it I did. All the way to Battle Mountain.



We were all reunited again. So we got gas and set off for Eureka.
This is when things went to crap for me.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:40 PM   #96
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Around Battle Mountain Sam’s route takes you zig zagging through a whooped sandy area with more scrub brush. You criss cross over the same decent gravel road several times. My setup which is now stacked as you see it in the above pictures is making the bike hard to ride and is slapping my on the back with each bump. It is very hot and this is just plain kicking my butt.

I decide to stop and try to rearrange things to make it better. I moved some of the weight forward yet tried to get the baggage backwards away from me. This took some time and by now my friends are way ahead of me. I decided to take a graded gravel road that ran in the direction of the TAT and make up distance on the others.

After going several miles I saw a two track type trail that looked like it may intersect the Trans Am Trail. I rode it a few miles and it started getting to be loose sand. I came upon a gate that said private property but it was easily ridden around. Not a good decision but it appeared to be just 3 or 4 miles to the TAT. So around the gate I went and a mile or so later I am struggling in deep sand. I decided to go back to the road and as I attempted a U-turn on the ill handling , heavily laden bike I dropped it.

When you drop this bike if you get it picked up right away there is no problem. If it stays on it’s side a bit restarting it is sketchy. I couldn’t pick it up. As hard as I tried I couldn’t get it past 45 degrees from horizontal. This was due to all the heavy luggage strapped up high on the tail.

Digging through the powdery sand I was able to release some straps and unload the bike. I got it stood back up and although the battery got very week before it finally fired I did get it running. I was so thankful it started and I let it run a couple of minutes before shutting it off to reload all the gear.

I went to dig all my stuff out of the sand and the bike fell over.

I grab it right back up but now there is not enough battery. It was hard to do in the powdery crap there but I got out my tools and took the bike apart. I cleared out the cylinder and the air box was full of gas. I attempted to start it again but the battery would just not turn it over fast enough.

It was very hot. Nobody in the world knew where I was at. It was a very remote place and I wasn’t even near a road. No way to push the bike in that deep sand. If I abandoned the bike and walked back to the road I wouldn’t have my tent and such. The road is a few miles away and it is a very little traveled road. No telling how long before someone would come along. I could start walking in the direction of Battle Mountain and surly I would get there someday.

Although there is no hope I reached down and touched the starter again. The motor roared to life the second I touched the button. It has never done that. It has always required a few revolutions to fire up. Think what you want but I was getting some help.

I very carefully got my stuff gathered up and strapped back on the bike. I rode out to the road without a problem. I kind of restacked stuff at the road and then rode back into Battle Mountain. With a feeling of just cheating a very miserable fate I pulled into the shade and began to restack my gear. This time I put the heavy saddlebags back down where the should be and used ratchet straps to keep it all together.

By now it is late in the day and I should just thank my lucky stars and call it quits until morning. The problem with that is we had set Eureka as the next regrouping spot and if I don’t show the others will worry. I decide to just run the highway to Eureka. I pulled up to a gas pump to refill and my credit card is gone. I must have left it at the other gas station in Battle Mountain we all filled at. I rode over there to see if anyone turned it in. As I pulled up to the pump where I got gas hours earlier there on the concrete laid my credit card.. What a day and what luck. I thought maybe I should just step in the casino and start gambling. There is no way things could go so bad and turn around and go as good as they have since. Super low then super high makes for an interesting adventure.



I slabbed it to Eureka and got there well after dark. I got a cell message from Mike. The group didn’t make it to town either before dark. They were camped about 20 miles out. I found the RV Park and retired from the longest day of the trip. I am kicking myself for not having pictures of the laid over bike in the powdery sand or of it disassembled there. I wasn’t thinking about pictures at the time. I was enduring a high level of stress and was more concerned about surviving than documenting it.

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Old 08-31-2010, 04:50 PM   #97
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The next morning the sun came up as usual and Mike showed up pretty early. We went to breakfast and then the local parts store. Eureka Supply and this is Christine.



