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Old 04-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Viva Las Vegas - Solo Adventure Motor Cycle Ride on my BMW R1200 GSA from Seattle

"The shortest distance between two points is boring" ~Unknown


Okay, here is the scenario...
It's the week of my Birthday. I have to attend a work conference in Las Vegas. I formulate a plan in my mind. Yes, I think I can fit in business and pleasure. Why fly, when you can ride?


The plan is to ride over 1200 miles from Seattle to Nevada over the course of 3 days through some remote high desert country. Along the way, I passed through freezing rain (31 degrees F), snow, severe winds and scrotching 100+ degrees F desert heat. The mountains were beautiful, laden with recent snow. Along the way I camped and froze during the night in subfreezing temperatures. I also took a few side trips down some dirt roads and make some amazing discoveries in the desert. The return trip will be a different route.



If that doesn't work, try this link:
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Return trip report coming soon.

Some pics to whet your apetite.




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Old 04-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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Great pics and ride! Thanks for the link to more
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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I think you got the very same camp spot I had at Cave Lk in 2010 where I met ThatGuy down from Alaska when our paths happened to cross.

A whole lot of familar looking pics in your ride report. Good on you for getting down there. I had the same wind problems in some parts of that state too.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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Part 2: The Ride Home from Las Vegas - Solo MotorCycle Journey on my BMW R1200 GSA

Part 2 of my trip...

The ride back to Seattle from Las Vegas.

Thursday, after lunch, my work was complete and I left for home. Most folks were flying back home that day. Not me. I had flight plans of my own. My route was to take me up north on Hwy 95 toward Tonopah, Nevada. About 35 miles south of Tonopah, I took a lonely road north of Death Valley National Park (Hwy 266) through ghost towns and over to Big Pine, California. From there I would aim my bike north along Hwy 395 and ride along edge of the Sierra mountain range. I would travel through the beautiful town of Bishop and continue north up to Reno. I then cut over to Susanville in northern California and headed over hwy 139 to Klamath Falls where I saw abandoned homesteads, wild burros and long horn cattle in the road. My journey continued north up Hwy 97 to Redmond, Oregon, passing Crater Lake National Park, numerous volcanic cones , lava beds, etc... I met up with my little brother, who happened to be vacationing at Smith Rock State park. From there, I headed over to Biggs Oregon, crossing the Columbia River and over to Yakima. From there I made my way home through familiar roads along the Yakima river and up over Snoqualmie pass where the sun failed to shine on the last part of my trip. Ahhh, the Seattle grey.... it felt good to be home. The trip was an adventure and the devil is in the details. Read on for more.

http://rubikonadventures.blogspot.co...egas-solo.html

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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I think you got the very same camp spot I had at Cave Lk in 2010 where I met ThatGuy down from Alaska when our paths happened to cross.

A whole lot of familar looking pics in your ride report. Good on you for getting down there. I had the same wind problems in some parts of that state too.
I just had a chance to look throught your ride reports.

YES, I did stay in the EXACT campsite at Cave Lake. That's funny. In your other trip, I see you have nearly the same photo at Stonehenge as I do. Looks to be the same time of day as well.

The wind coming home along the Sierra's was the worst ever....

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Old 05-03-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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Only so many ways to get out of the PNW and head south I suppose. Always fun to see familar pics in other ride reports.

I almost did 395 from Tahoe south, but in a quick check I thought I saw more camping headed out across HWY 50 instead. I'll be back down that way some day soon. I suffer from the wind a lot less on the SV650 than the DR650, but I do miss running dirt when out on these trips, so I'm just going to have to get better dealing with the wind on the DR650.

Or fab a skidplate for the SV650 and some knobby tires.
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