She was very helpful and went above the call of duty to supply us what we needed to do some maintenance I highly recommend her store. She also had her own fire fighting rig parked out back. She contracts with the Feds to fight big fires. When they have big forest fires out west she travels to them. No wonder she was interested in our adventure she is a pretty adventurous gal herself.

This is the store.



We were outside working on the bikes when a guy walks up and says in a gruff voice “ I want to talk to the captain”. I had given my business card to Christine and evidently she knows the Sheriff and told him there was a police captain in town on a bike. I pointed to Greg and told the sheriff he was the ride captain. Greg wouldn’t have any of it and pointed back at me. The Sheriff and I yucked it up a while, talked shop and had a good time. He let me take his picture. Here is Eureka County Sheriff Ken Jones . He is standing for re-election. If I was a county resident I would vote for him.

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Old 08-31-2010, 04:54 PM   #98
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Ed!
what a day.
You lucky bastard!

Last year (on the TAT) I wrote, "the trail giveth, the trail taketh away..."
I guess in your case, it was "the trail taketh away, the trail giveth it back!"

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:34 PM   #99
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Laugh Enjoying your ride report.

Leaving this Friday for the same trip east to west from Trinidad. I am running with the same bags so I'm hoping I don't experience the same concerns you had. I will certianly try to be careful of them, hopefully learning from your experience. I think next time I need bags I'm going with the Giant Loop or something of that sort. I'll be turning 50 in a couple of months so I guess this will be my 50th B-day trip.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:02 PM   #100
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Things kind of run together in my head but I think it was and RV park on the north side of town? Maybe Longcliff will jump in and correct that.
I know what you mean about things running together. One of the reasons I'm writing my ride report is to try and remember all the stuff we did, and get it organized before I forget.

You got it right.... In McDermitt, we stayed at "Mitchell's Stateline RV Park" on the north side of town. Remember walking from the RV park to the 'say when' casino and crossing from Oregon back into Nevada on foot?
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:13 PM   #101
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Wow, Ed.

That's the first time I got the whole story of your excellent adventure trying to get to Eureka. I'm really glad it worked out!

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Ed!
what a day.
You lucky bastard!

Last year (on the TAT) I wrote, "the trail giveth, the trail taketh away..."
I guess in your case, it was "the trail taketh away, the trail giveth it back!"

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Old 09-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #102
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Damn Dude. Close calls.

Good to hear it worked out.

The sand pits ate me up as well. At mid day it was a little hard for me to tell the loose stuff from the good stuff. It seems, I was always doing about 40-45 mph when I would plow into them. The loaded bike wants to swap ends.

Keep the report coming.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:39 AM   #103
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Now that's some EXCITEMENT Like l'm used to!!! LOL Glad the Great Spirit answered your pleas!
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:30 AM   #104
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We took off again headed out of Eureka on the TAT. Wide open country. I stuck with Mike all day. It was great riding.















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Old 09-02-2010, 06:40 AM   #105
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We stopped at a little outpost in Nevada for gas. I don’t think there was a town there just a gas station. The wind was blowing and as I walked over to the card reader to start my pump over went my bike. The tank bag was open so naturally everything in it spilled out on the pavement. My gas cap was off so naturally everything that spilled out of my tank bag was now soaked with gas. That includes my cellphone, wallet and granola bars. I picked everything back up and all appeared good. I smelled gas on my wallet for several days after that.
We rode on to Baker and setup camp. Had a nice supper, a beer at the bar and lights out. We got up the next morning (Sunday) and nothing is open for breakfast. No problem I have granola bars. The taste was enhanced by 87 octane added to them in the spill the previous day. Mike and I ate ours but Chuck refused. Greg never eats anything but crackers so it was no problem for him. We rode on to Richfield for lunch burping gas all the way. After some initial hills it was flat and straight. We made great time.

















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